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Nov 9th 2016 by Theletterz • 53 Questions • 5331 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!
Wow now even I am excited!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
Top 5 changes wanted for SFV?
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.
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.
why do a lot of FGC "talk show" fail?
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"
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?
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.
How'd you get past Capcom threatening to block your material?
By slowly making amends and then eventually doing an official licensing deal with them which is where we are at currently.
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.
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
after having had ample time with SFV, how do you compare it to IV?
Which do you prefer?
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.
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.
Will you be competing seriously in season 2? Your Urien is looking good !
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.
Are you friends with Bart Kwan of Barbell Brigade? Any chance of a Gootecks x Bart Kwan collab?
Lol not really. Was never much of a beach person before and sure as hell am not now.
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
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)
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 :(
What is your least favorite video game?
Also if you could change something about Street Fighter in general, what would you change and why?
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.
Moderately to somewhat sick Kappa PogChamp
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?
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.
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?
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
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