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Avoiding the Puddle Episode #12 featuring Mr. Naps!

This episode of the podcast features one of the best fighting game players in the US, Mr. Naps AKA Emphy. Naps is an expert player in multiple fighting games such as 3S, SSF4 and Tekken 6. He is without a doubt the best Bryan player in the Western World.

Before we get to our interview with Naps, MYK and I cover topics such as tournament confidence and what the actual meaning of "being good" is. Give it a listen and see what you think. If you have any suggestions for guests, the podcast or the web site in general, please send those to





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Have 725 as the next guest

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 9:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterrinoH

Sorry for double post but is there a way to download the podcast?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 9:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterrinoH

In your discription it says "podcats"

Thanks for all your hard work dude.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 9:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterGieRoadSteve

@rinoH Added a download link. Thanks for the request. Let me know if there's any problem.

@GieRoadSteve Fixed! Thanks for noticing that.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 9:52 PM | Unregistered CommentertieTYT

Haha dope I got mentioned! I don't think I sounded quite like that (I don't remember saying anything like "I dont know how I did it" =| ), but I do remember saying I felt bad and the gentle caress of your paw on my cheek Aris <3.

But since I don't think we discussed it, I'd like to go in a bit further. During tournament play I 100% agree. Its tournament, both players know what they're getting into and should be doing whatever it takes to win. But after its over, people are still friends and can feel bad that their friends are out of the tournament. I think that makes sense. If I'm wrong I'm totally down to slapbox next time we meet though.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 10:00 PM | Unregistered Commenterreno

Hey what was the title for the song in the intro of this podcast? Sounds oddly familiar!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 11:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterMakki

All the song titles for our intros are available in the "podcasts" tab.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 11:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterAris

@Makki The intro songs are always listed on the podcast tab at the top ( ). The song is Powerglove "Metal Kombat for the Mortal Man"

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 11:33 PM | Unregistered CommentertieTYT

A good player is one who can win spur of the moment aka two out of three. You have to adapt, be confident, react, block out distractions and win, all at once. If you can do that then you are a good player. FT10's are just endurance matches.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 11:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterMikeBreezy92

your excitement is totally evident in the opening/closing song xD

bring out suiken in you podcast! where the fuck has that guy been

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 12:30 AM | Unregistered CommenterWing

So... what about a tournament... Where there are other factors...

Such as... lag? Weather (extreme cold; someone's backyard)... ?

Wondering what you guys think.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 2:53 AM | Unregistered CommenterMarkMan

FINALLY!I don't know if Naps reads the comments here , but this guy (and Knee) inspired me to play Bryan.
He's definitely my favourite US player.
Downloading now.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 3:19 AM | Unregistered CommenterRiD_

I am going to have to say the tournament win always counts. Casuals you always have a different mentality when playing a person. Sometimes you try, but sometimes you just try out that crazy stupid shit that sometimes works. Casuals is where you discover what works and what doesn't. You up your game as you play more.

Any ways Aris and MYK good shit. Always love listening to you 2 shoot the shit while being serious. Look around and Click Shit!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 3:39 AM | Unregistered CommenterRogerdodger

Interesting and very deep nice one, always good to hear out and learn experienced players!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 4:34 AM | Unregistered CommenterAZYG4LYFE

GREAT Episode!!
Thanks Aris & MYK for all the effort you put into this , I really appreciate it.

RandomJin aka RiD_

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 4:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterRandomJin

Aris is spitting some mean game in this podcast.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 5:26 AM | Unregistered CommenterDaddyneptune

Good shit on another awesome podcast.

In tournament, you need to do whatever it takes to win as long as you aren't breaking any rules. You can't take it easy on someone or feel like you didn't deserve a win due to something like lack of character knowledge. Whose fault is that?

With Gamerbee, you already know he's going to be using Adon. It's not like he was going to mindfuck people and bust out Hakan. For him to feel like his win over Momochi wasn't really a win is garbage when it's on Momochi and everyone else to do their homework before entering a tournament. You play to win the game.

And what matters is how somehow does in tournament. Casuals and money matches don't hold the same weight, especially when people sandbag and when the same level of pressure that you would have in a tournament is not there. What I will usually do is check how well someone does in a few tournaments because brackets can be rigged, someone could have a bracket that's cake, or someone can do hot in one tournament and get figured out for the next one. So if you have several results to look at, you will have a better idea as to how good someone is.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 6:45 AM | Unregistered CommenterMalice

I don't know if its because mike is younger than me but the scrubs who ask stuff like "why does daigo just throw fireballs... that doesn't make him good" mentality has always existed in my opinion.

I used to see this all the time when I was about 12 but with the founding of, Seth Killian posted these articles called Dom 101.

This one called you can lead a scrub to water but you cant make them think is quite pertinent to the topic.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 9:24 AM | Unregistered Commenterpinnochio

@pinnochio Good shit. I love Seth Killian's articles. I think he's the best fighting game strategy writer.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 9:58 AM | Unregistered CommentertieTYT

What's a good player, what a fuckin interesting topic. Aris, I met ya a couple years ago at Norcal/Socal SC4 regionals. I watched you sandbag the team tourney on Saturday w/ Taki and beast it up with Cassy on Sunday only to lose to Ced's Hilde in Grand Finals. Laughed out loud when Jimmy said broken shit is fun and you reply "no it is not". End of SC4.

Casuals and tourneys are like NBA vs. And1 (harlem globetrotter) basketball.

Tournaments are where the money is, what gets recorded in history... what counts.

I love playin casuals as much as the next guy and they're great to groove you for tourneys and find out what works round to round but ultimately do you wanna be Earl "the GOAT" Manigault or Michael fuckin Jordan.

Case closed.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 10:30 AM | Unregistered CommenterEast Bay AK

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