Playing Street Fighter with your face, calling out Mike Ross and finding motivation during the lulls of life - BrolyLegs joins the EventHubs Podcast

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • October 3, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. PDT

Whatever your excuse for not being as good at fighting games as you'd like to be, it's probably not better than arthrogryposis, a condition that involves congenital joint contracture.

Despite having this ailment since birth, Mike "AG|BrolyLegs" Begum aims to live "as normal as possible" and has garnered a name for himself in the fighting game community as one of America's strongest Chun-Li competitors in both Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter 5.

The Texas player uses his tongue through his cheek to press buttons on his controller, and has seen more than his fair share of adversity during his grind at both Super Smash Bros. and Street Fighter.

He joins us this week to talk about life as a disabled gamer, his pursuit of a sponsorship, to share some wonderful FGC stories and plenty more. He also takes a few moments to offer his side of the story that Mike Ross brought up during last week's cast, and maintains his offer for a rematch in Street Fighter 4.

You can find Broly on Twitter, receive online Street Fighter lessons from him via Cross Counter Training and see him during his regular live stream sessions on Twitch. Oh, and don't forget to check out his autobiography, which he wrote himself with a pair of chopsticks at a keyboard.

If you'd like a quick introduction and to see Broly in action, we've included a video from Cross Counter below the timestamps.

Timestamps:
00:46 - Playing fighting games without using your hands
04:50 - Playing with arthrogryposis, how long did it take to start seeing wins?
06:30 - Where do you rank in your local community?
07:30 - Rebuttal to Mike Ross
11:16 - Do you still play Street Fighter 4?
15:31 - What's the first fundamental lesson you teach your students?
16:39 - SF4 vs. SF5, which is more enjoyable?
21:22 - Was Chun broken in SF5 Season 1?
26:15 - Looking forward to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?
27:33 - I'm crossing my fingers for Lloyd Irving in Smash
30:48 - How do you find your inspiration to keep playing when motivation gets low?
35:02 - "Nothing is given to you [just] because you 'deserve' it" - Sponsorship drama, woes and the grind
45:51 - Carrying Gootecks on the table, drunken shenanigans at Final Round and showing real personality
50:21 - I wrote a book "My Life Beyond the Floor"
53:43 - "My favorite player USED to be Mike Ross"
53:54 - The story behind getting the name "BrolyLegs"

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