"Gamble" On Ridiculous Fighting Game Matchups At Salty Bet

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"Gamble" On Ridiculous Fighting Game Matchups At Salty Bet



Salty Bet is something of an online gambling den, only instead of illegal cockfights, it invites spectators to bet on the results of bizarre fighting game mashups.

With the increasing prominence of eSports within the fighting game community, it was only a matter of time before someone offered spectators a chance to bet on the outcome of various matches. This being the Internet however, simple bookmaking techniques might seem a bit dull when contrasted with endless reams of pornography and cute cat pictures. Thus, Salty Bet takes things in a different, appropriately eccentric direction.

Here's how it works: Spectators hoping to bet on matches create an account at the Salty Bet website. Once your account is established, you're given 400 Salty Bucks to wager on the site's battles as you see fit. There's no actual money exchanged, which is probably a good thing given how unpredictable and often baffling the fights seen on Salty Bet can be. Whereas you'd expect to see Street Fighter matches and the occasional Mortal Kombat bout, Salty Bet relies instead on MUGEN, the infamous fighting game platform that allows users to create their own custom characters. As a result, it's not uncommon to see Marvel Comics' Punisher character throwing down against Rock Howard from Garou: Mark of the Wolves, or a wildly racist riff on Iron Man. The characters and potential matchups are limited only by the creativity of the MUGEN community.

Until recently all of the matches seen on the Salty Bet livestream (hosted, naturally, by the fine people at Twitch) had featured actual human players, but the site has just switched to using computer-controlled fighters. The betting system remains the same, but now would-be oddsmakers can ignore the human element of the equation and focus entirely on ... character popularity? Momentary impulse? Gut feeling? There's no good way to bet on fake fighting games, but it's all fake money anyway, so who cares?

If you're intrigued by the idea of Salty Bet - and you should be; I'm currently watching a great match between Wonder Woman and Vegeta - you should really pay the site a visit. It's the kind of unrefined electronic chaos that the Internet is so very good at spawning, and if you're into fighting games, anime or comic books, it should at least provide a few minutes entertainment.

Source: Salty Bet [http://www.saltybet.com/]

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Very strange idea... I made a MUGEN game in college: Marvel Super Heroes II. Was pretty fun, but since I didn't know how to manipulate AI behavior I just pumped the last bosses stats up XD
 

Shia-Neko-Chan

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I go there all the time now. It's pretty hilarious. :3

But wow I can't BELIEVE how jealous I am that I didn't come up with this idea first!

I just can't believe it. x_x
 

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What's even more hilarious is the kind of thought processes you go through when you try to figure out who's going to win. I seriously heard my boyfriend mutter "Is that real Ash or fraudulent Ash? He better not be a damn clone. But that Gotenks' sprite is awful. Screw it, 1000 salty bucks on Ash. ... Wait did Gotenks just say something in Spanish?! SON OF A BI- I've made a terrible mistake! NOOO THE MEXICO BEAM!"
 

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Salty Bet has taken up so much of my time the past three days, it's so fun to watch an underdog you bet on beat the crap out of the favored character in the fifth round and win you a hefty profit. If anyone hasn't checked it out yet but is planning to one word of advise, always bet on waifu, they will almost always win.
 

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Darren716 said:
Salty Bet has taken up so much of my time the past three days, it's so fun to watch an underdog you bet on beat the crap out of the favored character in the fifth round and win you a hefty profit. If anyone hasn't checked it out yet but is planning to one word of advise, always bet on waifu, they will almost always win.

Always bet on DBZ
Always bet on mspaint (because higher quality characters are typically balanced more - so the ugly characters tend to be brokenly overpowered or don't work at all)


I'm avoiding making an account because I can't afford to spend the hours of my time watching fighting that it would suck me into. :D
 

Earnest Cavalli

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Aside from being able to do salty bets on bigger venues like EVO, there's no fun letting the AI decide who wins. Without the human at the controls, the games are going to be really quick or really stupid.
 

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Seems not long ago my friends and I played around with MUGEN and would watch the computer AI fight one another. I won't even attempt to guess at all the characters that are available now but Dragon Claw seemed to always win no matter who he faced.
 

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Norithics said:
What's even more hilarious is the kind of thought processes you go through when you try to figure out who's going to win. I seriously heard my boyfriend mutter "Is that real Ash or fraudulent Ash? He better not be a damn clone. But that Gotenks' sprite is awful. Screw it, 1000 salty bucks on Ash. ... Wait did Gotenks just say something in Spanish?! SON OF A BI- I've made a terrible mistake! NOOO THE MEXICO BEAM!"
To sum up my reaction to this post:

OT: Heard about it a few days ago. Since it does not use actual money, hey, I might try it out.