Terminus Est, post: 63148 wrote:
Yeah. My peak was around SFCE but I played quite a bit, long after that. What mainly separated me from a lot of the best there was that I got bored with having a primary character so I focused on learning a lot of the less popular characters. When we were just challenging eachother with random characters I could hang with most anyone there but when it was a competition and people were playing their best characters I usually wouldn't make it to the finals due to losing to one of my own damn buddies.
My name is Dash, by the way. I would have been the little blond-ish white kid. If Wei was around, we were playing against eachother or splitting rounds if there weren't a larger group of the top-notch guys.
Again, I think some of my fondest memories were when we'd get what we'd call tourists from other arcades who were top-dog in their arcade but still at that more "advanced scrub" level. They'd have their whole group of buddies and they'd get beat by this little 12 year old white kid and their friends would start trashing them . . . until they got beat too. Guys like Tomo, though, would pretty much beat me most games minus the ones I managed to sneak a few moves in by reading their tendencies . . . but they were so good they'd pick up and counter on my exploits by the next game and continue on.
FreshOJ, post: 63152 wrote:
I think Wei frequented Aztec Amusement Center because I remember a guy with the same name that fits your description! I don't remember being that good against him.
FreshOJ, post: 63152 wrote:
By the way, if you're still in SD, check out the Pacific South section. We're trying to start something. You'll see when you get there.
FreshOJ, post: 63152 wrote:
I *just* found this thread today! I read it from start to finish! JCase is the bomb story-teller. He needs to be writing books!
jcasetnl, post: 63135 wrote:
The only point was to tell the story like it really happened, and I'm glad so many people shared their own stories. I hope this story will be told for a long time. ;-)
ascidus, post: 63168 wrote:
Wow, the stories in this thread are downright amazing. I really wish I had been able to experience the scene, but I'm only 17 and to my knowledge there aren't too many arcades around Anaheim Hills
jcasetnl - Your personal story reminded me so much of Mark Helprin's book The Soldier of the Great War (my favorite book ever). I dig your writing style a lot man.
jcasetnl, post: 62854 wrote:
As I watched a good player beat opponent after opponent, watched my quarter slowly march to the right, the adrenaline started to rise and my pulse would start to quicken. I can beat this guy. I can BEAT this guy.
Kaijima, post: 63173 wrote:
Looking back now, I do think of it as putting some good DNA into my gaming roots because everyone was so easygoing and laid back about playing; they had the kind of attitude that today, I suspect, would have them labeled a bunch of "scrubs" on sight by many because they just weren't concerned about being bad ass and authoritive. They knew how to play to win; the median attitude was just more focused on having fun.
ken8707, post: 63175 wrote:
the old skool SF scence, hmm my brother told me that SF2 was so big that he would ride his bike about a mile and a half to play it at a laundermat. which always had people playing on it
Angelwang, post: 63179 wrote:
Read a lot of the OG tales in this thread, great timekiller in work. This thread is 7 years old for a reason!
One question I got - how big was Honda in the old school scene? A lot of the stories in this thread, especially the Cali ones, talk up Guile and Ryu a lot, but where I came from, Honda was big shit (around the WW/CE era I mean). If you were good enough to mash out continuous HHS on the sticks and know your spacing, you could dominate people's shit with minimal effort. So much so that some places had a house rule about not keeping up HHS beyond the first time you landed it.
Was he was a respectable character out there in American arcades?
bytex, post: 63184 wrote:
I have a ridiculous 45-minute VHS SF2 tutorial, has all the early 90's stereotypes like Tomo with Vanilla Ice hair, the stereotypical asian dude with long flowing hair, and a coked-up "cool kid" running around with backwards baseball cap asking questions to the capcom guys.
Think it's online somewhere. Has some very good SNES tutorials though. Also has THE BEST action figure commercials I've ever seen in the beginning. Get Guile with his SONIC BOOM TANK!
And these funny intros to each character in the guide. "M.bison goes down slicin". Yeeeeh!
gameweasel, post: 63186 wrote:
This needs to be uploaded to youtube...
Sonic Hedgehog, post: 63187 wrote:
This is the video
"The super nintendo version is better than the arcade version, NO LIE!"
AmbiguousCrosup, post: 63194 wrote:
I grew up playing on a Rainbow Edition machine because they had stolen the CE machine that the owner bought brand new just 3 weeks previous. That same stolen machine recently popped up on Craigslist looking just as shiny and new as the day it got stolen. I'm tempted to go check out even though I'm broke.
bytex, post: 63191 wrote:
It certainly proves that slamming an Eddie Van Halen guitar solo on top of speech was never a good idea in the first place.
The youtube clip is just a short promo for the actual video, the whole is 45 minutes long. Too big for tooob. Maybe someone cut it into 10 minute segments already?