VGCW update

I still like VGCW, but I’ve gotten a little less insistent on it. I think the novelty of seeing characters flop around in a badly programmed game has worn off.

My favorite VGCW matches yet

What have my favorite matches in VGCW been?

Favorite One-on-One Match: Chief Arino vs. Ridley.

 

Why: Because of the pure spectacle. This is a monster movie fight, and the Ridley CAW is brilliant.

Favorite tag-team match: Shadow Ball Valley vs. The Dragons

Why: This requires a little more explanation. See, the Dragons (the protagonists of the Double Dragon games) had a long winning streak. This was not entirely due to their own capabilities, and more due to their opponents 2Kuality-ing out.

So, it was good that they were dethroned in a “legitimate” victory.

The Ramshackle Mess Of 2Kuality

In VGCW, there is a phenomenon that (partially) explains the goofiness. The long name for this can be called “Watching designers push a rushed yearly wrestling game to its absolute limit.” The short names are “2Kuality” and “THQuality“.

Using WWE 2k14 had an additional problem-kind of. Once support was pulled and the servers shut down, they were stuck with the current rosters. (However, I must say that the nature of the show means the roster’s at its appropriate size anyway-adding more would devolve back into gimmicks).

2K15 had very limited customization. 2K16 is better, but still isn’t up to 2K14s, and, most importantly, lacks the “create a story” feature. (You’d have to prerecord the matches and make the story in Ren’Py or something similar, edit them, and then broadcast, compared to the existing smooth livestream).

I do want to see a 2K16 trial run, with a ton of new characters to shake up the matches. I fear the existing cast is too well known.

But the existing VGCW, jury-rigged as it is, is still enjoyable.

Weird Wrestling

So, I have a new bizarre diversion-that strange diversion being Video Game Championship Wrestling.

Last night, I saw a VCGW stream in its entirety for the first time. And it is hilarious. Using WWE 2K14’s “create-a-wrestler” mode to make impressions of various fictional characters, and then leaving them to the game’s questionable AI, the result is one of those goofy diversions that keeps you diverted-

-And that’s without the plot. Yes, there’s a plot, and the plot itself is a work of skill. This is because unlike in actual professional wrestling, the match outcomes are not predetermined, so the storyline has to be made up on a week-by-week basis.

So, take a look at the show archives and see everything from the names the announcer programming can’t manage to the sight of cartoon goofballs and guys in bad costumes fighting it out.

Very enjoyable.