I’ve noticed that everytime any of the newer fighting games gets a certain update or patch everyone blames the “scrubs”. Most of these so called “scrubs” are just casual players who dont take the game too seriously. Nothing wrong with that games arent meant to take seriously in the first place. Unless you are actually making money by winning big tourneys like Jwong and the other Pro’s in the scene.
Many times, these guys who call these casuals “scrubs” arent even that great themselves. I’m not saying they are bad by any means, but not great or even tournament worthy. I really dont know why they feel the right to call others “scrubs” when infact they arent even that good themselves (they know who they are). Not everyone in the community does this. So no i’m not saying everyone is guilty of this.
Now lets get into the meat of this topic. Without these “scrubs” there wouldnt be any SF4, Marvel 2 Online Edition (not really the name of it, but you know what I mean) SSf4, and of course Marvel 3.
You’re probably like “huh? what do “scrubs” have to do with any of this?”
It’s simple, these “scrubs” keep these companies alive with their money. Do you guys honestly believe (the ones who feel high and mighty and not scrub material) that you are so special that Capcom is gonna make a game just for you? Haha! hell no! Maybe, if you guys made up like atleast 60% of those who bought a copy of SF4 then I can see Capcom making the game just for YOU.
As it stands now the true hardcore community is waaaaay too small to make SF4 a success when it comes to numbers (where it counts as a company).
I’ll make it even more simple. If the hardcore players were the only ones who bought SF4 there wouldnt be a SSF4 or even a Marvel 3. The hardcore community is only about 20% of the whole SF4 community. I’m being nice there too. I bet its’ smaller than that.
Capcom is VERY aware of this. Lets take SF3 for example. It’s no secret that SF3 is pure fail to capcom when it comes to the numbers. Sure third strike is a great game with great animations and polish, but it was a little too hardcore and not “scrub” friendly at all. So only that 20% bought or showed interest in the game hence killing off SF for good (or for atleast 10 years).
Capcom is a company and as such they mostly care about the “numbers”. I know it shouldnt be that way, but that’s how it is. Hey, they have to eat too right?
GG (Guilty Gear) is another good example of this. The game is beautiful to look at (atleast back then) but it’s soo hardcore that it turns EVERYONE away from it. Hell, I used to play GG back in the day, but the ammount of things that you must learn is tooo much for a normal person lol. They tried fixing this by making BB (BlazBlue) and succeeded for the most part. BB is still a very hard game compared to the capcom games though. That’s why it’s not as popular.
So yea, in short. Without the “scrubs” paying their hard earned 60 bucks plus tax we wouldnt have SF4 or any of the current fighting games that we have now.
We should tone down this “Ohhhh ****ing scrubs” mentality a bit.
I love SF4, SSF4 and Marvel 3. Without the casual players such games would not exist. Because it simply would not be worth the time and effort on capcom’s part because only a few people (the hardcore players) would buy it. Making it a fail project like SF3.
Anyways, just thought I get that off my chest. For the record, i’m not really a “scrub” or a hardcore player. Mainly cuz I dont have time for fighting games only. I play all kinds of games including MMO’s so obviously I dont have time to be a “hardcore” Marvel 3 player.
However, I do like to progress and make myself better at it insted of whining or blaming the other player for my losses. This comes from my back in the day days when I used to love going out to arcades and battle people on Xmen vs street fighter. The days where you had your opponent right next to you and you couldnt whine or send hate mail to people lol.
Lastly, you dont have to thank the casual players. But just keep in mind that it’s mostly because of their money that we are actually getting these new awesome games