Sunday, September 30, 2012

Episode 14 - わたしは

After a 2 month vacation, we headed into Semester 2 very much prepared for the worst. The Another of Semester 2 was revealed midway through the term but the resilience of us, veterans of the calamity, calmed the storm and successfully send the dead back to death, again.

We approached the new Semester, Semester 3, with enthusiasm, this time taking no breaks at all, but the unbecoming awaited us, at the first ring of the bell. The New Another wasted no time and announced dutifully, like issuing an open challenge, that he was indeed the dead, and if we have what it takes, we are welcome to try and send him back. 

It gets worst.

Having barely come to terms with the rise of the New Another, this term, the Another comes in Twos.

The phenomenon only intensifies with each new Semester. Time is running out. With each passing minute, they threaten to harm the beloved 嵐姉妹 with their roller chairs side by side.

There is no God.



Head of Counter-Measures

Class C

Monday, September 17, 2012

Vice Vords from the Vice Capt. - Eighteen Chefs

I am the best

Commentary isn't for everyone. Coming on Stream and speaking or being on stage facing hundreds of people, it's really hard to keep yourself entertaining, informative and charismatic all at the same time. My advice as always, same on point and be yourself.


It was 2009, you are allowed to not look like what you are now

I never started out wanting to do commentary. In my humble beginnings entering the FGC, I was what you would call, a Lurker, standing behind, watching the players play and slowly picking up the game at lesser known arcades. I was keen on becoming a great player and trained really hard. I slowly integrated into the scene by getting to know some wonderful people who shared my interest in American comics, Japanese culture like Fashion, Anime/Manga as well as some random Doods who just gelled with me like Chemistry (Teamchemist)

It was only at the first-ever Chalet back in... '09? That I stood behind what I believe was Spore having an MvC2 match with Berwyn and started throwing out random shouts and jeers. Somewhere in that crowd, somebody told me,

"You should definitely try doing commentary."

I got my first big break when VIN-TEH-GEE SOUL organized the first Beginner's tournament. That was what... my first real show, coincidentally, that was also the first time I ever shared the mic with Vx, of which we would later go on to create this place known as Team Xialan. 

(You kids have it lucky coming in and making your debuts on bigger shows!)

I was nervous as hell. My jaws were chattering, you couldn't see it because the Arcade was and still is, too dark.

Vx and I would go on to do many a great things

Moving on, I've gone from strength to strength, always improving myself and doing better at every show. I became a staple voice in an FGC event that provided both high-level gameplay (From the best players in the business in Singapore) equipped with electrifying commentary from myself, often paired with Vx, my number 1 commentary partner of choice, or various folks in the scene. I have also gone solo (In recent times) and have no qualms about it.

Since coming full circle and doing this for close to almost 3 years, I definitely have much to share with you, if you're aspiring to take the mic and take on a gig.


Never let your friends down

You can't do commentary if you don't know what you're talking about. Only Vx and I can do something like that. But I definitely did my time by studying Frame Data, remembering move names, player names and matches from various tournaments that help to highlight my commentary when the space in between matches call for a little dialogue. 

To a person who knows nothing about the game, he or she would probably just get excited when a player links his or her Ultra. It is your job to provide the viewer the theories of HOW and WHY the player sets up his or her moves. It adds dimension to the commentary. 

One of the reasons why people like VIN-TEH-GEE SOUL, Xian and Gellon are such great commentators despite not often doing shows is that they have so much knowledge on the game they're talking about, it feels as though you're at the coffee shop with them having coffee.

I thoroughly enjoyed doing commentary with the likes of VIN-TEH-GEE SOUL  and Xian.



Much like how a player reviews his game after a tournament to see what he can improve on and do better, I too, do the same. I re-watch matches that feature my commentary and always take mental notes as to what I can improve or what I shouldn't say. How I could phrase things better... Stuff like that.

I actually take the time to go on Youtube and watch videos of great Frontmen in bands (Phil Anselmo/Pantera) give interviews or speechs, watch Wrestling promos (The Rock is a favourite and big inspiration when it comes to this for both Vx and I) to learn from them.


Your opinion does not matter unless you are somebody in this scene. Or else, people won't take your word for it. If you're starting out, try to leave out personal opinions and just concentrate on watching the match and telling the viewer what is going on on screen. 

Entertainment Value

Sliding a random picture in here because it's inappropriate

People like colourful commentary filled with bashing and jokes, but not everybody is ready for it as I've learned over the years. The people from the scene may be used to the style of commentary you produce but not the general folks who do not understand the culture or the nature of the game. Some people don't realise, they're not very humourous by nature and yet try to be funny on Stream. That often turns out bad. It's ok to not entertain your crowd, it is more important to fulfill your role as a commentator, watching and reporting on the match, then to be a clown. Unless you are like Vx or I, we do great at mashing the both. That's only because we have a great sense of humour and welcome people taking the shit out on us, as we do to them.


Circa AFA '10

Commentary isn't for everyone and if it's just not your thing, then it really isn't. If you want to get better, take into account all the tips I have written down as they come from personal experiences and mistakes. Knowledge is very important, study your subject. 

It works for me because I used to have a fear of speaking in public or to crowds but like the Batman, I use the commentary shows to overcome my stage fright and now I totally embrace it. I enjoy it.

TGX '11 - This still live vividly in my memories

It's not to say I don't get nervous at all, I still do, not on Stream at least, but being infront of people. The biggest stage I ever stood upon was at TGX '11, for the AE Grand Finals and if you had seen me at that show, I spent the first 20 minutes pacing around the stage, totally unapproachable. In my mind, I could only think of my opening speech, my closing speech, my lines, what lines I could use, are the people ready for me, will I sound too loud, will I sound too boring, will I entertain them... There was simply too much going on in my head.

The entire thing lasted what... half an hour? 40 minutes? But as I recall doing it, it felt like 5 minutes to me. My mind was blank and I was just going at it. When I got off stage I remembered someone telling me it was great but I wasn't convinced. I even went up to Jasper to ask him if I did ok and he reassured me it was perfect. 

Because I look good here

What I'm trying to say is, I may seem obnoxious and full of confidence when I'm doing these things and it may seem like I'm just speaking my mind and going really natural but it comes from lots and lots of hard work and practise. 

Without sounding too xialan, I would like to just close it by saying, you don't get to where I am by doing what you do. You work hard, you earn the respect of your peers and in return, you earn the right to stand before them. You're not doing anything for yourself, or to prove this to anyone who watches you, you are providing a service to the people, first and foremost, and if you think you are coming in here for the glory and to show the world "Hey I'm a made man." chances are, you're not going to stay alive in this scene.

With ♥,
Vice Capt.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Mirror from Arab Street

There once was a mirror that was said to reveal the truth about anyone who stood before it. Many were skeptical about it's supposed powers, yet many were afraid to look it dead on ahead. Perhaps they were uneasy about confronting truths within themselves, then suddenly feeling naked, perhaps perhaps... It was a very human notion and nothing too surprising.

So on and on the mirror stood in the shop, rust and dusting until one day, the old courier put a cloth over it as he closed the shop. Just then, a curious little girl who was a peasant with no money, came by and said to the old man.

"I've admired that mirror for the longest time! I know what it is said to be able to do! I don't really believe it, do you?"

The courier stared blankly at her young, innocent eyes, as if looking for a sign, an answer... He started mumbling, as though chanting, before opening up his voice, he said...

"I don't know what you're talking about. But you can have this mirror for 99 dollars, son."

The old man took the long flight of stairs up the attic where I presumed was his bed leaving the little girl to her own devices, before the famed mirror.

5 years later, she turned 22 and got married.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Some Saturday That Was...

Saturday was a blessed day with some serious looting on the EVA Ichiban Kuji.

By the time Kenn had got there, the top prizes were all gone... all but one was left, Ayanami Rei, sitting tall, only one. I had 45 minutes remaining from class, I had given up on studying by then.

19 tickets were left, I told Kenn to buy up 9 and I'll come down and buy up the remaining 10, but the outcome was even better than planned.

Krystal with the pick, Kenn tore it open, and with just one ticket, one shot, they had won the A Prize! - Ayanami Rei!

And with that, it sealed my fate. I was destined to own it, and destine to be their bitch, for a long time coming. Still, I am eternally grateful.

After picking up the A Prize, I went back to buy up 3 more tickets, which became 2 more, then became 1 more, and won myself both the Handphone ornaments and some of the @School Collection petit figures (Featuring Maya, Rei, Mari and Kwaoru - Of which, Kwaoru I gave away to a cute little stingy woman.) 

It was euphoric. We even got the shop owners saying, "Just buy only" on top of the constant pressure from my friends. 

Kujis are mad fun.

I would also like to thank Khairi for organizing a BlazBlue tournament on this day to house all the BB Dogs far away from the Kuji. I believe it was instrumental to me getting the Ayanami Rei A Prize.



Gakky on the cover of this month's NYLON Japan! The love of my life.

Monday, September 3, 2012

If you was to pinpoint your sadness, you wouldn't even know where to find it, or what it looks like.

Sunday, September 2, 2012


What is wrong isn't what is gone it's what's not there anymore and why not that's bothering more. Had not the general concept of a schoolboy's idea of romance degenerated into an elongated shiteatinggrin you've got much to say son, about a great love, bought from genital lotion and apple-flavoured curry. "You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you, you're so vain." Life doesn't even have a life itself.