Short introduction: I’ve been a life-long gamer (both console and PC), but in the mid-to-late 2000s my 360 Red-Ringed one too many times and I’ve been stuck playing PC games (primarily F2P PvP MMOs) ever since. As of late, I’ve grown dreadfully tired of PvP MMOs due to their inherent RPG nature: RNG miss/critical rates, needing strong gear to stand a chance in PvP, leveling for weeks just to see if you like the class or if the class is viable, and the overall shallow metagames that exist in such games.
From the outside looking in, FGs would fix all of my qualms with PvP MMOs, so I’d really like to become more than a stream monster. I have a solid understanding of general fighting game theory, although I’m sure my execution won’t be up to par in games like KOF… but the bigger issue is that I don’t have any current-gen consoles, the newest stick I have is for the Sega Dreamcast (and I don’t have a PC adapter for it), and my choice for pad is between a damaged 360 one and a few unresponsive PS2 ones. Not to mention the sparse choice of FGs for the PC (it seems like it’s just Melty Blood, a few other donjons and hopefully Skullgirls in late 2012).
I’d really like to break into competitive FGs and eventually hit the tournament scene starting from the southeast, but I don’t really see any titles or options for me that don’t involve buying a new stick, a used console and a copy of UMvC3 or something similar. Dropping 300 bucks on it just to see if I can swim in the water is a bit out of my budget these days.
All in all, I need a bit of assistance forming a game-plan so I can climb out of this slump. If there are any PC FGs with a tourney following, I’d like to know about them, and I’d also appreciate a bit of help deciding on how to correct my controller issue: if I should look for one of the discontinued Dreamcast USB adapters, buy a new stick altogether or take another route entirely.
Thanks in advance, and take care.