Your Home vs. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Which Would You Choose?
Would you give up your home for your online following of gaming fans? One YouTuber by the name of Maximilian (or Miles923 on YouTube) has stepped into the realm of intense dedication by willingly giving up his home to continue to make videos. Max’s channel features many game titles, focusing mainly on fighting games such as the recent Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Street Fighter X Tekken. He has dived into the more popular games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the underrated, but still incredibly awesome games, such as Skull Girls. A personal favorite series would be “Assist Me!,” featuring an obnoxiously loud, freeloading, Wesker-hating, X-23-chasing, yogurt-loving Doctor Doom. In this series, one of the things Max does is select a character from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (or previously vanilla Marvel vs. Capcom 3) and dedicates several videos to them. He breaks them down to the nitty-gritty; from the character’s move sets and suggested assists to positions on a given team and possible combos to pull off online.
He is your friendly neighborhood gamer who created these videos to please his fans online, as well as earn a bit of money from Capcom. However, sad news has fallen upon his fans when he announced on Twitter and through a video on his channel that he will be losing his home due to these videos. Not only that, but an important crew member will be leaving as well due to personal problems of job lay-offs and babies. He stated, on his Twitter, that he could have stopped filming “Assist Me!” and kept his home, but instead he decided to continue and lose it. Although he was just renting a condo so he does not see it as a huge loss, the fact he is willing to give up a comfortable living situation takes some real dedication and a true love for his fans and for what he does.
But it is not just Max who has sacrificed so much for their fans. If you have taken in any of the “Assist Me!” videos, you will notice a familiar face seems to keep popping up every now and then. No, not Doctor Doom and his yogurt. I’m talking about Wesker, or really the person playing Wesker. His name is Mike Young and not only is he Wesker, but he is also Deadpool and the voice of Rocket Raccoon. His work extends as far as the making of several of the costumes featured on the show. Max’s announcement video stated that Mike is going to be a father (hooray!), but his hours at work have been severely cut (boooo!) and his wife got laid off from her job (double boooo!). So with a kid on the way, but financial support hanging by a thread, Mike Young will be leaving “Assist Me!” to attend to those matters. He has been an important part of the series and it will be sad to see him go, but life happens and sometimes we just need to play with the cards we have been dealt and hope for the best.
It is individuals like Max and Mike who expose new players to the world of fighting games and take older players into the depths of them. His videos featuring actual matches online and his breakdown of them teaches players all about the mechanics of their favorite games and how to bring out the true potential in them. He adds a different spin on instructional videos by making them comedic in nature and addicting to listen to, even as background noise.
Many of us wouldn’t even fathom the thought of giving up our home for the sake of continuing a line of work that adds little monetary benefits. But if you are anything like Max or Mike, passion and love overrides the material possessions of life and bring forth the kind of heart in gaming that is rare and precious. Novelist Henry Miller once said, “True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself.” So keep up your passion in life and don’t let anything bring you down!