When we called on the community to find out what they’d like to see on the OzHadou website, one of the popular requests was more information about connecting with the various fighting game communities within Australia. With the AU FGC scattered across multiple websites and social media pages it can be difficult for people to track down others who share their interest in particular games or live in the same area.
Based on this feedback we’ve introduced new communities pages which can be accessed from the main menu. The default view provides links to Australia fighting game groups and websites divided by fighting game franchises. The secondary view lists groups by region.
As you can see from the pages we’ve covered a lot of active groups, but we’ll need your help to keep it up-to-date. If you know of any active Australian groups or websites that we’ve missed, please let us know via the OzHadou Facebook page.
There’s a lot for the Australian fighting game community to look forward to in 2016. Street Fighter V and Tekken 7 are coming to consoles, Button Smash and BAM have been announced and there are plenty of events happening in January. The OzHadou team is also using the New Year to give the website a fresh look and format so that we can better support the AU FGC.
In addition to our new mobile-friendly theme, we’re taking steps to retire parts of our online footprint that are no longer relevant. This allows us to redirect our efforts towards activities that better suit the AU FGC of today.
Hit the jump for the first big change we’ve made to OzHadou as part of our latest website update.
It’s no secret at this point that big changes are coming to the OzHadou website. We’ve been working hard to try and make OzHadou the ultimate hub for everything related to the Australian FGC and we’d like your feedback on what we can do to make it even better. What kind of content do you want to see from us? How do you want to interact with other players? We want to build the best hub we can for you and our scene and we want to know what you think we can do to improve.
The survey can be found here, any and all feedback is greatly appreciated!
Since its creation in 2001 OzHadou has endeavoured to provide an online hub for the Australian fighting game community. For much of OzHadou’s life the forums have provided a common environment for people throughout the Australian FGC to publish and discuss their news, covering events, tournament results and a wide range of local content and discussions. The OzHadou forum was an ideal shared space when communities outside of Sydney were in their online-infancy.
Today the Australian scene enjoys the support of many fighting game clubs and organisations nationwide, each with its own online presence, allowing each group much-needed autonomy. While many of these groups have channels within social media through which members can interact, the dispersion of online portals makes it difficult to track everything the community has on offer.
OzHadou is working to consolidate Australian FGC news once more by scouring relevant Facebook announcements and aggregating these here. In this way OzHadou can serve as a jumping-on point for new players and also provide a summary of Australian activity for existing ones.
To help us maximise OzHadou’s news coverage we’re asking the community for help. If you have news relating to the Australian FGC that hasn’t been covered here you can email it to us via our new Submit News links. You can find these links in the page menu and under the “Connect with us!” panel.
This week OzHadou is launching the OzHadou Event Calendar, a Google Calendar instance which aims to summarise forthcoming Australian fighting game activities in one location.
Given the wide range of fighting game groups out there, we’re asking for the community to help us out. If you know about an upcoming event that isn’t listed on our calendar you can use the link below to send us an email with the details (especially the event’s online portal) and we’ll add it to the calendar.
The twelfth annual OHN – Ozhadou Nationals – will take place on October 10th-12th. Sydney’s major Fighting Game event is also Australia’s longest running. Expect to see top players from across the country converge and do battle.
Trailer: Get ready to eliminate all threats
Date: 10th-12th Oct 2014 Time: Fri 6pm-11pm, Sat/Sun 10am-10pm Where: Red Room, L1, 99 York St, Sydney
Website: Tournament information including games list and registration information is available at the official event website
I’ve put together a fighting game community news aggregator that pulls headlines in from various fighting game websites and bundles them into one location. You can check the page out here.
Right now this is very basic and in need of some testing, though feel free to give it a try. If you know of additional sites you feel should be added to this page please let me know in the comments section below or via the OzHadou forums.
Canberra’s monthly “Canberra Fighting Game League” wrapped up another session on May 26th after hosting tournaments for Super Street Fighter II Turbo HDR, Marvel VS Capcom 3 and Street Fighter IV AE.
Of note is the very tense finals for HDR between “Final Atomic Buster” and “Vlade”, both of Canberra and veteran players of the beloved classic. From tournament coordinator Peter:
“Vlade has won every CFGL HDR tournament to date and this is the second time Justin has meet Vlade in the finals, so Justin had been practicing counter strategies to Vlade’s usual Zangief main, but Vlade decided to start of with Ryu instead throwing a spanner in the works.”
And, well, the results speak for themselves. Definitely a great watch for those into ST, or just tense finals in general:
More matches from Canberra’s league can be found here. Meet-ups are typically held once a month and are announced on the forums, a thread for which you can find here. The meets are held at “Goodgames” in Canberra and are definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area and feel like throwing down with those from the capital. More information about the venue can be found on Goodgames’ website.
As mentioned on the forums, OzHadou’s front page now (finally) has article comment support.
Please excuse the sketchy CSS (as the yet-to-be-released replacement front page is still a work in progress) so for now this ought to do the trick.
The comment system uses Disqus rather than the stock WordPress comments due to some historical back-end incompatibilities. The bonus is that it allows you to authenticate and leave comments via a number of popular social systems you’re likely already a member of, such as Facebook, OpenID, Google+, Twitter and Yahoo!
Please give this a shot if you’re inclined to check out the front page from time to time.