Saqs is probably the best Rose player in North America right now. You can see videos of his exploits at his YouTube channel located here. In this interview we get into his past experience as a player, his thoughts on his great performance at Evo 2009, on Rose as she stands now as a character and what he'd like to see changed in the future, on Super Street Fighter 4, and more!
Can you tell us a bit about your fighting game experience? When did you start playing and what kinds of fighters do you play?
Saqs: My name is Ric Collins. I've been playing Street Fighter since the original SF II in the arcades along with plenty of other fighters over the years. Just about anyone into Street Fighter in the MD/VA scene knows me or may have heard of me as I was pretty heavy into it all the way up through CvS2. I play SF for the competition but also for the fun of it. A lot of the newer people to the scene probably won't know me as I went into hiatus in terms of playing completive SF in 2002 (real life took over). The shutting down of the best arcade in the area (GameTime in Alexandria VA) drove the nail in further and so I stopped playing completely for a good while only playing fighters online casually up until SF4 hit. I've played just about every fighter out there at some point and time over the years. Samurai Shodown, King of Fighters, DOA, Tekken, Soul Calibur, etc. Though now I feel im too old to handle more than one game at a time so I’m sticking strictly to SF4 these days :).