I've took note about this topic in the Laura sub-forums and also in my local community as well as in other ones world wide and it's something that I find interesting and worth exploring.
Back in 05 I started playing 3rd Strike and it was my main game for more then 5 years, we were pretty decent here in Vienna/Austria - had even one guy making it to the SBO in 07 or 08 I think, but that's not the point now. When SF4 came out it brought a lot of fresh blood to our community here, they liked SF4 a lot and a lot of us from the "Old-Guard" just didn't, so we kept playing 3rd Strike for a while but ended up eventually playing SF4. Because (I can speak only for myself) I like to competition and by 2010 most of us jumped to SF4. With less of an Edge of course but we've competed with the new kids. Even tough most of us didn't like the game. Fast forward to 2016 and SFV is here and we see a different picture, I for one think SFV is a great game and in many cases it reminds me of 3rd Strike and in general I like how the game is played, a lot more then SF4. And that is the case with many 3rd Strike players from our scene. While SF4 players in general seem to hate how the game is played. And I've seen a lot of former 3rd Strike players internationally actually liking the gameplay of SFV even though they mostly skipped SF4 - most notably maybe Gunfight.
So I would like to know if other players who started out with 3rd Strike feel the same way?