I think there’s nothing worse than hanging out at friend’s place who only has 1-Player adventure/shooter games. It doesn’t make for much 2-player interactivity. I buy multiplayer games, including Capcom fighting games, because, as silly as it sounds, I want to be a good host. Plus, obviously, I enjoy playing them tremendously. I love the Capcom fighting games so much, I’ll buy everything Capcom produces that’s got a versus option. From SF2 on SNES, to Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure on PS1, To buying games on PS3 that I already have on Ps2. Capcom fighting games are like pokemons to me. I want them all! See photographic evidence below:
Now back to the point I want to make about Videogame Segregation.
Traditionally segregation is defined as:
||the act of segregating or state of being segregated
||sociol : the practice or policy of creating separate facilities within the same society for the use of a minority group
I love all the capcom fighting games, but with all the updates and different editions, I’m hooked beyond my budget. And what really irks me is how they segregate their online gamer community between different versions of the same game. For example: last time I checked, Street Fighter 4 had sold around 4-5 million copies, and because there’s so many copies, and because it’s available dirt cheap used, most of the people online are noobs. So I can win online matches at SF4 without too much work even though I usually take “random” at the character select screen. The newer edition, Super Street fighter 4 AE, which sold 1-2 million or so copies, is harder to find and is more expensive, so most of the people online for that game are hardcore. They’re hardcore enough to pay more for the same game, and hardcore enough to learn a newer more complicated move-set. I can’t afford to choose random when I play SSF 4AE online, no, I gotta stick to my strong characters and work hard for every win.
It’s segregation because it separates people into groups, based solely on their purchasing power and skills set. everybody should be able to play the best, and latest version of the game. And in my case, since I own both copies, I find it’s a downer that the community is split up like that, and that with my skill set, it’s not a fun option for me to play the latest version of Streetfighter. That strikes me as a design flaw on Capcom’s part, that they would split us up like that, that they would make the latest, and most updated version of their game, so unapproachable.
And Capcom keeps repeating the same pattern. They’re doing it to us again with Marvel Vs Capcom 3, and the newer version called: Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. Yes, against my own personal logic, Capcom will ultimately get me to shell another 60$ for a newer version of the same game that now has a few new characters. Woo-hoo! And I wouldn’t mind paying 120$ for one game, if only the online offering wasn’t split into two absolutely polar-opposite groups.
So you end up with two segregated gaming communities for the same game. One for noobs, one for hard-core gamers. Which sucks, because everybody should be able to play the same game, the best version of the game. No gamer should be told to go sit at the back of the digital bus.
NATNOTE: For anyone who wants to call me out, and challenge me at SF4 on PS3, my PSN username is: Razorblade_Candy. And I’ll take on anybody online. Well, at least for a couple of matches… ^_^
T4D 2nd year anniversary
Yep. It’s been 2 years already. First off, a big thank you to [ YOU ]! I couldn’t have done it without [ YOU ], and your loyal support.
And so far, to my great surprise I’ve managed to keep my objective of having at least one entry per month. The stats for the number of visitors I get have finally started to go up, and I expect to get to 6000 visitors by the time the year is over. Adding a new monthly, interactive webcomic called “the CHRONICLES of [ YOU ] has helped with generating some views. But the main draw to this site is still the militant stuff. Which is a bit of downer, because even though it takes me forever to draw those strips, they all get outdone by simple political diagrams. For example:
I say it’s time to PUMP UP THE VOLUME on your democracy dial!
In the future, I plan to steer T4D back towards its militant roots. Not that I’m planning to cancel your “chronicles”. But instead, as some of you might have guessed from some of the hints I’ve dropped in your 7th appearance, I plan to eventually move that strip to a site specifically designed for less political, fiction-based, comics. But all things in due time.
And right now, it’s time to celebrate!
( which is “party-on” backwards, as we used to say in high school! )
NATNOTE: ” Remember, remember, the 5 th of November, the gunpowder plot and treason, I see of no reason, why the gunpowder plot and treason should ever be forgot.” Today is international Guy Fawkes day, and also my birthday, woohoo! : )
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