Thursday, December 07, 2006
Funde Razor at Barcade
Last night Rita and I went to Barcade for Funde Razor, a special event benefitting Child's Play Charity. I've mentioned Barcade before -- it's a bar in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn with 20+ beers on tap and an assortment of classic '80s arcade games lining the walls. Last night's event featured my favorite PS2 game, Guitar Hero, projected on a big screen above the bar. Actually, it was Guitar Hero II, which lets you play duets with a friend (the original game was a solo-only affair). The organizers raffled off several custom-made GH controllers made from actual guitars, and put together a 16-player GH II tournament bracket. Rita hadn't seen the game before, and I haven't played it in months, so I didn't even consider signing up. I took some photos, but I didn't use the flash because I didn't want to distract the contestants, so that's why they're so dark. The crowd cheered when the players rocked out and got high scores and booed when they failed, just like a real concert. We stuck around for about an hour, but the bar was crowded and there weren't any seats, so we went home. I didn't buy any raffle tickets, but I'll make a donation to Child's Play again this year. And I'm still thinking seriously about picking up a PS2 and both Guitar Hero games, just for the hell of it.