I’m on Gootecks’ mailing list and received this one today:
*Before going to Sinsation Fight Club in Virginia in February, I was contacted by a guy named Ian Cofino who messaged me on SRK asking if I had time to do an interview with him for a class project. *
He was planning to do a documentary on fighting games, Street Fighter, in particular. I said okay and didn’t really think too much of it until I got there and told him I arrived. We met up at Sinsation and he pulled me aside and we talked for about an hour. He had a ton really great questions for me that I was able to go on at length about (I ran out a tape! Damn, I talk a lot!) and also interviewed Combofiend, Justin Wong, Long Island Joe and Marn about the fighting game community and Street Fighter 4.
*It started out as his senior project, but apparently after he started working on it, it was clear that this was more than just a little 5-10 minute short film. So he decided to go all the way with it and fly around to different tournaments to cover the scene and some of the key players in it. *
*When I got to Final Round in Atlanta, he was there as well and he interviewed Justin, Joe and Marn as well as Mike Ross while we were there. He also managed to capture some really hype footage from both events, so that if you’ve never been to a major Street Fighter tournament, you get a feel for what it’s really all about. *
This trailer gives you an idea of what some of the events are like in America with some of their pro players. The atmosphere seems incredible.
Most people here will have seen the major american videos like, Daigo v J.Wong 3s, $3000 money match between Dark Prince and Clockwork MvC2, J.wongs cyclops comeback MvC2 etc
Do the Americans have a different attitude towards fighting games than we do? Is the American scene what the UK scene aspires to be or shy away from? Some players from the UK have been to Evo and could shed more light on the differences if they wish to do so.
They go on to talk about the States fighting scene. I thought it was an interesting discussion to read from this prespective.