Street Fighter IV: A Serious Game For Serious People

“Right after hosting my panel, I went down to the game room to kick it on Street Fighter 4. I was playing a dude (I think it was a staff guy) who wasn’t exactly good, so I was kind of just doing lame baby stuff. Three black guys come up behind me, constantly taunting me and the game. I tell them to leave, they get in my face. A staffer breaks up the shove fest after I get smacked in the nose, tells me to just play the game, then goes and calls me a “bitch who needs to get jumped” to these dudes (who all wholesomely agree) a couple of feet behind me. I’m guessing he didn’t think I would hear him, because he came back up to me and told me to keep my friends around, because he thinks I might just get jumped. Thanks!”

A Celebration of Gaming Independence! (Or, “Things I Learned at SGC 2009”)

At the center of it all....

I didn’t know what to expect this year at the ScrewAttack Gaming Convention. Really, I’d no clue as my going to the con was something of a prolonged whim….if that makes any sense; it wasn’t totally last minute but wasn’t totally organized either. I’d never called myself much of a g1, not posting much in the forums and just sticking with watching videos for the time being. There was even a slight worry that I’d feel left out at one point because of the talk about the con being about the community. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case! In hindsight, I think going into it with no clue worked in my favor as SGC was the most fun I’ve had at a con in the past couple of years, almost trumping ACen 2007.

Expect a full-blown write up on Otaku USA Magazine’s web site in the next few weeks. In the meantime, here’s my traditional list of acquired pearls of convention wisdom.

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Those were the days...

Ally in arms, Ron “Soulcrash” Ladao stumbled upon this old photo of myself with the Chicagoland Cosplay Club from back in 2004. Yeah, it’s pretty obvious where I’m located but there’s something else that’s ridiculously significant about it. Honestly, I think that day started me on the path to where I am now.

How do I figure? It’s a weird chain of events. If it hadn’t been for me crossing paths with the C^3 that fateful day at Mitsuwa, I would have never gone to Anime Central. Had I not gone to ACen, I would have never met JAMS and Keith a year later, nor would I have joined HJU. If it hadn’t been for HJU, I don’t think R5 Central would have taken off as much as it did. (Well maybe it would’ve as I think the desire to do the show stemmed from both me wanting to be a DJ for MMO Radio and being inspired by fellow podcaster, Kyle Hebert. Still, it probably would have taken much longer for things to shape up to level I’m at now.) And then, of course if I had never done R5 Central, I would never have gotten a job writing for Otaku USA….Still with me after all of that?

It’s so weird to think how one day helped move things along, right? A lot of people in that pic are still good friends of mine, some of which you’ve probably heard in episodes of R5.

…..And then of course GReeeeN’s new single, “Haruka” just HAD to kick in when seeing the photo.

Is there a point to this entry? Beats me, consider this one of my occasional nostalgia binges if you’d like. Really it’s just a realization of how far I’ve come in recent years. Especially considering how I’m suddenly the “most infamous black con goer” according to a comment on that photo.