Do you think you're good at video games? Compared to these guys, you probably aren't.
The World Cyber Games is the world's largest professional gaming league, and it's kicking off its U.S. Open tournament series this weekend in New York. Pros from all across gamerdom are competing in this weekend's tournament for over $20,000 in cash and prices and a berth in the USA National Final tournament. Among the competitors in the U.S. Open are professional Starcraft gamer "Red_ScorpiO" (Ralph Geunhwa), professional Dead or Alive 4 gamer "Master" (Emannuel Rodriguez), professional Counter Strike players Team Pandemic, professional Gears of War players Team MoB Hot n Mild, and others.
The tournament is being held at the Samsung Store in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, and will be open to spectators. Even complete newbies will be able to participate in a Tony Hawk's Project 8 tournament for a wild card slot in the World Cyber Games USA National final. If you think you have what it takes, head up to Columbus Circle tomorrow and Sunday and give it a try.
In the interest of full disclosure, "Master" Rodriguez is indeed very, very good at Dead or Alive 4. I didn't win a single fight against him, out of half a dozen rounds. Never let him play Ryu.