Andrew Cretella writes: "Winter Game Fest is an annual, two-day video game event hosted at the University of California, San Diego by the Sixth College Tech Committee. This year’s Winter Game Fest, which occurred on January 22nd and 23rd, featured free (except for Smash Bros.) tournaments for new and classic games alike: Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Street Fighter IV, Halo: Reach, Blazblue: Continuum Shift, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Starcraft II, Starcraft: Brood War and Defense of the Ancients. Players competed for over $7,000 in prizes, though the San Diego County News hilariously and erroneously reported that the prize pool was $700,000.
The event is kind of a big deal at UCSD; roughly 2,000 people attended, and it was sponsored by companies such as Blizzard, Microsoft, and Best Buy, along with several others. The attention of most individual players though, is focused on one game tournament, sometimes maybe two. The seven or eight other games are just part of the background for what they really came for. My attention was directed exclusively towards Super Smash Bros. Melee. This dynamic little game, soon to be ten years old, continues to thrive and survive despite its age and the prejudices of traditional fighting game players."