A weekend that was supposed to be full of fun and excitement took a decidedly tragic turn when it became known that fighting game competitor Bryand "Krucial B" McIntosh, 34, died shortly after his participation in Defend the North in New York City , McIntosh was a prominent member of the Fighting Community in Louisiana, and those who knew him mourned publicly since they learned the news of his death.
In the days following McIntosh's apparent death last Saturday night, participants in the event had shared complaints. The tournament's handling of the heatwave that occurred last weekend in New England led to speculation that the tournament was not doing enough had to protect the participants from the high heat. However, there is no official information to suggest that the heatwave has anything to do with McIntosh's death. Kotaku has asked the organizers of the tournament, alleged witnesses and the hotel where the tournament took place for further details and has not yet received any feedback.
Defend the North was founded by Andy "Citiofbrass" Dumornay in 2014 as a way to give New York City its own major event. Although the bustling metropolis has spawned some of the greatest fighting game players of all time, the state relinquished a flagship tournament due to the high cost of running within the city limits until Defend the North attempted to take that position. Dumornay has since maintained his role as CEO of Defend the North, but as the participants heard, several issues prevented him and his team from having a fun experience this year.
Defend the North's biggest problem had to do with alleviating the heat wave that rolled through the northeastern United States at the weekend. While outside temperatures in New York City reached only 95 ° C, relative humidity pushed the heat index – or how it feels outside – to the three-digit level, forcing Mayor Bill de Blasio to close a series of outdoor festivals. "We have not seen such temperatures for at least seven years."
Due to the high heat, it was even more important to stay hydrated. Defend the North participants said they were dissatisfied with the attitude to food and drink from outside and many said in social media that they welcomed would strict regulations while trying to enter the venue with personal water bottles. In addition, players have claimed that some rooms were dangerously overcrowded and the air conditioning was either off or off to alleviate the power supply problems that still reign in New York City. There have also been conflicting reports from players claiming that water was actually provided by the tournament and that the provision against outside water was not enforced as strongly as some had implicated , Again Kotaku has not checked any of this information with the tournament organizers or the New Yorker, the hotel where Defend the North took place.
On Saturday, Bryand "Krucial B" McIntosh is said to have lost his life shortly after a Samurai Shodown match in the stream. The community heard for the first time on its local martial arts scene in Louisiana that McIntosh had died from friends and told social media that McIntosh had apparently suffered a seizure on Defend the North. McIntosh was apparently taken to a nearby hospital where he died that night. With the apparent water issues of the tournament already part of the public discussion of the event, some responded to the news by quickly relying on the idea that McIntosh's seizure might be a symptom of a heat stroke caused by a lack of water and a cool environment has been . While there is still no official information as to what exactly caused McIntosh's seizure, his friends have requested to wait for more information than to arrive at conclusions.
McIntosh was a longtime fighting game player who touched many lives and since the news of his death, social media has been flooded with messages of remembrance and sadness. He was described as " really good guy ", " mentor and teacher ", " important column " of the Louisiana Parish and as someone who " held the whole church together . " In a long eulogy the fight play evangelist Jonathan "MajinObama" Metoyer of McIntosh said goodbye and explained why he took such a special place in the hearts of those who knew him: "He is a ubiquitous, positive figure in mine Memory of my local scene. Louisiana has lost a parishioner, but more importantly, we all have lost a real bastard. "
" I would not be where I am or have the values I do if there were not people in my scene like him, "Metoyer continued. "It was not enough that he was just a cool, funny guy, but he always rode for the scene, something about his attitude made it really easy for him to get on with it and made you follow him looking up to him, and the positive memories that I have of him will always contribute to my own vision of what our community can be. "
It is clear that the melee community for McIntosh's absence may be worse than his legacy Legacies will live on by those he inspired, both in Louisiana and abroad.