Today our good friend Tin(ja) goes home. Ramza has written a memorial of Tins stay and shares his thoughts on Tins stay and his departure. We would invite everyone to leave their own thoughts and feelings as we say good bye to the best 33 player our country has ever seen.
Alas we must bid adieu to fellow SFer and friend Tin, as he makes his journey back to his home town of Lyon, France. Tin’s stay was short-lived but his impact was profound.
Tin arrived in Ireland on 22nd January. He was here to attend college. . Via facebook, Tin found out about the growing Irish Fighting Game community and made his way to the XGC one fateful Saturday for casuals. Growing up in France, Tin had access to a big arcade scene in Lyon, especially with 33, his main game. Although Tin dislikes SFIV, his sheer skill at Fighting Games allowed him to compete with the best and do very well for himself. My first memory of Tin, was getting owned in 33 and little did I know the mould had set!
Over the weeks, Tin became more active in the community, posting more on Facebook, and on the forums. The more SF we played the more we got to know Tin, and in turn the more and more we enjoyed his company.Tin attended our weekly casuals and quickly made a name for himself. On March 28th, Tin placed first in the Retcon tournament, held in UCD. Let’s not forget Tin’s placing first, with Sean, at our 33 tourney on the 8th of May. I’ll never live that one down!
Tin also attended the WGC in Cannes, France, along with our community, where he performed excellently in 33, OCVing numerous teams and owning on top European players, including Ryan Hart.
Tin has been very helpful to me personally when it comes to 33; our long sets were a lot of fun despite me getting tossed about for the giant majority of our games. But Tin would point out what I was doing wrong or any areas he believed I could and should improve on. Tin shares similar views and game interests with me so it was great to have someone to talk to and be on par with, let alone be a great source of training.
As a community we are all sad to see Tin go. His stay has been an adventurous one, filled with lots of SF, laughs and many a witty moment. We wish Tin the best in the future and as a community we hope we can one day see Tin making a comeback. At least we will meet up at tournaments in the future.