First off let me state that I completely understand SRKs position on GG for the next upcoming EVO X. What I wish to do is help show reasoning why GG should be at EVO, and also create more reasons to convince the staff of this, through whatever honest means possible.
Well as of right now nothing much has been written into stone correct? At this point we really need to figure out what it takes for us (The GG community) to get GG at EVO X. I would like to bring up a few points about why SRK should keep it at EVO.
GGXX: AC has been released for PS2 in America as an almost perfect port. There are no bugs unlike the Japanese version. The new home port of GGXX AC in Japan is basically the US version with Justice and Kliff included, which are banned characters to begin with. The game cost 30 bucks brand new and just about everyone has it now. This will allow a singles tourney (or team… I can run the unofficial tourney on the side for whatever format you guys don’t pick up). There are no signs of any new GG coming to consoles or the arcade any time soon, so we can assume for the most part that AC is and will be the most current GG come EVO X. The offical release here in the states will cut out much of the BS that happened in the last few years with having to do a team tourney at EVO as we can now use US PS2s and not have to worry about getting ahold of Japanese PS2s and copies of Japanese GG.
The community as a whole is growing larger and larger every year. Each year I see the GG tournies grow and grow with larger numbers and new players popping up all the time. Now that the game has a US release, everyone has access and this is helping the community grow. Ben, you mention the question of GG tournies still happening or not? Well GG is still part of every major across the states and the world even. I know you can see this just by checking the Dustloop forums. Now that we have an official American release, the game can easily be played along with all the other official American games at all majors. In the last few years, I have also seen many more local tournies busting out all over the states for GG, which is drawing more and more people to the game.
It is very common to see people playing multiple Capcom fighters and being very good at all of them. The crowd for these games typically is intertwined amongst itself. This is not true for the GG community. The community is a whole other crowd that typically does not play other fighting games. Thus this is a large group of people that SRK will not have to help generate more business for EVO. Many GG players only play GG competitively (including many of the Japanese players) and the large crowd that Evo would miss out on could hurt the scene.
The community of GG players have always been a very agreeable bunch. I can’t tell you how many times I have run tournies and people will just start helping me with no prompting them to do so. I in no way am saying that other groups from the other games in consideration are not this way, but I am speaking from what I have seen and thus it is limited to the GG crowd. These are all agreeable guys that do not wander off (for the most part), and are always ready for there matches. GG always goes smooth and is done quickly.
Guilty Gear is a fast game… The matches end pretty quick on a regular basis. There is basically no turtling in the game (save Baiken and Dizzy), and this helps get things done quickly. Games like 3S and CVS2 have alot of turtling involved and matches can last a while. Being that GG can be finished off pretty quickly, this can help get PS2s, controllers, players etc all freed up to help with the other tournies.
Now, I know my points are arguable, which is fine. I want to know what we can do as a community to help make GG a more agreeable game for SRK staff. This game is a constantly evolving game and EVO allows the players to be able to have a goal every year. It would be a shame if we didn’t have this goal anymore. I myself would be majorly dissapointed. Please let us know how we can step it up in order to gain favor. We have many tournies, gatherings, discussions, match vids and events but if we need to make more things happen, it would be great to know the specifics.
I am personally willing to help you guys with the tourney (at EVO X) and I can garentee that I will have plenty of other people with me, willing to do the same. I will help run brackets, set up stations, find legit copies of the game, gather players… whatever it takes to help.
If you guys want to see the support of the community, I will do my best to have everyone show you this support.
So as my favor that I ask from the SRK… please show us what we can do.
I utterly urge everyone (especially the GG community) to post there thoughts, comments, suggestions, etc on this issue. Please be fair and keep in mind the overall goal of keeping GG in the scene.