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MilitaryIAmA Military Role player, or as we like to call it, adult laser tag you get payed for.

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.

Proof: http://imgur.com/QRKwasq

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!

Q:

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.

A:

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?


Q:

Are you actually any good at pogs?

A:

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.


Q:

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.

A:

apparently i'm a champion


Q:

Follow up, what are the requirements for this?

A:

I'm so sorry this happened to you. I surf and love it so much. Would you go again, knowing the risk?


Q:

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

A:

Um, over 18? Prefer military expirience (I have none.) At least a GED and a valid drivers license. Have knowledge of radio ediquette and actively able to portray a role under a stressful environment.


Q:

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.

A:

hah i see u dip


Q:

Is it paid? Is it good money? It seems like a great career, and really interesting.

A:

So how does this happen? Like what should i avoid doing if i surf for the first time?


Q:

When's Bobby Scar coming back to Excellent Adventures?

A:

Reasonable pay, I'd say.


Q:

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.

A:

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.


Q:

What is 'reasonable pay'? Lots of military bases here in San Diego...

A:

So weird man sorry this happened to you.


Q:

Best memory with Mike?

A:

I'm in louisiana, my friend.


Q:

Yeah shit happens, most days I can manage though. I think talking about helps in some weird way.

A:

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.


Q:

Do they have their own job listing site(s)?

A:

I'm guessing this is a permanent condition? Cause that really blows.


Q:

Realistically how much time should i study frame data

A:

I'm not sure, they have a career opportunities listing on the main site though. But you can look around on LinkedIn and indeed, I've seen postings.


Q:

No one really knows, though it's likely pretty permanent. Some people fully recover in a few days, other are paralyzed for life.

A:

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.


Q:

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?

A:

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!


Q:

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.

A:

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.


Q:

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.

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:

Is it enough that you don't have to consider having a second job?

A:

Thank goodness for you!!! Seriously, as a wound care nurse, I commend you. Do you have a roho cushion?


Q:

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.

A:

Yes, I work two weeks on, two weeks off and all my bills are paid with some play money and savings.


Q:

No I actually have what's called a Java cushion, they're a smaller company out of I think Florida. Nicknamed the grand ballroom cushion because there's a giant hole in the middle of the seat under my butt haha.

A:

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


Q:

I spent some time in the military and am interested in this. Is there a recruitment office for this stuff?

A:

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?


A:

Military role play jobs. Look it up, never know what you might find.


Q:

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.

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:

What was the biggest training exercise you were involved in and what was your role?

A:

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.


Q:

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.

A:

The training exercises last from 1-2 weeks depending on the type, so nothing really changes on the /scale/ of things but if you want a small scenario that happened within that big picture.

I was put with being a fisherman, I had a backstory that my cousin (Abdullah Makan) had been kidnapped by the enemy forces being accused of being a source for the US forces and so I wanted help to get him back, but reluctant to get help in fear of being kidnapped myself. (This is all scripted, mind you.) Somewhere down the line, driving to and from villages I got caught between a crossfire between the SAPA forces and the US. SAPA was stationed in the town I had come from so the military thought I was a bomb truck headed for them and ended up opening fire. I ducked down and somehow survived by parking and getting low. The OCT (The administration in charge of training )came to check to see whether I was dead or alive by checking the laser sensors that would alert if the vehicle had been penetrated or disabled, and whether or not I was alive. Sure enough I had survived and when the OCT Okayed to continue the scenario, the US forces came out from a sideline in the woods laying down cover fire. (Still getting shot at from the town.) As they made their way to my vehicle, opening my driver side door as a shield as pulling me out. (They can get rough, it feels pretty real when everything goes down.) But I was eventually thrown into the woodland and soon detained and brought before their command as I then pleaded my case of being a fisherman leaving town tasking them to conclude their judgement on my innocence in that moment. Eventually it came down to me bargaining information I knew on SAPA for my freedom and was recruited to give Intel in exchange they help find my cousin.

Getting caught in the crossfire was not a scripted event, however, I was given instructions for if I was captured, questioned or otherwise. Anything else?


Q:

Thank you! It sounds like she's doing well in rehab and with such improvement it's usually only a matter of time before some sense of normalcy is restored.

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:

Hey, I might have 'shot' you during one of the rotations. :-)

A:

Are you in school? What do you hope to do in the future?


Q:

Top 5 changes wanted for SFV?

A:

HA! I'm that 19-20 year old looking guy usually driving a big red truck or a white maintenence vehicle.


Q:

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.

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:

This happen in the past few months?

A:
  1. How did you manage to come to terms with it?

  2. What helped you to not be depressed or angry about what happened?

  3. What is your favorite type of beer?


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:

Happened in July, actually.


Q:

1: I don't know that I have. Part of the reason I'm doing this AMA is so that I can get my thoughts and feelings down in writing easier. "Coming to terms" with something like this to me is something that I have to do every moment of every day. Every interaction I have with other people reminds me that I'm different and I have to constantly work to overcome that. Whether it's just ignoring some people or talking to others, it seems that every situation is different and calls for different means of coping.

2: I am very depressed about what happened. I was dealing with depression for years before I got hurt and as you might be able to imagine getting paralyzed did not help in the slightest. I know in the back of my head though that you have to take each day and each moment as it's own challenge and overcome what's directly in front of you. Don't waste time and energy thinking about what might happen in the future because if you do you will die a thousand deaths every day. Realize that in this moment, you can choose to be happy or sad, and you, only you, are the one in charge of what happens inside your head.

3: I am partial to lighter wheat beers, there's a place near my work that sells an american wheat hefeweizen with a slice of orange that is super good. I like most kinds of beer though, my dad is the kind of guy who won't say no to any beer, even though he normally just drinks PBR or Rainier. Ooh the Canadian Kokanee is pretty nice and cheap too.

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 pulled a dude out of a truck in between a village and the DZ, wondering if it was you. The circumstances sounded pretty familiar and it was in the same time frame.

A:

I hope you the best of luck in your journey. I know this probably doesn't mean a lot to you since I am a stranger on the internet. But you have gained my respect.


Q:

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

A:

Fisherman. Village was Turani, blue Chevy with cane poles and an ice chest. You threatened to shoot my foot?


Q:

Cheers! Positive vibrations always make me happy, and I try to send them back tenfold :)

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:

Oh man, it was you. I don't remember threatening to shoot you in the foot, I'm thinking that may have been one of my joes. Our CO had said to engage anything coming out of that village. Next vehicle happened to be yours. Funny thing is, those were warning shots that disabled your truck. Our gunner's laser was way off.

A:

Do you know of any other Paras who have developed ways to deal with the issue of sexual release? I'm not trying to imply that this would be a substitute for your junk working. I was just wondering what coping mechanisms people develop.


Q:

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

A:

Your CO was upset cause he thought I was the gunner xD ahahaha! My truck actually didn't disable, I ducked down to not get shot. You guys coming out the woods scared the shot out of me though.


Q:

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.

A:

Lack of consistency and quitting before they "succeed"


Q:

We were so poopy-faced after getting harassed by that BMP for days. We may have been a little....overzealous. That was a miserable rotation, it rained every single goddamn day.

A:

I'm sorry this happened to you. Do you go to any type of support group? I was just listening to NPR the other day and they had a paraplegic and a quadriplegic on. And they just talked to each other. It was fascinating to hear them talk. It seemed like they both gained so much from just being able to talk to someone that could understand their situation.

I saw in another comment that you play video games. What are you playing right now?


Q:

Who was your favorite guest on Excellent Adventures?

A:

Hilarious, man, hilarious. "He's young. So he's gman" OCT: "that's irrelevant."


Q:

I play quite a bit of CSGO, it's kind of my drug of choice. I also play rocket league, just finished the witcher 3, have GTAV but haven't been playing too much lately.

As far as support groups, I don't really attend any but really should, for me it's tough enough to just get out of bed to get to the computer that I don't normally have much energy left over to get myself together enough to go out unless I have to work. But talking to other people who have shared similar experiences definitely makes me feel better.

A:

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??


Q:

Did you eventually find your cousin?

A:

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.


Q:

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?

A:

Nope <|3


Q:

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.

A:

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.


Q:

Do you have any memorable roleplays to share with us?

A:

What do you do for work? Did you have to change career paths with this injury?


Q:

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?

A:

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!


Q:

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.

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:

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?

A:

Can you feel your penis?


Q:

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

A:

I personally, and many others take things very serious because we know what we are training you guys for and know the jeopardy we put soldiers in when we give them mediocre expiriences. I've reported several violations myself and am glad to be able to speak with you and give you inside information. We have role players in play that speak foreign language and if we don't know the language, we will mostly act confused or unresponsive to Americans trying to talk to us in English until a translator is brought out. There are some though, that are just there for the paycheck but most of us are there to aid in the training to the best of out ability.


Q:

Nope.

A:

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


Q:

and give you inside information

I'm a russian spy company commander too, please go on...

A:

Can I feel your penis?


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:

I meant from a different perspective. I'm not giving detailed specifics of anything.


Q:

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

A:

Underrated is probably FANG or Rashid.

Overrated...probably Mika hahahaha


Q:

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.

A:

What sucks most about being in a wheelchair? Is the wheelchair access where you live/work/whatever sufficient?


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:

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.


Q:

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.

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:

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.

A:

See if ketamine treatment is available where you live. It can really help with that.


Q:

Hi Gootecks,

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

A:

I don't mortar anything but I giggle watching you guys scramble until the firemarkers head my way


Q:

Hm I've been interested in ketamine, although I doubt Utah is very open to such alternative medicine. It's definitely on my list to try though. Thanks!

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:

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?

A:

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.


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:

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.


Q:

Hm I'll ask my Doc about that. Thanks for bringing it to mind!

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:

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?

A:

How were you advised to maintain the flexibility and musculature of your legs?


Q:

I just reached silver what now?

A:

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.


Q:

For flexibility I try to just stretch out my legs every day. I also have long leg braces that I can use to stand up, those help with bone density and flexibility.

As for muscles, they have atrophied quite a lot. I don't really have a way to keep the muscles, some people can use electricity to help with that but my legs never really responded much to it.

A:

See if you can get to gold quicker


Q:

What is a typical day like for you?

A:

I've seen this wheel wheel chair that helps you stand.

Do you understand why the electrical stimulation doesn't work?


Q:

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

A:

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.


Q:

Eh it seems to just work for other people more. My muscles just didn't really respond when they pumped them full of electricity.

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:

What happens when you get blown up? Are there real explosives they detonate nearby or just a smoke grenade or what?

A:

Fellow Utahn here if ya ever want to grab a beer sometime hit me with a PM. I saw ya enjoy kokanee, that's my go to as well. Since I have to ask a question,

where were you when this happened?

Has it had any effect on friendships?

how did your parents fare in the whole ordeal.

Great ama btw. Have a good one


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:

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.


Q:

I was in Hawaii on vacation with my family. I'm not sure how much it's had an effect on friendships but it definitely put a strain on my parents.

I'll shoot you a PM about that beer :)

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:

Pyrotechnics request

A:

How has this affected your education or career?


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?


Q:

It's made it harder to just get out and do the things that I need to do to further myself. It hasn't helped my already existing depression that's for sure.

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:

Relevant username?

A:

I have to do it.

Is your surfer name "Bob" now?

Hope it makes you smile or at least grimace and roll your eyes.


Q:

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

A:

Guess it's bust. Look up "Jrtc" on youtube. There are some videos.


Q:

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 ;)

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:

Right, so FOUO stands for, " For Official Use Only". I would be careful about posting this. Who cleared it to be posted?

A:

What's your fave tv show?


Q:

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

A:

OPS, we have monthly meetings. Everything is common knowledge that can be watched on the JRTC site or their Facebook.


Q:

I don't really like to pick favorites, and it's especially hard with TV shows because there are so many different kinds. My favorite comedy is either Always Sunny or Community.
I used to be really into Game of Thrones but the quality has dipped since about the 3rd/4th season IMO. Westworld has been pretty good so far, haven't caught the newest episode yet though.

A:

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


Q:

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?

A:

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?


Q:

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

A:

I personally haven't witnessed any screw ups but I've heard of live rounds. (Training gets shut down for 24 hours to do inventory.) Chutes not deploying during jumps, and people not checking their backblast.

If you want to count it as a screw up, us as role players, if assigned certain role like embassy guards or police officer, get issued guns too that are modified airsoft weapons that just make a sound and shoot the laser, I one time got in a firefight and didn't turn my laser on. Low and behold, I ended up dead. Lol.

Or the military hugging a suicide bomber. That was funny to watch.


Q:

Eh it's hanging. Been in kinda a lot of pain recently and I'm running out of my pain meds. So it'll take a few days for me to get some more :/

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:

How realistic do people treat it? Combat and interactions are so different if you fear for your life vs playing a game.

A:

When did this happen? Sorry for your misfortune :/


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:

People actually treat it very realistically because it's our US military getting this training. Mistakes made in scenarios aren't permanent, it's training. But overseas, the mistake that was made could cost real lives. So people are pretty serious.


Q:

Little over a year ago

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:

Huh. I did a rotation at JMRC a couple of months ago, and I felt like NOBODY took it seriously, except for the roleplayers and the OCs. YMMV, I suppose.

A:

How old are you?


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:

Fort Polk?


Q:

22, Deuce deuces.

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:

Have you tried riding one of the horses? And how many times have you eaten the KFC buffet off post?

A:

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.


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:

LOL we are told not to screw with the wildlife, and KFC? Belive it or not, I've never eaten KFC. We aren't allowed to order food into the training area either.


Q:

I don't think there have been enough studies done to research that. But it seems like it could happen to anyone (although the chances are extremely low, you're more likely to be bitten by a shark haha)

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:

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?

A:

Do you use medical marijuana? Do you watch that new sitcom SuperStore?


Q:

What other games do you play other than sf?

A:

It's to test the most extreme and stress you guys to the max xD


Q:

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.

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:

Do you roleplay for fun ever? D&D, SCA, LARP?

A:

Did you enjoy the small amount of surfing you did get to do?


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:

I've been wanted to get into it, but I mostly stick to online text based when I have time.


Q:

Lol not really. Was never much of a beach person before and sure as hell am not now.

A:

Never played either


Q:

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.

A:

What is your least favorite video game?

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


Q:

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.

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:

Do you work for a contractor that provides role players?

A:

How sick are you of seeing the PogChamp emote?


Q:

Yes, Cubic Inc. If you want a link to their site, I can provide it.

A:

Moderately to somewhat sick Kappa PogChamp


Q:

Yes! Please provide a link!

A:

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:

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:

This sounds awesome! I have so many questions:

  1. 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?

  2. Are the guns used the exact same as normal military use but with blanks and some kind of laser fitted on the end?

  3. 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?)

  4. How long do exercises usually last?

  5. How are landmines and IEDs handled? How do you know when they detonate in this simulation?

  6. How much actual danger is there out in the field? What are the biggest dangers?

A:

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?


Q:

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.

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:

Fuck sapa, lost some friends to them. Gorgas will know peace!

What's the best part of your job? Do y'all have to spend the night there during a field exercise?

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:

No, I kinda wish we did though, lol! The military does though

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:

Are you enjoying your time off while us firemarkers do training?

A:

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?


Q:

Sure as hell am! I'll have my training on the 17th though.

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:

What is your official job title?

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:

It's "Role play 1"

A:

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


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 ?

A:

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:

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:

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.


Q:

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?

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:

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:

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:

Are you named after the Dudley move?

A:

I'm not, but Cross Counter is, yeah


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.

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.


Q:

Do you visit us from r/kappa ?

A:

what's r/Kappa


Q:

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

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

A:

Biggest pet peeve for me is the input lag


Q:

What are your feelings on Smash in the FGC?

A:

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


Q:

What got you interested into fighting games to begin with?

A:

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:

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


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:

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.