He specializes in 2D arcade fighting games , mainly those released by Capcom. Known as " Daigo " or " The Beast "  in the West and "Umehara" or "Ume" in Japan, Daigo is one of the world's most famous Street Fighter players and is often considered its greatest as well. Daigo began going to an arcade game center and playing fighting games as an elementary school student around 10 years of age. This was when he discovered that he preferred competing with other players. Around the time when he was a year-old middle school student,  Daigo shifted his main game to Vampire Hunter because he thought he was more skilled in that game than in Street Fighter II.
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Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Through his play, and through his "No matter what your life plan is, no matter what your project, a close reading of the life and thoughts of Daigo will give you deep insight into how to be successful and help you reach your goals. Through his play, and through his approach to life, Daigo changes the way people think about the game, and inspires even his enemies to new heights.
This is what separates a mere winner from an all-time great. Today, he is the Grand Master of fighting games and true inspiration to players worldwide. This is my chance to tell you how I became World Champion and share insights as only a multiple time World Champion can. What does it take to win? Why do so many eventually lose their edge? Let me share with you the professional skills necessary to become World Champion and keep winning.
These skills will certainly help you to advance, in both the world of eSports and beyond. Follow Daigo on his road to pro, beginning with his childhood love of games, his search for communi-ty in the arcades, and his first international victory at age 17 in the Street Fighter Alpha 3 World Championships against American champion Alex Valle.
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Aug 28, Adam Matthews rated it really liked it. The theme of this book is that endurance and practice are far more important to success than innate ability. The author does not disappoint on expounding upon this maxim in a direct and compelling autobiographical work. There is a lot of detail about the number of hours he practices per day, how he thinks about the fighting games in which he competes, and how he thinks about competition in general.
Perhaps the most interesting question the author touches upon is why he dedicated his life to figh The theme of this book is that endurance and practice are far more important to success than innate ability. Perhaps the most interesting question the author touches upon is why he dedicated his life to fighting games in the first place.
The quick answer is that he did it because he enjoyed it. But there's more to it than that. For example, from a relatively young age, Daigo had a singular focus on playing video games. He did not aspire to learn programming to make video games, become an artist to animate them, or really have anything to do with their creation.
He only liked playing them. He experienced a type of self-growth the deeper he delved into a game's mechanics. His insistence on doing only what he enjoyed was a risky proposition given that there was no evidence at the time he started out and for many years after that Street Fighter, or any video game, would ever become an "e-sport" from which a select few 'gamers' could make actual money and acquire sponsors like professional athletes.
His choices as a whole forced me to ponder whether it is right to do what you love in life even if there is no evidence that it will ever amount to anything. Don't get me wrong. I'm not against someone trying to become a pro baseball player even though only a select few players ever make the big leagues. Swing for the stars by all means. I'm talking about dedicating one's life to baseball in a hypothetical world where baseball as a profession hasn't even been invented yet. Picture it - No major leagues, no minor leagues, no stadiums, no fans, and no peanuts; just a group of guys who go down to the park everyday and play a little known sport that requires even lesser known tools a ball and a bat.
It's all quite a risk, but in Daigo's case it paid off bigtime. The world of E-sports blossomed and is showing no sign of slowing down. I'm truly happy and relieved for him that it all worked out.
I recommend this book for many reasons, chiefly because Daigo is great at explaining by example how one can become better skilled in any profession or arena that requires competition. It's also a pretty quick read. Some negatives - I think Daigo could have given just a little more description of what a fighting game is and how they play.
I'm familiar with that type of game, but someone who has never played one might have difficulty relating to the subject matter. Also, I would have liked to have a little more background on how e-sports as a monetized profession evolved in general and fighting games with them. I know the answers to those questions but I'm not sure a mainstream reader would Feb 25, Jeff Ye rated it really liked it. When I was in middle school, once my friend came to me, with flying colors on his face, and told the tale of this street fighter player's unbelievable comeback during a championship game, with only 1 pixel of vitality, he somehow made the impossible 15 consecutive "parry" of opponent's super attack and won the game.
The other day I saw a e-sports video, I don't really follow e When I was in middle school, once my friend came to me, with flying colors on his face, and told the tale of this street fighter player's unbelievable comeback during a championship game, with only 1 pixel of vitality, he somehow made the impossible 15 consecutive "parry" of opponent's super attack and won the game.
The other day I saw a e-sports video, I don't really follow e-sports, but this one caught my attention, this player is something different: the calmness, like a pond without a single ripple; the style, so spontaneous with sometimes even beginner like moves. Yet he's crushing his opponents, total domination.
How can a e-sports athlete demonstrate such zen like state, I thought to myself. So I decided to read this book, and not surprisingly, a lot of the ideas resonate with zen teachings. Without spoiling too much, one idea this book touched multiple times is this continuous progress, without dwelling upon the end result too much. Nov 19, Geoff rated it it was amazing. I consider this book to be one of the top motivational books I have read to date.
Daigo Umehara offers a unique view in to his view on being the premiere Pro Fighting Gamer on the planet. What impressed me is how Daigo views his profession. It's not about reaching the top for the sake of being the best it's the journey of mastering and understanding something you are passionate about and continually working at all areas and new challenges that you can get from it which will then lead to further I consider this book to be one of the top motivational books I have read to date.
It's not about reaching the top for the sake of being the best it's the journey of mastering and understanding something you are passionate about and continually working at all areas and new challenges that you can get from it which will then lead to further personal development. An example of his philosophy, when engaging an opponent prepare for and attack their strengths because defeating them by going after their weaknesses does not cause your skill to grow.
This book has provided me with a valuable checklist of sorts, which I did not have before, that I will use when looking in to or dealing with future and even current endeavors. Very highly recommended. But you should. How to come and stay on the top in long term. And not only that, he talks that you should keep doing what you love if you enjoy that.
Jun 02, Simmoril rated it it was amazing. So it seems only fitting that Daigo would open his autobiography with that story. The Will to Keep Winning is more than just a chronological list of events in Daigo's life.
While Daigo's accomplishments have been mythologized over and over again in the press, his autobiography really takes you behind the curtain to understand the amount of work, dedication, and sheer willpower it takes to accomplish those goals.
As the famous Michelangelo quote goes "If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.
I've long been a believer that skills worth having are those that only come from back-breaking amounts of work, and Daigo's skills are no different. Far from being a prodigy blessed with natural talent, his book does a fantastic job of laying out exactly the mindset needed to in his words go from being a ten to an eleven and beyond.
While he avoids trying to draw too many analogies to worlds outside of eSports, I think the overall theme of the book is something everyone can find applicable, regardless of whether or not you play video games.
Feb 08, Victor Jesus rated it really liked it. Nov 06, AJ Delmonico rated it liked it. I did so with the knowledge imparted to me by The Beast himself. This is a solid look into the mind of the world's first fighting game professional who is a pioneer for competitive video game celebrities.
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