It’s been a year since I made a small tribute video to Daigo Umehara on YouTube. The video has been picked up by EventHubs and viewed almost 30,000 times by the public since it’s publication. In celebration, I just wanted to highlight the video once again and talk about the reasons behind the creation.
I’ve been in the scene for some time now as a casual spectator. Although I played Street Fighter off and on, I never really took it serious enough to compete. My passion for the game grew stronger after every tournament I watched on YouTube or on stream. Daigo Umehara was a big contribution to that passion because his playing in tournaments around the world drew me closer to the game and to the community.
Due to his amazing playing and amazing commitment to the game, I decided to put together a small collage of video clips to pay tribute to the 2D god. Although he is not my only favorite player in the scene, he is one of the most influential to me. His passion, focus and amazing game play really attracted me to his competitive career. Everytime he plays, my eyes are glued to the game and to his style in attempt to pick up something to make my playing better.
Fighting Game Fanboi
Call me a fanboi or whatever, I think paying tribute to those who do the work is important. I feel it’s almost as important in the fighting game community because the scene in comparison to other genres of gaming is not all that big. I feel my video and many other contributions to other amazing players in the scene is what keeps said players playing. Because we all know it’s not about the money. We are not as lucky as some eSports titles where bigger prize pools can keep people sticky to the competitive life.
Creating RYU Mix
One of the reasons I made the tribute was because of this amazing cover by Zack Andrew. It gave me the idea to sort of show some of the low points in Daigo’s fighting game matches because the song itself was softer and more mellow. The only thing I needed next was to combine Zack’s cover with a more rocking upbeat song to drive home the high points in Daigo’s matches.
So, I’d hope that my video and many others shows the competitive players our gratitude for sticking to the game, to the scene and to us, the community.