Ahoi all,

So after rediscovering them in Taiwan, and seeing how popular they are in the states, I’ve decided to start making beadsprites for friends. If you’re wanting something made, lmk.

Future beadsprites will be added here first.


My Custom Arcade Fight Stick is Finally Here!

Ahoi all,

Finally my custom fight stick made it’s way all the way from Indonesia to the States.  Props to Victor and Arcade Stick Indonesia for making such an awesome fightstick.


  • VM-case
  • Dualmoded board
  • Seimitsu buttons
  • Sanwa JLF stick with octagonal gate

custom arcade stick back lum yomi art

custom arcade stick side grave yomi art

custom arcade stick front grave yomi art

Why I got an octagonal restrictor plate for my custom fight stick.

Beginners Guide to Your First Tournament


After spending a couple days in Tokyo practicing AE, and then playing in the Indonesian Fighting Game Championship(Props to Advance Guard for hosting such an awesome fighting game tournament), I’ve learned a bunch of new things and much of the experience from MtG tournaments came back to me.

  • Murphy’s Law is your Biggest Opponent:  Don’t think your arcade stick will break?   It will.  Hoping to get an easy bracket?  You won’t, enjoy playing pros round two.   80% of the battle is played in the game, the other 20% is not letting Murphy’s Law distract you from winning.

    Darth Vader is Broken Tier

    Think Darth Vader will obey the rules, well……

  • CAN YOU HEAR THE HYPE?!?!?!:  For a lot of players, their gaming atmosphere is often sitting at home playing SSF4/KoFXIII/etc online or hanging out with some friends.  Usually relatively quiet with maybe some music in the background or your friends having a conversation on how your character is cheap.  Now think of how loud the last concert/sporting event/etc you went to was and imagine that noise right behind you while you’re playing.
  • Your opponent isn’t psychic, you just hit buttons like a game of Wack a Mole:   If you’re going to be playing side by side, your opponent will be able to see your hands moving as well as hear your buttons.  This may not seem like much, but if your opponent hears/sees you button mashing after getting knocked down, they have a good idea what you’re trying to do.
  • Don’t let downtime knock you down and out:  Most online warriors are spoiled these days.  When they want to play a match, they have their next match at their fingertips, one right after another.  Real tournaments don’t work that efficiently despite how much work the tournament organizers put in.   People go get food/take a piss break/just leave without telling anybody/etc, and these will add time to each round.  Having to keep alternating between peak performance and resting is taxing and adds up quickly during a long event.
  • Outside of a match, everybody is really cool:  The only time that is taken seriously at a tournament is during a match, besides that everybody is there to learn how to get better, meet other players and most of all, have a good time.
    I flew into Jakarta for the Indonesia Fighting Game Championships not knowing anybody and ended up having one of the best weekends of my life.  I got to hang out with Zhi and Xian, got to know a bunch of Indonesian players and learned a lot about Indonesia in the process (Btw, their food is god tier).
  • Brain Food doesn’t come from a vending machine:  Eating Doritos and chugging Mountain Dew may be your go to food during an all nighter, but during a tournament, you need to be at your best.  Eat, sleep well and drink lots of water to keep hydrated.

If you have any other words of wisdom for beginners, post them in the comments.

International Street Fighter Arcade Edition Community List

Street Fighter 4 ae map

After looking far and wide for a comprehensive Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition list of international communities, and finding nothing, here is a list to help level up your game on your next vacation.  As this is an international list, not every site will be in English, so remember your dictionaries/google translate and learn a new langauge while you’re at it.

USA: Shoryuken, EventHubs

Canada: Canada Cup

Japan: List of arcades in Tokyo

Australia: OzHadou, ShadowLogic

New Zealand: NZism, StandingFierce

Singapore: Round1

Indonesia: IndotekkenAdvance Guard

Taiwan: Twfighter

Brunei: Counter Attack

Hong Kong: HKfighter

China: 17utt

South Korea: SpiritZERO, CafeID

Thailand: Street Fighter Thailand

Malaysia: Malaysia FGC

Vietnam: VGN-Fighters

EU: Versus-ISM

Italy: Arcade Extreme

Netherlands: DutchNoobz

Germany: Hardedge

United Kingdom: Fighting Games UK

France: Street Fighter France,HitCombo, Versus Fighting TV

Spain: Arcadia Fighters

Baltics: Baltic FGC

Czech Republic:  Czech Arcade

Brazil: Treta Championship

Kuwait: White Tower Q8

If you don’t see your Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition community listed, let me know so I can add them.

Patience – Know Your Role and Shut Your Damn Mouth


Just finished watching the ssf4 ae finals of the capcom-unity tournament where we see metagaming play a part in Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition and I relearned something that is improving my gameplay dramatically, patience.

“But it’s a fighting game, I can’t win unless I bring my opponent has 0 health.”

That’s one way to look at it, but the bigger picture is that whomever has the most health at the end of the match wins regardless if it’s 500-0 or 1000-999, the most health wins.  Hence how the people still awake at the end of an SFxT match can call it a win.

When you’re up on health, you don’t have to do anything except not lose health, the onus is on your opponent to take the lead by trying to hit you.  Ss long as you know your role as target and can out yomi your opponent, you win.

When your role is needing to hit your opponent, patience is also a huge factor.  If you hit for only a little bit, your opponent only needs to do a little more to put you back into this situation, hence the need to do as much damage as possible when you have an opening is crucial.

On to one of the best ssf4 ae examples of patience I’ve ever watched, Snake Eyez vs Justin Wong Continue reading

Makoto Beginners Guide for Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition

Makoto super street fighter 4 ae beginner's guide


In Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition, Makoto is a very dangerous rushdown character that requires a different playstyle than most of the rest of the cast. A useful intro into the mindset of how Makoto plays.   I’m compiling all of the resources that I have learned how to use Makoto from as a way to help beginners quickly and effectively pick up Makoto.

For anybody just starting out with Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition, read this first.

Start Here –  Option Select’s Intro to Makoto

The shoryuken forums on Makoto– with information/clarification on everything you could be wondering/not covered by the video above.

For advanced SSF4 ae players– The Rindoken Bible, a 28 page .pdf with details on everything Makoto does.

Character specific tips for Makoto players

High level players: Haitani, Shiro,

List of optimized combos for Makoto (Work in Progress)

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Juri Beginners Guide for Super Street Fighter 4 Ae

Beginner's guide to juri super street fighter 4 ae


In Super Street Fighter 4 Ae, Juri’s trickiness and multifaceted game make her an interesting choice.   I’m compiling all of the resources that I have learned how to use Juri from as a way to help beginners quickly and effectively pick up Juri.

For anybody just starting out with Super Street Fighter 4 Ae, read this first.

Start Here – Continue reading

The Slump – How to Quit Feeding the Big Fish


Well, I can officially say that I’m in a yomi tournament slump.   1-3 in the yomi team draft tournament, losses in the final CrystalChaos weekly tournaments, ditto the Yomi Tournament for Science and Literacy, and every one of deluks’ qualifiers so far.
In total, 0 tournament wins since May.   This has thankfully given me inspiration to write about how to beat one of the most frustrating aspects of gaming, the slump.
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Yomi Cross Up Guide

Yomi Cross Up GuideA quick reference on Yomi cross ups or what a good attack would be if your opponent is knocked down and you don’t know if they’re holding more odd or even blocks. This is only meant to be a general feel for what they may use and still dependent on: what your opponent draws, what you have already seen, opponent’s playstyle, etc.

Why cross up your opponent in yomi?  A successful cross up in yomi can be thought of as a 1 cp throw that counts for powering up after a combo.

Remember, faces get blocked regardless of odd/even.

New to yomi?  Start Here

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Magic the Gathering Beginners Guide


Building blocks to tournament level Magic the Gathering play.

  1. Know your Metagame:  As I’ve said before, metagaming plays a large part of MtG.  Having a rock to smash a field of scissors is an awesome feeling.  That five card combo pet deck of yours may be fun but is it a good choice against the field you expect to see?  If not, changing decks is probably a good idea.  This lead me to point 2. Continue reading

Metagaming – Rock Beats Scissors, Always


Metagaming: The art of picking the best option in a field when everyone who wants to win is doing exactly the same thing.

Becoming good at metagaming makes the difference between going 7-0 at a ssf4 ae/yomi/mtg tournament and 0-2 dropping. Continue reading

Burn Out – How to Keep from Becoming Extinguished

Burn Out - ZangiefAn article that isn’t a Yomi tournament report, that’s a first.  Time to start posting on how to improve your game.

You know that feeling you get when no matter how hard you want something, impediments keep getting in the way and add to the frustration?  That’s where I was at trying to get into top 10 on the yomi leaderboard with Val as well as with SSF4 ae in general.  A week full of Sets/Jaina make any bad draws by Val into bad games and that any loss negates 2+ wins, makes it much more difficult to keep any gains more than a few games.

In SSF4 ae, playing against Ryu so much as Juri makes winning a difficult chore.  His better fireball, dp and more efficient damage output are all challenging to overcome.

So, how do I keep from raging and hulk smashing screens when winning just isn’t happening? Continue reading

Pandante, Panda Gambling Kickstarter – 30 hrs left

Never thought gambling with pandas would look so much fun.

“When I saw how the Pandas gambled, I had to bring it over and share it with all of you. Everything about it is familiar, yet different. The cards are oversized to fit their paws. It’s sort of like Texas Hold ‘Em poker, but you don’t have to know anything about that to play it. The whole game centers around constantly lying, which makes it a lot of fun. While they have a way of playing it for real money, they also have a way that makes for a great social or family game for 2 – 6 players.”

  • No player elimination
  • You don’t have to fold all the time, like you do in Human Poker
  • A few special abilities really spice it up
  • A gold fairy gives you money if you really need it, but then you have to frolic with the fairy for a while.
  • It’s actually fun to play for its own sake, when no real money is on the line. The Pandas are laughing and joking the whole way through!
  • You can also play it with real money…if you’re Panda enough!