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MusicI am Yoshiki - Songwriter, music producer, drummer, pianist, and leader of Japan’s biggest rock band X Japan. Ask me anything!

Nov 4th 2016 by YoshikiOfficial • 13 Questions • 3954 Points

Hi Reddit, I’m Mike Weinholtz, the democratic candidate for Governor of Utah! I’m running to get back to the real Utah values of taking care of one another and building a better future for our families. It’s time to put an end to pay-to-play special-interest politics and a state leadership that’s too focused on partisan theatrics to listen to the voices of its own people, which is why I’ve rejected all corporate money to my campaign. I’m passionately committed to improving our schools, cleaning up our air and water, making sure all Utah families have adequate healthcare and being a better steward of our public lands.

For those who aren’t familiar with me, here are some issues that I’m passionate about:

Legalizing medical cannabis and prescription drug reform

Affordable healthcare for all

Quality education

Protecting our public lands

I’m happy to answer questions from Utahns and non-Utahns alike from 6-7 PM MST.

Proof

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Are you really a vampire?

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Is there any rivalry between you and other flash game sites (e.g. armor games, newgrounds)?


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Hi Lee!

I just wanna say I’m a huge fan and love all of your stuff, but I gotta say my favorite is The Fall. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time, it’s just so beautiful visually and in its storytelling.

What was your favorite part about working on a film like that? What was the most challenging?

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When's Bobby Scar coming back to Excellent Adventures?


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How would you plan on handling the homeless issue downtown and down state Street? Also crimes regarding drug users in those areas?

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How often do you hit your head on chandeliers?


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Is there any rivalry between you and other flash game sites (e.g. armor games, newgrounds)?

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Are you actually any good at pogs?


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Hi Lee!

I just wanna say I’m a huge fan and love all of your stuff, but I gotta say my favorite is The Fall. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time, it’s just so beautiful visually and in its storytelling.

What was your favorite part about working on a film like that? What was the most challenging?

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How would you plan on handling the homeless issue downtown and down state Street? Also crimes regarding drug users in those areas?


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Of course. Don't you already know, do you need more proof? Do you have nice blood?

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I'd say so! It's good to have competition, since it pushes us to keep on doing better than we did in the past. It's not TOO bitter of a rivalry, though, as we often see our sponsored games on AG/NG, as well as their games on our site.


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That was an incredible experience. The whole thing. We traveled to awesome places. Camped in mountains.... just incredible

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I think Bobby now has a newborn Baby Scar so probably not anytime soon unfortunately. Also I think he hates SFV cuz he was late to the SF4 party. But yeah Bobby was awesome to have on the show and I really appreciate the respect that he is so good at both games because very few people are.


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Perhaps one of the biggest things I think we can do to improve this situation by passing Medicaid expansion - a medical condition shouldn't mean financial ruin.

I would also work with state, county, and local governments to address on the ground issues related to crime.

Finally, I want to make sure that those with addiction and mental health problems have access to the resources they need to get clean and re-enter society.

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ohhh jeez...when I go to visit someone, pretty much every time I will hit my head on one of the light fixtures


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I'd say so! It's good to have competition, since it pushes us to keep on doing better than we did in the past. It's not TOO bitter of a rivalry, though, as we often see our sponsored games on AG/NG, as well as their games on our site.

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apparently i'm a champion


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That was an incredible experience. The whole thing. We traveled to awesome places. Camped in mountains.... just incredible

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Perhaps one of the biggest things I think we can do to improve this situation by passing Medicaid expansion - a medical condition shouldn't mean financial ruin.

I would also work with state, county, and local governments to address on the ground issues related to crime.

Finally, I want to make sure that those with addiction and mental health problems have access to the resources they need to get clean and re-enter society.


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Hello Yoshiki. First, I want to say that I got tickets for both nights at the Carnegie Hall, I'm going to New York all the way from South America (Colombia) just to see you! :))

Ok, now the question:

  1. When is We Are X being released on DVD? I really want to see it.

  2. Is the Violet UK album ever coming out or is that a done deal?

  3. Why don't you play older songs, like Alive , anymore? Or even things like Longing (not acoustic). I'm sure a lot of fans would be glad if you did.

P.S: You helped me get over some rough patches I had this year. Thank you for all the inspiration!

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Oh man has your site kept me entertained when I was dirt poor and could not afford any games. Also got me through when I was in the hospital for a month.

My question is, is the idle game craze still going strong or is it finally subsiding?


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Why do you always look so confused in your selfies?

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Are you actually any good at pogs?


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Follow-up question:

If individual counties cannot raise the money to offset the cost of free transportation on red air days, will the state step in to offset the cost? will UTA fares be expected to rise? or are those counties just out of luck?

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Do you ever go to the mall of America?

There is book store there where I think I may come across your path a number of years ago. Short story, as I was looking down thumbing through a book I saw this ginormous foot step next to mine. So I look up to see a mountain of a man. I can only guess this was you, because this gentleman was huge. Pulling books off the the top display shelves with ease, which would have taken anyone else a ladder.

Quite impressive anyway. Have a good weekend.


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Oh man has your site kept me entertained when I was dirt poor and could not afford any games. Also got me through when I was in the hospital for a month.

My question is, is the idle game craze still going strong or is it finally subsiding?

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A man of hidden talents and an emoji global superstar from what I'm hearing around the office.


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Why do you always look so confused in your selfies?

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Follow-up question:

If individual counties cannot raise the money to offset the cost of free transportation on red air days, will the state step in to offset the cost? will UTA fares be expected to rise? or are those counties just out of luck?


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  1. We don't have a date yet, but why don't you check it out in theaters first and see it twice?
  2. Believe it or not it's almost done. I'm still working on it. I will release it after X Japan's album is done. Unbelievable.
  3. If you keep requesting, I will play. No songs are dead.
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Glad to hear we could be there for you! I love to get stories from people that we helped through a tough time. :)

My question is, is the idle game craze still going strong or is it finally subsiding?

Sure is! Developers are still submitting a ton of really great and innovative idle games to our site, though the vast majority of submission are not actually idle games. But people love them and people keep playing them! :)


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Im generally confused.

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apparently i'm a champion


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With the mast majority of Utahns affected by red air days, and with UTA serving multiple counties, I do feel that the state can play a role in helping to ensure that the air remains as clean as possible. I would support assisting UTA as necessary.

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haha, yeah probably me, I would always go to the Barnes & Noble at the MoA.


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Glad to hear we could be there for you! I love to get stories from people that we helped through a tough time. :)

My question is, is the idle game craze still going strong or is it finally subsiding?

Sure is! Developers are still submitting a ton of really great and innovative idle games to our site, though the vast majority of submission are not actually idle games. But people love them and people keep playing them! :)

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hah i see u dip


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Im generally confused.

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With the mast majority of Utahns affected by red air days, and with UTA serving multiple counties, I do feel that the state can play a role in helping to ensure that the air remains as clean as possible. I would support assisting UTA as necessary.


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Hi Yoshiki! Thanks for doing this! What kinds of songs are you going to play at Carnegie Hall??

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Hello Kongregate! I am a long-time user of the site, I really really have enjoyed the hours and days of playing games on your website, and I still continue to use it. There's something that I have been wondering for over a year now, and I can actually ask it now!

Because of a lot of flash-like games being published on Steam for 99 cents, I was wondering, even though these games cost money, has it impacted your traffic on the website at all? I know some of the games on Steam also go up on your site and I'm sure you guys still get a lot of users, but have you noticed a decline at all since Steam has decided to add more flash-like games?

That's just something that I've been wondering for quite a while, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to ask it! Also thank you for your amazing website, it has brought me much joy. Including the cute little Kongpanions. I'm also wondering, I guess I have a second question too.. (sorry! heheh)

Do you have a team of artists who work on the Kongpanions or just one or two people? Do you guys spend much time planning them, or do you just churn them out? Also curious if you guys ever worry about running out of ideas for Kongpanions since they come out weekly (This weeks Bat is so cute!) Also, since they come out weekly do you guys ever have trouble meeting the deadline?

Thanks so much for your time, and thank you for your wonderful website! Also thanks for reading if you got this far, sorry for too many questions!


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Hi, my name is Monica (@alsowillgraham on twitter). Do you think Cameron is going to leave Tom for Joe or is she going to stay with Tom??? Big fan of your work!!!

PS My birthday is tomorrow. What kind of cake should I get?

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A man of hidden talents and an emoji global superstar from what I'm hearing around the office.


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Hi Mike, Utahn here. You say our economy isn't working for all people, yet we have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and are consistently ranked as one of the best places to run a business (as you know). We have a highly educated population (many of whom are bi-lingual) low taxes and affordable housing. Given that we are one of the top economies in the US, why would you want government to interfere in our booming economy? Do you believe that will have a net positive effect on all Utahns? Thanks EDIT: what specific policies would you put in place?

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Whats the best thing and the worst thing about being that height?


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I also wanna know the inspire part. chat for kongregate was the best part and I loved interacting with people there even though I was a 11 year old shithead.

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When's Bobby Scar coming back to Excellent Adventures?


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Hi, my name is Monica (@alsowillgraham on twitter). Do you think Cameron is going to leave Tom for Joe or is she going to stay with Tom??? Big fan of your work!!!

PS My birthday is tomorrow. What kind of cake should I get?

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Hi Mike, Utahn here. You say our economy isn't working for all people, yet we have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and are consistently ranked as one of the best places to run a business (as you know). We have a highly educated population (many of whom are bi-lingual) low taxes and affordable housing. Given that we are one of the top economies in the US, why would you want government to interfere in our booming economy? Do you believe that will have a net positive effect on all Utahns? Thanks EDIT: what specific policies would you put in place?


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Several songs from X Japan the classical orchestra versions. And the song I composed for the Emperor of Japan. Hmmm maybe a classical tune like Beethoven, Chopin and Tchaikovsky. Most likely a new song from X Japan's album.

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Because of a lot of flash-like games being published on Steam for 99 cents, I was wondering, even though these games cost money, has it impacted your traffic on the website at all? I know some of the games on Steam also go up on your site and I'm sure you guys still get a lot of users, but have you noticed a decline at all since Steam has decided to add more flash-like games?

I think a lot of things have competed with us for traffic, but I don't anticipate paid "flash-like" games being a large part of that. Paid game volume is always substantially-lower than free game, even if the revenue is similar. You can see this with top of the charts in paid and free games on mobile as well. I think the audience looking for a bunch of small, free games isn't going to be heavily swayed by being able to pay for a few smaller games on Steam. While I'm sure there's some cross-over, I wouldn't attribute a large shift in traffic from that specific case.

Do you have a team of artists who work on the Kongpanions or just one or two people? Do you guys spend much time planning them, or do you just churn them out? Also curious if you guys ever worry about running out of ideas for Kongpanions since they come out weekly (This weeks Bat is so cute!) Also, since they come out weekly do you guys ever have trouble meeting the deadline?

It's just one or two! The Kongpanions are mostly designed by Jimp with assistance and coordination from jmtb02. Jimp has a huge backlog of Kongpanions waiting to be released, and John (jmtb02) decides when to release each one. The rest of the Kongregate staff name the Kongpanions and invent their descriptions a couple days before they launch. I (IAmTheCandyman) named the bat, Plum! :D


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hi monica. i follow you on twitter. i like when you dress like Cameron. XXXO

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hah i see u dip


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We have over 250,000 adult Utahns who have minimum wage jobs. Many of those Utahns are educated and have to work 2-3 jobs with no benefits to feed their families. So although Utah has a lot of jobs, its is about the quality of those jobs. I would like to create high quality careers, with benefits. I know how to attract great businesses to Utah because I built one. You can read more about my jobs and economy policy here: http://www.mikeforutah.com/otherissues/

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The worst thing is all the medical issues. The best thing? I don't know.... maybe that kids look up to me. I have gone to schools around the area to talk to kids about being tall, being different, about my homeland.


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What inspired you guys to create the chat for Kongregate?

Jim Greer, one of our co-founders, was the tech director at Pogo before founding Kongregate, which featured chat and badges next to very casual games, like solitaire and bingo. He was really impressed by the depth of community that formed on Pogo, how features like chat, badges, and profiles helped to bring people together while playing single-player games, and brought all of those inspirations to Kongregate.

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I think Bobby now has a newborn Baby Scar so probably not anytime soon unfortunately. Also I think he hates SFV cuz he was late to the SF4 party. But yeah Bobby was awesome to have on the show and I really appreciate the respect that he is so good at both games because very few people are.


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hi monica. i follow you on twitter. i like when you dress like Cameron. XXXO

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We have over 250,000 adult Utahns who have minimum wage jobs. Many of those Utahns are educated and have to work 2-3 jobs with no benefits to feed their families. So although Utah has a lot of jobs, its is about the quality of those jobs. I would like to create high quality careers, with benefits. I know how to attract great businesses to Utah because I built one. You can read more about my jobs and economy policy here: http://www.mikeforutah.com/otherissues/


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Hello Yoshiki!! Where is the most favorite place in NewYork??

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STABBY WHEN?


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What are your thoughts on a manned mission to Mars and it's possible colonization? And, would you ever consider playing an astronaut in a movie?

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Best memory with Mike?


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What are your thoughts on retail stores selling and distributing alcohol ie wine, vodka, rum. Everybody I know that drinks think it is rediculous to have to go to a liquor store for such simple drinks when a walmart, 7-11, or other retailer should be able to sell them.

What are your thoughts on legalizing gambling?

Thanks for running for governor.

Edit: Idaho gets significant revenue from utah during for their scratch tickets, especially during the mega millions.

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Are the medical issues mostly associated with your joints?


Q:

Hello Kongregate! I am a long-time user of the site, I really really have enjoyed the hours and days of playing games on your website, and I still continue to use it. There's something that I have been wondering for over a year now, and I can actually ask it now!

Because of a lot of flash-like games being published on Steam for 99 cents, I was wondering, even though these games cost money, has it impacted your traffic on the website at all? I know some of the games on Steam also go up on your site and I'm sure you guys still get a lot of users, but have you noticed a decline at all since Steam has decided to add more flash-like games?

That's just something that I've been wondering for quite a while, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to ask it! Also thank you for your amazing website, it has brought me much joy. Including the cute little Kongpanions. I'm also wondering, I guess I have a second question too.. (sorry! heheh)

Do you have a team of artists who work on the Kongpanions or just one or two people? Do you guys spend much time planning them, or do you just churn them out? Also curious if you guys ever worry about running out of ideas for Kongpanions since they come out weekly (This weeks Bat is so cute!) Also, since they come out weekly do you guys ever have trouble meeting the deadline?

Thanks so much for your time, and thank you for your wonderful website! Also thanks for reading if you got this far, sorry for too many questions!

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Best memory with Mike?


Q:

What are your thoughts on a manned mission to Mars and it's possible colonization? And, would you ever consider playing an astronaut in a movie?

A:

What are your thoughts on retail stores selling and distributing alcohol ie wine, vodka, rum. Everybody I know that drinks think it is rediculous to have to go to a liquor store for such simple drinks when a walmart, 7-11, or other retailer should be able to sell them.

What are your thoughts on legalizing gambling?

Thanks for running for governor.

Edit: Idaho gets significant revenue from utah during for their scratch tickets, especially during the mega millions.


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Used to be Madison Square Garden, now it's Carnegie Hall. And the hotel I'm staying in. The Alamo Drafthouse in BK is amazing, we are going tonight. Hope to see you there.

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Never!

...Probably.


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I wanna go to mars. Seriously. If i could get a spot on that ship, I'm gone.

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Hmmm tough one because there are so many and we continue to make new ones!

I'd say probably our 12-hr layover in Fiji on the way to Australia in 2011 was probably the most hetero bromantic vaycay that anyone could ask for lol. Also cameraman from CC Asia/SEAM sent us a dropbox folder full of old photos from our first trip to Singapore on the tail end of that trip and holy shit we look like babies haha.

Or maybe doing Evo on ESPN this year and Capcom Cup last year on the analyst desk with Peter are awesome memories as well.

Not everyone is as fortunate to be able to not just do what they love but also to share these experiences with their bros. So I am grateful to be in a position where we can do these things.


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With regard to liquor sales, I would like to examine the practicality of many of the laws of the the DABC as well as the possibility of free market liquor sales.

Regarding gambling, while it has been a source of revenue for other states, I don't believe that a majority of Utahns would support the idea.


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Because of a lot of flash-like games being published on Steam for 99 cents, I was wondering, even though these games cost money, has it impacted your traffic on the website at all? I know some of the games on Steam also go up on your site and I'm sure you guys still get a lot of users, but have you noticed a decline at all since Steam has decided to add more flash-like games?

I think a lot of things have competed with us for traffic, but I don't anticipate paid "flash-like" games being a large part of that. Paid game volume is always substantially-lower than free game, even if the revenue is similar. You can see this with top of the charts in paid and free games on mobile as well. I think the audience looking for a bunch of small, free games isn't going to be heavily swayed by being able to pay for a few smaller games on Steam. While I'm sure there's some cross-over, I wouldn't attribute a large shift in traffic from that specific case.

Do you have a team of artists who work on the Kongpanions or just one or two people? Do you guys spend much time planning them, or do you just churn them out? Also curious if you guys ever worry about running out of ideas for Kongpanions since they come out weekly (This weeks Bat is so cute!) Also, since they come out weekly do you guys ever have trouble meeting the deadline?

It's just one or two! The Kongpanions are mostly designed by Jimp with assistance and coordination from jmtb02. Jimp has a huge backlog of Kongpanions waiting to be released, and John (jmtb02) decides when to release each one. The rest of the Kongregate staff name the Kongpanions and invent their descriptions a couple days before they launch. I (IAmTheCandyman) named the bat, Plum! :D

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Hmmm tough one because there are so many and we continue to make new ones!

I'd say probably our 12-hr layover in Fiji on the way to Australia in 2011 was probably the most hetero bromantic vaycay that anyone could ask for lol. Also cameraman from CC Asia/SEAM sent us a dropbox folder full of old photos from our first trip to Singapore on the tail end of that trip and holy shit we look like babies haha.

Or maybe doing Evo on ESPN this year and Capcom Cup last year on the analyst desk with Peter are awesome memories as well.

Not everyone is as fortunate to be able to not just do what they love but also to share these experiences with their bros. So I am grateful to be in a position where we can do these things.


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I wanna go to mars. Seriously. If i could get a spot on that ship, I'm gone.

A:

With regard to liquor sales, I would like to examine the practicality of many of the laws of the the DABC as well as the possibility of free market liquor sales.

Regarding gambling, while it has been a source of revenue for other states, I don't believe that a majority of Utahns would support the idea.


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Is there a chance we will hear your singing....someday...plz?

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I've been a Kong user since 2013 and I've met a lot of great people through the site. Happy 10th everyone!

Are you guys starting to move away from Flash stuff and focus more on mobile? I saw your recent game on steam, are you planning on branching out into any other areas? What else do you see in Kongregate's future?


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Hi Lee! Since you're working on a podcast now, what podcasts do you enjoy listening to?

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Realistically how much time should i study frame data


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  1. Many of your proposed policies would require dramatic increases in spending. What approach would your administration take to raising the funds for these programs?

  2. There have been many who have criticized many regulations that the Utah DABC has in placed and many say that it decreases Utah's appeal to high-end tourism. What is your stance on the DABC? What changes, if any would you make?

  3. What measures would your administration take to make sure that corruption of public officials like what we've seen with Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow don't happen again?

  4. The LDS church is a powerful force in Utah politics and stands against at least your stance on legalizing medical marijuana as well as other issues. How would you bridge the gap and propose situations that would be supported by all parties?

  5. What measures would you take to improve Utah's air quality?

  6. What measures would your administration to take to manage Utah's continued growth? With limited space and limited water; will public transit, high density housing, and walkable cities by a priority for your administration?

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What are the health concerns associated with being so tall? Do doctors estimate that your life expectancy is likely shorter than that of a man of average height?


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STABBY WHEN?

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Realistically how much time should i study frame data


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Hi Lee! Since you're working on a podcast now, what podcasts do you enjoy listening to?

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  1. Many of your proposed policies would require dramatic increases in spending. What approach would your administration take to raising the funds for these programs?

  2. There have been many who have criticized many regulations that the Utah DABC has in placed and many say that it decreases Utah's appeal to high-end tourism. What is your stance on the DABC? What changes, if any would you make?

  3. What measures would your administration take to make sure that corruption of public officials like what we've seen with Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow don't happen again?

  4. The LDS church is a powerful force in Utah politics and stands against at least your stance on legalizing medical marijuana as well as other issues. How would you bridge the gap and propose situations that would be supported by all parties?

  5. What measures would you take to improve Utah's air quality?

  6. What measures would your administration to take to manage Utah's continued growth? With limited space and limited water; will public transit, high density housing, and walkable cities by a priority for your administration?


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A swan sings only once before it dies. WE ARE X

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Thank you!

Are you guys starting to move away from Flash stuff and focus more on mobile? I saw your recent game on steam, are you planning on branching out into any other areas? What else do you see in Kongregate's future?

Mobile and Steam are our current focuses, though we're certainly not giving up on web developers or users! It does seem like browsers are moving away from Flash and we allowed Unity games for a time, but that's slowly getting deprecated as well. We've been open to WebGL and HTML5 for awhile now, and are continuing to look for new relevant technologies to support.


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Longform.

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I think if you spent 10 minutes trying to understand what + and - on hit and block meant, you could learn the ins and outs one move at a time.

Frame data is the language of the game in numbers form. So just in the same way you learn a new language one word at a time, once you understand the framework of frame data, it's much easier to learn it a little bit at a time.


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1) My biggest proposal is to increase education funding, I propose doing that that through a moderate tax increase of .0875% for all Utahns with an additional 1% for those earning $250K+. The rest can be achieved through reallocation of funds and ending wasteful government spending. This would still be lower than the pre-flat tax rate of 1996.

2) As governor, I would first like to see the DABC actually have those who consume alcohol sit on the board. I also want to make sure that the DABC better pays its on-the-ground employees, and make sure that supply better meets demand - in short I would like it to better mirror the free market.

3) We need to have real ethics reform on the hill in the form of campaign contribution limits, real ethics laws that have teeth, and greater transparency in our government records.

4) I believe in putting people before politics, and that is why I stand with the 60+% of Utahns who support the policy. I would work with the Church as a stakeholder but make it clear that this is a policy that all Utahns support, LDS and non-LDS alike.

5) It is time to get serious about air pollution, this means allowing the DEQ to actually be able to enact laws that go beyond EPA minimums so that Utah can fix the problems with Utah solutions. I also want to make sure that DEQ actually has the resources necessary to enforce these laws. I also support stronger pollution controls on industry and transportation.

6) We must have smart growth, not just more growth. I want to make sure that we are focusing on making communities more mass transit, bicycle, and walker friendly. The old model of "building more roads" is both expensive and short sited.

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many health concerns, blood doesn't flow to the outer extremities very well, meaning my legs, so I have excrutiating pain in my legs and feet, as I have had 25+ surgeries on my left foot & leg. Nothing really helps me with my pain. I am on about level 7-8 out of 10 all the time


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Never!

...Probably.

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I think if you spent 10 minutes trying to understand what + and - on hit and block meant, you could learn the ins and outs one move at a time.

Frame data is the language of the game in numbers form. So just in the same way you learn a new language one word at a time, once you understand the framework of frame data, it's much easier to learn it a little bit at a time.


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Longform.

A:

1) My biggest proposal is to increase education funding, I propose doing that that through a moderate tax increase of .0875% for all Utahns with an additional 1% for those earning $250K+. The rest can be achieved through reallocation of funds and ending wasteful government spending. This would still be lower than the pre-flat tax rate of 1996.

2) As governor, I would first like to see the DABC actually have those who consume alcohol sit on the board. I also want to make sure that the DABC better pays its on-the-ground employees, and make sure that supply better meets demand - in short I would like it to better mirror the free market.

3) We need to have real ethics reform on the hill in the form of campaign contribution limits, real ethics laws that have teeth, and greater transparency in our government records.

4) I believe in putting people before politics, and that is why I stand with the 60+% of Utahns who support the policy. I would work with the Church as a stakeholder but make it clear that this is a policy that all Utahns support, LDS and non-LDS alike.

5) It is time to get serious about air pollution, this means allowing the DEQ to actually be able to enact laws that go beyond EPA minimums so that Utah can fix the problems with Utah solutions. I also want to make sure that DEQ actually has the resources necessary to enforce these laws. I also support stronger pollution controls on industry and transportation.

6) We must have smart growth, not just more growth. I want to make sure that we are focusing on making communities more mass transit, bicycle, and walker friendly. The old model of "building more roads" is both expensive and short sited.


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Hi yoshiki would you ever come back to canada to play concerts again?

A:

I've had a Kongregate account since like 2008, and I've seen tons of changes to the site and types of games on it (some good, some bad).

My biggest issue nowadays is that I find Kongregate overrun with idle games. I enjoy upgrade-oriented games, but every time I find a new one, it ends up being another idle game. Any comment on the prevalence and popularity of these idle games? A good example would be Clicker Heroes.


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Hello Lee, how old is Carl?

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2 questions: You get three SFV characters to do whatever you want, Buff, Nerf, Whatever: Who do you choose and what do you do for season 2?

Secondly, how are the groupies? I hear there are FGC cougars prowling all the events.


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Huh, a politician with well thought out plans and policies? I haven't seen that in a while.

Have you considered running for President?

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Jesus, you poor guy. How do you even function with that much pain all the time? It must be so stressful to constantly be in agony. I'm so sorry :(


Q:

I've been a Kong user since 2013 and I've met a lot of great people through the site. Happy 10th everyone!

Are you guys starting to move away from Flash stuff and focus more on mobile? I saw your recent game on steam, are you planning on branching out into any other areas? What else do you see in Kongregate's future?

A:

2 questions: You get three SFV characters to do whatever you want, Buff, Nerf, Whatever: Who do you choose and what do you do for season 2?

Secondly, how are the groupies? I hear there are FGC cougars prowling all the events.


Q:

Hello Lee, how old is Carl?

A:

Huh, a politician with well thought out plans and policies? I haven't seen that in a while.

Have you considered running for President?


Q:

I would love to come back. You have great maple syrup and poutine.

A:

We answered a similar question elsewhere, actually, but a quick summary is that there are a ton of idle games right now because that's where we're seeing a lot of innovation and creativity. We used to be the place where Tower Defense games got huge, and now that's cooled down to a more "normal" level, so I imagine idle games will eventually do the same. :)


Q:

HE'S AN OLD DOG NOW... BUT WILL AND ALWAYS BE THE BEST DOG.

A:

Generally it goes against my beliefs to nerf characters because I believe it makes for more fun to make weak characters stronger. So I would probably buff the characters that are generally considered weakest which are probably Gief, FANG, and maybe Rashid.

But now that I think about it, someone made a point to me the other day about how Riot balances League of Legends so that the strong characters rotate. Or maybe Blizzard about how they rotate which race is strongest.

But the idea is that eventually everyone's character becomes good and if you keep playing long enough, you'll get your turn so to speak. So I think that model is interesting for semi-hardcore casual players, but probably the reality is that we probably don't have a lot of those players left.

The real nerf though is to nerf input lag and buff matchmaking and communication over CFN.

I have never seen an FGC cougar, but feel free to let me know if I'm missing any lol.


Q:

Thank you! We would appreciate your support on November 8th!

A:

I don't function, that's the problem. Also, my doctors will not give me enough meds, but I do not want to be on these frikin pills, they kill so many people. But in Minnesota I have no other choices.


Q:

Thank you!

Are you guys starting to move away from Flash stuff and focus more on mobile? I saw your recent game on steam, are you planning on branching out into any other areas? What else do you see in Kongregate's future?

Mobile and Steam are our current focuses, though we're certainly not giving up on web developers or users! It does seem like browsers are moving away from Flash and we allowed Unity games for a time, but that's slowly getting deprecated as well. We've been open to WebGL and HTML5 for awhile now, and are continuing to look for new relevant technologies to support.

A:

Generally it goes against my beliefs to nerf characters because I believe it makes for more fun to make weak characters stronger. So I would probably buff the characters that are generally considered weakest which are probably Gief, FANG, and maybe Rashid.

But now that I think about it, someone made a point to me the other day about how Riot balances League of Legends so that the strong characters rotate. Or maybe Blizzard about how they rotate which race is strongest.

But the idea is that eventually everyone's character becomes good and if you keep playing long enough, you'll get your turn so to speak. So I think that model is interesting for semi-hardcore casual players, but probably the reality is that we probably don't have a lot of those players left.

The real nerf though is to nerf input lag and buff matchmaking and communication over CFN.

I have never seen an FGC cougar, but feel free to let me know if I'm missing any lol.


Q:

HE'S AN OLD DOG NOW... BUT WILL AND ALWAYS BE THE BEST DOG.

A:

Thank you! We would appreciate your support on November 8th!


Q:

Hi Yoshiki,

Will there be an extensive US tour in support of the new album once it is released?

Thank you!

A:

What are you wearing?


Q:

Hi Lee! In the last HACF episode where Joe says “I’m in love with her,” while he was obviously referring to Cameron, was this also referring to his love for the future? (He was staring at the computer screen as if entranced)

A:

Thanks for the reply! I'm surprised on the Rashid, the Japanese seemed to have thought he was hidden high tier and John Takeushi plays him like a beast.

Maybe Juri instead.


Q:

Do u have time to sit back and just look at the view

Also

What is your favourite meal

A:

Have you tried medical marijuana?


Q:

I've had a Kongregate account since like 2008, and I've seen tons of changes to the site and types of games on it (some good, some bad).

My biggest issue nowadays is that I find Kongregate overrun with idle games. I enjoy upgrade-oriented games, but every time I find a new one, it ends up being another idle game. Any comment on the prevalence and popularity of these idle games? A good example would be Clicker Heroes.

A:

Thanks for the reply! I'm surprised on the Rashid, the Japanese seemed to have thought he was hidden high tier and John Takeushi plays him like a beast.

Maybe Juri instead.


Q:

Hi Lee! In the last HACF episode where Joe says “I’m in love with her,” while he was obviously referring to Cameron, was this also referring to his love for the future? (He was staring at the computer screen as if entranced)

A:

Do u have time to sit back and just look at the view

Also

What is your favourite meal


Q:

I've been talking to our agent. There's a big possibility.

A:

Khakis, for I am Jake from State Farm.

Just kidding. Jeans and a t-shirt, like I do every day!


Q:

Its about cameron. and its a hard thing to say... but at this point, Joe is all in.

A:

Forgot to mention Juri, she's underrated as well IMO


Q:

Pretty busy right now and our poor air quality negatively impacts the view. During campaign season, it is a necessity that pizza is always available.

A:

no sir, it's not exactly easy to obtain legally in MN. I really want to try the CBD capsules, but I can't get anyone to let me try it.


Q:

We answered a similar question elsewhere, actually, but a quick summary is that there are a ton of idle games right now because that's where we're seeing a lot of innovation and creativity. We used to be the place where Tower Defense games got huge, and now that's cooled down to a more "normal" level, so I imagine idle games will eventually do the same. :)

A:

Forgot to mention Juri, she's underrated as well IMO


Q:

Its about cameron. and its a hard thing to say... but at this point, Joe is all in.

A:

Pretty busy right now and our poor air quality negatively impacts the view. During campaign season, it is a necessity that pizza is always available.


Q:

Who are your biggest musical inspirations?

A:

Doesn't it ever get cold?


Q:

What's the best Halloween costume you've ever worn? Do you ever force costumes on your dogs?

A:

when's Mike and Gootecks' Super Smashing Adventures coming around?

On a serious note, do you ever think Marvel Vs Capcom 4 will happen, and who would you want to see in it? Pick 3 from both marvel and capcom.


Q:

The War on Drugs is destroying lives in Utah. While many talk about its failure, few talk about actually working to end it.

What is your plan regarding the War on Drugs in Utah, a state with a massive opiate epidemic?

A:

Tallest man typical meal and portion?


Q:

What are you wearing?

A:

Thoughts on this video? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ih06VY71vA


Q:

What's the best Halloween costume you've ever worn? Do you ever force costumes on your dogs?

A:

The War on Drugs is destroying lives in Utah. While many talk about its failure, few talk about actually working to end it.

What is your plan regarding the War on Drugs in Utah, a state with a massive opiate epidemic?


Q:

HIDE and TAIJI

A:

I live in the Bay Area now, and am from Wisconsin. These SF people don't know the meaning of the word "cold".


Q:

My mom made my costumes for me as a kid.... and i was constantly changing them as she sewed. One year i was a red devil rat.

A:

If Smash 4 wasn't so goddamn hard to play, maybe it would have happened lol.

I think that Disney is doing more and more gaming stuff and they'd be silly to pass up the opportunity to capitalize on such a great franchise.

Hmm I'd like to see Punisher, Tony Stark (different from Iron Man), and Bone Saw lol.

On the Capcom side, of course Urien, Rose, and R. Mika.


Q:

The opiate epidemic is real and we need to do something about it as soon as possible. I support medical cannabis and just released a PSA regarding the issue that you can check out here: http://www.mikeforutah.com/news-and-media/video-opioid-abuse-and-medical-cannabis-in-utah/ and have a comprehensive policy proposal available here: http://www.mikeforutah.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Medical-Cannabis-and-Opioid-Addiction-Policy.pdf

A:

Well. for breakfast, usually a bowl of cereal or 3 eggo waffles with some jelly, and 2 cups of coffee.

For lunch, a sandwich or two. for example: european or Ukrainian bread, little butter, 2-3 pieces of ham or beef or salami and a piece of cheese (Havarti or Provolone or whatever we have, I'm not picky). Or if I have some Borcht or other soup, I'll eat a bowl of that. Or we'll make some fried potatoes with a pork chop or a steak. For dinner, I may make some rice & chicken in the oven or potatoes & chicken in the oven. I don't have any money to eat fancy. I haven't even ever tried fresh lobster or crab. When my fridge is empty I will eat a couple ramen soups.


Q:

Khakis, for I am Jake from State Farm.

Just kidding. Jeans and a t-shirt, like I do every day!

A:

Hadn't seen that before, but that's pretty funny! Nice touch on the music too.

I guess maybe I should just never say anything and never compete? Because if you never put yourself out there and never try, you can't lose and feel the shame of random internet haters! /s

Really though, it's okay, I'm happy with the way things have turned out for me so far and if you'll notice, all of those losses are in foreign countries that I got to go to (except the one at WNF of course) so that was awesome as well.

Also happy to be at a level where people will take the time to make really detailed videos making fun of me. Maybe someday there will be a compilation of wins if I can manage any haha

PS Happy cake day!


Q:

My mom made my costumes for me as a kid.... and i was constantly changing them as she sewed. One year i was a red devil rat.

A:

The opiate epidemic is real and we need to do something about it as soon as possible. I support medical cannabis and just released a PSA regarding the issue that you can check out here: http://www.mikeforutah.com/news-and-media/video-opioid-abuse-and-medical-cannabis-in-utah/ and have a comprehensive policy proposal available here: http://www.mikeforutah.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Medical-Cannabis-and-Opioid-Addiction-Policy.pdf


Q:

When do you plan to release the new album?

A:

Ayy! Shoutout from Milwaukee! Nobody knows the struggle, NOBODY.


Q:

What's your favourite holiday and time of year?

A:

Thoughts on this video? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ih06VY71vA


Q:

What is your opinion on HRC and how she's running her campaign?

A:

european or Ukrainian bread

What's this?


Q:

Doesn't it ever get cold?

A:

The antithesis of love is apathy here. Anyone making an amazing video like that is paying homage more than anything. Just wanted to say it makes my insides feel warm and gooey to see you take it in stride and laugh. Idk shit about esports but you're my new favorite esporter.... eathelete? Uh... you get it.


Q:

What's your favourite holiday and time of year?

A:

What is your opinion on HRC and how she's running her campaign?


Q:

Aiming for March 3rd. Day before our Wembley Arena show.

A:

Milwaukee here too! WOO!


Q:

I like the summer. Fave holiday. April Fools

A:

Hadn't seen that before, but that's pretty funny! Nice touch on the music too.

I guess maybe I should just never say anything and never compete? Because if you never put yourself out there and never try, you can't lose and feel the shame of random internet haters! /s

Really though, it's okay, I'm happy with the way things have turned out for me so far and if you'll notice, all of those losses are in foreign countries that I got to go to (except the one at WNF of course) so that was awesome as well.

Also happy to be at a level where people will take the time to make really detailed videos making fun of me. Maybe someday there will be a compilation of wins if I can manage any haha

PS Happy cake day!


Q:

Right now I'm focused on my personal campaign, and to be quite honest, local campaigns have much larger impacts on Utahns than presidential campaigns.

A:

Uhhhhhh....well if you go to a grocery store bakery, they have bread. And some of it is called European bread. And there are Ukrainian & Eastern European grocery stores in big cities all over the US, they sell hot & freshly baked Ukrainian bread, the kind we ate at home. It's MUCH heavier than the typical American wonderbread type crap, has more substance to it, healthier.


Q:

I live in the Bay Area now, and am from Wisconsin. These SF people don't know the meaning of the word "cold".

A:

Thanks! Most definitely would rather be hated on than have nobody give a fuck one way or another.

Hate is just misdirected love for sure


Q:

I like the summer. Fave holiday. April Fools

A:

Right now I'm focused on my personal campaign, and to be quite honest, local campaigns have much larger impacts on Utahns than presidential campaigns.


Q:

Hi there Yoshiki! Straight to it haha. Do you have any regrets in life? Things that you didn't do and you should have done, and things that you shouldn't have done but you did them anyway?

A:

Whats on the t shirt?


Q:

Hi Lee! Being the avid environmentalist that I am, my first question is who or what inspired you to become involved with conservation/CI?

A:

The antithesis of love is apathy here. Anyone making an amazing video like that is paying homage more than anything. Just wanted to say it makes my insides feel warm and gooey to see you take it in stride and laugh. Idk shit about esports but you're my new favorite esporter.... eathelete? Uh... you get it.


Q:

As Governor, do you plan on having a racially diverse cabinet?

A:

Do you know what caused your great height? Was it a tumour on the pituitary gland, like many other extremely tall individuals?


Q:

Ayy! Shoutout from Milwaukee! Nobody knows the struggle, NOBODY.

A:

Top 5 changes wanted for SFV?


Q:

Hi Lee! Being the avid environmentalist that I am, my first question is who or what inspired you to become involved with conservation/CI?

A:

As Governor, do you plan on having a racially diverse cabinet?


Q:

Regrets... why couldn't I be there right before HIDE passed away? Why couldn't I be there right before my father took his own life? Why couldn't I be there when TAIJI took his own life? Why couldn't I be there when TOSHI got swept into the brainwashing?

A:

It's pandas dressed up as The Avengers!

http://i.imgur.com/hbqbFnE.jpg


Q:

There are a core of Scientists at the center of CI whose work i really respect

A:

Thanks! Most definitely would rather be hated on than have nobody give a fuck one way or another.

Hate is just misdirected love for sure


Q:

Yes, having a racially diverse cabinet is very important to me. I know from my 30 year business career, that having diversity of opinions leads to more robust discussions and better outcomes. I am always seeking input from diverse communities, my campaign even has a diversity team that is working hard every day to reach out to ALL communities.

A:

yes, a tumor.


Q:

Milwaukee here too! WOO!

A:
  1. Remove input lag
  2. Improve netcode/connectability
  3. Improve communication through CFN
  4. Open the API so people can create more interesting stuff like @SFV_CFN and vleague
  5. Create a marketplace/platform for people to create their own skins, costumes, backgrounds, etc like modders already do on PC.

Q:

There are a core of Scientists at the center of CI whose work i really respect

A:

Yes, having a racially diverse cabinet is very important to me. I know from my 30 year business career, that having diversity of opinions leads to more robust discussions and better outcomes. I am always seeking input from diverse communities, my campaign even has a diversity team that is working hard every day to reach out to ALL communities.


Q:

He Yoshiki when you and band come to Poland? Poland want be X'ed!!

A:

Question from BrainpanSonata as he doesn't use reddit

Does Kongregate have any plans to promote alternatives for Flash among devs?


Q:

Do you like horror movies?

A:

Top 5 changes wanted for SFV?


Q:

Private incarceration hasn't been a thing in Utah since 2010.

A:

Do you want/need a short sidekick? Where shall I send my resumé?


Q:

Whats on the t shirt?

A:

You're an inspiration, Ryan.

In the film I've Got Next you mentioned you had a quarter life crisis and changed. What did you realize and what changes did you make?

This is coming from someone who thinks they're going through a similar crisis.


Q:

Do you like horror movies?

A:

Private incarceration hasn't been a thing in Utah since 2010.


Q:

Hopefully soon. I want to eat Polish food.

A:

We are indeed! We supported Unity Webplayer, though that's now slowly fading. We actively support WebGL and HTML5 natively, as well as other formats through iFrames, like a couple of Java games. If you have suggestions for new tech, feel free to email our support team, who passes those suggestions to the right people :)


Q:

i saw a couple this weekend that i liked The Green Room. It follows.

A:
  1. Remove input lag
  2. Improve netcode/connectability
  3. Improve communication through CFN
  4. Open the API so people can create more interesting stuff like @SFV_CFN and vleague
  5. Create a marketplace/platform for people to create their own skins, costumes, backgrounds, etc like modders already do on PC.

Q:

Yes, and I would also focus on ending the school-to-prison pipeline.

A:

Yes, I need someone to help me fight crime. Send your resume to my twitter @Igor2tall


Q:

It's pandas dressed up as The Avengers!

http://i.imgur.com/hbqbFnE.jpg

A:

I realized that if I were to stay in the same place in life I wouldn't be able to grow and accomplish my goals. The changes that I made were:

  • break up with my gf at the time
  • stop selling porn on eBay
  • focus all energy on SF4 and creating content

If you're feeling like you're in a rut, reading The Alchemist by Paulo Cuehlo was a big catalyst for change for me.

Also looking back over the past several years, lifting weights has been a great outlet to see progress in myself which motivates me to grow in other areas.


Q:

i saw a couple this weekend that i liked The Green Room. It follows.

A:

Yes, and I would also focus on ending the school-to-prison pipeline.


Q:

Are you ever coming to South America again? I'll love to see you perform live!

A:

A few questions:

  • How do you feel about game-based chat effectively killing off many of the smaller room communities?

  • Will Sonny 3 ever happen?

  • What does Greg smell like?


Q:

Do you have any special care with your voice, especially in winter, to avoid hoarseness etc ...?

A:

why do a lot of FGC "talk show" fail?


Q:

Thank you sir, If I may, Will that include reformation for non violent crimes?

A:

We can have a battle royale to determine your sidekick.

I'm in.


Q:

Question from BrainpanSonata as he doesn't use reddit

Does Kongregate have any plans to promote alternatives for Flash among devs?

A:

When is the real life adventures of Gootecks and Mike Ross coming back? That was one of my favourite series


Q:

Do you have any special care with your voice, especially in winter, to avoid hoarseness etc ...?

A:

Thank you sir, If I may, Will that include reformation for non violent crimes?


Q:

I hope so. I may go to Brazil next April for some kind of performance. I was asked by Japan's...

A:

How do you feel about game-based chat effectively killing off many of the smaller room communities?

Actually, game chat isn't the reason for that decline, though I can certainly understand why you might think so! There's been a general decline in chat on our web platform, in both game chats and room chats, so it wasn't actually game chat that caused that. It's partly an increased developer focus on platforms like mobile and downloadables, as well as the uncertainty revolving around Flash and Unity technologies.

Will Sonny 3 ever happen?

If it does, it's not in our hands! That's an Armor Games question.

What does Greg smell like?

Greg says it depends on how recently he's rolled in mud, but I say it's sunshine, puppies, and chocolate.


Q:

100% CRACK DIET. ESPECIALLY IN THE WINTER.

A:

Lack of consistency and quitting before they "succeed"


Q:

Yes. We've seen some reforms already, and I'd like to keep the ball rolling.

A:

YES!!!!!!!!!! Can someone make a wrestling ring to fit 1,500 people? You all can battle, it will be the sweetest Battle Royale ever!


Q:

We are indeed! We supported Unity Webplayer, though that's now slowly fading. We actively support WebGL and HTML5 natively, as well as other formats through iFrames, like a couple of Java games. If you have suggestions for new tech, feel free to email our support team, who passes those suggestions to the right people :)

A:

It's tough because I think we've gotten to used to the luxury of having Steve shoot and edit everything that when we travel and don't have that, it's usually not gonna happen.

But you never know, happy that you guys remember it and enjoyed it so much, that's for sure.

I wrote up a show outline a while back so really all it takes is some funding and a business model and we're good to go.


Q:

100% CRACK DIET. ESPECIALLY IN THE WINTER.

A:

Yes. We've seen some reforms already, and I'd like to keep the ball rolling.


Q:

We Are X is a great film! Such a passion project! How does it feel to know everyone in the world is watching your personal story? (Thank you! #WeAreX Forever!)

A:

Are there any plans to revamp any parts of the site? I still miss the old way badges were displayed in the old user profiles.


Q:

Do you see yourself as a politician one day?

A:

Has anyone told you and Mike that you kinda look like Mordecai and Rigby from regular show?

reference


Q:

Hey Mike! My band played for one of your earlier rallies this year. Non political question, and it's mostly a waste of time, but do you like banjos?

A:

Hey, there was a documentary shown on tv here a few weeks ago about gigantism which you were featured in. I remember you said in it that you were a bit of a film buff, what's your favourite movie at the moment? what was the documentary process like?


Q:

A few questions:

  • How do you feel about game-based chat effectively killing off many of the smaller room communities?

  • Will Sonny 3 ever happen?

  • What does Greg smell like?

A:

why do a lot of FGC "talk show" fail?


Q:

Do you see yourself as a politician one day?

A:

Hey Mike! My band played for one of your earlier rallies this year. Non political question, and it's mostly a waste of time, but do you like banjos?


Q:

It was painful to talk about, but I hope the story is going to help people.

A:

Our design team is always working to improve the site experience for our users. I remember that old badge browser, and it was neat to see all of them out there, but I think the design team also felt it looked cluttered. You can get a full version of your badge feed if you click your badge count on your profile, though!


Q:

NO. Never. No thank you

A:

no but I see the resemblance now hahaha


Q:

Yes. See Michael Murphy's "Carolina in the Pines"

A:

Hello. I like so many movies... it's so hard to pick one, or 10. Okay, these aren't necessarily the newest films, but I like them very much.

Mad Max Fury Road Dredd LoTR Series The Hobbit Series Apocalypto Eagle Eye Star Trek Beyond Captain America movies


Q:

How do you feel about game-based chat effectively killing off many of the smaller room communities?

Actually, game chat isn't the reason for that decline, though I can certainly understand why you might think so! There's been a general decline in chat on our web platform, in both game chats and room chats, so it wasn't actually game chat that caused that. It's partly an increased developer focus on platforms like mobile and downloadables, as well as the uncertainty revolving around Flash and Unity technologies.

Will Sonny 3 ever happen?

If it does, it's not in our hands! That's an Armor Games question.

What does Greg smell like?

Greg says it depends on how recently he's rolled in mud, but I say it's sunshine, puppies, and chocolate.

A:

Lack of consistency and quitting before they "succeed"


Q:

NO. Never. No thank you

A:

Yes. See Michael Murphy's "Carolina in the Pines"


Q:

Do you have any plans to improve discovery? To better suggest games to specific players, that should interest them?

A:

Hi Lee. Happy Halloween to you!

I just want to say I loved you in Miss Pettigrew lives for a day. Your accent was so spot on. I also loved pushing daisies. You're fantastic in everything you do.

What's your favourite Stephen King book? Also a friend of mine, who's a massive fan of yours, would like to know what kind of music do you like?


Q:

You're an inspiration, Ryan.

In the film I've Got Next you mentioned you had a quarter life crisis and changed. What did you realize and what changes did you make?

This is coming from someone who thinks they're going through a similar crisis.

A:

When's the best time to visit Ukraine?


Q:

Do you have any plans to improve discovery? To better suggest games to specific players, that should interest them?

A:

Who was your favorite guest on Excellent Adventures?


Q:

Hi Lee. Happy Halloween to you!

I just want to say I loved you in Miss Pettigrew lives for a day. Your accent was so spot on. I also loved pushing daisies. You're fantastic in everything you do.

What's your favourite Stephen King book? Also a friend of mine, who's a massive fan of yours, would like to know what kind of music do you like?

A:

It's always challenging to get a robot to recommend things that a real human would like, but we're always working on improving our systems to the best of our ability. Part of that system relies on players rating games truthfully, so make sure to rate games that you do and do not like in order to help the bot make better and better picks. :)


Q:

The STAND

A:

I realized that if I were to stay in the same place in life I wouldn't be able to grow and accomplish my goals. The changes that I made were:

  • break up with my gf at the time
  • stop selling porn on eBay
  • focus all energy on SF4 and creating content

If you're feeling like you're in a rut, reading The Alchemist by Paulo Cuehlo was a big catalyst for change for me.

Also looking back over the past several years, lifting weights has been a great outlet to see progress in myself which motivates me to grow in other areas.


Q:

Well...I would say summer. Kyiv is best seen on foot. Hundreds of gorgeous churches, old architecture, museums, parks.

A:

It's always challenging to get a robot to recommend things that a real human would like, but we're always working on improving our systems to the best of our ability. Part of that system relies on players rating games truthfully, so make sure to rate games that you do and do not like in order to help the bot make better and better picks. :)


Q:

Oh man, so hard to choose. It was always a blast having everyone on.

But I think our episodes with Combofiend, Justin, K-Brad are the best.

But you know when we had Infiltration and Xian on earlier this year, and Xian espoused the virtues of staying calm and then Infiltration looked into my soul and told me to "enjoy your game," that was awesome as well!

And when we had Champ on and he didn't let us play and had Ricki on to show us how to play, those were great too.

And Rob the Magician was a dark horse favorite as well!

And of course it's crazy that we had Kenny Omega and Xavier Woods on! We're lucky to be in a position where these types of crossovers can happen with awesome people!

So yeah, I tell you who I want to have back again ASAP is Floe.

Who was your favorite guest??

A:

The STAND


Q:

What is Ducklette doing nowadays? Missing her and the old Feed the Ducks!

A:

Hi Lee! My question is, would you ever consider doing one of these audio dramas again?


Q:

When is the real life adventures of Gootecks and Mike Ross coming back? That was one of my favourite series

A:

Can you touch your toes?


Q:

Are there any plans to revamp any parts of the site? I still miss the old way badges were displayed in the old user profiles.

A:

Now that it's been some time, how do you feel about Urien in V? Do you hope to make him your main at this point, or does he play too differently from 3rd strike?

Also, how do you feel about ArcSys fighters like Guilty Gear? Is it something you and Mike may cover in any measure on excellent adventures?


Q:

Hi Lee! My question is, would you ever consider doing one of these audio dramas again?

A:

She left the company almost exactly three years ago to become a veterinary technician full-time. So she's spending all her time with adorable animals!


Q:

absolutely

A:

It's tough because I think we've gotten to used to the luxury of having Steve shoot and edit everything that when we travel and don't have that, it's usually not gonna happen.

But you never know, happy that you guys remember it and enjoyed it so much, that's for sure.

I wrote up a show outline a while back so really all it takes is some funding and a business model and we're good to go.


A:

Our design team is always working to improve the site experience for our users. I remember that old badge browser, and it was neat to see all of them out there, but I think the design team also felt it looked cluttered. You can get a full version of your badge feed if you click your badge count on your profile, though!


Q:

I think he's a lot of fun! I really enjoy playing him and really haven't played anyone else since his release haha. He doesn't play much differently from 3s once you get used to him I guess.

Guilty Gear is cool I just never played it in my formative years and always feel like there's never enough time to learn a new game now.

A:

absolutely


Q:

Other than the charity stream, are any more Kongregate Live events planned any time soon? I especially enjoyed the Jimp livestreams.

A:

Hey Lee ! Can you tell us more about the good cause you are running the marathon for on Sunday ?


Q:

Who was your favorite guest on Excellent Adventures?

A:

How tall were you in high school?


Q:

What is Ducklette doing nowadays? Missing her and the old Feed the Ducks!

A:

What do you feel is the big next-step for the FGC? If you were "CEO of the FGC" what would be your first action to grow the community?


Q:

We did recently have a trivia livestream with a group prize, and unfortunately, jmtb02 has been too busy to host live events, but we're working on trying to find new people to host new events!

A:

Happy Halloween! Im running with some friends from Conservation International and Maasai Wilderness Trust.


Q:

Oh man, so hard to choose. It was always a blast having everyone on.

But I think our episodes with Combofiend, Justin, K-Brad are the best.

But you know when we had Infiltration and Xian on earlier this year, and Xian espoused the virtues of staying calm and then Infiltration looked into my soul and told me to "enjoy your game," that was awesome as well!

And when we had Champ on and he didn't let us play and had Ricki on to show us how to play, those were great too.

And Rob the Magician was a dark horse favorite as well!

And of course it's crazy that we had Kenny Omega and Xavier Woods on! We're lucky to be in a position where these types of crossovers can happen with awesome people!

So yeah, I tell you who I want to have back again ASAP is Floe.

Who was your favorite guest??

A:

I was reaching 7ft 2in in 12th grade


Q:

She left the company almost exactly three years ago to become a veterinary technician full-time. So she's spending all her time with adorable animals!

A:

Seems to me like the next big step is a shift in events.

I just don't see the 3-day multi-game event idea growing much larger than what it is currently.

On a long enough timeline, it seems like if we all do our jobs properly, there will be a need to grow into larger venues like convention centers, but I don't think that can work for most events because once you've been to enough of them they all start to feel the same.

Instead, I think Evo will grow to be a 4-day event (as Mr. Wizard has teased on Twitter) and other events will cut Friday out because I think more and more people are going to have more jobs and responsibilities that they can't take the time off from.

So instead, what we'll be left with is one-night events that are primarily for spectating.

Think of it like MMA or wrestling. You never see big long multi-day tournaments because people don't want to watch those.

You'll find that most tournament attendees aren't super semi-pro or pro level players, they're casual players that know they are going to get bodied, but just want to go for the experience and to have fun.

Well my bet is that there are more of these players that would come to a one-night event in a major city. Not trying to put down the existing TOs, most of them do great events, just seems like the only event that can actually get longer is Evo.

If I were CEO of the FGC, the first action to grow the community is to have a resource where players of all skill levels could go to get quality information about the game and how to improve. Kinda like what we're building with www.crosscounter.tv. _^

The more people we have that can just reach baseline competency of understanding the game, the wider our audience will be. Most players are not trying to win Evo, they're just trying to beat their friends so the more that we can cultivate the "slightly hardcore" casual market, the better it is for everyone.


Q:

When will the last "present" in the 10th anniversary open?

I mean I know it's today but when a few hours? was there a delay?

A:

I'm stuck between Scar and Infiltration.

Scar and Mike had such amazing chemistry that watching them was a blast, meanwhile Infiltration was just such a troll to the people who he was playing against, but also was very interesting to listen to.


Q:

Oh my god. How did the 9th graders (or 10th graders some high schools are like that) react when they first saw you?

A:

I love some of your mobile games, especially Tinker Island.

What kind of process do you go through to produce these games and how do you decide which games to publish? Any plans for new ones you can share?


Q:

How'd you get past Capcom threatening to block your material?

A:

It'll be later today, probably this afternoon! We're still putting the finishing touches on it.


Q:

Most definitely, Bobby was one of the best! Can't believe there is another Mike Ross out there. If Bobby wasn't so cool, I'd be jealous haha

A:

well...in my city the papers published about me so many times since I came to the US for treatment, that pretty much everyone knew me, but some kids were real assholes.


Q:

What kind of process do you go through to produce these games and how do you decide which games to publish?

Deciding which games to publish is a group effort. Every new game we find that we’re interested in goes through a rigorous review process, and the Kongregate team has to agree that it makes sense to work on the project. Generally, we’re looking for great developers, and not just great games so we can potentially setup a longterm working relationship with teams all over the world.

From the production-specific standpoint, we help each game and each developer in different ways, depending on their needs. Our goal is to not get in the way of a team’s vision, and really just help them avoid pitfalls we’ve seen elsewhere, and ideally stay on schedule for a timely launch. Our goal is to share knowledge and help developers learn and grow from data and situations we’ve seen elsewhere.

Any plans for new ones you can share?

We have about 10 new games in different stages of development on the way, but don’t want to say too much more just yet. We DO have an upcoming Peter Molyneux game called The Trail, which you can pre-register for on Google Play. It'll be on iOS as well, there just isn't a pre-registration for the game there. We're also going to be launching the latest Burrito Bison game, Launcha Libre, on mobile soon. You can play it on web if you're impatient. ;)

A:

By slowly making amends and then eventually doing an official licensing deal with them which is where we are at currently.


Q:

A question what is the point system and level for?

A:

Honestly if i would choose it would be you, mike, kbradizzle for every damn episode. Fuck can him and mike get into a contest makes me laugh every time.

Id like to see smug again also. The final episodes of ultra with smug was great.


Q:

If I was your size and someone was an asshole to me, I'd squash them. But you seem like a really nice guy and I respect you for that.

A:

Other than the charity stream, are any more Kongregate Live events planned any time soon? I especially enjoyed the Jimp livestreams.


Q:

Hey Gootecks

Sorry if this was answered in one of your videos already, but who do you think are the most underrated/overrated characters in SFV in terms of fighting potential?

A:

At present, the entire system is for bragging rights! The more points you get, the higher your level. The higher your level, the better you (probably) are at games! You can read a little more here. :)


Q:

Thanks, I can't believe we actually were able to pull that one off. Only someone as smart, skilled, and charismatic as Smug could bring the best out of us like that when it counted.

A:

I hit a guy once, after about 3 years of taking shit from him. He folded into a locker. They had to replace the locker door and maybe his liver. HAHA. no, I didn't hit him as hard as I could. But he did fall back into the lockers and bent the door.


Q:

We did recently have a trivia livestream with a group prize, and unfortunately, jmtb02 has been too busy to host live events, but we're working on trying to find new people to host new events!

A:

Underrated is probably FANG or Rashid.

Overrated...probably Mika hahahaha


Q:

Hey! What's the story behind the site's name?

A:

Now that it's been some time, how do you feel about Urien in V? Do you hope to make him your main at this point, or does he play too differently from 3rd strike?

Also, how do you feel about ArcSys fighters like Guilty Gear? Is it something you and Mike may cover in any measure on excellent adventures?


Q:

Do you get sick of people asking if you play basketball?

A:

When will the last "present" in the 10th anniversary open?

I mean I know it's today but when a few hours? was there a delay?


Q:

When I read your two ebooks about SF5, I remember following along well and appreciating the insight for most of it... but when I got to that final chapter where you started talking about Frame Data all of a sudden the difficulty of understanding the topics you were discussing rose so suddenly that I felt like I walked into a wall.

Have you ever heard of or found a more simple, intuitive way of explaining block strings and how to create them? Because all of the +1 and -1 talk in your ebooks were pretty tough to get through.

A:

"Kongregate" was one of the names we were originally workshopping, and it really grew on us. It's really about bringing people together!

This is also relevant to why our mascot is an ant. Ants congregate, and work together, because teamwork makes the dream work.


Q:

I think he's a lot of fun! I really enjoy playing him and really haven't played anyone else since his release haha. He doesn't play much differently from 3s once you get used to him I guess.

Guilty Gear is cool I just never played it in my formative years and always feel like there's never enough time to learn a new game now.

A:

yes! The most annoying this is that 99% of people think that they are the first person to think of that question.


Q:

It'll be later today, probably this afternoon! We're still putting the finishing touches on it.

A:

Thanks for the feedback!

Yeah in retrospect that chapter sucked and the examples were way too complicated.

I actually made a video last night for the Rise Up in Ranked Matches course that explains it better.

Check it out at www.riseupinranked.com


Q:

Hello Kongregate! I used to love your website as a kid a lot. So much so that I learned how to hack some of the games and get those tasty rewards. I thought it was so cool that I made videos about it teaching people to do the same but always remembering to use it to get the badges only, and not highscores.

Sorry about that. Anyway, my question is, have you guys ever dealt with a funny situation on customer service email thing?

A:

What do you feel is the big next-step for the FGC? If you were "CEO of the FGC" what would be your first action to grow the community?


Q:

So... do you?

A:

A question what is the point system and level for?


Q:

Hi Gootecks,

after having had ample time with SFV, how do you compare it to IV?
Which do you prefer?

A:

Anyway, my question is, have you guys ever dealt with a funny situation on customer service email thing?

Not exactly a customer service email, but I once had a kid threaten me by telling me that his dad had REAL Pokemon and would be coming to my house to beat me up! In case you were wondering, I have not been assaulted by a Machamp.


Q:

Seems to me like the next big step is a shift in events.

I just don't see the 3-day multi-game event idea growing much larger than what it is currently.

On a long enough timeline, it seems like if we all do our jobs properly, there will be a need to grow into larger venues like convention centers, but I don't think that can work for most events because once you've been to enough of them they all start to feel the same.

Instead, I think Evo will grow to be a 4-day event (as Mr. Wizard has teased on Twitter) and other events will cut Friday out because I think more and more people are going to have more jobs and responsibilities that they can't take the time off from.

So instead, what we'll be left with is one-night events that are primarily for spectating.

Think of it like MMA or wrestling. You never see big long multi-day tournaments because people don't want to watch those.

You'll find that most tournament attendees aren't super semi-pro or pro level players, they're casual players that know they are going to get bodied, but just want to go for the experience and to have fun.

Well my bet is that there are more of these players that would come to a one-night event in a major city. Not trying to put down the existing TOs, most of them do great events, just seems like the only event that can actually get longer is Evo.

If I were CEO of the FGC, the first action to grow the community is to have a resource where players of all skill levels could go to get quality information about the game and how to improve. Kinda like what we're building with www.crosscounter.tv. _^

The more people we have that can just reach baseline competency of understanding the game, the wider our audience will be. Most players are not trying to win Evo, they're just trying to beat their friends so the more that we can cultivate the "slightly hardcore" casual market, the better it is for everyone.

A:

I used to, in grade school and middle school.


Q:

At present, the entire system is for bragging rights! The more points you get, the higher your level. The higher your level, the better you (probably) are at games! You can read a little more here. :)

A:

Easy, I prefer SFV.

IV was great because it resurrected the franchise in an era where I personally thought I'd be playing 3s until my hands fell off.

But I certainly don't miss Focus Attacks and some of the option selects.

I do miss a lot of the friends and community that we had back then here in SoCal though. Seems like the big problem with SFV is that most of the players that played IV casually (or even semi-seriously) did not make the jump to V.

There are many reasons for that, but I think the biggest one, at least amongst my friends that don't play anymore, is just that they are in a different position in their lives now and don't have the time to dedicate to learning a new game.

Think about where you were 8 years ago in terms of real life responsibilities and no matter where you are now, it's likely dramatically different.

Anyways, I think SFV is super fun and although there are things about it that really drive me nuts like the input lag and some of the online stuff, I still like it way more.

Plus it's nice to be able to play a character that I actually give a fuck about again. Though I do miss my girl Rose and hope they bring her back some day.


Q:

What are the admins dressing up as for Halloween?

A:

Hey Gootecks

Sorry if this was answered in one of your videos already, but who do you think are the most underrated/overrated characters in SFV in terms of fighting potential?


Q:

and how is the weather up there?

A:

Hey! What's the story behind the site's name?


Q:

1) How committed are you to teaching/training others? Are you truly passionate about it or do you do it just for the dollars? You charge more than Wong and Champ and they have tournament results.

2) What's the #1 thing a silver needs to do to get to and survive in gold?

A:

All sorts of things! We have a Gogo Yubari from Kill Bill, Officer Jenny from Pokemon, eggs and bacon, and Linda Belcher from Bob's Burgers, with other costumes to reveal themselves at our Halloween party later today.

Our whole Portland office have dressed up as the Wormy Army, after a beloved contest entry we got last year. Here's one of the Wormy Army, gazing out over the beauty of an Oregon autumn.

Someone even dressed up as a character from our upcoming Peter Molyneux game The Trail!


Q:

Underrated is probably FANG or Rashid.

Overrated...probably Mika hahahaha

A:

Excellent. Sometimes foggy, but great right now.


Q:

"Kongregate" was one of the names we were originally workshopping, and it really grew on us. It's really about bringing people together!

This is also relevant to why our mascot is an ant. Ants congregate, and work together, because teamwork makes the dream work.

A:
  1. Committed enough to realize that I can train more people with a video course than I can one-on-one. Passionate enough to take a chance on trying something like creating a video course rather than just trying to do as many one-on-one sessions as possible.

People think that because I charge more than Champ and Justin that I'm in it for the money. In fact the opposite is true. Check the Wayback Machine and see if you can find the order that the trainers were added to the page. The first one was K-Brad, I didn't add myself until months later after some guy was bugging me to help him in 3s.

I didn't start CCT as a way for me to make money with my own coaching, I did it because it was an idea that I'd had before and K-Brad was staying at my place and down to give it a shot so we did. The goal was to test an idea, show people how to play, and provide a platform for other coaches to make some side money.

If you're trying to win Evo, you should definitely train with either of those guys. Surprise! Good ol' gootecks has zero experience winning Evo! _^

But none of my students come to me at a level where that is even something they are working towards. Most of my students are just trying to get better at the thing they suck at because they work real jobs and don't have a lot of time to dedicate to getting better. So I help them save time and speed up their journey.

  1. I would say that in order to get from Silver to Gold, you need to learn how to use your resources effectively and optimize damage on your opportunities. Usually Silver players either blow their resources completely or never use them or are doing inefficient combos and don't use their meter to do max damage.

Q:

Are you guys hiring? ;)

A:

In your opinion, how does the modern FGC compare to other esports communities, such as MOBAs?

What can the FGC learn from other communities and what can other communities learn from the FGC?


Q:

Have you ever been asked by to get an item on the high shelves while in a store?

A:

Hello Kongregate! I used to love your website as a kid a lot. So much so that I learned how to hack some of the games and get those tasty rewards. I thought it was so cool that I made videos about it teaching people to do the same but always remembering to use it to get the badges only, and not highscores.

Sorry about that. Anyway, my question is, have you guys ever dealt with a funny situation on customer service email thing?


Q:

I just reached silver what now?

A:

Always! You can find our open jobs here.


Q:

I'd say that we can (and have) learned a lot about presentation and sponsors.

Other communities can learn about personality and generating a reaction from the audience the way that guys like FChamp do

A:

yes, quite often. Usually by older people. They are always very nice about it. I'm happy to help.


Q:

Anyway, my question is, have you guys ever dealt with a funny situation on customer service email thing?

Not exactly a customer service email, but I once had a kid threaten me by telling me that his dad had REAL Pokemon and would be coming to my house to beat me up! In case you were wondering, I have not been assaulted by a Machamp.

A:

See if you can get to gold quicker


Q:

Hi Kongregate: will you ever make a version of kdice? Love that game but hate the community. We need a dice battle strategy game run by kongregate!

A:

What's your favorite thing to do when not in front of a screen?


Q:

Do you have a record of your progression of growth? Has it been constant or have there been phases where you shot up a lot?

A:

What are the admins dressing up as for Halloween?


Q:

Will you be competing seriously in season 2? Your Urien is looking good !

A:

Will you ever make a version of kdice?

We actually don't "make" most of the games on our site. We work with developers who upload their games to our site. Just wanted to be clear on that point.

I don't think we have anything planned like that, but there are some Risk-ish games on our site like Warlight!


Q:

Well so far this year, my favorite thing to do away from a screen was be at Burning Man.

So that is my new favorite thing to do when not in front of a screen.

Trying new food and traveling internationally is great too

A:

not really. Never kept a written record. But I'll tell you this Thecpoepoe, at 7 years old, I was 6ft tall


Q:

All sorts of things! We have a Gogo Yubari from Kill Bill, Officer Jenny from Pokemon, eggs and bacon, and Linda Belcher from Bob's Burgers, with other costumes to reveal themselves at our Halloween party later today.

Our whole Portland office have dressed up as the Wormy Army, after a beloved contest entry we got last year. Here's one of the Wormy Army, gazing out over the beauty of an Oregon autumn.

Someone even dressed up as a character from our upcoming Peter Molyneux game The Trail!

A:

Really just depends on travel opportunities I guess.

This year I thought it would be great to focus on competing and going as many places as I could.

I had mixed results due to the fact that I was unfocused in my training beforehand and then was too excited to be in new places to focus on training while I was there.

Also I realized over the past month or so that it's not conducive to growing Cross Counter if I'm traveling so much because it just throws me off my rhythm to leave and come back so much.

So next year I'm just going to focus on training myself here at home in LA and growing CC and if it looks like I can hang with the big boys again then I'll do so, but I have so much work to do on myself and my business first before traveling so much again.


Q:

Is Corporation Inc. 2 being worked on?

A:

Are you friends with Bart Kwan of Barbell Brigade? Any chance of a Gootecks x Bart Kwan collab?


Q:

Fucking hell. Were you bullied as a kid? Kids are mean little shits and will poke fun at anything different, and you're sure as shit different. But at the same time I can't imagine anyone, even kids, being dumb enough to make fun of someone so much bigger than them.

A:

Are you guys hiring? ;)


Q:

Hey Gootecks. Huge fan of yours and Mike Ross. Really helped me a lot with transitioning from pad to stick and made the game more enoyable for me.

Question 1: How do you cope with a crushing defeat e.g. tournament setting going 0-2. What steps do you take to tone down the salt.

Question 2: What do you do to prepare for such events? I know everyone has their ritual whether it be training, playing casuals, going over safe and unsafe moves etc.

A:

That's actually an Armor Games game, so you'd have to ask them that!


Q:

I see him in passing and really appreciate the work they've done with Barbell Brigade. I'm not strong enough to be on their level yet haha

A:

I hated high school. Never had a single friend. Every football player made sure my life was shit


Q:

Always! You can find our open jobs here.

A:
  1. Accept that everyone starts at the bottom. I think my first real tournament was Evo 2003 and I went 0-2. I actually thought I was halfway decent at the time too so it sucked. But really you need to understand that the result is essentially irrelevant and is just one measure of progress. What's more important than winning and losing is making incremental progress in the game. So if you start to see tournaments as the test and the rest of the time you spend with the game as homework, then that should change the level of salt you feel. Another thing is that each salty loss should drive you to learn from your mistakes or the holes in your game. If you're salty enough to be pissed, then you should be salty enough to hit Training Mode and figure out a solution.

  2. I don't really prepare which is why my results are inconsistent. I would suggest that rather than trying to prepare for Evo or another major, try to prepare for your local instead.

Most locals have 15-30 people max, so after going several times, you should have a pretty good idea of which characters are common and who you are likely to face. So then you can work on these matchups and study these players individually.

The other thing is that when you're preparing for tournaments, remember that most of the training that others do is just to play with others so you should try to session with others during the week.


Q:

Oh man, I'm on time for an AMA I care about! i used Kongregate all through highschool and anytime I buy a game on my phone that has your image, I know it was a good investment. Thank you guys for all your work.

My question is, can you guys promote developers to release their games on iOS more often? You guys have the best games and a great community, I would love to see it flourish more.

Also, favorite cereals?

A:

What changes do you think FANG should have in season 2?


Q:

How big is your bed? Also (sorry if your uncomfortable with this) how does the sex work?

A:

Hi Kongregate: will you ever make a version of kdice? Love that game but hate the community. We need a dice battle strategy game run by kongregate!


Q:

Hi Ryan, long time Excellent Adventures fan! I find that it's common advice for content creators to be told to work hard, be consistent, value the community, etc. Do you have any uncommon, not obvious piece of advice for budding content creators, YouTube or otherwise?

A:

My question is, can you guys promote developers to release their games on iOS more often? You guys have the best games and a great community, I would love to see it flourish more.

All of our published games have been released on both Android and iOS so far, and we intend to continue along that path! I'm not sure how we could encourage developers that we don't directly work with to publish to iOS, since they're making the decisions that are best for them as a developer. :)

Also, favorite cereals?

Obviously Quaker Oatmeal Squares are the BEST cereal, as confirmed by me and at least two other people in the office. Others are also telling me they love Rice Krispies Treats cereal, Honey Bunches of Oats (with almonds, of course), Cocoa Pebbles, and various flavors of Chex.


Q:

Maybe you should actually be able to die from poison like you would IRL.

A:

my bed is about 9ft by 6ft. Well... I read a book about sex, I can send you an amazon link if you want. :)


Q:

Will you ever make a version of kdice?

We actually don't "make" most of the games on our site. We work with developers who upload their games to our site. Just wanted to be clear on that point.

I don't think we have anything planned like that, but there are some Risk-ish games on our site like Warlight!

A:

Consistency is the most important.

The uncommon, not obvious piece of advice would be to have a bigger vision or game plan for your content.

If you're trying to make videos to get dat Max CPM, I got bad news for ya, you're going to give up before you get there. YouTube and Twitch revenue should be the icing on top of, not the foundation of your cake.

If you look at my early stuff, even from the super early podcast days, I always had a premium product to accompany the free stuff.

Think about what it is that you can get your audience to buy, even if it's not your own product that you created.

This gets you into the habit of learning more about your audience and what they like which can help you create better content as well as create better products or services for which to sell.

For example, if I made videos about cats, I would sell my audience an ebook on training my cat, build an email list and send them Amazon affiliate links to cat products by which I'd get commissions. I'd also sell cat merchandise like collars and whatnot.


Q:

have you cut the rope?

A:

what do you think about coaching in tournaments?


Q:

What does a 7ft 8 inch man do for a career and how has your height helped/hindered your work life?

A:

Is Corporation Inc. 2 being worked on?


Q:

Are you friends with Bart Kwan of Barbell Brigade? Any chance of a Gootecks x Bart Kwan collab?

A:

I have cut, sliced, and snipped the rope! I have so many stars.


Q:

Well last I checked, the biggest MMA and boxing fighters all have coaches that are ringside during the fight.

Also, every professional sports team that I can think of has a coach.

So if we are similar to pro combat sports, then we'd have coaches.

And if we were similar to traditional ball sports, we'd also have coaches.

So I don't see the issue.

A:

I haven't been able to have a normal work life, I haven't worked in a traditional setting since 2005, mostly because I had to have so many surgeries, but also because I have excrutiating pain in my legs and feet.


Q:

That's actually an Armor Games game, so you'd have to ask them that!

A:

I see him in passing and really appreciate the work they've done with Barbell Brigade. I'm not strong enough to be on their level yet haha


Q:

Approximetley how many people work full time for the website?

A:
  1. How did you and mike meet?
  2. Have you ever considered doing more fighting games on the channel other than SF (Like KI for instance)
  3. Whens K-brad comming back on the show? :)

Q:

You worked at Sam's Club in Rochester, MN didn't you? I remember meeting you when I was about 11 or 12 years old and shaking your hand!

A:

Oh man, I'm on time for an AMA I care about! i used Kongregate all through highschool and anytime I buy a game on my phone that has your image, I know it was a good investment. Thank you guys for all your work.

My question is, can you guys promote developers to release their games on iOS more often? You guys have the best games and a great community, I would love to see it flourish more.

Also, favorite cereals?


Q:

What changes do you think FANG should have in season 2?

A:

We have roughly 75 employees on staff across all kinds of teams. Community, design, production, engineering, QA, business development, marketing...


Q:
  1. Me and Mike met at Video94 in the early arcade days of SF4 in 2008. We played a lot but didn't really talk until after our epic timeout showdown at at tournament at AI. the last few seconds are on YouTube, look it up.
  2. I would love to grow CC to that level bt unfortunately don't have the time to do it myself, but it would be great to have the gootecks and Mike Rosses of other games to give a similar treatment to other games on the channel.
  3. Not soon enough!
A:

Yes!! :)


Q:

My question is, can you guys promote developers to release their games on iOS more often? You guys have the best games and a great community, I would love to see it flourish more.

All of our published games have been released on both Android and iOS so far, and we intend to continue along that path! I'm not sure how we could encourage developers that we don't directly work with to publish to iOS, since they're making the decisions that are best for them as a developer. :)

Also, favorite cereals?

Obviously Quaker Oatmeal Squares are the BEST cereal, as confirmed by me and at least two other people in the office. Others are also telling me they love Rice Krispies Treats cereal, Honey Bunches of Oats (with almonds, of course), Cocoa Pebbles, and various flavors of Chex.

A:

Maybe you should actually be able to die from poison like you would IRL.


Q:

Hey team! I am really happy with what is being done for the 10 year anniversary. A lot of cool events, including this one!

My questions are: What is your favorite little-known game on the site? What point in the site's career led you to know it would be this huge? What was the closest the site came to ever shutting down?

Please answer questions in this format for everybody.

Question

Answer

Question

Answer

A:

If given the opportunity, would you be Kenny Omega's valet / manager at his Wrestle Kingdom 11 Main Event match @ the Tokyo Dome Show?


Q:

Have you ever met the shortest man in America? If so, what was it like?

A:

have you cut the rope?


Q:

What game was your biggest inspiration?? How do i get your job?!!?

A:

What is your favorite little-known game on the site?

We have lots of favorites, but for the person answering this AMA (Community Manager IAmTheCandyman), my favorite little game is You Have To Burn The Rope. It's simple and fun, and has a great little song at the end!

Other answers from the team include Reeelz, a sort of combination between a slot machine and Yahtzee, Aisleen, a game submitted to our first game jam, which tells the story of an artist fighting through their self-doubt to improve their work, and Icycle, a game about a little naked man biking through a frozen apocalypse.

We'll work on answering more of this soon :)


Q:

What!??!?! Of course!!!! I got your back Kenny! Even if we have to fight dirty to win, I'm in there!!! Never swung a chair before, but I'm willing to learn!

A:

nope, never met the shortest person, however in college I had a little person in one of my classes, she was about 3ft 8in. It felt strange, but I never dwell on things like that, because I'm sure she is sick of people starring at her, just like I am sick of it.


Q:

I have cut, sliced, and snipped the rope! I have so many stars.

A:

Definitely SF3: 3rd Strike!

Well I don't have a job, I have a business, so I guess if you wanted my job you'd have to replace me in Cross Counter!

But on a serious note, if you want to do what I do, then you should start now. There was no job listing on monster.com that I looked at, I forged my own path doing something new. Definitely I've had a lot of help along the way, but it comes down to following your passion and learning the necessary skills along the way to help further your cause.

For me, having a strong technical background has helped a lot when it comes to being able to do my own production for content and web projects in the early days. Now I'm fortunate enough to have great help but at the beginning, I had to learn how to do everything myself.


Q:

I ended up downloading the .mp3 of "You have to burn the rope" years ago. It occasionally shuffles on my computer and forces me to load up kongregate just to kill the colossal

A:

Hey Gootecks! I'm a huge fan, sometimes when I wear my PogChamp sweater I get to explain to people that you're more than a twitch emote.

With Capcom Cup coming soon, who is your Top 8? And who are your players on the rise from each major region? (US, EU, Asia, Latin America)


Q:

Growing up in Austin, Minnesota I remember seeing TV reports about you. I was happy that you immigrated to this country so you could receive medical treatment.

Since I have to ask a question, what is your favorite NFL team?

A:

Approximetley how many people work full time for the website?


Q:

How do you feel about Street Fighter(and fighting games in general) finally entering that echelon of eSports like Starcraft, Counter-Strike and League of Legends. Do you think the FGC will lose it's roots and family feeling?

A:

Same! I also have the song from Music Catch (Isaac Shepard's "Before Dawn) come up on my mix sometimes.


Q:

LOL thanks for spreading the word. I'm sure Kappa and the other emotes don't have people doing the same for them.

Hm Top 8 is too hard to predict.

US - I think NuckleDu has proven he is the next generation superstar EU - Phenom and CCL are super strong Asia - Infiltration's Korean army of Xyzzy, Verloren, etc are going to be killers. LA - Haven't been following and haven't been there myself unfortunately :(

A:

Hello!! Well... if I say anything else, my house will be egged, so Minnesota Vikings!! No, but really, I like the Vikes.


Q:

We have roughly 75 employees on staff across all kinds of teams. Community, design, production, engineering, QA, business development, marketing...

A:

No because correct me if I'm wrong, but you don't really see a lot of grassroots events doing IRL SC, CSGO and LOL tournaments, do you?

Aside from Evo and Capcom Cup, there are only even a handful of premiere events that could rival the major events of the other games (and even those are homegrown), so the vast majority of FGC is homegrown and has a family feel.

I don't see that changing ever


Q:

Whats your best memories from running Kongregate over the past 10 years?

A:

What are your feelings on Smash in the FGC?


Q:

What vehicle do you drive/ride in?

A:

Hey team! I am really happy with what is being done for the 10 year anniversary. A lot of cool events, including this one!

My questions are: What is your favorite little-known game on the site? What point in the site's career led you to know it would be this huge? What was the closest the site came to ever shutting down?

Please answer questions in this format for everybody.

Question

Answer

Question

Answer


Q:

Hey Gootecks! I'm a huge fan, sometimes when I wear my PogChamp sweater I get to explain to people that you're more than a twitch emote.

With Capcom Cup coming soon, who is your Top 8? And who are your players on the rise from each major region? (US, EU, Asia, Latin America)

A:

There's a ton of them! One of my favorites was when the Village People stopped by to use our office as a green room before a performance nearby. They even played a few rounds of Pacman Battle Royale with us! Others in the office are pointing out that they loved partying hard after we got acquired, playing games with their children while sick and otherwise unable to interact with each other, and just generally knowing that we are providing some games that people are using to get through a tough time.


Q:

Smash is great and the community is very supportive, what's not to like?

A:

a full size van


Q:

What is your favorite little-known game on the site?

We have lots of favorites, but for the person answering this AMA (Community Manager IAmTheCandyman), my favorite little game is You Have To Burn The Rope. It's simple and fun, and has a great little song at the end!

Other answers from the team include Reeelz, a sort of combination between a slot machine and Yahtzee, Aisleen, a game submitted to our first game jam, which tells the story of an artist fighting through their self-doubt to improve their work, and Icycle, a game about a little naked man biking through a frozen apocalypse.

We'll work on answering more of this soon :)

A:

LOL thanks for spreading the word. I'm sure Kappa and the other emotes don't have people doing the same for them.

Hm Top 8 is too hard to predict.

US - I think NuckleDu has proven he is the next generation superstar EU - Phenom and CCL are super strong Asia - Infiltration's Korean army of Xyzzy, Verloren, etc are going to be killers. LA - Haven't been following and haven't been there myself unfortunately :(


Q:

Does Kongregate have plans to venture into any other areas? I miss the collabs section. Kongregate's journey into the world of mobile publishing seems to be going well.

A:
  1. How did you get into fighting games?

  2. Where do you see the fgc in 5 years?

  3. Is smash a fighting game?


Q:

Why do you have 5 inch soles under your shoes?

A:

I ended up downloading the .mp3 of "You have to burn the rope" years ago. It occasionally shuffles on my computer and forces me to load up kongregate just to kill the colossal


Q:

Is there a game that you wish you could play competitively, but can't? What game is it and what are the reasons?

Oh, how does it feel to be Twitch's hypest emote?

A:

We're always looking forward to what's going to happen next! I don't think we're planning to bring back the Collabs, as they were a seriously underused function of the site.


Q:
  1. answered in a previous question
  2. I see the FGC getting out of hotel ballrooms and into the type of venues where you'd see an up and coming rock band (totally dating myself) or DJ. And yet to be built venues geared towards esports and gaming.
  3. Well there are characters that have combos, special moves, battle for space, and have a winner and loser. Which part of that doesn't sound like a fighting game to you?
A:

not my choice, it's what I had to have at the time to heal my feet


Q:

Same! I also have the song from Music Catch (Isaac Shepard's "Before Dawn) come up on my mix sometimes.

A:

I really wish I would have learned how to play Starcraft 2. Not even competitively just to the level of being halfway decent. Kinda like how I'm sure most people I work with are trying to be good enough at SFV to be decent.

During the SC2 beta times, I didn't think there was a lot of info on how to get better. I think at the time Day9 was doing his thing, but I'm more of a written word kinda guy and don't have the patience for video.

It doesn't feel like anything because it's not something that I engineered, did on purpose, or even said "okay" to.


Q:

One of my favorite games on your site is pandemic 2. I was shocked to see a very similar game released on steam and various appstores. Why would people pay for a game that you have had for free for many years? Has this affected you in any way?

A:

1) How committed are you to teaching/training others? Are you truly passionate about it or do you do it just for the dollars? You charge more than Wong and Champ and they have tournament results.

2) What's the #1 thing a silver needs to do to get to and survive in gold?


Q:

How tall are your parents?

A:

Whats your best memories from running Kongregate over the past 10 years?


Q:

What other games do you play other than sf?

A:

We answered a similar question here, but the basic answer is that it hasn't affected us in a significant way. The group of people looking for free games is always bigger than those looking for paid games.


Q:
  1. Committed enough to realize that I can train more people with a video course than I can one-on-one. Passionate enough to take a chance on trying something like creating a video course rather than just trying to do as many one-on-one sessions as possible.

People think that because I charge more than Champ and Justin that I'm in it for the money. In fact the opposite is true. Check the Wayback Machine and see if you can find the order that the trainers were added to the page. The first one was K-Brad, I didn't add myself until months later after some guy was bugging me to help him in 3s.

I didn't start CCT as a way for me to make money with my own coaching, I did it because it was an idea that I'd had before and K-Brad was staying at my place and down to give it a shot so we did. The goal was to test an idea, show people how to play, and provide a platform for other coaches to make some side money.

If you're trying to win Evo, you should definitely train with either of those guys. Surprise! Good ol' gootecks has zero experience winning Evo! _^

But none of my students come to me at a level where that is even something they are working towards. Most of my students are just trying to get better at the thing they suck at because they work real jobs and don't have a lot of time to dedicate to getting better. So I help them save time and speed up their journey.

  1. I would say that in order to get from Silver to Gold, you need to learn how to use your resources effectively and optimize damage on your opportunities. Usually Silver players either blow their resources completely or never use them or are doing inefficient combos and don't use their meter to do max damage.
A:

my mother is about 5ft 6in, and my dad is about 6ft


Q:

There's a ton of them! One of my favorites was when the Village People stopped by to use our office as a green room before a performance nearby. They even played a few rounds of Pacman Battle Royale with us! Others in the office are pointing out that they loved partying hard after we got acquired, playing games with their children while sick and otherwise unable to interact with each other, and just generally knowing that we are providing some games that people are using to get through a tough time.

A:

I used to play Mario Kart on my Wii U but now don't play anything.

But I bought Civ6 so maybe I'll give that a go. I think I'm a secret sim game nerd because I really liked Fairy Godmother Tycoon and also played a little Tropico while I was waiting for SFV to update.


Q:
  1. What's the most popular game in the site's history?

  2. Which is your favourite classic game from back in the day when Flash games were huge around the mid-2000s?

A:

Hi Ryan, long time Excellent Adventures fan! I find that it's common advice for content creators to be told to work hard, be consistent, value the community, etc. Do you have any uncommon, not obvious piece of advice for budding content creators, YouTube or otherwise?


Q:

What is the one thing you wish you would be able to experience that you can't because of your height? And also as a fellow Ukrainian living in western country does people ever comment when you make бутерброд? If you do so of course :)

A:

Does Kongregate have plans to venture into any other areas? I miss the collabs section. Kongregate's journey into the world of mobile publishing seems to be going well.


Q:

What do you think about Battlerite? Or Bloodline Champions, if that oldie rings a bell. Just in general and from a fighting games vet perspective.

A:

What's the most popular game in the site's history?

That would arguably be Dawn of the Dragons with over 73 million plays ever since it was uploaded in 2012.

Which is your favourite classic game from back in the day when Flash games were huge around the mid-2000s?

I'm going to guess this question is looking for a game that isn't on Kongregate, so I'm going to have to go with Defend Your Castle, that game about stopping an invasion of rampaging stick men by picking them up and flinging them into the air so that they land and splatter on the ground!


Q:

Consistency is the most important.

The uncommon, not obvious piece of advice would be to have a bigger vision or game plan for your content.

If you're trying to make videos to get dat Max CPM, I got bad news for ya, you're going to give up before you get there. YouTube and Twitch revenue should be the icing on top of, not the foundation of your cake.

If you look at my early stuff, even from the super early podcast days, I always had a premium product to accompany the free stuff.

Think about what it is that you can get your audience to buy, even if it's not your own product that you created.

This gets you into the habit of learning more about your audience and what they like which can help you create better content as well as create better products or services for which to sell.

For example, if I made videos about cats, I would sell my audience an ebook on training my cat, build an email list and send them Amazon affiliate links to cat products by which I'd get commissions. I'd also sell cat merchandise like collars and whatnot.

A:

I want to be able to just get into a car and drive. Right now, I desperately need to replace my vehicle. But Ford will not answer my tweets nor my calls. None of the dealers in MN, WI, or IL have the Ford Transit passenger van in the size I am looking for. I can't fit into any other type of vehicles.

Я себе сделал бутерброд час назад, украинский хлеб и кровянка. Так вкусно! Здесь люди не понимают кровянку.


Q:

We're always looking forward to what's going to happen next! I don't think we're planning to bring back the Collabs, as they were a seriously underused function of the site.

A:

Never played either


Q:

How do you feel about gaming addiction? I love your site and sometimes go through major bouts of regular play, but eventually find myself in a place where I ask my account to be suspended just to get out of an unhealthy spiral--usually at least 6 months before I'm ready again. It's been at least 3 cycles of this, but knowing K has a trapdoor out really helps. Are there other organized addiction efforts you take part in?

A:

What game was your biggest inspiration?? How do i get your job?!!?


Q:

Have you done or have you ever been asked to do any kind of film or television work? With all the new Star Wars movies coming, I'd bet they'll need a really tall guy to play....something.

A:

One of my favorite games on your site is pandemic 2. I was shocked to see a very similar game released on steam and various appstores. Why would people pay for a game that you have had for free for many years? Has this affected you in any way?


Q:

What is your least favorite video game?

Also if you could change something about Street Fighter in general, what would you change and why?

A:

How do you feel about gaming addiction?

There are a lot of things out there, including games, that people can become addicted to. I know I've personally spent plenty of time (especially while in college) playing games when I should have been studying, and it can be a hard one to get away from. While we can't make the decision for anyone, I personally make sure that I help anyone block their account if they feel like they need our help in focusing their efforts elsewhere. :)


Q:

Definitely SF3: 3rd Strike!

Well I don't have a job, I have a business, so I guess if you wanted my job you'd have to replace me in Cross Counter!

But on a serious note, if you want to do what I do, then you should start now. There was no job listing on monster.com that I looked at, I forged my own path doing something new. Definitely I've had a lot of help along the way, but it comes down to following your passion and learning the necessary skills along the way to help further your cause.

For me, having a strong technical background has helped a lot when it comes to being able to do my own production for content and web projects in the early days. Now I'm fortunate enough to have great help but at the beginning, I had to learn how to do everything myself.

A:

I had a 8 second part in the movie Hall Pass http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2912972/ and here is the trailer, it should start at my part https://youtu.be/UIMYNVkZBSo?t=2m12s


Q:

We answered a similar question here, but the basic answer is that it hasn't affected us in a significant way. The group of people looking for free games is always bigger than those looking for paid games.

A:

Hmmm I really don't play anything else so I would say all of them that aren't Street Fighter or Mario Kart are my least favorite.

Maybe Counterstrike is at the bottom. I played Quake when I was a kid so I know it's not FPS as a genre lol.

If I could change something about Street Fighter, I would have a mode that actually shows you how to play, solve problems, and think about the game the way the game wants you to think about it.

The game wants you to think about it a certain way but it never tells you that upfront. It's like an angry jealous girlfriend that's super pissed all the time but never tells you why she's mad.


Q:

Which sites are your rivals/competitors?

A:

How do you feel about Street Fighter(and fighting games in general) finally entering that echelon of eSports like Starcraft, Counter-Strike and League of Legends. Do you think the FGC will lose it's roots and family feeling?


Q:

Are you subscribed to /r/tall?

A:
  1. What's the most popular game in the site's history?

  2. Which is your favourite classic game from back in the day when Flash games were huge around the mid-2000s?


Q:

How sick are you of seeing the PogChamp emote?

A:

Honestly, the longer we've all existed, the more we've bonded as #teambrowsergames. Like we mentioned elsewhere, it's a mostly friendly rivalry. I sent Tom Fulp of Newgrounds a pair of Kongregate sunglasses (and a t-shirt and stickers) as a prize for coming up with the name "Korrigate" for our cardboard box Kongpanion, and he apparently now wears them whenever he goes for a drive!

https://twitter.com/TomFulp/status/698885213166968832


Q:

No because correct me if I'm wrong, but you don't really see a lot of grassroots events doing IRL SC, CSGO and LOL tournaments, do you?

Aside from Evo and Capcom Cup, there are only even a handful of premiere events that could rival the major events of the other games (and even those are homegrown), so the vast majority of FGC is homegrown and has a family feel.

I don't see that changing ever

A:

yes!


Q:

What's the most popular game in the site's history?

That would arguably be Dawn of the Dragons with over 73 million plays ever since it was uploaded in 2012.

Which is your favourite classic game from back in the day when Flash games were huge around the mid-2000s?

I'm going to guess this question is looking for a game that isn't on Kongregate, so I'm going to have to go with Defend Your Castle, that game about stopping an invasion of rampaging stick men by picking them up and flinging them into the air so that they land and splatter on the ground!

A:

Moderately to somewhat sick Kappa PogChamp


Q:

How deep does adventure capitalist go in terms of number of zeros?

A:

Hey, gootecks! We need more stuff in Europe. I really wanted to enter the green screen contest, but it turns out none of the prizes are available outside of Europe. I wanted to ask if there will be any contests that people outside of the US can benefit from?


Q:

How old were you when you actually stopped growing?

A:

How do you feel about gaming addiction? I love your site and sometimes go through major bouts of regular play, but eventually find myself in a place where I ask my account to be suspended just to get out of an unhealthy spiral--usually at least 6 months before I'm ready again. It's been at least 3 cycles of this, but knowing K has a trapdoor out really helps. Are there other organized addiction efforts you take part in?


Q:

Your new training programs are a pretty novel idea. Do you think you will be offering it in Asia and Europe in the future? Also, now that Mike is free from his Twitch duties, will you be ramping up cross counter activities that include him?

A:

Theoretically, you can reach over 100 uncentillion, which would be up to 308 zeros!


Q:

Damn well maybe you shoulda just made something anyways and let us decide whether or not it was worth shipping some shit all the way out there to ya! lol jk

But really though if the prizes were the only thing motivating you, then maybe it wouldn't have been all that good, just saying :P

A:

around 18-19


Q:

How do you feel about gaming addiction?

There are a lot of things out there, including games, that people can become addicted to. I know I've personally spent plenty of time (especially while in college) playing games when I should have been studying, and it can be a hard one to get away from. While we can't make the decision for anyone, I personally make sure that I help anyone block their account if they feel like they need our help in focusing their efforts elsewhere. :)

A:

Thank you! I guess we have a lot of misconceptions to address because there's no reason why we can't train people in Asia or Europe now regardless of location.

One of my students is American born but based in Taiwan right now.

With most students, it's not super important to actually play matches with them the whole time.

Most of my time with my students is spent creating a roadmap for them to improve.

You can check out a lot of my videos of me training my students on crosscounter.tv.

Yeah now that Mike is back in SoCal, we will definitely be ramping things up once he's settled!


Q:

What is the worst game you have hosted on your site?

A:

Considering your network within the community, have you heard anything at all about season 2 changes or when we can possibly expect them?


Q:

do you have a picture of u standing up?

A:

Which sites are your rivals/competitors?


Q:

Hey Gooey, love the show and everything you and Mike get up to.

Any tips on recognizing and overcoming the proverbial "wall" in Street Fighter, or any other competitive game?

A:

It would be pretty unfair to call out a developer's hard work as "the worst", so we're not going to do that.


Q:

Nope, but if they don't announce something after Capcom Cup, we riot!


Q:

Honestly, the longer we've all existed, the more we've bonded as #teambrowsergames. Like we mentioned elsewhere, it's a mostly friendly rivalry. I sent Tom Fulp of Newgrounds a pair of Kongregate sunglasses (and a t-shirt and stickers) as a prize for coming up with the name "Korrigate" for our cardboard box Kongpanion, and he apparently now wears them whenever he goes for a drive!

https://twitter.com/TomFulp/status/698885213166968832

A:

Thanks!

I think the best way to overcome a plateau in Street Fighter is to learn a new character. Playing different characters helps you to see the game in a new light which changes the way you make decisions.


Q:

What do you think of Gamestop?

A:

Is there a game that you wish you could play competitively, but can't? What game is it and what are the reasons?

Oh, how does it feel to be Twitch's hypest emote?


Q:

Do you have to special order shoes in your size?

A:

How deep does adventure capitalist go in terms of number of zeros?


Q:

Hey, gootecks! We need more stuff in Europe. I really wanted to enter the green screen contest, but it turns out none of the prizes are available outside of Europe. I wanted to ask if there will be any contests that people outside of the US can benefit from?

A:

This is going to sound like the cheesy corporate line, but really, they've been great. Despite what plenty of people imagine, we still have full control of everything that happens in the day-to-day, so we still get to do what we think is best for Kongregate as a whole. :)


Q:

I really wish I would have learned how to play Starcraft 2. Not even competitively just to the level of being halfway decent. Kinda like how I'm sure most people I work with are trying to be good enough at SFV to be decent.

During the SC2 beta times, I didn't think there was a lot of info on how to get better. I think at the time Day9 was doing his thing, but I'm more of a written word kinda guy and don't have the patience for video.

It doesn't feel like anything because it's not something that I engineered, did on purpose, or even said "okay" to.


Q:

Theoretically, you can reach over 100 uncentillion, which would be up to 308 zeros!

A:

Damn well maybe you shoulda just made something anyways and let us decide whether or not it was worth shipping some shit all the way out there to ya! lol jk

But really though if the prizes were the only thing motivating you, then maybe it wouldn't have been all that good, just saying :P


Q:

What are your highest rounds on Bloons Tower Defense?

A:

What other games do you play other than sf?


Q:

Are you married? If you are, how tall is your wife? Do you care about the height of the women you date? How tall was the tallest women you've dated and how short was the shortest?

Also, how have you modified your living spaces to be more comfortable? I know my parents have their kitchen counters raised and it's really nice.

A:

What is the worst game you have hosted on your site?


Q:

Hey Gootecks,

How do you feel about the relationship between Street Fighter and the FGC?

Should the FGC be doing more to diversify attention to multiple games, or does it make more sense to support this concept of a Major League game and several Minor league ones?

A:

I've made it up to round 105 on the Brick Wall map, but then things start to slow down and make it harder to play, so that's the best I've done!


Q:

I used to play Mario Kart on my Wii U but now don't play anything.

But I bought Civ6 so maybe I'll give that a go. I think I'm a secret sim game nerd because I really liked Fairy Godmother Tycoon and also played a little Tropico while I was waiting for SFV to update.

A:

I am not married. Most women I've dated have been above 6ft, some taller than 6ft 6in.

We built our home with some things modified, our doors are tall, I have a large shower, and our ceilings are tall. I have a specially made bed, about 9ft long and 6ft wide


Q:

It would be pretty unfair to call out a developer's hard work as "the worst", so we're not going to do that.

A:

The FGC as a whole doesn't do anything because it doesn't exist.

What exists are individuals and small pockets of people that play and run events and stuff.

So if you think more attention should be brought to other games, then you should be the one to start doing that.

Be the change you want to see in the world


Q:

Hey Gootecks, I love the Excellent adventures series. In particular my favorite guest was when you had Strider with you guys for SF4, I've re-watched those a couple times.

How do you feel about sfv for the show versus street sf4? I kinda liked how you used to be able to choose who to play in ranked matches because that made for some times

Love your content, GL with Cross Counter.

A:

What's your favorite kind of music?


Q:

What do you think of Gamestop?

A:

Considering your network within the community, have you heard anything at all about season 2 changes or when we can possibly expect them?


Q:

Strider was great, those episodes were a lot of fun!

Yeah I agree it was fun to be able to somewhat choose who you would fight or not fight against. It's possible that EA was tailor made for SF4 and we need to make something new for SFV.

A:

70's 80's 90's Rock. Tom Petty, Clapton, Eagles, John Mellencamp, Doors, Nirvana, stuff like that


Q:

This is going to sound like the cheesy corporate line, but really, they've been great. Despite what plenty of people imagine, we still have full control of everything that happens in the day-to-day, so we still get to do what we think is best for Kongregate as a whole. :)

A:

Nope, but if they don't announce something after Capcom Cup, we riot!


Q:

What is your least favorite video game?

Also if you could change something about Street Fighter in general, what would you change and why?

A:

do you need to eat more?


Q:

What are your highest rounds on Bloons Tower Defense?

A:

Hi Gootecks,

Besides SF is any other fighting game that you like now or previously ?

Why you think SFV is having a hard time attracting new young players to the scene ?


Q:

Hmmm I really don't play anything else so I would say all of them that aren't Street Fighter or Mario Kart are my least favorite.

Maybe Counterstrike is at the bottom. I played Quake when I was a kid so I know it's not FPS as a genre lol.

If I could change something about Street Fighter, I would have a mode that actually shows you how to play, solve problems, and think about the game the way the game wants you to think about it.

The game wants you to think about it a certain way but it never tells you that upfront. It's like an angry jealous girlfriend that's super pissed all the time but never tells you why she's mad.

A:

my diet is about 1800-2100 calories per day


Q:

I've made it up to round 105 on the Brick Wall map, but then things start to slow down and make it harder to play, so that's the best I've done!

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I played a lot of MKII and MKIII as well as Killer Instinct as a kid.

I think nowadays young players have so many different ways to spend their time and gaming is just one of them. You have social media, Netflix, YouTube, etc, and gaming is so diverse.

So within that there are so many different facets:

-mobile gaming -PC gaming -free to play games -single player games

Within all of the ways to spend your time, SFV seems like it would be one of the ones that has the steepest learning curve with the most uncertain payoff, and the least amount of information available for how to improve.

I hate to sound like an old man but kids these days have it easy. When I was a kid, there wasn't a friendly welcoming FGC face to show me how to play. If you sucked, people just made fun of you and talked shit.

So I think it's just easier for young people to just go and do something else.


Q:

Fighting games have been a niche within gaming. What was the reasoning behind locking Cross Counter and Excellent Adventures behind pay walls instead of a free model that pays off in the end with bigger sponsers due to higher views? companies like capcom are already bleeding this community dry and making us bitter.

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Is there anything in particular that had helped make Cross Counter more profitable besides the switch to subscription videos before YouTube releases? I remember an interview you have years ago where you talked about cross counter not being profitable so I was curious what has changed in the fgc to help content creators.


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In order to get to a place with "bigger sponsors" you have to survive long enough to get there. If we didn't have various ways to monetize and were dependent on YouTube ad revenue to pay the bills, we'd be dead and gone long ago.

Feel free to make new accounts, cancel, get free trials, torrent, steal whatever you gotta do, it doesn't matter to me.

I don't see how any bitterness towards Capcom and their model should be reflected towards ours and vice versa.

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Honing our model over time to be able to transition to subscription has been the most important change for us, business-wise.

The other thing is just having grown the audience large enough for most of our efforts to be successful.

CC is not built on one sole source of income, we have a lot of smaller streams that are built to create something sustainable. But this was the goal from the getgo. Don't rely on one thing, diversify the income to be able to weather the storms and try new things.


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Do you visit us from r/kappa ?

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Is there any notable students that you have that show potential to being a great Street Fighter 5 player? Do you think that student would also make an appearance on the show?


Q:

what's r/Kappa

A:

Kevin Yates (panoptic) has been a great example of the player that you can become through the help of a strong coach. Alex Myers helped speed along his progress so much and now he is helping me on my new video course at www.riseupinranked.com.

Would he make an appearance? Once he reaches that level it will be an amazing story to tell!


Q:

What is your opinion of the game industry? Is it advancing or going really slow?

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Hey Gootecks, I love the Excellent adventures series. In particular my favorite guest was when you had Strider with you guys for SF4, I've re-watched those a couple times.

How do you feel about sfv for the show versus street sf4? I kinda liked how you used to be able to choose who to play in ranked matches because that made for some times

Love your content, GL with Cross Counter.


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The game industry is great because we are starting to see it grow into areas that probably most people would not have imagined before.

Esports in particular is on the verge of becoming mainstream (or at least mainstream as far as gaming goes). It's great to see the type of crowds that the big events like Evo and Worlds get, and with that of course the prize money and sponsors and fans, etc.

There's also mobile gaming which I am pretty uninterested in at the moment, but other people get super hype for it. But the way it's going it's going to look less like "mobile" in a few years and more just iOS/Android gaming. Because when you look at hardware advancement, devices like the iPad Pro are starting to look less "mobile" and more like big touchscreens. So that will be interesting for those that play those games.

The real potential, however, is in VR. I haven't played with the PSVR but for many gamers, that will likely be the obvious choice for them. Games are the most obvious experience to create with VR, but the true potential is in re-creating or inventing new experiences that you can share with others.

So I think the game industry is evolving quite rapidly!

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Strider was great, those episodes were a lot of fun!

Yeah I agree it was fun to be able to somewhat choose who you would fight or not fight against. It's possible that EA was tailor made for SF4 and we need to make something new for SFV.


Q:

How sick are you of seeing the PogChamp emote?

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Are you named after the Dudley move?


Q:

Moderately to somewhat sick Kappa PogChamp

A:

I'm not, but Cross Counter is, yeah


A:

Fighting games have been a niche within gaming. What was the reasoning behind locking Cross Counter and Excellent Adventures behind pay walls instead of a free model that pays off in the end with bigger sponsers due to higher views? companies like capcom are already bleeding this community dry and making us bitter.


Q:

He's thinking about what he's done to deserve the current lack of cuddles you're providing

A:

In order to get to a place with "bigger sponsors" you have to survive long enough to get there. If we didn't have various ways to monetize and were dependent on YouTube ad revenue to pay the bills, we'd be dead and gone long ago.

Feel free to make new accounts, cancel, get free trials, torrent, steal whatever you gotta do, it doesn't matter to me.

I don't see how any bitterness towards Capcom and their model should be reflected towards ours and vice versa.


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Hey Gootecks. Huge fan of yours and Mike Ross. Really helped me a lot with transitioning from pad to stick and made the game more enoyable for me.

Question 1: How do you cope with a crushing defeat e.g. tournament setting going 0-2. What steps do you take to tone down the salt.

Question 2: What do you do to prepare for such events? I know everyone has their ritual whether it be training, playing casuals, going over safe and unsafe moves etc.

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Do you visit us from r/kappa ?


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  1. Accept that everyone starts at the bottom. I think my first real tournament was Evo 2003 and I went 0-2. I actually thought I was halfway decent at the time too so it sucked. But really you need to understand that the result is essentially irrelevant and is just one measure of progress. What's more important than winning and losing is making incremental progress in the game. So if you start to see tournaments as the test and the rest of the time you spend with the game as homework, then that should change the level of salt you feel. Another thing is that each salty loss should drive you to learn from your mistakes or the holes in your game. If you're salty enough to be pissed, then you should be salty enough to hit Training Mode and figure out a solution.

  2. I don't really prepare which is why my results are inconsistent. I would suggest that rather than trying to prepare for Evo or another major, try to prepare for your local instead.

Most locals have 15-30 people max, so after going several times, you should have a pretty good idea of which characters are common and who you are likely to face. So then you can work on these matchups and study these players individually.

The other thing is that when you're preparing for tournaments, remember that most of the training that others do is just to play with others so you should try to session with others during the week.

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what's r/Kappa


Q:

What got you interested into fighting games to begin with?

A:

What is your opinion of the game industry? Is it advancing or going really slow?


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When I was a kid my friends played SF2 and I thought it sucked and didn't get it. I do remember wanting to fit in but had no idea how to play or why they liked it.

Then I was on vacation with my parents and the only halfway decent game in this arcade was SF2 and I fell in love.

So I guess it took me discovering it in my own way in order to get into it.

A:

The game industry is great because we are starting to see it grow into areas that probably most people would not have imagined before.

Esports in particular is on the verge of becoming mainstream (or at least mainstream as far as gaming goes). It's great to see the type of crowds that the big events like Evo and Worlds get, and with that of course the prize money and sponsors and fans, etc.

There's also mobile gaming which I am pretty uninterested in at the moment, but other people get super hype for it. But the way it's going it's going to look less like "mobile" in a few years and more just iOS/Android gaming. Because when you look at hardware advancement, devices like the iPad Pro are starting to look less "mobile" and more like big touchscreens. So that will be interesting for those that play those games.

The real potential, however, is in VR. I haven't played with the PSVR but for many gamers, that will likely be the obvious choice for them. Games are the most obvious experience to create with VR, but the true potential is in re-creating or inventing new experiences that you can share with others.

So I think the game industry is evolving quite rapidly!


Q:

What are you planning to do with your life after fighting games? or you just going to be in the community forever, jk.

A:

What is your opinion on SFV's gameplay? Something needs to be changed? Everything is good?


Q:

I thought at the dawn of SF4 that this was a 5 year thing, but now it seems like fighting games and esports are really more of a 20 year timeline.

So after I feel like my work is done and I've accomplished everything I wanted, probably just invest in whatever VR headset will allow me to sit back and live in a virtual world and never leave the house again.

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Biggest pet peeve for me is the input lag


Q:

Your new training programs are a pretty novel idea. Do you think you will be offering it in Asia and Europe in the future? Also, now that Mike is free from his Twitch duties, will you be ramping up cross counter activities that include him?

A:

What are your feelings on Smash in the FGC?


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Thank you! I guess we have a lot of misconceptions to address because there's no reason why we can't train people in Asia or Europe now regardless of location.

One of my students is American born but based in Taiwan right now.

With most students, it's not super important to actually play matches with them the whole time.

Most of my time with my students is spent creating a roadmap for them to improve.

You can check out a lot of my videos of me training my students on crosscounter.tv.

Yeah now that Mike is back in SoCal, we will definitely be ramping things up once he's settled!

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Smash is great and the community is very supportive, what's not to like?


Q:

Hey Gootecks,

How do you feel about the relationship between Street Fighter and the FGC?

Should the FGC be doing more to diversify attention to multiple games, or does it make more sense to support this concept of a Major League game and several Minor league ones?

A:

What got you interested into fighting games to begin with?


Q:

The FGC as a whole doesn't do anything because it doesn't exist.

What exists are individuals and small pockets of people that play and run events and stuff.

So if you think more attention should be brought to other games, then you should be the one to start doing that.

Be the change you want to see in the world

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When I was a kid my friends played SF2 and I thought it sucked and didn't get it. I do remember wanting to fit in but had no idea how to play or why they liked it.

Then I was on vacation with my parents and the only halfway decent game in this arcade was SF2 and I fell in love.

So I guess it took me discovering it in my own way in order to get into it.


Q:

Hi Gootecks,

Besides SF is any other fighting game that you like now or previously ?

Why you think SFV is having a hard time attracting new young players to the scene ?


Q:

I played a lot of MKII and MKIII as well as Killer Instinct as a kid.

I think nowadays young players have so many different ways to spend their time and gaming is just one of them. You have social media, Netflix, YouTube, etc, and gaming is so diverse.

So within that there are so many different facets:

-mobile gaming -PC gaming -free to play games -single player games

Within all of the ways to spend your time, SFV seems like it would be one of the ones that has the steepest learning curve with the most uncertain payoff, and the least amount of information available for how to improve.

I hate to sound like an old man but kids these days have it easy. When I was a kid, there wasn't a friendly welcoming FGC face to show me how to play. If you sucked, people just made fun of you and talked shit.

So I think it's just easier for young people to just go and do something else.

A:

He's thinking about what he's done to deserve the current lack of cuddles you're providing


Q:

Is there anything in particular that had helped make Cross Counter more profitable besides the switch to subscription videos before YouTube releases? I remember an interview you have years ago where you talked about cross counter not being profitable so I was curious what has changed in the fgc to help content creators.

A:

What are you planning to do with your life after fighting games? or you just going to be in the community forever, jk.


Q:

Honing our model over time to be able to transition to subscription has been the most important change for us, business-wise.

The other thing is just having grown the audience large enough for most of our efforts to be successful.

CC is not built on one sole source of income, we have a lot of smaller streams that are built to create something sustainable. But this was the goal from the getgo. Don't rely on one thing, diversify the income to be able to weather the storms and try new things.

A:

I thought at the dawn of SF4 that this was a 5 year thing, but now it seems like fighting games and esports are really more of a 20 year timeline.

So after I feel like my work is done and I've accomplished everything I wanted, probably just invest in whatever VR headset will allow me to sit back and live in a virtual world and never leave the house again.


Q:

Are you named after the Dudley move?

A:

I'm not, but Cross Counter is, yeah


Q:

Hi Gootecks!

The excellent adventures keep me connected to SFV since I no longer have access to my own setup. Thank you for the fun and entertaining content every week!

Do you ever play casuals at tournaments, or is it strictly a "play your matches and get out" kind of deal? I know you're a busy dude; does your workload ever make you lose sight of the fun and sense of community that street fighter, and fighting games in general, provide?

Also, the next time you travel to Dallas, I would love to make you a bubble tea! I work at DFW's highest rated (on Yelp) bubble tea/smoothie shop and I've seen you with one in your hand during many excellent adventures. My treat!

A:

Casual matches is what I miss most about arcades. Console setups at most tournaments just aren't conducive to this type of thing. Though in Japan they had signs on the setups that said 1 game, 2/3, ft5, or Rookie-Gold ranked or maybe it was sorted by league points.

But yeah usually I don't mind playing casuals at tournaments, but the other thing is that I also don't enjoy hearing people talk shit when I lose a casual match. So essentially nothing is on the line for the opponent, but it feels like everything is on the line for me. So this is why quarters are so effective because even tiny stakes are stakes.

Yes I've definitely lost sight of what makes this whole thing fun many times. Thankfully SFV has revitalized that and whenever I start to feel jaded, I just spend some days just playing and remind myself that it's fun and I do this because it's awesome!

Never been to Dallas, but that would be awesome, I love bubble tea!