Another piece of news worthy of some quick Agoners comment.
I’m completely unsurprised by this and I’m also rather pleased.
I had a very long chat with Seth Killian or (S-kill) back at Super Vs Battle 20-X. I still have the SVB pass I got him to sign for me as an ice-breaker 🙂 He confirmed that so many of my worst feelings & fears about Capcom, the Japanese games industry, and the FG scene were true – and have proven to be even more so over the years. Unfortunately I never got the chance to write our talk into a full article at the time – but I may yet get a chance to in the future. My overall impression of Seth though, was of someone who had very mixed emotions about his job/role. I’m sure the good bits of it were as good as he says they were, but I always felt after that chat that the man was just too intelligent and had too much integrity to keep this role, that sometimes became tantamount to a “Capcom shill”, going for too long. I knew it even when he told me he’d fought as much as he could for as much of the “SFII-style” game mechanics as he could in SFIV. Some of the stuff I read attributed to Seth and the things I saw him say in ‘official’ interviews seemed incredibly distant from the person I’d spoke to. I was sure the dissonance would eventually be too much for him to bear.
Let’s hope for the best for Seth and I am sure he’ll get to do something much better now he’s away from the cloistering grasp of Capcom. Dream Team of Sirlin and S-kill working together? 😉