CouchWarriors Headset Sponsor 2014: PLANTRONICS GAMING

CouchWarriors is pleased to announce that its first sponsor for 2014 is PLANTRONICS GAMING!

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PLANTRONICS is a leader in gaming headsets, and has been a great supporter of gaming events, teams and players. Known for quality and innovative headsets, the latest example is the Plantronics RIG, which incorporates a multi-input mixer, giving players flexible options like being able to answer calls or listen to music while playing a game, then seamlessly returning to game chat. Check it out:

PLANTRONICS SUPPORT

As the headset sponsor and partner to CouchWarriors, not only will the awesome new RIG Headset be up for grabs as part of our prize mix, but will be deployed as equipment at all events we support.

That means the tournament stations themselves will be equipped with the new headset. Look forward to comfort and complete focus when playing tournament matches at BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE on May 10-11.

SUPPORT FOR BUTTONSMASH ISSUE 2

CouchWarriors is also pleased to announce that thanks to its partnership with Plantronics we will be able to provide support to Queensland’s major event, BUTTON SMASH, on March 15-16. Tournament station headsets and a prize pack of 5 RIG headsets will be provided by CouchWarriors thanks to Plantronics.

Visit http://www.plantronicsgaming.com.au/

Find out More about the RIG Headset here

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Announcement: Australian Fighting Game Circuit 2014

The 5 State Majors for the Fighting Game Community in Australia for 2014

 In a nationwide series of tournaments, each of these major events will host the best of Australia’s fighting game talent. Each of the five events will have hundreds of participants and will be live streamed to thousands of viewers in the ever growing gaming spectator audience.

 Players from across the country gather for community, camaraderie, and of course competitive glory. Personal and interstate rivalries are on the line.  Prepare to follow the journey of the players and community from event to event, to see who will become state and national champions.

 With the schedule below, members of the community, whether casual or competitive player, spectator, media or sponsor can see where each major fits in calendar 2014. These are the big ones, and not to be missed.

 Call for Sponsors: Sponsorship and promotional opportunities are available for each event. Plus social, web, local, specialised and cross-event sponsorship.

Media enquiries: Media are also encouraged to cover the events and players.

Contact: Individual event organisers below, or general assistance and queries, at end.

 2014 National Majors Schedule:

Note – Each region also has its own regular casual, ranking, and qualifier events.


  • March 15-16 – Brisbane, Queensland

ButtonSmash 2 www.button-smash.com

  • May 10-11 – Melbourne, Victoria

Battle Arena Melbourne 6 (BAM) www.couchwarriors.org

  • August 29-31 – Melbourne, Victoria

Shadowloo Showdown V www.shadowlogic.com.au

  • October TBC – Sydney, New South Wales

Ozhadou Nationals 13 (OHN) www.ozhadou.net

  • November TBC – Adelaide, South Australia

Southern Cross Championships 2 https://www.facebook.com/SouthAustralianFightingGameCommunity


Additional Information and Contact:

Daniel Chlebowczyk berzerkdc@couchwarriors.org

President: CouchWarriors. PR and Marketing: Ozhadou, Buttonsmash.


About The Organisers

Collectively, the Australian Fighting Game community is organised by these groups.

CouchWarriors (BAM): A not for profit community organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting the whole fighting game community, managing events, and encouraging new players.  www.couchwarriors.org

 Ozhadou (OHN): A website dedicated to Australia’s fighting game community. Discussion and articles cover a vast range of fighting games, and thus all fighting games fans are welcome.www.ozhadou.net

Shadowlogic (Shadowloo Showdown): Competitive game community, mainly focused on the fighting game genre. Home of Shadowloo Showdown www.shadowlogic.com.au

KeepEtClassy (ButtonSmash): Keep ‘et Classy is a community, an ideology. A place for you to come and play with friends, make new friends and more! www.keepetclassy.com

SAFGC (Southern Cross Championships): Dedicated to growing competitive Fighting Games in South Australia.  https://www.facebook.com/SouthAustralianFightingGameCommunity

Community: The Australian FGC Episode 01: Mike “The TV” Skolnik

http://dustycartridge.com/videos/community-australian-fgc-episode-01-mike-tv-skolnik/

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Hi guys this is my new video series for Dusty Cartridge. I originally intended to do some player profiles as pre-BAM media, but I was lying in bed thinking one day…

Generally in Fighting Game Community (FGC) media you see the top players get most of the camera time, but in my eyes, a community is not simply made up of top players.

A community consists of so many different kinds of people. Intellectuals, staunch regulars, streamers, tournament organisers, anime lovers, commentators, retro game enthusiasts and those dudes that go 0-2 and keep coming back(me). Everybody is an equally important part of our community, without these guys there wouldn’t be a community for the top players to be the faces of.

I wanted to do these 5-10 minute player profiles (Mike’s one went quite long, future eps will be shorter) to shine some spotlight on these less heralded guys, and to also let the greater public know about all the different personalities and figures we have in our local FGC.

I wanted Mike The TV as the first guest because he’s a game academic, a commentator and has a unique perspective on the scene- having a bit of an e-sports background.

Hope you guys like the series!

CCH (Chris’ Club House) 2014 schedule and brief history

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Hi guys, my name is Muttons and I help run CCH, a Melbourne institution since 2010. CCH is a community event run by the community for the community, it’s a local meetup where we gather with our sticks and setups and play casuals all day and hang out with each other.

When: Saturday 5:00 pm start till late.

January 4// January 18// February 1// February 15!// March 1!// March 15*// March 29~// April 12*// April 26 @4PM //  May 24 @1PM// June 7 @5PM // June 21 @5PM // // July 5 @5PM // July 19 @4PM// Aug 02 @5PM // Aug 16 @1PM // Aug 30 @4PM // Sept 13 @6PM // Sept 27 @5PM // Oct 11 @4PM // Oct 25 @4PM // Nov 08 @1PM // Nov 22 @4PM// Dec 06 @1PM // Dec 20 @1PM

*means CCH will start one hour earlier, at 4PM.
~ starts at 3PM
**starts at 1PM
! Venue is at Richmond library, not Collingwood Library

Where: 11 Stanton St, Abbotsford. (Collingwood Library, right next to the Collingwood train station)

Fee: $2 venue fee- Anybody that brings either a monitor/console/laptop gets in for free.

BYO: Screens, Xbox’s, PS3s, Sticks are all appreciated, even if they go unused. The more the merrier. It would be awesome if you guys could leave a comment in this thread if you’re bringing a setup. I will have my setup there from 5pm onwards.

I usually post every CCH round at: Melbourne Fighters’ Facebook Group, Ozhadou Casual Events forum, and my twitter account @muttonhead01

For new guys to CCH:

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Behind the scenes action courtesy of Burnout!

Thanks to CouchWarriors for supporting CCH with funds and equipment

A Brief History of CCH

CCH was originally founded by Collingwood resident and the inventor of the crossup tatsu, Chris Dang, whom I will now respectfully refer to as the Founder. Originally named Collingwood Club House, CCH has been known as Chris’ Club House for years now as a homage to its original founder who saw the need in the community for a console casuals meetup with the divide between Vanilla SFIV console and arcade editions. CCH ran on Fridays from 6PM till late into the wee mornings, and The Founder would always be there with his setups and sticks. Many Melbourne traditions were born from this meetup, such as CPU moneymatches!

Since then CCH has gone from strength to strength, and the relaxed atmosphere of the meetup introduced many new faces to the Melbourne FGC that have since become staunch regulars and top players such as Kevin “Burnout” Kim, Shadowfox and many more. I took over the reins in February 2011 from The Founder (who retired from the FGC in 2011 to be a family man) and together with Ali from Shadowloo, and reliable dudes like Andrew “Vitriol”, Daniel “Spoony” Finegan, Burnout and Peter “Syntax” Evans we ran CCH for a few years before I decided to shut it down in August 2012 with the opening of Shadowlogic over in Footscray.

Now CCH is back in 2014 with the recent shutdown of Shadowlogic for their impending move, and I personally hope we can attract more new players to our scene, level up together and have fun.

Hope to see you guys there!

CouchWarriors – Back in action for the FGC in 2014

CouchWarriors is pleased to make the first announcements of its plans to support the Australian fighting game community in 2014. We are planning initiatives to welcome new players, provide assistance to other fighting game community organisers, and produce special and major events.

 

Battle Arena Melbourne 6: BAM returns on MAY 10-11, 2014!
First, the return date of the major event, Battle Arena Melbourne 6! Get training for BAM on May 11-12, 2014, returning to CQ Functions in the Melbourne CBD. BAM5 was huge and we’re planning another massive weekend of fighting game action.
For a reminder of how amazing BAM5 was, hit the links at http://couchwarriors.org/bam/

New Game Plus TV Partnership:
We are also proud to announce our Partnership with New Game Plus TV. CouchWarriors and NGP will be working together more closely. NGP will be producing the live stream for BAM, creating video previews, profiles, working with us on media and sponsorship, and covering the event.

Look for more exciting announcements for BAM6 and other upcoming events CW will be supporting and promoting.

CCH: aka Chris’ Club House, we’re supporting the return of these regular casual play events – just to play! Every two weeks. For more information and schedule click here.

CouchWarriors Inc Annual General Meeting
We also have announcements from the 2014 Annual General Meeting. As a Not for Profit Association we have a committee and elected official positions. We would like to announce the 2014 officer positions, and some highlight community roles. 

Officer positions:
Secretary
Rory Betteridge
Treasurer
Brendon Watson
President/Chair
Daniel Chlebowczyk

Further community heads are to be announced as part of the BAM organising team. First, we are pleased to announce our head TO for BAM

Battle Arena Melbourne Head Tournament Organiser:
Anthony “Felix” Mallon

Look forward to more announcements and community initiatives. To enquire about events, community support, volunteering, or sponsorship of BAM, please contact:

Web: CouchWarriors.org
Email: contact@couchwarriors.org
Facebook.com/CouchWarriors
Twitter.com/CouchWarriors

 

Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment: Major BAM5 Sponsor Details!

We are proud to announce that INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, brought to you by Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment Australia, is a Major Sponsor of Battle Arena Melbourne 5!

http://www.warnerbros.com.au

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The game has been causing quite a stir, and CouchWarriors is proud to be hosting Australia’s first Major tournament for Injustice: Gods Among Us.  What if our greatest heroes became our greatest threat?  NetherRealm Studios, creators of Mortal Kombat, have set out to create the definitive DC comics based fighting game.

Players have been practicing hard to prove that they are in fact the greatest threat – and we’ll see the results on Saturday 18th at BAM5!

Don’t miss –  Remember the writer of the Injustice: Gods Among Us comic book, Tom Taylor, will be at BAM between 2pm-6pm on Saturday! Check the guest schedule here.

Cast your eyes over the incredible Mortal Kombat, Injustice: Gods Among Us, and DC Superheroes DVD prize pack on offer for attendees.

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PRIZES:

6 x Mortal Kombat Tournament Edition Arcade sticks (3 Xbox, 3 PS3)

5 x Mortal Kombat PS3
5 x Mortal Kombat X360
5 x Injustice PS3
5 x Injustice X360
5 x Batman The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 (DVD)
5 x Superman Doomsday (DVD)
5 X Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (DVD)
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Many thanks to Injustice: Gods Among Us and Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment Australia for their amazing support of Battle Arena Melbourne

Join Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment Australia on Facebook

 

SEGA: BAM5 Sponsor Details!

We are proud to announce SEGA is a Sponsor of Battle Arena Melbourne 5!
http://www.sega-australia.com

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Creators of many all time classic games and systems, SEGA are supporting our feature tournament for Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown with an incredible prize pack of official VF5FS Arcade sticks, Tshirts, and  Xbox Live VF5FS download codes – for not just the game, but the two complete costume packs.

Stay tuned to the CouchWarriors Facebook, Twitter and stream for more chances to win DLC codes during the event.

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Don’t miss – The friendly rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne will reach a new level with a special 5 vs 5 Exhibition match!

PRIZES:

x2 Hori Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown Real Arcade Pro V3(PS3)

x10 SEGA Virtua Fighter 5 FS Tshirts

x5 XBLA codes for VIRTUA FIGHTER 5: FINAL SHOWDOWN

x10 XBLA cods for VF5FS Costume Packs 1 and 2 (5 each)

Many thanks to SEGA UK and Australian distributor Five Star Games for their support of Battle Arena Melbourne

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Follow the SEGA Twitter @SEGA

MADMAN: BAM5 Sponsor Prize Details!

http://www.martialartstv.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/madmanLogo300.jpg We are proud to announce MADMAN ENTERTAINMENT is a Sponsor of Battle Arena Melbourne 5!
http://www.madman.com.au/

Madman are Australia’s leading independent film and DVD distributor with the best and latest in anime, asian cinema and cult films.
The huge Madman prize package will be shared across all games, featuring gaming anime releases MASS EFFECT: PARAGON LOST and PERSONA 4: THE ANIMATION, Capcom favourites including, if there are no Objections – the live action ACE ATTORNEY!

Plus the incredible live action RUROUNI KENSHIN and supporting BAM5 guest Tom Taylor, copies of his amazing original graphic novels, THE DEEP 1 and 2  – And more!

PRIZES:

x2 Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (Blu-Ray)
x2 Berserk Movie 1 – The Egg of the King (Blu-Ray)
x2 Persona 4: The Animation Vol 1 (Eps 1-9) (Blu-Ray)
x2 Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge (DVD)
x2 Street Fighter II The Movie (Uncut) (DVD)
x2 The Deep: There Be Dragons
x2 The Deep: The Vanishing Island
x10 Ace Attorney
x10 Rurouni Kenshin ( 5 DVD & 5 Blu-Ray)
x2 Hellsing Ultimate Collection  (Blu-Ray)
x2 Blood: C Series Collection (Blu-Ray)
x2 Eagleheart [adult swim] (DVD)

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Many thanks to MADMAN for their support of Battle Arena Melbourne!

Join MADMAN on Facebook
Follow Madman on Twitter @animemadman

 

MINDSCAPE: BAM5 Sponsor Prize Details!

We are proud to announce MINDSCAPE is a Sponsor of Battle Arena Melbourne 5!
http://www.mindscape.com.au/

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Mindscape are the distributor in Australia for both KONAMI and TECMO KOEI.  We have amazing giveaways from each. The fantastic team at Mindscape are continuing to throw strong support behind Dead or Alive 5 in the tournament scene. Expect to see them popping up at conventions and events around the country.

As a special bonus we are pleased to announce every DOA5 entrant will receive an Angel and Devil DLC code to download the latest DOA5 Costume pack, free!

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PRIZES:

2 x Dead Or Alive 5 COLLECTORS EDITION dead-or-alive-5-collectors-edition-final

4 x Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
(All are even split on Xbox & PS3)

 

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Many thanks to MINDSCAPE for their support of Battle Arena Melbourne 5!

Join the MINDSCAPE Facebook
Follow the MINDSCAPE Twitter @MINDSCAPEau

For info on the community and playing Dead or Alive 5, visit FreeStepDodge.com

BAM Guest interview: Chipmusic artist, Pselodux

In partnership with Sound Bytes, Chiptunes musician Pselodux will open BAM5 Friday entertainment with a blistering spacerock set, bringing together the chiptunes and competitive gaming scenes for the first time, making BAM a true festival of gaming.

We took a moment with Pselodux, aka Rob Curulli, to talk about his upcoming performance, and the worlds of chipmusic and gaming.

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Hey Rob, thanks for coming on board with BAM!  We’re excited to check out your set.
Thanks for having me! I’m excited to see what the event is all about.

What in the world is a chiptune artist?
Chiptune artists are, essentially, people who like expoiting old game consoles for use as synths, or composing music with sounds inspired by those consoles. Independent developers have even created software for use on Game Boy, Nintendo DS, Sega Mega Drive and other consoles, specifically for music making. It’s awesome stuff, and you’d be surprised at just how much bass a Game Boy can produce!
How long have you been on the scene making and performing music?
I’ve been performing under various pseudonyms (and genres) around Australia for over ten years. The Pselodux show is relatively new though; I’ve only been playing that material live since 2009.
What kind of gamer are you? Favourite genre?
I was all about first-person shooters for the longest time, and I got heavily into making custom levels for Doom, back in the day (with custom music too, of course). These days I still check out the occasional FPS, but I mostly go for arty iPhone games—most recently, Time Surfer (featuring music by regular SoundBytes performer Derris-Kharlan) and Hiversaires (created by Aliceffekt, who played at Square Sounds in February); both ridiculously excellent!
Tell us about Sound Bytes and the Square Sounds festival?
SoundBytes is a regular chip music event that showcases local, interstate and sometimes overseas talent, and quite often draws an awesomely large crowd. They also occasionally have ‘open-mic’ segments at their shows where anyone can come along, plug a gameboy/laptop/other noisemaker in and play whatever they like for seven minutes. The shows are always lots of fun, since even though most performers use chip sounds, a wide variety of genres are represented—including synthpop, dubstep, hardcore punk and everything in between.
Square Sounds is a similar concept, but a bit more large scale in that it’s a two-night festival, with more overseas and interstate performers, and representing a somewhat wider variety of electronic styles. The inaugural event was in February; in addition to the two nights of the festival there was also a pre-party and an afterparty.
They’re heading to Japan in September for a second round, and I believe the plan is to branch out to other countries as well. Should be awesome!
Tell us about your approach to chip music. What type of music do you make and what kind if instruments do you use?
My music isn’t as ‘pure chip’ as others in the chip scene, but still retains a heavy Amiga-style sound—the music from the early 90s demo scene has been a huge inspiration for my music. As well as that, I like to throw in elements of space rock, progressive rock, industrial and metal to make things interesting. Onstage, I try to handle as many of my solos as I can on guitar, and have been known to pull out some home-made electronic instruments to make things just that little bit more ridiculous (one of the many benefits of having an inventor for a dad).
Tell us about your experience with competitive gaming
1995. Family home in Perth. Two-player Doom II serial cable tournaments between myself, my brother, my neighbour and anyone else who was around at the time. Many tantrums were thrown. There have been other experiences (mostly just drunken Smash Bros ridiculousness), but nothing as epic as those days seemed to us back then.
Do you have a favorite fighting game?
SHAQ-FU!
Seriously though, the 90s DOS game One Must Fall 2097. It definitely had the best music out of all the games I’d played at the time, which is probably why I played it so much; also, robots beating each other up is pretty awesome. I also played a hell of a lot of Killer Instinct and Mortal Kombat 3 on SNES; and I’ll never say no to a Smash Bros game.
What can we expect from your set on Friday night at BAM? Any themes or special tunes for the show?
Expect ridiculousness! I’m pulling out some fast-paced tracks to get everyone pumped. As for special tunes, I might have a few tricks up my sleeve 😀
Where can we check out your music and what’s coming up next for you?
I’m on Bandcamp, Soundcloud and various social media sites as Pselodux, and I’m finally Google-able without my name being autocorrected to a brand of nailguns, hooray!

The next few months are pretty busy for me! I’m playing a synthpop gig on the 8th of June (supporting Limb at the Grace Darling hotel) and have a couple of special gigs coming up in July and August. Actually they’re all special in that I’ll be busting out some new material at all of them. I’ll post more details on Facebook and Twitter as they’re available.

Thanks for your time, PSELODUX!

See Pselodux play from 6.30pm with a full set from 7pm Friday 17th.

Video Clip: Pselodux live at the Laundry

You can grab a copy of the Pselodux album TITAN for only $8 at BAM. These cool Spaceman figures come with an attached download code.

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Sound Bytes – WebsiteFacebookTwitter
Pselodux – BandcampTwitter

You can see more of the BAM5 Guest schedule here

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