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This is Captain Gamer. Formerly a full-time superhero, he is now a columnist. On the side, he is the backup bartender for the Pixel Palace for when Dominic is out sick. There Captain can meet his old video game friends, reconnect, and even learn more about them, for as we all know, what the bartender hears is confidential... isn't it?

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So there I am tending bar when in walks one of the most stoic women I've ever known; Cammy White from Street Fighter. Toss that whole 'stoic' thing out the window right now, because when she walked in that day, she was ear-to-ear happy. It's always great to see a person in a good mood, but this was bizarre. I mean, she was mind-controlled by M. Bison for a good part of her life and was only recently freed from that control. And even in recovery, she's been all business... but I digress.

Today, she was in a good mood; glowing, even. Warm smile, extroverted, greeting people she knew along the way, and I was just struck at this. She didn't exactly turn every head in the place, but I took good notice. Shortly she's at the bar. We exchange pleasantries and she orders her usual drink. After I make it out, I just can't help myself, I say, "Ms. White, you are absolutely vibrant today. What happened?"

She looks down at her drink, no less full of life and looks up and says, "I feel liberated."

Trying to put two and two together I ask her, "So you've made a breakthrough with your therapy to rid yourself of Bison's influence?"

She goes, "What...? Oh, no. I've been making great strides in that since day one." She pauses in that way people do when they have something really good to say and they just want the moment to simmer, but not too long. "I'm out."

I think about that a little bit, because at the time what she said was still pretty vague. When I hear 'I'm out,' I usually think of some guy whose stars were stolen in Mario party or all the ragequits that go on in Team Fortre- "Ohhh, you're gay!"

And to that she patiently nods, "Maybe bisexual, but right now one thing at a time."

Not to belittle it or anything but just because I'm an inquisitive type I say to her, "That's a pretty big discovery. When did you figure this out? You know, there's this guy who makes videos that took a look at your character design and-"

Cammy cuts in, "I've seen it." Back to my question, she tell me, "It started about a week ago. I just started to... really notice things; things that have been going on ever since I became my own person. There's nothing repressed to trace it back to, I just plain enjoy the company of women. The emotion, the feeling, the caring... I connect with other women in a way that goes beyond." She then gives me a look, "And trust me... I like women. They're just so soft and when I hug somebody and bury my face in her neck it just... And when we hug each other in a way that our breasts push up against one another I can't-"

I stop her right there, "All right, I get it. Honestly I could listen to where you're going all day, but we're in a public place." She calms down. "Seriously," I tell her, "It is fantastic that you're being so honest with yourself and that you're feeling so confident already. Here's to all the great things that this identity will bring you."

We toast to it and she takes her drink... but I can tell there was some snag. She took a glance at the clock with reason. I couldn't just leave it off at that, so I pry again. "Is there more to this, Ms. White?"

She avoids my gaze a little bit, but I know she wanted something off her chest, it was only a matter of time. Eventually she looks back to me and says, "It's my boyfriend."

"Ahhh."

"Yeah. We've been together for a while now. I don't know if I was lying to myself or if I was trying to keep up appearances, or I just didn't know myself well enough. It's funny, though, because he's a really nice guy; very sensitive to my feelings. I just don't feel that we're close enough, if that makes any sense."

I'm no love doctor, but I've seen it plenty when one partner doesn't feel the connection. Personal experience. At this point I'm dying to know and I ask, "So who's the boyfriend?"

She looks back into her drink and says slowly, "... It's Sheik. From the Legend of Zelda."

I sorta hum to myself, "Hmm, hmm, yes," then I do a double take. That's because I know the truth behind Sheik, and you all should too if you've been following Dominic. The truth about Sheik is that 'he' is actually Princess Zelda herself! I know a bunch of fans want to entertain the notion that Sheik is a completely different person or that when Zelda is in Sheik form that she turns herself into a male, but I've seen beneath those robes and I can vouch for the fact that there is a fully functional female under there. That makes me wonder, because the latest I'd heard was that Zelda merely enjoyed wearing the getup and pretending to be somebody else. Isn't dating a woman taking it too far, or... I don't know. Things can happen all of a sudden. Anyway, Sheik is Zelda.

I ask Cammy, "You mean the ninja elf with the chain whip and the cap and the red eyes?" and she says back to me that that's the one. I can say with certainty that at least half the people in the Pixel Palace that night knew that Sheik secretly is Zelda. It's common knowledge! I considered that maybe Cammy and Zelda had an understanding and that Cammy was going along with it, but there was too much sincerity for that. From what I saw, Cammy wasn't pulling my leg when she honestly thought Sheik is a man. Clearly they hadn't done anything... you know, intimate, yet. If Cammy has gone this long, then knowing Zelda, she wouldn't want me of all people blabbing it out.

At that moment, that very moment, guess who walks into the restaurant. Right on cue, Sheik walks in and makes a beeline for the bar. Now, if Cammy had told me earlier that she was meeting Sheik at the Pixel Palace for their date tonight, I could have been better mentally prepared for when she came in. My little hiccup wasn't noticed, so it was all fine and well.

Sheik arrives at the bar, we exchange hellos, then she greets Cammy. They share sing-song 'hi's and give a one-armed hug. You know, that kind of display of affection where they know that they care for each other so they don't need to make a scene of it. It was really heartwarming, to tell the truth. Before they leave, Sheik excuses herself to the little boys' room.

Cammy watches her go and gives a troubled sigh. "I don't know how I'm going to break it off," she says to me. "He's been great to me... pretty close to that closeness that I feel with women. What am I going to tell him, 'You're such a great boyfriend that you made me rethink my sexuality'? Come on... There's just something there, something hidden... Like a secret, but I just can't get at it. If I could know that hypothetical secret, that would change things... "

Right about then I am dying, DYING to tell all, but I can't bring myself to do it. Zelda is too smart to get herself into a situation without some plan. So, just to put Cammy - and myself - at ease a little, I tell her without spoiling anything, "You know... I think this might end out better than you'd expect."

Cammy just shrugs to me. I don't blame her; she thought she knew it all one way. Sheik comes back, the two of them leave, and I have yet to hear back from it. Not for nothing, but I for one really want to know how their evening ended. The way they were at the bar; that looked like it could develop into something real. And I'm talking about a deep relationship, not a 'happy end' sort of thing... I swear.

This is on the tame end of things, but when Dominic says that you see a lot of strange things as a bartender, and you see lot of things at the Pixel Palace, he really means it when he says that you see a lot of strange things as a bartender at the Pixel Palace. Swear to it.
Video Game Confessions featuring Captain Gamer: Cammy White

Based off of Doug Walker's "Video Game Confessions" series at That Guy with the Glasses.

thatguywiththeglasses.com/vide…

A series in which I take my own crack at the Video Game Confessions formula with Captain Gamer as the bartender. My style gives video game characters more relatable issues with generally positive outcomes. However, don't count out the occasional zany and tongue-in-cheek moments that the original is known for!

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triplestar100 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
great job! as Anonymous1999 had already stated, you capture the zany spirit of the real skit down to a science... hell, I second the notion that you should show your work however you can to Mr Walker; who knows, he may give you a job as writer for the next batch, should there ever be one! as for the marker-made illustrations, my artstyle isn't anywhere similar to Doug's, or whoever makes them for the skit, but I'll be happy to provide... granted it'll take time, what with real-life obligations, and I'll ned a favor in return= another one like this, but starring Final Fight's Poison, mostly her inability to get a man due to EVERYONE knowing "her past"! other than, keep up the great work!
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Captain-Gamer Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
If you wouldn't mind proofreading...

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Captain-Gamer Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Whew, these are some high compliments. Thank you very much for your kind words and encouragement! I didn't really think much about this, given the general lack of interest. But hey, if you're into it, then there's got to be more.

I certainly won't say "no" to volunteered illustrations, and I'm in no rush to get any, so take your time if you still want to do it.

Poison, huh? I'm not too familiar with that character. I've read the whole back story, but I'm not so well versed in the games Poison has been a part of. Well, time to look up some materials. An idea is an idea, after all.
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anonymous1999 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Well, here I am trying to recreate the experience of a VGC, when apparently I should have been taking my own spin, I still stand by that I did pretty good on them, but apparently its original characters people want! Or are you just this popular?
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Captain-Gamer Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Popular? Me? Nah. I just have a pocket of amazing watchers from back when I updated my stuff more consistently. Maybe it's the formatting, maybe it's the ribbon, maybe it's the content. Or maybe it just is the original take. I too tried to closely match a Video Game Confessions, so I don't think the original character mattered all that much.

I've read your stuff and I agree it's good. I'm not even just saying that. You do have that sense of timing and coherent rambling that Doug does in his work. Try making your stuff into deviations instead of journals. Space out your paragraphs so readers know where one thought ends and the next one begins. Also, one speaker per paragraph. Everything gets less cluttered and your work has a greater sense of length.

Also, if you haven't already, fill your deviation comments and tags with a lot of key words to get search engine attention. You can even add a tag that has nothing to do with your story and nobody will even see it. Getting noticed is possible! Just know where things go, how to make them user-friendly, and how to work the system to your advantage.

I'm flattered that you'd vent here. Clearly you found something noteworthy! Thank you for your comment.
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anonymous1999 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
I tried to reach the same level of surrealism Mr. Walker does, but you have it down. Did you see he posted a Simon Belmont one recently? Thanks for the advice, I've been doing this on a phone for convenience but clearly I need to rethink how I do this.
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supersonichero Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It explains soooooooo much. lol

And you just reminded me that I have that Gamer Corps story to work on! :doh:
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Captain-Gamer Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I'd totally view and comment on that.
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supersonichero Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, if I ever had time to do it, though. (sigh)
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thedukenukem Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010   Traditional Artist
now I realize that I allways though of cammy as a utter bi-sexual, with no prefference at all about any gender. I will always think of her as a pure soul, who can find love and afection in any person she could like.
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Captain-Gamer Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
In a perfect world, love would be so unhindered for us all. Don't be restricted by my uses of the words 'prefer' or 'lesbian.' I enjoy leaving a lot of room for interpretation... Except for the fact that Sheik is a female. That's set in stone.

Thank you for your comment!
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thedukenukem Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010   Traditional Artist
I was referring to the fact that she was kind of "reseted" because of her amnesia, and even beyond that, she was previously just a perfect soldier, whose mind rules and experiences were surelly set by a computer simply like you upload and download data in any computer, so I am sure that those bastards at shadaloo never cared to introduce on her any trace of a human behaviour or any cultural background etc, anything that could make her have a sense or her gender or corporal urges nor emotional responses about her enviroment.
that would grant us that she is just a pure mind and soul. she is now out of the grasp of shadalo, and has to totally start from zero at ALL levels of her life, as a delta red agent, and I am sure she is getting lots of psichological assistance and guidance, even if she is an highly qualified agent, cammy, as a human being must carry lots of emotional carences and lacks, what will surelly make her go thousands of times into funny situations along her day ( and some sad ones as well) as her socialization is simply not there for her as it is for most of us. with that said, I am sure she was not insted by anyone in the psichological team helping her into any prefference for any gender as sexual companions, and having it a fact that she is currently a mature woman, she didnīt get a clear hang for any of them as she was a teenager and children at shadaloo, making her now not someone who could go guided by her instinct but by her capacity to emphatize with other human beings, something coming in the adult age, more cerebral, than what we are in our puberty, nearly animalistic creatures who hunt the other sex to please our own needs... the understnading of reciprocity comes later, after years of convivence with people around us, and well, cammy lacks that, yeah, but she is not a bag or hormones anymore, and the people whom with she hangs out is adult ones who could directly teach her the adult tricks they learned from their own life experiences, saving her all the pain and frustrations coming from the bitter part of it.

sorry for the tl-tr text but I am just a hardcore cammy fan, she is a really misvaluated character in street fighter franchise, I find her story to be amazing and I use to think about it as I am slowly working on a story of her
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Captain-Gamer Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
You say tl;dr like it's a bad thing. You gave me a big block of text with the option to read, I read it, and I enjoyed it well. You do make some though-provoking observations and inferences.

Though I can't tell if you're slamming my interpretation, applauding it, or going off on a complete tangent. I'm inclined to think that last one.
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thedukenukem Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
ohhh, yeah yeah yeah, I was just talking away my own usual thinkings on what cammy could be like, or more exactly, my own interpretation for her about a story I am planning to write of her one day, your interpretatiion is totally ok, that is your vision as the artist of your story, of course, and I loved it, it is charming, tender, I like when people do so personal approach to the feelings of their characters in a tale, it makes em alive for teh brief time you can share those thoughs as you read it. donīt mind me too much, I was just sharing with you my own vision on what I myself think abot what cammy could be like and what her life could be like, it is something going on a different topic as you said, nothng to do with your creation :)
I wonder, you comment that some of my observations are though-provoking... I feel trully complimented, and glad that you think so, can you point me some of those? i am just curious.

again, thanks for sharing your story with us :)
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metanoia00 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Actually, I always thought she'd end up with Chun Li :D

I'm making a yuri comic where they're a couple actually.

Nice fic, btw.
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Captain-Gamer Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Heh. The whole point of having Sheik in there was to tie in with the official Video Game Confessions series where Sheik was once the focus. Doug made Link into a recurring character, so I figured Sheik had potential for a second appearance.

Thanks for the comment. XD
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NapalmManexe Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Pretty interesting Captain :D Its good to see one of your works again. :)
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Captain-Gamer Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much. It's great to be back in the saddle after so long. I want to make a comeback and even a push out of obscurity. It's all about maintaining it, I suppose.
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NapalmManexe Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
You're very welcome. ;) Yeah I know. Time management is a key thing. I at least try to come up with something every other day or two days. Depends how work goes and how tired I am. :XD:
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T-C-C Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
I was never crazy about those videos. They were interesting and all, but there was usually some thing or another wrong with the continuity, and that sort of thing just bothers me to the point where I can't completely enjoy the story...

This is pretty good though. You have respect for the continuity, and know how to keep things semi-realistic.... Though admittedly street fighter isn't my best topic, so for all I know this whole thing could have been as wrong as possible...
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Captain-Gamer Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Which one, the one where Pauline hooked up with Donkey Kong or the one where Sonic snorted coke rings? XD

I have to agree with those initial statements, though. Doug seems to be taking old gaming fandom fads and making them 'real' with a classy backdrop, and at least it makes me laugh.

I can't be so far-flung. I'm mostly banking on the hopes that being respectful will be JUST as shocking, original, and entertaining. I do a lot of thinking on stuff during my part-time.
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Viper-X27 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
I think after hearing the truth, Cammy's brain would snap.
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Captain-Gamer Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Perhaps, perhaps. A follow-up so soon would cheapen the initial product, though~
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