Leliana Vess, Defier of Demons

Leliana Vess, Defier of Demons
Black Magic shall rule over all

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The forever changing times

  So as most people in the fighting game community probably know, the legendary Chinatown Fair Arcade has close down. However, we also found out that rather than close down, they may instead move to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, my old neighborhood. I can tell you all right now that if this does happen then I may end up living there. I was filled with so much sadness at finding out that CF, the only arcade left in the East Coast and the only arcade that has lasted since the 90’s, was actually closing down. I literally thought that the east coast fighting game scene would die right then and there. And it probably would too, because all the east coast players would either be forced to go to XBL or PSN to get any good competition, or else make a move to the west coast. What’s also sad is considering that Arcade Infinity is closing its doors after all these years. While the never ending demise of the arcade scene in America is really nothing new, it really hurts to see it coming so close to home, especially considering cf is pretty much the only great arcade on the entire east coast.
  I still remember the first time I ever stepped foot in that little hole in the wall. It was two years ago, when I had first decided to start taking fighting games seriously. I had heard about the place for months prior from my friends, and I decided to go to test how strong the players there were. I come to find out that most of them were at a level I couldn’t even comprehend at the time. The players were doing large combo strings that I could never do, used tactics I never heard about, and played on arcade sticks, something I was completely unaccustomed too at the time. Playing there was what really opened my eyes to just how much farther I had to go in order to get even close to good in fighting games.
  I now had a place to hang out Friday nights, and I made a lot of friends there. It and SRK are responsible for some of the greatest times of my life. The sad part is that I’ve only been there for about 2 years, yet I feel sad to see it leave. Just imagine the people who have been going there practically since they were kids, like most of the pros in the fighting game scene. So sad. 
Chinatown Fair Arcade, you will be missed