When I was much younger, my eldest brother left his SNES at my grandparent’s house. Both my brother and me spent a lot of time there, especially during summer. We had an N64, but we didn’t bring it very often, so we mostly played on the SNES. Coincidently, my first game ever played was Dark Rift, so I was sold on fighting games. Back then, I would challenge and lose to both my brothers at MK4. When my older brother and I played together, we would usually play KI since it was the only fighting game we had on the SNES. He would beat me all the time with Spinal since he understood the combo system a little. I mostly played as “The Fire Guy,” aka, Cinder. Otherwise, I would watch him beat the game then we’d move on to playing Donkey Kong Country.
Then E3 happened. I don’t know why, but I was the most excited about it. I ran to both my brother’s rooms and asked them what they thought since we all watched E3 in superset rooms. My older brother mostly called Xbox launch “a failure,” and my eldest wasn’t all that interested. After that announcement, I pretty much neglected any news of the game. I didn’t have an Xbox One, and I decided to wait to buy it as a bundle and after the first wave of hardware failures were fixed.
When it did release, I both me and my brother watched my eldest brother playing it. He played Sabrewulf and my older brother played Spinal, as per his history of the character. When it was my turn, I hovered over the limited roster. I picked Jago which prompted my eldest brother to immediately exclaim, “I knew you’d pick the Ryu guy!” I was a big fan of Ryu and shoto characters having played him a ton in vanilla SF4.
Once I finally bought my own Xbox, I jumped on the chance to play KI. I started at the very beginning of Season 2, or the transition between Season 1 and 2. I started playing exclusively offline, and I was immediately hooked on the game. The music, the combo system, the flashiness, the cast, the ultra combos, everything about KI was phenomenal. I mentioned that I grew up playing fighting games, that bit is important as despite my enjoyment of the genre, it was not one of my favorites because I never understood how to play them and I usually lost against my siblings. However, once I kept playing KI, I knew I wanted to understand the core of the game, so I did. I jumped on the oooooold forums before they overhauled it into what it is today to get to know the community and understand the mechanics a bit more.
Once I started taking the game seriously, I dedicated my time to learning Thunder. He looked cool, did massive damage with ease, and it helped me learn how to do special moves on a considerably slower character. I started mastering quarter circle forward and back before I tried to learn how to do a dragon punch input. When I got enough confidence to play against my brothers, I won against both. My older brother asked me to play online to see how good I was since I had been playing for about a year without ever touching online, so I did. https://gamerdvr.com/gamer/otiger-spirit/video/2335407
Since that day, I spent more time on the forums asking for help and learning how to play the character I wanted to be great with, Jago. I asked @TheNinjaOstrich for advice on learning Jago, and I did my best to build him. @STORM179 and @Infilament were also amazing helpers, Infil being great by creating the KI page which taught me about other characters outside my own. The rest is history. I have loved KI since. I eagerly await a sequel so I can start the journey again!