Some colleges have already started, but most will open nation wide after Labor Day. College is an intimating place and it’s hard to make friends initially unless sports, beer, and partying are personal favorites. But what about sports for nerds like fighting games? And then what if there was a way to watch a particular fighting game on Twitch and make bets on it? Enter the bizarre world of M.U.G.E.N and SaltyBet.
M.U.G.E.N is an odd indie/fan game that allows players to put in any fighter they can create. For example, someone may take sprites from Street Fighter, or Tekken games, remake them for M.U.G.E.N and voilà. There are hundreds of characters in the game and its ever evolving. Plus it’s not exclusive to games, because TV shows, like Family Guy and The Simpsons, are in there as well. But let’s get back to SaltyBet.
SaltyBet is an online site where people can bet on fights via Twitch. Not player vs player fights, but AI vs AI fights. There is no skill involved, just computer intelligence which goes one of two ways: badly, or awesome. When characters aren’t programmed correctly the computer can’t really handle them with ease, but if a fighter is programmed well, then fights will get pretty intense and exciting. Either way, it’s endlessly entertaining and addicting just like watching cats on YouTube.
The nice thing about wagering money on SaltyBet is that it’s a fake currency called Salty Bucks. It’s all for fun and bragging rights so there’s nothing to lose except valuable time. It’s not for everyone, but it’s an odd phenomenon that definitely deserves a look. It’ll be a great way to start college, or perhaps even get people into game design by downloading the game itself. After all, the creator behind Pokémon Generations did just that. So whether it’s on the Twitch stream, or on the SaltyBet website itself, grab some friends, dorm mates, neighbors, pets, or whatever and start placing bets today.