Tonight a couple of my friends and I drove two hours from Portland, OR to Eugene, OR to attend a Game Crazy sponsored Guitar Hero tournament at a great venue called the WOW Hall. I had pre-registered to play in the expert division and my friends were just coming to watch.
There were 36 players in the expert division and even in the first round I could tell that in the end it would be me and a local frat boy who seemed pretty good. By the time there was a final group of 8, the other players and I played on the venue's stage with the stages awesome speakers, lights, and a projecter showing everyone watching the screen behind us. Sure enough, the finalists were me and the frat boy. Upon observing his other performances that night, I was not worried about playing against him. My average score for each song that he had played was a good 50,000 - 80,000 points above his scores.
However, when it was time for the final round, GH3 got switched out for GH2 and we had to play Jordan. It had been a pretty long time since the last time I had played Jordan, but I wasn't worried since when I've played Jordan I've been able to pretty consistantly 5* it. Unfortunately, tonight I was not so lucky. I played horribly. I messed up on countless star paths that I have always been able to nail no problem, and my guitar's star power accidentally got activated at a horrible time towards the end of the song. I ended up losing by about 20,000 - 25,000 points.
Such a horribly missed opportunity to take first place! I couldn't believe that I did so bad, and I will probably be frustrated with myself for a good while. I could have easily beaten his score by 50,000 or more points, and I think the last song would have been a lot more fun if it was something equally as challenging from GH3.
Complaints aside, good did come out of winning 2nd place! I won a $50 gift card to Game Crazy, Forza Motorsport 2 / Marvel Ultimate Alliance, tons of sticker and pins and coupons, a beanie for some Capcom game, and a Game Crazy tee shirt. Not too bad in my opinion. The first place prize was the same package, except with two tickets to see a Buckethead show in Eugene (worth $20 each) instead of the $50 gift card. I am very happy with winning the $50 gift card, and if I had won the tickets for the show I would have driven a couple hours to Eugene and back on the night of the show. If I decide that I want to see Buckethead live, I could just buy tickets to see him play in Portland.
Overall, the tournament tonight was a great experiance and I was happy to walk away with a decent prize. I am hoping that there will be another Guitar Hero tournament somewhere around here soon so I can once again shoot for 1st!