An Open Letter to Dasrik's Family

To the friends and family of Ricardo LeFaurie:

I think I speak for all of us in the fighting game community that we wish you Godspeed in this time of mourning. There are simply no words that I or anyone else can say that would be of much comfort to you. Dasrik and I have had a great friendship over the years, and I want you all to know that he was one of the most insightful, intelligent, and brave people I’ve ever known. Very few of us in this world can relate what he was been going through. Most of us do not have to confront our mortality on a nearly daily basis, but yet he did. Not only that, instead of shying away from it, he accepted it, but not let it dictate how he was to live his life. Since we’ve heard of his passing, I’ve been receiving messages and comments from various people within the community who enjoyed his insights. I concur with these thoughts, and I’m glad, no, proud that I can say emphatically is one of my friends. I will miss him, and he shall never be forgotten.

I spoke with him just 2 weeks ago. Ironically, he was mourning the loss of one of his friends. He told me that he is so sad that he won’t be able to talk with her anymore. He also expressed his belief in God. With that in mind, I hope you can take some solace in a scripture that I read from time to time when I lose someone in death:

“With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:3, 4)

In closing, I’d like you to know that you will in our thoughts and prayers. He left a legacy that shall never be forgotten, as long as we, his extended family, keep him in our memories, he will continue to exist within us, until he returns.

Special AlphaISM Live Podcast scheduled for Wednesday, Jan 6 2010 @ 7:30 p.m. (UPDATED)

Edit: You can download this podcast here.

Hello everyone,

As most of you know, our good friend, Ricardo “Dasrik” LeFaurie left us a few days ago. To that end, skisonic, UCRJesse and I have scheduled a special show that is dedicated to him and his family, where we all can come together and reminisce about this wonderful person that we will surely miss. Friends of Dasrik are encouraged to come on the show and talk about their experiences with Dasrik. Alternatively, you can leave a comment on this blog which I will read aloud on the air.

Looking forward to reading/hearing your experiences!

Here are the details on how to participate on Wednesday’s show.

If you want to listen to the show, use VLC or Winamp, and connect to http://www.alphaism.com:8000/listen.pls (only works when show is live)

If you want to participate, simply follow the steps below. (Microphone is required, laptop mics are NOT allowed)

1) Download Skype.

2) Install and add Benji-man01 as the contact via Tools.

3) Simply select Benji-man01 by right clicking the name on the Contact list, and select “Start Call”.

4) Join our IRC channel, #alphaismradio on EFnet, or if you do not have an IRC client, try out our webchat version.

AlphaISM Radio live podcast scheduled for Thursday, December 24, 2009 @ 7 pm PST (UPDATED)

Edit: (12/25/09) A special thanks to Jesse, Amp, and Jetay for joining me on last night’s show. Your feedback is STILL needed (read below). Here are the links to the podcast. (broken up in 3 parts; you will need to download all 3 parts to extract the file)

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Yo everyone,

For this show, I need your help in figuring out my role in AlphaISM Radio for here on out. skisonic has proven to be an excellent host, with a knowledge of fighting games that I can’t simply match. Now, I know everyone says “Yeah Bunk, but you’re good for laughs though”. While that may be true, comedy is like dessert; it’s great to have, but not a steady stream of it. Sooner or later, you’ll want some meat and potatoes. So … what should I talk about? Fighting games can always be a topic, but with my ignorance, it could only go so far, and skisonic already has that covered. I could talk about various noteworthy stuff going around in this country and beyond, but would people (like you) be interested in hearing my commentary on what’s going on? Should I talk about the latest in banking/finance news, and ways you can improve your financial life, as I do at work?

So if you have any ideas, please post them here in the comments field; I’ll be reading them aloud on tomorrow’s podcast. As usual, the details on how to access the show are below. See you there!

If you want to listen to the show, use VLC or Winamp, and connect to http://www.alphaism.com:8000/listen.pls (only works when show is live)

If you want to participate, simply follow the steps below. (Microphone is required, laptop mics are NOT allowed)

1) Download Skype.

2) Install and add Benji-man01 as the contact via Tools.

3) Simply select Benji-man01 by right clicking the name on the Contact list, and select “Start Call”.

4) Join our IRC channel, #alphaismradio on EFnet, or if you do not have an IRC client, try out our webchat version.

GGPO finally is being used in a Capcom Game!

Thanks to the hard work from Seth K. and others, I’m happy to report that GGPO is being used in the upcoming release of Final Fight Double Impact for PSN/XBLA. YES, we know it’s not a fighting game, but if we want it to be used in Capcom’s fighting games, we NEED to support this release. I really don’t care if you like FF or not, BUY THIS GAME. If this game is a flop, then obviously, we can pretty much be certain that GGPO won’t go much further than this release.

So again, BUY IT and leave a comment on the blog (Seth was really specific about making our verses heard). He wouldn’t ask this if there wasn’t important eyes who will be looking through the comments. Tell them that you’re buying it in support of GGPO.

PEOPLE, I cannot STRESS the importance of this. We’ve all clamored for the use of GGPO in Capcom’s fighting games. Capcom is testing the waters to see if it is indeed worth it, we need to respond with our wallets with a resounding “YES!!!”.

AlphaISM Radio returns live WEDNESDAY, November 25 @ 7:15 p.m. PST (UPDATED)

Yo everyone,

Edit: You can download the podcast for this show here.

While ski takes a much-deserved holiday break, I’ll be once again stepping in the hosting shoes and put on a live show on Thanksgiving Eve. As you probably heard by now, Guy/Cody/Adon has been confirmed for Super Street Fighter IV. I *hope* to have a Street Fighter Alpha expert and talk about what these characters bring to the table. Are you hype??!!!

Also we’ll be talking a bit about Black Friday, and what deals there will be that are of interest. If you know of a great Black Friday deal, please contact me. AIM is Bunkei0, e-mail is bunkei@alphaism.com, or better yet, JUST SHOW UP ON THE SHOW!!!

Of other news, I will also touch on my plans for my banned Xbox 360, and a warning to those who were affected by Microsoft’s massive banning of modded consoles. I’ll also give you my take on the likelihood of legal action against Microsoft because of this.

It *will* be a fun show! Of course, I urge EVERYONE to participate. There’s no excuse. All you need is a microphone (laptop mics do NOT count, they’re horrible) or cellphone. Details on how to join the show are as follows:

1) Download Skype.

2) Install and add Benji-man01 as the contact via Tools.

3) Simply select Benji-man01 by right clicking the name on the Contact list, and select “Start Call”.

4) -OR- You can call the show using your landline/cellphone. The phone number is 206.201.2498. Keep in mind outbound calls are not free, and costs money. However, inbound calls do not cost anything, so feel free to call in often as you want.

5) Join our IRC channel, #alphaismradio on EFnet, or if you do not have an IRC client, try out our webchat version.

AlphaISM Radio podcast scheduled for TONIGHT @ 7 pm PST! Topic: Tekken 6 (UPDATED)

Yo everyone,

Tonight we have (hopefully) a special show dedicated to Tekken 6. Since neither ski or I are tekken players, I’ve reached out to the people on Tekken Zaibatsu forum and formally invited them to the radio show. I’m hoping we’ll get a few Tekken “experts” to break down the game for us non-Tekken players who just bought the game. When anyone accepts the invitation, I’ll update via Twitter. Make sure you follow us so you don’t miss out.

I’ll also talk about my new X360 and my experience with Borderlands (I’m a level 15 siren). We’ll also talk about my frustrating experience looking for a headset (my X360 was used, so it didn’t come with one).

Lastly, if ski’s not too busy, I’d like to pick his brain about SF4 some more, and I encourage everyone to participate. He also has a show scheduled this week in his continuing dope series called “SF4: 2D BASICS”. Make sure you tune in for that one!

Ok folks that’s about it; remember to sign up for Twitter to get the latest updates for tonight’s show.

Edit: You can download this show’s podcast here. Enjoy!

Do you use RSS feed?

If you use Firefox, IE7, or IE8, I have a nice little shortcut how you can keep up-to-date information on this site.

You probably heard of RSS, which stands for “Really Simple Syndication”. In short, RSS allows you to be notified of any new content on RSS-capable sites (read: most sites).

I’m sure you’ve seen the symbol, it looks like this:

RSS icon

The neat thing is the fact that you can do this for all major sites. For instance, I have SRK, Dailytech, tomshardware.com, and others all coming to my RSS feeder. I can then just read all the new stuff right there on one page, without manually going to each site.

Isn’t that neat? So … how do you use RSS? Easy, you just need to subscribe to the feed by clicking on the icon shown above on your browser when visiting that site. In both IE and Mozilla, it will ask you to confirm your subscription and BAM! You’re done.

So what happens if SRK reveals the next character in Super Street Fighter 4 and posts it on their blog? Well, at first, I thought that when a new RSS feed becomes available, IE/Mozilla would notify you of the new feed. As it turns out, that is NOT the case. For Firefox users, you’re (sorta) in luck; there’s an RSS Feed Sidebar extension that will notify you of new feeds. The reason why I said “sorta” in luck is that this extension has had issues with missing some RSS feeds and other random errors.

For IE7/IE8 users, the only option is to use the Windows Live Mail RSS Reader. This isn’t as bad as you think–as long as you have a Microsoft email address (msn.com, live.com etc). The neat thing is that it does notify you of newly downloaded RSS content. However, if you don’t have a Microsoft e-mail address, then using the Windows Live Mail software might not be as appealing. Another caveat is that if you’re a Windows XP user, you will need to download Windows Live Mail software and must have IE7. Sooo .. why not just use the reader in IE7?? Right.

Moving on …

So what if you use an older version of IE (6 or below– NOT recommended) or you use Google Chrome? Better yet, what if you want to get the latest updates without the need of your browser being open? Well then, you will need a RSS Reader. You have two options:

1) If you have a Gmail account, you can subscribe to RSS feeds and when there’s any new content, Google will send you an email. But you may ask, “doesn’t that mean that I have to login to Gmail account to see if there’s any feeds?” Actually … NO

You can use Google Notifier for Windows or Mac. That way you are instantly alerted when there’s new content available. The nice thing about Google Notifier that it shows you a preview of the new message so you can decide if it’s worth checking out or not.

You can also use http://www.igoogle.com ; which shows RSS feeds as well as your inbox for your Gmail account.

-OR-

You can download a standalone RSS Reader. Most of the good ones cost money, and if you’re willing to pay for one, FeedDemon is what I recommend. There are free RSS Readers, but be careful. As the saying goes: “There’s no such thing as a free lunch”. So beware of malware/spyware included in these “free” readers. If you don’t want to pay one, then the solution is simple: USE GOOGLE READER!

I use Google Reader (I use Chrome, which doesn’t include a reader like Firefox/IE). I set my homepage to http://www.igoogle.com (which has the RSS feeds right there on the main page). That’s not to say that the RSS readers included with Firefox/IE are no good; but they don’t notify you of new updates which partially defeats the purpose of RSS.

I promise you, once you start subscribing to RSS feeds, you’d wonder how’d you ever use the web without one. GET TO WORK! Here’s a few sites I’d recommend for fighting gamers:

Home


http://www.alphaism.com

http://www.capcom-unity.com
http://www.kingoffighters12.net

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AlphaISM Radio Podcast scheduled TONIGHT! Topic: Season's Beatings 4

Yo guys,

Skisonic will be doing a post-SB4 “wrap-up” show tonight. He will be giving some insights from what he saw during this tournament, including the entertaining grand finals between Justin and Daigo. Keep checking this space for the details of when the show will start, or join us on IRC here.

If you are looking to step up your game in SF4, this is a show you do not want to miss!

AlphaISM Radio – October 8, 2009 – Advanced Topics: Basics 2D201

Yo peeps,

In case you missed it, skisonic had a very interesting 2-hour conversation with Viscant in a continuing series skisonic has dubbed “the basics”. In this particular episode, skisonic investigates what goes through a pro’s mind when selecting his first/main character in a new fighting game. Along the way, they discussed Street Fighter 4, Super Street Fighter 4, and the playing styles of well-known players and why they are so successful.

As usual, comedy relief was provided by yours truly 😉

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