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 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 #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

Do Character Archetypes Matter In Street Fighter?

Do Character Archetypes Matter In Street Fighter?
Date Published: 6 January, 2018

Similar to many other competitive activities, the determining factors for winning and losing in fighting games are variable. However, unlike group sports which may rely on team chemistry, fighting games more so rely on player to character chemistry.

The unique thing about fighting games, is that there is no real blueprint for how to play the “right way”. A direct instruction akin to elbow in, and follow-through when practicing a jump shot in basketball simply does not exist in the realm of fighting games. Continue reading “Do Character Archetypes Matter In Street Fighter?”

The MacSplicer Podcast #58 – Capcom Cup 2018, TWT’s Prize Pool, and Grandblue Fantasy Versus

I halfheartedly recap Capcom Cup 2018, get angry at Bandai Namco and the Tekken team for their TWT prize pot, address the situation between Michael Murry and Flying Wonkey on Twitter, and wine about how Arc System Works hates the Persona 4 Arena series some more.

Topics on this week’s show include:

  • Capcom Cup 2018 recap
  • Tekken World Tour Finals prize pot
  • Michael Murry vs Flying Wonkey on Twitter
  • Grandblue Fantasy Versus

The MacSplicer Podcast #55 – Responding to FGC Questions

I received a pretty thorough email response to my most recent project—The Resurgence of the 3-D Fighting Game and just wanted to give my response to the points made on the email and why I came to the conclusion that I did.

Topics on this week’s show include:

  • Responding to FGC email
  • Character difficulty in fighting games

The MacSplicer Podcast #53 – Marketing and Culture in the FGC

One of my longer solo podcasts I’ve done where I ramble about different types of content I want to create, commentary style, and the topic of marketing in fighting games.

Topics on this week’s show include:

  • The FGC’s approach to marketing and promotion
  • Mike Ross’ and his departure from 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”

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