Hopeless Fighter; The Life and Times of 40%Flashkick (Formerly Shinku Gadoken)

ShinkuGadokenShinkuGadoken 40%FlashkickJoined: Posts: 660
edited August 2013 in Street Writer
The point of this writer thread I'm making is more of a cataloging of events and thoughts that run through my head as I play Street Fighter, Tekken, MvC, or any other fighting game, weather it's online or in tournaments. I guess it's like a Blog or a Journal, but hey, read it if you want, or laugh at it. I don't care~
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  • ShinkuGadokenShinkuGadoken 40%Flashkick Joined: Posts: 660
    ~~~May 15th Edition~~~
    Your Logic Is Broken

    "Ha Ha! Ha Ha! Ha Ha! Ha Ha!" Cody's laugh reminds me of how much time is done doing little to nothing, hoping for a reaction from an oppositional force that could potentially lead you down the path of victory or open the gateway to defeat. Holding Zangief away from me while simultaneously throwing Quarter Circle Forward Punches lets me have enough time to think and formulate a plan of action. Cody's a prisoner, Zangief's a wrestler, and both have huge egos about their abilities. The problem is that Zangief can, for whatever reason, shoot green fire out of his hands, while Cody can only make small Tornadoes, the former of which can punch through a Tornado and leave me stuck watching Cody's head go into the dirt at an angle that would kill a normal man.

    Though, being stuck in this position and lamenting how victory and defeat are equally unknown to me, I almost failed to see that Zangief was baiting my stones, and I forgot to fake one out. He came charging in with Double Ex versions of his Green, Radioactive Russian Nuke hands. I reacted by Jumping Straight above him, hoping that-- "FOR MOTHER RUSSIA!" Too late. In comes Zangief's back breaking super attack and Cody's dropped down for the count. That's when I realize that I'm gonna get bodied. Literally.

    Zangief jumped high in an attempt to cross-up Cody, but Cody wouldn't have it, standing up almost immediately and hopping to the side. Nuclear Fire was imminent, I knew this, but Cody was determined to let me know that it wasn't over. As far as he was concerned, Zangief wasn't even fighting for real.

    I set down the controller, smiling somewhat, Watching as Cody showed Zangief why this was going to his final fight. Jackpot was the word I was waiting for, and seeing Zangief sailing away in that particular moment was almost as tear jerking as realizing that Cody 'Had the crap bored out of him' and he wanted more. The Announcer had 'never seen anything like that' and I just shook my head, smiling somewhat. I picked the controller back up and typed in a message.

    "Hey, you wanna rematch?"

    My reply:

    "Scrub."

    So with that, I shrugged, and went looking for the next opponent. Lucky for me, the amount of Insomniacs roaming around at the wee hours of the morning is plenty, and before I knew it, Chun-Li and her Thunder Thighs had stepped into the ring. Cody just smiled though, cracking his knuckles, and looking like he was just getting started.

    "You ready to start fighting for real?"
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  • ShinkuGadokenShinkuGadoken 40%Flashkick Joined: Posts: 660
    ~~~May 16th Edition~~~
    Shinku... BUTTON MASH!

    "Tatsumaki Senpukyaku!" As many times as I try to jump in or cross up with that move, he's blocking it, but he can't punish it. At least not with the way he plays. Wesker just pushes him back, or shoots him on the way down. It's a losing battle, but I gotta try. "Dante!" Ryu has to get out of there, and Dante needed some play time anyway. "Alright!" As he came descending down I spoke into the Microphone. "Whatcha gonna do?" He just laughed and said 'This' and just as I came in for an attack, Wesker changed his stance. "You don't stand a chance!" And, as soon as Dante had entered, he was caught in Wesker's counter attack, and before I knew it, Dante was on the ground, the announcer yelling out 'Down!' and I only shook my head.

    Ryu is my clutch character. If he can't beat someone, then I've lost the game already. Admitting this tells my enemies what to expect, surely, but I have no regrets in sharing my play with others. As he comes back in, Wesker immediately ports behind him, and my first instinct is, as usual...

    "Tatsumaki Senpukyaku!" Luckily I can manage to knock him away, and I speak into the microphone again. "Thought you had me, didn't you?" With that I only smiled and started the match again, mashing down all four of the attack buttons, listening as Ryu yelled 'This is it!' And the battle was once again renewed. Wesker came at me the way he usually does, some gunfire, and above me he flew, the man ready to strike me down! But I knew better, And so did Ryu. Just as Wesker could play the counter game, I could as well. "Shin..." When that first strike landed, I could hear myself saying it with him. "SHO-RYU-KEN!" And with that, the announcer yelled 'Down!' and Wesker was defeated.

    In that moment before the next character came out, I was thinking about the accomplishment that defeating this man was all in itself. I mean, a martial artist just smashed Wesker, the megalomaniac ass hole, that was only previously defeated by a pair of rockets and a volcano. I felt pretty good about myself. So I voiced this feeling. "Hey Kurenai, you mad?" Though, all I got was more laughing. "Are you?"

    As he said that, Akuma jumped into the battle, and proceeded to tell me how Weak I was. X-Factor was running out, and Level 3 was on his side.

    Guess I've got a lot more training to do...
    EVOLUTION 2013 9th Place Finisher - 40%Flashkick
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  • ShinkuGadokenShinkuGadoken 40%Flashkick Joined: Posts: 660
    ~~~May 20th Edition~~~
    Undergraduate Majoring in Linked Combos

    "THERE'S NO ESCAPE!" Balrog came at Cody hard and fast, the Blonde Haired man barely able to bring his fists up to block each one of the strikes that had bashed into his arms, the feeling of the grinded out punches from an angry and cocky boxer almost as if he was pulling the trigger on a gun. The fight had dragged on into the latter half of the final round, not much time was still on the Clock, and as the last Hit landed, Cody knew he didn't have much energy left to fight this battle out with. Though as that last attack left Balrog Winded, the man cracked his knuckles.

    "You ready to start fighting for real?" Cody turned, and brought down his fist hard on the Black Boxer's face.

    "Andrew! Come on!" I cursed silently as he looked away from the screen, grabbing my cap as I tried desperately to affix it to my head, the bobby pins helping keep it on, but the overall look of it seeming pretty god damn goofy. I couldn't believe I was graduating today. Just as I finished putting it on, I grabbed up my controller again. "ANDREW!" I held down the light punch button as I looked back. "I'm coming Mom!" My chair swiveled back around just as I looked at the screen and released the punch. Balrog still had energy left after Cody had nailed him with Final Destruction, and just as I released the punch, he came charging at Cody. By a mere accident, Cody had smashed Balrog's attack with his Zonk Knuckle.

    I smiled. I didn't even stop to exit the match, Cody had won and Balrog was down for the count. As I turned and left the room, heading down the stairs in my Cap and Gown, I thought about how I'm still learning things despite the fact I was graduating High School. It was an amazing, scary, and yet, accomplished feeling. I smiled to Mom as we headed out the door. "I decided I'm not going to Chicago for that tournament." I told her, feeling my jean pocket through my Graduates Gown. "I'm gonna wait for the one in Vegas." She just laughed at me. "If you can get to Vegas." She reminded. I only shook my head. I can make it there. Learning how to fight once I'm there was the real challenge.

    "I'll get there. And I'll probably learn something new along the way."
    EVOLUTION 2013 9th Place Finisher - 40%Flashkick
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  • ShinkuGadokenShinkuGadoken 40%Flashkick Joined: Posts: 660
    ~~~May 23rd Edition~~~
    For every bullet I had...

    Dante has always captivated me in how well he plays in any situation. If you need a good defense, he's your man. A solid rushdown? Look no further. A guy who can control the very outcome of the game simply by connecting one measly combo? You don't get any better than this. Yet I always wonder about the guy under the trench coat. Is Dante always only motivated by the idea of being this ultra destructive demon killer who's sense of fashion and style leave many a fanboy gasping for breath because they can't keep up?

    That's when I realized I'd just defeated another opponent using this very same man. Sure, Deadpool and Ryu had their own helping hand in the outcome, but when you gotta go point, you go hard with someone like Dante. Phoenix can't catch him, Sentinel can't douse him in Salt, and quite frankly, Doom can't hide any missiles from him. If I had a million dollars for every time this Devil Must Die in order to lose, I'd be a rich, rich man.

    And yet, despite this, Dante has even more room for growth. Such an amazingly well built character that no match ever has to be the same with his style. A style that, admittedly, I would love to replicate in real life.

    Ah well, guess I'm stuck fanboying it up for now. Bring it On!
    EVOLUTION 2013 9th Place Finisher - 40%Flashkick
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  • ShinkuGadokenShinkuGadoken 40%Flashkick Joined: Posts: 660
    ~~~May 31st Edition~~~
    Summing it up, I'm a few dollars short

    Oh my god. The idea of owning my own official Madcatz Fightstick was something I practically went to bed fantasizing about. Simply having something that gave me the original arcade experience in the palm of my hands was such an exciting endeavor simply because of how well I know I would train with it, day in and out, despite all of my previous knowledge in using my regular modified PS3 Controller. Specifically speaking, this would finally let me learn how all of the professional super stars handle their gaming. I went to bed that night, smiling ear to ear...

    "... And it's Shinku Gadoken coming back strong in the third round with his Cody, having performed an FADC into Crack Kick with a Criminal Upper to follow cost Mike Ross a large chunk of his health bar! By the way, tell us more about Shinku, Keits."

    "Well Tom, I don't want to sound like I'm kissing ass, but ever since Shinku showed up here to Evolution, I've been skeptical since he intentionally skipped out on my UFGT7 Tournament, but now, seeing him in action here in Vegas, I'm almost glad he took the time off to train himself further in his games! Now we see him here in the final 8, tearing it up like he owns it!

    "Hang on Keits, it seems Ross is mounting an offensive! Oh no, He won't let up, he keeps FADCing into a long combo string, but Cody blocks every hit! Oh! And Shinku Techs the Throw at the end, and EX Ruffian Kick Takes it! Shinku Gadoken moves on to the next round, Mike Ross has been eliminated! I think it's safe to say that Shinku's new controller has seen him through one of the toughest times in Evo's history, wouldn't you agree Keits?"

    "Damn straight Tom Brady, I think I'm gonna invite him to next year's tournament if he keeps this up!"

    Although the dreams never last too long and don't get out of the one fight, I still find it amusing that I can wake up the next day, be pleased as punch, and still find the willpower to keep on practicing in Marvel and Street Fighter to the extent that I do. There's only one problem with all my hopes and dreams... It seems I lack the funding to make it to Evo this year, that and my Fight Stick is still on the website, seeing as I haven't even ordered it yet... Ah well, Dreamers Gonna Dream~
    EVOLUTION 2013 9th Place Finisher - 40%Flashkick
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  • ShinkuGadokenShinkuGadoken 40%Flashkick Joined: Posts: 660
    Random Side update. 15 Views? Cool, I'm glad someone's actually reading these.
    EVOLUTION 2013 9th Place Finisher - 40%Flashkick
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  • ShinkuGadokenShinkuGadoken 40%Flashkick Joined: Posts: 660
    ~~~June 12th Edition~~~
    Violence... Is kind of cool

    Ever since the Arcade Edition has been unleashed on the market place, I've been pondering the effectiveness of all of the new characters. Oni being a form of Akuma with no control of the Satsui No Hado doesn't sit well with me, since Akuma's entire design before was that he was so incredibly strong willed that there was no way he could ever lose control of the power he drew upon. Akuma was, for lack of a better term, a bad ass both spiritually and physically. I'll have to ponder this some more later. Yun and Yang are easily shaping up to be some of the stronger match-ups in this game, but by far have nothing to do with the meta that's taking place. Like any other battle, one just has to learn what they're capable of, and adapt against it. Though the ability to totally neutralize fireballs or roll under them does create a massive advantage for them both...

    Then there's Evil Ryu. As I can picture it in my head, Evil Ryu is one bad ass dude, despite the lessened Vitality in comparison to regular Ryu. Though the increase in power, more functionality in his Ultra Combos, and the fact that Evil Ryu has more options than regular Ryu, well, the trade off is palpable. Though seeing Ryu in this decrepit state only furthers the confusion I get from Oni. How did Akuma lose control? And further more, did he go nuts on Ryu when he did? That would explain how he got that hole in his chest.... Is Akuma losing control directly related to the unleashing of Evil Ryu?

    Scary thoughts man, scary thoughts...
    EVOLUTION 2013 9th Place Finisher - 40%Flashkick
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  • ChibiT89ChibiT89 Joined: Posts: 803
    I'm surprised no one has replied. You write in an interesting fashion and I like your witty little references. +1 for SF jokes!
  • ShinkuGadokenShinkuGadoken 40%Flashkick Joined: Posts: 660
    Thank you for the reply Chibi. It helps that someone's actually reading these and shows some support.
    EVOLUTION 2013 9th Place Finisher - 40%Flashkick
    Thank you to all of my fans and supporters. Its knowing you guys have my back that I can fight on with so much happiness.

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  • ShinkuGadokenShinkuGadoken 40%Flashkick Joined: Posts: 660
    ~~~June 26th Edition~~~
    Faith And Fighting Games

    The more I look around the community for fighting games these days, the less I feel the same vibe that I'd like to coming from my fellow competitors. For me, Fighting games are more than a game, they're kind of like a lifestyle. There's very few things that I've put forth more of my time and effort towards learning about or better understanding than the community as a whole. In a way, I want to better my own understanding simply because I have faith in the game. I guess this is kind of a Ryu-Esque Mindset, but when you're Down-Right-Fierce, why not get a little bit more involved in something you love?

    I'll be honest with all of you, I'm not champion material yet. Though I like to pride myself in being better than your average competitor. Afterall, I'm here, trying to learn more, aren't I? And I've faced members of the SRK Community, learning what I can, and fighting harder than ever before to get every win. When I played Street Fighter 4 Vanilla, I had no idea what I was doing, to the point that I was maining Dan Hibiki in every battle. Hilarious, right? I mean, I was purposely using the worst character because I had absolutely no idea what the hell I was doing! But here I am now, trying hard to become some... Great player, I guess, and seeing to it that everyone can see that I know what's up, I've got my head on straight, and when it comes tournament time, I'm the guy you gotta struggle to beat!

    But I aspire to be more than that. I wanna be someone people come to respect and desire matches with all the time. Am I aiming for the Mike Ross, or Gootecks, or Justin Wong or even Daigo level? Maybe, but not now. I'm not ready for that level of play. And I can admit that. What I want is to be a player where someone can go 'Oh, Shinku Gadoken? That guy's great!' or something. Ya know?

    Fighting games will always be a community of hate and self-improvement, simply because you can't have a game where somebody loses and expect there to be friendly handshakes and smiles the whole time. Life isn't built like that. More importantly, life encourages dominance. So, mark my words SRK, one day, you're all gonna regret ever facing off with the most ineffectively amazing player known as Shinku Gadoken.
    EVOLUTION 2013 9th Place Finisher - 40%Flashkick
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  • ShinkuGadokenShinkuGadoken 40%Flashkick Joined: Posts: 660
    ~~~July 9th Edition~~~
    With God as my witness

    I spent some time training last night with EvilKevin3 Last night in Street Fighter. Kevin is an amazing player, I saw him shoot up from 0 PP To 3000 in Less than 24 Hours. And I have to say, seeing him using Cody in a match against Dudley has opened my eyes to several new techniques that I'd never even thought possible with Cody before. Guy has become a recent favorite of mine in recent times, so I was trying to train both Guy and Cody. Fighting with Kevin told me some very interesting things.

    The most interesting thing was that I could compete with someone who was so good.

    I don't normally like talking myself up unless I'm shit talking in order to get someone to fight me or to show off my accomplishments. But watching as Cody went from Haymaker to Haymaker to a Tornado Blast on someone who's so good at this game (And was using Yun), just made me feel like 'Ya know, Maybe I'm actually good at this game' and I've got renewed hope for a Tournament I wanna go to tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be able to go, but I know for sure that I'll place well in such an atmosphere.
    EVOLUTION 2013 9th Place Finisher - 40%Flashkick
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    what does this mean
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  • ShinkuGadokenShinkuGadoken 40%Flashkick Joined: Posts: 660
    what does this mean
    I don't understand what you're asking.
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    ~~~July 30th Edition~~~
    It's Time to Show Off or Shut Up

    The Bi-Weekly Tournament Season thrown by P1aying T0 W1N in the Console Combat wars is something I'm so excited for it's not even funny. But what really excites me is this is the first real tournament I'll be going to in which I can be part of an actual scoring and seeding set up. The prizes are gonna be kind of weak for awhile, but I'm not too worried. Quite frankly, this is an excellent time to test my abilities to the fullest, seeing if I can become some kind of Guru in the art of Street Fighter. I want to help write the combat data for Cody V.S. any opponent that he goes up against. I've written some of the data so far, but I need to keep learning or else I'll be sharing false information. It's a burden I don't take lightly...

    Though, what really worries me is the fact that I'll have to put as much as I can forward towards defeating everyone I fight tomorrow. Every inch of my abilities, every power at my disposal, and every kick ass maneuver I can whip up in my head, all of it just so I can get past the preliminary rounds. Back when I first started relearning Street Fighter, I got smashed because I had so little experience in the game itself. Sure, I played with Dan in Vanilla, but I never truly comprehended what he was actually capable of because I wasn't even aware of the metagame involved in Dan's abilities. Or in Street Fighter. But I've gotten better, put a lot of time and devotion towards becoming as good as I can with Cody, and even have my peers sharing in their appreciation of my abilities. It's... It feels good to know people accept me as a good player. But as an Online Warrior, one can only get so far. I have to actually beat some people, and show off just how god damn amazing I am, or eternally be regarded as a good online player and nothing more.

    Tomorrow, I'll find out if I have what it takes, or if I'm just another pretender.
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    ~~~August 2nd Edition~~~
    Did I really even fight for real?

    I was disappointed. Gouken dropped Cody in the fifth round of the tournament, and sent the criminal packing early on.

    Thing is, it's not that I was disappointed in the results, just in myself for missing obvious answers to the fight. Buffering Option-Select Ruffian Kicks would have helped tremendously, and Zonk Knuckle would have stuffed so many of his glide-punches. Though, I did meet a lot of interesting players, and gathered up a lot of data that I'll be transposing over to the matchup section in the guide. Much to edit, much to learn, and I'm only gonna get better from here...

    But was surprising though was the fact that I got so far with Stryker in the Mortal Kombat tournament. 3rd Place was quite a... Surprise! I defeated some top level competitors with him using basic counter strategies that were more than enough for most anyone I went up against. Guns, Bombs, and Rolling Thunder were all very important to my game, plus the occasional combo that resulted in a nice knock down or two. Extra damage is always nice, after all. Maybe in 3 weeks when I go back, I'll be able to step up my game a bit more. Only time will tell, and I can't wait to go back.
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  • ShinkuGadokenShinkuGadoken 40%Flashkick Joined: Posts: 660
    ~~~August 15th Edition~~~
    Akuma Mokoto-- Hakuna Matata?

    Recently I've come to the conclusion that I'm stuck on Guy and Cody. Like, literally stuck on using them. I can't even pick up Ryu anymore and comfortably play a zoning game because it's because Me against the World. I need to remedy that by finding a new play style and playing it well. So I'm trying to test the waters with Akuma, the Raging Demon, and Makoto, The Rindoukan Queen. On one hand, I have the game's best mix-up options. On the other hand, I have a nice Rushdown player, who's mixups can be down right fierce if you know what I'm saying. At any rate, this has left me in a state of unbalance, which I'm pretty sure is wrecking my meta game as well. I'm not thinking about what I can do with any character, I'm only thinking 'Cody this, Cody that, Guy this, Guy that' which, as I said, it totally throwing off my game.

    Also, I've come to notice that I have hit a similar streak in Marvel V.S. Capcom 3. I can't get comfortable with a character that isn't Ryu, Dante, or Deadpool. I tried Wesker, but he just feels too clunky, and Chun-Li doesn't hit hard enough for my tastes. On top of all that, Dormammu moves too slow, and I feel Dr. Doom is just too damn complicated for me. But I have to learn more, because if I don't, I can't step up my game. And if that happens, I'm wrecked.
    EVOLUTION 2013 9th Place Finisher - 40%Flashkick
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    ~~~September 6th Edition~~~
    College Education and I Still Can't FADC

    College started for me just yesterday. My first classes were like a breath of fresh air, not only because I was in a smarter environment, but it was such a nice break from a daily pattern of waking up, training, and going to bed. Some balance had been restored to my life. And I can safely say it felt good. I'm gonna focus more on my artistic ventures, and make an attempt at creating some really nice pictures.

    Speaking of working on things, FADCs are finally starting to fall within my grasp. They're such an integral part of the game plan that I often times over look them in cases where they would have won me the game. Other times, I just don't know how to execute it properly when it comes time to show off my superior skills. Cody especially. It's hard enough getting a Bread and Butter Super Combo to come out just right, and I know I can so do so much more with Ryu or E.Ryu if I would just take the time to learn the phases needed to perform the moves. Such a drag...

    September 10th is the First Big Money Tournament at my local scene, and I'm tired of always getting second place. This time, I'm going for the gold, and this is where it gets serious. Cody's ready to start fighting for real, And I've got a bit of a surprise for everyone who doubts the power of the Saikyo-Ryu....
    EVOLUTION 2013 9th Place Finisher - 40%Flashkick
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  • ShinkuGadokenShinkuGadoken 40%Flashkick Joined: Posts: 660
    ~~~September 13th Edition~~~
    Reset The Tier Lists, Koryuken Moves Up!

    First off, Can I say how ecstatic I am? I won the tournament I went to last Saturday! I faced off with some of the best in my Community, ORDEP and his Sagat proved to be my biggest challenge in the whole tournament, But ultimately I was able to defeat him in some interesting matches. I still only placed second in the Marvel tournament, but I don't even mind. A much better player got that position anyway, and I couldn't be happier for him.

    At any rate, I've been contemplating the Saikyo-Ryu for some time now. During the previously mentioned tournament, I used a lot of Dan in my preliminary matches, mostly against Ryu players, and once against a Thunder Hawk. FADCs have been a more important part of my game; I can't hit them without fail yet, but Light Koryuken Cancelled into FADC meant I could pull off the Haoh Gadoken to clinch some matches. Another interesting aspect was that Taunting made the game change in several ways; Dan's taunts make players do strange things, and they charge in on you with renewed vigor and reckless abandon. This of course worked to my favor countless times, as the Gadoken or the Koryuken was always waiting in the wing for them to screw up.

    I'm going to explore my rush down game with Dan and Cody some more, and see if I can come up with some new tactics. I have a bad tendency to play the waiting game with both of them, and they're both just too aggressive for that method of play. Until then, you better be ready to start fighting for real, because if not, then I hope you're ready for a beating!
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    ~~~October 25th Edition~~~
    Top Tier Metagame, Counter Picking Your Brain

    A quick apology to everyone who does read this, I haven't been updating as often as I should be. Here's a Recap of what I've been doing.

    *College, Life has been forcing me to focus on my education. I have a lot of work to do these days.
    *Finding a Job, Being 18 with no job is demoralizing.
    *Becoming a Writer, I want to focus on getting a writing career going.
    *Winning a Tournament, I placed 1st in a Local Street Fighter tournament, as well as 2nd in a Marvel vs Capcom 3 tournament.
    *Traveling, Been trying to get to tournaments in other states, hasn't been working

    Anyway...

    I've been studying more top tier players ever since combat compilations have been coming out like clockwork, trying to get a feel for better playstyles and methods of taking on new opponents. The way some of my games go, I can see that those studies are drastically increasing my own game. In Street Fighter, my Player Points are settling around the 2300 area constantly, while my Battle Points are sky rocketing with Ryu and Cody. Moreso with Cody. As I've come to notice, my Cody is top forty on the PSN lists, which means I'm steadily becoming better and better with his playstyle. And my Ryu has been defeating some very high tier players lately. I just need to focus more on my core gameplay and remembering that Combos are one thing, Metagame is another.

    Speaking of Metagame, I'd like to share my findings on the topic itself. As it stands, I've almost perfected the metagame. I'm not saying this to be arrogant, I'm saying this because I think I have a deeply rooted enough standing within the fighting game community and how things work to out smart, out play, and out last many opponents. And because I'm Down Right Fierce (Ha Ha!). Sometimes when faced with an enemy who's got twice as many player points and at least three times the battle points I do, I wind up pulling out victories because I pressure them into just the right spot. Imagine a gauge, if you will, where the opponent is feeling pressure to perform well. If they punish your mistakes, your gauge goes up, and their gauge will go down. Vice versa for you to them. I found that if you punish enough mistakes, without them getting off a reversal, they'll hit the 'Sweet Spot' on their gauge called 'Panic Room' in which they'll start to play completely different, but usually deplorably bad, to which you can act to finish them off. I've had Dhalsim players against my Cody who, if they had continued to play defensively, would have beaten me, but because I pressured them into that Sweet Spot, they suddenly tried to play ultra-aggressive, something you shouldn't do against Cody, who's counter-aggression is practically top tier material. I wound up defeating the player (who was consequently salty) at least two more times in Ranked battles.

    Hopefully, using this information to my advantage, I can continue to become a better player, maybe not in my execution, but in the way I play to get inside my opponent's head. I don't have to be flashy (though it's certainly a plus) I just have to be smart.

    If this helps anyone, let me know.
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    Side Update;

    366 Views. What the fuck?! Who's actually reading this?!
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    ~~~November 2nd Edition~~~
    Mind Games, Who are you really fooling?

    There was something I noticed when I was playing the last few nights. Mentality is everything.

    Fighting an opponent, no matter who it is, you have to keep a steady mindset. A mindset isn't saying things like 'I have to win, no matter what' a Mindset is a gameplay style. When you have so much riding on a fight, you have to keep in mind 'What am I fighting for?' and 'This is how I'll take the match.' If you let yourself get sloppy, your gameplay suffers because of it. Even something as simple as 'okay, I've got the lead' can ruin you if you don't keep your focus on the match itself. The fight's not over until the announcer says you win, not that the round ends.

    So let's explore the topic of 'Mind Games' and how to execute it properly. In order to initiate mind games, you have to get your opponent into a highly compromising position. Let them fear your next move because they will be unsure of how to play out their own game. And most of all, keep your mind open. When you think you're playing a Mind Game, you may just be walking into your opponent's trap.

    I'll elaborate more on this later. Keep on fighting everyone!
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    So I've decided it's time I start promoting myself. So...

    Here's my Twitter, just Tweet me whatever @ShinkuGadoken
    And search Andrew Fein on Facebook. I'm the Red Haired kid. Black Haired Kid.
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    ~~~November 18th Edition~~~
    Money makes the game more sound

    Some people make their living on playing fighting games. Those people inspire me to keep fighting no matter how many times I lose, get told its a waist of time, or otherwise try and be discouraged from continuing to play. The very thought that one day, I can make buku bucks because I went out and defeated someone big in a final round in a big name tournament keeps the dream alive. At the end of the day, I really wonder if I can make it. If I'm fighting for myself, to prove a point, or just to make a life from it. It's to the point where I can't focus on anything at all that isn't fighting games. I can't focus on my college work, I can't focus on my artwork, hell, I have to muster up the creative genius to write up a decent post here in my own chronicles of combat. I feel so... Involved, yet disassociated all at once. Am I just a big loser? Or do I really believe in myself?

    I have a pair of tournaments this Saturday, one local scene, one for actual money. I'm scared I'm going to lose both of them. But only time will tell.

    I wish someone would wish me luck, because believing in yourself when no one else does is starting to get weary.
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    ~~~November 25th Edition~~~
    I'm here to watch a good game

    I was talking to my father the other evening while we watched the rivalry game between Texas State and Texas A&M. Ya know. College Football.

    Before I go on, lemme just tell you guys how much I hate college football. Or football in general. I only watch it with my father because I love him and its the only time I get any man to man time with him. I take my man time seriously. Seriously enough to watch something I hate.

    Anyway, my father and I were talking about how rich people should help others become rich by giving them new jobs and abilities to make money for themselves. Even if they spend some of their money just making jobs so they can make more money, they're still making jobs for other people. During one of the replays on TV, it shows a game where some starting players whomped a team so bad that the score was 70 to 0 at the end of the game. My dad told me he hates that. He absolutely hates that. He would rather watch a good team use its third seat players against a team like that instead of a good team wail on a shitty team.

    Immediately, in my head, and without thinking, I told him about how that's how the Fighting Game players think too. We would rather watch a good player use a character he's not good with against a bad player's best character. Why? Because, it's just that much more interesting. Say you show up to a tournament, the first person you play against is a 12 year old who showed up today because his older brother is playing too. You main Fei Long or Wesker/Vergil/Akuma for your main team, and this kid picks El Fuerte or Spider-Man/Ryu/Hulk because they look kinda cool. Do you play your best? No, Hell no. You pick Makoto or Dan or you pick a team of random and you play with this person because they're just here to have fun. Obviously its a tournament, you want to do well, but when you KNOW you're going to outmatch someone? You should just let it go, and actually just play for fun.

    What do you guys think?

    Anyway, after that conversation, I told my Dad I want to get sponsored. He told me that, when I start winning big money tournaments, he'll support everything I do from that point on.

    I guess I have a new goal, guys.
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    ~~~December 4th Edition~~~
    Tired of Losing? Play to win.

    So I've finally hit that focal point of my career where I'm tired of losing to people in the final rounds of tournaments. I have... Three First Place Street Fighter tournament victories and that's it. I always had the mentality that 'If I pick the characters I like and get really good, I can beat anyone.' As it turns out, you can't do that. You can't just assume your character has a fantastic chance at winning a tournament because you like them a lot and you think that's just how it works; enough dedication to a single style will prove you the better player.

    I learned this when I faced off against a team of Zero, Dr. Doom, and Strider, and I was getting destroyed. I couldn't stop Zero, but I could smash Strider and Doom no problem. Zero's mobility coupled with such good assists made for a horrendous time fighting them with my team of Wesker, Vergil, and Nova. I just didn't know what to do. So I switched out Nova for Hawkeye, and suddenly, the whole game changed. Zero couldn't stop Hawkeye and the Teleport Shenanigans by Wesker and Vergil became almost god tier. I had to stop myself from almost crying. Though my lack of expertise with Hawkeye ultimately mercked me, it still shows how much more you can get out of counter picking with someone.

    So, I guess I'm gonna go practice, and learn how to play with every single character in the game. Wish me luck, everyone.
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    ~~~December 15th Edition~~~
    Traveling at the speed of Hado

    Hey everyone, just wanted to make this update before I went out for the weekend and kicked some ass.

    So first off, 500+ views? Seriously, I was pretty damned convinced that nobody ever reads this thing. Especially since it's just one wall of text based on all of the things I've been thinking about. You guys rock. Second, college is wrapping up its first semester, and the job hunt is still on. Hopefully I'll come out on top of it all.

    So this weekend I'm heading out to Kalamazoo to take on a group of players from that area. Most of it is just advertising to see if I can draw in some out of county players. My own job at experience points seems to be getting tougher, and bringing people in is always a scary endeavor, especially if we get a low night. My boss is really pushing for me to kick ass and break bank, but I just don't know sometimes. Though these Kzoo players are interesting. First off, there's Freddy, and he reminds me a lot of my boss Daniel in that he's super nice and wants the fighting game community to really flourish. Next is Holden, who supposedly plays a really mean viper, and can hold his own with OctopusOnFire (For those who don't know, Octopus played against Mike Ross and Gootecks in an episode of cross counter, and he made 'em seem pretty free for awhile). I'm looking forward to the matches. Then there's this arrogant (or maybe he's just loud?) player who challenged us to a Five on Five. Now the Elkhart players are locked in a battle with 400 dollars on the line! Let's kick some ass!


    Lastly, I'm going to be doing some traveling all around the area, playing players and spreading my name around. I want folks to realize I'm a serious threat these days, and maybe one day, I'll have people calling me up, asking for matches. I'd never turn down a fight that way.
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    ~~~January 5th Edition~~~
    Hopeless Fighter, Feeling Hopeless

    So Frosty Faustings is less than two days away from now and my ride is gone.

    It sucks not having your own car, or having your friends bail on you at the last second. Sometimes it makes me wonder if the path I walk is a lonely warrior's road. Eventually I'll have to subsist on doing things my own, and with prior engagements like the weekends being work days or having to meet with someone taking hold of me. It's a bit... Disheartening, to say the least. Having learned I wasn't that good at Street Fighter, I completely dropped it to focus on my Marvel playing, to which extent I know I'm good at that. My goal was to show up, play everyone, win, go home and shove the money in my parents' faces. Silly, I know, but I like to dream big.

    At any rate, as it stands, I'm going to have no ride to Frosty Faustings, and Therefor no way of getting there to participate. I'm gonna stay hopeful though, and try and convince my friend to roadtrip over to Northbrook so I can take these guys by storm. I'm tired of being the local loser, I wanna be an interstate champ.
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    ~~~January 6th Special Edition~~~
    Fucking Johnny Bananas!

    So this is bugging me so much that I have to make a post about it here.
    We have this player here in Elkhart who is pretty much my better. I can't beat him anymore. And it's pissing me off.

    So when I first started going to my Local Scene, Experience Points, I met two new players who go by the names of Black Belt Status and Johnny Bananas. The former is a very strong Street Fighter player, but his Marvel leaves something to be desired. He's better than the average player, but he's not better than the upper level players. I usually beat him 8 to 1 in our sets. He's a really nice guy though, and I love playing him because he has a similar love of the game that I have. He's cool.

    Then there's Johnny.

    Johnny is the bane of my existence, he's the sole thing stopping me from winning in UMvC3 at the local scene. Johnny and I went at it day one we met, with us going back and forth, constantly trying to outplay each other. The games were always slightly in his favor, but there was nothing to damning about mine or his performance. Fair fights.

    Next week? Same thing.

    Week after, no biggy.

    Today.

    I got smashed. There was nothing wrong with my play, it's just that his was a thousand times better, and I couldn't DO anything to stop it! He runs a Zero, Doom, and Strider team, and it doesn't matter which one of those three you're fighting, the game is always in their favor. Dr. Doom is stupid strong, his Zero is stupid strong, and Strider... God.... I just... I'm mad. I'm salty. Whatever you wanna call it. I want to kick someone in the teeth, but I can't. I had the life sucked out of me by my performance, and If I can't play right, then I'm going to fail in other aspects. Johnny Bananas is playing my Metagame to the flute of his golden violin, and I feel like I'm stuck dancing to a tune I don't even like.

    Fuckin'.... Johnny Bananas....

    .... One more thing I'd like to say. He's like, one of the best friends a guy could ask for.
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    ~~~January 24th Edition~~~
    I'm ready to X the line

    So with the recently announced Reality Show/Tournament hybrid that is Street Fighter X Tekken's big hype release party, I've come to realize that all of my training and work put into these games has finally come to this. This is what I've been putting in all my hard work and effort into doing. Getting Exposure! Ah man, I cannot even begin to express my excitement for this series. I'm going to go out of my way, up and beyond to try and make it into the scene. Until I have a video up, I'm just going to write up why I'd make a great addition to Team Tekken. Here we go!

    Name - Who Am I?
    My name is Andrew Fein, and nobody will ever forget it in the coming years. Though by day I am a simple college student majoring in the communications and arts, by night I become the legendary SHINKU GADOKEN! With my perfectly ineffective combos, my amazing levels of excitement and hype, and my absolute devotion to perfecting my craft no matter how low tier it may be, I will take the mantle of the greatest Line Crosser the world has ever seen! Shinku for Evo 2012! Shinku for the winner of the 25,000 dollar contest!

    Why - What do I bring to the show?
    The learner, the cocky one, the young one, the one who's new, the under dog, the guy who is trying to take everything he learns on the fly, reverse his opponent's flow of momentum, and turn it against them. I used to be small town champion until I was introduced to the better players, sitting on four Street Fighter tournaments as my major accomplishments, only to fall to 2nd place in the Season Finale. I'm the true underdog, and going into the game with high expectations, bright eyes, and enough emotional baggage to make things really exciting in the endgame is exactly what a good competitive atmosphere needs. Plus since it's live, all of my reactions will be real, and everything that happens will let those other players out there, who are like me, a nobody with big dreams, feel like they have a piece of themselves with me. I also have a decent record in Tekken, and I said in the video I have a 1 in 4 victory rate, I meant 4 in 1. DX

    Etc. - Anything else?
    If selected for the show, I promise to open this game up, show people it's fun and exciting, and defeat everyone in my path using everything I've learned up to this point! It's time to start fighting for real! Now I ask you, Publishers, Players, And everyone else. Do YOU have what it takes to Cross The Line?!
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    Oh yeah, Here's my Entry.

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    ~~~February 6th Edition~~~
    The only man I can't beat is...

    So I went through a bunch of games with a group outside of my own. What did I find out? I'm friggen amazing. Nobody outside of my scene could really 'beat' me. And you know what? It felt good. It felt really good. If I play outside of my friends, I can beat 'anybody'.

    Then I play our local god and it all falls to shit. Why is this? I don't understand, I don't get it. It's not just because I'm beaten in my own head, it's because He really is seriously fucking good!
    This is gonna be a short update, but I want to try and figure out... What makes him so good, and why am I so... 2nd Place?
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    Well, I can see where one might be confused here. Clearly, having destroyed some casual gamers should have put you in a prime position to take down a god. I simply cannot understand why your logic didn't manifest into reality. All the pieces were in place, yet you somehow lost. Hell, I'm certainly at a loss! Perhaps this can be attributed to the steady increase in solar activity? Hmmm...
    FRAY!
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    2nd place at what? dont make self proclaims
  • ShinkuGadokenShinkuGadoken 40%Flashkick Joined: Posts: 660
    Well, I can see where one might be confused here. Clearly, having destroyed some casual gamers should have put you in a prime position to take down a god. I simply cannot understand why your logic didn't manifest into reality. All the pieces were in place, yet you somehow lost. Hell, I'm certainly at a loss! Perhaps this can be attributed to the steady increase in solar activity? Hmmm...
    They weren't casual, they were fairly serious matches. But your attempt at sarcasm was certainly amusing.

    @Daniel: I'll proclaim what I please.
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    ~~~February 12th Edition~~~
    Actually...

    Never mind what I posted here before, I wrote it in rage and I should react better.
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    ~~~February 21st Edition~~~
    Wake up and smell the Blood

    So I've been thinking about the premise of health lately. Not that I've been scared by the media into doing anything drastic, just that I'd like to start taking steps towards better health in favor of better gameplay. I see a lot of gamers these days who are doing the same thing and it seems to have a very positive reflection on their overall performance when under stress or when playing for long periods of time. A turning point that told me it's time to get healthy is when I woke up with my face, shirt, and pants covered in Blood from a Bloody Nose I had over night from improper sleeping patterns. It looked like I ran around and killed people in my sleep.

    So aside from that, I figure it'll be good for me to work towards a healthier lifestyle, instead of being the stereotype of the guy who never goes out, is a basement dweller, and is anti-social. I'm none of those things.

    One more thing on my mind is Street Fighter X Tekken. I didn't get in the show, surprise surprise, but nonetheless the game is looking so exciting that I'll be playing it until I've sunk far enough into my seat that I get assimilated into the leather. Hwoarang in General looks really strong, and Jin's Projectile Traps look too good to pass up. I'm still waiting for them to reveal Cody, but til then, I'll be playing the Hworang/Jin team until the cows come home. Wish me luck~
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    ~~~February 28th Edition~~~
    Forget Fear! You're not Safe Anyway!

    So myself and a friend were talking the other night about the concept of fear and how it affects your game play. Back a couple months ago I had a nasty bout of fear with my local player Johnny, but he actually sat down and explained the whole thing to me. The reason why I can play well against my other friends is I assume that I can fight them and win. That gives me the mental edge I need to play properly, but then I would turn around and play him and get trashed. Johnny's a great player, don't get me wrong, but half the reason I was losing was that I was fucked in the head and he noticed it long before I did. It's like a metagame in which you're mentally already defeated. I've come to overcome that fear, so any time I lose now it's simply because I got outplayed. But the concept itself is interesting. If it could screw me up that badly, who else could it wreck? Well, I found out it can wreck more than just me, but even huge level players.

    An example I saw was of the Justin Wong vs Daigo Umehara match. You know, the famous one. Seth Killian made the observation that in that high level play, even the most mentally prepared players can be destroyed by a moment of Fear or Anxiety. This was Evo after all, and Justin could have just waited Daigo out. Instead he (and this is Seth's words) cracked under pressure and tried to go for a flashy finish, only to get parried all the way through, reversed, and destroyed. Daigo forsaw a move that you had to already be parrying before the super flash, and so spaced out Justin perfectly, forcing him to act. If Justin had used the Kikoken instead of the Super, who knows what would have happened! But instead he used his super as Daigo expected and the game ended in Daigo's favor.

    Some could argue that it was Daigo's anger (Not frustration, but pure will to defeat Justin) that saw him through that fight. I personally believe it was a combination of both Daigo's anger and Justin's anxiety. I've had similar situations while playing Marvel. I had been running a team of Vergil/Hawkeye/Ryu when I went up against Team Trenchcoat. I lost Vergil and Hawkeye to some smart mixups early on, and wound up playing the whole game with just Ryu. Ryu wound up defeating Vergil, Dante, and Wesker without even utilizing X-Factor. Half of that match was due to the fact that I was just playing sloppy. I got mad that this guy was styling on me, so I focused heavily, and turned the whole game around in a moment's notice with some smart gameplay. So I know Anger is one thing, but I think the guy I was playing became afraid of losing once he lost both Vergil and Dante to someone who's mobility isn't even that great.

    So going into Street Fighter X Tekken, my friend, Manimal Instinct, and I have decided that we will have a No Fear attitude no matter what. We have a tournament coming up on March 10th, and we plan on winning, no matter what. So Forget Fear, it can only hold you back anyway!
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    ~~~March 11th Edition~~~
    Time to wind down

    Hey everyone, ShinkuGadoken here, coming to tell you I won't be playing any fighting games for awhile. I've decided I'm gonna take a step back from everything and focus on my Social Life and College. Just know I'll be back after this semester, and that I love everyone who's ever supported my growth in the scene.

    Thanks for reading my updates, and I hope after my break, I'll be back to kick ass and take names.
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    ~~~April 3rd Edition~~~
    Giving up the title of '2nd Place'

    Something I pride myself on (or used to, anyway) was being the second best fighting game player in my area. In recent months, I've come to realize that just isn't the case anymore. Some of it due to tournament results, others due to just the fact that I'm getting out played. But I'm not upset over it, its just a reminder, a motivator, if you will, to try and get better. I'm still shooting for first place, after all, and I figure that if I put enough time, effort, and spirit into the game, I'll become fantastic at what I do.

    Until then, I suppose I'll just stick to the handle I gave myself. 'Hopeless Fighter Shinku Gadoken' instead of '2nd Place Shinku Gadoken'. Ha Ha!

    Mini-update to let you guys know I'm not dead.
    EVOLUTION 2013 9th Place Finisher - 40%Flashkick
    Thank you to all of my fans and supporters. Its knowing you guys have my back that I can fight on with so much happiness.

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  • ShinkuGadokenShinkuGadoken 40%Flashkick Joined: Posts: 660
    ~~~April 19th Edition~~~
    The Family who fights together...

    Now that everyone's had Street Fighter X Tekken for a bit over a month now, I can safely say this is definitely one of the better games of our generation. But that's just my opinion. This is a game I feel that if I really put all of my time and energy into, I can excel at it. Online I just reached 10K BP, and now I'm aiming for A rank. Hopefully in due time I'll become even better.

    But that's just personal thoughts on how I may become better. As for the game itself, I've never felt so quite at home with a game. Not since Marvel 3, anyway. This is one of those games where you can apply everything you've learned in every fighting game in almost every match, while simultaneously using that same knowledge to expand on the things the game gives you. And the accessibility at even the most rudimentary of levels is fantastic. It's to the point where my nephew, who can't play SF4 to save his life, actually won a few ranked games himself. I love him to death, and this little inclusion into the fighting game scene just makes me love him more. So people bitch and complain about the game being 'easy mode' but if it makes it to the point where my nephew has an innate desire to want to improve? Then please, continue making things easy mode, if it brings me closer to my loves ones.

    Do you guys have family who play fighting games with you?
    EVOLUTION 2013 9th Place Finisher - 40%Flashkick
    Thank you to all of my fans and supporters. Its knowing you guys have my back that I can fight on with so much happiness.

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