In the world of Street Fighter, being the best means undertaking hours of painstaking practice, shunning all loved ones, and having the desire "to be the best."
I don't have the time, or indeed the patience for that (guitar practice takes up far too much time as it is), but these guys at the US SFIV National Tournament certainly do, proving that even though it's just a computer game, it can still be an amazing thing to watch.
Justin Wong - US National Tournament Winner
After regional tournaments, the finals came down to just 16 players from across the US, all using a variety of players and techniques -- which just goes to show you don't have to play as frikkin Ken all the time to be good (I'm looking at you Xbox live players).
Current world champion Daigo takes on Wong
Pick of the matches for the night has to go to this match up between Daigo and Poongko, both playing as Ryu. I won't bore you with the details, the fight pretty much just speaks for itself:
Of course there could only be one winner on the night and Wong took the US title. There was then the anticipated match between Wong and Daigo, and for the uneducated among you, their previous match up is something of gaming legend:
Despite pwning all his US colleagues, it wasn't enough to see off the world champion Daigo, who absolutely thrashed him, 5 rounds to nothing - which didn't make for the most interesting match, though those that want to watch can find all the matches and coverage HERE.
I've just resigned myself to the fact that I will never be that good, and have given up playing SFIV entirely -- though that's down to the frikkin Ken players on live...