Jul 232015
The road to Saikyo

My epic Dan USF4 adventures have been on a bit of a hiatus recently due to generally not having much time to play, and when I did, being really tired or just generally playing rather poorly. I think my PP dipped to around 500 at the nadir of this… But perhaps inspired by watching EVO 2015 I got back in the mood a bit more recently, and found I was back on “normal” playing form too… So here we go […Full Story…]

Jul 022015
Agonisers #1

Here’s our first Agoners podcast. I hope you enjoy it! This episode focuses on a subject dear to our hearts – fighting games, and our thoughts on some current fighting games, and about the latest news on new fighting games that are currently being developed. We also give an intro to Agoners and talk a bit about ourselves… and of course the big attraction – our excellent voices Agonisers #1 by Agoners on Mixcloud Direct link for mp3 version of […Full Story…]

May 052015
Competitive Gaming Round-Up

A few interesting tidbits have been around lately of interest to agoners. The biggest one is the excellent competitive card game Yomi finally coming to Steam on May 8th. Whilst I’ve played this game tons already in it’s web version and it’s physical form, this is still a huge deal as it will have much more visibility and appeal on the Steam platform which should expand the player pool no end. The Yomi team have done an absolutely incredible job […Full Story…]

Feb 062015
Do Something! with Dan Hibiki

Do Something! Well, I did. With Dan, of course. First up is an long battle vs a fairly typical run-away-ish Gouken player. A pretty even fight until I unleashed the secrets of Saikyo-ryu. This guy has actually beaten me a few times too. What an incredible finish – why oh why did he throw that fireball at the end though? There was no need to take that risk of getting an Ohgi to the face… “That’s so Pete Carroll”!   […Full Story…]

Nov 262014
Kore ga saikyo-ryu da!

I’ve written a lot before about some of the issues I’ve had over the years when it comes to Street Fighter 4 – and these days I’d add that I really don’t like the later-discovered flaws in the engine like plinking, and I have an insane hatred of near universal defensive option selects like ‘crouch-tech’. The current incarnation, Ultra Street Fighter 4, pretty much has most of the general SF4 problems intact sadly, although the character balance feels a little better to […Full Story…]

Oct 172013
Steel Boots 2 - Sheffield Divekick Tournament

Well the first Steel Boots tournament was a lot of fun, and this time we doubled the players! Here’s the results The tournament format was Double Elmination, best of 3 matches, loser can change character (& gem) after each match loss.   Remy77077 played as: Dr Shoals, Kenny, S-Kill, Markman & The Baz Navan Daughn played as: Redacted, The Baz id0ru played as: Kick ineedleladybra played as: S-Kill FieryBiscuit8 played as: Dr Shoals Kimble played as: Kung Pao The turning […Full Story…]

Jan 302013
Yomi: A newbie's guide to starting out with Lum

Lum is a very attractive character for a lot of new players at Yomi. It’s also been said this is a bit of a shame though, because he’s one of the most complex characters in the game to play with, and so not exactly ideal for a new player. Yomi is a competitive game that supremely tests your valuation and reading (yomi) skills. As it’s a turn-based card game, there’s no real ‘execution’ to speak of (apart from rare cases […Full Story…]

Jan 112013
Yomi: A Grave Decision

When I last wrote about Yomi, I was still very new to the game, but I’d decided to buy a single online character to get me started and to help me learn to play the game. I do think this is definitely the best way to get started at online Yomi, because I feel there’s just too much going on and too much to learn if you are playing with different characters every week on the free rotation; unless of […Full Story…]

Dec 042012
Competitive Gaming 456

…Continued directly from Competitive Gaming 123… A quick review of what that our 1,2,3 was: 1. A level playing field. 2. Effective skill-based matchmaking. 3. Accurate and fair skill & result-based ranking. What’s always amazed me is that there’s so few competitive games that currently or have ever managed all three of these basic core criteria very well, or even at all in most cases. One caveat is that, generally, super-hardcore-tournament & clan competition stuff succeeds in adding some or […Full Story…]

Nov 072012
Halo 4 lacking skill ranking

Well Halo 4 has gone one worse than Halo Reach even, and launched without any kind of skill-based ranking system, and now has a gameplay affecting grind exploitationware system too rather than a purely cosmetic one. These are absolutely horrible decisions for competitive gamers everywhere and make me wish I could go back in time to Halo 2’s release again! Reach eventually got some semblance of a working ranking system, but it was too little too late, confined to one […Full Story…]