Tuesday, September 3, 2019

"Inside Killer Queen, the addictive arcade sensation that’s spawned its own subculture"

A.A. Dowd for AVClub:

Killer Queen almost always draws a crowd, because it’s nearly as fun to watch as it is to play. Which is maybe surprising, because what you’re sometimes watching is a bee sitting on a snail, inching to victory.

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On this particular weekend, the last one of June, the whole bar belongs to the bugs. A couple hundred players, divided into groups of five, have traveled from all over the country to compete in KQXXX, the 30th national Killer Queen tournament. Some teams wear matching shirts; others look like they walked out of the music video for Blind Melon’s “No Rain.”

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“I was immediately hooked,” recalls Lau, who’s all but mastered the game’s chief offensive position of “speed warrior.”

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a belief in the importance of social interaction is literally coded into the game; “Meet Thy Neighbor” flashes across the screen between matches, like a parent arranging a play date for their shy kid.

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Killer Queen was originally conceived as a field sport, not an eSport.
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