Imagine, if you will, that you’re a screenwriter. You start your career, but you need help. You need someone to fight for you in a shark-infested town. So, you get an agent, who works for one of the three biggest agencies in Hollywood, to get your stuff made. Okay, maybe not so intense. Either way, […]Read More Is Private Equity Coming for the FGC?
I have a confession to make: I wasn’t particularly moved to anger at this tweet from the Capcom Fighters account This was far from the fawning praise of the infamous Evo tweet which included the full video of the celebration afterwards, just a still image noting the fact that Seon-Woo “Infiltration” Lee won the event […]Read More Breaking the Habit
WARNING: THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR FINAL FANTASY VII and REMAKE. DON’T SAY I DIDN’T WARN YOU There’s a moment in my life that I think about almost every day. I was finishing up my student teaching in winter of 2016, a pretty turbulent semester at a middle school with a thankfully tolerant group of kids. […]Read More Cloud Strife is the Greatest
I watched a video the other day, from a group that I’ve enjoyed a lot in the past – Hold Back to Block. If you haven’t seen it, they created a killer documentary on Killer Instinct that is almost required viewing if you’re a fan of fighting games. This is in addition to a ton […]Read More Response to Hold Back to Block – Everything is a “Product”
At the risk of sounding a bit hyperbolic, 2020 was not a fantastic year, and we all had to find ways to cope with having to severely limit our outside interactions. Luckily for me I had my old friends, video games, to help, and 2020 had several excellent titles to dig into. While most of […]Read More Streets of Rage 4 Rules and You’re Wrong About the Mobility
A little while ago, I posted a Twitter thread that got a fair amount of attention for espousing what my views were on a recent video from Super Smash Bro. Melee player Aziz “Hax$” Al-Yami, which was epic in length and scope. In it, Hax$ gave what could generously be described as a post-apocalyptic lens […]Read More Hax$, Toonification, and the Death of Private Confrontation
I got a DM on Twitter from someone I’m familiar with in the Netherrealm games sub-community the other day, and it was a simple question: “Have you ever written about Tom?” “Tom” is “Tom Brady,” AKA Bill Menoutis, a longtime fixture in this particular sub-community and in the greater fighting game community for years and […]Read More I Don’t Give a Shit About “Tom Brady”
Recently, renowned FGC commentator (and honestly, ‘historian’ might be a title worth throwing in there) James Chen made some comments on Twitter relating to a problem he cared a lot about but couldn’t find much traction with others: To sum it up, Chen is increasingly concerned about a certain plateau that the fighting game genre […]Read More A Response to James Chen: Why Don’t More People Play Fighters?
“I knew right away when I agreed to do it. Either everything goes well and we get an investment and I take care of my players, or I’m fucked. I should have trusted my gut.” The sigh proceeding this statement from Jeremy McLamb, known to friends and fans as “Lambzy”, is weary and weighty, encompassing […]Read More From Ashes
…A brotherly mind will love in me what you teach to be lovable, and will regret in me what you teach to be regrettable. St. Augustine of Hippo, Confessions If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve likely seen me post daily updates regarding a Google Doc I put together, the FGC Ban Catalog. It is only […]Read More The FGC Ban Catalog: Why It Exists