Daigo Umehara's Event Schedule 2015

- Canada Cup's Master Series [January 9-11]
- 5th Niconico Shotenkaigi [January 18]
- Yonpahi radio show [January 23]
- 6th Niconico Shotenkaigi [January 25]
- Taipei Game Show [Jan 31]
- Tokaigi 2015 [Feb 1]

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Famitsu Fuudo Interview 3

Famitsu published the third part of interview with Fuudo on September 17. (read the first and second part if you didn't)

- About Umehara and "S class" players: He said they're really strong especially in (original) SF4. And he also thought maybe it's because the character he used. (Ryu at that time)
- He said using Ryu is hard, even Umehara said so.
- He went to Evo without knowing who's the strongest foreign player.
- He's a normal company employee, so he goes to game center after work, around 21:30. He plays only 2 hours, so he plays less matches when compared to other top players.
- He actually bought SSF4AE after the launch, but stop playing due to the lag.
- He said the lag factor is quite important to Fei Long.
- He copied Chibita style in Virtua Fighter and copied Mago style for his Fei Long.
- He studied from many video of strong foreign players before Evo.
- He said he'll go to next year's Evo.
- He said [Ver.2012] is not necessary, [the core game] won't change and they better spend that time to make SF5. He'd like to see a new game.
- Since SFxTekken is not coming to arcade, he has no anticipation. He added that Japan has no culture of gathering to play in one's house. He doesn't play a [fighting] game that has no arcade version. But not sure if it'll change if he can earn money as a  pro gamer.
- He said he had a contract offered from a mouse maker from abroad.
- He doesn't want the pro gaming contract to interfere with his real job. Like which tournament to join and not to join.
- When asked about the chance of winning Tougeki 2011: He said it's quite possible since he expects to runs to S class players like Mago and Tokido in the top 4. But passing the qualifier is good enough already.
- He is 25 years old.
- He talked about how reaction speed goes down when you're older. Although reaction alone doesn't make you win.
- He talked about how Virtua Fighter requires reaction speed more than SF4. But for SF4, precision is more important.
- The way he chooses a character is "the strongest player's character." That's why he uses Lion because of Chibita and Ryu because of Umehara.
- He said reading opponent is important in VF. For SF4, you can win with a precise set play without reading. This precision is what he's not confident in, and that makes it harder for him to win in SF4.
- When asked about Umehara: "His precision is very high. He's the special one, like he has all parameters maxed. Beside incredible high precision, he also has strategies and reading ability. His safe jump is amazing. Even it's Ryu againsts Sagat, I have never seen him missed. I think maybe it's because 20 years experience. This's why I gave up on surpassing him."
- Talking about Umehara's experience: "It's truely amazing. His basic techniques are perfect. No combo miss. He'll adapt to it quick if he saw something new. He knows the tricks of all characters. Surpassing him is impossible. Just practicing what he did is difficult enough." (laugh)
- He's curious to see how strong Umehara was as a teenager.
- He also wants to see "Yami Yodare" (VF3 player) in golden age.
- For VF, he said a player's style changes upon age. Roujin will read instead of react.
- They talked about slangs in VF like "Konchuu" (player who does or reacts the same things repeatedly, konchuu literally means "insect") and "Roujin" (old player with slow reaction).

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