Guard Cancel: Nocturnal

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 admin@dreamcancel.com or PM me in the forum.

1. How long have you played KOF? Which KOF was your first? Which is your favorite?
I didn’t really get into SNK fighters till around 2003 but I’ve been around long enough to know about the games. The first KoF I ever played was ’94. I remember I played it in Las Vegas when I was a kid at the MGM grand arcade. I knew about the game before hand but that was the first time I had a chance to play it. Though I never really had a chance to play any of the other KoF’s from 95-97. Mame and Kaillera introduced me to the games as I tried them out. The best KoF’s overall I think are 98/98UM and 2k2UM. I actually enjoyed KoF2k3 for the short while it lasted. It had its moments but it also had its problems.

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?
I think KoF has a great variety compared to most other fighters. Depending on the team you use and style you play, it really makes matches interesting.

3. Are you a tournament player? If so, list your tournament rankings.
I’ve been around the tournament scene since 2000. I didn’t really get into any major SNK tournaments till will around 04/05. Even in those times, there weren’t many players as compared to now.


4. Do you have a local scene or do you rely on online play?
I do have a local scene with lots of great talented players. I also do enjoy playing online from time to time. I think they both have their pros and cons.

5. Do you prefer pad or stick? Why is that your preference?
I prefer stick but I can use pad as well. I think I’m about 85% to 90% on pad compared to stick. It also depends on what game I’m playing. It’s all preference though.

6. What advice do you have for new players?
I think for those that are new to KoF should learn the basics from KoF98 or even KoF2k2. Though KoFXIII is a different game you can still learn the game mechanics from the older versions. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice. There are lots of people willing to help out on Dream Cancel.

7. How do you choose a character and team? How do you choose the order?
This is a tough question cause it just depends on how I sync with the character I’m using. If I don’t feel confident with the character then I’ll choose another till I find something that works for me. I tend to like charge type characters even though in KoFXIII I don’t use any on my team. I might dabble with Ash a bit once the console version hits.

8. Which type of character do you prefer?
Again, like the previous question, it just depends if I’m feeling good using the character. Being a fun charge character is a plus for me.

9. From a purely gameplay perspective, who is you favorite character?
If we are talking about from all the KoF games I would say Iori is pretty strong. He always tends to be in the majority of KoF games. He’s a good mix of what a character should have overall.

10. How often do you practice or train in KOF alone?
Since I’m waiting on the console version I can’t really answer this one. I do tend to practice a lot when it’s a game I really enojy. I’ll usually practice while I listen to my favorite music to motivate me to get better. I always prefer to practice playing other good players. I think I learn things quicker when I play especially strong players.

11. How do you gain new techniques, strategies, setups and combos? Do you watch match videos?
I think it’s more about the experience of playing stronger players. If I see something that works on them I’ll try it a few more times at random. Then I’ll just keep that in my mind to try on other players. Watching videos is nice but I think playing the players themselves really makes you understand their thought process in a match.

12. Have you played KOFXIII yet? Did you like? Will you buy it?
I really do enjoy playing KoFXIII. Since the first time I tried the game I knew it had the potential to be better. The console version is really looking great so far and I can’t wait to see how the game will progress once it does come out. I do plan on getting it when it’s officially released.

13. Will you continue to play older KOF games while playing KOFXIII?
That’s a good question. I’m getting pretty old now so it’s hard to make time to play in general. I think the older KoFs will still hold a place in most players hearts. The presentations and styles of each one hold something special for everyone.

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