i’ll post steve h’s interview again, because the first half hour we discuss tvc, and then the rest will be transcripts from everyone who has contributed to this. we got keits, yourmother (ono japan), demon hyo, steve, jchensor, and j1n.
so here we go
DEMON HYO-this is one of the latest interviews, so we had the chance to discuss some of the latest stuff that has recently dropped on video from japan, and we also discuss the scene, and where its going.
jimmy1200srk: so why pick up tvc, with your background with mvc2?
DEMON HYO: lol @ that teach me tvc comment
DEMON HYO: hmm… well I picked up tvc because I thought it was unique and unlike any other vs game of it’s kind.
jimmy1200srk: do you still agree that its unique in comparison to other vs games. i would say yes myself, and i have been an observer, and player of vs games since children of the atom
DEMON HYO: yea I think it’s unique compared to other vs games for many reasons even though it’s similar to some of the ones that came before it.
jimmy1200srk: now have you dropped mvc2 for tvc, or are you still active with both?
DEMON HYO: Well honestly mvc2’s era is done. It had a good run though… I really don’t like entering mvc2 tournaments because they are boring to me. At nec I entered low tier mvc2 cause that was somewhat fun since you could actually use the other 90% of the cast lol.
DEMON HYO: but yea I’m pretty much done with mvc2 and tvc is new and fresh. But the game being on wii kind of sucks since a lot of people don’t have a wii for fighting game use and you have to import it. The only arcades that I know of in the US that have it is the break which is in NJ. Also the arcade here in Philly just got it, University Pinball. So that kind of helps out local comp since a lot of people come from out of state to play games at UP.
DEMON HYO: Tvc has a lot of essentials that make it unique and very fun to play. Sure, the cast is small, but the things you can do in the game make it have a lot of replay value. Things like baroque, aerial tag, level 3 supers and the fact that everyone has an instant air dash so it evens it out. Well, besides the giants. Unlike mvc2 where magneto and storm owned the game cause of it. Plus tvc has no guard breaks which REALLY make it less cheap.
DEMON HYO: oh and mega crash which is like burst in guilty gear, it takes away some health and 2 levels, so you can’t abuse it. But it does help you get out of combos that could kill you or even bad situations. However it can also put you in a bad situation as well, so you have to know what you’re doing. Kind of like a chess match with your opponent
jimmy1200srk: i agree with all of that. it does kinda suck that its wii exclusive, considering most hardcore fight gamers dont own a wii, but im glad i got lucky. lol. hopefully if tvc does good, they will be dropping a part 2 soon, with more characters, and on other consoles. thats why i hope people really jump on this from japan to america. baroque, aerial tag, no guard breaks, and a universal iad system is excellent. im very pleased with the outcome of that. i mean, mvc2 came out on dream cast when i was like 16.i remember jack moving it from sears with my brotha. so devious, but that was a decade ago. i think its had its time. i was listening to mike ross’s interview with gootecks, and he had dropped mvc2 for sf4, so i guess its about to start losing comp. have you noticed that the local mvc2 heads are leaving mvc2 for tvc, or in general? oh, and
jimmy1200srk: ignore the oh, and, part. mistype
jimmy1200srk: and if we can show off at sbo, and while we’re in japan period. oh, i think it will give a nice dose of life to the game
DEMON HYO: well yes the local mvc2 is pretty much done with
DEMON HYO: it’s 2009 and it’s a new era in gaming all together. Street Fighter 4 is a great game and I play that more than I play tvc. Probably any fighting game come to think of it, the comp in that game is rising at a fast pace and will only get bigger once it hits console next month. Can’t wait for that! But yea all of those diehard mvc2 fans need to jump on tvc so it can get bigger in our community. When was the last time you seen a vs game at SBO? lol so you know tvc must be solid if japan is playing it at their biggest tournament.
DEMON HYO: Believe it or not I’m not even a vs game player like most people think, just because the game I was mainly known for was mvc2. I came from fatal fury and then moved onto capcom games when I saw street fighter alpha. My favorite street fighter is street fighter alpha 3 and that’s the game I was good at. Didn’t do the whole tournament thing when it first started but I did play on ggpo and kaillera a lot when it was big on there. Tournaments online were really fun and casuals.
DEMON HYO: If I could go to SBO I would definitely rep the US hardcore, but as of now I can’t attend. But I believe my boy Justin Wong is attending and he’s solid at tvc as well. He has a chance at winning for sure, so best of luck to him.
jimmy1200srk: no doubt. oh, i didnt know you werent really a vs game player. good stuff either way, but yeah, it is a new era, and we gotta keep it moving. i cant wait for sf4 too, and tekken 6 br. tekken is my original main, but im open for everything. thats how im use to playing. we just played everything when it came out, or was at the arcade. killer instinct, xvsf, sf, tekken. you dont see that diversity as much with the newer scene. most people just play one thing like sf3ts, and thats it. oh well. i hope the die hard marvel fans jump ship over. i know sf4 will be hard competition to keep up with here coming soon, but i think we can still stay steady with tvc in the community, as long as it still shows up in tournies. is justin wong playing it very seriously, or is he occupied with sf4 for the most part?
DEMON HYO: Justin, myself and others mainly play sf4 for the most part and tvc when we can. I mean, we do practice a lot in tvc because it is very competitive and there is a scene for it don’t get me wrong. But our main focus is sf4 right now.
DEMON HYO: tvc is pretty good though, those tatsunoko characters are pretty fun. My favorite character is Ken the eagle from g-force. He’s like storm in mvc2
jimmy1200srk: right on. are you still maining chun/batsu?
jimmy1200srk: ken is good. im going to be scared of ken masters
jimmy1200srk: teleport shennanigans!!
DEMON HYO: I’m a ken master ^^ lol just kidding but I’m pretty good with him for the most part. He has godlike runaway game and rush down
DEMON HYO: no1 can catch him in the air lol. He goes off the screen
jimmy1200srk: you were the first player that made me raise an eyebrow to him.i was like, wtf is demon doing. fucking tatsu characters >:-0 ha ha.
DEMON HYO: I still main chun and batsu as of now
DEMON HYO: haha! I’m glad I could be an inspiration, yea no1 else was using him and he looked interesting so I was like, I’ll check him out
jimmy1200srk: now the hottest word on the street is karas. how do you feel about him personally. the new batch of tvc vids with gian in them, show kubu doing some serious business with karas. have you seen them? the corner infinite he did on ryu using MULTIPLE megacrashes, and baroques, with assist, was cheddar wrapped with bacon
jimmy1200srk: i have maintained he is top, but not s tier because of his low health. which was shown a problem when gian crushed him the first match with chun, but then kubu showed why his offense is going to be cancer for tvc. im loving it. something to look forward to working around
jimmy1200srk: still there?
DEMON HYO: my bad back now
jimmy1200srk: all good. was just listening to 50 diss rick ross, and that dude nipsey hustle. so back to the karas question above
DEMON HYO: as far as karas goes
DEMON HYO: he has some pretty cheap stuff and no1 can beat his pokes. His offense is best in the game hands down but his defesne is the absolute worst. So he evens out even though sometimes his offense can dominate an entire team when he does his resets, baroque and mega crush combos. You can’t even IAD on him without eating a standing C attack so yea it’s really cheap. But it’s almost like msp in mvc2. It’s cheap but once magnus dies then it’s like “Oh what do I do now lol” well some players who totally depend on karas and can’t play good with their other character
DEMON HYO: yea he’s not god tier cause of his low defense but he’s still annoying. I use him for fun but it gets boring after a while because it’s a bit too easy. But he also can be dominated too if you know what you’re doing.
DEMON HYO: i like playing with other characters more than using karas.
DEMON HYO: and no I haven’t seen those vids you speak of but I would like to check them out. Link me to them when u get the chance, I haven’t seen any jap matches actually
jimmy1200srk: right on. i feel that. i know the forums had so much hype for the longest, and people were making him sound unbeatable, which didnt sound right to me at all. but these japanese vids are the first i have seen of high level karas in action, vs one of my teams, chun/ryu. okay, let me do this. im going to link you to the users account, and i want you to watch one match video real quick before we continue our interview. its that serious. gian is good though. his dhalsim in st is beast too, if you have ever seen him before. yoga flame traps. one second, let me open up firefox and get you those links
jimmy1200srk: ill get the match for you where karas does serious work on ryu
jimmy1200srk: and chun actually. but gian still did good. the advanced guarding in these matches are very good too.
jimmy1200srk: watch this real quick please. [media=youtube]zzC15-as_1s[/media]
jimmy1200srk: and just click on the user to see the other five matches, and the yatterman infinite that builds stupid meter. there is a sixth match, but its only on nico. here it is http://nicovideo.jp/watch/sm5979433
jimmy1200srk: tell me once your done viewing that first match
jimmy1200srk: i like gian’s strategy, which is basically kinda stay in the air, and he used air lightning legs to standard bnb combo in a few matches. shit worked good
jimmy1200srk: while your viewing that. ill just type a bit more. quick questions once your done. besides yourself, is anyone else in your area, or that you know of, maining karas? i know that guy marn is, and he supposedly is going to be pulling out some shennanigans for sinsation. i personally dont really like karas for me and my style. shame, i loved his movies.
jimmy1200srk: are you going to sinsation also?
DEMON HYO: well that karas stuff I’ve seen before it’s nothing new but I did like the use of how he was building up lvls for mega crash. That was creative
DEMON HYO: as far as karas goes, if you use him then you can understand how to beat him better. Once a karas player loses karas then it’s a struggle. He’s scared of getting hit so he’s more likely to run into something more since he has to stay on you. Just have characters that can bait him and run away good
DEMON HYO: I don’t main karas really but yes marn does.
DEMON HYO: Yes I’ll be at sinstation
DEMON HYO: I will admit, using karas for the win is pretty simple if you need to get by and ain’t nothing wrong with winning. Heck I’d probably do it for that W too lol. But I’d enjoy a tournament match more not using him personally cause it feels good when you kill karas fast cause of his low health. If you have ken then you can run the rest of the clock out without being touched lol
DEMON HYO: but it’s just like magneto in mvc2, they dominate pretty hard but there’s always counters for it. Karas ISN’T tvc trust me
DEMON HYO: you have characters like jun, ken, hurricane, batsu and others that can beat him
DEMON HYO: alex is so slow but one combo from him is like “OUCH” on karas
jimmy1200srk: super ouch! im like that too. i thought nothing of him until all this stuff started coming out, now im on a mission to kill karas’s. you mentioned jun there. any reason why? just curious, because jun chun is one of my teams too. i really like jun.
jimmy1200srk: alex with level 3 and baroque. run away
jimmy1200srk: haha. well just watch what you do. one crouching a is the end of a lot of life
DEMON HYO: justin showed me why jun is good, she has easy super setups, she can controller the screen on the ground and has good crossups
DEMON HYO: and he lvl 3 is easy to setup. she’s not too strong but she’s very fast and can outpoke most characters
jimmy1200srk: yup yup yup, and an easy corner infinite
jimmy1200srk: in your personal opinion, where do you see the tvc scene going, and how do you feel about the level of gameplay right now
jimmy1200srk: i can def see an increase in everyones game who post videos, and i can only assume its gotten better
DEMON HYO: well the lvl of gameplay is split up into different areas since not everyone has it yet. But I’ve played a decent amount of people including justin, skisonic, Li. Joe, Marn, steve, dave 2j, steve h etc… Perfect sin is pretty good in tvc as well, his ippatsuman sneaky lol
DEMON HYO: as far as the scene, since it’s not widespreaded and an import game only I’m not sure how big the scene will get. Maybe if evo has tvc as the replacement vs game for mvc2 (which it should imo) then maybe people will take more notice to it because the game is hot.
jimmy1200srk: word up. i feel like evo will determine a lot about this game right now. if its not at evo though, im sure local tournies will still have it, and im sure there would be a side tourney at evo, but if it was official, that would be tight on so many levels. do you have any opinion out of the people you mentioned, on who is top, including yourself?
jimmy1200srk: just curious on who is on top of their game right now with tvc. i heard skisonic is pretty good too
jimmy1200srk: including the questions above, i just have a few more questions here by the way. bout to wrap it up.this has been really good
DEMON HYO: sure no prob I’ll answer those questions
jimmy1200srk: cool. i just throw that out there in case people are like, shut this shit up, i gotta go. lol. want to let them know im not trapping them. LOL but yeah, i was just curious on the rankings of the people you mentioned, like who do you see is really good at tvc, or are most of those people mentioned pretty much on the same level, and what characters do you think are being slept on right now.
DEMON HYO: as far as the people I mentioned goes…
DEMON HYO: I mean everyone is still learning the game so no one really dominates yet.
DEMON HYO: plus we only played casual so guess tournaments will decide the official rankings
DEMON HYO: characters being slept on… hmm as far as console characters go. Probably saki, she can keep almost any character out and zone very well
jimmy1200srk: watching a decent saki pisses me off.
DEMON HYO: she also keeps karas out once she gets going, it’s so hard to get in and she has a possible infinite that my friend Rick did in one of the videos I recorded.
DEMON HYO: she has that glowing ball thats a multi hit and she can throw like two out at a time. She has those grenades and those missles she shoots out.
DEMON HYO: lol she pisses you off, why is that?
jimmy1200srk: just getting in on her seems annoying when a good player has her in their hands. bitch, you just gonna throw grenades at all distances, while charging your boom boom gun. im gonna hate her. so sad
DEMON HYO: lol
jimmy1200srk: everyone has mentioned her nowadays as a beast. i think everyone i interviewed brought her up, and tekkaman
DEMON HYO: tekkaman is really strong, his basic baroque combo at like 20% even hurts a lot. he’s slow but his supers are pretty good when they hit and do a lot of chip
jimmy1200srk: here is a good question. how has your game evolved with your use of baroque, mega crash, attacking, using supers, etc… like for me, i dont rush down completely blind like i use to, i only use baroque for other offensive options other than continuing a combo, if i have under 10% baroque, i dont really do supers until i have like at least 4 levels, etc… how about you, how has your game evolved
DEMON HYO: Dave plays tekkaman and it’s pretty solid. Supers catch you off guard at times lol
jimmy1200srk: my boy dalaw is playing him back in md. he is determined to master him, but the latest karas vids have him like, damn, i need at least, ryu, chun, or karas on his team. lol. im sure his opinon will change as he continues to play
jimmy1200srk: i know watching that for some people might have them like, ugh, how do i fight that. but you can, but anyways, back to the evolution of your tvc skills since you started
DEMON HYO: lol trust me karas can be owned
DEMON HYO: he should play ken
DEMON HYO: as far as my skills go. I adapt pretty quickly to situations, so I don’t do a lot of my old habbits I may have done before.
DEMON HYO: I like to save levels because you need them more than anything. Don’t abuse lvl 3 supers unless you know you will get a good amount of damage. better to them with less hits in your combo
DEMON HYO: but as i’ve stated before tvc is a chess match
DEMON HYO: most people mega crash as soon as they fear a combo, but you don’t have to unless that combo is a potential death combo. I only use it when I have to use it and just try to keep it simple. do good damage, play safe and outsmart your opponent at all times
DEMON HYO: and sometimes it’s good to just do combos that do good damage and save your lvls for more damaging combos when their health is lower. like maybe a triple dhc or a regular dhc, or even a aerial tag into a super or whatever you’d like to do
jimmy1200srk: exactly. thats why i like a good assist i can call out to extend my combos, so i can get the most out of my stuff when im not trying to use supers. like i mentioned to steve, i dont find myself using level 3’s that much at all. i adapt pretty fast myself too. i either change myself through play, or from observing other gameplay, and then boom, i can adapt it. i save my mega crash for proper situations of course as well, and sometimes you might mega crash to early when you dont need to, and on top of wasting two bars, and life, that person might just mess up his execution. so like hypothetically, i wouldnt crash chuns infinite until probably they second rep of a, a, c, lightning legs, just in case they drop it. of course thats all situational. if im going to die, then i wont risk it, but thats all duh shit. i feel you.
jimmy1200srk: do you feel tvc is as deep as previous vs games? i believe marn said he didnt like it, and it wasnt deep. it was posted in the forums
DEMON HYO: well…
DEMON HYO: i think it’s unique but not as deep as some of the other vs games
DEMON HYO: like in a way it is, but if we’re comparing it to marvel then I’d say you can’t compare it to marvel cause it was too different.
DEMON HYO: tvc in it’s own way is deep because each character can win and you can use most of the cast
DEMON HYO: sure you don’t have triangle dash, but everyone has a dash and you have to know how to use mega crash, baroque, supers, push block etc
DEMON HYO: if people stop using karas all day then they will see
DEMON HYO: lol
DEMON HYO: because in this game, using all of the things I talked about can put you in good situations or even bad situations. so that’s why in it’s own way it’s unique.
jimmy1200srk: right on. i agree. i think even xvsf in comparison to marvel 1, and marvel 2 are pretty different, and its no shocker this game is unique in itself. now just to wrap it up here, will you be entering tvc at sinsation?
DEMON HYO: you also have to know how to utilize assist very well when it counts since you cant spam them like in mvc2.
DEMON HYO: nor block and call them cause you’ll get that switch out lol
DEMON HYO: yea I’ll be entering tvc at sinstation
jimmy1200srk: yeah, that was a plus in this game. that you couldnt block and call out your assist for super spamming. thats good. i am expecting some stories to come out of there, and some very good videos, so i hope to see you up their in the rankings. will you be using batsu/chun?
jimmy1200srk: super assist spamming
jimmy1200srk: sinsation should say something about the level of play from some of our top tvc players, because it would have been out for a couple months, and there is tons of stuff out now in reference to forum character info, and youtube videos
DEMON HYO: yea that’s very true
DEMON HYO: i’ll be using the characters I’m feeling at that moment
DEMON HYO: so not too sure but I’ll have chun for sure
DEMON HYO: yea top rankings for sure
jimmy1200srk: any thoughts on yatterman, souki, or doronjo before i wrap this up. only ask, because an srk member in japan says doronjo is on a lot of teams in japan, and so is tekkaman, and i see yatterman is evolving with some of the combo videos released. after this question, i have two more, and then we will call it quits.
DEMON HYO: which one is doronjo again? that girl with the assist characters?
jimmy1200srk: yeah. they call her the juda of tvc
DEMON HYO: well she has good assist setups with the one guy who grabs you
DEMON HYO: dont see much use of her over hear but who knows she could be a sleeper cause no1 is used to her
jimmy1200srk: right on. what about yatterman and souki
DEMON HYO: souki is pretty good with his high defense and super armor
DEMON HYO: steve uses him really well with casshern
DEMON HYO: he got some stuff with them
DEMON HYO: and he’s strong, plus he has a counter
jimmy1200srk: right on. i think he is pretty decent and hope to see some good stuff come from him. right on. well do work! well that about wraps it up for me right now. i think i will be doing this again in another few months after the game has taken its next level up. two last questions. 1. can people find you at the arcade playing tvc? any last words for the community when it comes to tvc?
jimmy1200srk: i mean do work at sinsation. my brain is tiring
DEMON HYO: lol it’s cool i’m tired too i feel ya
DEMON HYO: yea people can find me at the arcade playing tvc with the rest of the local comp
DEMON HYO: last words hmm…
DEMON HYO: Don’t megacrash early lol
DEMON HYO: Nah but… Everyone who loves vs series should definitely play tvc and help the community grow. Team Kapital will be repping this game as well
DEMON HYO: Team kapital included, Me, Eric V, Perfect_Sin, Justin Wong, L.I_Joe and Marn. So be on the lookout at Sinstation and other major tournaments. Plus evo! Also Jet Phi but he doesn’t play tvc
DEMON HYO: includes*
DEMON HYO: and many other fighting games as well. Changing the fighting game community for the better and bringing every1 together. It’s a new era, a new year and time for a change.
jimmy1200srk: right on. well im sure people will be on the look out, and its good to hear you guys supporting it. i know sf4 is big right now. when i come to the east coast to visit, ill give a drive up to philly to see if i catch you at the arcade for some matches. its def a new era
DEMON HYO: yea, I’ll be playing sf4 mainly on console when it comes out so best to just see me on xbox live lol. but yes SF4 is the biggest game out right now and all of the focus is on that
jimmy1200srk: word. oh, i was talking about tvc, but ill catch you on live for sf4. im a fuerte follower. cant wait. well take it easy man, and i appreciate the interview.