By Omar Reyes
What was supposed to be a competitive tournament for a chance to win a new video game ended up being a normal, video game session when the “Mortal Kombat X” tournament was canceled due to lack of participants Tuesday, Nov. 10.
The Video Game Club and DAAP (Development for Afro-American Professionals) collaborated to host the “Mortal Kombat X” video game tournament in LAC’s Nordic Lounge.
However, Garrett Flowers, 23, a philosophy major and treasurer of DAAP, said the tournament only managed to attract three participants to sign up, raising only $15.
A projector had already been set up to cast a large projection of the game to the upper wall of the lounge, but students eager to participate in the tournament or simply to watch the battles were left in disappointment, including Daejon Moody, 20, a theater arts major:
“I feel that not a lot of people really tend to play video games like that besides people who play them. I feel not a lot of video game people play ‘Mortal Kombat’ and play competitively at that. A lot of people play different things.”
The rules to the tournament involved competing against other players in the fighting game and whoever was the grand prize winner would receive a new video game from the fall season of the winner’s choice.
The sign up fee for each person was $5 and the tournament prohibited gaming rage and swearing.
Flowers said the video game tournament wasn’t set up for the sole purpose of awarding a student a new game. “It wasn’t just about who won, but to have students who aren’t able to play or have video games at home or don’t have a new system or the new game. We just wanted to provide the opportunity for students to play anywhere.”
On why the tournament didn’t attract enough competitors, Flowers said it was “probably because ‘Mortal Kombat X’ is very new and so people either didn’t have the game or the console too. People might only have an Xbox 360 or a Playstation 3 instead of the newer consoles.”
Moody suggested the tournament organizers should make more posters and email notifications and “maybe a different game to boost popularity, perhaps (Super) Smash Bros.”
Although the tournament was canceled, students still used the projector to play video games and make good out of a bad situation.
Flowers said another tournament might be scheduled next semester with the hopes of drawing more players.
“When that happens, we’re probably not going to do any recent game. We’ll probably do an older game like Smash Bros. or something everyone has played before or maybe Madden or Street Fighter game. That way, everyone can play it.”
Despite the tournament being canceled, Flowers is glad students still arrived to play.
“It wasn’t about how many people came, but more about having a good time. I’m just glad we got to do this opportunity.”
The Video Game Club meets Thursdays in the Nordic Lounge from 11 a.m. DAAP meets in D334 on Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m.