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Ryan “Filipino Champ” Ramirez Wins Street Fighter Vs. Marvel World Championship

11 Jul

In the world of fighting games competition, there is no event more prestigious than the EVO Championship Series, widely considered the World Championship of fighting games. World Warriors from all over the world get to compete annually in Las Vegas. For the popular game Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (UMVC3), Ryan “Filipino Champ” Ramirez needed to win after being knocked into the loser’s bracket by his opponent Infrit. After some tense moments, Filipino Champ fights his way winning 6 games in the grand finals against Infrit to become World Champion here .

Filipino Champ is a well-known name among the Fighting Game Community (FGC). He has won major events including SoCal Regionals held in Los Angeles winning the Super Street Fighter 4 event defeating Daigo “The Beast” Umehara, the greatest Street Fighter player of all time from Japan. Over the past few years, Filipino Champ has had plenty of media attention including TFC’s Balitang America segment here.

Filipino Champ travels extensively all over the US and internationally as a professional gamer. Filipino Champ had trips to Japan, Australia, and most recently to the Philippines. He is sponsored by Complexity Cross Counter and  currently participating at San Diego COMIC CON.


Follow Ryan “Filipino Champ” Ramirez

Twitter @fchampryan

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Filipino Video Game Site Back2Gaming: A Word with Vincent Haoson

16 May

I recently had the opportunity to interview the creator of Back2Gaming, one of the Philippine’s top gaming blogs as of late. We talked about a little about the history of the site and even the local game scene.

What is the history of Back2Gaming (B2G)?

B2G started off as just a formless idea for myself when I was still studying. Since I wanted to write for Game magazines back then. After years of false starts B2G finally came about when I decided to just go start it almost 4 years ago when I was still a freelance game reviewer. The name came from a friend of mine. We were just chatting and I threw him my thoughts about setting up the blog which was nameless back then. When I said goodbye and told him I’m going back to gaming he told me why don’t I use that as my blog title jokingly. I decided to go with it, even if he thought it wasn’t really a good name.

Tell me about your site Back2Gaming.

Back2Gaming is a blog composed of gamers (up until recently when we added another writer who’s mostly into anime, manga and figmas) where we cover local and international gaming industry news. We also review games and as you can see peripherals and the occasional hardware that passes by our hands.

I think back2gaming is a really good name, what is the goal of your site?

It’s basically a news site concentrating on the video games industry in all forms. We hope to eventually become one of the names in the Philippine’s gaming scene that provides not only up-to-date news and updates but also top-notch video game related content that only we can provide.

Is it true that B2G won an award for Best Video Game Blog in the Philippines?

Yes we did, we were awarded the Best Video Game blog during the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards.

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For the international readers that do not know much about the Philippine video game scene, what could you tell me about it?

The Philippine video game scene is pretty diverse. The biggest share of the gamers fall into two major classifications which are the MMO players and the MOBA/ARPG gamers with the local market mostly composed of people who would rather play games at net shops. The F2P model which can be found on MOBA/ARPG and MMOs are the general favorite. However there are dedicated groups for each of the major consoles and mobile platforms.

What do you know about the fighting games scene?

The local fighting game scene in the country is pretty niche however there has been a strong following by individual gamers who have their own consoles at home or have enough funds to continually hang out at arcades. There are organized groups that cater to specific titles such as Pinoy2DFighters (http://www.pinoy2dfighters.com/) which are composed of mainly patrons of the 2D fighting genre such as Blazblue, Street Fighter, Marvel Vs Capcom, etc. On the other hand the 3d fighting game scene is dominated by Tekken who is currently enjoying steady stream of fans and in fact even Katsuhiro Harada (Tekken creator) has shown favorable support to the local Tekken fighting scene.

I personally am interested in seeing the Philippine fighting games scene grow. I would love to see more media coverage of it which is important for growth. I know that you have specialized B2G fighting game writers for this as well.

Yup, on a more personal note, I’d love to see the day when other video game genres get as much fans as, say MMOs and the MOBA scene. I’d like to think that the local gaming scene has a more diversified sense of taste at least in video games which sadly has been a frustratingly disappointing (but enduring) hope of mine.

As for specialized writers, I have Billy Anonuevo to cover the fighting games scene but there are other writers who are either into or are familiar to the fighting game genre and community.

Nice! What could you tell me about the rhythm games scene in the Philippines? I heard games like DJ Max and Technika are popular there.

Yes that’s right. The Rhythm games scene in the country is alive and kicking. You’d get to see people line up on games such as Guitar Freaks, Drum Mania on weekends or during cons since most of the players are anime/jpop/kpop fans as well. You’d also see people sweating it out on dance games and even DJ Technika players on certain days and occasions.

I heard that your site was going to get more into anime and have a new anime writer. What could you tell me about that?

Me and Bossmac used to also co-write and manage another blog that’s catered to the otakus. However since we wanted to expand and have a wider range of topics we decided to invite the main owner of otakuako and my RL friend Jonathan Ang. He’s mostly into animes, mangas and even prepares cosplay galleries at Otakuako, and hopefully we could bring that into the mix in Back2Gaming as well.

What is the link to this site?

www.otakuako.com

I’m pretty happy that there are people such as yourself helping the Philippine gamer and anime scene. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Well, my heart has always been on the video game scene since the day I first held my famicom controller player so yeah so I’d like to think that video games has been in my blood since I was a child. However, I’d like to say that video games have and always been a means of entertainment and shouldn’t be a person’s whole life unless you plan to make a living out of it. Either you can go for the pro league where your work is basically playing video games competitively or you can follow the game journalist route, where you’d need to be not just knowledgeable in video games generally, you also need to know how to construct sentences.

If you want to prove to the world (or your parents, siblings etc.) that video games is more than just a passing hobby, prove it with actions and keep the passion! Because the road is not easy but something that’s worth it is never always easy to get.

Thanks for the interview!

Thanks for the opportunity!

www.back2gaming.com

DJ Teddy Eddy’s Earliest Street Fighter Memories

14 May

My earliest memories of the original Street Fighter machine was  in Del Amo Mall in Torrance, California. I remember seeing it and was interested in it right away. I remembered playing it and doing a Shoryuken (Uppercut) was very hard to do in that game. You had to do jerky quarter circle movements to pull off fireballs and uppercuts. It was hard to beat that game. With enough quarters, it was possible using this method.

When Street Fighter II came out, my addiction for Street Fighter increased. I was playing it whenever I got the chance. It was also nice being able to make friends from the Street Fighter community, being a top-tier player in the area, and beating people down! 🙂