The MacSplicer Podcast #92 – Everything FGC ft. Mike Z

Another week, another podcast, and this one was a treat as I got to sit down and talk to Mike ZSkullgirls and Indivisible lead designer. We spoke about the different ways of approaching fighting game features as both players and developers, his history with Marvel vs Capcom 2, and much, more!

Topics on this week’s show include:

  • Interest in game development
  • Fighting game background
  • Mechanical options in fighting games
  • Ways to learn how to play tag games
  • The importance of rollback netcode in the FGC
  • The concept of balance in fighting games

The MacSplicer Podcast #90 – The Life Cycle of a Fighting Game

A personal rant about being micromanaged, the similarities in the life cycle of fruits and fighting games, and thoughts on the future of Tekken 7, along with Guilty Gear: Strive’s beta U.I.

Topics on this week’s show include:

  • Micromanaging rant
  • Fighting game life cycles
  • Tekken 7’s possible season 4
  • Guilty Gear: Strive’s initial beta reaction
  • Listener questions

The MacSplicer Podcast #73 – The EVO 2019 Line-up Aftermath

I have returned to catch up on some FGC news and topics after a month or so away.

Topics on this week’s show include:

  • EVO 2019 line-up breakdown and reaction
  • Super Smash Brothers Melee community reaction
  • Breaking down the Toxicity in the FGC project
  • 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

Lessons Learned in the FGC

Lessons Learned in the FGC
Date Published: 6 December, 2018

What is the FGC? If I were to break it down to its simplest definition, the FGC (Fighting Game Community) would be referred to as a community who is involved in fighting games in some form or fashion. The involvement can be exemplified by playing, spectating, or even just supporting the community in any way.

However, that standard definition doesn’t do the FGC justice, as the question “What is the FGC?” doesn’t leave much room for interpretation, though by changing the question, and asking rather “Who is the FGC?” would result in many different answers depending on the individual.

Therefore, as someone who has been around fighting games for nearly two decades, but only having considered myself a part of the FGC proper for the last six years, the lessons I have learnt may not be extremely dated, but are valuable ones nonetheless.

Continue reading “Lessons Learned in the FGC”

Sexualization in Fighting Games

Sexualization in Fighting Games
Date Published: 20 October, 2018

Sexualization in games is a topic that has been discussed among video game developers, journalists and consumers throughout the short, yet rich history of modern gaming. However, considering that the fighting game genre is nowhere near mainstream, the topics’ impact isn’t looked at as closely.

Similar to how fighting games and the FGC treat aspects of gaming such as community, mentality, and competition slightly different than other genres in gaming, they also view popular talking points differently, especially with regards to how to it affects the FGC as a whole. Continue reading “Sexualization in Fighting Games”

The MacSplicer Podcast #48 – Everything FGC ft. e4io and Roscoe G

The first ever two guests on The MacSplicer Podcast, as I’m joined by good fighting game friends and fellow FGC members, e4io and Roscoe G as we talked about the fighting game landscape as a whole, some specific likes and dislikes about various fighting games, and wrapping it up with some listener questions.

Topics on this week’s show include:

  • The fighting game landscape in 2018
  • Modern fighting game design and direction
  • Fighting games and esports partnership
  • Listener questions

Why I Love Guilty Gear’s I-No

Why I Love Guilty Gear’s I-No
Date Published: 22 July, 2017

She might not be the face of the franchise, nor is she necessarily the one that leads the way for the female fighters in the game, however, Guilty Gear’s I-No in my eyes is the embodiment of everything that the Guilty Gear franchise stands for.

With somewhat of a complicated past, and even more of a convoluted backstory, relating to I-No is not something most players find easy, though that has never been a problem for the witch-hat wearing rock star. Continue reading “Why I Love Guilty Gear’s I-No”

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