Video Game Mania III:
The Players

(in order of appearance)

Bob S - Fourth Place
3rd VGM
4 points - #4 seed in playoffs
Whenever anybody mentioned Super Monkey Ball, Bob thought they were talking about his testicles. Bob is a Video Game Mania veteran, appearing in every one so far. In addition, he was the first to arrive at 11:30. This was a good year for him, as he was able to win Super Monkey Ball (Gamecube), and come in second in Minestorm (Vectrex). And if Dave D had not beaten Bob's Minestorm score by only 120 points (43425 to 43305), Bob would have secured the #2 seed. Bob finished #4 overall.

Brian
1st VGM
1 point
Bob's friend Brian is a good guy and a real gamer. Although he had to leave early Brian still managed to come in second in Galaxian. While his video game skills are still a bit immature, he has the potential to make his mark in a future Video Game Mania. If he dusts off his old Atari 2600 and starts practicing 8 hours a day, he might be able to compete with the big boys.

Frank H
1st VGM
0 points
Although Frank didn't score any points at his first Video Game Mania, he probably had as good a time as anybody. Frank doesn't need to win to have a good time, and thank goodness for that because he didn't win sh*t. But to his credit, what he lacked in points he made up for in cheesecake consumption. Frank did place third in Centipede.


Chris G
1st VGM
1 point
Chris' lone point came from a second place finish in Centipede (Atari 5200), although he also made a strong run in Mortal Kombat II (Genesis). He's not a video game nut like me, but he proved he could still kick it old school style. And as he was leaving, Chris exclaimed "You guys ain't s---! I'm show all you m---- f------ next time! punk-ass b-----s!"*
* Writer's embellishment

Steve N (1st place - VGM3 CHAMPION)
1st VGM
9 points - #1 seed in playoffs
If anyone deserved to win VGM3, it was Steve. Just look at the determination in his face for Pete's sake!! I personally predicted that Steve would be the #1 seed in VGM3, because I play video games with him regularly and have witnessed his extraordinary skills. He won two of the six multiplayer events (Mortal Kombat II and Warlords) and won Galaxian too. Steve is an intense player, and to him, video games, beer, and profanity-laced tirades go hand-in-hand.

Mike F - 2nd place
1st VGM
6 points - #3 seed in playoffs
While he downplays his video game abilities, in fact Mike has a history with video games that goes all the way back to the Atari 5200 he played as a kid. So it's no surprise that he won Centipede - the only 5200 game at VGM3. But he didn't stop there. Mike also won Ms. Pac-Man and made the finals for Warlords (Atari 2600) and Virtua Athlete (Dreamcast). All that gave Mike enough momentum to make the finals, where he gave Steve N a real run for the money.

George C
1st VGM
4 points - #5 seed in playoffs
I've known George for a long time and it's harder to find a more competitive or expressive video game player. George was jumping around during the Virtua Athlete competition like he had ants in his pants. When all was said and done, George came in 2nd in NBA Jam and won NAM 1975 with a score of 60,400. George nearly had a minor heart attack when Dan H later managed a score of 59,900! George didn't fare well in the Pong playoffs, and was ousted in the first round by Bob. This day was also historic in that it marked the first time George ever lost a video game without blaming the controller.

Don F
3rd VGM
1 point
This was the first video game mania in which Don failed to qualify for the playoffs. Don's single point was made by coming in 2nd in Ms. Pac-Man. Don is never at a loss for words and has a hilarious comment for everything. He also has the distinction of being the only player to wear the same damn shirt to EACH of the three video game manias! Don has since vowed to trash this cursed garment and make a new start for himself.

Legacy of "The Shirt"
VGM1 - December 2000 VGM2 - December 2001 VGM3 - January 2003

Brad M
1st VGM
3 points - 7th seed in playoffs
Brad is Don's brother-in-law. He can really play, although Don claims he has joystick envy. Brad systematically eliminated his opponents on his way to winning NBA Jam event, but he was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. He also scored points with my wife by discussing the ingredients to the fine cuisine she had prepared for the players.

Shawn P
1st VGM
1 point
Shawn knows the meaning of "old school" gaming - he even brought over his venerable Fairchild Channel F system. It turns out that we both share a fascination for watching large, blocky objects move across a screen. So it's no surprise that Shawn came in second in Smithereens (Odyssey 2), although it was not enough to get him into the playoffs. Shawn lost the 8th seed to Mike W in a special "wildcard" round decided by a game of Warlords.

Bruce C
1st VGM
0 points
In an attempt to maximize his competitiveness and testosterone level, Bruce abstained from sex for one week before VGM3. Not surprisingly, Bruce was quick on the joystick but his games all seemed to end prematurely. Bruce didn't win anything at VGM3, but I have to give him credit for bringing his friend Dave D who proved to be a quite tenacious video game player.

Dave D - Third Place
1st VGM
7 points - #2 seed in playoffs
He looks more like a college professor than a dancer, but it turns out that Dave can play a mean game of Dance Dance Revolution and has even been seen shaking his booty at the arcades. So it came as no surprise when I later discovered that Dave had served as "the white guy" on Soul Train from 1991-1993. Dave got off to a fast start by winning the first event (Smithereens) and coming in second in Super Monkey Ball. He tailed off after that, but still managed to wrestle the Mine Storm high score away from Bob, and finished an impressive third overall.

Bill W
2nd VGM
0 points
Bill isn't a big video game nut but he didn't want to miss out on the event of the millennium. Wild Bill did manage to make a damn good showing in Super Monkey Ball. Evidentally monkeys and balls are concepts Bill can relate to. With some training and conditioning in the off-season, there's no doubt that Bill will be a force to be reckoned with next year.

Keith M
1st VGM
0 points
Even though he works the night shift, Keith (aka Undercover Brother) still managed to make a cameo appearance. Although Keith did participate in a few games, he was more interested by the fact that Maryland kicked Duke's ass on national TV! Boooya!! Keith is also famous for his rendition of the cheesy theme to the 1992 Sega CD game Road Avenger ("O ni hi - o ni row - no one's gonna stop me now!")

Shawn N (VGM2 Champ)
2nd VGM
0 points (!)
Another victim of "the curse", VGM2 Champ Shawn N didn't do JACK this year! He even had the audacity to blame me for inviting "ringers" that "probably programmed the damn games!" But a more likely explanation is that Shawn got caught up in all the fame and fortune that came with being the VGM2 champion. Indeed, Shawn fell victim to all the excess and started hanging out with the wrong crowd. He hit rock bottom when he was caught stealing a Slim Jim at a local 7-11. His story was recently chronicled in a special edition of the E channel's "True Hollywood Stories".

John S
2nd VGM
0 points
John will be the first to admit that he doesn't give a shit about video games. But if there's a social event with food, you can bet John will be there. Although he didn't participate in any of the multi-player games, John did make an effort to qualify for the playoffs by playing the single-player games (to no avail). He also served as "lead heckler" during the Pong playoffs. I want to thank John for inexplicably doing home repairs around my house while VGM3 was in progress!

Joe
1st VGM
0 points
Joe basically came along with John to see all the fuss was about, and if this picture is any indication, he found the proceedings to be positively vomit-inducing. Joe didn't participate in many events, but at least he made his presence known in Mortal Kombat II. If Joe learns how to play video games, he could be a factor in the next VGM.

Rob Z
1st VGM
3 points - 6th seed in playoffs
You know it's a special occasion when Rob Z shows up at your door. He's been keeping a low profile since Beavis and Butthead was cancelled in the mid-90s (he played Beavis). And I had forgotten just how competitive this guy is. He proved he had mad skillz by winning the Virtua Athlete contest, which secured his place in the playoffs. Hopefully we'll be seeing more of this guy in the future.

Jacob M (VGM1 Champ)
3rd VGM
1 point
Since winning the inaugural Video Game Mania, Jacob has had little luck in trying to recapture the crown. He is a victim of "the curse" that seems to follow former VGM Champions. Although he made a good run in the final three multi-player events, the only thing he was able to show for it was a second place finish in Virtua Athlete. Once a legendary champion, Jacob finds himself currently residing in the "where are they now" file.

Mike W
1st VGM
1 point - 8th seed
Possibly the most casual player at VGM3, Mike really didn't expect to have much of an impact. However, his second place finish in Mortal Kombat II put him in a three-way tie for the final seed, and he won a special Warlords contest to squeeze into the playoffs. And Mike gave #1 seed Steve N a real run for the money before losing in the first round of the playoffs. Mike reminded me that since he came to my party, now I have to attend his "Paintball Mania I" event.

Jonathan H
1st VGM
0 points
Considering his love for video games, it's shocking that Jonathan didn't make a stronger showing in this year's VGM. Johnathan was the youngest competitor at a mere 21 years old. His favorite games are RPGs and 2D fighters, and had he arrived a bit earlier to compete in Mortal Kombat II he may have made more of an impact. But instead Jonathan will be forced to spend the rest of 2003 reflecting on "where he went wrong".


Dan H
2nd VGM
1 point
Incredibly, Dan arrived just as the food was being served. Although mainly a spectator, Dan scared the living crap out of George when he came within 500 points of George's high score in NAM (604000 to 59900). George had been sitting on that score all day, considering it untouchable. A die-hard football fan, Dan was probably disappointed that for the first year ever, there were no football events at Video Game Mania.


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