In this TYM Podcast episode, for the first time, possibly ever, you learn exactly how far back players like Shock AND Tom Brady go when it comes to the FGC. For example: Back in 2005 when there was a big (to us it was big) online competitive scene for Mortal Kombat Deception, there was also an offline competitive scene... which few of the online players knew existed. We were basically two different worlds; online and offline.
With Shock's wealth of knowledge, he tells stories from back in the 90's and early 00's. I speak of going to my first offline event (East Cast Throwdown 2), etc. It was a different world back then where offline events for Mortal Kombat meant you had a handful of players, literally. It wasn't until Mortal Kombat 9 until our offline scene really blossomed. Have a listen and enjoy.
Image from Northeast Championships X in 2009.
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