Guard Cancel: Solidshark

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1. How long have you played KOF? Which KOF was your first? Which is your favorite?
13 years. My first was ’95. I’ve got a few favorites instead of just one – ’99, 02UM, XI, and XIII.

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?
I like a lot of other fighters out there. KOF appeals to me because of the story, gameplay, music, character designs, and willingness to change things up every year/entry.

3. Are you a tournament player? If so, list your tournament rankings.
Haven’t had a chance to participate in tourneys as often. Trying to change that, especially for XIII.

4. Do you have a local scene or do you rely on online play?
There are/were a few scenes that played KOF every now and then, but mostly have had to rely on online play.

5. Do you prefer pad or stick? Why is that your preference?
I’ve recently made stick my default controller for fighters, because of what I can pull off in KOF with it, and because you can almost play with some kind of stick on any system when playing fighters.

6. What advice do you have for new players?
Train, explore, learn from your losses, and enjoy playing.

7. How do you choose a character and team? How do you choose the order?
I choose the team or character based on what they can do. The order I choose depends on the game.

8. Which type of character do you prefer?
Command-type characters, and occasionally unorthodox characters to change things up.

9. From a purely gameplay perspective, who is you favorite character?
Terry Bogard. He’s always a solid character who can stand against anyone, and very few people play exactly like him, except Rock.

10. How often do you practice or train in KOF alone?
I try to practice daily, or whenever I can.

11. How do you gain new techniques, strategies, setups and combos? Do you watch match videos?
I watch match videos online and other players live however I can.

12. Have you played KOFXIII yet? Did you like? Will you buy it?
I have played XIII. I love how it looks and plays. I’ve got more than enough reasons to buy two copies of XIII, as much as they’ve revealed for the console version.

13. Will you continue to play older KOF games while playing KOFXIII?
Yes. Most of my time will go into XIII, but I’ll still be playing 02UM, and maybe some XI.

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