His media personality and his staple team in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 might portray him as a villain in the fighting game community, but the skill and talent possessed by Christopher “NYChrisG” Gonzalez is undeniable. The 23-year-old has stormed the scene in recent years and hasn’t let down since, maintaining a consistent track record in Marvel vs. Capcom and elevating his status in other games like Street Fighter IV.
Jason Yang: Why did you move to Southern California? Did After Glow Elite’s disbandment have anything to do with it?
Christopher “NYChrisG” Gonzalez: No, moving to SoCal was pretty much a last resort. I was going to move to different place in New York, but after my roommate and close friend, Nelson “Remix” Reyes, passed away, I decided to just go with it. I planned to move to West Coast a little later in my life, but that sped things up.
JY: Do you enjoy California more than New York?
CG: Personally, I actually don’t. I think California is more of a settling down type of place. The upside is gaming has more opportunities here. East Coast doesn’t have the big companies. That’s why, besides personal issues, I’m here to make life a little better. I want to continue gaming and west coast is the way to do it. Hopefully everything works out.
JY: What do you miss from the East Coast?
CG: The life. In West Coast, things end too early. Driving is not the issue. It’s more when I look around, I see nothing at the end of the day. You pretty much stay at home if you are not going out by 8 PM. In the East Coast, I miss the hype, the trash talks. Fun times.
JY: What is GamesterGear?
CG: They’re a headset company aiming to create the best gaming headset. They have a new vibration feature called bass quake. I have more than 15 headphones and headset, and I really like theirs. It’s lightweight, the sound and bass are good, and my current model [Falcon] is wireless. With better headsets, I can play games better
JY: How did this collaboration come to be?
CG: I met Vera [GamesterGear’s social media marketing manager] through Sherry Jenix. They knew who I was, and that I wear a lot of headphones. I promoted for them a few times and we talked at a few tournaments. After sponsoring me for Texas Showdown 2014, we worked out the details.
JY: What do you want to accomplish with this sponsorship?
CG: I want to work closer with them. With GamesterGear, I have a voice. So I’m working with them, giving feedback about the comfort and sound. I’m also hoping to attend more tournaments. I will be at UFGT X. I’m really happy to be sponsored by them.
JY: How come you didn’t enter any tournaments when you first moved to SoCal?
CG: When I first moved, I tried to play in The Runback and Wednesday Night Fights, and I didn’t do so well. I realized that I have more important things to worry about than video games, so I’ve been focusing on my personal life.
JY: Do you plan to pick up the pace?
CG: I actually will try [attending weeklies] more. The problem I have with the West Coast weeklies is it’s two days. I don’t like separating AE and Marvel.
So Wednesday Night Fights ends and you get home at 2 to 3 AM. And it’s little tiring to wake up and go for Marvel the next day. But hopefully when I get my schedule sorted out, I’ll be able to do that easier.
JY: In your mind, who are the top three all-around fighting game players?
CG: Not counting Tokido: me, Justin Wong, and PR Balrog.
JY: Some players find your team hard to deal with. You want to give those people any tips?
CG: Morrigan is not the only character on my team. That is the sum of everything. People will waste all their resources trying to kill Morrigan especially. At the end of the day, if they waste X-factor and all of their meters, I still have Doom and Vergil on the team.
JY: Do you have any new pocket teams up your sleeve?
CG: I have actually been working with two other characters, but obviously they are not finished.
JY: Can you tell me about your training regimine?
CG: I actually don’t play anything. That is the honest truth. Since I moved here, besides weeklies and majors, I think I played once and that’s to mess around.
JY: Are you excited about Ultra Street Fighter IV?
CG: Yes and no. I feel like it’s going to be defensive with a lot of the charge characters being buffed. People are already saying Guile is top three. Well, actually I just want to see how it goes.
JY: Will you stay with Sakura or use a new character?
CG: For the most part, I’ll stick with Sakura. I want to use my other characters whom are Yang and Evil Ryu.
JY: Future goals?
CG: Yes, learn how to drive. Get a car. That seems like a good starting point. What else? I want to start my own tournament, which was what I was doing before in the East Coast with Local Battles [Zoned Out]. Things were going smooth but we had to stop doing it. Hopefully I can come up with something at the West Coast.
JY: Some people call you the MVP of the past two years. Some label you as a villain. What do you want to say to those people? What misconceptions do you want to clear up?
CG: At the end of the day, I’m who you want me to be. That’s it. There’s nothing more I can say that people haven’t heard from others.
I tend to not want people to know who I really am. A lot of times they don’t really care to know who I am. They just want to know if I can perform, if I can keep winning. If I can’t, I go back to being who I was before video games. So I just agree with whatever they say.[hr]