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Mr. Street Fighter himself discusses matches vs. Daigo, John Choi & more - Alex Valle Spring Fighter sit down covers his FGC history

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • June 15, 2014 at 10:08 p.m. PDT

If you played Street Fighter back in the Alpha days and followed the competitive scene at all, you knew Alex Valle.

One of the most successful and storied Street Fighter players ever, Level|Up's Alex Valle sat down with Seth Killian at Spring Fighter 2014 to discuss some of his most high profile match ups through the years, including the rivalry with John Choi, and his Alpha 3 championship set against Daigo Umehara.

Valle is one of the most influential people in the FGC's entire history, and on a personal level, he's one of the individuals who helped inspire me to start EventHubs.

Uncle Valle demonstrated how incredibly competitive and deep these games could be, and to this very day he's ushering in a new generation of players, teaching and providing them with a place to improve at Wednesday Night Fights.

When you can spare the time, I'd highly recommend watching this discussion. It's a long one, clocking in at one hour and 43 minutes, but it covers many of the origins of this scene we all have so much passion for.

So sit back and grab some popcorn and beverage of choice, and enjoy the show. There are some really terrific stories told here.

Video footage from TS|Arturo Sanchez. Photo of Alex Valle by from Bryan Gateb via Levelup-Series.com.

Comments

Ibuki said on June 15, 2014 at 10:13 p.m.

That smile <3

#1
zUkUu said on June 15, 2014 at 10:15 p.m.

This will make a great podcast.

#2
Cauptain said on June 15, 2014 at 10:22 p.m.

Great Valley. Its a nice person on FGC.

#3
FADCTAUNT said on June 15, 2014 at 10:30 p.m.

Wasn't this already posted?

#4
Catalyst said on June 15, 2014 at 10:32 p.m.

If you caught it during the live stream at Spring Fighter, you might have already seen it, but it is the first time we've posted the YouTube archive.

#5
Sasuga said on June 15, 2014 at 10:38 p.m.

Great guy.

#6
Gorehound said on June 15, 2014 at 10:59 p.m.

I don't like when people call him Uncle Valle because it makes me feel old.

#7
Existent said on June 15, 2014 at 11:19 p.m.

The wifebeater needs to return.

#8
Xx_Sir_kyo_xX said on June 16, 2014 at 1:03 a.m.

hot young valle ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
no homo

#9
usf4brokenedition said on June 16, 2014 at 2:10 a.m.

(This user was banned.)

#10
rosy said on June 16, 2014 at 2:23 a.m.

Nice to See uncle Valle share his wisdom :)

#11
Super_Honda said on June 16, 2014 at 2:33 a.m.

If Valle had a lot of time to play fighting games in this day and age, he would've easily challenged the best current US players and he could even take on Japan's best players as well. I remember watching his match against Daigo on EVO 2006: great, high-level games. Also, Mike Watson was such a dangerous player back then as well, but he prefers games where he could apply pressure without fearing that he may get hit with a super/ultra. So Watson may not like most of today's fighting games.

#12
Santaclaus said on June 16, 2014 at 2:35 a.m.

legend!!! will for ever be one of my favourite players

#13
Spaghetti_Time said on June 16, 2014 at 4:42 a.m.

Uncle Grandpa Valle ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

#14
dorayaki said on June 16, 2014 at 4:54 a.m.

Gotta respect this dude. He took his passion and made it into a living. Nice.

#15
KamfPudding said on June 16, 2014 at 5 a.m.

One of the most honest and charismatic persons in the FGC.

I remember Cross Assault where he was coach for team Street Fighter and a great support for his teammembers. This guy knows allmost everything about SF and he gave everyone great advices to improve their play.

#16
ShinWolfeee said on June 16, 2014 at 5:48 a.m.

Always pushing SoCal to the limits and providing so much for our scene! Thanks Tio!

#17
messias_89 said on June 16, 2014 at 5:48 a.m.

uncle valle...back in tha day he was the best american player,nowadays he doesnt play so much but sill a very dangerous player;and that rivalry with daigo will be remembered for ages.

alex valle,a inspiration to many and a huge part in the FGC success.

#18
llSilkCutll said on June 16, 2014 at 6:15 a.m.

Legend. Those Ryu mirror matches against Daigo and loved he stayed faithful to Ryu through all the versions of SF4!!!

#19
Neobrown said on June 16, 2014 at 6:58 a.m.

I remember the chat trolling Valle during this talk. It was beyond funny. Even the Mods were going in xD

#20
deus said on June 16, 2014 at 7:09 a.m.

good interview. was superb hearing from both Alex Valle n Seth Killian respectively.

#21
Kijui said on June 16, 2014 at 7:34 a.m.

GG no signal :(

#22
Simeon said on June 16, 2014 at 8:01 a.m.

I really like Alex Valle but I don't think this is event was meant for him. Alex Valle is very bold for a professional stage like this one. Seth didn't look happy when Alex was swearing and dragging out his answers lol

#23
LK said on June 16, 2014 at 8:47 a.m.

Uncle Valle is OG as hell.

#24
deus said on June 16, 2014 at 1:29 p.m.

I assume that Seth wasn't keen on swearing or the swearing because he's trying to be professional n represent an FGC that's marketable to all people of all ages n backgrounds. Sure, the majority of people in the fgc swear but when you're trying to reach out to the broader community then proper English without vulgar language is usually the correct response. I'm not saying that one should hold back their passion or personality but to be sensitive towards the broader picture, which is to captivate, inspire whilst inform the world of just what the FGC is.

#25
dorayaki said on June 16, 2014 at 3:40 p.m.

Dunno how many of you remember, but that first pic was BEFORE his fight with Daigo. He used to come across pretty cocky. Especially when this skinny little japanese kid came and everyone was like, "hahaha, this dude??"
After the fight was frowns and confusion. LOL!
The highlight wasn't even Daigo beating Valle. It was Daigo raping "best Dhalsim" for FREE with Guy. America has been trying to recover ever since.

Good ol' days.

#26
KingKong said on June 16, 2014 at 4:07 p.m.

Valle Sensei with the infinite wisdom. I dig what he said about the tier lists, and about the elitist behavior of some top players.

#27
TemplarPunk said on June 16, 2014 at 10:57 p.m.

YES! I love ol' skool talk!

#28
suprez said on June 17, 2014 at 12:49 p.m.

It's funny how people call him ''uncle Valle''. A lot of people in the FGC are much older than you might think. Like Daigo ( Daigo is only 3 years younger than Valle )

#29
genocide_cutter said on June 17, 2014 at 7:09 p.m.

Old Man Valle

#30


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