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Seth Mussey and Omega Sparx' "Rumble" really ratcheted up the “hype” levels of EVO 2013 with the intro video for Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 this past weekend. The video that played just before the top eight contenders stepped up to the plate is now live for the general public. By all accounts, it's one of the most adrenaline pumping promo videos for a competitive video game tournament... maybe, ever.
I'm not a big fan of rap but after seeing that video during the finals on Sunday, I was searching around to find out what the name of the song was and, I'm not ashamed to say, I grabbed it off Amazon as soon as I got the details. It's a kickbutt song that is tuned perfectly to the over-the-top competitive levels associated with the annual Evolution eSports tournament.
The song fits in with amount of hype that comes with Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 about as well as OJ Simpson fits being a murderer . Now for those of you who don't know, “hype” means crowd reaction and the ramping up of adrenaline during a bout. This year's finals were nearly completely off the chain and whether you're a fighting game aficionado or not, the fights were entirely dynamic and totally worth getting engaged with or getting "hyped" about. In fact, you can check out some of the clips from EVO 2013 and UMVC3 below, to see just how intense the atmosphere gets when money and prestige are on the line.
I'm a little torn on how I feel about Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom because of the amount of cheapness involved. It seems odd to me that with such strict rules at EVO, it's one of the most unbalanced games that gets a lot of the spotlight.
There are quite a few cheap characters and a ton of lower-tier fighters on the UMVC3 roster that no one ever touches, as if they'll contract crabs if they even move the cursor near them.
Now, King of Fighers XIII was the game that really helped set the mood – it was like hype foreplay. The finals for the game was a technical display of mastery, and it really showcased that not just anybody can pick up the controller and dole out a grand finale-style beatdown on one of the best players in the world.
I do have to admit that following KOF there was a steady pace of momentum that increased with Smash Bros. Melee and then things slowed down with Injustice, and then things nearly died when Microsoft elicited boos from the crowd, but shortly thereafter we got hit with that awesome video above featuring “Rumble” from Omega Sparx and everyone, from the crowd to the stream viewers, was straight-up hyped for Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3, cheap fighters or not. Heck it even helped push EVO right over the boundaries with an unprecedented amount of viewers.
You can learn more about Evolution and other eSports fighting game tournaments by paying a visit to the official website. If you were digging that song from Omega Sparx, feel free to pick up a digital copy from iTunes or Amazon.