My Fighting Game Scouting Report


When it comes to fighting games, it’s easy to pour all of our energy and thoughts on our competition. We put so much thought on ways of overcoming the challenge they oppose, but rarely take a step back to think about the person in the mirror. In reality, the journey towards fighting game enlightenment has nothing to do with whomever is controlling the opposing character, but everything to do with the person in the mirror.

In this post, I go through the self-indulgent process of creating a scouting report for myself as a fighting game player. It might just be a platform to brag about my past exploits, but I’m really hoping to dig up some truth bombs about my weaknesses in order to address them in the future. Without further ado, let’s go!

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Street Fighter Week | My Story as a Competitive Street Fighter Player

Street Fighter Week continues! Though this story was sort of told in real time over the years, here’s a consolidated story of my rise (and fall) in the world of competitive Street Fighter!


There was a time when I thought the world of competitive Street Fighter didn’t extend beyond the bounds of local arcades. For a long time, I fancied myself as being savvy in Street Fighter II, as I could perform any of the game’s special moves on command and I could beat my friends. I didn’t think there was anything more to learn.

Boy, was I wrong.

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Celebrating 10 Years of In Third Person

In 2009, I created this blog. Though it has – and always will be – a place for me to vent my personal thoughts and feelings about video games, board games, and other nerdy pursuits, I never saw it coming to this point. From running for a decade, to expanding to video and streaming, to having my content reach as many people as it has the world over, to making a number of new friends along the way, it’s been quite the adventure.

This is the 10-year anniversary of the site, so let’s celebrate! Throughout the year, I’ll be reflecting on the decade that was, providing updates to past topics and speculating on the future of the site. Starting tomorrow, I’ll have the long awaited sequel to 25 Things About Me as a Gamer, though with over 2,000 posts about gaming here, it might be stuff you already know. Nevertheless, come back for that and more as we celebrate a decade of In Third Person!

Before I go, a few shout outs to special people who have helped out throughout this journey.

My wife Steff – Thank you for being there for me during all of this. You’ve always supported me being involved with my hobbies and I hope I can be as supportive and helpful to you in your hobbies!

Randy – Thank you for being my brother and lifelong gaming buddy. Besides a lifetime of gaming memories, I always appreciate your appearances on my stream and I’ll always appreciate you carrying the night shift during the Extra Life 2018 marathon!

Jason – We met through our respective blogs years ago and have become friends and podcast partners ever since. You’ve always been great to talk to about games, and I really should have hopped on the Overwatch bandwagon with you years ago. Meeting you and Laura in Vegas will always be a highlight, and maybe someday we’ll meet up again IRL! Also, congrats to you and Laura on your engagement!

Mat– Lost touch after college, but reunited to start the Recurring Bosscast with Jason and I a few years ago. Now on Boss Rush, it’s always awesome talking with you about games, and we really should get us, Liza, Jon, and Steff together again for a board game night! Working on an online Codenames night for us all, but let’s get an in-person get-together in the calendar soon! Bark!

JJ – We met through Splitkick, but our friendship goes well beyond video games at this point. Thank you for being a great friend and I look forward to the day when you’re ready to make your triumphant return to Boss Rush! And if you choose not to, we’ll keep chatting on other avenues as we always do.

Jon – RBD original. I probably should have brought you in during the Recurring Bosscast days, but it’s awesome to have you now as part of the Boss Rush crew! Thank you for being a part of the Extra Life marathon and helping raise money for the kids. We’ll take down Mat & Jascha in NHL someday!

Kris & Rachel  – Though we only connected during the latter half of 2018, you’ve made a tremendously positive impact on my life ever since. Over the course of numerous written posts, live streams, mutually-beneficial tech support chats, Disney shaming, and other shenanigans on-and-off-the-record, it’s been awesome to see our friendship grow. Looking forward to seeing where we’ll go and what we’ll create in 2019! #teamkris #teamrachel #freeunclericky #moreofahat

The whole Splitkick crew: Jim, Todd, Adam, Aaron, Ben, David, Dan, and any one else I may have missed – thank you guys for bringing me into your fold. You made me feel like a part of the family. You edited my work with a great level of scrutiny, which pushed me to be the best version of myself. Thank you for the opportunity to start my own show with Jason and Mat. Jim and Todd, I still watch Short Attention Gamer every chance I get! Wishing everyone all the best!

Everyone that’s ever followed my work, regardless of platform – Thank you for your ongoing support! Truly appreciate you having enough of an interest in my work to follow along. I understand it can be really hard to follow at times when I binge on making content for just one fighting game for six months, or when I decide to only write about board games for two years, so it means a lot knowing that you’re there with me through it all.

Anyone who has ever given my content a chance – Thank you for giving me a shot!

Cheers to everyone for a decade of In Third Person. Let’s make the next decade even better!

Late Night Pocket Rumble featuring the #6 Player in the World!

Winding down a late night with a comfort food game: Pocket Rumble! Also featured here is friend of the show xdarkdiamond98 aka Jonathan on Switch, who is the #6 ranked player in the world!

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2nd Best June! Pocket Rumble Online Matches

Coming back to this game with our eyes on the prize, we manage to reach #2 on the June leaderboards and top 20 overall in Pocket Rumble! Tune in for those accomplishments, as well as some great matches against other top players!

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To the Top of the Leaderboards! Pocket Rumble Ranked Matches

Did not have any expectations for competitive success in Pocket Rumble, but one late-night binge and one stream later and I’ve reached an surprisingly high spot on the leaderboards. Let’s keep pushing this is as high as we can go!

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STREAMING NOW: Street Fighter V

Testing out a new method of wiring audio so I can hear through the headphones while streaming. Also, Street Fighter!

 

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STREAMING NOW: Street Fighter V Season 2 Featuring Akuma

About to jump on and play with Akuma!

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[UPDATE: Stream is over! Thank you everyone who watched! The first half of the stream was lost in the ether, but you get to see all the good stuff with me playing some matches with the Raging Demon]

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TEST STREAMING NOW: Street Fighter V

Testing out my stream setup and how much my home internet bandwidth can handle. Check it out!

[UPDATE: Show’s over! Thank you to those who stopped by to watch! Video archive above!]

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