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Book in the works about EVO moment #37, the Daigo parry

Posted by Catalyst
December 23, 2013 at 7:22 p.m. PST
Book in the works about EVO moment #37, the Daigo parry Glenn Cravens, better known in the community as the man behind GYT (Get Your Tournament) has a new book in the works about the most famous moment in competitive gaming history, MCZ|Daigo Umehara's parry against EG|Justin Wong.

The book is set to be released on March 2014, although the date is subject to change.

It will follow the journey toward EVO moment #37, chronicling the 2004 Evolution Fighting Game World Championships, and the sudden rise of popularity of Street Fighter 3 Third Strike in the United States.

You can find more details after the jump.

About the book: On August 1, 2004, the most famous moment in competitive gaming history occurred in the halls of Cal Poly University in Pomona, Calif., sending hundreds of fighting game fans into a frenzy and many more scrambling to find out what happened and how it happened. It is the most-watched tournament moment ever, totaling more than 50 million views, first making its mark at a time when there were no major video streaming websites.

Almost 10 years later, the moment and this video are still brought up in video game conversations, and the two fateful competitors involved still compete today for world championships in fighting games.

In “Evo Moment 37,” follow the journey toward the moment known today as “The Daigo Parry.” The book chronicles the road toward the 2004 Evolution Fighting Game World Championships, the strange sudden rise of “Street Fighter III: Third Strike” in the United States, and how the most famous moment in competitive gaming history changed several people’s lives forever.

Just in case you want to relive things one more time, here's the official clip.

You can find additional details about the book on its official website, EvoMoment37.com. Video from EVO2kvids. Mentioned by MarkMan.

Comments

paralyzing said on December 23, 2013 at 7:29 p.m.

god damn, I got hit with two ads taking over the whole tab's screen

#1
Blackoshinomi said on December 23, 2013 at 7:35 p.m.

I see you not the only 1! I never ever complain about anything on this site but not having my add blocker on is hell!

Full screen ads! That lil add rite on a sentence of the story or comment im reading !

And o god not the ads that play load up annoyingly loud music videos !
-__-

#2
Otter_of_Death said on December 23, 2013 at 7:35 p.m.

It is without argument the most hype moment in FGC history. It probably always will be.

EDIT: Moment #37, not the EventHub ads.

#3
Luna_Post said on December 23, 2013 at 7:36 p.m.

(This user was banned.)

#4
AttorneyMayCry said on December 23, 2013 at 7:39 p.m.

The distant "way to go justin!" in the crowd/background before everyone starts screaming gets me everytime, hahah.

#5
BlackOnyxThunder said on December 23, 2013 at 7:45 p.m.

Well that's cool, looking forward to it!
BTW: Just deal with the ads PEOPLE! They're just ads -_-... such complainers...

#6
Paradonyx said on December 23, 2013 at 7:46 p.m.

Is anybody really going to buy this?

#7
AKumahMatata said on December 23, 2013 at 7:50 p.m.

that play would never be erased from history. such an awesome comeback.

#8
Blackoshinomi said on December 23, 2013 at 7:53 p.m.

That's a good question !

Chapter 1

The Crowd roared! And Daigo parryed Chun LI super like it was nothing !

Daigo wins the end !

What a book?

#9
Blackoshinomi said on December 23, 2013 at 7:56 p.m.

As you can read that's what i been doing !

#10
BornFreeEH said on December 23, 2013 at 8 p.m.

You mean "let's go Justin"?

#11
Xul said on December 23, 2013 at 8:04 p.m.

(This user was banned.)

#12
Link24 said on December 23, 2013 at 8:07 p.m.

I don't get the appeal, either

#13
perfume said on December 23, 2013 at 8:09 p.m.

Article title should be Book in the works chronicling the EVO 2004 championships and the rise of 3rd Strike in the US. That's the part people will want to read about.

#14
blaziner said on December 23, 2013 at 8:17 p.m.

cool moment

book worthy?

no

#15
chosenst said on December 23, 2013 at 8:18 p.m.
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Lolll most famous in competitive gaming history?!?! I know this is a FG site but that's fking laughable. You realize other games have millions of spectators during some of their biggest tournaments? I still remember seeing Fatal1ty come back from 8 frags down with 60 seconds left in a QCon semi finals match. I still remember seeing Moon surprise the world by creating entirely new, never before seen WC3 strategies in the middle of a grand finals. I still remember over 100,000 unique viewers in HLTV for EYEBallers vs the undisputed best team, SK.

my point is this may very well be the most famous moment in FG history, but in all of competitive gaming? That is a ludicrous assertion.

#16
AttorneyMayCry said on December 23, 2013 at 8:24 p.m.

Is that what he says? I always heard it as "Way to go Justin!" but whatever, it still cracks me up xD

#17
IareBeStayDrunk said on December 23, 2013 at 8:34 p.m.

never heard any of that. Parry vid is what got me excited enough to play fighting games. 2007ish

#18
Spaghetti_Time said on December 23, 2013 at 8:40 p.m.

Never heard of either of those things (I do know of Fatal1ty), neither have any of my gamer friends (FGC and otherwise) but they sound neat. I'll check em out.

This should be an interesting read. Many people saw the video and in them it ignited a desire to get stronger at fighting games. It sure as hell did it for me. The friends I have who aren't even into fighting games get amazed by watching this moment, so that definitely speaks.

#19
Devdan said on December 23, 2013 at 8:52 p.m.

I never understood why it's "moment #37". What makes it the 37th moment, and why does that matter? Maybe someone can elaborate.

#20
DaveNotti said on December 23, 2013 at 9:04 p.m.

@19 Same with me. ANYONE I've shown this video is always amazed at the execution and and perseverance BEFORE even realizing it's a Street Fighter title.

Like a great deal of people, this too pushed me to increase my efforts in 3rd Strike and any other fighter I play.

Same here @20 [Devdan], I also wonder why #37. Where's 1-36? Why hasn't there been any others after 37? LOL - Probably just someone picking a random number or something.

#21
Sage_Liebert said on December 23, 2013 at 9:22 p.m.

Because Daigo and Justin are 37th degree freemason's. The world will be taken over 1 fighting game at a time. You want to know why it's called Guilty Gear?

#22
chosenst said on December 23, 2013 at 9:25 p.m.

Yeah that's kind of my point. There are a number of games out there with huge followings that have their own competitive history and famous moments. I think most people can agree that there have been quite a few competitive games that may have had larger audiences than most FG's. The numbers of viewership within games like SC2 and LOL/Dota2 are ridiculous these days and those are just a recent few. Nothing against this moment though as it made me get into FG's.

#23
BornFreeEH said on December 23, 2013 at 9:32 p.m.

Yep. Look, it's even a t-shirt!
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_NAZ1-P9Hi0s...

#24
Existent said on December 23, 2013 at 10:14 p.m.

You can probably message Catalyst about autoplaying, unmuted, or pop-up ads and get a fast response. I know that he took care of it pretty quickly when I complained.

#25
Captainbuttocks said on December 23, 2013 at 10:27 p.m.

No offense but people have been messaging Catalyst forever about intrusive ads. It has not done anything till this day. Maybe they stop a certain ad but it gets annoying that there are new ones coming out and hard to be messaging over and over again.

On topic, how the hell do they make a full book about a single moment like this? It can probably be described in a single paragraph.

#26
TagAnarchy said on December 23, 2013 at 10:30 p.m.

Evo Moment #37 will never die. Nothing, I repeat NOTHING, will be as hype as that was... unless they bring back parrying. Please do for SFV!

#27
29once said on December 23, 2013 at 11:58 p.m.

I think this beyond stupid.

#28
Kenmasters101 said on December 24, 2013 at 1:41 a.m.

I'd buy it

#29
DenoK said on December 24, 2013 at 3:09 a.m.

You are aware that Evo Moment #37 has been voted the 'best competitive gaming moment' by various non FG-realted sites...right?
It's not just a FG thing. Even people who have never played Street Fighter or any fighting game seem to love this moment.

#30
JIHADJOE said on December 24, 2013 at 5:51 a.m.

@16
A bit off-topic, but since you brought up FPSs I'd say Thresh is the most dominant FPS player ever. He retired and went into business, but far as I know he never finished lower than 1st in any tournament he went to his entire FPS career, plus he won John Carmack's Ferrari. How's that for a grand prize?

Much like Daigo, he isn't particularly known for having the best reflexes, fastest or fastest aim, rather he dominated by somehow being able to very accurately predict what his opponent wanted to do. Go through his Quake II replays (with the slow rocket) and you'd see him fire a rocket at a hallways for seemingly no reason, and moments later a frag notice pops up on the screen. Every time I'm like "HOW DID HE KNOW???!"

Too bad he was pretty much retired by the time Fatal1ty started playing, would've been awesome to see them face off. His businesses have also been rather successful. He founded GX Media (gamers.com, firingsquad, lithium) around 2000-2001 with his prizes and endoresment money and it became big enough that ZD bought it. Later he made Xfire (still pretty popular), and most recently Raptr.

#31
SgtKonus said on December 24, 2013 at 5:58 a.m.

That's how EVO Moments work if I remember correctly, you literally just pick a random number and have fun with it.

#32
ReddChief said on December 24, 2013 at 6:22 a.m.

More people know about that EVO moment but barely anybody knows about whatever it is you're rambling about, THAT'S WHY

#33
coddog said on December 24, 2013 at 6:24 a.m.

(This user was banned.)

#34
DunnDeal said on December 24, 2013 at 7:16 a.m.

THANK YOU! Please just let this die already. There are plenty of 3S videos out there that are just as great as this. Daigo's not the only one to parry a Chun super. But I guess it stays around forever just because he's Daigo. Gimme a break

#35
chosenst said on December 24, 2013 at 7:32 a.m.

You're replying on a FG site about how much you don't know about the history of other games... that's not a surprise. It's just funny people are ignorant enough to assume their moment is the best for everyone else.

#36
caloge said on December 24, 2013 at 7:35 a.m.

Doing a book is over the top, but what is there to let die? you reference all these great 3S videos; link please.

All the daigo crotch riders are plenty annoying but there is no denying the hype of this moment. We are talking a final 4 at evo. The clip is significant no matter how much you want to hate on it.

the funny thing is, there are plenty of hype 3s videos out there, but I doubt you know of any of them.

#37
Utils said on December 24, 2013 at 7:37 a.m.

* Re: A BOOK about Daigo Parry

Really guys? REALLY? REEEEEEEEEAAAALLLLLY? Like, reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaalllly though? C'mon!

* Re: Ads

I don't mind. It's kind of funny when a mega intrusive one kicks in. But hey, it's to support a website I visit almost daily. I'm not going to complain about ads. Kinda 3rd-world problemsy to whine about it.

And those of you who uninstalled your adblockers completely are dummies. :p Just whitelist the sites you want to support. It's too easy.

#38
chosenst said on December 24, 2013 at 8:04 a.m.

And that is some of the amazing history I speak of. For everyone it's something different. I do remember those days man, but I was merely a spectator in awe. Not having played any FPS games yet, I couldn't appreciate it to the fullest extent until I tried for myself. Unfortunately by that time it was ra3/q3a days.

#39
DunnDeal said on December 24, 2013 at 8:37 a.m.

There are plenty of 3S hype compilation videos so why are you asking me to reference them like they're that hard to find yourself? Yes this is no doubt overall one of the best gaming moments but as of right now it's just there. It's great but the hype is gone now. Just leave it alone

#40
Evilhero said on December 24, 2013 at 9:04 a.m.

@40

Someone always ends up saying "It's just a parried super." It's not about the super, anybody can do that. It's two things: the fact he pulled it off in a super high pressure situation, in the semi finals, little to no health and with a ton of people watching him.

And secondly, this moment sparked a huge fire in a ton of people (many who hadn't played fighting games up until that point, myself included) to pick up fighting games. The reaction itself is just as hype (if not more) than what's actually taking place.

You can't look at just the match itself, it's everything going on around it and what happened because of it, that is why it's hype.

"But I guess it stays around forever just because he's Daigo."

I find this statement kind of funny because I think a lot of us agree, this moment is what made Daigo so popular to begin with.

#41
Sage_Liebert said on December 24, 2013 at 9:24 a.m.

Definitely a dope moment but I find this YSB Hugo compilation to be more entertaining. This guy made hugo look like SS hitler tier.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK3szw...

#42
SolidSul said on December 24, 2013 at 9:26 a.m.

I was in that crowd when Daigo did evo moment 37

#43
SatsuiScrub said on December 24, 2013 at 9:52 a.m.

(This user was banned.)

#44
Erawan said on December 24, 2013 at 10:10 a.m.

I believe it was given the number/called moment #37 owing to that fact that that's how long it took for the clip/moment to play out - 37 seconds.

#45
XDIEX said on December 24, 2013 at 10:21 a.m.

AH Evo moment #37 the day Daigo took JWong soul. Go Daigo Go!

#46
Fugo said on December 24, 2013 at 11:27 a.m.

I hope GYT is actually competent about 3rd Strike.
Sure that parry was hype for the situation, the stage and everything.
But for people who were already into heavily 3rd Strike, that parry wasn't seen as a big deal - much more of a f*up on Justin's side honestly.
I bet that 99% of the people that saw the video doesn't even know that Daigo didn't even win the tournament after that, losing to K.O in the grand finals

#47
put_Garuda_in_SFIV said on December 24, 2013 at 11:47 a.m.

I used to play a lot of fighting games before I saw this video. But that's it.

After watching it, and searching information and videos of Daigo and Justin Wong, I became more and more interested in the FGC. So, yeah, EVO moment #37 basically brought me here

#48
GenocidalPandaa said on December 24, 2013 at 11:55 a.m.

Justin Wong said he had never seen any one do that before so i'm pretty sure the parry was a big deal

#49
Fugo said on December 24, 2013 at 12:02 p.m.

Justin WOng had talent and all to back up an amazing performace, but wasn't really into 3s at the time. That's the only reason he didn't see that before.
That full parry was seen in japanese videos several times already. Hell, it was featured in 2001 videos from Canada.

#50
GenocidalPandaa said on December 24, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.

i know that it was common to red parry the second half

#51
Fugo said on December 24, 2013 at 1:25 p.m.

more common, sure.
But for people really into 3s it wasn't an OMGneverseenbefore thing.

It *was* a cool moment and all, but it's not like it was a new tech or anything. The game was already 5 years old at the time

#52
tidestick said on December 24, 2013 at 2:52 p.m.

If its the most famous evo moment why is it 37?

#53
Jason said on December 24, 2013 at 6:11 p.m.

Its an epic moment but there are plenty of others that get overlooked that are just as incredible.

#54
Divine_Raygun said on December 25, 2013 at 7:06 a.m.

its not because he's Daigo. Its the fact that he can execute something that precise, and win EVO 2004. Many people can do it, but under the pressure, and seeing that he had not much health left, and still be able to do that without choking. That's pretty godlike. I know for a fact, you could not do that in the same situation...

#55
Sasuga said on December 25, 2013 at 7:21 a.m.

Meh. I'll wait for the movie.

#56
Sasuga said on December 25, 2013 at 7:25 a.m.

Maybe it has to do with chronology. They give every worthy moment a number and this turned out to be #37. They are other moments but they aren't worth mentioning anymore.

#57
Fugo said on December 25, 2013 at 1:37 p.m.

but he DIDN'T win Evo 2004 3s...

#58
Smorgasboard said on December 25, 2013 at 10:35 p.m.

Daigo has mentioned that he didn't know what the big deal was at the time because parrying Chun Li's super was common back in Japanese Arcades. Of course, the US was way behind in 3S at the time.

Also, is the FGC going announced a Daigo Parry Day? We can have reenactments, songs, movies and cake.

#59


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