Mike "Elvenshadow" Bozcar was a longtime fixture of the U.S. Guilty Gear scene before his move to Japan in 2007. First playing the GG franchise with Guilty Gear X on the Dreamcast, Bozcar became an integral part of the burgeoning Chicago airdasher scene along with players such as George "Juicy G" Fed and John "Blacksnake" Prucha. That scene helped anchor the Midwest, and Chicago provided the location for many of the big tournaments in that region.
"Bozac"—as he is somewhat affectionately known—has also continued to support U.S. players by organizing the Frosty Faustings series of tournaments every year when he returns to Chicago for the holidays. While many games are played at Faustings, Guilty Gear is always the star of the show.
With the release of Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- in Japan, IPLAYWINNER talked to Bozcar about his early thoughts on the game, and its future for both series veterans and new players alike.