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Translated excerpts from Daigo Umehara's book 'The Will to Keep Winning'

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • April 19, 2012 at 8:19 a.m. PDT
Translated excerpts from Daigo Umehara's book 'The Will to Keep Winning' Kotaku gathered some translated excepts from MCZ|Daigo Umehara's book, The Will to Keep Winning. This gives you an overview of the book, and has some of the core advice the Umehara offers.

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Those who win, and those who are winners. A major point in Daigo's book is one of his own personal mantras: "99.9% of people cannot keep winning." That while many people can win, few have, and even fewer understand what it takes to be winners. Being a winner requires losing. Daigo writes that in order to continue to win, "one must find and maintain a delicate balance of neither being arrogant after winning, nor becoming self-deprecating after a loss, and to face and focus on the game itself."

There is no easy path. Thanks to the information age, the internet is bursting with ways to win. Enter the name of a game followed by "wiki" in a Google search and you'll find sites completely dedicated to all you'd want to know (and a little more that you didn't want to know) about how to get through a game. While this information may teach useful methods on how to be better, they won't teach how to be the best. Daigo writes that he intentionally doesn't use methods, strategies, or attacks that the general playing population agrees are advantageous. "Useful attacks don't have wide applicability." Daigo writes, "To rely on them means there is no growth for the player. They're just relying on the system and aren't thinking for themselves."

You can't own a strategy. One of Daigo's own experiences was when he had a strategy that he had discovered used against himself in a match. Spending time and effort to analyze and develop a method, only to have someone else use it seems unfair, but he quickly came to accept that there is no calling "dibs" on a strategy. "So, what is it that you can call your own and allows you to keep winning? It's the effort and knowledge you put in to developing a new strategy." Daigo reflects, "The ability to develop a new idea is far more important than the idea developed."

Don't "read" your opponent or focus on their weakness. By "reading" an opponent (memorizing their habits, tells, and methods), you take your focus off of yourself and what you are doing. While knowing an opponent's habits can vastly improve one's odds in a match, to rely on this knowledge leads to very selective methods that will rarely work on multiple opponents. It also does not allow the player to grow. Daigo writes, "True strength is achieved when you can read your opponent, but defeat them without exploiting their weaknesses."

The difference between an objective and a purpose. Another major theme in Daigo's book is recognizing the distinguishing between an objective and a purpose, and that winners always have a purpose. Daigo himself writes that every time he has prioritized the objective or the result of a competition, he ended up failing. It was only when the purpose of growth became more important than the temporary objective of winning at a tournament that he was able to move beyond and the victories followed. "Objectives can give people drive. They allow them to draw on their strengths. But if people become obsessed with the objective and the objective becomes their purpose, then they stop performing as well."

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Arrancar said on April 19, 2012 at 8:22 a.m.

I will buy this.

#1
JesseRobles said on April 19, 2012 at 8:25 a.m.

Daigo is the 1% :P

#2
Organous said on April 19, 2012 at 8:27 a.m.

I will buy this book if it is fully translated. I already bought Playing to Win.

#3
Shin_Akira said on April 19, 2012 at 8:33 a.m.

I want.

#4
yaranaika said on April 19, 2012 at 8:34 a.m.

Guess he's trying to say that OG players will ultimately understand games better than the newer generation since they know what it's like to be in the dark about a game (i.e. no wiki pages or YouTube videos) and most of their skills are self-taught.

I agree. :)

#5
ifightforyourpants said on April 19, 2012 at 8:34 a.m.

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#6
BADerRules said on April 19, 2012 at 8:34 a.m.

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#7
jason24cf said on April 19, 2012 at 8:35 a.m.

"True strength is achieved when you can read your opponent, but defeat them without exploiting their weaknesses." Powerful stuff. I wonder if there is a chapter in his book called "Use top tier as well"

#8
pandaman64 said on April 19, 2012 at 8:37 a.m.

"Daigo writes that he intentionally doesn't use methods, strategies, or attacks that the general playing population agrees are advantageous. "

Goes to evo, picks ryu, and c.MK to fireballs all day.

lolol.

#9
ifightforyourpants said on April 19, 2012 at 8:37 a.m.

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#10
pandaman64 said on April 19, 2012 at 8:39 a.m.

@6 How many people fought in topanga league total?

#11
ifightforyourpants said on April 19, 2012 at 8:40 a.m.

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#12
jason24cf said on April 19, 2012 at 8:43 a.m.

@ifightforyourpants where would you finish in Topanga League? Im no Daigo fan but your hate on what place Daigo finished is stupid.

#13
deathclown said on April 19, 2012 at 8:43 a.m.

need english version of this rawr

#14
danny2times said on April 19, 2012 at 8:43 a.m.

@ first I was hesitant to read even a sentence from his book. I gotta say though if what he says doesn't strike a chord inside you, as a competitive gamers, than you will never understand personal growth. I've been a devout fg player for 20 years, learning a new game gets frustrating no doubt. But getting online and raging, or blaming this it that is self destructive. You have to look back @ yourself and ask why the result was that way, win or lose. That alone will allow growth. I'll be looking for this book in English or perhaps a digital version to purchase.

#15
BADerRules said on April 19, 2012 at 8:46 a.m.

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#16
Lordd_G said on April 19, 2012 at 8:46 a.m.

@2: Check your math.

He is the 0.1%

#17
craziryu said on April 19, 2012 at 8:46 a.m.

look at u salty losers especially you jasoncf. ur nothing but the dmg cheerleader.

#18
Lordd_G said on April 19, 2012 at 8:48 a.m.

@9: lol... true

#19
OhYouDontSayThat said on April 19, 2012 at 8:48 a.m.

so when is the english version coming out so i can BUY THIS AND BEAST!!?!?!?!?!

#20
ifightforyourpants said on April 19, 2012 at 8:49 a.m.

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#21
iloveolives said on April 19, 2012 at 8:50 a.m.

Cool stuff. What does he mean by "True strength is achieved when you can read your opponent, but defeat them without exploiting their weaknesses." i has confused.

#22
xxvic1ousxx said on April 19, 2012 at 8:52 a.m.

Isn't he ranked 1st or 2nd in Japanese Arcades, with the most international tournament wins of any fighting game player, ever?

I couldn't care less about the book itself, but I don't think 7th place here and there invalidates what he's saying.

#23
BumblebeeCody said on April 19, 2012 at 8:55 a.m.

@5
Also because older games took far more skill to be good at. If you had an issue with a character in MvC2 or Super Turbo, you had to find a way to overcome it which is why there are so many well trained older players; not only that but because a game like MvC3 lasted 10 years (along with 3s). MvC3 lasted 9 months..... Nowadays Capcom give you stupid BS like nerfing, gems, x-factor, easy combos, easy inputs, auto combos and dial combos (1 2 3) (SFxT and MvC3). There's far more respect to be given for the older generation of gamers than there is today.
No I'm not insulting anyone/group specifically either.

#24
BumblebeeCody said on April 19, 2012 at 8:56 a.m.

Edit:
"MvC3 lasted 10 years"
"MvC2 lasted 10 years"

Edit button soon please? :D

#25
stinginghook said on April 19, 2012 at 8:58 a.m.

@21
So much logic fail. I won't even bother. Someone pick up the slack for me.

#26
ifightforyourpants said on April 19, 2012 at 8:59 a.m.

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#27
stinginghook said on April 19, 2012 at 9 a.m.

@27
Oh sorry. For the mentally retarded, bother to explain the logic fail. Hope that helps.

#28
ifightforyourpants said on April 19, 2012 at 9:01 a.m.

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#29
jason24cf said on April 19, 2012 at 9:02 a.m.

@craziryu No I am the VP of DMG not the cheerleader. Check your facts. As for being salty, yes I do get salty when I lose because when I attend majors I play the USA's best and I beat them, they all have positive things to say about my game. When I lose online I know why I lost, its because its online play it lags with rollback, input delay and lastly the other player mashing it out.

So mash harder craziryu

#30
stinginghook said on April 19, 2012 at 9:02 a.m.

@29
No. Problem?

#31
ifightforyourpants said on April 19, 2012 at 9:04 a.m.

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#32
craziryu said on April 19, 2012 at 9:06 a.m.

jason i would body you so bad in sf4 its not even funny lol keep thinking you're good though.

#33
jason24cf said on April 19, 2012 at 9:06 a.m.

@32 Daigo doesnt want to save SFxT he dislikes the game as well as many other Japanese players. They play it as money is at stake but besides that they really and I mean really dislike the game.

#34
zUkUu said on April 19, 2012 at 9:07 a.m.

he is like the yoda x miyagi of fighting games.

#35
Guest said on April 19, 2012 at 9:10 a.m.

Gameinn

#36
irrenmann said on April 19, 2012 at 9:11 a.m.

"Daigo writes that he intentionally doesn't use methods, strategies, or attacks that the general playing population agrees are advantageous. "Useful attacks don't have wide applicability." Daigo writes, "To rely on them means there is no growth for the player. They're just relying on the system and aren't thinking for themselves."

Yeah, you definitely blew the lid off the general playing population's views by picking Ryu. You definitely didn't rely on the system by picking Yun and dive-kicking your brains out.

#37
RamboStorm said on April 19, 2012 at 9:20 a.m.

Daigo just Trolls, 99.9% Can't keep winning. Being a Winner Requires losing, did you just say you lost? Kappa. Daigo just contradicted himself lol. Don't focus on their weaknesses or habits nah, Just let them do what they want & you yourself want till someone Gets Ko'd Kappa.

#38
Tensa said on April 19, 2012 at 9:24 a.m.

Good read guess going back to ryu (mainly) changed his mindset but still nothing wrong with picking the cheap stuff

#39
old_school_rival said on April 19, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.

A book written by a proffessional gamer doesn't really appeal to me. All this talk of in depth strategy, tatics and skullduggery; whatever happened to just playing for fun.

#40
zarakisan said on April 19, 2012 at 9:33 a.m.

ppl that think that Daigo not winning the topanga league discredits him from the best Fighting game tournament record of all time are idiots

#41
BADerRules said on April 19, 2012 at 9:34 a.m.

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#42
sarif2soon said on April 19, 2012 at 9:37 a.m.

@21
wow, i feel sorry for your wife.
daigo is saying that he doesn't win all the time, basically.
he's trying to help others be as good as him.
he's only overrated and called a god by noobs, players in the FGC know he's just a human; he wins some he loses some.
i agree with 13, your hate is stupid.

#43
GameOption said on April 19, 2012 at 9:37 a.m.

The will to keep on winning, doesn't this sort of sound like the art of war by Sun Tzu? Good stuff if you're willing to appreciate it.

#44
ifightforyourpants said on April 19, 2012 at 9:39 a.m.

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#45
jason24cf said on April 19, 2012 at 9:39 a.m.

@craziryu Ok so if you body me what does that prove? What major will you be winning? Who's respect will you have earned? I earned my respect facing most of the best. And I strive to be better. Troll away, you seem to be great at that. And when I get bodied I learn from it it doesnt break me. The only player that has bodied me where I felt as if I wanted to quit playing a FG is Wolfkrone and he has told me many times he respects my game.

craziryu mash harder

#46
zUkUu said on April 19, 2012 at 9:45 a.m.

@catalyst, sflip or any other mod

can someone please ban "Ifightforyourpants"? he does nothing but trolling and insulting other members / players. just take a quick glance at his history.

that said, I wish for a "report" option.

#47
DRain said on April 19, 2012 at 9:49 a.m.

"Don't "read" your opponent or focus on their weakness."

Shoutouts to David Sirlin.

#48
houtori said on April 19, 2012 at 9:51 a.m.

I agree with #47 zUkUu, ifightforyourpants needs a ban.

#49
WhyIDie said on April 19, 2012 at 9:56 a.m.

@22
He means that you shouldn't focus on exploiting your enemy's weakness, but rather you should focus on stopping your enemy from exploiting yours. It pretty much ties in with his playstyle of focusing on spacing and footsies with Ryu in making an impenetrable defense. I haven't really followed his Yun all too much.

Molding yourself to your opponent's playstyle is good and all for the short term in a small community, but what he's saying is it's much more effective if you make opponents have to adapt to your playstyle because you've managed to minimize your weaknesses.

#50
SabishiiRyuu said on April 19, 2012 at 10:03 a.m.

Oh the jealousy of the people is so apparent. It makes for a great laugh.

#51
ifightforyourpants said on April 19, 2012 at 10:08 a.m.

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#52
craziryu said on April 19, 2012 at 10:10 a.m.

how do u sound right now jason? you're pretty much admitting that you're going to lose. i dont need to go to every major to know im decent at a game trust me. u been goin to a bunch of majors and you're still stuck on the same level u were in vanilla. you would think that u would have gotten better with time but that just not the case. like i said, keep thinking you're good.

#53
Rikaiden said on April 19, 2012 at 10:12 a.m.

@ zukUu

ifightforyourpants needs a ban? jesus, event hubs is just getting too censored nowadays. hes just expressing his opinion about a top Japanese player being overrated and getting paid about a book on winning, when lately, hes been losing and his untouchable status as the best SF player has now gone.

#54
chosenst said on April 19, 2012 at 10:15 a.m.

You trolls trying to overrate or hate on Daigo for some mediocre results from time to time must have forgotten that he's been winning International fighting game tournaments since '98. The guy is a legend for a reason and to blindly try to bash him for whatever reason is unwarranted. Try to get attention somewhere else little kids.

#55
chosenst said on April 19, 2012 at 10:20 a.m.

#54 ... He's clearly being a troll and trying to bash someone. How or why would anyone call Daigo overrated, because he got 7th in Topanga League? Really?

Regardless of where he places or how much he 'loses his untouchable status' he will still be Daigo. Just take a lesson from Fuudo, the EVO champion, who when interviewed after his victory admitted that he has given up on trying to surpass Diago because it is, in his words, impossible. You don't get respect like that for winning a tournament here and there or staying on top for a couple years... you get that respect for being a legend and for being at the top of a genre for damn near 20 years.

There are opinions and then there are trolls... zUkUu was accurate when he called that guy a troll cause his opinions are nothing but negative fighter bashing troll remarks.

#56
Mr_Sancocho said on April 19, 2012 at 10:21 a.m.

@9

I think what Daigo means when he says he intentionally doesn't use advantageous strategies is that he can change the pace of a match and use that to his advantage.

For example: with Ryu, most players would anti air DP every jump in attempt. However, I believe Daigo intentionally does not use this strategy all the time and allows opponents to jump in on him once in a while without punish because he makes the opponent believe that it's an acceptable strategy to jump in on him without consequence. As the match progresses, Daigo switches it up and stops allowing jump ins thus altering the pace of the match and messing with the opponent, forcing them to change and rethink their strategy on the fly which is not easy. Daigo is aware of this and he uses it to secure the victory since he is the one that set up this strategy, whereas the opponent will have a much tougher time figuring that out. Plus if the opponent believes he can jump in, he makes the chances for an anti air dp -> ultra way more likely to happen.

#57
zUkUu said on April 19, 2012 at 10:23 a.m.

@54
no, I meant more the "motherf*cker" and "enjoy your virginity" stuff. he's been insulting since the day he made that account (3 days ago). not only under this news, but others as well.

#58
mozart0341 said on April 19, 2012 at 10:29 a.m.

poke,poke fire ball poke,poke, throw thats all

#59
sarif2soon said on April 19, 2012 at 10:31 a.m.

@45 ifightforyourpants
i see you haven't posted an actual reply.
i'm pretty sure it's illegal for me to have sex :P and i still feel sorry for your wife (if you have one, that is).
i'm sure you're AWESOME enough to know who should and shouldn't write a book about their 20 year experience. you have the gift of AWESOMENESS, i see.

#60
ifightforyourpants said on April 19, 2012 at 10:32 a.m.

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#61
sprflyspdrguy said on April 19, 2012 at 10:42 a.m.

Daigo is wise and you are not because you lose. Stop hating. Daigo wins EVO, i'm buying his book.

#62
Mr_Sancocho said on April 19, 2012 at 10:52 a.m.

@ 22

I could be wrong but I think what Daigo is saying by "beating your opponent without exploiting their weakness", is to not damage them or take advantage of only their weakness. I'll try to give an example with AE (since that's my main game lol).

If you notice a pattern in your opponents play (Ex: they play Ken and you notice they like to do 2 fireballs and then a forward medium kick) you would read your opponent and learn that their weakness would be to jump after the first fireball and punish since you know he will throw out a second thus exploiting it (simple example). If you can find another way to defeat your opponent (I dunno maybe being patient and waiting for the opponent to change it up etc..) you don't get caught in your own pattern waiting for a punish and you end up focusing on your character more than your opponents.

The point is I think it improves your ability to read opponents and teaches you to think outside the box and not just play off of a weakness you discovered. Also, your opponent will keep using that pattern if you don't exploit it thus allowing you to take advantage of it when the moment is right. Hope that brings some context to what Daigo wrote.

#63
Smorgasboard said on April 19, 2012 at 10:54 a.m.

Someone once said, "Focus on the ideals, not the idol."

Everyone else said, "F@?# that."

#64
boomshakalaaaaaa said on April 19, 2012 at 10:55 a.m.

fawk daigo hes a fawking scrub i mean he has been placing high in tournaments for over a decade and is a back to back evo champ talk about being overrated he suck so much what a fawking scrub

#65
wiggaplz said on April 19, 2012 at 10:55 a.m.

Hai guise I have a life, I go to the gym and I have a gurlfriend, so I can talk sht about this loser Umehara huehue. Fcking retards, like Daigo even gives a fck about a nobody online.

#66
foolly said on April 19, 2012 at 11:09 a.m.

please BAN ifightforyourpants.

i want to read about the story, this guy just goes in every article to fight people and the whole article is lost. instead of reading comments about what i clicked on, im reading about the same idiots like ifightforyourpants fighting and irrating everyone. he has a wife but acts like a 14 year old. why dont you act your age? what youre doing is so sad, reading you on every single news story taking up the whole comments section. get a social life.

#67
Dan_CiTi said on April 19, 2012 at 11:10 a.m.

@BumblebeeCody

Damn I guess you never played any game past SF2, because after Capcom started puting tons of easy mode stuff that makes the stuff in UMvC3 seem like almost nothing. Easy Operation Alpha 1 Ken? LMAOOOOO

Things like XFactor suck, but don't think every game released before SF4 required some ungodly execution and epic classic war level of strategy to be a genuinely good player in.

#68
jberry05 said on April 19, 2012 at 11:14 a.m.

http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/fore...

^ ifightforyourpants' wedding day

#69
GW said on April 19, 2012 at 11:16 a.m.

@ifightforyourpants

"last most likely. On the acount I prioritize more important things in life, like my career and spending time with my wife."

It is sad how you say you have a wife yet it seems like on every sfxt post you're trolling saying how bad the game is and how you don't care about such a crap game yet you comment on it 24-7.

I feel sorry for your wife/husband.

#70
foolly said on April 19, 2012 at 11:18 a.m.

^^^ lol @ ifightforyourpant's husband rofl

#71
cmonandslam said on April 19, 2012 at 11:26 a.m.

Eventhubs commenters once again showing why this place is a scrubquotes goldmine.

#72
llSilkCutll said on April 19, 2012 at 11:27 a.m.

Daigo is inspirational as a person and a player, those quotes sum up the man and what a great guy he sounds like. Humble in defeat and noble in victory (not like some of the American players rubbing it in when they win, you will not see Daigo doing that, or most European (excluding Ryan Heart who arrogant prick) or japanese players doing it, he and they are better than that, a different level). Like when Daigo got heckled off in SB (think it was that tournament) well the people who did that came across on the stream as really childish immature kids (Mike Ross etc). It was cringe-worthy to watch, really no need of it, really showed their mental ages in that, so immature. Mike Ross is a good player, but good only never ever will be a great player, there's 1000's in Japan that will beat him easily and 1000's in Europe too. I hope this year at Evo there are more Japanese and proper Godly European players going and Koreans too. If this happened you start seeing a massive shift and the "so called" great Amercian players being thinned out dramatically (only reason you have so many at Evo is because the event is in America). Let's be fair here and that is a fair statement.

Anyway back to topic, all the little kids disrespecting Daigo have no knowledge of what he's done over the years. People like Daigo and Alex Valle (what a great guy Alex Valle is too, nothing but total respect for him), those people are the living legends of the SF series (as well as many other too many to mention), they aways will be in my eyes. You just can't judge Daigo on SSF4AE as these people do, let's not forget he won EVO with Ryu twice and Ryu was never ever top tier, it was only his skill that made Ryu into an absolute beast.

This book is a must have read for me.

#73
ifightforyourpants said on April 19, 2012 at 11:34 a.m.

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#74
YawnEater said on April 19, 2012 at 11:53 a.m.

@ifightforyourpants

You're a grown man with a career and a wife yet you troll almost every story on EH? Holy crap you're a loser. I don't know what's worse, Daigo focusing on winning video game tournaments with a sponsorship and writing a book, or your priority in trolling and putting everything down with your consistent bitching.

He's doing something he loves for a living, that most people would love to do. Obviously you're not because if you did you wouldn't be focusing your attention and effort in spitting out fecal matter on EH.

I'm sorry, really. I hope life gets better for you. I used to troll the internet when I was like 12 but then my balls dropped. Good luck!

#75
SteadiestShark said on April 19, 2012 at 12:05 p.m.

Ugh, this community...

#76
ifightforyourpants said on April 19, 2012 at 12:13 p.m.

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#77
samuraix025 said on April 19, 2012 at 12:14 p.m.

@ 75 your balls dropped at 12? puberty must have taken a wrong turn and got lost on the way lol

other than that, I agree, this article isn't even about SFxT and he still brought it up. if you are going t flame everything that comes up what use are you to the communpeople want to blame lag for online losses when ever they lose, well guess what sometimes you just plain lost get over it

thats what daigo is saying, don't make excuses for yourself or rage every time you lose, but at the same time don't focus on winning, focus on growing and being better what you do.

this is daigo's book of five rings. in that book musashi miyamoto focuses on battle and duels, but the philosophy of how he wins them is the key focus of the book.

as bruce lee said in enter the dragon "it's like watching a finger pointing to the moon, concentrate on the finger and you miss all the heavenly glory"

#78
ifightforyourpants said on April 19, 2012 at 12:16 p.m.

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#79
GuiltylPizza said on April 19, 2012 at 12:22 p.m.

You guys forget that Daigo is a PROFESSIONAL gamer with a contract. He gets paid to play. If he doesn't perform well, his ass is out. He picks characters with good options against most characters. Daigo is not going to castrate himself with a character who has really bad match-ups.

That's not to say the characters he chooses are brain-dead easy. Playing the character is only 50%, the rest are mind-games and mix-ups. You can link 1-frame combos 100% of the time but if you can't predict your opponent then it won't do you any good.

That's the problem with you scrubs. You feel the need to prove something by deliberately playing a less-than average character, then get mad at those who don't play like you. You can give Daigo the same character you play, give him a day and he'll beat you every time.

Oh and the irony here is astounding. Even when Yun got the major nerf hammer, Daigo still managed to get #1 in BP in Japan which is the mecca of god-like players, therefore rendering most of your arguments moot. That is adapting.

#80
ifightforyourpants said on April 19, 2012 at 12:24 p.m.

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#81
dorayaki said on April 19, 2012 at 12:25 p.m.

LOOK here Maggots. Some of you kiddies don't realize that Daigo dominated the scene at MANY games. This isn't a book for SF4. So for all the fireball-kick and Yun comments out there, your narrow-minded brains will explode if you actually learned something.

Second, you nerds will read advice from virtual nobodies on EV frontpage on "how to win" with your favorite character, but you rag on a self-made legend? OooooKaaaaay.... tards.

Don't worship the dude, just give him his props. That is all.

#82
dorayaki said on April 19, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.

Oh- and Mr.Tard (#81) - first, why wouldn't you talk junk about Valle the same way? or would you? ...hmmm
Second, he played Ken in 3rd and Akuma in alpha3. Hmmm...

Anyways, you're prolly just bored and talking junk for the heck of it - fine. But so am i. BOOOM.

#83
gammabolt17 said on April 19, 2012 at 12:32 p.m.

@74

What? So people that like the game are automatically trolls because they don't agree with you? Spoken like a troll.

In my opinion, Daigo takes these games waaaaaay more seriously than I do. Then again, he gets paid out the ass for it, so he should. I don't even think that hard when playing. I'm also ultra-competitive. So I will be salty lol.

#84
YawnEater said on April 19, 2012 at 12:44 p.m.

#80 Lol 5th grade going into 6th grade? It was more like 11 but whatever. Yeahhh my voice got deeper and I was 5'5. I don't see that as abnormal, if anything I was the only one in my grade at that point. I got a lot of comments on sounding old for my age in fact.

#85
HooliganComboFTW said on April 19, 2012 at 12:55 p.m.

eh book looks interesting but it speaks the same philosophy of Art of War, just rehashed to aim directly at the fighter game enthusiasts so not surprised this is selling off like hotcakes in Japan

#86
ifightforuranus said on April 19, 2012 at 1 p.m.

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#87
PainKiller said on April 19, 2012 at 1:10 p.m.

Wish I could understand japanese, it must be so much more deeper and meaningful in his language, I would buy a decent translated version.

#88
HabinoBR said on April 19, 2012 at 1:15 p.m.

I will buy it :D

#89
Azuregum said on April 19, 2012 at 1:36 p.m.

#80

Since BP carried over from AE to 2012, Daigo's Yun was already top 10 or 20 when he decided to start playing him again. Sure, it's impressive that he made first place again, but he did the bulk of the BP grinding in AE when Yun was ridiculous.

#90
suprez said on April 19, 2012 at 1:58 p.m.

To be honest Daigo Celebrity/fandom exploded with the third strike video uploaded on the tube some years ago and when he came to America for EVO 2009 he was already super popular.

Japan than became some god like creature that American player could never defeat and Daigo was their icon.

There's also something called talent love it or not. Yes it's require work but talent and skill does exist and everyone is different or more talented in different aspect. That what make us unique and special. I understand what he mean with 'Don't read to much ' . because than you're just playing with anticipation and you're not controlling the match but being controled by what the other is going to do.

Those player are often easy to demolish when you start to be unpredictable and rush them.

#91
Sharpinel said on April 19, 2012 at 2:11 p.m.

0.01% of the player (aka Daigo) wins 99% of the time. Occupy Daigo

#92
ElectricBlanka said on April 19, 2012 at 2:57 p.m.

Damn i'm late, but better late than never...
Daigo is the "Beast" Umehara son!

#93
Whengameswerefun said on April 19, 2012 at 3:28 p.m.

# I agree with your statement.

#94
Whengameswerefun said on April 19, 2012 at 3:29 p.m.

*@#40

#95
HooliganComboFTW said on April 19, 2012 at 3:33 p.m.

#40

it appeals to certain fighter game enthusiasts (especially daigo fans) and looks like a great novelty item but yeah nothing new, art of war has more philosophical text but daigo aimed it in fighting game terminology

#96
Whengameswerefun said on April 19, 2012 at 3:42 p.m.

#91 This statement is true what most forget to realize people are naturally gifted in specific things yes practice and dedication matters but some people are naturally faster, stronger, coordinated, etc. So people should take daigo's book more as motivation for whatever a person strength is not only in gaming.

#97
KidASeven said on April 19, 2012 at 4:21 p.m.

@suprez

That's true that his popularity in the US rose after the evo moment parry. But that isn't true in Japan. He was already seen as a fighting game god in Japan because of him being dominant. Remember he won his first national tournament in 1997 for Vampire Savior (believe he had record win streak in arcades too), then went on to win Alpha 3 Japan national tournament in 1998, which led to him being the first JP player to travel overseas and compete (which he won, defeating Valle).

Nuki has said that Daigo was already ridiculous in ST before 1997 VS tournament, but didn't think much of him because he didn't know him. He became a fanboy of Daigo when daigo dominated him without trying in a VS match before the 1997 tournament.

Not many people can say they've been at the top for over a decade in many different games. A lot of players are good at some games but can't remain the best in another.

Besides, it's not like he performed badly in 2011. He won 3 AE tournaments (topanga, ncr, rev) and got top 4 at evo. Got top 4 at SBO also (and defeated Nemo, kazunoko at his kumite in ft3). Only tournament he underperformed was Gods Garden.

He did average in Topanga League, true. But he did beat the winner of topanga league (Sako) 50-27 in a ft50. At Japan nationals, he did the best on his team (same with 5v5 before nationals), and in topanga charity he did better than everyone on his team again minus Bonchan (which consisted of Fuudo, Mago, and Tokido).

#98
ya_boy said on April 19, 2012 at 5:04 p.m.

It makes me so mad that some video game player can just write and book and it sells out.

#99
ElectricBlanka said on April 19, 2012 at 5:41 p.m.

@99 dude, it was about time Daigo earned his due. The guy is poor and he doesn't care cause all he cares is about being a the Best at StreetFighter and other games. That's something I call true f'ng dedication. There's many other examples of singers, actors, athletes, painters, etc who did the same. The difference is that their field has more fandom and so they became megamillionaires. Unfortunately for the FGC, there's not much money. So yeah Daigo deserves so STFU noob. I don't think any other player can sell out anyway.

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