Koku Gamer Talks With Gootecks Part 1: Pro Gaming

Koku Gamer writes: "It's something everyone dreams about – getting paid to do something they love. Kobe gets paid to play Basketball, Christiano Ronaldo gets paid to play soccer, Dan Carter gets paid to play Rugby and Ryan Gutierrez gets paid to play Street Fighter 4. That's right Ryan"Gootecks" Gutierrez is a pro gamer, but he doesn't consider himself to be one. Albeit he doesn't earn as much as the previously mentioned athletes, he is still paid to do something he loves, and Mr. Gootecks loves Street Fighter."

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TheDarkCynic3795d ago (Edited 3795d ago )

Great documentary, which I recommend to anyone who likes gaming. Also, fantastic interview, I can't wait for part 2. Gootecks inspired me to use Balrog, and I'm sure a lot of people would say the same. Everyone should check out his tips album on iTunes with Ed Ma, and watch I Got Next. One of the classiest pro gamers I've ever seen, and one of the smartest. Best of luck to him in his future endeavors.

WengYong3795d ago (Edited 3795d ago )

What hes doing for SF4 is amazing, in fact West Coast Warzone was amazing. The effort he puts into it deserves far more recognition than he is getting. I too wish him all the best in his future endeavors

TheDarkCynic3795d ago

That last round between him and JWong was incredible. The best match I've ever been held witness to, and though that's not a lot, it's still really amazing.

WengYong3795d ago

I'm pretty sure it was his match ups against Wong that convinced JWong to use Balrog against Daigo. Or at least get him to take Balrog seriously as a character.

Ziriux3795d ago

Is that how you came up with your gamertag by any chance?

Fullish3795d ago

haha, good job with the interview :D

WengYong3795d ago

Thats for me to know and you to find out Ziriux.

A HiFi3795d ago

Gotta check out this documentary, good stuff.

TheDarkCynic3795d ago

My top 3 favorite documentaries of all time are gaming related now.

1.) King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
2.) The Making of Halo 2 (Kick ass doc. included in special edition of Halo 2, I watched it like 20 times)
3.) I Got Next

Man, I love how much more seriously people are taking gaming now. It's great for our industry.

A HiFi3795d ago

Aye, the Halo 2 documentary was fantastic. I also watched it far too many times.

TheDarkCynic3795d ago

Can't remember the last time I played Halo 2, but I sure as hell still watch the documentary. Makes you rethink your view on the game entirely, seeing how much work went into it.

Can't wait for ODST!

Ziriux3795d ago

I would think a gaming documentary would be worthless and boring, but this was actually a fun viewing, this guy is amazing.

WengYong3795d ago

It is one of the best documentaries for me because it's about something I'm passionate about, Street Fighter.

And yes Gootecks inspired me to use "The Rog"

TheDarkCynic3795d ago (Edited 3795d ago )

I love the competitive gaming scene for a lot of games, like all of those older arcade titles and their "quest for the high score", or actual player vs. player stuff. So this was a great look at something I'm new to (Street Fighter). Buying Street Fighter 4 and BlazBlue in the same year was the most fighting style games I've ever owned in my life. And I love both.

WengYong3795d ago

I remember when I was 13-14 and Street Fighter Alpha 2 was the in game. At our local arcade every friday and saturday night it would be packed with people vsing each other atAlpha 2. I really miss those days, and watching I Got Next took me back to those days

Elven63795d ago

Firstly, this guy does realize the MMA style originated from the ancient style of the Greeks and such at the Olympics and everything...right? So comparing it to gaming like he did isn't very good because of the obvious age differences.

Secondly, he seems like a nice guy and all, especially in comparison to other MLG players but I think he is overvaluing things just a little bit in terms of sponserships.

WengYong3795d ago

First off I think he was talking about the business model, not the actual fighting style. In terms of professionalism MMA is quite new.

I think he said that sponsorship in pro gaming is hard to value also

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