I was musing on how powerful Guile was back from the get-go, across the first three big-time SFII games, World Warriors, Champ Edition, and then Hyper Fighting. Tomo Ohira was pretty much the top US player back then, based on the Westcoast, but traveling around the States always looking for better comp (a bit like Ryu’s infamous ending clip at the time). He was of course a Guile player.
When the big changes in SF finally rolled around in 1994, with huge comeback Supers, everyone getting a reversal, and a generally successful attempt at balancing the tiers to a greater degree, making the whole cast seriously usable, Guile did take the hit (even though top Jap players like Muteki are a force to be reckoned with).
So really, just wondering, if the legend turned away from the scene at this point, either from his fave char just not having the firepower he once had, or more of a general ageing and maturing process, and/or a declining passion in the direction Capcom was going in the mid '90s?
He looked to be in his late teens or early 20s in the early '90s, so I guess he must be late 30s or early 40s now, and at the time, spoke of being very education and career focused. Who knows, maybe he is quietly and anonymously still playing Guile in the modern, online versions? :wink2: