Guard Cancel: Custle

Guard Cancel is an interview series profiling KOF community members. The goal is to get to know the people behind the tags. Guard Cancel will be published every Monday. If you’d like to be featured, email

1. How long have you played KOF? Which KOF was your first? Which is your favorite?
I started playing KOF in 2010. I played some SVC Chaos and I was so intrested to play this “King of Fighters” series, so I went to a nearest store that sold video games. I looked the shelves and I spotted KOF 2002 and bought it. Later I bought 98UM, 2000/2001, but the game that really got me into the series was KOF XI and it became my favorite. I was so excited about it, that I lied to my gym teacher that I was sick in the day I got it from the mail, so I could try it sooner.

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?
Graphical style, music, gameplay and characters. Graphically KOF has some weird charm in them, escpecially in NeoGeo titles. And it is not too “anime” compared to Guilty Gear, for example. Musics are just fantastic. There is always something for everyone. Especially the jazz themes in KOF games are just awesome. Gameplay in KOF games is fast paced, without having “air dashes” and turbo option and I loved the emergency evasion feauture (roll) so much that I wish other fighting games should have it. Character desings are just so much better compared to other 2D-fighters. They feel more “real” and aren’t so boring. Plus, they have recieved new moves during the their history.

3. Are you a tournament player? If so, list your tournament rankings.
Unfortunately I’m not. I live in bit “awkward” place for fighting game fan. But someday….

4. Do you have a local scene or do you rely on online play?
Nope. Where I live, I’m pretty sure that I’m the only fighting game fan. I do have friend who playes with me sometimes, but he is not that much intrested playing fighters more seriously. I do have account for GGPO and Supercade, but I don’t have intrest to play, because I don’t have good controller for PC. But if you want to play with me, then contact me. I can use keyboard if I’m desperate.

5. Do you prefer pad or stick? Why is that your preference?
Pad. I grew up playing Tekken 3 on PlayStation and we didn’t have stick. So DualShock series is my choice. The fact that KOF uses 4-button layout makes it bit easier for pad players. And if I have to do rolls, I just map the command to shoulder buttons. Pressing two buttons at same time is bit difficult, but I’m glad that KOF XI eliminates that.

6. What advice do you have for new players?
I’m kinda new player myself, so I might not have any “wise words”. But if you’re new to KOF, all I can say is “Don’t give up”. You can think what that means.

7. How do you choose a character and team? How do you choose the order?
First, I must like the character’s desing. Second, I must find his/her moves useful. I don’t think the order that much. I usually select my best character last.

8. Which type of character do you prefer?
Balanced characters. Or maybe projectile spammers, because I have bad habit of doing that.

9. From a purely gameplay perspective, who is you favorite character?
My first love, Terry Bogard. He is pure example of “balanced character”. No matter how I try to not pick him to my team, I always fail at it.

10. How often do you practice or train in KOF alone?
Almost every day, for about 1-2 hours in training mode or against CPU. Lack of competition hurts my intrest to train.

11. How do you gain new techniques, strategies, setups and combos? Do you watch match videos?
I watch match videos and if I see some cool combo, I try to recreate it. Also sometimes observing CPU may prove useful. And of course experimenting, but I’m not that creative person.

12. Have you played KOFXIII yet? Did you like? Will you buy it?
No, I haven’t. But it is good reason for me to buy PS3.

13. Will you continue to play older KOF games while playing KOFXIII?
Probably. I’m bit skeptic about KOF XIII, but I hope SNKP blows my mind when I play it. I still kinda consider KOF XI my “main game” and it is sometimes nice to go back and play older titles to see how much the series has evolved.

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