Daigo: I really don't like being called a Street Fighter 'god'

He isn't too fond of using the term 'godlike' to describe high-level happenings either

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • September 10, 2019 at 5:44 p.m. PDT

We in the fighting game community love us some hyperbole, and so when certain players set themselves apart from the rest of the pack it's not all that uncommon for wide-mouthed observers to start referring to them as gods.

Indeed we have the five gods of Super Smash Bros. Melee as well as the five Japanese gods of fighting games; Rhoto|Tokido, Nuki, FAV|Sako, FD|Haitani, and CYG|Daigo "The Beast" Umehara. The last of those explained in a recent interview (translated into English by FGC Translated) that he isn't too fond of that moniker.

You needn't hang around many FGC functions very long to hear the phrase "godlike" tossed around in a pretty casual manner. This term can easily refer to anything from a stellar play to a preferred flavor of gum, and that's part of the issue for Daigo.

He explains that the term "god" really is hyperbolic when it comes to describing most things, including his own fighting game skills. It's a situation where people tend to lazily over-use powerful words or phrases, but end up diminishing that power in doing so.

Daigo reveals that he's actually thought about this concept quite a bit, as he notes that the conversation will go on far too long if they really want to explore it thoroughly.

As we established in a previous FGC Translated video exploring another portion of this interview, Daigo is not above the allure of fame and being held in high status in the eye of the public. Still, he has gotten as far as he has for a reason, and a big part of that is his godlike ability to transcend the temptations of instant gratification in place of bigger rewards down the line.

Photo credit: Stephanie Lindgren.

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