Interview with Carl "PerfectLegend" White, two time EVO Mortal Kombat Champion
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DS: Do you have any match-ups that you particularly dread facing in Mortal Kombat?
Perfect Legend: There are no match ups that I dread or fear in Mortal Kombat 9.The only thing that concerns me is inexperience with new technology. That puts me in a situation to having to learn the match up right then and there. If I’m not at the top of my game then I’m in danger.
DS: What do you think makes Mortal Kombat special in the FGC, compared with other games like the Capcom fighters?
Perfect Legend: Mortal Kombat was the franchise that held up next to Street Fighter back in the days and rightfully so. The game has come a long way to take its place next to Street Fighter as an alternative franchise. The characters, their moves and their controls are all unique and do not follow the traditional Street Fighter engine. In comparison to the other games, nothing can compare to Mortal Kombat’s character design and story.
It is in my opinion that MK is by far the best in the genre.
DS: Would you say that you have any major rivalries with any players?
Perfect Legend: To be honest with you, I don’t have any rivalries. Though I have lost to a few people: my teammate Tom Brady, the People's Champion CD Jr., Reo who is widely considered the best in terms of the entire Mortal Kombat franchise, Curbo, a rookie with alot of talent, Random’s in Denzel but at the end of the day, I am still the Two Time Defending World Evo Champion in Mortal Kombat. Ed Boon said it best.
Who better than to know who's the best than the creator of Mortal Kombat?
DS: What is your favorite way of discovering new techniques to use in competitive play?
Perfect Legend: I like to use every tool my character has. If it is move, I want to know what it is for, what are the frames on it, plus or minus on, block, whiff or hit. From there I can start to engineer what to use itfor. This is standard though throughout most fighting games and it is a system that most of us use in the Empire, especially the Gods Arc, which is EMP’s HQ in New York.
DS: In your opinion, why does the FGC have a problem with the eSports movement?
Perfect Legend: To be honest I think they just fear what they cannot understand. A lot of gamers are not educated when it comes to business. They hear about these corporations that have all this money that they want to balloon into the scene but cannot understand why. Naturally they become wary of that and that anxiety turns to fear which they then react accordingly by speaking out against it.
I welcome eSports with open arms. I always thought this was what we were playing for. When you take eSports seriously, the first thing you do is try to learn as much as you can about the scene and the nature to it. I’ve learned in EMP which is a part of my development in terms of education that competitive gaming is really the “Umbrella” that houses eSports. It is but one of many forms of competitive gaming throughout many different genres of gaming which have multiple institutions that each houses their own circuit, league, community etc.
If only the FGC as a whole could comprehend this, our scene would evolve quicker than what it is doing now. Despite the slow growth it is good to know that nothing will stop eSports from entering the competitive gaming scene of Fighting Games. We’ll all have to just adapt to the changing environment and realize that change is for the good.
DS: What do you think the FGC has to do to stack up with other eSports titles like League of Legends or StarCraft II?
Perfect Legend: I don’t think there is much that we can do as gamers other than support the scene by showing up and participating. I think that is in the hands of the publishers, producers, designers, league owners, administrators etc. In a word…the “Suits”. In the end they are going to be the ones that set up the infrastructure that we’ll be involved with. So far organizations like MLG are making big plans for the future of professional gamers and they are doing a great job so far. Other entities will follow suit like IPL with their games and the competition between all these leagues will breed good business which in turn will inflate the money being made so that it can trickle down to us… the gamers.
DS: What advice would you give prospective players looking to compete and get known in the FGC?
Perfect Legend: Read this article very carefully and study the answers I wrote. Itook the time to really think about the best way to write these answers out hoping that it will be informative to its readers. Don’t just play aimlessly, create long terms goals and do more than just competing.
DS: Do you have any shoutouts or anything you’d like to say to your fans?
Perfect Legend: I would like to thank my parent gaming organization Empire Arcadia for everything that it has done for me. I would like to also give thanks to our newly acquired US Sponsor Duxter which you can find athttp://duxter.com/r/2203 and finally I would like to thank our International Caribbean Sponsor out in St. Maarten, The Video X Games (VXG) please visit them for more information about VXG 2013 at http://www.thevideoxgames.com/
Dustin Steiner is GameZone's eSports Correspondent! Follow him on Twitter @VGHC_Deitis and check out Video Gaming Hard Corps, where he is a local tournament organizer for the S. FL. Fighting Game Community.