Keits is a man of many talents. He's an incredible Tatsunoko vs Capcom player and is one of the game's most visible ambassadors for the game. He does a tremendous amount for the community as well, sharing information and moderating in the forums, and also hosting his own podcast on SRK called "Wake Up SRK". He puts together great tutorial videos like his Tatsunoko vs Capcom Primer video. He has also done a lot for building fighting game scenes in his local area. This year he's running the Midwest Championships. Oh, and he also can get you a tie with your favorite fighting game character. He does interviews as well!
Thank you so much, Keits for the interview. You're one of those guys who just seems to be everywhere, so we appreciate your taking the time to do this. Let's start.
Tell us a bit about your fighting game experience. When did you start playing fighting games and what fighting game got you into the genre?
I started playing when I first saw the SF2 World Warriors machine at my local roller-rink. I fell in love instantly and hated losing to random kids from my school who, at that time, made fun of me for playing video games. I played whenever I saw it at any arcade, and eventually got the 6 button controllers and championship edition for my Genesis. It wasn't long before no one I knew could beat me even one in fifty games. And then everyone I knew quit playing.
I continued running UFGT until my life lead me out of Ohio and to Wisconsin, where I promptly found that no one played anything (in Green Bay / Appleton at least) and retired for about 4 years. An old friend contacted me in 2007 and wanted to meet up with me at Midwest Championships/Evo North. I showed up, but my friend didn't. Somehow, in a house full of OGs, I managed to luck my way to 7th in arcade Super Turbo and won a qualifying spot in Evolution 2007. Seth Killian pulled me aside and said "Now you have to come to Vegas." I've been traveling to as many events as I can afford to since, just meeting great people and playing great games.