Gaming systems are sort of like sports teams: Each has a dedicated fan base that shamelessly exalts its system of choice at every opportunity while simultaneously bashing the others. You can tell Nintendo fans because they wear T-shirts with cheesecake shots of Princess Peach and they hate having to push buttons to play their games. Sony fans are the ones who think Madden NFL is PlayStation-exclusive and bought their PS3 only because they saw Flo Rida had one on MTV Cribs. Microsoft fans? Theyre like PC gamers from 1999 theyre all about fragging people in Halo and calling them noob as they crouch-hump their dead bodies. Ah, classics never die.
If Microsofts fanboys are a bit too rabid about their online games, its only because Xbox 360 is easily the best system for multiplayer action. Thats why SFX360, a South Florida meet-up group for Xbox 360 fans, has blossomed into one of the liveliest gamer organizations. The group gathers every first Saturday of the month in Davie, in addition to organizing weekly online meetups such as Gamerchix Ladies Night over Xbox Live. On Saturday, theyll be celebrating their first anniversary in style: with a huge LAN party and gaming tournament at Lucky Strike (1691 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach). Beginning at 3 p.m., SFX will conduct single elimination contests for Halo 3, Gears of War, and Call of Duty 4, with cash prizes stretching up to $400. Theres no cover, but tourney registration costs $30 per person (though Call of Duty is free). Visit www.xbox.meetup.com/171.
Sat., July 26, 2008