Oichi over at Versus City came through like a solider today, translating a monster interview with Daigo from the Gods Garden staff. What's so special about this interview, is that all the questions were taken from the Shoryuken.com forum, so Daigo gives a lot of feedback about overseas play and tournaments among other things. Very interesting read!
Here are a couple excerpts, head over to Versus City for the complete interview.
Right now the Japanese scene is stronger than the American and European scenes, but how do you think those scenes can evolve?
I think that the overseas scenes can grow stronger than the Japanese scene, and I think that it’s possible that the Japanese can be influenced by the overseas scene. Japanese players don’t really have any information on what’s going on overseas, so if we want to improve everyone else has to improve as well. Right now the level of the Japanese players is really high, but who knows how long that’s going to last.
I think if you look back five or six years ago, the level of overseas players was really low. There weren’t any arcades around so it was a major handicap for them, but once the strong US players are able to play against each other several times, overtaking the Japanese players becomes only a matter of time.
However, one of the weak points that the overseas scene has is their “professional mentality”. Leveling up your game goes hand in hand with the professional mentality, but in reality it can also have an adverse affect, and people will stop sharing information, and stop becoming humble, and it tends to turn into a situation where you won’t be able to amass a lot of strong players to play against each other. That can lead to a situation where you actually take away from your scene.