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So I noticed this on Eventhubs today. There are two videos showcasing how to use a Stick-less Fight Stick. This is pretty interesting check it out.

Fight Sticks have been the go to choice for most fighting game enthusiast. Many will say that it’s because they like the feel of the original arcade feel. Others will say that it’s superior to the basic controller scheme. I for one have a Fight Stick, but I prefer to use the Xbox 360 controller (don’t ask me why) for fighting games. The Stick-less Fight Stick would be right up my alley, because for the longest time I played SF and Mortal Kombat using a keyboard.

This is highly interesting and I am looking forward to the possibility of these things taking off and maybe being sold regularly like the TE and SE Fight Sticks by Madcatz.  

 

Check out these two videos and let us know what you think.

 

Don't be a Jimmy!

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Are epic comeback factors in fighting games a good thing?

By: iorilamia May 24, 2011 | 11 Comments

Some of the top fighting games have gone into a trend of having crazy comeback mechanics. This goes beyond your regular super move. Ultras, Red-Mode,Critical Counter and the controversial X-Factor have been relatively new. Are they good to have?

Fighting games takes lots of skill, dexterity and focus. Always generating lots of hype, fighting games are one of the most competitive genre of gaming. But what creates even more excitement are comebacks. Being almost dead and doing a epic combo or seemingly reading what your opponent will do and block/ counterattack to victory displays lots of skill or possibly luck. Comeback mechanics have been in fighting games forever but in the recent years with SF4, MvC3, Tekken 6 and KOF12 we have been exposed to some very interesting comeback factors that do require skill (some more than others) and have changed the outcome on many tournaments and casual play unexpectedly. Some of these mechanics seem reasonable, but a few may need to be altered a little. Here is what I think of them:

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MilkyPink

More Gif IDs

By: MilkyPink Feb 10, 2011 | 23 Comments

Requested gifs for members.. :)

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= For my close friend♥ FlyingxHeaven

 

 

= For my good friend LegendaryLonewolf

Originally released back in 1998 in the Arcades, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a hardcore fighting game based on the original manga Stardust Crusaders. It’s finally being re-released for everyone’s enjoyment on the PS3 and Xbox 360. Is it worth your money?

If you were a fighting game fan back in the late 90’s going to the Arcades you may have heard of and played JoJo’s Venture or the later renamed JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Although if you were like me then you never got a chance to play it because either your arcade didn’t have it or you were hooked on Street Fighter III and Marvel vs Capcom games. Unfortunately the latter was the case for many of us and we missed out on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Even after the game was ported to the PS1 and Dreamcast many gamers had no clue this game existed. Capcom has given us the opportunity to play this golden gem from the CPS-3 era on the PS3 and Xbox 360 with JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD.

Story:

The story of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD (JoJo HD) is based on the 3rd story arc of the original Manga commonly known as Stardust Crusaders. Following a teenager named Jotaro Kujo who develops “Bizarre” supernatural powers known as the “Stand”. Jotaro learns from his grandfather Joseph Joestar of the relation of the “Stand” with their bloodline and of the ancestral enemy of his family, a vampire by the name Dio Brando. Jotaro then embarks on a quest to save his mother and to defeat the evil Dio. JoJo’s HD explains the story of all 22 characters through the games story mode (Arcade).

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Insert Coin(s) & Gouki.com Proudly Present: Generations 1 Fighting Games. Las Vegas, Nevada. April 13, 2013. Featuring UMvC3, SSF4AE & SFxT. Special Guests Mike Ross.

Generations 1 Fighting Games! Tournament April 13, 2013 Insert Coin(s) Las Vegas, Nevada

512 Fremont St Las Vegas, NV 89101

Facebook Event Page

Special features, rules & regulations.

You must be 21 to enter.
You can register right now on Tournaments.Gouki.com. There, you can also see the pot value & bonus prizes. More bonus prize details will be added to this story.

Only 32 entries per tournament. 

$3000 Pot bonus. $1000 Per Game. *Current pot value can be seen on Tournaments.Gouki.com.

Online pre-registration (From now until 10 AM Pacific on April 13, 2013)
$20 Venue fee. Includes 1 Drink & 1 Raffle ticket.
$10 Buy-in per game.

Door registration (April 13, 2013 11AM – 1PM Pacific)
$30 Venue fee. Includes 1 Drink & 1 Raffle ticket.
$10 Buy-in per game.

Cash Prizes =  1st Prize 70% of the pot -  2nd Prize 20% -  3rd Prize 10%

You will receive 1 raffle ticket during check in. We will raffle off 2 Xbox 360 Mad Catz Detonator Stereo Headsets. First drawing will be before the second set of grand finals & the last drawing will be before the last set of grand finals. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.

Raffle Prizes

The winners of the SSF4AE & UMvC3 tournament will receive a Mad Catz Xbox 360 Street Fighter X Sanrio Fightstick. - Shout out to Mad Catz for hookin' it up again!

1st Place Prizes for SF & Marvel

Tournament matches will be played on EVO approved monitors. ASUS 23-inch LCD monitors with speakers.

Casual stations will be available during bracket play.

We will stream for the stream monsters!
Tournaments.Gouki.com/livestream - Starts at 11AM

How it's happening.

  • 11:00AM Doors open, Casual play & onsite registration begins.
  • Online registration is closed.
  • 1:00PM All stations cleared. Tournament begins.
  • Brackets will run until top 3 of each game.
  • Top 3 will battle 3 out of 5.
  • Grand Finals will run of SFxT, SF & Marvel.

Tha rulez.

Street Fighter X Tekken

  • The default gem sets (2013 version) will be the only sets of gems you can choose from.
  • Xbox 360
  • Double Elimination
  • Versus Mode, 99 seconds, 2/3 Rounds, 2/3 Games, No Handicap, (Top 3 - 3/5)

Super Street Fighter IV

  • Winner may change ultra, but has to pick ultra first after loser picks character.
  • Players must agree on a stage immediately or the match will be random stage select.
  • Xbox 360
  • Double Elimination
  • Versus Mode, 99 Seconds, 2/3 Rounds, 2/3 Games, No Handicap (Top 3 - 3/5)

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

  • You may not use any glitch that prevents the game from being played. This includes game freezing, game resetting, player freezing, etc.
  • Dead body infinites are allowed to gain a positional advantage, but not to delay the game.
  • Winner must keep exact same team (including assists), but may switch order of assists via loading screen.
  • You may not use the same character twice on one team.
  • Xbox 360
  • Double Elimination
  • 99 Seconds, 3/5 Games, Default Handicap, Default Damage (Top 3 - 3/5)

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

  • Playstation 3
  • Game Settings: 3/5 Rounds, 3/5 games, 80 Seconds (Top 3 - 3/5)
  • Single Elimination
  • If loser chooses a new character, the stage will be random select.
  • Loser may also choose to random select the stage again after a loss.
  • There will be no customizing colors, names or items at any time before or during a tournament match. Any player that does so will be given a loss.
  • Combot it banned.
  • This tournament is free & you can reserve a spot in the bracket, receive a raffle ticket & a free drink if you register now & pay the venue fee. 
  • Prize: PS Vita

  • If you have already paid the venue fee & wish to particpate in this tournament please email info[@]gouki.com with the same name you entered as & we will add you. 
  • If you do not wish to pay the venue fee, you can register at the door. You will NOT receive a free drink & raffle ticket. *This only applies to Tekken. This is a side tournament. 

Detailed Tournament Rules

  • You must be 21 to enter.
  • There are only 32 spots available per tournament.
  • ASUS 23-inch LCD monitors with speakers.
  • All games will be played on the default settings, unless otherwise specified.
  • All macros available via the in-game controller configuration menu are allowed.
  • Hardware programmable input entry, rapid-fire, or other hardware assisted mechanisms are strictly forbidden.
  • You may not use any glitch that prevents the game from being played. This includes game freezing, game resetting, player freezing, etc.
  • Accidentally pausing the game at any time during the fight may force you to forfeit the round (solely at a judge’s discretion).
  • Any player using “Random Select” to pick their character, must “Random Select” again if they win the match, provided that there is no way to pick a certain character in the random box.
  • B.Y.O.C. Bring your own controller. *Wired controllers available for rent. $5 per day. $20 deposit.
  • All games are on Xbox 360.
  • All converters are the responsibility of the player.
  • All wireless controllers are banned.

 

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starlordtitus

A Look Into The Tournament Scene

By: starlordtitus May 20, 2011 | 9 Comments

Ever wonder why people go to tournaments? To compete, to be the best, the crowd? All of the above. Fact is, the tournament community could be better described as one big trash talking hyped up family. Let's take a look.

Many players that have decided to become serious about their skills head off to their nearest touranment and eventually the bigger tournaments such as EVO and the soon to be CEO. But tournaments are more than just entering and becoming champ, they in themselves have their own atmosphere. One often questions if he's ready for his or her's first tournament. The scene can be pretty intimidating the first time. Seeing other players there to do exactly what you came to do, compete to win and prove you are the best.

Most players end up losing within the first round, or, they end up going pretty far. But either they end up giving up, or the more likely scenario, they end up coming back for more. And eventually one discoveres the absolute joy of the tournament scene. Players become friends, hype is increased all around, and you may even find yourself admiring another players skill or they may admire yours! A player at a tournament will find inside jokes, create his own, befriend a whole group of players and even create his own. Tournaments also come with funny trash talking and the most common, "Being Salty' after losing in the tournament. A term used in reference to pouring salt on a wound which down right stings. The sound of arcade sticks clicking, loud funny remarks from your local token black guy :D. The increase of temperature as more people attend. The  list goes on. And so does the fun.

The tournament scene becomes that much more fun the more a player attends them, as he becomes more relaxed and learns the dos and don'ts. The player learns about the different fighting styles their are, strategies to bette one's game. The term "Leveling Up" is used in this scence as one gains experience. As such, the people of tournaments are usually very nice and funny. Humor is highly recommened to spread around. You could earn a nickname for any little thing. Eventually even earning a true name for yourself as you progress in ability. The greatest moments in a tournament, is during a high stakes match when both players are cutting it close  and one mistake could cost you the entire show. The hype only intensifies as the crowd roars with cheers and applause as well as down right screaming xD Perhaps the most unique thing you can find at a tournament, is the sight of girls! Yes, girls from time to time attend tournaments and even enter them a great amount of time for  those who wanted to stereo type video game tournaments XD

Aside from all of this, is the obvious payout should one win a tourney. Usually being a very good sum of money that most of us have to have a job to acquire :D In addition, respect from the community and eventually invitations to bigger tournaments as you progress. Tournaments have a little something for everyone, usually being held in hot spot locations that even provide food and drink. I highly recommend anyone interested in becoming better and competitive to enter a true sanctioned tournament.

Now, I leave you with a few classic examples of a tournament scene. You be the judge :]

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ariscool24

Ariscool24 Youtube Channel fighting games galore

By: ariscool24 Feb 13, 2011 | 12 Comments

This is my youtube page full of fighters. Mostly Super Street Fighter 4 until I recieve Marvel vs Capcom 3. XD

I upload just about everyday, and I might do something other than fighters but for now its mostly fighting games.

Please subcribe to my page. And if you have a youtube yourself I will subcribe to yours. ^_^

Here's a sample:

http://www.youtube.com/user/ariscool24?feature=mhsn

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ariscool24

Why Do I Love Fighters? Part II

By: ariscool24 Feb 2, 2011 | 9 Comments

This is a short story of why I should win the Marvel VS Capcom 3 Ultra Combo Giveaway. Well I think its short enjoy! ^_^

First of all, if you have not read my first story I suggest you click on the link below. 

http://gouki.com/Story/Details/why-do-i-love-fighters

  In my first story I told you guys I have a lot of reasons why I love fighters. Well only a clip and a few words can only do so much to tell this community how much I really feel about fighting games. So let me explain more of why I love fighters. Like most gamers out there I started gaming when I was about four years old. I really didn’t care for it at the time because all I had on my mind was a dream of becoming a Power ranger. And like all other four year olds, I played with lots of toys of course. I had friends but most of them lived to far, so staying at home was a no brainer for me. Now I do not remember how my older brother got his hands on a Sega Genesis so I’m just going to say it magically appeared to give this story some spice. The game I started off with on the Sega was Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic really made me happy for how no one else in my family was able to get so far on the game. And by my brother being eight years older than me it felt that much sweeter. I could never beat the dang video game, which leads me to forget about game. Until one day my brother bought the most amazing, electrifying game, Street Fighter II. When I first saw Street Fighter II I was blown away by the graphics, sound, & music. But with all of that said, that’s not what attracted me to the game. What really caught my attention was that versus screen. The fact that someone instead of the computer was playing against me just gave me goose bumps that were thick and solid as a basketball. I was in my sanctuary playing SF2 on the Sega Genesis with a smile so big the Joker would be jealous. I remember crying because M. Bison was beating me every time I’d reach the last stage. But one day I managed to beat him and during that whole year I never stopped smiling. A few years past by and If I remember correctly the Playstation system released. I got the Playstation the same year of its release with demos and all. Now I was into other games like Crash Bandicoot and more demos because for some odd reason fighting games like to take a few years off. Whatever the case that didn’t keep me from running into one of the greatest collaborations of all time. My mother works in the school system, so she had a really good relationship with the principle who owned the school. One night we were invited to the principle house or should I say mansion. And as the lady showed us around her lovely house she thought I felt bored. So she told me to go on the other side of the house and walk up stairs and I’ll be pleased to what her son was doing. When I finally got to the room I saw the game that almost made my head explode, Marvel VS Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes. When I saw Wolverine fighting Ryu I was literally screaming out loud “Hey that’s Ryu from Street Fighter, that’s Wolverine from X-Men!” Everyone who were sitting down playing the game didn’t even get mad because they were just as hype as me. With the battle system moving so fast, I was blown away once again by gameplay. I wanted to spend the night but my mother had other plans. Seeing MvC for the first time reminded me how great fighting games are again. I started buying every fighting game I could get my hands on and also played at the local restaurants that had arcade cabinets. More years past as my love for fighters grew with games like Mvc2, Guilty Gear series, Capcom vs SNK series, Street Fighter Alpha series, and Bloody Roar series. Now remember these are fighting games so once again the hiatus for the genre hit big time which lasted for almost a decade. The Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii were the new babies. Games like Call of Duty and Halo was all we heard. Soul Caliber released and at the time felt really fresh, but it still didn’t feel that void. I hear some fighting game fans called it the dark ages and the feeling was just that “dark”.

 

  Street Fighter IV released and it put a smile back on my face bringing back the technicality of fighters to the so called dead genre. Other game companies started to catch on to the revival of fighting games like Blazeblue and Tekken 6. Even upgraded versions of the heavy popular SFIV A.K.A vanilla noticed the trend it set and decided to make Super Street Fighter 4. The funny thing about all this was the fact that my friends doubted me on how well fighting games would do on the next gen consoles. Now most of my friends play fighters more than any other video game genre. In the middle of all this and after a decade of demand Capcom announces Marvel VS Capcom 3 Fate of Two Worlds. I was so excited for this game simply because I already knew one of my favorite Capcom character was going to make it on there. Dante was all I wanted when it came to this sequel. Heck, Capcom could have said Marvel VS Devil May Cry and that would have sold me there. With the internet blowing up with pictures and videos it was only a matter of time before I get my hands on the game. I never knew I it would be as soon as October, 28 2010. I was lucky enough to live in one of the cities where Capcom would be hosting Fight Club. Fight Club is basically a get together like a night club but with a preview of a video game they’re promoting. I was dead set on going to that event no matter what. I’m currently in college and I had a test early that same day. I made sure I studied up and was ready to go that same day right after class. I met up with my friends and we drove straight downtown to the Atlanta metro area. When we got there we couldn’t find the location or at least the spot where it was being hosted because a train was oddly blocking the parking space. We quickly found a parking space and climbed over the train to find our place in line for the event. To be honest, I felt like a rebel climbing over the train which made the hype meter for this event rise. When we finally got into the event I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was thinking here I am a guy who grew up playing this game and now I’m at a night event that’s promoting it, Godlike! I didn’t just play the game at the event ether I also made the most of my night there using my other talent dancing. I also took some pictures as proof of this Fight Club event. My love for fighters after that night just blew the top off. I’m so happy to see how much fighters have evolved yet stay true to the fans that’s been with them from day one. I hope I win this contest to show other people who are not into fighting games show how strong this community is. Heck, I hope this inspires people who are not into video games at all. The gaming community is growing very fast and I believe the whole world should witness this.

In this video you might catch me dancing at the Capcom Fight Club I attended in Atlanta, Georgia.

In this picture its me next to the lovely cosplayer Yaya Han.     

Source: Video http://www.youtube.com/user/CapcomUnityVideos

Picture http://s1139.photobucket.com/albums/n552/Newkidcj/?action=view¤t=150002_460225892128_500962128_5395098_5600398_n.jpg

 
 

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Cangry

Player Focus Vs. Spectator Focus

By: Cangry May 22, 2011 | 4 Comments

What i love about competitive fighting games is the focus that comes in play, but there are a few people in the FGC that try to knockdown the players decision, and im going to write about both players and spectators focus.

What i found interesting and now why i love the fighting game scene is the decision the players make in high pressure situations in a very veeeeery short amount of time and make it look so easy, but what i found kind of funny is that there are people that try to make fun of players even if they are top players, is not like im talking about stoping trash talk because thats what makes a good rilvary a good ol' trash talk before, during and after the match, and what a few people dont understand is that there is alot stuff going on when someone is playing for example:

Players Focus

  • Execution
  • Reaction
  • Strategy
  • Meter management
  • Spacing
  • Watch out for how much time he has
  • How much life he got left
  • All while trying to figure out his opponent strategy,  how much meter and life he got left.
  • (just to name a few)

Spectator Focus

  • Watch the match.
  • (Just to name a fe...oh wait thats the only thing)

So i see in alot of matches people saying or writing in streams "Retard didn't see that, that was so obvious" or "He should've punished that s***t that dude is f*****g dumb" in a unneccesaryway, of course the spectator is going to see the moves or setups from a mile away because his only focus is to watch the match and both of the guys that are playing have so much to think about, that's like saying you can beat Michael Jordan in bball lets just say that you are better than him for the sake of the story and you play him and by the end of the day he made you look stupid. So they talk like they know better but when you are put in the same situation the move when you said that you saw a mile away or you could have done it easy doesnt seem so obvious and happened so fastthat you didnt see it coming and when the match is over you finish by saying that nobody could react to that or make some other excuse.

So to conclude this, trolls will troll haters gon' hate but if you don't know whats really happening in a match please just shut up ;D or learn a little bit more before talking.

 

This is my first time writing an article so hope you guys like it.

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ariscool24

Why Do I Love Fighters?

By: ariscool24 Jan 9, 2011 | 7 Comments

There're so many reasons to why I love fighters. I started with Street Fighter 2, Mortal kombat 3, and sonic on the Sega system. Ever sense I've been playing fighting games, and the best part is till this day they are still replayable. So no money wasted!

This video is from my youtube page that I made for my youtube channel. I hope you enjoy it! (Oh! and this was my first video editing ever & I used the Playstation 3)

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Caffeine Chaos June 8, 2013 Holley's Cuppa Las Vegas, Nevada

By: goukijones May 15, 2013 | 0 Comments | Updated: May 30, 2013

Holley's Cuppa & Gouki.com want to get you all jittery for EVO. This will be the debut of Injustice. Las Vegas, Nevada. June 8, 2013. Including UMvC3 & SSF4AE. Fighting game tournament.

Caffeine Chaos June 8, 2013 Holley's Cuppa Las Vegas, Nevada

9265 S Cimarron Rd # 115, Las Vegas, NV 89178

Facebook Event Page

Special features, rules & regulations

This is an all ages event!
You can register right now on Tournaments.Gouki.com. There, you can also see the pot value & bonus prizes. More bonus prize details will be added to this story.
Only 16 entries available for Injustice.
Only 32 entries available for UMvC3.
Only 32 entries available for SSF4AE.

Pot bonus.
1-15 entries $25
16-31 entries $50
32 entries $75

Cash Prizes =  1st Prize 70% of the pot -  2nd Prize 20% -  3rd Prize 10%

Round 1 registration (From now until 11:59PM Pacific on June 3, 2013)
$10 Venue fee.
$5 Buy-in per game.

Round 2 registration  (12AM Pacific on June 4, 2013 - June 7 11:59PM, 2013)
$15 Venue fee.
$5 Buy-in per game.

Final Round registration (On-site: 12PM Pacific June 8, 2013  – 2PM Pacific)
$20 Venue fee.
$5 Buy-in per game.

Tournament matches will be played on ASUS 23-inch LCD monitors with speakers.

Warm-up stations will be available during final round registration.

We are proud to announce that will be broadcsating the tournament.

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ThatOlSkrull

What Fighting Games Have Done for Me

By: ThatOlSkrull Nov 11, 2011 | 7 Comments

How fighting games have, and still are really affecting my life.

When I saw the contest for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, I was immediately interested. At first I went with the easiest option of just retweeting the Gouki message. 

-I didn't feel like making an account to leave a comment on the story. I also thought nothing I posted would be interesting/funny.

-The same went for the facebook option.

-As for the youtube option, as odd as it is, I'm not a huge fan of subscribing to youtube accounts.

-And for the story option, I really didn't think I had anything interesting to write about.

 

As I was driving to the gym today I was stuck at a ridiculously long stoplight and had a chance to check my twitter feed. I saw an update from Gouki reminding of the upcoming Ultimate Marvel contest. I thought about it and realized that I actually did have a, what I consider interesting, story to write that is quite relevant to Marvel 3.

Leading up to the main points, I have to explain a little bit about my history. When I was about six years old I was diagnosed with severe ADD and ADHD as well as some reading and writing disorders. I know a lot of people write those first two off as just being an excuse for being a little hyperactive I can attest to the fact that they really are life changing things. That year was the first year that I was put on medication to try to help level out my "disorders." I'm twenty one now, and it's only been about a year since I have decided to stop taking the medication. Putting this on top of therapists and psychologists and my life was basically an experiment. 

Because of these disabilities, I have always had an incredibly difficult time with school. I've always had trouble focusing, learning things as quickly as others, working in groups, and generally paying attention long enough in class to actually absorb the information presented. The worst part of it all was that I had a very difficult time being social due to anxiety about what others thought of me due to my differences.

Now, I don't quite remember how old I was, but during one Chanukah my grandmother got me a Sega Genesis. Thus began my instant, life changing interest in video games. Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and Bubsy, Paper Boy, Vectorman, and Dynamite Headdy (this game rocks, seriously) became my comfort zone during my anxiety attacks and frustrations with school. Now, as much as I loved doing all of this, it only worked to worsen my social situations, it became a sort of endless cycle. I was upset so I played games, and playing all the time only increased my anti-social nature...You can see how this continued.

 

Fast forward quite a few years to my sophomore year of high school. During that period I was going through a really awkward depression. School was boring and difficult; I hated being at home due to frustrations with my parents which stemmed from my difficulty in school, and what social life I had seemed to be crumbling. Simply put, I was miserable. About halfway during the school year my grandmother passed away. She was the first family member whose death I was alive to experience. It was a really shocking event. 

After her death, I came to a grim realization; almost every family gathering I would sit down, eat my dinner, then run back upstairs to my comfort zone and continue to play video games. This lead to almost no interaction with my family. When my grandmother passed away I realized that I hadn't spent near the amount of time with her that I wanted to. I didn't really know her that well and now she was gone. It was a heartbreaking realization. At that time I decided that I would make an effort to not let my massive interest in my video games get in the way of my family and friends. 

Shortly thereafter I switched to a different high school and I began to flourish. It was a new environment, new teaching style, and the most important thing, new friends. School of the Woods could not have happened to me at a better time. My stress levels dropped through the floor and I began to actually form into an interesting, social, less anxious person. Simply put those last two years were absolutely fantastic. 

Then came college, a new place, a new city, and the chance for new friends. I had enrolled in a Digital Media Management degree, something right up my alley! I had to do well, right? There was nothing in my way. I made a lot of friends that year as well which helped me exponentially. 

My first semester of college went amazing. I couldn't believe that I made an A in Japanese, as well as two other classes landing me a 3.8 GPA. Probably the best I had done in an educational setting in years. It was great. Unfortunately it didn't last. The next semester things seemed to pile up incredibly quickly and my grades began to drop. Like a seesaw, as my grades dropped my stress rose. As my stress rose, my social life fell. Things were still intact though, so maybe there was hope. I came out of that year okay, ending with a below 3.0 GPA. Not terrible, not great.

My second year was a little bit different. I was in a new dorm and many of my friends were in other places. Because of the non-socialite I was this made keeping up a social lifestyle fairly difficult for me. Classes went in the same direction. As expected the work ramped up, the demands and work load grew and I began to get increasingly stressed. By the end of the school year I was so stressed that I was considering dropping out, going overseas, or some other option to just get me away from the stress of school.

However, this was the year that Marvel vs. Capcom 3 came out.  Back in the day I had a Dreamcast and played Marvel 2 for hours on end, though I never quite learned how the fighting system worked. Regardless, I loved it. The months leading up to Marvel were the most hype I've been for a game in years. I watched every video, read every article, lurked SRK, never heard of Gouki, and pre-ordered the game on the Capcom Store so I could have it release day. Course, I ended up being one of the several people who didn't get their game for almost two weeks, but that's neither here nor there. 

Now, mind you, Marvel came out in the middle of the school year. As soon as I popped Marvel 3 into my PS3, I was hooked. So free-form, so much going on, and so much to leaIt was amazing and I wanted as much of it as I could get. After a while it got difficult to be able to play as school started to ramp up and only a few months after the games release, it wasn't booted up half as much as I would have liked it to have been. The year ended and I ended up getting a house with some of my friends here in Austin for the summer. I ended up playing a whole lot of Marvel over the summer. Watched tutorials, fell in love with Desk and Trag, and truly began my dive into the world of fighting games. I couldn't have been happier. 

During this time I was taking two summer courses; Accounting 1 and Microeconomics, both very difficult and I had previously failed Accounting 1. These two classes took up a good deal of my time between the classes themselves, (3 hour classes five days a week on alternating days) tutoring, and studying . In between these times I always found a way to slip in some Marvel play. I was hooked and wasn't going to stop playing. Not to mention I had to get good enough to beat my little brother, though to this day he's still better than me. 

Eventually these classes too began to get more stressful than I could handle. In Accounting, I knew all the material. I could spit it out with my mouth closed but when it came time to take a test, I wound up with low sixties average with my lowest grade being a forty something. Economics just began to confuse me which hiked my stress levels to epic proportions. What was going to do if I failed both classes? Eventually I stopped going to Economics once I saw that my grade was in the twenties four weeks into the seven week course. The icing on the cake was that I failed Accounting by about two points. Thank goodness my professor was a godsend and let me redo some work to pass. A little bit of stress had been alleviated. 

After this whole situation my parents and I became increasingly concerned with the rest of my college career. If I couldn't pass two classes, how would I take another full semester? Eventually we decided that taking some time off to get a job work on dealing with my stress and learning disabilities would be the best course option.

So when this school semester began I was the odd man out. I wasn't taking classes and I hadn't yet found a job. Still haven't actually...But with all of the free time in between not having a job and not having class, I had more than enough time to play Marvel. My days began to consist of looking for a job, playing Marvel, and in a big success for me, finally going to the gym regularly for the first time in years. Right around September I joined Shoryuken to ask some questions and get some help with my Marvel game. The community was amazing. Everyone was so helpful, so ready to play games and tell you exactly what you did wrong, it was fantastic. 

Marvel quickly became one of the first things in years that I have committed to doing and not dropped shortly after. I became so interested in Marvel. I wanted to know everything and I wanted to get better. I began going to the local arcade at least once a week and even though I got destroyed every time, it was a blast. 

And then one of the best things in a long time happened to me. A few users on Shoryuken informed me that they were having a gathering to play some casuals very close to my house. I hadn't previously had a chance to play many live people other than at the arcade so I jumped at this chance. This was amazingly outside of my comfort zone however. To someone like me who has trouble even speaking around people I don't know, this was frightening for me. But this was Marvel, and within a few short months, it had become to almost define me so I took the leap and went to play with this group. 

It ended up being one of the most fun things I've done in years and I go play with this group at the very least, once a week. More recently, I have entered the Ranbats hosted by Arcade UFO here in town, something that I never thought I would do in a million years. Me, the most socially awkward person I know going to an arcade packed with people knowing full well that I would probably look like a fool playing and getting perfected. I'm still quite the scrub. But I went, and I had the time of my life. Being on stream was amazing; talking to people about Marvel was amazing, and just generally being around these people made me excited. 

More recently I have become interested in modding and then building my own fightstick. Mere months ago I wouldn't have dreamed of trying any sort of craft project. Instead, I decided that this was something I absolutely must do. I was so excited. Unfortunately I knew nothing of how to do any of the steps required to build one. After driving past a neighboring house I noticed that one of my neighbor's had a massive woodshop in my garage. As uncomfortable as it may have been I sucked it up and asked the man if he could teach me how to woodcut so that I could make a case for an arcade stick. He ended up being a master craftsman of over forty years. I've even made arrangements to go play Marvel with people from Shoryuken when I go back to Houston for Thanksgiving. 

These may seem like small, unimportant things to most people, but to me, all of these tiny little things; going to casuals, going to the Ranbats, taking up a project, asking a stranger for help, and going to the gym are all amazingly big steps for me. These events are not only slowly helping me come out of my antisocial shell that has plagued me for years, but is upping my faith in myself and my abilities to do things that I set my mind to. This is the first time that I've done something like this and written down all of my frustrating history, and while it was inspirited by this competition, it ended up being an amazingly refreshing task to lay this all out on the table.

These small victories are ALL due to my love of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, even my trips to the gym as I watch Marvel videos while I work out so I can learn while I work! 

Lately, my stress level has been dropping significantly, I have a little more confidence, goals to work toward, and have become much more social. 

These reasons and hopefully many more to come in the next several years are how I truly feel that Marvel has saved my life. 

So to Capcom, Shoryuken, and really the entire Marvel community, thank you for the help. I look forward to continuing to grow and learn with and from you all. Thanks for everything! 

TL;DR: Marvel is a godsend and forty dollars is way to cheap to be able to kick ass as Iron Fist. 

 

Also I don't know what a "Jimmy" is. Maybe a noob? 

 

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