The State of the FGC in 2019

The State of the FGC in 2019
Date Published: 22 May, 2019

The year 2018 in fighting games was perhaps the first time in a long while where the fighting game community’s outlook moved away from the traditional star of the show featuring a bunch of supporting roles, to it’s current outlook which better resembles an ensemble cast with a couple of big names.

However, unlike a changing of the guard, the landscape of the FGC in the year 2019 is one that is seemingly taking on both the new school approach to fighting games, yet still leaving a wide enough window for the old-school fighting game identity to fit into. Continue reading “The State of the FGC in 2019”

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The MacSplicer Podcast #74 – Samurai Shodown and Tag Fighting Games

Going away for a little while with it being a bit more difficult to stay on top of FGC topics with my new schedule. Hopefully I can come back towards the middle of the year and continue working on some FGC projects.

Topics on this week’s show include:

  • Stepping away for a little while
  • Samurai Shodown gameplay reaction
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid thoughts
  • Listener questions

Toxicity in the FGC

Toxicity in the FGC
Date Published: 12 March, 2019

Fighting games as a genre in gaming is structured around virtual violence, something seen in many, if not the majority of other video game genres. However, as ironic as it may seem, the FGC (Fighting Game Community) is not known for an aggressive or malevolent nature, but rather the opposite.

However, similar to any other community or association of sorts, outliers do exist, and the FGC is no different. There are a few areas where toxicity is often exemplified in the FGC, and despite its perhaps seldom occurrence compared to the community’s overall positive body of work, acknowledgement of these issues is still necessary. Continue reading “Toxicity in the FGC”

The FGC’s Identity Crisis

The FGC’s Identity Crisis
Date Published: 19 February, 2019

Never short of interesting storylines, the fighting game community (FGC) is yet again a part of another tug of war situation, this time on one side the grassroots of the FGC, and on the other, the esports side of the FGC.

The differences between the two sides have shown themselves in multiple facets within fighting games, and as the old guard attempts to maintain tradition, while the new guard is set on embracing change, it begs the question; What is the FGC’s identity?

Continue reading “The FGC’s Identity Crisis”

The MacSplicer Podcast #69 – Fighting Games and Second Chances

Short solo podcast talking a bit about perhaps giving certain fighting game franchises another opportunity to impress us, and answering some listener FGC questions.

Topics on this week’s show include:

  • Second chances in fighting games
  • StrongStyle Japan
  • Listener questions

The MacSplicer Podcast #68 – Everything FGC ft. Majin Obama

Perhaps the longest podcast I have recorded to date, but it was certainly a fun one to be a part of! I am joined by one of my favorite FGC commentators—Majin Obama, as we talk about everything and anything fighting game related.

Topics on this week’s show include:

  • FGC and Esports
  • Modern Fighting Games
  • Fighting game development
  • Japanese arcade culture
  • Western fighting game scene
  • Mainstream elements in fighting games
  • Women in fighting games
  • General FGC discussion

The MacSplicer Podcast #67 – FGC Grassroots vs Esports

A much shorter podcast than last week’s, I ramble a bit on why I have left the mainstream gaming trend, and read Tom Cannon’s breakdown on the relationship between the FGC and Esports.

Topics on this week’s show include:

  • FGC grassroots and Esports
  • Mainstream gaming
  • Genesis 6 Hungry Box hate

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