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Re(2):SNK Stuff Thread 20- Spring 2017 Editio
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[QUOTE] From previous thread- 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. 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 figh [/URL][/b][/s][/i][color=660000]-- Message too long, Autoquote has been Snipped --[/color][/QUOTE] As a child in the 90s, the competitive fighting scene literally didn't exist for me because I couldn't play those games worth a damn. Just doing a shoryuken was an achievement for me! I didn't have anything remotely resembling mechanical competence until the very late 90s, when I had access to some older fighting games through an emulator. Remember, it was quite some time before the CPS2 encryption was cracked, so emulators couldn't run SFA2 or Vampire or Cyberbots or Vs. series or.... Cyberbots I totally played as a single player game, and fighting games in general I played as single player games in the arcade, terrified of people challenging me because I was sure to lose. I wanted to see the bosses! I wanted to see the character endings! Strangely, I got into Guilty Gear as a competitive game, and never got deeply into the massive amount of story content the series had! It wasn't until Xrd that I started to try to dig more deeply into its stories!
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