Tag: #Culture

  • Arturo Sanchez, Matcherino, and the Slow Heat Death of the FGC

    If I had to find some sort of definition from the collected works of this little hobby of mine, it would be ‘correcting the record’. In today’s world it’s so, so incredibly easy to have to grasp around for truth, to painstakingly carve out a fraction of it from overwhelming noise and innuendo. But even […]

  • 2022 – Learning to Speak a New Language

    2022 – Learning to Speak a New Language

    Earlier this year, I re-read Moby Dick. I do this every few years, as may have been apparent, but being the brilliant work of fiction that it is, there’s always something new to find. This quote, in particular, stuck with me a lot throughout the year: “Give not thyself up, then, to fire, lest it […]

  • Is Private Equity Coming for the FGC?

    Is Private Equity Coming for the FGC?

    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, […]

  • Breaking the Habit

    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 […]

  • Cloud Strife is the Greatest

    Cloud Strife is the Greatest

    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. […]

  • Black Lives Matter

    Black Lives Matter

    Due to the wealth of research I did for this earlier piece about Florida’s Volusia County and its police’s history of violence, I have a better understanding now of the damage that a horrible police culture can inflict on Black communities. The sad truth is that same story has taken place all over America for […]

  • It *Is* That Deep

    It *Is* That Deep

    It is the ubiquitous phrase you see used across social media whenever someone posts about something that offended them: “It ain’t that deep.” Naturally, it implies that whomever was offended is simply looking way too far past the intent of whatever was posted and is overreacting. The most common place you’ll see this is on […]

  • The Continued, Puzzling Elevation of Infiltration

    The Continued, Puzzling Elevation of Infiltration

    A few years ago, I was living with my brother and his wife, and it was difficult for me and my sister-in-law to connect. She was born and raised in the Chinese province of Sichuan, living in its biggest city, Chengdu, right up until the prior year when she and my brother moved to the […]

  • The Slippery Slope Arguments About FGC Issues Are Pointless Punditry

    The Slippery Slope Arguments About FGC Issues Are Pointless Punditry

    When did everyone become a pundit? I don’t mean the strictest definition, which is a so-called expert in an area giving their opinion to the public; I mean more so in how every argument is longer about defending or arguing for anything on principle, but defending or arguing for what the reaction would be by […]

  • Fighting the Rot in the Fighting Game Community Pt. 2 – Star Players and Power Imbalances

    Fighting the Rot in the Fighting Game Community Pt. 2 – Star Players and Power Imbalances

    A couple weeks ago, I published the first of multiple blog posts which looked to examine how the fighting game community (FGC), as a whole, was uniquely served to set up situations of abuse and harassment, largely in response to a wave of incidents that have come to light in the recent month. The initial […]