Hi SRKers. I’m Pepino Challenge, I used to live in Venezuela, but moved here due to love purposes and I have to say, this country is a Pandora box with a blue and green ribbon lace wrapping it.
Many of you have already wondered how is the competition atmosphere here since many good players have already stepped up the SSF4 stage, and I can give sincere testimony that the scene here is officially dead.
You may ponder why. Well, the former Taiwanese president Cheng Shui Bian (aka A-Bian) imposed a law over the island which basically banned every fighting games and the sort since they supposedly promote violence, school drop-outs and gambling. That is partially true, but the measure drastically changed the scenario so much. To find the arcades in this country you got to literally lurk into remote places, go to 7th floors, make way into real creepy (mind the fried fermented tofu smell) boulevards and alleys and on and on.
Still, solid stature players can be found in this beautiful tea leaf shaped island. We were delighted with Gamerbee, RB also did his best, Some other skilled players from Taiwan made great accomplishments into the EVO2010 and is worth mentioning.
But when we are speaking about Taiwan, in the gaming bracket, we cannot limit the topic about SSF4, if some of you have been around the net a bit would have heard about Little Gray. A WoW player who was the first in the world to unlock ALL the achievements in the game after the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, which was a massive impact to the gaming community since Taiwan most of the times passed unnoticed around as a country without much potential. But… well you see. Worth telling about Mr. Wang Chen-Ming playing in the Major Leagues, a very acclaimed pitcher who had as well his months of glory within the Yankees roster.
Back to the topic - such advances and advanced players coming from a deep hidden island tucked in the Cancer Tropic couldn’t be possible without online matches. Gamerbee sparred himself with Daigo and pretty much every Godsgarden titan. Building up e-muscles at home with his X-Box and then unleashing his arsenal in Las Vegas. As you can see, the world is much wider than it appears, I’m sure if you go around and check the local scene of some other countries I’m pretty sure you will find amazingly skilled players who will dish you out in the blink of an eye.
I wish I can fill you in with some more information about how the local gaming atmosphere goes on, but I’m awfully bad at Mandarin and the youth don’t use to go around spilling money on arcades - they do at Cyber-cafes, though. But overall. Is happy to see people adding color to the game where the shoto predominance is so huge then we got so refreshed by seeing new talents on Muay Thai pants.
Gamerbee! get ready for an interview once you arrive back here!