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Justin Wong: EVO moment #37 may have helped save the FGC as many games were dying at the time, it brought some new life to the scene

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • November 22, 2014 at 11:19 p.m. PST • Comments: 17

EventHubs' very own John "Velociraptor" Guerrero had the chance to catch up with EG|Justin Wong today at the Moment 37|Reloaded tournament to pick his brain on his upcoming Street Fighter 3 Third Strike rematch against MCZ|Daigo Umehara.

Justin remembers more simple times in the FGC, and talks about how both players skills have dropped off since EVO moment #37, but he's looking forward to possibly reenacting the infamous scene.

Wong also feels that EVO moment #37 may have helped save the FGC, as many games were dying at the time and it brought some new life to the scene.

You can find the full interview below.
Velociraptor: How do you feel going into the exhibition? Are you nervous?
EG|Justin Wong: It’s going to be fun. It’s like a high school reunion for the FGC. I’m going to try my hardest to win. Maybe even purposefully reenact the moment.

Raptor: How often do you play 3s nowadays?
JWong: I only play when some of my viewers on my stream want to play. I like to support and play in 3s tournaments whenever they're around to show respect for the game.

Raptor: Are you as sharp as you were 10 years ago at 3s?
JWong: Definitely not. I feel my reactions are not as good compared to when I first started getting good at fighting games. Now it’s going to be based on experience instead of reactions.

Raptor: Do you think Daigo is?
JWong: No, I don’t think he’s anywhere near as good. I think he’s at 15-20% of his original 3s skills because he’s focusing on SF4 events primarily. Topanga and Capcom Cup.

Raptor: What's the atmosphere of this "old school game" tournament like compared to others? Is it different?
JWong: To be honest, this tournament is run with the "new school" feel. Back in the day there were no booths and just a bunch of CRTs. Now it’s an “event” instead of a regular old tournament. People come to socialize and buy FGC-related products.

Raptor: How do you feel about "Moment 37" and how hype people are about it? Do you look back on it with any disdain?
JWong: When I was younger it was the coolest thing ever. I wanted to be the best and that really helped grow my image. Nowadays it’s just a cool, historical moment that has helped the FGC grow. It may have helped save the FGC as many games were dying at the time and it brought some new life to the scene.

Raptor: Of the games featured today, what's your favorite?
JWong: MvC2 is my favorite just because I’m always one of the favorites to win it. It was the game that put me on the map and it’s the game that got me to play other games. I will never leave MvC2. I’ll always have respect for that game.

Raptor: In terms of 3S, what do you respect most about Daigo's gameplay?
JWong: I respect his ability to think about every situation. He is able to figure his way out of every single one. For example, moment 37. He’s a perfectionist in his craft and always has an answer in his back pocket.
Photo of Justin Wong by Jason24cf.
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