(Afternoon, convention centre, video game hall)
ANNOUNCER: The score stands 2-1 in Emily’s favour! It looks like it’s all over!
(Lucina deftly dodges Zelda’s attacks, baiting out an attack to deliver the final strike)
The winner is…Lucina! (round of applause)
ANNOUNCER: Amazing! Zelda was no match for Lucina’s agility! Emily will be moving onward!
(shakes hand) Good game.
Hey, everyone’s gotta start somewhere. I wasn’t that good at first either, but I had friends to help me along the way.
Hmm…how about this? I’ll give you my number, and we can stay in touch for practice sessions.
Anything to help a fellow girl out.
Thanks. I’ll need it.
(Early evening, final round between Sam and Emily)
ANNOUNCER: We are truly witnessing the ultimate match here, folks. Sam, ever the strong, silent type, has utterly annihilated the competition thus far with Diddy Kong. But Emily is holding on to her dear last life!
(in the stands)
REN: Yeah. I’m so glad we signed up, even if we all got knocked out early. These players have really inspired me to work on my game.
UNCLE: Yeah, kids today have become so smart. Never in my life did I expect to see a girl as one of the top players.
(after several rounds of blows and dodges, Lucina slips on a surprise peel, which Diddy Kong punishes with a final attack. The crowd bursts out hollering and cheering.)
ANNOUNCER: WE HAVE A WINNER! Congratulations to Sam, our new champion! I’ve never seen anyone maneuver Diddy Kong so well!
SAM: (shakes hands) Thanks for such a great experience. It was truly a thrill to face someone as skilled as you.
The same with you too. I guess I’ll have to settle for second, but I’ll be ready for you next time.
SAM: I’ll be waiting.
(Stacy, Oliver, Ren, and Uncle come down from the stands)
Well, that was my best result so far.
I was too, naturally. But there’s always a better player out there.
REN: Hey, you’re still better than all of us.
Eh, it’s not to get too complacent. For all I know, you could all be my fiercest rivals someday. (turns to Uncle) So, how long have you been playing?
UNCLE: Since the arcade days. Haven’t had time to get back into it, but perhaps a little motivation from my niece could get these old thumbs working again.
UNCLE: (surprised, then smiles)
REN: I have to attend to the Gamer Club, but I’ll find some time.
I’ll try to visit whenever I get the chance.
(video game club gathering is shown)
(narrating) Oliver and I have started our own club, Games for Everyone. Emily was right; it turned out that several girls liked video games at my school, but just needed friends to show them there was nothing strange about it. Ren comes around every so often. He doesn’t let Lucas know of course.
(Stacy is seen at her computer)
(narrating) Speaking of Emily, we keep in touch. She’s really smart. Not only does she kick my butt online, she’s also a math prodigy and a computer science major. Hmm…maybe I should get into programming too….
(Shows dinner with Oliver, Ren, and Uncle)
(Shows Stacy, Oliver, Uncle, Ren, and Emily huddled around TV screen, with a match against M. Bison in Street Fighter II playing. Oliver hands the controller to Stacy.)
UNCLE: Just like her old man, picking Chun-Li.
REN: Positive. The highest-level computer is no match for Stacy.
Yes. She’s gotten a lot better in the last few months.
CHUN-LI: Hahahahaha! Yatta!
(readies camera) All right everyone, get ready! (runs over)
ALL: (strikes Street Fighter style victory pose just before camera flashes) YEAH!