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Introducing… THE BOX

There was a problem.

The Choi Family house had a big problem. You see, John’s mom needed someone to move their old bootleg ass 42″ plasma tv (funny note… it was the TV I sold him) out of the house so we could install their newly upgraded SAMSUNG (of course – Korea FIGHTING!) LCD.

John calls me up, we hop in the “Prudence” the Prius (another story for another time) and head to south San Jose to handle biz.

Moving the TV goes without a hitch, except for the usual yelling that John and I do at each other. But once we were leaving the house through the garage, I asked him about this box of old VHS tapes he had lying around.

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“Oh, it’s just a bunch of old SF tapes and stuff. I don’t think anyone gives a shit about that stuff anymore,” said the Korean Inferno.

“What?!?!? Are you kidding me? This stuff is gold? Can I take it with me to archive? MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WILL WATCH IT!” I said.

And without his permission, I just stole the box. Granted, I probably hyped it up a bit, but there’s a lot of cool stuff that I don’t think has hit the web yet, and I figured I could make a small project out of it and share it with all you guys. Sound boring? Well, go fuck yourself.

Looking in the contents of the box, there’s a lot of goodies – like player cards from Texas Showdown 5 (I was there!), some old GamePro magazines, lots of old school Street Fighter match videos – Japanese and American alike, and I think a couple of softcore Korean pr0ns. You KNOW I will be viewing those.

To kick things off, I’ve uploaded a few matches from this japanese CD-R Disc that contains a shit ton of Japanese arcade CVS2 matches from 2005. It’s awesome to see high level Street Fighter players get their hands on a game that hasn’t fully developed at the time. Case in point – some motherfucker was ACTUALLY using P-groove. (If you don’t play CVS2, here’s a protip: NOBODY uses fucking P-groove, except for that dude Steve H or whatever his name was…)

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On to the matches:





Notice something? Yeah, there’s a special video in the middle – just seeing if you guys are paying attention. I looked up “CVS2” in Pornhub and that was the first video that came up. Apparently Latina chix love that A-groove hurr hurr hurrrr. BTW, there’s more where that came from. (EDIT: I took it out because 1. I’m a pussy, and 2. I was dumb enough to load the page while at work, and now my IT administrator knows I watch porn at work. 🙁 )

Living With John Choi: Champion Edition

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Hello readers! (All zero of you)

After a long hiatus, I’ve decided to start posting to this atrocity of a blog again. Why now? Well, there are a couple of reasons, which I’ll list below.

1. While I no longer actually *live* with John Choi (I know, BOO EFFING HOO), I still hang out with him regularly. He’s even got a new lady friend and we sometimes go on double dates. How effing romantical. (Since she’s nice, I’ll leave her out of the LWJC blog… for now.) And realistically, I have some sadistic pleasure in writing/exposing him and his goofy-mega-fobby ways.

In reality though, we still hang out a lot and there’s always interesting stories to log… like the one time I had to borrow his car to drive to his place and drop a deuce since I was about to seriously shit my pants. It did not end well.

2. I want to start getting back in the habit of blogging (is that what people still call it these days?) more regularly. Keep my skills sharp, like… uh… a really sharp pair of scissors… or something. (See, I need the practice.) Yeah, it’s selfish, but eat me.

3. *NERD ALERT LEVEL 5* – I started getting into arcade collecting. Mostly Street Fighter-related stuff and its variants — not really into the Mappy Land/Pac Man type of stuff, although mad props to those that are collecting that stuff. I tinkered with a ton of bullshit and have learned a lot, and instead of starting yet ANOTHER blog, I figured I’d just put it all here since it’s all SORT of related.

So, there you have it. We’ll see how long this lasts. I’ll try my best (serious) to keep this thing consistent with fresh content to keep your interest piqued. Don’t care? Well, it will be a nice way for me to log my John-Choi-Street-Fighter-Arcade-related adventures going forward. Stay tuned for more!

P.S. – Future foreshadowing: I stumbled upon this box that I forced Mr. Choiboy to give to me when we were both last at his mom’s place. While many of you might not care, there’s a ton of gold (at least to me) in this box. Here’s a sneak preview that I uploaded – a CVS2 match between D44 BAS vs Nemo which I don’t think has ever been uploaded aka THIS SHIT AIN’T EVEN OUT YET. I’ll post more details and more later.

Stay tuned. And if any of you see John Choi, let him know that I’ll be over to fix his wi-fi card sometime this week.

Random Old Pic Of The Day

Alright, this may not seem like much of a picture (except it has JOHN FUCKING CHOI IN IT!!!! jk I don’t give two shits), but he told me a few tidbits of trivia over super nachos and pacificos last night that I thought I would share.

1. This Hyper Fighting cabinet came from a pretty big Southern Hills Golfland Alpha 2 tournament. The winner of the tournament was to have his choice of an ORIGINAL Sony Playstation 1 OR a Hyper Fighting cabinet. It turns out that John Choi didn’t even win the tournament (blasphemy!)

His rival, Alex Valle — not “CaliPower” at the time, will get into that later — ended up winning the Alpha 2 tournament. Valle, going against the advice given to him by his peers, opted to go with the PS1. That left runner-up John Choi with a Hyper Fighting cabinet.

2. Soon after, John traveled back up to Sunnyvale — and fortunately enough for him, the owner of Golfland shipped the cabinet up to the bay area for him for $60 bucks. THEN he borrowed a truck to bring it with him to UC Davis, and on the way, got a speeding ticket.

3. Once he finally got the damn cabinet into his apartment, after it ripped up his floor of course, he played it for ONE HOUR and fucking put it in the closet. And since he was living with his girlfriend at the time, she wanted the closet space to hang shit up, so they put it on its side. In the middle of the closet. To take a nap. For a FULL YEAR.

3. After he got bonerz for the Alpha series, he decided to pawn off the Hyper Fighting cabinet to a man that called himself “Spider Dan”. You might recognize “Spider Dan” from such feature documentary films like, “Bang The Machine”, and uhh… nothing else. And guess what? They’re playing on that SAME GOD DAMN CABINET in the movie.

So there’s your random Choi tidbit of trivia for the day.

What did we learn? While arcade cabinets are badass, they’re a fucking liability. John ended up spending more on transporting the damn thing than the cabinet actually cost.

I’ve Struck Gold!

So, John’s been out of the house all weekend, and while digging through his shit to try and expose his love for Sanstorm even further, I stumbled across two stacks of photos still in their sleeves. These photos are almost as old as Miley Cyrus, and each one of them has a really great story to go with them. After living with John for a few years, I’ve learned so much about the older Street Fighter years that seemed to have been forgotten.

For example, this photo from ’97 is from the famous Chicago trip where Alex Valle coined his name which he uses to this day — “CaliPower”, where the beef between norcal and socal seemed to have subsided (I believe John and Alex actually teamed up and gave each other strategies to win), where I BELIEVE they all stayed at an apartment that had a showerhead that operated like a giant metal donkey dick that shot a powerful stream of hot water on your face, and more.

Over the next few weeks/months, I’ll be scanning and uploading these for your enjoyment — until John get’s extremely pissed at me.

I heard he’s looking for a new roommate anyway, so I better hustle!!!