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FGC Philosophy is about leveling up inside and outside the virtual arena. Learning from Fighting Games and the FGC as a whole we can grow together. As a competitive player, I strive to always improve and I want to share that knowledge with others. I also know that what you learn in one area of your life can be applied to other areas of life.

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September 19, 2021

84. SNK in Bed With the Devil?

Back in April, I uploaded an episode of FGC philosophy with a guest named mine Soleil. In that episode, we discussed SNK's is partial owner, Mohammed Bin Salman(MBS). He's the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and the defense minister of that same country. In the episode, we talked about our conflicting feelings about SNK working with this known war criminal and how we can go about handling that situation.

Jamal Khashoggi was a journalist who was assassinated in the Saudia Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Khashoggi has been shown to be critical of Saudia Arabia and its leadership. The people responsible for said murder are supposedly closely connected to MBS. The US and other nations have found MBS responsible for the death of Khashoggi. That story is one of the highest-profile pieces of news that we have on MBS. There have been many other deaths connected to MBS in and around the country of Saudi Arabia. In my opinion, it's important to ask the question, is SNK in bed with the devil?

Many of us have had Politics thrust into our personal lives during this pandemic. I'm not here to tell anyone what to think or do, however, it's important to revisit this topic. Soleil recently reached out to express some concerns. I wanted to share his and my thoughts on the topic.

Resources
Previous Episode about SNK and MBS

MBS Wiki

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FGC Philosophy #83. Personal and Career Updates and FGC Drama

 

Hey all!

New episode is finally out and I'm glad. I've been dealing with a lot of personal and career challenges and opportunities and as such this podcast fell to the wayside. For all those supporting me, I apologize for the long wait and thank you for being there.

 

This week is mostly about catching up to speed with me and all the craziness going on. Since I work with colleges/universities and other educational programs, the summer has been VERY dry, but now that school is starting up many opportunities have come bouncing back. While I'm very grateful for the opportunities I've had to make some challenging choices and I'm currently adjusting to the changes. I can't yet announce all of the details of all my endeavors but I'm very excited for the future.

 

Outside of personal life, I discuss a little FGC drama that happened during my vacation. Punk, a well-known American Street Fighter V player decided to instigate a first-to-15 with Hotashi, a strong Guilty Gear: Strive, Player. I go into detail on my thoughts around the situation, in the future, I may do a breakdown of the interaction, let me know if you'd like to see a youtube video of this!

As always, thank you all and I hope you enjoy the show!

 

     Philocypher

 

 

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#82. My first 100 hours of Guilty Gear: Strive

 

I recently hit 100 hours of playing Guilty Gear: Strive and as such, I thought it was a great time to reflect on my experience. I give my review but I also share a general idea of what I’ve learned from playing Strive.

My thoughts on Strive

Now that the "new car sheen" is wearing off, I can honestly say I still enjoy the game. I love the gameplay and how I'm able to express myself within this game. I have a character I truly enjoy and that, I believe is a huge part of the allure of this game. There are several other characters I think I would enjoy playing, but Nagoriyuki is by far one of the coolest fighting game characters ever to me. As such, I had to prioritize learning him.

How good am I at Guilty Gear: Strive?

That's a hard question to answer. I've managed to get to the celestial floor during the first "season" and I don't think I'll have much trouble getting back up there. I've been busier lately so I haven't had to get much time to play lately as when it first came out. Even still I'm able to hold my own around the KZOO FGC and surrounding areas. I still have much to learn but I feel I have a good mindset when approaching this game.

 

What's been my process for learning the game?

So I'm still developing how to articulate this one. On one side it's very simple, but it's only simple assuming you put in the work to develop certain skills. There are so many areas to talk about, but I did my best to focus on a small group.

  • Execution
  • Hit-confirms
  • Tool usage
  • Mix-up
  • Situational awareness

These areas I was sure to focus on and repeat until I mastered them. Please note, when I say "mastered" I mean you are able to perform this task/skill/technique/etc. with minimal mental effort, however long that takes. When I do I pick something new to work on, rinse repeat. I've since added more to that list, but everything else tends to fit one of these categories in some form, just a more advanced version of it.

 

Getting into the "Zone"

Something I made sure to do, was not allow myself to be too distracted when playing this game. When I'm in a match with friends, I often deafen myself to make sure that I'm locked into what I'm doing. A big part of playing consistently is having consistent focus, which means I need to train myself to stay disciplined in my vigilance. From my previous experience, my vigilance is something I'm always trying to improve. That means I had to sit there and internally or externally say to "Pay attention", "Look for the burst", or other things that will help me get the read on my opponent, and/or get the upper hand. Doing so allows me to catch on to what my opponent is doing faster and faster. 

I still get bodied by better players, but when I do I am usually enjoying the experience because I know that I can learn from these games. I also record my matches regularly, so that allows me to quickly review a match while it's fresh, or wait till I'm less salty!

 

Re-Learning to enjoy the learning process Letting go of expectations

Having a fighting game I truly enjoy has allowed me to embrace the process of learning a fighting game from zero. It's a humbling experience, but also a very novel one. There's so much new stuff to take attention to. I decided early on, I wouldn't play this game to compete, I would play it to improve and master it. I enjoy the mastery, the process of improving. In the early days of competing, somewhere along the line, I convinced myself it was about winning. Since that time I've been improving my outlook on fighting games to something more productive.

That desire to improve my mindset improved as my time was reduced with the birth of my son Link. Now that my time is more limited I need to use my time more wisely. As such I think this game gave me the chance to do just that. I do intend to compete seriously in this game, but when I do I want to go in with the ability to win. I'm not quite there yet, and I have access to strong players from all over because of the great net code. Plus I stream and commentate on the local weekly Strive tournaments. Before/after the tournaments I'm challenging people to sets and taking in what I can.

 

All this to say, expect me to talk about Strive a lot because I'm truly enjoying it. I of course still play SFV but for now, I'm taking a break from it in terms of serious competing. I of course will still be coaching it per usual so make sure to reach out to me if you are interested in my competitive or life coaching packages!


Thank you for the support,

 

Philocypher

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FGCP 81 CPT Midwest w/ Syn | Undrscore87 and Truth

I believe it's important to focus more on the journey rather than the destination. I believe it's more important to get fixated on the process, not fixated on the end goal. Goals are our compasses but they do not help us deal with the obstacles that are directly in our path to that goal. 

This conversation is in part focused on understanding the learning process of others, setting attainable goals, and avoiding or reducing the time you plateau. You know I talk a lot about the growth mindset and the fixed mindset and people who continually improve have a growth mindset at least to some degree. My hope is that all of us can have a conversation here not to compare ourselves to others but compare ourselves to ourselves. 

Right now we have two midwest CPT entrants, two Cammy players that are on their own personal journeys. We get to have a conversation, almost as a timestamp on their Journeys. We’re going to see where they are now, where they want to go, and hopefully, and how they plan to do it. I also hope this conversation helps to Spark ideas in you as a guest to move forward in your competitive career. I asked you guys to challenge yourself to dig deep and think about some of these questions not just for others, but for yourselves. Try to think about things from the perspective of someone who’s newer to SFV or has plateaued. Oftentimes when we articulate things that we don't normally articulate we start to think about them in a very different way because we're using a different part of my brain. 

My hope is that we can talk about some of the things that are more instinctual to you guys, to help you understand how you think about things you may not consciously do anymore because you’ve trained it to be muscle memory or something along those lines.

 Thanks,

 

Philocypher

Resources

CPT Top 8 - https://youtu.be/mC2ylrvDK4s?t=4483

Standings - https://smash.gg/tournament/capcom-pro-tour-2021-north-america-midwest-1/event/street-fighter-v-champion-edition/entrant/7466130

TimeStamps

  • 18:52 - Start of conversation with Truth
  • 29:27 Start of conversation with Syn|Undrscore87
  • 34:41 Putting players on pedal stools
  • 46:00 - Mentality of money matches
  • 55:12 - Having fun vs dedication and practice
  • 01:04:45 - Learning from other players and creating  your own playstyle
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Guest Info

Syn|Undrscore87

https://twitter.com/UNDRSCORE87FGC

https://www.twitch.tv/undrscore87

 

Truth

https://twitter.com/TruthSpeaks__

https://www.twitch.tv/truthplays_

 

Social Media

https://twitter.com/ThePhilocypherTwitter - @ThePhilocpher

www.youtube.com/thephilocypher 

FGC Philosophy Discord - https://discord.gg/KfDZBrM

KZOO FGC Discord - https://discord.gg/7EsnZNr

 

Currently reading 

Resources for learning SFV

Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/StreetFighter/

Gief's Gym Digital: http://bit.ly/giefsgym

Gief’s Gym Paperback: https://amzn.to/2LV7i6v

 

For a free month of audible go to www.taviannapier.com/audible

 

Music

Harris Heller
Discord: https://discord.gg/p3j7DRh

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FGC Philosophy #80. Stream Excerpts pt 1.

I recently did a live stream and while playing Guilty Gear: Strive, I had a conversation with some of the people in chat. That inspired me to take that stream and cut up the conversation. In this conversation we touch on several topics, one of which, being guilt from playing a character that the FGC widely may consider over-powered, annoying, etc. The concept of feeling discouraged from playing a character because your peers don't approve of that character.

 

In our own way, many of us have experienced something similar. We feel pressured to make a change because the people around us don't approve of our choice. In that spirit, I hope you enjoy this episode and as always please leave your thoughts in the comment section or reach out to me on social media!

 

Support me on Patreon!: https://www.patreon.com/Philocypher

Subscribe to my YT channel! : https://www.youtube.com/thephilocypher

 

Bookshelf

Free Trial to Audible: www.taviannapier.com/audible

Gief's Gym 3rd edition: www.taviannapier.com/giefsgym3

 

My Gear

Camera: http://amzn.to/2ochLMM

Microphone: http://amzn.to/2p1olKZ

 

Online Tournaments - www.taviannapier.com

 

Social Links:

www.facebook.com/philocypher

www.twitter.com/ThePhilocypher

 

To reach me for a free coaching session or other inquiries contact me at tavian.n.napier@gmail.com

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FGC Philosophy #79. Guilty Gear Strive first impressions

Guilty Gear Strive just came out officially on June, 11th 2021 and it's been a hot topic in the FGC. There's still so much to explore about this game but so far it seems to be widely accepting minus the only lobbies (discussed in episode). I hope to revisit how I feel about this game in the near future.

I want to know your thoughts on the game. What do you think of it so far?

 

Be sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel for a bunch of Strive gameplay!

 

Support me on Patreon!: https://www.patreon.com/Philocypher

Subscribe to my YT channel! : https://www.youtube.com/thephilocypher

 

Bookshelf

Free Trial to Audible: www.taviannapier.com/audible

Gief's Gym 3rd edition: www.taviannapier.com/giefsgym3

 

My Gear

Camera: http://amzn.to/2ochLMM

Microphone: http://amzn.to/2p1olKZ

 

Online Tournaments - www.taviannapier.com

 

Social Links:

www.facebook.com/philocypher

www.twitter.com/ThePhilocypher

 

To reach me for a free coaching session or other inquiries contact me at tavian.n.napier@gmail.com

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#78. Mindset Conversation with Frodo and Bilbo

I've been on the mindset topic for a while. I really appreciate that I get to take these deep dives into the topic with various people. Frodo and Bilbo (AKA The Hobits) is one of Kalamazoo FGC's oldest members at this point. He has a passion for learning fighting games and a very positive attitude that inspires the other players. In the past TheHobits and I have discussed points hit in this episode, but now we get to share that conversation and hit on some new points never discussed. 

I hope you guys enjoy the conversation!

 

Philocypher

 

Resources

Anabolic and Catabolic Mindsets - https://www.healthline.com/health/catabolism-vs-anabolism#hormones

Books Mentioned

Mindset: The new psychology to success by: Carol Dweck

Mastery by: Robert Greene

Paperback - https://amzn.to/3c3B72r

 

 

Social Media

https://twitter.com/ThePhilocypherTwitter - @ThePhilocpher

www.youtube.com/thephilocypher 

FGC Philosophy Discord - https://discord.gg/KfDZBrM

KZOO FGC Discord - https://discord.gg/7EsnZNr

 

Currently reading 

Resources for learning SFV

Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/StreetFighter/

Gief's Gym Digital: http://bit.ly/giefsgym

Gief’s Gym Paperback: https://amzn.to/2LV7i6v

For a free month of audible go to www.taviannapier.com/audible

 

Music

Harris Heller
Discord: https://discord.gg/p3j7DRh

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77. Mastering the Mental Game w/ Truth


About the guest

Truth (AKA Sol) is a Detroit local that's considered one of the best SFV players in the state. He's also considered one of (if not the) best Cammy player in the State of Michigan. I met Truth years ago in the tournament which is where our rivalry began. Since then, he's gone on to place well in both large and small tournaments. He also regularly wins my only SFV tournament, Mighty Modem Monday. Truth and I always have great conversations around Street Fighter Theory. 

https://twitter.com/TruthSpeaks__

https://www.twitch.tv/truthplays_

 

About This Episode
In this conversation Truth and I focus on the mental game of SFV.  We get into our personal struggles with A.D.D. and A.D.H.D., tilting, Strategy, and even breaking the rules of SFV. It feels great to have these conversations because we both get to learn about each other's perspectives and share that with everyone. Keep in mind that much of what we talk about is from experience. If you disagree or want to build upon what we've said, let me know in the comments.

 

Thank you,

Philocypher

 

Show Notes

04:18 - Introduction of topic

06:29 - Maintaining productive focus in street fighter

08:13 - How are you able to remain vigilant for jump-ins and other dangers?

10:50 - Filtering out useless information

17:36 - Dealing with A.D.D./A.D.H.D. and maintaining concentration

21:25 - Dealing with stream jitters or tournament nerves

21:26 - Improving mental game by improving mechanical skills 

29:19 - Managing Tilt

36:33 - Breaking The Rules

46:43 - Intimidated by Rank

50:27 - Being aware of what you're looking at

 

Social Media

https://twitter.com/ThePhilocypherTwitter - @ThePhilocpher

www.youtube.com/thephilocypher 

FGC Philosophy Discord - https://discord.gg/KfDZBrM

KZOO FGC Discord - https://discord.gg/7EsnZNr

 

Currently reading 

Resources for learning SFV

Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/StreetFighter/

Gief's Gym Digital: http://bit.ly/giefsgym

Gief’s Gym Paperback: https://amzn.to/2LV7i6v

For a free month of audible go to www.taviannapier.com/audible

 

Music

Harris Heller
Discord: https://discord.gg/p3j7DRh

 

Social Media

https://twitter.com/ThePhilocypherTwitter - @ThePhilocpher

www.youtube.com/thephilocypher 

FGC Philosophy Discord - https://discord.gg/KfDZBrM

KZOO FGC Discord - https://discord.gg/7EsnZNr

 

Currently reading 

Resources for learning SFV

Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/StreetFighter/

Gief's Gym Digital: http://bit.ly/giefsgym

Gief’s Gym Paperback: https://amzn.to/2LV7i6v

For a free month of audible go to www.taviannapier.com/audible

 

Music

Harris Heller
Discord: https://discord.gg/p3j7DRh

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#76. Focus, ADD, and Fighting Games

For as long as I can remember I've always had issues concentrating or focusing on something for a long period of time. During my journey to improve as a fighting game player I've learned that this issue exists within my Fighting game practice. This is an issue I've been working on for a while and I wanted to take some time to talk about my thoughts and experiences on the topic.

 

Show Notes

00:00 - Intro

00:48 - My history with focus and ADD

11:43 -  The Eyes

19:18 - The reason I often lose to Zangief players

23:34 - Muscle Memory

31:25- Accumulation and retention of information

 

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#75. Updates, Improving at Fight Games, and Power Rangers and Street Fighter Crossover

Show Notes

01:00 - Personal Updates

08:24 - Street Fighter V Talk

  • First Impressions of Rose
  • My progress with Karin
  • I hit platinum with FANG!

40:58 - Ryu and Chun-Li Join the Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid game

 

Check out the SNK Episode here - https://www.podbean.com/pu/pbblog-8t82w-2b2ac4

 

Social Media

https://twitter.com/ThePhilocypherTwitter - @ThePhilocpher

www.youtube.com/thephilocypher 

FGC Philosophy Discord - https://discord.gg/KfDZBrM

KZOO FGC Discord - https://discord.gg/7EsnZNr

 

Currently reading 

Resources for learning SFV

Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/StreetFighter/

Gief's Gym Digital: http://bit.ly/giefsgym

Gief’s Gym Paperback: https://amzn.to/2LV7i6v

For a free month of audible go to www.taviannapier.com/audible

 

Music

Harris Heller
Discord: https://discord.gg/p3j7DRh

 

 

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