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Gaming Against My Virtual Self

It was a gamer’s dream come true the other night at the Electronic Arts (EA) pre-holiday event, a special happening limited to roughly 40 people interested in video games. Touch nightclub in Midtown was transformed into a play space; the top was reserved for games rated ‘teen and up’ and the bottom floor was filled with a more family friendly selection. The floors were divided into two sections with 5 television sets and couches, each with a different game and representative speaking about upcoming releases.

I got to play games like the “Need for Speed Undercover” from EA games and enjoy some of the finger foods at the bar (shrimps and tiny pastelitos). There was a female boxer signing autographs but I was too intimidated to go up to her, she frightened me. Instead, I went up to one of the Wii demonstrators and asked him if they had any Latino players in their game “Facebreaker,” which is coming out this month.

Not only did they feature the only Latino character that night, but the character happened to bear an uncanny resemblance to yours truly (see photo). Romeo, a pretty boy boxer from Spain, is the spitting image of this Dominican Romeo. Good to know in case I ever need a body double.

As for the game play, it was on point. From the start, it was incredibly intuitive; as you swing at your opponent with the Wii controller in one hand, the character on screen reacts to your moves. There are also a lot of mini games that test your wit and hand-eye coordination. This game is definitely a good time and a great workout that will have you entertained for hours on end. At less than $40, you can’t go wrong with “Facebreaker KO Party,” a huge bang for your buck.