Hello again, my FGC brothers & sisters. The one & only Aphro Dynamek here and today, I'm going be a little more personal than I have been in the past. As I'm sure you've already noticed, this is The Dynamek Perspective . While my other columns deal with game-related topics & hypotheticals, TDP is going to be to my monthly moment of reflection. I'm going to be talking about whatever I happen to be either feeling or noticing about the FGC, fighting games in general or anything/everything that I feel needs to be said in regards to both. Before you say anything: Yes, I am very much so aware that this technically isn't my first time describing my FGC experiences or putting my own spin on recent events, but this -IS- the first time I've decided to (like I said a little while ago) make it something personal. So without further ado, let's kick this off...
Now, there's something I need to come clean about... I don't compete in games. I enjoy casual matches, but I cannot play on such a level like some of our more notable members. My time is simply spread too thin to dedicate to high-level play (more on that later). I was approached to become a part of Kick-Punch-Block because of my history & knowledge of fighting games and because of my unique (blunt) opinion regarding a number of FGC-related issues. At best, Roddyness himself probably saw something worthwhile in what I had to say & found how I chose to say it interesting. In any case, I joined the KPB family & it's been quite kickass so far.
So now that you know something of my KPB origins, you're probably wondering what any of that has to do with the title of this column. Well, even though I don't compete, I still enjoy going to tourneys. Whether they be majors or locals, there is just something special about being around people that are doing what they love & I enjoy that energy. I feed off of it. At the same time, I don't necessarily care to stand on ceremony, so I also offer to staff at certain events. I'm sure anyone who remembers Winter Brawl from earlier this year remembers me & my megaphone shouting out names for the Marvel pools. Staffing a major was an awesome experience, but it was the downtime -- when all the casual matches were going down -- that I enjoyed the most.
Being around all the different players with all those different games going on reminded me of the good ol' arcade days where all you needed was a few quarters and a little bravery to make an impact. It was in environments like that where the FGC took its first steps and I'm glad that a little bit of that spirit is still around today. However, that's not to say there aren't some proverbial 'dark clouds' hanging over all of us. Possible collusion, lingering misogyny and rampant gambling all pose a threat to the pastime we love, but this article isn't about the bad stuff (don't worry, we'll get that some other time).
At the end of the day, I just hope that the joy never fades away from the FGC. Hopefully, the contenders won't only see matchup numbers, frame rates or hitbox data & can still appreciate the "cool factor" that is there to be appreciated in the games we play. If things ever got too mechanical, I'd hate to see what that would do to the community as a whole. So here's hoping that we keep the hype and enthusiasm, but learn to outgrow all the negativity plaguing us. We can be so much more than what we are now and I see the potential for it every time I make it out to a tourney.
Until next time... keep fighting the good fight, my friends.