Hey all, thanks for watching yesterday!
I was honored to be approached by BBH both from a professional standpoint, but also on a research level.
I want the excitement BBH has, for pinball. I wanted to know the energy levels, the shoutcasting, everything about it.
A few things that make this event what it is (These aren’t pluses or minuses, just notes):
1: The Tournament is 18 and over. This allows for more adult language to be used comfortably. There were maybe 3 kids at the event. You also had to confirm via a button before watching, that the stream contained mature content for folks 18 and up.
2: As mentioned, something really changes when you put two people at a desk, with sport coats on, talking to a camera. Two great casters (MAX) with an occasional interview, and a great director will make a broadcast SHINE (And a knowledge not to talk over each other. It happens but it should be the norm)
3: The energy of the room directly cooralates to the energy of the gameplay and to the hype man/woman.
- This was something I wanted to do at pinburgh, to get the crowd pumped, but the speakers were also pointed at the stage and I can only assume that would have been distracting, so it became a bit more “score reading” than anything else. Still had a blast though and got a lot of positive feedback about it.
4: SCREENS EVERYWHERE to show stats and gameplay! Like, EVERYWHERE!
5: An “arena” style environment with moving lights, flashy signs, and great background music gives this a feel of a professional and enormous production. It lets the audience see the screens better, but makes sure this is enough going on around them that no one will be bored.
6: Every player there, qualified to be there. 32 woman, 64 players total. 6 of the women qualified for both tournaments. 30% of all the players were NEW to the world championship!
7: This game and it’s family/community are almost party first, while the players have their game faces on during a match. It’s a game about shooting fake deer, but the excitement built up for it with the venue keeps people enthralled!
Overall I’m learning a lot about the event and having a fricken blast. I hope you are as well!
I’m taking this info and going to replicate it best I can by renting out a barcade in Chicago and pulling a LOT of favors from lighting/sound/production friends.
It’s worth a shot, but DAMMNIT I want people to be having fun and screaming for players. Just a personal preference. Haha
I love you pinheads, and I hope to see you all soon!