My Thoughts on Evo 2K11

Evo 2K11

Check out some of the action from the fighting game tournament to rule them all!

I love fighting games. Ever since my brother brought home a copy of Street Fighter II for the Super NES, I’ve been hooked on them (thanks, bro! :D). Doesn’t matter if it’s a 2-D brawler or the more traditional mano-a-mano I’m-gonna-do-this-99-hit-insanity-combo type of fighter. I love ‘em all (I suck at them, but I love ‘em).

Now for years I’ve heard about these fighting game tournaments and thought, “Wow, I wish I could see one in action.” Imagine my surprise one morning when I read in the PlayStation.Blog that they were gonna be broadcasting Evo2k11 on PlayStation Home. This was perfect for two reasons:

  1. It was the weekend of July 29th. Sweet!
  2. My 2 1/2 week vacation from work started July 28, so I could stay up late if need be. Double sweet!

I was psyched. I watched it on UStream instead of  on PlayStation Home as the stream wasn’t quite working as expected at the time (I’m sure it got better as the worked out the kinks). And I have to say, the entire experience blew my mind.

I was in front of my laptop at 11am EST and  stayed there ’til the wee hours of 3am  the next day, drinking in all the chaos (I didn’t have the strength to stay up for the After Hours segment). And my God, I’m a better person because of it :o

I can’t remember the last time I screamed so much at my computer. When the audience jumped to their feet, I jumped with them. When they raised their arms when a Rufus player finished the match with the Space Opera Symphony Ultra, I was raising the roof along with them. You could feel the energy and excitement emanating from that room, from the crowd, from the players.  It was the most intoxicating feeling. I finally understood how sports fans feel when their watching the major event for their favourite sport.

I wanted to share some of those exhilarating moments with you. I managed to find these videos posted on YouTube. Please take a look at these World Warriors:


Evo 2k11 SSF4:AE Losers Semifinal: Latif(C.Viper) vs Daigo(Yun)

In one of the more notable moments in Evo, Brokentier Latif goes toe-to-toe with Daigo “The Beast” Umehara.


Evo 2k11 – Marvel vs Capcom 3 – Commy vs D3athwish

D3athwi5h… he’s an… er… interesting player. Just watch.


Evo 2k11 – Marvel vs Capcom 3 – Noah vs RoyalFlush

Oh! You’re in for a treat here. Noah “The Prodigy” goes against RoyalFlush. Noah didn’t give himself that nickname, the community did. Why is he “The Prodigy”? He’s eight years old. And he makes grown men soil themselves in fear.


EVO 2011 – Best Commentating Ever w/ Kayo Police

What happens with Aris (a fighting game veteran) and Kayo Police, one of the top SF players in Japan, come together to do commentary? This.


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Hiya! Sonji "Mineeva" Goodman here. I'm a knitter, crocheter, lover of cheesecake and sushi. Been playing video games since the age of 5 and haven't looked back. Currently working on mastering Japanese and figuring out how many licks it takes to get to the centre of a Tootsie pop. You can follow me on Twitter at @vsog_mineeva, the Vast Sea of Games Facebook Page and on Instagram.

11 Responses to My Thoughts on Evo 2K11

  1. […] The one shining moment about my vacation was to be able to watch Evo2k11 without worrying about being tired for work. Evo (short for Evolution Championship Series), is one of the biggest fighting game tournaments out there. Thousands of people around the world participate, and it is completely insane. I’ve gathered up my thoughts about the event and found some videos of matches on YouTube. Go have a read here. […]

  2. […] My Thoughts on Evo 2K11: Summer’s been full of competitive gaming tourney’s, eh? This was the first time I was ever able to watch a gaming tournament ever, let alone from beginning to end! Evolution Championship Series was a thrilling ride, no question about it, and made me appreciate Fighting games even more than I do now. Read the article and watch some of those awesome highlights (PR Rog Vs. Viscant is my absolute favourite, hands down). […]

  3. […] Doesn’t help if people check out some of those competitve videos (like say, oh, Evo), and think “I can’t do […]

  4. […] them on the YouTubes. And there were some doozies, let me tell ya. Check out my fave moments from Evo 2011 and Evo 2012… and imagine it ramp up 100 fold for this […]

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