What Does It Mean to Be a Fighting Game Player?

What Does It Mean to Be a Fighting Game Player?
Date Published: 22 January, 2018

Fighting games are a home to a very specific type of video game player, and while that same home may get various visitors from time to time, it’s the players that decide to become residents that make it special.

Unlike other competitive video game landscapes, the community that makes up fighting games is somewhat wired differently when compared to communities that make up first-person shooters like Counter-Strike, MOBAs like League of Legends, or even card games like Hearthstone. Continue reading “What Does It Mean to Be a Fighting Game Player?”

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Why I Love Tekken’s Lili

Why I Love Tekken’s Lili
Date Published: 3 January, 2018

Despite still being a relatively new character to the historic fighting game franchise that is Tekken, the wealthy Monegasque Emilie De Rochefort, better known as Lili, has certainly made a mark on the series since her initial introduction.

Coming across at times as the stereotypical act of a rich snob, Lili’s ways are often more so predicated on grace and poise, exemplified in both her personality and her fighting style. That contradicting mixture has perhaps labeled Lili as the most polarizing character in the series. Continue reading “Why I Love Tekken’s Lili”

What Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition Means to the FGC

What Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition Means to the FGC
Date Published: 14 December, 2017

As we near the end of 2017, it is without a doubt that we know the current state of Capcom’s Street Fighter V. The latest iteration of the beloved fighting game franchise had a rocky launch, and seemingly has failed to shake off the cobwebs ever since.

However, despite making multiple mistakes with regards to communication with its dedicated audience, bizarre consumer content decisions, and countless of PR mishaps, Capcom is potentially facing a crucial turning point that could change both the current culture of the Fighting Game Community (FGC), as well as set a precedent for the future. Continue reading “What Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition Means to the FGC”

Discovering BlazBlue: Central Fiction

Discovering BlazBlue: Central Fiction
Date Published: 
12 December, 2017

As somewhat of a casual observer throughout the years, I knew very little about the BlazBlue fighting game series, and going in, I had low expectations for enjoyment, and based on my past experience with the BlazBlue franchise, I also harbored preconceived notions about BlazBlue: Central Fiction (BBCF).

However, considering it is the latest iteration in the franchise, I decided to give BlazBlue: Central Fiction a test drive, and while many things have remained the same from previous iterations of the series, my overall feelings about the game have certainly changed. Continue reading “Discovering BlazBlue: Central Fiction”

Why I Love The King of Fighters’ King

Why I Love The King of Fighters’ King
Date Published: 
29 November, 2017

As perhaps the best example of how a female fighting game character is able to retain her feminine charm, yet still be known as an absolute badass, King is one classy gal who is unafraid to scrap.

King is the type of character that is cool without even trying. Her gracefulness shows both in her personality and fighting ability, as she beats her opponents with a bevy of hard hitting Muay Thai techniques, all while politely inviting them to try again upon their defeat. Continue reading “Why I Love The King of Fighters’ King”

The Future of the Persona 4 Arena Series

The Future of the Persona 4 Arena Series
Date Published: 15 November, 2017

It has been over three years since the western release of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (P4U2)—the second title in the Persona 4 Arena series, and one which has seen little developer support post launch, aside from an update that only reached Japanese arcades in January of 2015.

That same update, while it reinvigorated the game within the Japanese arcade community, was a major factor in the demise of not only the game’s western community; who never received the update, but also played a hand in the rapid decline of high level Japanese players the game was once full of. Continue reading “The Future of the Persona 4 Arena Series”

Why I Love Street Fighters’ Adon

Why I Love Street Fighters’ Adon
Date Published: 
September 24, 2017

Despite his brash and outspoken nature, Adon has been a character widely overlooked when it comes to his recognition in the Street Fighter universe. Frankly, Adon is not even the most popular Muay Thai fighter in the series—a title held by Sagat.

However, what separates Adon from the pack is his unwavering personality combined with a certain chip on his shoulder, as he is self-aware of his weaknesses yet, still carries on with an exuberant amount of confidence in himself. Continue reading “Why I Love Street Fighters’ Adon”

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