I just read an articlefor Injustice that starts off by saying
It’s a good point but, to play devil’s advocate, I think it’s pretty easy to argue against it. Just look at Marvel 3, it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread in the fgc and sold about two million copies. On the other hand, MK vs DC had noooo fgc support and sold (deep breath) about two million copies.
Now the idea out there is that MK vs DC sold well because of its novelty. Anecdote: some guy in his basement in the middle of sessions of Madden and CoD goes to his local GameStop and says “Sub-Zero vs Batman?! Awesome!” and picks it up. I’m not saying that’s not what happened. It’s probably pretty accurate, actually. What I’m saying is, where do you think those people were when Marvel 3 came out? The same people went to their local GameStop and said, “Wolverine vs Ryu?! Awesome!” My point is, the people that bought MK vs DC, also bought Marvel. If all 43k people that “like” Shoryuken on Facebook didn’t buy a game, the publishers wouldn’t notice. Even if the fgc is ten times that 43k figure, that wouldn’t even make up 25% of the sales for a game like Marvel or Street Fighter.
The bulk of the people who buy fighting games are the people that the fgc know as “casual players”. That’s a dangerous way to think of them because it implies or leads to the idea that they are also casual GAMERS. These are the people that have Assassin’s Creed 3 already pre-ordered. That spent hours collecting all of the Riddler trophies in Arkham City. They only have one or two fighting games on their shelves, along with one or two racing games, and a couple platformers. The average gamer and the casual fighting game player are the SAME person. They’re not dumb, they’re not 11-years-old. They know about games. They’re just not that into the scene. And THEY buy these games.
The fgc needs to realize, if we don’t want to slip into another Dead Area, we have to keep these casual players, aka most players, in mind. Without them, there will be no fighting games FOR a fighting game community.