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Re(2):SNK Stuff Thread 20- Spring 2017 Editio
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[QUOTE]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. [/QUOTE] It would be pretty interesting to see a project along those lines. I too used to play for the endings and stories (heck, I still do), and even recall some particularly intense cardiac activity when I was trying to beat Goenitz in KoF96 with Iori's team and I nearly made it once, since I generally did so poorly with those characters (oddly, when it finally happened it was it Vice alone, who was by far my weakest and was always used first - and then it was pretty rewarding and impactful to see how that ending turned out, with Iori's howling in the end and all). It was pretty weird to find over the years how popular KoF98 seemed to be, as a KoF with little to no story (despite the occasional neat ending illustration and intros like Chizuru/Kyo's) held relatively little appeal to me - but hey, if a game in the series was doing well, I'd take that as a blessing. I figure there's a bit of an issues for quite a few years now with some players promoting themselves as celebrities in a way that makes the games themselves almost feel like interchangeable afterthoughts. The way I see it, game mechanics and casts can change over time, upending any competitive dynamics with every new game, but the stories stick around, so following those long-running narratives and see little details getting acknowledged years after they've been introduced and generally disregarded by the general audience has a certain charm to it - I think part of it clicks with the part of the brain that enjoys that "they remembered me!" feeling, tweaking it into a "they remembered that!" thing, and SNK have generally been pretty good at this sort of thing over the years.
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