'I wanted to put my name on that wall' - Daigo Umehara shares one of his most shameful stories from back in his Street Fighter 2 days

Cheater vs. champion's mindset

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • September 6, 2019 at 4:28 p.m. PDT

He's a Street Fighter god, he's a Beast, and as it turns out, CYG|Daigo Umehara is also a human. During an interview on BeasTV late last month, Daigo opened up about a story from his Street Fighter 2 arcade days that he isn't especially proud of.

The Beast explains that he used to go to an arcade called Bickyes, which, at the time, was one of the most competitive spots for Street Fighter 2. Bickyes had a little in-house ritual where if a player was able to go on a 15-game win streak they'd get their name on the wall under a picture of the character they used.

The best player at the time was the legendary Tachikawa, who boasted an untouchable 42-game streak. Having not yet tasted the fame he one day would Daigo was especially drawn to the idea of getting his name up on the wall next to a great like Tachikawa.

I won't go any further as you'll surely want to hear the whole story from Daigo himself, but I will say that we can glean a sense of why Daigo ended up going as far as he has with his career based on his reaction to this story.

You know this ends shamefully, so you can appreciate that when asked about what he would think if he saw someone conducting themselves the way he did back then, Daigo's reply was "I'd think he wouldn't be successful in the future."

It's this approach and frame of mind that ultimately leads to the foundations for success. It's more about playing the long game as opposed to expediently getting your hands on the short-term wins. Check out the English version of the interview below thanks to FGC Translated, and share your reactions in the comments.

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