Yah, everyone basically quit ACV over at ACU too. It was a grand success in killing the old timers off completely. New games seem to be designed to do that. We also lost XLink Kai (GGPO-like program), so now the only way to PvP in the old games is to drive to someone’s house, tie your PS2 to theirs with duct tape, and beat them up in person. It’s ok though, we barely play AC anyway. Lots of fighting games, shooters, and Brood War.
Problem is almost no one wants to play ST or 3S with me there cuz they all got used to AE and I don’t want to play AE cuz it feels like the most turn-based SF game to ever exist. We’ve settled on agreements now where they can beat me up in SF4 if they play me in SF2/3 on equal time. Still, I get some benefit out of it since I can practice other chars in 3S this way on real people and not worry about getting crushed. Been learning Urien a bit lately, werd.
I’d also still call it grinding, even though you’re having fun. Grinding to me is just having to repeat something over and over again with the goal of getting better or stronger. Typically in MMOs or RPGs it’s to get stronger, but in other games it’s to get better. It’s better if you can enjoy it, cuz then it doesn’t cause you to suffer mental breakdowns and start sucking cheeseburgers so you can buy cock. I’ve seen it happen. Real talk.
For example, my lil bro loves to do master sword speedruns on SNES Zelda and there’s no doubt he enjoys it, but he’s still repetitively grinding away at the game trying to improve his time. I honestly don’t think grinding has to be boring, haha.
Also, I interpreted Pherai’s statement as, “Everyone wants to cosplay as their favorite character.” I can’t wait to see him dressed up as Akuma and Tebbo as Ryu.