It’s hard not to think of Jona as the US BlazBlue player to beat right now. He didn’t just win BB:CTB at SCR and CEOtaku — he also won BlazBlue Central Fiction at the same two events, beating several international players in the process.
How does he do it? It turns out, he’s a junkie for studying interactions in a wide variety of games. Check out the latest interview with BornFree to hear about Jona’s love of training mode, theory-breakdown, and more!
“When he knocks you down, he becomes a grappler. He’s a grappler without any of the drawbacks of being one…”
When you listen to him talk, it’s hard to believe ChrisCCH is 16 years old. I’m not just talking about his voice, either: the Guile/G pro not only has a nuanced understanding of his game, but the ability to give solid, clear analysis of the meta of Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition.
His latest interview with BornFree reveals how this shockingly well-spoken teenager not only found his way to the FGC, but rose quickly to the top of it.
“There was a time in this community where no one was playing for money. You can’t say that now.”
Many reading this have likely encountered Ryan Hunter first through OptionSelectDotCom, where he was among the first “lab monsters” to break apart the mechanics behind Street Fighter IV. Ryan has gone on to demonstrate a real prowess for fighting games far beyond any particular title, having obtained top finishes at majors for Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken, and most notably, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.
In short, he’s been around. In BornFree‘s latest interview, America’s top Venom shares his views on FGC history, the push-pull between spectator and player, and why Under Night In-Birth appeals to OG fighting game players.
We almost had Cathy and Roddy from Top Hunter in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy.
Yasuyuki Oda is someone who’s had a long history with SNK. While he rejoined the company for King of Fighters XIV, he also got his start in the company over 20 years ago back in 1993.
In a new interview, Arcade Attack talks to Oda about his history with the company, talking about how it was like to work there back in the day. Oda talks about his initial work as an artist and later doing testing for games such as Fatal Fury Special and Art of Fighting 2. Now, working as a producer in a revitalized SNK, he says that he’s able to use his experience working on fighting games to teach newer staff about them and their development.
Moving over to their most recent release, SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, they talk about looking at female characters from SNK’s various titles and bringing them into the game. While they started with the popular ones from past games, they also looked at newer characters and how they could make them more popular. Additionally, Oda admits that he wishes they could have added even more characters, specifically pointing to Cathy and Roddy from Top Hunter.
Of course, this is just a small part of the interview. Read the rest over at Arcade Attack, where they go over things such as Oda’s favorite SNK games and character, non-SNK titles, and more.
“I’m always moving. A lot of people think I’m a troll because I’m always doing something, but it feels natural for me.”
P. Ling is no stranger to the big stage — this online-born pro for UYU made big waves in 2016 as the highest finishing US player in The King of Iron Fist tournament. Despite his youth and uniquely erratic stance-heavy playstyle, he’s carved his own path and made himself one of the world’s most recognizable top players.
He still feels nervous about his place in the tournament scene — shocking, considering his tournament placements — but that self-awareness is what makes his interview with BornFree fascinating. Check out the video above to hear his thoughts on Online play, his history in the FGC, and more!
Justin Wong has had a wild ride in 2018. On top of capturing several tournaments and qualifying for Capcom Cup in the top half of the brackets, he also recently got engaged and began making his own YouTube content to show another side of the FGC.
Proving Grounds TV caught up with him at Red Bull Conquest 2018 to talk about his life as it stands today. They talked about the reason he didn’t show up to his pools for the final premier event of the year, and also his desire to limit his travel to North America in 2019 to focus on being with his new family.
BornFree continued his Red Bull Conquest 2018 interview series with a man that, at this point, is one of Tekken 7‘s most recognizable faces: recently signed Equinox pro Joseph “Joey Fury” Bennett.
Joey Fury’s reputation as a killer in Tekken 7 is well earned: from before the game was even out in the States, he was already defeating Saint and JDCR at Final Round 2017. At Red Bull Conquest he conquered legendary Tekken vet Mr. Naps; between this and the incredible positivism in his 40+ minute plus interview above, it’s hard to see Joey slipping from his consistently-high tournament placements anytime soon.
“I definitely played a drunk Fuudo at SCR and got destroyed.”
There aren’t too many Kolin players at the top of Street Fighter V: Arcade Editon‘s tournament scene. Just the fact that Neon shows up with her at all makes him stand out — being able to beat Dogura in a tournament and go toe-to-toe with the likes of Phenom is just icing on the cake.
In his latest sit down interview with BornFree, Neon shares the (difficult) history of his character selection as Street Fighter V has developed, his training regimen, and why he fell in love with fighting games. Oh, and he also talks about the power of drinking in a tournament.
Palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy. You’re not losing yourself in the music; you’re trying to not lose outright in the tournament. Tournament nerves are a real thing, and even the best in the world face it.
Echo Fox|Justin Wong has tackled that problem head-on, as he discussed with players at Red Bull Conquest — including Sanford Kelly, Chris G, LPN, and more — about how what pre-game rituals they have that help them to combat tournament nerves. Some of the answers range from interesting (such as always eating the same thing for breakfast) to zany (such as pre-tournament bathroom rituals).
MarlinPie has been known for a long time as one of America’s greatest players of Guilty Gear, across multiple iterations of the title. He also became well-known for his C. Viper point play in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. But his obsession with insane execution dates further back than the Guilty Gear or Vs. franchises could ever reach.
In this video with BornFree, he talks about how his perfectionism in fighting games stems from practicing special move motions as a 3-year old. He also discusses the direction of Guilty Gear as it embarks on a pro tour, and what continues to drive him as a player.