So I have returned, the evening is finally over. What I day I had so far.I was extremely lucky to have gotten the chance to hit up SoCal’s hottest arcade: Denjin Arcade. Talk about high level play, the best and brightest of SoCal’s stars were in full attendance today.
The drive to Denjin was pretty short, considering it is all the way in Semi-Valley. For you people who do not live in SoCal, think of the furtherest city. Add a bit of isolation. Some mountains. Then toss in a few plazas and thats what Semi-Valley was to me. Ha! Denjin itself kind of took me surprise, I was expecting this huge Gamewroks style complex, and what I got was a hole in the wall place.
But we all know looks are deceiving, and the outside of Denjin doesn’t quite reflect that amount of awesome quality that is inside. As I took my first steps on scared ground, yes, sacred grounds. You could feel the intensity of the room, even when it is empty. The voices of players seem to almost continuously echo throughout the room.
Well look around and saw that this arcade wasn’t like most tradition American arcades. Denjin is a Japanese inspired arcade, so what you see the Japanese pros play on are the same quality that Denjin delivers. You almost want to eat ramen while you’re there because of it!
The layout is pretty simple, two cabinets connected via link allows players to play in these intense head to head match-ups. These cabinets are also Japanese cabinets, which means you’ll be sitting down comfortably while handing out a beat down to your opponent. guess, that is what I liked the most, I felt as I was getting the real deal feel of Japanese style play.
So after a few hours of warming up, my twitter pal, J4yx2 joins in on the fun. This was the first time I got to meet her so it was definitely a surprise. She was there for some SFIII action today. I was busy working on my SF4 Chun Li so I didn’t notice her sit right across from me and handing out the craziest butt whoopin’ I have ever received! Every match ended in a “Raging Demon” ultra. It was just bananas!
I told her how much of a noob I was playing in the arcade, I guess she kind of took it as me not knowing how to play. Which wasn’t the case. Playing on a arcade stick is a totally different experience. Maybe on a pad, we’d be on somewhat equal ground or may have put up a better fight. But that didn’t stop me from playing more and more.
After a few matches with J4yx2, we leave for some food. Took us about 30 mins at Pizza Hut to get our meal. When we came back, the place was packed. More familiar faces arrived. People that I have only seen on Youtube. Pro stars like BustaBust and Dae. Who are actually very funny dudes. BustaBust said he doesn’t play Abel, but when he did, the dude was a beast. Dae didn’t play his world renown Chun-Li (he is the reason why I stayed with Chun,) he did however show case his skills with a wide selection of characters like Zangief.
I did get to see Pherai, if you don’t know who he is then you need to know! This guy is like the voice of Denjin arcade. He and a few others from Denjin, went to Japan to spectate this years SBO 09 tournament and tour a few authentic Japanese arcades. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to introduce myself. Next time I must definitely will.
Once he 5v5 SFIII tournament was about to start, I figured it was time for us to pack our stuff and head home. Yeah, home for some more SF4 that is! Inspired to get better, we played a bit more on the pad. For me at least, this will be the last time I’ll play SF4 and SFIII on my crummy old XBOX 360 pad. Yes, muscle memory serves me right, and I am better on it. But will I get better from it? Doubt it. Playing at Denjin opened my eyes to how much better I need to get. So I can not wait to go again.
**No pics this time. We took a few but they aren’t ready yet. ****Shout outs to JaknDax, Noir_Toad, Hempnite697 for joining me on this epic journey!
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This Nov. 14! I’m hyped about this, I went to the previous one. Got to meet the great Alex Valle, got my ass handed to me but some other players. Had a great time! I’m hoping to have a good time again here!