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?

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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 #57 -End of 2018 Fighting Game News

I didn’t get to all of the news during The Game Awards and some other fighting game announcements last week, so I decided to recap them on on this weeks’ podcast.

Topics on this week’s show include:

  • Mortal Kombat 11 announced at The Game Awards 2018
  • Samurai Spirits release window
  • King of Fighters XV announcement
  • Smash Brothers Ultimate and its affect on the FGC
  • Persona 5‘s Joker in Smash Brothers

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.

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Innovation and Imitation in the FGC

Innovation and Imitation in the FGC
Date Published: 
5 November, 2018

The FGC is comprised of many different types of players who all adopt different types of personal playstyles, however, when it comes to learning, there are really only two types of players; those who are innovators and those who are imitators.

Research in fighting games is something done by the “scientists” of the Fighting Game Community (FGC) with respect to whichever game they are focusing on at the time. The role these “fighting game scientists” provide for the FGC is quite invaluable, as they find new ways to play a character, educate on specific game situations, and many more similar examples which is something classified as “new technology” or perhaps better referred to as “tech.” Continue reading “Innovation and Imitation in the FGC”

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

The State of the FGC in 2017

The State of the FGC in 2017
Date Published: 
May 22, 2017

The Fighting Game Community (FGC) has experienced quite the change as of recent years, with 2015 perhaps having some of the most memorable moments in the competitive landscape, and 2016 elevating the exposure of fighting games primarily due to increased marketing and financial support from Sony and Capcom in regards to the release of Street Fighter V.

While we’re only at the midpoint of the year, how things play out in the second half of 2017, could very well be a tell on what the future holds for the FGC. Therefore, it would be a good time to take a closer look at the fighting games that headline the FGC in 2017, and how they impact the landscape, be it for better or for worse. Continue reading “The State of the FGC in 2017”

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