Mar - Apr 2008 Feedback

TFG is awesome. . .
Hey, just wanted to pop my head in and say I love your website.  Since Street Fighter IV was announced, I've been looking for a good fan site to help me keep up with developments, and you've got the whole fighting game world locked down.

I really appreciate the effort you've put into such an information base.  Just wanted you to know all your hard work's not going to waste.  Thanks.

-PrimoPiccolo@aol
 
Frank replies: It's always nice to get a mail like that... Thanks buddy. Keep on enjoying the site! It's not going anywhere. 

~Webmaster of TFG


Soul Calibur is garbage. . .
 Hey yo,
                  Well before I start into my point I just wanted to say I really appreciate the amount of effort you put into this site. It is a definite good resource for hardcore fighting fanatics such as myself...which kind of leads me to the purpose of this email. You seem pretty knowledgeable and well informed to the fighting community, you make mention of terminology and tactics that are typically associated with advanced players and the reviews on your site are fairly accurate. So then why is it you have such a huge oversight with the soul calibur series. You do realize that SC2&3 were removed from the Evo roster right, and it was due to the horrid imbalance and broken gameplay right. From a competitive perspective SC2&3 are garbage and are looked at as waste of time. It eludes me as to why someone who seems so in tuned with the community would constantly endorse and advertise a tittle such as SC2&3 that are considered by the vast majority of competitive players as a big pile of shit. If it's a personal preference then I can understand that but you do realize the SC games are not viable tournament worthy games right...just seems kind of counter productive for a site like this.

From,
-Embrio
 
Frank replies: Actually, I'm pretty sure that they removed SC2 from Evo because two of the "top players," who made it to the finals at Evo 2005, (I was there), played like $hit for some reason unknown to me... I think they were mad about something going on with the tournament so they decided to "ruin" it for the Evo hosts and play shitty... I know some guy was using Voldo and was just flipping and crawling around the entire time. I might be mistaken, but that's how I took it.

Anyhow, onto your "dissing" of Soul Calibur... Man... The SC series is great, for so many reasons. Not only the character designs, the sound, and some of the best in-game-animation EVER; but yeah, the gameplay is still great fun... FUN being the key word. Any fighting game, when appearing at a high level tournament, can be easily called "broken" or "garbage" because of all the cheap tricks and over-powerful tactics that people can do to ruin the fun of the game... It's true for many games, right? It doesn't mean the game is bad... In casual-high-level play, Soul Calibur 2 is still very fun to me. I've actually been to quite a few SC2 tournaments, and I've seen some nasty stuff... but IMO, there's really nothing wrong with the gameplay as a whole, and it offers something truly unique to the fighting genre.

Now, on the other hand, I'm not going to defend SC3 quite so much...  I know a few players that "jumped the boat" when SC3 came out, and would rather play some good old Soul 2. I liked SC3 for a few reasons, but something about the movement and the gameplay turned me off; which is why I still prefer SC2. As far as "tournament worthy" games goes. Yes, I would consider SC2 tournament worthy... but no, I wouldn't consider SC3 tournament worthy. In any case, let's see how SC4 turns out... It sure looks good.

~Webmaster of TFG


Super Smash Brothers. . .
Hi - I found all of my favorite fighting games on your website except for Super Smash Brothers!  Just out of curiosity, why is it not on your list of fighting games?  Thanks.

-Maria B.
 
Frank replies: I knew I'd get this question this month, with the release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl... I also get this same question about once a year. It's a good question, I'll give you that. I've actually been preparing my answer as well... Alas, I've been playing Smash Brothers Brawl quite a bit lately, probably 10+ hours so far. I'm a little ashamed, but not really; becuase it's a pretty fun game.

Why isn't Smash Brothers on TFG? Hmm, there are reasons. First reason? Simply put, characters like King Dedede and Pikachu. I don't want to have to type King DeeDeeeDeeee more than threeeee times... I've already typed it twice, and that's definitely my limit. I couldn't bare the thought to have the likes of Kirby, Pokemon Trainer, or even that overweight Italian plumber, that everybody loves, on the TFG character list. Those characters simply aren't fighting game characters at the end of the day, thus they don't "deserve" a spot on this site. If I put up a game profile of SSB, I would feel obligated to eventually add links to all the characters in the game, or else it would just look incomplete... And that's just not going to happen, so why should I put up the game profile in the first place?

With that aside, I do "like" the game... It's fun, although the 4 player gameplay is a bit insane (it's borderline mindless), and those super "final smash" moves are way too overpowered. So is it a fighting game at the end of the day? Well, yes... but it's not only a fighting game. It's a sidescroller/platformer/shooter/hack-and-slash/beat-em-up... fighting game. It's all of those things put into one. It's simply it's own entity, it's own genre, and it's good for that reason. On top of all those things, Super Smash Brothers Brawl is also a whore... Yes, it's a whore of a game. Putting so many random *cough* washed up *cough* characters into one game is just slutty... It's almost as slutty as M.U.G.E.N, but not quite.

To me, big headed "chibified" characters VS... semi-cool looking sword wielding humans VS... pocket sized Japanese monsters/marshmellow looking things VS... Solid Snake..... kind of makes me a little nauseous.  Simply put, the character selection in Brawl is too random for it's own good. It's highly entertaining, yes... but really, how seriously can it be taken as a "fighting game." I guess part of that "seriousness" lies within the gameplay, which I'll address next.

I like the fact that there are powerful charge up moves, cool projectiles, launchers, throws, double/triple jumps, characters with flying abilities, and crazy random items for use in battle. Each character really does have their own unique fighting abilities, but then again, they all play nearly identical. Everyone can do "high and low attacks," but there aren't high and low blocks so in most cases it doesn't really matter... as long as the attack hits. There's really no particular strategy when it comes to attacking, besides charging up moves or using those extremely over-powered items and super moves. There aren't any "real" combos either. The real strategy in the game lies in platform jumping, being the first to grab items, and trying to nail those all-powerful lanching moves... Not exactly a recipe for a fighting game. That's why I say it's a sidescroller/platformer/shooter/hack-and-slash/beat-em-up more than a fighting game.

All in all, I just gave you my review of Super Smash Brothers Brawl. It's definitely a cool looking and fun game to play... I'd give it a 9.0 as a game overall. But it's not exactly what I consider a "fighting game" by my professional fighting game connoisseur standards. What??? It's a fighting game because the characters can punch, kick, and throw? Well, then I might as well add "WWE wrestling games" or "Celebrity Deathmatch: The Game" on TFG... but like The Rock, Triple H, Busta Ryhmes, Marilyn Manson, and Stonecold Steve Austin; most of the characters in Smash simply don't deserve a spot here on TFG. I prefer featuring fighting games on TFG that feature their own "unique" fighters, not just random "celebrity" video game stars pretending to know karate. Unless of course Nintendo paid me to do so, then we may have a deal.

~Webmaster of TFG


Couple things . .
Now, the very first video game I ever played was Tekken 2 and lemme' tell you, I was hooked. I played it for 3 years before I got tekken 3, never got tired of it. When Tekken 4 came out, I considered myself unstoppable and by tekken 5 I thought I was a god. When DR came out for the PS3 I saw myself getting absolutely beasted in ghost mode and I won't even mention what happened online. Since you're so good I was wondering if I could battle you every now and then or often online so that I can indeed become unstoppable. Something like a disciple. Just a quarry.

Also, I gotta give you props. A friend of mine showed me the original gamegen website and I have not stopped visiting since. I love what you do, the art and the connoisseur-ing. There's just about everything I wanna know about any game here, so I'm always glad for that. The web site's awesome and getting awesome-er day by day. Again, mad props.

Are the games from the MvC series really $100+?

-A. Ess.
 
Frank replies: Haha, it's true... You really don't know how good you are in a fighting game until you play "skilled" players. I gotta say, my Tekken game has improved quite a bit through just playing others online... I've learned not only combos, but better offensive and defensive tactics to name a few things. If you want to fight, my PS3 gamertag is "FYagami," hit me up... My friends list is currently full, but you can always send me an invite for some Tekken. And yeah, Marvel VS Capcom 2 for the PS2 is still one of the most expensive games... It ranges from $60 to $90 on Ebay.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you continue to enjoy TFG!

~Webmaster of TFG


Expiration date of a website. . .
Oy Frank:

Even though I never attempted to email you, I have been watching your site
"www.fightersgeneration.com" since I ended middle school in 2001 (back when it was
"www.gamegen.com") . And throughout my entire highschool years I had watched your
awesome site flourish from one version to the next. I haved watched to the point
where it once was all I thought about. I mean a site that pretty much guarantees a
good time in terms of interest to those who even remotely like fighting games, that
LASTS... now that was rare.

At any rate what I'd like to say is thank you.
For keeping a site that has passed, what I'd call, the "expiration date" of a website
such as this. Normally sites similar to yours (although less entertaining and
informative) stay around for a year or two. No yours has passed FOUR already. Your
site has pretty much re-kindled my fighting spirit and the will to study the martial
arts, time and time again. I could not actually *count* the number of times because
then you'd know the length of my attention span. xD.

Anyways my main point is that because of the rekindling of the flame for fighting within me
(examples: (kickboxing, martial arts and ninjutsu). During my years in highschool up till now I
have been keeping in shape to be like the characters such as Ryu, Jin and Kyo all these years
and proudly walk the streets of my neighborhood every morning because of it, and not like
the uber skinny kid I once was back in highschool. Because of this fact (much to my
highschool buddy's ugh.. shock) I no longer have a problem attracting women or even
taking off my shirt in public as I no longer have a thin chest.

What I'm really trying to say Frank is, thank you. And that despite what others may
negatively say to you in your life, you do make a huge difference. My only hope is
that you keep your site up for the young hopefuls who will need someone to guide them
to the path that being fit is not something only in the games, but something
realistic, reachable, and ofcourse enjoyable. Whenever in adversity when I couldn't
do anymore pushups or lift anymore weights I always thought "what would Ryu do?" and
I would try to top that. That's the kind of philosophy I gained from your site and
hope others will too. Finally I hope you head on that kind of road buddy, the road
that keeps fightersgeneration running for as long as possible (xD as long as google
is running even). Keep doing what you're doing buddy and maybe I'll have the honor of
showing my son your site. Oh and btw I'm really into that program "WINMUGEN" now (not
that I don't buy every other fighting game for PS2 and 3 that's out there xD).

Always and forever training...
Game Fighter Fanatic...

-Mahad. Ku. 
 
Frank replies: Man, it's always fun to hear from someone who remembers the "gamegen" days... I gotta correct you on one thing though, TFG actually made it's internet debut in mid-late 2001... So TFG is about 7 years old, not four. :) To give a brief history on how this site came about, as a young boy of 13-14; I started working on a "BBS" writing reviews on games. Then the internet was getting really popular, so I decided to try making my own fighting game website. It was called "Game Generation," hence the old gamegen.com address. My mission with Game Generation was to cover pretty much ALL games on ALL systems... but after a while, as one could imagine, there was simply too much to keep up with (especially for one person). That's when I decided, in 2001, to make a site dedicated to fighting games only. TFG started out really small, you should have seen the first ever Characters list, it has about 100 or so names... lol.

Remember this? The first official "trailer" for TFG... I had a blast making it... lol.

That's interesting you've asked yourself "what would Ryu do?" I actually know someone personally who has asked themselves that exact same question, and it's true... Fighting game characters like Ryu are more than just "characters." They can be a deep inspiration in life if you truly understand their backstories and what they stand for. I myself have been inspired many times by fighting game characters for many different reasons... Being a real-life martial artist also has a big part in "connecting" with fighting game characters. It's true that many people don't do martial arts, so it's probably harder for them to understand and enjoy fighting games... Not to mention actually be good at them. ;) I'm glad my site was able to inspire you after all these years. Take care!

~Webmaster of TFG


Just another fan. . .
Hey Franky,
I must say I've been a fighting game enthusiast just about all my life, and like you, I started with SF2 in the arcades, beating much older people, failing to even reach the controls. If you're anything like me, this next thing I say will just make you go bananas. In a recent interview from Game Informer, Itagaki talked about how he "reached the pinnacle of fighting games in 10 years" when talking about DOA. When the hell did that happen? I looked at your time line of video games, and saw all the 3D greats. Virtua Fighter, Tekken, Soul Calibur; Itagaki thinks his games are better than these??? All of his characters lack style; some being blatant rip offs of existing fighters, or other idols(zack for rodman...wtf?). Gameplay is near broken, and is basically just a counter-fest. The story is just horrible all in all. My main gripe with this, is that a lot of people I know will agree with Itagaki. I feel like a lot of the consumers these days care about graphics more than gameplay, and that goes with all genres of games, not just fighters. People would rather see boobs instead of playing a stellar game. It's sad really. Anyways, I hope SCIV, SFIV, and Tekken 6 all are just amazing. Continue the good work. I'm happy to see that some people still know quality.

-Johnson J.
 
Frank replies: So, that crazy Itagaki "reached the pinnacle of fighting games in 10 years" eh? Man that does sound a bit cocky. Psshh.   Like you, I don't have much love for the DOA series. To re-iterate what you said, DOA characters do lack personality and "design direction," to put it nicely. The gameplay is pretty to watch at times, but it's certainly not as deep, or FUN, as many other fighters out there. You're probably right about a lot of gamers being more "wowed" by graphics than gameplay, either that or they don't know what good gameplay is... Or perhaps, they'd rather look at bouncy boobs and call it a day. I really don't see any other point in playing DOA other than looking at unrealistically jiggly boobs... but hey, those "shallow types of guys" need a fighting game to play right? Tisk tisk.

Heh heh... I enjoyed your mail. And let me just say that SCIV, SFIV, and Tekken 6 are going to re-define the fighting game genre... Finally, online modes in all our favorite types of fighting games. I'm really looking forward to it!!

~Webmaster of TFG


Egyptians taste in gaming. . .
Dear Sir Frankie,
It's me Omar Elhosseiny AKA cloudvii. I hope you still remember me (Even though you are not supposed to remember everyone who sends you mail ;) ).

Anyway, I'll make it short. I'm managing a team which is publishing an online magazine called Fekra Magazine.

It is a cultural/artistic magazine targeting mainly Egyptian youth but also we have readers from other Arabic and European countries since our magazine is written in English, Arabic and Franko Arab (The most used 3 languages by Egyptians). Anyway we have an entertainment section which focuses on Movies, Cartoons, Comics and VGs (As you would have expected ;) ).

That's not short enough yet? Ok, I wanted to interview you for the next issue (March). So in case you are interested please reply and I will be sending my questions list :D . Note that here in Egypt you are famous when it comes to fighting games. Most people here are into SNK games than Capcom games though. And when some of them can be playing KOFXI, they wouldn't care about great games like Street fighter Alpha 3 as much. But even if KOF is more popular than newer SF games like 3 or Alpha (but with 2 as their all time favorite 2D fighting game)  they are in love with the VS games mainly MVC and CVS2.

Tekken 3, Tag and 5 are also a fan favorite here. But when it comes to artistic skills, it's hard to find a worthy opponent away from KOF 98,99,2001,2002, SF2(all versions), Soul Calibur. If you haven't guessed yet, the Fighting genre isn't as loved as Soccer games, FPS, action, RPG. But the good thing is that they have lost interest in MK after MK4 (The interest started to decline after MK2 :D )

Now you have a not very bad background about Egyptians taste in gaming ;) . If you are still interested in making the interview I'd be so glad ;)

-cloudvii
 
Frank replies: Yes I'd be interested in doing the interview... Sounds fun! It's hard to believe people actually know who I am in Egypt! :)

~Webmaster of TFG


Interview. . .
Not people, but only people who play fighting games :D . Don't worry it's not like that they will make you a statue in a park :) (That would be scary if you ask me XD )

Ok, here we go. You can skip any question you dislike, even though there is nothing that'll be embarrassing or stupid to ask I think.

1) What does people know about Sir Frankie? He's the most famous fighting games player ever (Thanks to his work on Fightersgeneration.com), he is 20+, he is American, he is in a relationship (another proof that not all gamers are nerds). Come on, that's not enough. We need to know more :D . Who is Frank? What does/did he study? His job? His real life interests? Unveil the mystery ;)

2) Back in the day when Fighersgeneration was the gamegen, the site was covering games from many genres until you finally decided to narrow it to fighting games only. After the site became more popular were you thinking of returning the other genres?

3) Why do you work alone on the site? Sure you have made awesome work by yourself but wouldn't a staff helping you be a better solution?

4) Don't you feel lucky for being near many of the good fighting games tournaments in USA? How many tournaments have you participated in so far?

5) And normally, in tournaments what games you kick some *SS in it ?

6) With the new fighting games coming soon (Soul Calibur 4, Street Fighter IV, King of fighters XII, Samurai Shodown Edge of Destiny, Blazblue, and more), what game are you most looking forward to put your hands on?

7) What do you think of Capcom making SF main series switch to 2.5D? Doesn't that make it another SF EX game?

8) So are you with or against fighting games switching to 3D?

9) As a 2D fan, which game you would always want to see in 2D even after say 30 years from now?

10) You have mentioned more than once that SNK needs to make something new with the KOF series. Did you get satisfied after KOF2003 and later games (2D and 3D) or you still think KOF lacks something?

11) And your impressions about KOFXII so far? Do you think it can threaten SFIV position?

12) Why do you think suddenly many fighting games are getting movies adaptations after that trend was dead? Like Soul Calibur, Tekken, KOF, SF and more.

13) Are you into movies based on games on first place? if so which movie of that type is your most favorite?

14) Will you ever say anything good about Mortal kombat? What if Ed Boon pays you :P ?

15) Putting MK aside, what is the fighting game that you'd like to see a sequel to? (Hopes for Last blade but you can disappoint me ;) )

16) As a great fan of Art, you were interested in character designs in fighting games. And you also wanted to make your own game once upon a time. If you would ever create one at any point in the future what would it be like?

17) And if you can erase that one fighting game from history, you will erase which :D? (I bet you are disappointed you can only erase a single one only)

18) A hard question, pick one favorite character design from each game series.

19) Away from fighting games, what are you playing recently? And on which Console?

20) Any future plans for fightersgeneration.com? You know fans are never satisfied.

21) In a closing comment, can you describe your feelings towards what may happen in the following updates to the genre? Can it stay alive for more years they way developers are going? Or will the craze fade like what happened with Beat'em ups back in the day?

Thank you Mr. Frankie for earning us your valuable time and taking that interview :)

-cloudvii
 
Frank replies: Good questions... I'm ready to attack them! :)

1) What does people know about Sir Frankie? He's the most famous fighting games player ever (Thanks to his work on Fightersgeneration.com), he is 20+, he is American, he is in a relationship (another proof that not all gamers are nerds). Come on, that's not enough. We need to know more :D . Who is Frank? What does/did he study? His job? His real life interests? Unveil the mystery ;)
 

I usually like keeping an element of mystery to myself... I don't usually boast about what I do or who I am, but I guess it's okay in this case. :) I'm 24, I'm Italian and German, and I have real life Japanese cousins so... You can say I'm part Japanese too. Haha. Yes, I am in a relationship going on 2 years, indeed proof that just because you're a gamer and like cartoon drawings doesn't mean you can't get hot chicks! ;)

As far as my real jobs go, I work part time at an art & frame shop, and my main gig is actually teaching martial arts. I'm currently a 5th dan blackbelt in TaeKwonDo, and 2nd/3rd dan in Hapkido. My dad and I own a dojo or do-jang (korean), and we've had it for about 16 years now. I teach 7-8 classes a week, and I love what I do. I teach TaeKwonDo, Hapkido, and traditional weapons: nunchaku, bo staff, and katana. We are not one of those "business" martial arts schools, we are a dedicated and professional school and teach martial arts the right way.

Besides martial arts, I love art; as you can probably tell. My long term aspirations are to eventually create a graphic novel series. I love to draw (and write), but I feel I'm not good enough yet to release anything just yet. Me and Mr. Jet3K (TFG's official artist) have talked many times about collaborating and creating a graphic novel, or two, or three... I think we're going to have something published within a couple of years actually. I also have a love for music, and have written a handful of my own songs. I have an interest in maybe becoming a recording artist someday... I'd describe my style of music as Industrial/techno/gothic/rock. No release dates for any kind of album or anything. Hehe. :)

2) Back in the day when Fighersgeneration was the gamegen, the site was covering games from many genres until you finally decided to narrow it to fighting games only. After the site became more popular were you thinking of returning the other genres?
 
Wow, that's crazy you remember the "gamegen days." I actually had an idea a while ago to create an RPG site similar to TFG's layout... but I'm not as "in tune" with the RPG world, especially since there are so many. I think my choice to focus on fighting games only was a good one. I can definitely stay on top of things in the fighting genre, but I don't think I'd have the time (or space) to branch out to any other genres. Besides, my favorite genre is fighting, so I truly have a passion for working on this site; and continuing to get people interested in the fighting genre... I truly think TFG has done that.

3) Why do you work alone on the site? Sure you have made awesome work by yourself but wouldn't a staff helping you be a better solution?
 
I've actually done some of my best work alone. Even when I went to school, when paired with other classmates, I never put in as much effort and the final product was never as good as I thought it could have been if I had worked on it alone. It's like an artist doing a painting... I don't think he would want anyone else to start painting over his work. That's not to say I'm not open to suggestions, because a lot of people have helped me on this site by sending me tons of images and animations to put up; as well as corrections, information, news updates, and countless other things. The true TFG fans really keep me on my toes... (See CREDITS)!

4) Don't you feel lucky for being near many of the good fighting games tournaments in USA? How many tournaments have you participated in so far?
 
Yes, I'm actually in a good spot where I live... I'm close to a lot of different places that hold tournaments. I'd say I've been to around 20-25 tournaments all together.

5) And normally, in tournaments what games you kick some *SS in it ?
 
My best performances would have to be in Soul Calibur 2, Tekken 5, and Marvel VS Capcom 2. I placed top 3 in a few tournaments, and I won a few as well... It's all just experience points anyway.... win or lose.

6) With the new fighting games coming soon (Soul Calibur 4, Street Fighter IV, King of fighters XII, Samurai Shodown Edge of Destiny, Blazblue, and more), what game are you most looking forward to put your hands on?
 
Wow, it's really hard to pick one... The fighting genre hasn't seen a year like this in a long time, there are simply so many awesome fighting games on the way! I really can't wait to see how Soul Calibur 4 turns out... playing online will be a blast! Street Fighter IV looks to be the start of a whole new SF series, and I can't wait to see how many characters actually end up in "future incarnations" of SF4. King of Fighters XII also looks great, I've been waiting so long for SNK to finally redraw their sprites from scratch! And I'm really excited to see Blazblue in action, the 2D graphics look amazing. So honestly, I'm looking forward to them all!

7) What do you think of Capcom making SF main series switch to 2.5D? Doesn't that make it another SF EX game?
 
I think Capcom's reason for doing that is because there's really no topping Street Fighter III as far as 2D animation goes; and if it was a possibility, it would take a very long time to complete. 2D animations in my opinion are harder to create and "perfect" than animating 3D polygonal models. I think since SFIV will have 3D graphics, there is more potential for more characters to be added to future incarnations of the game. Why do you think the SFIII series didn't have that many characters? Rather than having to draw sprites one animation at a time, all they need to do is make a badass looking 3D model, and animate it to their liking! And SFIV will be a lot better than EX, don't worry...

8) So are you with or against fighting games switching to 3D?
 
I still think 2D fighting games still have a long life ahead... There will always be someone with a new idea for a 2D fighting game (I have some ideas myself). Whether or not they use 2D or 3D graphics really doesn't matter, it's all about the gameplay.  I'd love to play a 3D version of Marvel VS Capcom 2, if the gameplay remained intact. I still love 2D graphics, but no, I don't mind the 3D graphics popping up in most of today's fighting games... I kinda knew it was coming. 3D is the future! lol.

9) As a 2D fan, which game you would always want to see in 2D even after say 30 years from now?
 
The Street Fighter series has definitely seen it's best days in 2D. I hope Capcom doesn't give up on 2D fighting games with 2D graphics (I don't think they will any time soon). I do hope they make a few more cross-overs... Capcom VS SNK 3 anyone? The Samurai Shodown series should also remain 2D; with 2D graphics and all!

10) You have mentioned more than once that SNK needs to make something new with the KOF series. Did you get satisfied after KOF2003 and later games (2D and 3D) or you still think KOF lacks something?
 
I think what the KOF series lacked in it's early-mid years was quality of animation. They have improved it over the years, but there are still awkward animations in KOF2003 and even KOFXI... but then again, a lot of fighting games have some awkard animations. After playing the likes of Garou: Mark of the Wolves, it's hard to not imagine the KOF series with a similar style of fluid animation... KOFXII looks to remedy the situation though! The animation looks superb!

11) And your impressions about KOFXII so far? Do you think it can threaten SFIV position?
 
One of the big guys at SNK did say that Street Fighter IV was going to be KOFXII's "main" competition. I think gamers will find the time to play and enjoy both games... I know I will! KOF XII looks badass, I can't wait to see what characters will make the cut.

12) Why do you think suddenly many fighting games are getting movies adaptations after that trend was dead? Like Soul Calibur, Tekken, KOF, SF and more.
 
Because fighting games are making somewhat of "a comeback" I think. I've noticed a lot more people in the last 5-7 years actually know more about fighting games, even less popular ones (like KOF). Perhaps my site has helped with that? :) There is obviously still a lot of interest, so I guess a few personalities in the movie business decided to try to cash in on the popularity of a few fighting games while they're still hot.

13) Are you into movies based on games on first place? if so which movie of that type is your most favorite?
 
I'm not a "big" fan of movies in general, but I will say that I am looking forward to the Soul Calibur movie! I'm a tough critic when it comes to movies, since I'm also a writer. Most video games that turned into movies were of course "below average," but there were a few exceptions. The first Mortal Kombat movie wasn't completely bad, and Final Fantasy: Advent Children was rather epic. Come to think of it, fighting games translate better to anime movies... Street Fighter: The Animated Movie, Street Fighter Alpha, and Darkstalkers are of my favorites!

14) Will you ever say anything good about Mortal kombat? What if Ed Boon pays you :P ?
 
Probably not... I can never forgive the way they "butchered" so many martial art styles. I'm a buff when it comes to "authentic" martial arts, and the Mortal Kombat series does NOT have it.

15) Putting MK aside, what is the fighting game that you'd like to see a sequel to? (Hopes for Last blade but you can disappoint me ;) )
 
I'm really hoping for a sequel to Garou: Mark of the Wolves... There have been talks/rumors about it for a long time now. I'd also love to see a Rival Schools 3/Project Justice 2. I really wished Capcom would have continued the SFIII series a bit longer, maybe adding a tag feature of some sort! And last, of course, I'd have to say I'd like to see a Marvel VS Capcom 3, but since Capcom lost the Marvel license; that one is nothing more than a dream.

16) As a great fan of Art, you were interested in character designs in fighting games. And you also wanted to make your own game once upon a time. If you would ever create one at any point in the future what would it be like?
 
I still have a deep desire to create that game. I love designing my own characters, down to their in depth storylines and moves. My dream fighting game would have the animation of Street Fighter III mixed with similar gameplay to that of the Marvel VS series... 2D sprites/animation all the way!!! Maybe you'll get to play it someday... Someday. ;)

17) And if you can erase that one fighting game from history, you will erase which :D? (I bet you are disappointed you can only erase a single one only)
 
That's a hard one... I'd have to say.... Hmm... Time Killers. There really was no need for Time Killers.

18) A hard question, pick one favorite character design from each game series.
 
Street Fighter: Akuma
KOF: Iori
Tekken: Kazuya Mishima
Soul Calibur: Ivy
Samurai Shodown: Genjuro
Darkstalkers: B.B. Hood
Garou:  Gato
Guilty Gear: Order Sol
Virtua Fighter: Brad Burns
Mortal Kombat: Umm... I really don't know. lol.

19) Away from fighting games, what are you playing recently? And on which Console?
 
I've actually been playing the crap out of Call of Duty 4 on PS3. I became a fan of online FPS's when I first played the original Quake, but since then I took a long break from FPS games, as most of them really didn't offer much "new." I knew one day I would go back to playing FPS's when the next gen arrived, and I have so say I did enjoy COD4's single player campaign, and of course multiplayer... I'm not a bad shot either. Other than that, I just got Patapon for PSP... And I love it!!!  Pata-pata-pata-pon!

20) Any future plans for fightersgeneration.com? You know fans are never satisfied.
 
There are always future plans for TFG... For as long as I am alive, TFG will be kept fresh, and updated generously. Currently on the agenda, I have some new "features" planned, more exclusive match videos as new fighting games come out, and of course new artwork and sprites for ALL the new fighting games coming out this year, next year, and beyond.

21) In a closing comment, can you describe your feelings towards what may happen in the following updates to the genre? Can it stay alive for more years they way developers are going? Or will the craze fade like what happened with Beat'em ups back in the day?
  

Fighting games will be around as long as video games will be around... The fighting spirit will never die.

~Webmaster of TFG