Despite being a major hub of both art and trade on the East Coast, Cincinnati is a relatively boring city (event wise that is). For every event in the city, gamers and comic book lovers are often overlooked and must travel farther distances for better events (like the Columbus comic book conventions). The question many people ask is how they can change that. The answer is surprisingly simple. Take the initiative to start an actual gaming tournament. Having gained fame through the many sponsors (the most notable being the soft drink Mountain Dew), gaming tournaments are a sure fire way to increase a cities economy as well as draw in new people. The biggest issue however is what games would people play? For fighting games (which always hold one of the covetted spots in any tournament) there are many choices. Here are just a few to get any would-be coordinators started.
One of the best games to use (mostly due to its lack of blood and its complex controls) is the already official Dead or Alive 4. WIth it’s complex holds, interesting combos, and nearly impossible to master counters it makes the ultimate fan favorite. On the other hand, many players might get tired of this game quickly (mostly due to the fact that it does often appear as a mainstream tournament game).
Another great game for the list would be one from the Tekken series. While the controls aren’t as in-depth as DOA4, Tekken is an iconic game that is sure to bring a crowd. While lacking the blood of Mortal Kombat, Tekken’s use of unique characters and (mostly) real fighting styles would undoubtedly capture many peoples hearts. Add-in the fact that people can customize their characters and you have a sure thing.
Finally, to round off the list of good choices, is a relatively bad choice. The Mortal Kombat Series is one of the worst choices to use for a mainstream tournament. While it may be one of the most famous games ever, for anyone planning to have a mainstream tournament Mortal Kombat is a deal breaker. Remember that not all fighting fans are adults which would mean that not all contestants would be old enough to experience the gore that is Mortal Kombat. For this game (and others like it), it is best to have a separated tournament between minors and adults (even if the contestants don’t like it, the parents will which leads to a better reception).