This Guy Is A Fighting Game Superstar

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One word: "Daigo".

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Daigo Umehara is one of the top Street Fighter players in the world. He's famous for this clip — which will, no doubt, outlive us all.

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At the recent Super Street Fighter IV Fight Club Event in Los Angeles, Umehara was mobbed by fans eager to shake his hand.

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And sign stuff.

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Back in 2007, I interviewed Daigo for my book on Japanese arcades, Arcade Mania. What impressed me was how dedicated he has been to the Street Fighter series — nice to see him get love from these L.A. fans.

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Hmmmm... Besides Ashcraft, who's simply doing research, can you find a white dude in any of these pictures? (No racial hate, I'm Hispanic myself.) I just find it strange that fighting games, at a high level, seem to be dominated by minorities: Asian, Hispanic, and Black.