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Guard Cancel: OverHeat

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?
To be technical, I’ve played KoF since the original; Fatal Fury: The King of Fighters. That said, my first exposure to KoF proper was with an import version of KoF’94 arcade. When I was older and worked at an arcade, KoF’98 became my go-to game. I just absolutely adored everything about that game. It was everything that Street Fighter wasn’t.

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?
Character design remained consistently interesting, larger and more varied set of special moves, faster play when compared to the competition. Besides, back in the day, getting to play 3 characters for only one quarter?! Baa~rgai~n!

3. Are you a tournament player? If so, list your tournament rankings.
I never played KoF in tournaments. As time went on I did quite well for myself but never knew of any tournaments. KoF was never super popular, so the only tourneys I ever knew of were based over in Street Fighter land. With the release of KoFXIII I intend to hype the game as much as I can at the local level, and participate in any tournaments for it that I can reach. Should it be announced at EVO 2012, I’ll be doing my best to be sure I attend.
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Guard Cancel: Desmond Delaghetto

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1. How long have you played KOF? Which KOF was your first? Which is your favorite?
I’ve been playing KOF ever since the late 90s, but I’ve just taken the games seriously just a year or two ago. The very first KOF game I have ever played was probably KOF98 in the arcades. My cousin told me about it so we went to the bowling alley arcade to check it out, and I loved it. I thought it was pretty great. It was around the time the Capcom was putting out MvC1 and Alpha 3 and stuff but I really liked the unique approach of KOF98. Around that same time, a new video game store opened on the main street here in Saint Paul. I was on my way to actually play KOF98 at that bowling alley so I decided to stop in and check it out. They had some rare games, some imports and some arcade cabs. They had 2 neo-geo MVS machines, and one of them had KOF96. I used to go there every day and play alone against the CPU to try to get the top score. But my top favorite KOF currently is KOF2002UM next to KOFXIII.

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?
KOF was just really unique and special than a lot of the fighters that was out. It was very stylish but not too out of the pocket like some games. I really liked the stages and music, and the character designs I thought were very cool too. Plus the fact that you can play 3 characters that were all different from one another was great too. The game featured a lot of cool defensive and offensive options that were lacking in some other fighters too. I also love 2D art and sprites as a whole, it gives it a real classic touch.

3. Are you a tournament player? If so, list your tournament rankings.
My very first KOF98 tournament I entered in was in 2009 I think, and I placed 2nd. We were playing on the Neo-Geo too. I placed 3rd in KOF2002UM at MWC2010 in Chicago, 2nd at KOF98UM at GNGC 1 here in MN in August, placed 4th place
at GNGC 2 in December 2010, got tied for 5th place at Frosty Faustings III in January 2011, and since then I haven’t played in a tournament since. Hopefully next year there will be some tournaments ran and I will see how I do.
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Guard Cancel: FreeRunner

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 have been playing KOF since high school. My first KOF was ’95, me and my brother used to play it on a demo disc he had on the PSX. It really picked up during my kaillera days. Hmmm. I would say my favorite KOF woud have to be between KOF 98 & KOF 02UM. Even though it is hated, I do have a soft spot for KOFXII.

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?
Well the thing that draws to me to this series is the sheer amount of mobility options you have in the game. It also doesn’t make me feel helpless if I play a certain way, which some games tend to do sometimes. Also the characters are very diverse which is always a good thing.

3. Are you a tournament player? If so, list your tournament rankings
I once played in tournaments for Smash Bros. Brawl. I won a couple locals in that game but nothing too big. Even though I am in NYC, there aren’t any KOF tournaments here. My hope is that when KOFXIII comes out to consoles, there will be plenty of tournaments in my area. I am also planning on travelling to tournaments out of state as well, I just need to save up XD.
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Guard Cancel: PhoeniX

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’ve been playing since around the start of 2010. I had dabbled in it before, but never cared much. KOF2002 is the first one I got into. KOF2002UM is probably my favorite, though I hardly get to play it.

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?
I liked the offense, and I liked that reversals were not that good. After a year of trying to like street fighter IV, not having to worry about someone mashing dragon punch was a real relief.

Now, I Like KOF because of the very few legitimate 50/50 mixups. Hitting the opponent in KOF is a lot more about getting the opponent to do something stupid, or conditioning him to look for something else than you intend to hit him with. It’s all reactions and reading the opponent, and far less just having a 50% chance of hitting the opponent or getting blocked/countered.

3. Are you a tournament player? If so, list your tournament rankings.
Not for King of Fighters. I’ve played Third Strike, Street Fighter 4 and a bit of Alpha 2 in local tournaments. I’ve never been good at any Street Fighter 4, I’ve done okay in local Third Strike tournaments. I’ve done well in Alpha 2 tournaments, but that doesn’t mean much, because I am the only person who plays that game seriously.

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Guard Cancel: Ash2k4

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 have been playing KOf for 10 years now. My first KOF was 99 and honestly, if it wasn’t for my brother, I would have never found out about kof then I heard a local arcade called Diversions had it and started playing a lot. My favorite KOF would have to be 2002 due to the competion and I just love how it’s played and looks.

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?
Well, I was my very first true fighter that I took serious and plus I love the fact that its a very technical based game rather than just mashing.

3. Are you a tournament player? If so, list your tournament rankings.
No, i use to play with alot of friends

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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.

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Guard Cancel: Vinn Aleixo

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 frequently began to play KOF in 2004, but I didn’t followed the
brazilian scene of OG 2002/XI because I was a kid. My first KOF I
played was KOF’98, there was epic battles near my house in weekends
but I wasn’t so good (and from that time, I was learning to play in
arcade stick and dualshock pad). My favourite KOFs per saga: ’97 for
Orochi, 2000 for NESTS, XI for Ash (not counting XIII), 2002 for Dream
Matches and 2002UM for remakes. In general, my favorite KOF is 2002UM.

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?
Because KOF gameplay is a quite Unique, even other games “try” to
reproduce some KOF gameplay features (MBAA has a similar “Emergency
Evade”, KOF’94-’95 feature, for example). The great part of characters
(including Ash Saga characters) are charismatic and their fun gameplay
makes you want to play with all cast, even you play just with BnBs.

3. Are you a tournament player? If so, list your tournament
rankings.

I’m going to be a KOF tournament player when XIII hits consoles. But
in other FGs, I began to play in tournaments in last year and my best
results was in BB CS1 times, getting 3rd and 2nd place in local
ranbats.
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Guard Cancel: MetalThrashingMadman

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

1. How long have you played KOF? Which KOF was your first? Which is your favorite?
I got into KOF sometime back in ’03/’04 while I was in college. The school had an unmarked arcade cabinet with MOTW in it. But because I was unfamiliar with that game I didn’t know the title, and there were always people playing so I never saw the tiltle screen. I tried to solve this problem by downloading an emulator and just grabbing every SNK game I could find. When I came across KOF, I think I tried 2002 first, I fell in love with it instantly.

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?
KOF lets me play the way I want to. There are so many kinds of characters that it’s not hard to find ones to like. And then there is the maneuverability which enables me to fight more aggressively than many other fighters. I like getting in my opponent’s face, not standing on the other side of the screen tossing fireballs.

3. Are you a tournament player? If so, list your tournament rankings.
I’m trying to be. Before coming to this site I couldn’t get anyone to play KOF with me. My friends simply were not interested in giving it a fair shake. But since joining Dreamcancel about 3 months ago I have gone to Evo, started training with Dark Geese, and now I’m even organizing my first online tournament. It will take place shortly after console release of KOFXIII. I urge everyone to go to the Upcoming Tournaments & Events forum and sign up!
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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 admin@dreamcancel.com

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….
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