Like much of the fighting game community, the folks from Hold Back to Block were on hand at EVO 2012 to conduct a variety of interviews with some notable members of the scene. These videos are very well-produced and in-depth, so be sure to check them out.
First off is David “Ultra David” Graham, one half of UltraChen and one of the main commentators at the event. Graham touches on his history with the fighting game genre and what ultimately caused him to start investing time into learning and getting better at the games. They also discuss the reasons behind his shift in focus from playing to commentating and the skills that go into providing a play-by-play analysis of fighting game matches.
Mark “MarkMan” Julio of Mad Catz took the time to chat with the HBTB crew on how he stepped into his role at the company, as well as the ins and outs of his community outreach.
They also caugnt up with prodigal son Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez to talk about the ridiculous amount of things he’s involved with at the moment, and how he made the transition from competitive player to content producer.
Our very own Adam “Keits” Heart discusses how he became the editor-in-chief of Shoryuken, how it’s changed his life, and what his major goals were in developing Divekick.
Major east coast streamer Jason “Jaxel” Axelrod goes into how he started streaming tournaments and his very first EVO tournament.
Professional Nicolas Cage stand-in Maximilian Christian touches on his history with fighting games and how he’s been able to turn his passion into a few successful projects, as well as the future of Assist Me!
Seth Killian’s interview features questions on how he became involved with Capcom, his eventual decision to part ways with the company and focus on design, and his future in the competitive scene, as well as a touching discussion of his favorite EVO moments.
And lastly, they caught up with James Chen after the event was over to talk about his favorite moments.
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Hold Back to Block’s EVO 2012 Coverage Featuring Seth Killian, James Chen, Mark Man, and More