Nov 8th 2016 by SubliminalChase • 53 Questions • 4448 Points
Hey everyone, As the title says I'm a fighting game veteran and have been competing since 2003. I co-founded Cross Counter TV in 2010, an esports start-up dedicated to bringing you the best in fighting game entertainment, events, and training content.
I also am the co-host of the Excellent Adventures of gootecks and Mike Ross, a weekly buddy comedy-style YouTube show where we sit on a couch and play Street Fighter V online which you can see at http://youtube.com/crosscountertv
This week I launched my first video course called Rise Up in Ranked Matches which is aimed at beginner and intermediate players that are looking for a practical path to winning more matches online and offline which is available at http://www.riseupinranked.com.
Also, I'm raising money for Extra Life in conjunction with Team Reddit! I'll be streaming on the reddit Twitch channel tomorrow and you can donate money to the organization to play me! But in the meantime, if you donate $10 or more today, I'll send you a coupon code to join Rise Up In Ranked for free: http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=240965
I'm here to answer questions about turning your passion into a business, creating content no matter what the niche, getting better at fighting games, traveling the world, and more.
EDIT: Alright guys, thank you for your thoughtful questions, I had a lot of fun! About to head out and might answer some more later, but pretty much done for now. Stay tuned tomorrow because I'll be on the reddit Extra Life stream and we're gonna raise some money for some sick kids!
Is this a part time gig? Seasonal?
How did you get involved in this line of work? I assume they don't post these positions on LinkedIn.
Was it the motion of getting up? Like a "burpees" movement to get to your feet?
My question is, could this have happened on land but is more associated with surfers because it happens to them more often?
Considered part-time on call. We work 2 week rotations (we are the military's Drill training.)
Got it from the unemployment office. I've seen them hire off job sites too.
Nope simply from laying on my stomach and extending my back. It can definitely happen on land though, some people have gotten it from yoga, Pilates, or even studying on the floor. It's called Surfer's Myelopathy because it's most commonly seen in first time surfers.
apparently i'm a champion
I mean I might, it's not really a common issue, you have a better chance of being bit by a shark. I think I would refine my technique however.
hah i see u dip
Avoid laying on your stomach with your back arched for long periods of time. Like when you paddle a bunch make sure to stop and take breaks every once in a while.
They're (scientists? doctors?) not totally sure what causes it, they think it might have something to do with warm water and recently traveling on a plane.
Most cases happen in Hawaii and Japan I believe.
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.
I'm guessing this is a permanent condition? Cause that really blows.
What's the pay like? Do you just do it for a few hours at a time, or is it like... a 4-day long total immersive exercise?
Honest question, how do you prevent pressure ulcers? Have you ever had one? I ask because I treat a lot of them.
Im sorry this happened to you. But I have to say that you are very brave for doing this AMA. I hope it helps. And I have seen plenty of paras who live beautifully.
Protect your butt!
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.
I can't give the pay grade due to confidential agreements, but I can say that for a military age male, I work a full 2 weeks nonstop for 12-14 hours each day.
When I'm sitting in my chair I have to always make sure to do weight shifts. So I'm constantly moving around and thinking about getting pressure sores.
In bed I make sure to pad myself with pillows and switch up which side I'm sleeping on constantly.
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.
I spent some time in the military and am interested in this. Is there a recruitment office for this stuff?
My daughter, 16, had incomplete paralysis due to spinal surgery and her screw cracking her l4. She's been inpatient for over a month now and going to rehab inpatient soon.: she's had 4 surgeries and now is dealing with a wound infection and packing and repacking. Has had a catheter in for a month, also has bowel issues. She has slowly recovered some sensations and movement in her right leg, mostly, and very slowly her left is responding to touch and very slight movements. My question is they seem to push her so hard to recover faster.. trying to get her on bedside commode before she can stand up (she can sit on edge of bed now) she does have very limited movement in both legs and actually put weight on her legs today for over a minute but most of that was upper body strength:: I get the idea that she needs to work really hard.. but why this almost disbelief that she is working as hard as she can to recover.:.. it angers me.. and her.. did you deal with anyone pushing you so hard you felt like giving up? Do you have any advice you can offer her for her long road ahead.: I know it's different but I don't want her to let depression kick her ass when she's already down. Any thing in particular that helped you when you felt really down?
Thoughts on this video? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ih06VY71vA
Military role play jobs. Look it up, never know what you might find.
I think part of the reason they push you so hard in rehab is because they know that you can't do it yourself. It really does help to have an outside motivator. I don't know how hard they're pushing her, but if she's in a good hospital I would trust the experts.
When I was in rehab my days were chock full of things to do, from wheelchair class to meetings with doctors etc etc, I hardly had much down time to feel bad for myself.
I did as much as I could and more when I was there because of the amazing support I was receiving, I think it would have been much harder to figure out how to live this new life were I in a different environment.
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!
What was the biggest training exercise you were involved in and what was your role?
Thank you. Sometimes I think it's too much but sometimes I think it's just right. She's a strong willed child.. so I have high hopes. Good vibes for you on your journey. Thanks for doing this AMA.
HA! I'm that 19-20 year old looking guy usually driving a big red truck or a white maintenence vehicle.
I'm not taking any classes right now. I hope in the future to be able to work with people and computers, because I seem to have a knack for them for whatever reason.
I also want to get into FPV quadcopter flying, I've only ever flown tiny toy class drones but I want to build something really powerful and soar around the sky.
- Remove input lag
- Improve netcode/connectability
- Improve communication through CFN
- Open the API so people can create more interesting stuff like @SFV_CFN and vleague
- Create a marketplace/platform for people to create their own skins, costumes, backgrounds, etc like modders already do on PC.
How did you manage to come to terms with it?
What helped you to not be depressed or angry about what happened?
What is your favorite type of beer?
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.
Happened in July, actually.
When is the real life adventures of Gootecks and Mike Ross coming back? That was one of my favourite series
Fisherman. Village was Turani, blue Chevy with cane poles and an ice chest. You threatened to shoot my foot?
Some people have varying levels of sexual function. Some paras can get off without any help. Others just have to settle for what they can do.
Lack of consistency and quitting before they "succeed"
Hilarious, man, hilarious. "He's young. So he's gman" OCT: "that's irrelevant."
My cousin died like this. Body surfing on a typical day in Virginia Beach... and he had been going to the same beach the same way his whole life... probably ridden 10,000 waves just like that one. Hit him wrong, broke his back, and he drowned immediately. Was there with his 12 year old son who couldn't figure out what happened... his dad was just gone. My whole family grew up surfing that beach. happened years ago. We still don't know how to process that.
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?
I mean you're more likely to get bitten by a shark :)
The adjustment is an everyday thing, something you have to deal with in every situation you find yourself in.
I did go to a rehab hospital for a month inpatient, and also did outpatient for another month.
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.
What do you do for work? Did you have to change career paths with this injury?
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?
Actually, speaking of the DECON lines, I had the military singing me the ABCs because I was portraying a blind man who was in panic because of the blinding due to initial blast so I told them to keep talking, they decided to sing!
I was trying to go to school for computer science before I got hurt, but my depression kind of got in the way of that. Then I got paralyzed, tried another semester at school and couldn't keep up.
As of right now I work the front desk at a community rec center, it's pretty easy going and the people who work there are super nice. I'm hoping to wiggle my way into some tech job though, honestly I would just love to work with computers and people because they just make sense to me.
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.
As a company commander I have a hard time keeping it real with the soldiers during rotations dealing with you guys. I have a lot of guys who have seen the real thing and they tend to go through the motions when dealing with you all. My question is, how serious do you guys take your job? Because we stress a high level of tactical and strategic procedure planning on how we deal with you here stateside. All I ask is that y'all be real with us and do the best you can. Don't be afraid to report when our soldiers violate ROE as a joke, because if rather remove them here than when it really happens forward. Do y'all really try to speak Spanish as the native language too?
Can you feel your penis?
By slowly making amends and then eventually doing an official licensing deal with them which is where we are at currently.
Please tell your fellow role players that the violations of ROE and what we call violations of military judgement ARE taken seriously by the exercise division and can even equate to CCIR's and SIR's in country during "mock" deployments. Case and point is a negligent discharge with a blank at JRTC is equal to one in country due to said units rotation in the training cycle. The reason they do this is to correct the behavior of shitbag soldiers, check the command climate of the unit in violation, and to stress the importance of TRAIN HOW WE FIGHT. A lot of times they find complete formations platoon to company size that are unfit due to their climate. If they can't take training serious; they are unfit and should be off-ramped due to the risk they pose to the American image. Thanks for what you do, also build a network and maybe get on with one of the contractors we use to help build training such as General Dynamics and what not. Those guys make a shit ton of money.
What sucks most about being in a wheelchair? Is the wheelchair access where you live/work/whatever sufficient?
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.
It's an honor, Sir. Truly. I'm proud to say that I treat the training very seriously and that the OCTs and OPs are for the most part very watchful when it comes to these things, especially since my role in the "game" is a non-recruited source. Or a "HUMINT" item as they call it. I've broken down crying and even screamed in soldiers faces to deliver real life impact to the best of my knowledge. I hope the training given is worthwhile to you and those under you, Sir. As always, I thank you for your service.
Honestly the best part of being paralyzed for me is the wheelchair. I like to scoot around all over the place and wheelie off curbs and shit like that. I tend to freak people out when they see me do dumb shit like that though haha.
The worst part for me is the lack of sexual release. I can't feel my junk at all so it's extremely frustration sometimes when I get really horny.
Oh and the constant nerve pain is nothing to shake a stick at. Imagine your foot or hand falling asleep, but instead of just your foot or your hand it's your entire lower body. But there is medication you can take to help take the edge off of that.
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
How come you assholes kept mortaring my FOB at 2AM? EVERY GODDAMN NIGHT FOR 2 WEEKS STRAIGHT AGHHHHHHHHHH.
In all seriousness, I hope you enjoy your job, it was more fun than I expected being out there. I know you guys put in a lot of hard work and hours to help us with our training.
See if ketamine treatment is available where you live. It can really help with that.
This sounds like the coolest fucking job in the world. How stoked are you when somebody asks, "What do you do for a living?"
Any noteworthy or funny responses?
It's available there, I just checked. Depending where you live, you might have to go to SLC. It's not really considered alternative anymore, more and more places are doing it.
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?
I usually say "Oh, it's nothing special, just saving the lives of countless soldiers through role play training." It's pretty cool to see people's faces of disbelief when you sit and describe what you do and see and expitience out there.
We did this during PLDC.
I remember there were a bunch of guys who "fortified" themselves upstairs with a mattress to block the lasers. It was pretty ridiculous and when we tried to complain we were "shot" with that "trainer God gun" thing that y'all have for exposing ourselves to the enemy. How would you handle such a situation?
Also, I remember most guys just went Rambo and the cadres often encouraged it. I straight up refused to attack an elevated machine gun position and was gigged. Everyone else happily hoorahed to their digital demise. Is this typical? What's the feedback that kids get nowadays?
How were you advised to maintain the flexibility and musculature of your legs?
You'd get EXROED for sure these days, the OCTS are stricter these days, I don't get up and personal to those situations but I've seen people get taken out of play completely for this stuff.
Will you be competing seriously in season 2? Your Urien is looking good !
Mostly it's just being active in a village, giving the towns life to make things look legitimate. Sometimes you'll get pulled for special missions. My days mostly consist of driving around to make the roads active. I've been blown up a couple times though. Scares the crap out of you when you run over the random pressure plates.
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.
They use what they call "simunation" they have the explosion off to a safe distance away but they can replicate 500lb bombs so the fireworks are pretty spectacular. If you are blown up, you stay where you are until they bring an exploded junk car to take your vehicles place, assign a new role, vehicle and send you back out.
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?
I have to do it.
Is your surfer name "Bob" now?
Hope it makes you smile or at least grimace and roll your eyes.
Haha I don't really have a surfer name, I was never a surfer before I got hurt and now especially I'm not much of a beach person. But I do appreciate the attempt at humor ;)
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
Right, so FOUO stands for, " For Official Use Only". I would be careful about posting this. Who cleared it to be posted?
What's your fave tv show?
My friends dad was doing one of these training things and some guy turned out to have live rounds in his gun. The dude almost killed a couple of people. What's the biggest screw up you've witnessed?
Thanks for telling us about this condition, I think most of us had no idea about this. I guess if I have to ask a question: how's it hanging, dude?
How realistic do people treat it? Combat and interactions are so different if you fear for your life vs playing a game.
When did this happen? Sorry for your misfortune :/
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)
Have you tried riding one of the horses? And how many times have you eaten the KFC buffet off post?
Not sure if you know, also not sure if this was asked yet but do doctors know if this is more commonly found in people native to Hawaii or Japan? Or can this happen to anyone?
Thanks for telling us your story. I don't really know what to say. But I hope things go better for you from now on.
I went through a JRTC rotation at Polk in 2009 prior to deploying to Afghanistan. As someone who had deployment experience, I felt the role players regularly behaved in a way that would get them butt stroked or shot overseas. Is this intentional....to push the boundaries, or is this explained to role players as how Iraqi's/Afghans actually act?
Do you use medical marijuana? Do you watch that new sitcom SuperStore?
I used to but had to quit for unrelated reasons. I think it helped a little but I would also get sick the next day from it.
Haven't seen superstore.
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.
Did you enjoy the small amount of surfing you did get to do?
Lol not really. Was never much of a beach person before and sure as hell am not now.
Never played either
How much creative freedom do you have with your roles? Have you had the "enemy" completely fooled, resulting in a very difficult learning experience for the trainees? Ie. have them convinced you're no threat, their guard goes down, boom.
What is your least favorite video game?
Also if you could change something about Street Fighter in general, what would you change and why?
HA I dress like the bad guys a lot and sorta integrated myself into conversations and listen as they get comfortable telling me stuff casually. But me being a source, gives the info to the US which I've seen been used to take action.
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.
This sounds awesome! I have so many questions:
Are more than guns used? Like grenades or flashbangs? How are versions of those handled for games like this? What about artillery or vehicles with weapons?
Are the guns used the exact same as normal military use but with blanks and some kind of laser fitted on the end?
How accurate is the laser? Does it spread a bit so that if you hit a target where the harness sensor isn't, a hit is still detected? (like if the laser "cone" is .25 degrees off center or whatever's realistic/reasonable?)
How long do exercises usually last?
How are landmines and IEDs handled? How do you know when they detonate in this simulation?
How much actual danger is there out in the field? What are the biggest dangers?
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?
Alright, let's tackle this one at a time.
1) Yes, they use red Chem lights as a replacement for grenades, there's no boom there unless a a firemarker is there (explosive handler) I can't discuss the actual weapons but what the soldier would use in reality is what they are actually given to use in the scenario. As for artillery, firemarker get the grid where it lands and plants the simunation that even does the whistle,missles?! it's dummy rockets made of paper!
2) weapons are blank equipped with IR laser emitters like in laser tag.
3) they have OCTS that are the administration of the "box" so if you're being shot at by rockets but somehow don't die? They are there to moderate and say that realistically you are dead but the lasers are fairly accurate.
4) exercises last for 2 weeks at a time with 2 shifts that run day/night for 12-14 hour shifts. We have shifts but the military sets up camp out there.
5)they have pressure plates or trip wires on the road and the actual explosive is safely away off the road to detonate. It's mostly a loud boom with Hollywood fireworks. You hear and see the boom, you're dead.
6) There's always danger in this stuff, but there are ALOT of safety briefings and regulations we go through. And as long as you use common sense, everything works fine.
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.
Are you enjoying your time off while us firemarkers do training?
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?
Sure as hell am! I'll have my training on the 17th though.
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
Considering your network within the community, have you heard anything at all about season 2 changes or when we can possibly expect them?
Nope, but if they don't announce something after Capcom Cup, we riot!
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.
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.
What is your opinion of the game industry? Is it advancing or going really slow?
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!
Smash is great and the community is very supportive, what's not to like?
He's thinking about what he's done to deserve the current lack of cuddles you're providing