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Re(1):SNK Stuff Thread 20- Spring 2017 Editio
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From previous thread- [QUOTE]So, the KOF14 survey results are finally here. I gloomily show off my ignorance once more and tell you I'm surprised that the cradle of versus fighting -or at least its KOFXIV side- its is so uninterested in competing in a fighting game, though they experienced the boom of the genre first hand.[/QUOTE] Micky actually mentioned a nice point in the previous thread which I'm rather eager about explaining. Back in the 1990s golden years of fighting games, the general bulk of players in Japan at least for the NeoGeo scene were more interested in playing single player modes. The competitive players were around as well, but they were a minority. High-level players weren't considered celebreties, they were just oddballs. The single player experience at the arcades were just as magical (if not more) than the competitive experience. Home consoles back then weren't that powerful so even for 2D games, you needed to hit the arcades to play them. People would crowd around to see the ending when someone was playing vs CPU and got to the boss, because back then the bosses were actually tough. People would get impressed by seeing them get beat, kind of like how you'd beat the last monster and save the princess in the slew of action games that made up the arcades up to that time. Of course, back then it was a different time. We're talking about a time when there were maybe more arcades than convenience stores in Japan (or at least Tokyo) thanks to the fighting game boom. There were so many arcades to pick from. Some arcades would serve drinks, some had headphones on the cabs so you can listen in stereo while cutting down on the arcade's ambient noise... It was a totally different age than the current arcade scene where you're doomed to play in the handful of surviving smokey arcades that can barely rake in a profit from their loyally addicted players. The overall casual population was just so huge. The thing with the current competitive/esports fighting game scene that really scares me is that when players mention about the yesteryears, they never talk about how there was more to the scene than just competition, and that's made the arcades and fighting games so big. Perhaps it's because they've only known their small competitive side of fighting games, and with no one but hardcore players left in the scene any more, nobody is left to tell the other side of the tale. Perhaps I can change that when MMCafe hits the 20th anniv' mark.
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