All right, now we own the Japanese in TWO games that they don’t play. Awesome.
I’m not going to translate that whole thing, but here are some highlights:
-they call him “The American Zatoichi”
-in order to learn the games, he has someone sit down with him and describe all the moves while he memorizes the sounds, then from there he plays entirely by the game’s sounds
-in his mind, he has absolutely no visual representation or image of what the game may look like; it’s just 100% sounds to him
-against Japan’s best players, he went 22-3 (his three losses were against Tokido, Kenbou, and MOV)
List of his Japanese opponents in the order they were shown:
Sawatori, head of Arcadia magazine
Chibita, of Virtua Fighter fame (for some they refer to him as “Charisma” at this event)
hella people I don’t know
My favorite quotes:
(while he’s sitting on the sofa in his house)
interviewer: "What do you do when there’s something that you just can’t pull off?"
Brice: “I get irritated when I can’t pull something off, so I just break my controller. I think I’ve broken about 9 or so.”
(while on the street in Japan)
interviewer: "Do you know what an ‘otaku’ is…?"
Brice: "No, what is that?"
interviewer: "A guy who just plays games all day."
Brice: “Oh…OK, so I guess they’d call me an ‘otaku’…”
(But her definition is not quite accurate…she was really polite. “otaku” has a lot of negative connotation. It can be applied to someone who’s obsessed with anime, or games, or manga, or all of them, but it basically means “MASSIVE DORK”.)
(when Kenbou is being interviewed about his upcoming match against Brice)
Kenbou: “I’m hella not going to lose.”
(after Brice beats KSK, who is apparently Japan’s best player)
Kenbou: “Now that’s just embarrassing…”