Beadsprites!

Ahoi all,

So after discovering them in Taiwan and seeing how popular they are in the states, I’ve decided to start making beadsprites for friends.  If you want to commission something to be made or know anybody who would love to have one made, lmk.

Any 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.

Specs:

  • 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.

SSF4 AE Notes – Fight your Opponent, not your Memory

Ahoi all,

ssf4 notes android app

As a way make memorizing nuances for the 38 different match ups in Super Street fighter Arcade Edition easier and help out the community, I’ve made an app for Android that lets you take notes, sorted by each character.

Current features:

  • An individual page for each character means never having to sift through random notes hoping to find the one you want.
  • Fast page load times means not having to worry about not having enough time to find who you want.
  • Notes are saved automatically as long as you don’t Rage Quit(phone’s back button)
  • Built in evesdropping defense makes it harder for opponents to see what you’re typing.
  • 39 new pieces of fan art make finding characters simple.

Press the app icon to go back to the main screen. Use your phone’s back button to rage quit and leave without saving your notes.

If there are any features you would like to have, lmk and I’ll do what I can to add them. If you find any bugs/mistakes, instead of getting salty, lmk so I can fix them.

Fight your opponent, not your memory.

Blanka Beginners Guide for Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition

beginers guide to blanka

Ahoi,

In Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition,  Blanka has a very good okizeme game(wake up), punishes grapplers with Blanka balls and is very tricky to play against.  I’m compiling all of the resources that I have learned how to use Blanka from as a way to help beginners quickly and effectively pick up Blanka.

For anybody just starting out with SSF4 ae, read this first.

Start Here -  Intro to Blanka

The shoryuken forums on Blanka- with information/clarification on everything you could be wondering about Blanka.

Character specific tips for Blanka players

High level SSF4 ae players: Nishikin, Octopus On Fire, MIZOTERU

ssf4 notes android appMy SSF4 ae notes app, designed to help you remember all those character specific combos/options/etc

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Beginners Guide to Your First Tournament

Ahoi,

After spending a couple days in Tokyo practicing Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition 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, 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, you and you opponent will be able to see each other’s hands moving as well hear each other’s 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 in that 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 effeciently despite how much work the tournament organizers put in, people go get food/take a piss break/just leave without telling anybody/etc.
    Having to keep alternating between peak performance and resting is taxing and adds up quickly in 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 hanging out with Zhi and Xian, getting to know a bunch of Indonesian players and learning a lot about Indonesia in the process (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 fellow Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition 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.

Evil Ryu Beginners Guide for Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition

super street fighter 4 ae evil ryu beginners guide

Ahoi,

My new Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition beginners guide is for Evil Ryu.  Take the dive kick, big damage combos and Raging Demon from Akuma, add Ryu’s all around solid game (shoryuken, footsies, fireball, etc) and top it off with a mean axe kick.

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

Start Here -  Into to Evil Ryu

The shoryuken forums on Evil Ryu- with information/clarification on everything you could be wondering about Seth.

Evil Ryu Combos in SSF4 ae – Everything from BnB’s to advanced FDAC beatdown

Character specific tips for Evil Ryu players

High level SSF4 ae players: Sako, CORN Alucard

ssf4 notes android appMy SSF4 ae notes app, designed to help you remember all those character specific combos/options/etc

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Seth Beginners Guide for Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition

seth super street fighter 4 ae beginners guide

Ahoi,

In Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition,  Seth has the tools to do everything possible to rushdown at the cost of the lowest health/stun and requiring more effort to learn all of the tricks at your disposal.  I’m compiling all of the resources that I have learned how to use Seth from as a way to help beginners quickly and effectively pick up Seth.

For anybody just starting out with SSF4 ae, read this first.

Start Here -  Into to Seth

The shoryuken forums on Seth- with information/clarification on everything you could be wondering about Seth.

Character specific tips for Seth players

High level SSF4 ae players: Dashio, Poongko, OnlineTony,

ssf4 notes android appMy SSF4 ae notes app, designed to help you remember all those character specific combos/options/etc

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Patience – Know Your Role and Shut Your Damn Mouth

Ahoi,

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

Ahoi,

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)

ssf4 notes android appMy SSF4 ae notes app, designed to help you remember all those character specific combos/options/etc

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Juri Beginners Guide for Super Street Fighter 4 Ae

Beginner's guide to juri super street fighter 4 ae

Ahoi,

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

Ahoi,

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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Adon Beginners Guide for Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition

adon super street fighter 4 ae beginners guide

Ahoi,

In Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition, Adon is a very strong character to main with his mobility and amazing normals.  I’m compiling all of the resources that I have learned how to use Adon from as a way to help beginners quickly and effectively pick up Adon.

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

Start Here - Adon Overview on Option Select

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

How to Footsies Well – One of the things that makes Adon so strong is his footsies game, learn it and use it.

For advanced SSF4 ae players – An advanced guide with frame data, block strings, comboes, etc.

Character specific tips for Adon players.

Pro Adon player Gamerbee doing what he does best.

Jaguar Kick cross up set ups

ssf4 notes android appMy SSF4 ae notes app, designed to help you remember all those character specific combos/options/etc

Now, the Adon videos:

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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

Ahoi,

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

Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition 2012 Beginners Guide

Ssf4 ae Beginner's guide

Ahoi,

A Beginners guide to tournament level Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition play.

First time playing Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition?  Start here

  • Youtube:  No need to reinvent the wheel, Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition has been out long enough that videos covering almost every topic imaginable are up. 
    Every character has basic/advanced tutorials.

    Trying to go on to win a big ssf4 ae tournament?  Videos on advanced topics (plinking/option selects/tournament footage/etc) are widely available.   As Daigo said in a recent interview when asked how new players could get better, copy what the pros are doing. Continue reading

Metagaming – Rock Beats Scissors, Always

Ahoi,

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

Ahoi,
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 hard you want something, impediments keep getting in the way and add to the fustration?  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

Fantasy Strike Championship of Legends Finals – 1/20, 8pm Est

Stream: Sirlingames

Prizes:

1st : $75 USD + $50 in Sirlin Games store credit
2nd: $25 USD + $25 in Sirlin Games store credit
3rd: $15 USD + $15 in Sirlin Games store credit
4-8th: $5 in Sirlin Games store credit

When: Monday, January 20th, 8 PM EST

Tournament Format:

The tournament will be single elimination, and each match will be best of 5 games. The difference between this tournament and a normal single elimination tournament is that we will be streaming every single game. That’s right, due to the small bracket size, we will be doing 1 match at a time, so spectators get to watch 100% of the action.

The Brackets:

1) Nashun
8) Southpawhare

4) Deluks917
5) Clannatioy

2) Thelo
7) Royallance

3) Juushichi
6) Bob199

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!

#pandante