“There was a time in this community where no one was playing for money. You can’t say that now.”
Many reading this have likely encountered Ryan Hunter first through OptionSelectDotCom, where he was among the first “lab monsters” to break apart the mechanics behind Street Fighter IV. Ryan has gone on to demonstrate a real prowess for fighting games far beyond any particular title, having obtained top finishes at majors for Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken, and most notably, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.
In short, he’s been around. In BornFree‘s latest interview, America’s top Venom shares his views on FGC history, the push-pull between spectator and player, and why Under Night In-Birth appeals to OG fighting game players.