Cross Counter’s Chris Bahn recently conductedan interview with BAS, a Japanese competitor who is perhaps best known for being one of the world’s strongest Capcom vs. SNK 2 players during the game’s heyday. Their discussion covers a variety of topics, including his current views on competitive gaming, the sponsorships that have continued to materialize for members of the fighting game community, and what he thinks of the current crop of titles.
We’ve included a short excerpt below, but be sure to visit Cross Counter to read the entire interview.
What would you say was the most memorable experience with your competition overseas?
[Thinks] Hm. I have four memorable experiences that all took place at international tournaments:
1. The first was at B5. I didn’t know USA players played Capcom fighting games and that they love playing them just as much as the Japanese.
2. Winning Evolution 2005. I didn’t imagine ever winning a major event like EVO (or SBO) until that year. Winning that was definitely an unforgettable experience in my fighting game career.
3. The next was at Evolution 2008, the CVS2 Grand Finals. 99% of the audience was all cheering for John Choi, but there were only like 4 – 5 people cheering for me. I lost the match, but [the few in my corner rooting] was supportive. Unfortunately I don’t remember who they are — but I wish to thank them for cheering for me at that time.
4. Finally there was Canada Cup 2011. I decided to finally come back and entered a Street Fighter 4 tournament major. My results were pretty bad, because I only played the game for about 2 – 3 months [laughs].
Source: Cross Counter