I’d normally rather have a herpes sore explode in my face than post a generic question about people’s personal lives in the Fighting Game Discussion forum, but this is something I’ve been wondering for a while. We’ve talked a lot about how we all got into fighting games, but it’s one thing to be into a genre. It’s quite another to be involved in the hardcore fan niche of that genre.
So, how did you discover the fighting game community, and what got you into it?
I’ve been into Street Fighter since I was seven, but I didn’t catch a whiff that there was a competitive network of devoted fans until I got my hands on the Street Fighter Alpha 2 Versus book. Reading it cover to cover, I realized that all the bullshit strategy guides from game companies or official magazines did not incorporate this level of in-depth expertise and strategy, and I was especially interested in the B3 write-up in the back of the book. I quickly got to know the names and basic play styles of all the competitors who worked on it.
Then I got Internet at my house (mind you, this was in 1996 or '97), which gave me access to alt.games.sf2, then various websites, which all eventually culminated in SRK. I’m not quite the high-level competitor I might have aspired to be way back then, but it hasn’t stopped me from avidly following the progression of events from then until now: Alex and Daigo, ordering the B4 videos, the introduction of Evo, and so on.