GGV Web Series [Gamer Vision] EP1: Whitney “Celestine” Perdue
We are proud to announce GGVogue Web Series [Gamer Vision] following gamers pursuing their passions and dreams in the gaming industry. Regardless of age, gender, or nationality these passionate gamers shine light into their daily lives, events, and experience. In our first episode, we join Whitney “Celestine” Perdue, a Fighting gaming community (FGC) player in Street Fighter IV traveling to TFC- The Fall Classic Tournament in North Carolina. She aspires to become a better competitive player and knowing that the road is tough and challenging she find excitement and joy on her adventure.
Watch her video and read the story of her trip below.
My name is Whitney Perdue (Handle: Celestine). My first experience with any kind of video game was a handheld football game my older brother had. Then later playing my brother’s Atari 2600 (Age exposed?…lol). Once I owned an NES of my own, I haven’t looked back. I enjoy going to gaming conventions like PAX East. This year I was chosen to participate in the PAX Omegathon. I didn’t make it to the finals but I had fun anyway. I play various genres but play fighting and rhythm games most. Recently, I decided I want to play fighting games, namely Street Fighter IV on a more competitive level. This brings me to give you my overall experience of the most recent major fighting game tournament venue.
Along with the New York Comic-Con being in full swing, fighting game tournament TFC—The Fall Classic took place the same weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina. The idea of the venue was bringing the entire east coast FGC (fighting game community) together to compete then have a good time. Not only did people from all over the east coast attended, fighting gamers from all over the country from Canada and Japan attended.
This is was the third major tournament I’ve gone to. At my first venue, I was honestly nervous. There were a few people there that I met before at other meet-ups like Mashfest or Next Level. But many there I did not know. Plus it’s also apparent that the majority of the attendees were male. So every so often there was a look of surprise from a guy when I whip out my fightstick from my backpack to play. Though once you sit down to play and you play as serious as them, the ice is broken and then we’re exchanging some kind of tech pertaining to the game. I then felt more comfortable to mingle. By the end of the weekend, I had met new people from all over the country and people that surprisingly lived right in the city. After playing so many good players, I also felt highly motivated to get home and practice for the next tournament. I knew more of the people that regularly run the tournament circuit and met a few first timers and did my best to make them feel comfortable.
I also had the opportunity to meet a top Ultra Street Fighter IV player, Pepeday, from Japan. His community believed in his skill so strongly, that they raised money to fly him to the venue to compete. Before our tournament matches started, I was able to play a few casual matches with Pepeday. I already knew he was at a totally different level of skill than I was, but “getting thrown in the deep end” a lot of times helps on the road to improvement. As I said before, sitting down and showing the same enthusiasm for the game breaks the ice. In this case, that and knowing some conversational Japanese, helped greatly. Obviously, he “bodied” me (easily beat me) and I tried to learn what I needed to work on. More importantly, once he heard that I had a handle of the language, he said that he felt less nervous. In fact, there were a handful of people at the venue that knew some Japanese. Many that didn’t know the language tried their best to make him feel comfortable. The tournament organizers did the same. I was happy that the community treated Pepeday not as a foreigner, but as another gamer in the community.
This time around, I didn’t win any of my tournament matches. But I had an awesome time this past weekend. Once again, I’m motivated to level up my skill and wait in anticipation for the next tournament venue. I get the funny looks sometimes when I play because it is rare to see a female really play fighting games like many males do. But when I do play, many are pleasantly surprised and then share either tech or ways to mentally prepare myself during matches.
So…that is about it. The road to “getting good” continues. Thanks so much to Jennifer Vargas for allowing me to voice my views as a fighting gamer. Thank you, Jazz of Team Spooky for helping me take photos and videos over the weekend. And thank you, to those in the community for helping me to #GitGud. ^_^
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