So after some deliberation I finally got around to making this; sorry : (. I’ve been thinking that the best way to get more people into a game and community is to provide them a place to start. Right now SRK doesn’t really have a place to start if someone wants to get into a game or say hi to everyone. Usually people that are new make “hi i’m new threads” on GD 'cause that isn’t related to games so it must be the right place to make an introductory thread. Yeah.
So the purpose of the newb forum would be to include resources for people to learn how to play fighting games in general and to allow newbies to introduce themselves. One main goal is to educate people into understanding what they see around them and how to approach it. Once people have a better grasp of what is around them and what they’re looking at; they’re going to have a much easier time asking questions and fitting into the scene. Also, it’d be nice if reputation was disabled or there was a rule against flaming people there. Right now most people that are new to the site go to the SF4 forum. We all know how bad that place is and we probably take for granted that THERE ARE THAT MANY PEOPLE interested in Street Fighter. Yes they’re horribly misinformed but they’re interested enough to register. So a newb forum to let them introduce themselves and get a good feel for the forums would really help.
That’s pretty much it, I’m not exactly sure how everything will be organized, I’ve been playing around with content ideas.
Have sticky threads introducing people to ____ game. Just give them basics or something that will show them multiple games. Small video clips that shows them how the game is or something.
Have a sticky that introduces people into arcade hardware.
Articles about the mindset that goes into a fighting game (sirlin’s old articles/anyone else that wants to write)
What to do if you’re interetsed in playing on console. What you need to know about HDTVs, sitcks, and settings for games.
So with that, I urge newbs to come out of lurking to show support for the forum proposal!