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Get a taste of this documentary about the competitive fighting game scene.

I'm sure true appreciators of documentaries are irritated by this trend, but as someone who doesn't enjoy being bummed out for 90 minutes with depressing "messages," I'm all for the trend of documentaries that focus on the peculiar passions and infatuations of mundane or otherwise insignificant people. Spellbound, Wordplay, Scrabylon, and maybe most obviously, The King of Kong were all pretty fascinating to me, so it's of little surprise that I'm pretty intrigued by Ian Cofino's documentary about the people whose lives revolve around hardcore competitive fighting games, I Got Next.

What started as a short-form documentary senior project for Mr. Cofino has since turned into a feature-length documentary, though it looks more interesting than you typical student film. The focus of the documentary appears to be on the upper echelons of the professional US fighting game scene and the East Coast/West Coast rivalry that exists within it. He gets access to a number of the top players, most prominently Ryan "Gootecks" Gutierrez, and while I can't say I get much from the talking-head bits in the trailer, the combination of The Go! Team and rooms packed full of dudes ABSOLUTELY FLIPPING OUT over video games is enough to get me excited.
 

  
So how can you see I Got Next? Well, the film already had an online "premiere" on UFragTV earlier this week, though if you missed that, you'll be able to download it straight from the official I Got Next website in the near future.

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I'm sure true appreciators of documentaries are irritated by this trend, but as someone who doesn't enjoy being bummed out for 90 minutes with depressing "messages," I'm all for the trend of documentaries that focus on the peculiar passions and infatuations of mundane or otherwise insignificant people. Spellbound, Wordplay, Scrabylon, and maybe most obviously, The King of Kong were all pretty fascinating to me, so it's of little surprise that I'm pretty intrigued by Ian Cofino's documentary about the people whose lives revolve around hardcore competitive fighting games, I Got Next.

What started as a short-form documentary senior project for Mr. Cofino has since turned into a feature-length documentary, though it looks more interesting than you typical student film. The focus of the documentary appears to be on the upper echelons of the professional US fighting game scene and the East Coast/West Coast rivalry that exists within it. He gets access to a number of the top players, most prominently Ryan "Gootecks" Gutierrez, and while I can't say I get much from the talking-head bits in the trailer, the combination of The Go! Team and rooms packed full of dudes ABSOLUTELY FLIPPING OUT over video games is enough to get me excited.
 

  
So how can you see I Got Next? Well, the film already had an online "premiere" on UFragTV earlier this week, though if you missed that, you'll be able to download it straight from the official I Got Next website in the near future.
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Could be fun. Fighting game players are crazy hardcore up in the top ranks.

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This looks awesome!
Although it does sum up why I dont play fighting games any more...

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The movie was a little disappointing, the trailer catched alot better what I wanted to see.

There were very little ingame-scenes.
But this was just the first cut, afaik they are still working on it and will include EVO footage in the final version.
Still worth the watch, although I would wait for the HQ-download instead of the Stream.
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Might be interesting. I don't really like watching other people play games, but I am slightly interested in the crowds that play professionally.  I love some competition, that's what lures me into this.

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East coast vs West Coast in the context of fighting videogames is just.... asinine, it's 'below stupid' as a great sage once said.

Anyway, it's always good to see these kind of 'on the wall documentaries' of videogames, the drive and commitment needed to be the best, better than all the rest... anyway I would like to see a documentary made of the commitment of top Ikaruga players, that would be something else.

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...then some dude from Japan whoops East and West coast.

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Justin Wong is easily the best player in the USA.

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I enjoyed this. Though I kinda wished it focused more on why they decided to be a "pro" street fighter player as many of these guys don't have jobs and are still able to make a living from this. There was a good conversation between Gootecks and Joe with Gootecks trying to convince him to go pro and joe giving his reasons why not. I thought they should have followed that thread more. They just gave general reasons why and then left it at that.

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I hear some Anamanaguchi, nice!

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Looks sorta interesting.  I will likely watch it.

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Man, who doesn't love some good pandemonium?

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@mnzy said:
" The movie was a little disappointing, the trailer catched alot better what I wanted to see.
There were very little ingame-scenes.
But this was just the first cut, afaik they are still working on it and will include EVO footage in the final version.
Still worth the watch, although I would wait for the HQ-download instead of the Stream.
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Yes i caught the first rerun on the day the documentery ran. it was dissapointing to me because there isn't going on or being explained. For someone like me who kinda follows the scene it made sense, but i was watching with my girlfriend and she hated it. I hope the long cut is a bit more organized. ( by i a bit more i mean way more organized) . The guy was a Graphic design major, so for it to come out the way it did is expected.
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I'll watch for the sheer fact that it seems to be the single most random and insignificant subject for a documentary.

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Well King of Kong was one of my favorite documentaires, and probably one of my favoirte movies, but that was because of the character study it turned into.  Lets hope this can live up to my wildly infalted expectations.

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I will watch this simply because they put The Go Team! in the trailer.

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Does it only focus on one fighting game? It would be better if it focus on the entire genre itself, like show players playing some King of Fighters games and past Street Fighter games like Street Fighter III. If it just focus on Street Fighter IV, it may not be interesting, the fighting game genre does not revolve around one game.    

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Looks cool. I shall look into it.

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Looks pretty rad.

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i like that they play the PS3 version. thats like... unusual. 
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Mustwatch5stars.

And cheers, Ryan. I'm so going to get my Go! Team on this morning while I work.

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i'll watch this....i enjoyed the King Of Pong

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which coast doesn't get embarrassed by Japan!

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@TwoOneFive: Yeah that weirded me out

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This seems awesome just on the merit of bringing vastly diverse people together to enjoy a similar passion.  It sort of makes me want to get into fighting games. Then I think about how badly I would get destroyed in sf4 and I quickly drop that idea like a bad habit. 

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@Fr0Br0 said:
" I will watch this simply because they put The Go Team! in the trailer. "
You and me both.
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Those dudes need to touch a few vajayjays.

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not exactly rivetting cinematography but looks pretty cool

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@imayellowfellow said:
" not exactly rivetting cinematography but looks pretty cool "
dude that made it is a student of graphic design, not a film student.   considering that it's pretty good.

@Cynic04 said:
" Well King of Kong was one of my favorite documentaires, and probably one of my favoirte movies, but that was because of the character study it turned into.  Lets hope this can live up to my wildly infalted expectations. "
It's no king of kong, but it's alright.   About as much as you can reasonably expect from a college student graphic designer on a nonexistent budget.
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@raikoh05: Just seen it off your link and its good... a little bit of cheese but i like cheese :D

Edit:  Justin = Man-God
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@TwoOneFive: On Gootecks' podcast they had ILoveU Joe on there and they were talking about an upcoming tournament and the reason they don't like using the 360 version is because when they switch to the next match or the next bracket or whatever, the 360 wants people to sign in with a profile, and considering there isn't just one xbox doing the playing, players would need to travel from 360 to 360 and signing in and out, while on the PS3 they said its much easier to do because you don't really need to sign in and you can change the controller number (i. e. Controller 1,2,3,4) more easily. That's one thing I wish the 360 had, because I had some buds come over to play SF IV, and they used pads while I used a stick and connecting it after they turned theirs off, it would register as a 3rd controller. Really ugly.
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I actually caught the UfragTV premier and thought it was pretty good.

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Man, that was awesome. Thanks for the heads up Ryan.

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Surprised they are "giving it away" coulda tried selling it.

I'll probably watch it or wait for a direct download to stream to my PS3.

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Watched the preimere of this and man its a fuckin awesome doco, theres going to be a longer cut of the movie after evo this year and there will be a HD torrent for DL on the site soon.

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@Keyser_Soze: East vs West is a pretty big thing in the comunity, mainly because thats where all the fighting happens. The mid west has so few people playing fighting games, that they can't muster the kind of numbers you see on the east or west coast. Here in CT alone you get 60+ people who gather every week or so to play SF. NYC's China Town Arcade has every SF arcade cabinet ever, and there are always people in there playing.  I can't really speak for the west coast, but I know they have some arcades that can really bring in the numbers for SF. Arcade Infinity comes to mind, look them up on Youtube! 

East vs West is the real deal. The best players from each side show up at Evo every year to throw down. The mid west just doesn't have that kind of representation.  
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Although the culture behind fighters is awesome, I can't enjoy it.  I just plain suck at fighting games.  Not going to lie, I play games for the single player experience.  Probably because I suck at them.

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Lets not get embarrassed japan. please.

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Yeah, King of Kong was way more than just Donkey Kong whereas this looks kinda ehhhh.  I'm kinda frightened by people who take games that seriously, this is coming from a guy who plays a shit ton of games already.

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OK, The inclusion of The Go! Team in the soundtrack makes this movie mandatory viewing for me. Will watch.

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thats a room packed with dudes...

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Looks like something I'd enjoy fighting, both as a fan of Street Fighter and as a former SFII competition player.  Never was as serious hardcore as this, but I was still present in every tournament I could go to in Texas.

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Looks interesting. Might watch it sometime.

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Justin Wong is the personification of the nerdy hardcore gamer stereotype. I hear he has a backup virginity in case he accidentally loses one, it's the source of his power. The chap is amazing at Street Fighter though.

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I saw this the other day, it was a pretty good.

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@FunExplosions said:
" WHY DIDN'T I SEE ANY WOMEN!? "
I counted three. 2:00 and 2:02 (front, both blond) and a girl passing by in the background at 2:08 (with a white bag).