Capcom, choke detection, and two button design with Keits

Evo competitor and creator of Divekick! tells all

Last week’s Sup Holmes (now on iTunes) had multiple tiers. Adam “Keits” Heart (creator of Divekick!) has been a champion level fighting game player for years, though as I got to know him, it felt more like mastering fighters was just an outward expression of his underlying love of the science of design. It seems that he loves taking systems apart and discovering how to optimize them for the purpose of capturing the hearts and minds of the people. That’s what he does when beating up pals in the virtual fight club, and that’s what he does in game design. 

We hit a lot of points on the way to that conclusion, like the factors that helped Street Fighter IV to bring 2D fighters back to the forefront, why the genre is starting to die out yet again, what the FGC is really all about, the joys and perils of making a two button fighting game, new Divekick! features like “Choke Detection”, and a lot more. My favorite moment was was probably when we came up with a new metaphor for fighting games to replace the old “chess” comparison. I can’t remember what it was, but I’m sure it was genius.

Thanks again to Keits for joining us on the show. If you want to see more of him and Divekick!, check out Iron Galaxy’s weekly live stream where he’ll be revealing new fighters (like the recently unleashed stance character Uncle Sensei) and other fun stuff. As for this old show, we’ll be welcoming Tomm Hulett (Persona, Contra, Silent Hill) to the program this Sunday at 1pm PST/4pm EST. It’s going to be pretty darn good.

Jonathan Holmes
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1 "I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes