We have it pretty good here in Cali, but as it is, the scene doesn’t meet up NEARLY as we need to in order to get better. Everyone’s just too busy with real life stuff, as the older you get, the less time you have to spend hanging out at arcades late at night.
Most of us are in our late 20s/early 30s. I’ve actually managed to get a few players joining our weekly tournaments at Super Arcade who got into the scene because of SF4, so they’re most like early 20s. We got some nice variation.
NH2 pretty much disappeared off the face of the planet once ToL1 ended. He packed it up and rode off into the sunset never to be heard from again.
NYC still has ST gatherings here and there. Mostly they get together for the 2old2furious tournaments at Next Level down in Brooklyn. They get something like 30 entrants, which is a pretty big deal for ST outside of majors, so you might want to look into attending those if you haven’t already.
I like HF. Very fun game to play, but ultimately, there’s probably not enough meat in there to keep a healthy scene going long into the current age of gaming. It’s very simple, very little in luck, rewards skill and substance over flash, and only 12 characters to play with, most of whom don’t get played. It was great for a time when there was nothing else to play, but now that we have like a thousand-and-one fighting games to choose from, games need a bit more to draw in new crowds.