This is the first entry into what Uraj and I hope to be a 365 part series of smasher biographies. We don't have a set timetable for these, but we will do them as they come. We really hope it all goes well, but let's get on with it ^_^. Straight to the interview. (PS- If I come to day of the year where we can't find any smashers who we think are well-known, then we will introduce us all to a new smasher ^_^).
Once upon a January 1st, a Smasher was born: Carl Pinard, January 1
Simna_ibn_Sind: Let's start off by telling everyone your name, you age, where you are from, and what you do when you're not smashing.
NJzFinest: Carl Pinard, age 19. I am a student in Belle Mead, NJ.
S_i_S: When did you first begin playing Smash?
I used to go to nintendo.com all the time to check for new games coming
out. I saw a preview article for a game called "Super Smash Bros.". I
saw a picture of Pikachu vs Donkey Kong and I thought it was a great
idea to have a video game like this. My brother, on the other hand,
thought it was the stupidest idea. That being said, it took us awhile
to realize that Super Smash Bros. was in fact an amazing game. We ended
up buying it in 1999, one of our last N64 games that later became one
of our favorite games of all time.
S_i_S: When did you break into the competitive arena of smashers?
I started speaking to competitive players on the DC++ hub and SWF around November 2004. This was during the Melee period
of course. I later had one Jason Zimmerman, also known as Mew2King,
over at my house and he taught me a few advanced techniques such as
L-canceling and jump canceled shines. When I met him, it was right
after he dropped Mewtwo and moved onto Luigi and Falco. Nevertheless,
we played a Mewtwo ditto and I won. I bragged about it online as a
joke, saying I was the true king of Mewtwo, but he said it never
happened. Anyways, he eventually told me about upcoming tournaments,
since in order to play competitively, you need to actually compete. So
in July 2005, I went to MLG Philadelphia. This is the mark of where I
started playing competitively.
Continue reading for the rest of the interview!
Continue reading The Smasher Revolution: January 1st