Today, I will be interviewing a close family member. Like my own dream, my brother Joshua Clark – regarded fondly as “Seo” – wants to become a professional gamer. His chosen field in the video gaming career however is Fighting Games.
When asked about his favorite video game, he answered immediately with Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and I had to first ask what drew him so quickly to this game in particular.
- Sho: “So, why Marvel vs. Capcom? I know it’s not the only Fighting Game you’ve played.”
- Seo: “It has to do with the competitive scene right now. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 also has a soft place in my heart due to having loved the Marvel Vs. series as a kid, and even if there’s imbalances in the game, I absolutely love the high, break-neck speed of its play and skill.”
It is an amusing situation to share a common goal between two completely separate genres in video gaming, both games in which are somewhat hostile between each other in calling each other’s game a skill-less and depth-less PvE farm simulator or a mash-button gamble casino.
- Sho: “So after having played the game for so long, what’s your favorite team? Any preference for who is “on-point” or who is your “anchor”?”
- Seo: “I have to say Trench Coat Mafia. High tier, safe, and reasonable skill to use. I like to have Vergil on-point since he’s my most practiced, and I keep Wesker as my anchor because he’s still a pretty strong pick. I honestly didn’t think to play this group until I ran across a random Youtuber named Xuses who really threw some combos out that made me go ‘wow’.”
- Sho: “Well, since you say you’re real practiced, have you had problems climbing the ranked ladder?”
- Seo: “It wasn’t really all that hard at first until I got around Seventh Lord. Maybe not a lot of other people still play online or something, because I keep getting pit up against Fifth and Fourth Lords. Not fun. Maybe it’s because I play late too.”
Even he had problems in ranked? There’s another shared facet in life. I began to talk about role models he admired or might want other players to watch in order to learn anything.
- Sho: “Playing any favorites with professional players?”
- Seo: “Has to be Yipes. Runs the same team I do, but ditches Wesker for Magneto. Good reason too, Mags has a good assist, insane combos, and safe moves. I just love watching him play the same heroes I do.”
- Sho: “So, do you have any advice for people getting into the game who want to become professional or climb ranked ladder?”
- Seo: “Yeah, uh… stick with top tier and practice. Sounds sad to say, but you have to go with what’s good right now until you really know the heroes or the match-ups. And practice. A lot. I said practice, right? I swear I practiced six to eight hours straight everyday when I got started.”
Seo is always looking for someone else to spar online. His PSN account name is Markelows, and I wish him and everyone else out there on their ventures into the professional scene. Good games!