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Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike (12 entries)

  • 1. Andrew K(Ken)
  • 2. Steffan Fields(Alex)
  • 3. Matt Lehotsky(Ken)
  • 4. Duong Phu(Ryu)
  • T5. Karel(Hugo), Jo
  • T7. James(Dudley), Mark
  • T9. Justin, Jayse, Rex, Kyle

Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix (14 entries)

  • 1. Merlin Sinclair(Honda, Chun)
    2. Duong Phu(Balrog, Ryu)
    3. Tyler Sanderson(Ryu)
    4. Jo Arcilla(Honda)
    T5. Phillip(Guile), Adrian(Bison, DJ)
    T7. Shane(Sagat), Graeme(Honda, Balrog)
    T9. Jayse(Bison), James(Bison), Matt(Vega), Steffan(Blanka)
    T13 Mark, Karel

Super Smash Brothers Melee (16 entries)

  • 1. Wilson Tieu
    2. Russel Racca
    3. Janos Saluta
    4. Graeme Howard
    T5. William Giang, Kio
    T7. Nico Racca, Tyler H
    T9. Darcy, Sebastian, Kevin, Jamie
    T13. Anthony, Roy, Rex, AJ

Street Fighter 4 Teams (16 teams/32 players)

  • 1. Duong(Balrog)/Shane(Akuma)
    2. Jerome(Ryu)/Merlin(Balrog)
    3. Jo(Zangeif)/Mark(Fei)
    4. Tyler(Ryu)/Rain(Sagat)
    T5 Bmike(Cammy)/Charles(Balrog), Simon(Sagat)/Manny(Ryu)
    T7. Steffan(Honda)/James(Bison), Kyle(Blanka)/Kio(Vega)
    T9. Tim(Ryu)/Karel(Seth), Izzy(Fuerte)/Joe(Zangief), Jon F(Chun)/David(Balrog), Nathan(Balrog)/Rex(Zangeif)
    T13. Matt(Sim)/Jayser(Bison), Kiet(Vega)/Pakman(Rufus), Justin(Ryu)/Henry(Gouken), Jozel(Ryu)/Andrew(Ken?)

BlazBlue (14 players)

  • 1. Brandon(Rachel)
    2. Elvin(Jin)
    3. Jo(Tager)
    4. Merlin(Tager)
    T5 Graeme(Taokaka), Jeff(Jin)
    T7. Tyler(Jin), Curtis(Litchi)
    T9. John(Rachel, V13), Henry(Rachel), Jason(Hakumen), David(Noel)
    T13. Steffan(Taokaka), Mark(Bang)

Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo (Vanilla) (8 players)

  • 1. Shane(O.Sagat)
    2. Tyler(Ryu)
    3. Merlin(Honda)
    4. Duong(Balrog, Ryu)
    T5 Steffan, Jo(Honda)
    T7. Matt(Vega), Mark

Street Fighter 4 (Singles) (30 players)

  • 1. Shane(Akuma)
    2. Simon(Sagat)
    3. Rain(Ryu, Sagat, Ken)
    4. Jo(Zangief)
    T5th. Merlin(Balrog), Jerome(Sagat, Ryu)
    T7th. Duong(Balrog, Ryu, Honda), B. Mike(Cammy, Guile)
    T9th. Jozel(Ryu), Steffan(Honda, Abel), Nathan(Balrog), John F(Chun)
    T13th. Graeme(Balrog), Andrew(Chun, Ken), James(Bison), Kio(Vega)
    T17th. David(Balrog), Matt(Sim), Brian, Jayse(Bison), Kevin, Kiet(Vega, Guile), Kyle(Blanka), Chad(Ken)
    T25th. Mark(Fei), Rex(Zangeif), Tim Ho, Tyler(Ryu), William(Ryu), Pakman(Rufus)

What Do You Fight 4?

I know there are a couple posts some of the other staff members here at Chip Damage want to put up that have been in “draft mode” for well over a month, maybe even longer. So I thought I’d pick a calm and quiet night just over ONE DAY before the release of the greatest game this year, “Street Fighter IV“(You’re damn right it’s almost here!), to tell you folks my heart-warming story of failure and rise-to-glory. Well, maybe not. But it is my story nonetheless.

I’d like to state something to all the casual players and players just starting out in fighting games. Although I am considered a part of the “staff” here at Chip Damage, this does not mean I am automatically some uber pro at any fighting game. I am merely in charge of the website. Although I do have a very strong interest in fighting games(mostly the Street Fighter franchise), I only joined the scene about two years ago.

Over two years ago, I played quite a bit of Super Smash Bros. Melee, but I never really played it competitively. Back then I was completely unaware there was a scene in Winnipeg for that sort of thing. Anyways, I eventually outgrew it and became bored with schooling 😛 the same friends over and over, so I just stopped playing. One night, months later, a few my friends had a LAN, basically where we bring all of our computers over to one place and play games all night.

One of my friends brought over Street Fighter 3 Third Strike. Of course, being a gamer all my life, I was familiar with the series, I just never really played it, except a couple times in the arcade when I was just a little n00blet, Street Fighter 2 that is. So I picked up one of the PS2 pads and started mashing buttons. I found the animations very appealing and the ability to throw fireballs very satisfying. So we stayed up into the morning hours taking turns mashing buttons against each other. We were hooked.

Playing throughout the night, my friend starts telling me about guides online for all the characters and that there is this whole community out there and even huge events like Evo. I’m just blown away. I instantly wanted to be a part of this community, thinking one day I could be the top player. I checked out sites like Youtube for matches, and one of the first I come across was this:

I know most of you, if not all of you, have seen this video about a million times by now, but I was absolutely blown away the first time I saw it. At that time I didn’t really know the mechanics behind it. I didn’t even know that parrying was a mechanic in Third Strike or the exact definition of a combo within the confines of the game. After seeing that and playing all night, I began to learn more, like that arcade sticks were preferably used in figthing games over pads. So I went to Shoryuken and made a post asking about building my own arcade stick for the PS2. The next day, I received two PMs (Private Messages) on the forums from two different members, Korea & nYo. Two guys from SSGA, what Chip Damage was primarily called before the new website, along with a few others that held the community together at the seams.

These are the two guys who got me into the scene, invited me out to their gatherings, tournaments, and ranbats, and showed me the basic and more advanced ropes of playing the game. They are still teaching me to this very day.

In Third Strike, I use Ryu as my main. He was the first character I played and I just stuck to him. nYo showed me how to play him properly. I would go to their gatherings, sit in a damp concrete basement and rock Ryu for a few hours on the pad every now and then. And those are the moments I live for.

If I wasn’t playing Street Fighter with those guys, I was playing it in my other friend’s basement. We would play for hours on end. This is primarily how I learned the game. It’s always nice to have at least one other friend to learn the game with. And that’s part of the reason why we(Chip Damage) are here. We are all willing to teach and play with anyone who wants to come out and be part of something bigger.

To skip ahead a bit, after TST 2007, I left for Vancouver for school and stopped playing the game until I got back. So during a 6 month period I wasn’t advancing in skill. It wasn’t until about mid-2008 that I picked up the game again, just before this website went up. And I’ve been trying to make up for lost time ever since.

For the most part, that’s the gist of my story: short, simple and sweet. But what’s the point in me telling you all of this? Simple.

You have to ask yourself, “What do you fight for?”

I can guarantee you there are moments where you will get so frustrated and so angry with the game that you will yell out excuses and begin cursing at the game for existing. This happens to all of us. The last thing you want to do is quit. Take a breather and come back to the game later and try again. Never give up. Sure, we all play these games to have fun, but at some point, we are going to get frustrated to the point where you will want to quit. Afterall, where’s the fun in quitting? You need to get your ass handed to you on a silver platter over and over in order to learn from your mistakes. No one is pro right off the hop. Look at me, 2 years later, and I’m average at best. Your skill level isn’t the point. It’s the will. The will to become better. It’s about setting goals for yourself and sticking to them.

That is why I play and continue to play. That is why, for the last week I have been playing nothing but M.Bison(Dictator) in Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix. I do it to better myself, I always want to learn more. I do it because I know, one day, I’ll be able to go to Evo and put up a fight.

I know what it is to have that will. I don’t just play Street Fighter religiously, but also Quake 3 Arena (now Quake Live). I’ve been playing Quake 3 for almost a decade now, and competitively for almost 4 years. A decade later, and I still get schooled by the pros. The point is, that now, I stand a chance. I know how the game works in almost every way, and it’s all about bettering myself so I can achieve that goal. Afterall, isn’t that what life is all about? Achieving goals no matter how hard they are to reach?

In many ways, Street Fighter 4 will be my next Quake. I feel that playing Third Strike and HD Remix are all leading to Street Fighter 4. I won’t stop playing those other games by any means, but almost all my effort and will to be the best will go into that game, no matter how long it takes.

  • It doesn’t matter how hardcore or casual of a player you are when it comes to fighting games. It does not matter if you are a beginner. We all have to start somewhere. We encourage all players to join the scene.
    • Never Give Up
      Have the will to be something more, no matter how long the road to glory may be.
    • Set Goals
      And be sure to achieve them, no matter how ridiculous or far fetched.
    • Learn From Your Mistakes
      Analyze, watch matches, critique your own play style to better yourself.
    • Never Forget
      You always want to remember how it all started, your roots, and the basics. The basics never change.
    • Variety
      Sure, fighting your best friend over and over again will ultimately make you better at the game, but to an extent. You are basically learning to play effectively against one character and one play style. Mix it up.
    • Have Fun!
    • The game can be outright frustrating at times, so take a breather. The fun is in the challenge.

That pretty much sums it up for my massive rant.

On a side note, the Street Fighter 4 Launch Tournament is this Saturday. This is the beginning of something huge, so I better see you all there. I don’t want excuses like you have to work. Make it out, even if it’s just for an hour. Play some games, meet all of those who have poured so many hours, days, months, and years into the community.

Street Fighter 4 is being released in just over a day from this post (Wednesday, February 18, 2009). Pick up your copy before they sell out. This game is going to be huge! Make sure you stop by the Science Lounge at the UofM on Wednesday afternoon for some gaming sessions with the game.

Jayse “JayseR” Meyer

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