Thursday, 19 February 2009

[146] Street Fighter IV in London

Today I went down to the HMV on Oxford Street in Central London to check out the Street Fighter IV arcade machines they have there.

Very sweet pieces of kit. They had two, two-player systems facing each other, with a nice big HD tv setup overhead for spectators. When I was there, it wasn't too packed, and they had a little sign-up sheet instead of a queue. The game looked lovely in motion; I didn't have the time or the courage to have a go. I'm more comfortable with embarrassment over Xbox Live, thank you very much.

Tomorrow at noon the store will be host to a world record attempt, where UK Street Fighter champion Zak Bennet will be hoping to beat 10 people consecutively in under 4 hours. Representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records will be there to oversee the event, and any member of the public who beats Bennet will be rewarded with a 48'' TV and home cinema system.

This is all part of the promotional circus for the home console release of, you guessed it, Street Fighter IV, which is coming out tomorrow (February 20th) for PS3 and Xbox 360.

The arcade systems will stay in London over the weekend, before moving to the Birmingham New Street Gamestation (26th February - 1st March) and the Gamestation in Hull's Prospect Centre (5th - 8th March).

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