The MacSplicer Podcast #82 – Everything FGC ft. Choysauce

A rare guest appearance on the podcast closes out the year for content creating on both the website and the YouTube channel! I appreciate my guest Choysauce for coming on and talking a bit about fighting games with me! I’ll be back in 2020 yall!

Topics on this week’s show include:

  • TopTier.gg introduction and content discussion
  • The state of journalism in the FGC
  • FGC titles on the horizon discussion
  • Fighting games and esports
  • Listener questions

Does the FGC Need to Unite?

Does the FGC Need To Unite?
Date Published: 19 November, 2019

As we close the chapter on the year 2019, and look forward onto the year 2020, the fighting game community finds itself well into its current era—the “esports era.” A change of the landscape that began to gain momentum back in 2013, has drastically transformed the way many in the community view fighting games, both literally and figuratively.

However, before we look ahead at what the future relationship of esports and fighting games might look to accomplish in the upcoming years, it would be wise to reference the past, and see in which areas the FGC succeeded and failed at, before we can begin to answer a very important question—”Does the FGC need to finally unite?” Continue reading “Does the FGC Need to Unite?”

The MacSplicer Podcast #77 – FGC Project Breakdown, and EVO 2019 Preview

Taking a look at the preliminary stages of perhaps the biggest FGC project I have worked on to date, a little recap of the Tekken 7 team tournament that happened this past weekend, and a preview to the biggest fighting game tournament in the world.

Topics on this week’s show include:

  • Best Fighting Game of the 7th Console Generation project breakdown
  • Norcal StrongStyle 2019 Recap
  • EVO 2019 Preview

Why I Love Tekken’s Paul Phoenix

Why I Love Tekken’s Paul Phoenix
Date Published: 16 July, 2019

Perhaps never in the history of fighting games has a character turned into comedic relief, yet still maintain iconic status in the franchise’s legacy. Enter Tekken’s Paul Phoenix.

The hot-blooded modified judo biker has been on a life-long course of proving he is the best martial artist and the toughest man in the universe, and over two decades later, Paul has shown no signs of slowing down. Continue reading “Why I Love Tekken’s Paul Phoenix”

Narratives in the FGC

Narratives in the FGC
Date Published: 15 July, 2019

In a day and age where information on demand is paramount, the FGC (Fighting Game Community) is no stranger to taking part in the constant carousel that is fighting game news, professional circuit standings, player rivalries, and many other headline worthy stories and debates.

However, the storylines that are somewhat lost in the shuffle, are the ones that may not be always as timely or as alluring, but rather are more so consistent in their presence. Therefore, as we take a look at what narratives occupy the FGC in a broader sense, we may be able to predict how they might affect the future of the fighting game landscape beyond 2019.

Continue reading “Narratives in the FGC”

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”

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”

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