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Should You Cosplay in Real Life? - - THE VICE PIT

Sam and Tom drop some sartorial opinion on arcade pugilists, anthropomorphic opines and fetishistic vengeance seekers! Hey, this is anime - - EXPRESS YOURSELF!

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    isawachuckon Oct. 23, 2012 at 3:23 a.m.

    We didn't have "Tekken Man" at my arcade; we had "Ryu" instead. This is back in the day when SF2:Turbo had hit arcades. There was this guy that would stand there and play SF2 literally from open to close each weekend dressed as Ryu. When he would beat an opponent, which he did on numerous occasions, he would mimic the last attack he used to KO the opponent. I'll never forget the day he pulled his groin trying to do a hurricane kick. :P Eventually, the arcade owner banned him because he "accidently" hit someone doing his victory dance. :P

    sickVisionz moderator on Oct. 23, 2012 at 5:51 a.m.

    Nice vid and thanks for picking my question!

    I wish I could have gone to that Nickel arcade where $5 got you all access. The only deal my arcade ever cut was $6 of tokens if you put a $5 bill in the machine.

    I really wish I could see a picture of Sam working out in his Kon wrist band.

    @isawachuck: lol

    No_name_here staff on Oct. 23, 2012 at 4 p.m.

    @isawachuck said:

    We didn't have "Tekken Man" at my arcade; we had "Ryu" instead. This is back in the day when SF2:Turbo had hit arcades. There was this guy that would stand there and play SF2 literally from open to close each weekend dressed as Ryu. When he would beat an opponent, which he did on numerous occasions, he would mimic the last attack he used to KO the opponent. I'll never forget the day he pulled his groin trying to do a hurricane kick. :P Eventually, the arcade owner banned him because he "accidently" hit someone doing his victory dance. :P

    Was this in NYC? I feel like you need to have a big enough city before you see that kind of crazy at the local arcade.

    @sickVisionz said:

    Nice vid and thanks for picking my question!

    Keep asking!

    I wish I could have gone to that Nickel arcade where $5 got you all access. The only deal my arcade ever cut was $6 of tokens if you put a $5 bill in the machine.

    Man, I feel like anything that involves tokens can't ever much of a deal. Tokens were DESIGNED to keep from not using up all your cash at the arcade.

    I really wish I could see a picture of Sam working out in his Kon wrist band.

    I'm confident that there's a picture of all that back in some family album in St. Louis.

    isawachuckon Oct. 23, 2012 at 7:28 p.m.

    In the heart of Philly actually.

    JiCion Oct. 24, 2012 at 5:46 p.m.

    If it's only a "minor" accessory (pendant, glove, eye contacts, etc), ok, but not the whole costume... That can lead people to think that you're weird, have an identity crisis or that you're dangerous. Cosplays should be kept for conventions, photoshoots, Halloween and other costume-related events, because elsewhen, you'll just give a bad image or yourself. PlusWearing a cosplay should feel special, or else it loses its appeal completely.

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