Some of you may have noticed that the front page has been populated with a few new faces over the past couple of weeks. Well, that’s because our little Shoryuken family has expanded! We recently took on a handful of new staff members who will act as supplemental writers for the core team of Samantha “USD” Hobbs, Franz “d3v” Co, Angelo “MyLifeIsAnRPG” D’Argenio, and myself.
You’ll find a quick introduction from each new hire below. Please, welcome them with open arms and try not to be too mean. They’re still fragile!
Links to social media and all their posts so far can now be found in the right-hand sidebar of our website.[hr]
Currently stationed in Japan, Xie is one who has traversed all walks of fighting game life. From his humble beginnings as a pot scrub in Southern California, he has worked tirelessly as a competitor, streamer, commentator, and tournament organizer to push his communities to greater heights. While most well known for his presence in the Arc System Works scene, his interests range from currently contemporary to the completely obscure. He roams from arcade to arcade, in hopes of better connecting players across different games and countries. Unfortunately, he is now unable to spend money on food without considering the number of games it could have gone towards in the arcade.[hr]
Jason Yang, a native of Taipei, Taiwan, is in his second year as a graduate student at the University of North Texas, and is on course to receive his Master’s in Journalism in August 2014. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas and recently started to freelance for the Dallas Observer and local newspapers. Therefore, he’s still rather new in the writing industry. Being a third-culture kid with no friends growing up, his best friends were fighting games; and even with all the free time to practice, he’s still terrible at them and salty when he loses. Capcom’s versus and Alpha series with a hint of Tekken and WWE Smackdown are his obsession, but he’s willing to try anything. He believes the fighting game community will be a force to be reckoned with in the future of competitive gaming scene, and hopes to play a pivotal role in that movement by working on Shoryuken.
In the future, he hopes to become a travel writer. For now, he just wants to contribute to the community while finishing up grad school.[hr]
Julius “KingFunk” Vissing
Julius “King Funk” Vissing is a fighting game player and tournament organizer currently residing in Copenhagen, Denmark and studying at Copenhagen Business School. Half French, half Danish, he has lived in many different countries all around Europe throughout his childhood, experiencing a wide variety of cultures and learning lots of languages. While he is a strong advocate for Super Smash Bros. (Melee especially), he plays a large number of fighting games including Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition ver. 2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter x Tekken, King of Fighters XIII, and Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
King Funk started out as a Super Smash Bros. Brawl player in Portugal in 2008, where he founded an offline community and hosted the country’s first few tournaments. Eventually moving to Denmark in 2010 in order to begin his university studies, he found himself in a different Smash environment, one that favored Brawl’s predecessor, Super Smash Bros. Melee, which he picked up instead. He would go on to compete in various events in Europe and around the world (including the United States and Japan) as well as organize his own.
At Apex 2012, King Funk witnessed fellow Melee player Brian “Alukard” Garcia place 3rd in UMvC3. Having watched countless videos and streams, he had always been an avid follower of the larger fighting game community. But it was not until that moment that he decided to try his hand at other 2D fighters. Julius now makes it a priority of his to help bridge the gap between the Smash community and overall scene.
He is also currently a member of Team Individualists (also known as “I”), a group of Street Fighter players featuring the likes of Ixion, Overmostheads, WarriorBySand, and many others.[hr]
Lance “Tarnot” Hood
Lance “Tarnot” Hood is a Kentucky native currently living just outside of Lexington. He holds a BA in English with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Kentucky and is working to complete his MFA in creative writing. He has been a gamer since he was first able to prop himself up against the sofa and aimlessly slap the buttons on the family NES—good thing Konami included the 30 lives code. He grew up with the Mega Man series, Street Fighter II, Killer Instinct and Mortal Kombat.
Though he has played fighting games most of his life, he only began taking the genre seriously in the summer of 2010. Since then, he has learned to love fighting games as something more than fireball tossing simulators. His current favorite is Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition ver. 2012, where he mains Ibuki but also plays a variety of other characters. He dabbles in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Injustice: Gods Among Us, BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena, and King of Fighters XIII, and is seriously looking forward to Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-.
Last year, he attended EVO for the first time. Having only ever participated in small, local tournaments, he was surprised just how large major tournaments are. In the coming year, he plans to attend east coast majors as he is able and hopes to make his way out to Vegas again for Evo 2014 with another year of experience with Ibuki and maybe, just maybe, make it out of pools this time.
When he’s not vortexing people, Tarnot enjoys a vast array of other game genres—platformers, puzzlers, and MOBAs to name a few. He is currently sinking an incredible amount of time into HiRez Studio’s Smite and eventually hopes to understand the hype behind DOTA and League of Legends, but he isn’t holding his breath on that one.[hr]
Lex “thelexhex” Dunham
A longtime fighting game fan and married mother of two, Lex Dunham lives and breathes video games. A former contributing writer for IGN Wikis, Green Pixels, and Gaming Angels, she currently spends her days lurking around the Seattle-area while in-between household grudge matches with her kids and the refrigerator. She was introduced to the fighting genre at a young age, with Street Fighter II acting as a gateway drug to franchises such as King of Fighters, Marvel vs. Capcom, Soulcalibur, and many others.
Although more of a passive observer of the fighting game community as of late, she maintains a healthy love for fighters, with Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 being at the top of the list. When Lex isn’t working, she loves spending time with her daughters, watching The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad with her husband (and longtime game industry guy, Jeremy Dunham), and waxing poetic about the artistic and narrative merits of BioShock Infinite.[hr]
Thomas “Kronos2560” De Alba
Thomas De Alba is a San Francisco native who currently resides in Santa Rosa, CA. He is a journalism major, and has been writing journalistically for the past 2 years. De Alba has been playing fighting games since childhood, when his older brother showed him Super Street Fighter Turbo II on the SNES in the 90s. Now he is mostly an online warrior, with some tournament experience, and looks to expand his knowledge through his play and writing. He is commonly known as Kronos2560 in every game he plays, including fighting games and non-fighting games.
His favorite games include Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition ver. 2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, the BlazBlue series, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, King of Fighter XIII, and Killer Instinct. His favorite personal achievements include reaching the second highest point totals with Guy in Super Street Fighter IV and Jin Kisaragi in BlazBlue on Xbox Live, though it only lasted for a week.