It has been a fun and busy summer. We hope you have had the time to drop by the Youth Services department. While looking for other items, did you take the time to play the Kinect games we have set up next to the ASK ME desk?
You will all be waiting to hear about the Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros Brawl tournaments we ran in July (!). They were as exciting as ever. You probably have seen in other blog entries that contestants are seeded into brackets, NCAA-style, with lower-scoring players matched up with the higher-scorers. Those can be most interesting games to watch, and July’s Mario Kart tournament was no exception. 14th-seed Vijay went all the way to the finals. 4th-seed Raifer won the tournament.
It was brother against brother all through our Super Smash Bros Brawl brackets and Johnny beat his brother Tommy in the final.
As always among gamers, good sportsmanship was in evidence. Winners and losers would high-five each other for playing a great game. Veteran players could be counted on to give tips to newbies on getting around obstacles and making higher scores. They were fun tournaments for everyone.
This winter’s tournament will be a Pokémon Battle Revolution on January 3. Bring your DSi and play against each other on the big screen. Watch this space for more details…
On January 4, eight boys in grades 3-5 joined in competition using DS handhelds with their own trainers and collections of Pokémon in our first-ever Pokémon tournament. We chose Battle Revolution because it is the Wii game that can be played using the DS as a controller. This way, we were able to project the battles up on the big screen so that everyone in the room could watch and participate. The competition was heavy all the way to the end as the combatants were fairly evenly matched in skill. One emerged as Pokétopia Master. We were very happy to have Gabriel agree to judge. He even played an exhibition game against the winner. If you would like to see more tournaments like this, please let us know!
On January 4 from 1:30 – 5:00 PM, we will have our first ever video game Pokémon tournament. There is room in our registration for more students, in grades 3 – 8. Please contact the ASK ME desk in Youth Services to register, or register on our online registration calendar. Students from outside the library district may register in-person at the ASK ME desk for $2.
The general information and rules are:
When you arrive at the tournament, you must check in with the tournament organizers.
• Tournament sign-in will be open from approximately 1:15 – 1:25 PM. Walk-in registrants will be accepted only if pre-registrants have not arrived by 1:25 PM.
• No new registrations will be taken after 1:25 PM. We will begin the tournament once all players are signed in.
• All players may remain for the entire tournament. Cheer your friends to victory!
• Trash talking is allowed, but no swearing or bad behavior.
• Prizes will be Target gift cards.
• The tournament may end early.
• Players will combat using their own DS handhelds and their Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, HeartGold, SoulSilver or Platinum.
• Certain Pokémon are forbidden. The forbidden list can be accessed at Smogon University’s Uber list.
• Players will be assigned numbers at registration and will be paired randomly.
• Players 5 or more minutes late to any round will automatically take a game loss.