Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Beast Speaks, Eloquently

There can no longer be much doubt that Daigo Umehara, The Beast, is one of, if not the, best Street Fighter player ever. This Euro Gamer interview offers a rare glimpse at the humble, unassuming man behind the legend and offers a stark contrast to many of America's brash top players, John Choi excepted.

The following excerpt really stuck out to me, reaffirming some of my fears from here. Daigo sez:

"I find Western tournaments way more fun than those held in Japan. The players have a sense of ownership of the scene and feel that the tournaments they attend are their event and that they have to take part to make them the best they can be. At least, that's how it appears to me.

"By contrast, corporations usually lay on Japanese tournaments. The Japanese players take no responsibility: whatever happens is up to the host or sponsor. Western gamers at tournaments are very enthusiastic and eager to make it a great event because they have ownership. Regardless of the size of the event, none of the Western tournaments I've participated in have disappointed or bored me. I must say that I love the US tournaments best of all: they keep the pride and fighting spirit alive."

Enough said. Let's never lose the hype.

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