I borrowed this blog, from GC Guy on All is Brawl.com - the new home of the Super Smash Bros. community. but since brawl:lame: is a dumb game:arazz::arazz: and we rather play more manly games such as SF4 i might as well bring this blog to my home shoryuken.
Ok, we are all aware, not everyone knows about tvc. mostly when you mention the game all they will hear is capcom. basically tell them its like Marvel vs Capcom 2 but your only using 2 characters and instead of marvel it’s tatsunoko. obviously there not gonna know what tatsunoko is, and it’s kind of hard explaining it so just mention Ryu vs speed racer
One method I like to use is, go to a tournament in your area such as Street Fighter 4, you know sf4 tourneys have a lot of people or even that one horrible game brawl or watever. bring a seperate tv and the wii(TATSU OFCOURSE) and some friends you normally play with. play casuals with your friend(s), like show off some long combos, make zero look more badass than he already is, take a cycle through all the characters at the character select screen SOMEONE HAS TO LOOK, do zero’s level 3 everyone ALWAYS orgasms at that especially people who’ve never seen TVC, give the crowd excitement! lastly leave the game there but leave the game on the title menu so it can go on attract mode(intro, cpu game play, records) like a regular arcade machine.
This means in your day to day lives you will run across people who are gamers, since this is more competitive gaming specific, hopefully they are willing to play tatsu competitively, either way they have VALUE.
If they don’t play competitively, introduce them to it and let them introduce you to their game of choice.
As you meet these people, invite them over to play, or go with them to where ever they play. Get to know them. if you are much more skilled than them, DON’T GO DAIGO ON ALL OF THEM OR MARN(I WILL PRESSURE YOU UNTIL YOU START RIPPING OUT YOUR HAIR) Sandbag the hell out of them, in case you don’t know what sandbagging is. go easy!. even if it’s possible let them win a couple of times but not too many times or they’ll start to be cocky and start talking trash(BUT! when they start talking trash why not rape them even money match them) after you raped the cocky guy…
Slowly talk to them about competitive gaming. It will be obvious to them you are better, so you do not have to prove it by crushing them. In this stage you are giving them Hope, not destroying them. Talk to people on Shoryuken, AllisFighter, tournaments or even TvC Casual Fests, etc… Slowly introduce them to competitive rules.
Get them signed up on Shoryuken and show them the character specific forums for whatever character they play. They will either read the forum or not, does not matter. If they have an interest in getting better they will do it. If they do not, who cares. Do not PUSH anything on them, just suggest and introduce. Another thing i’d like to add in, do not judge the players character choice. e.x Player picks Frank West "Aw dude! Frank west is the joke character he isn’t good!. NO! don’t do that, that only discourages players. and don’t mention ANYTHING about Tiers.:nono::nono::nono:
At some point they will ask you about tournaments or Casual Fests, or you will tell them you are going to miss TvC at whoevers house on this or that day or EVO2011 or whatever. If they are interested in Competitive Gaming THEY WILL ASK YOU.
Its human nature to “want what you can not have”, at this point in their Competitive Gaming Life, they can not have the tournaments, because they are Scrub Level.
Get to know these people. Friend first, tournament buddy second.
Even if these people never go to an event, no reason you can be friends with them.
You are making new friends, which is far more important. You are developing your people skills, which later in life will pay you.
At this point, I will move on to another scenario and then pick this back up, as the next stage is the same no matter how you found them.
Put Your Self Out There(Recruiting Method)
Not good at the Casual or Chance encounters? Then put effort out there to meet new gamers.
Places to do this: Game stores, Game Centers, Malls, Hobby Stores, etc…
Approach these retailers and ASK them if you can bring a couple of set ups one day and play some Tatsu. Offer to pay $2-$5 per person to just hang out one day and play. YOU bring the set ups, they provide the floor space (for a small fee that you pay so the retailer sees some sort of value in it).
Ask to leave fliers about Casual Fests coming up.
So you have managed to arrange a time to be at Store X and play TvC with 3 to 5 of you, do not try and turn it into smething big, unless it’s some sort of gaming event.
So you have 3-5 ppl and 2 TVs set up in Store X for a couple hours.
The goal of this is to TALK to people who have questions, or ask, or watch. The goal is NOT to be introverted and just Casuals like it is in your basement. You are there for ONE REASON ONLY, talk to people and hand out info.
Bring fliers for your areas next TvC Fest, or have a time when you plan to just casually play with no goals somewhere.
As people ask questions, put the controller down and answer their questions.
Yeah yeah I know you are good at multi-tasking and playing and talking at the same time… blah blah blah
NO YOU ARE NOT. You are good at playing and talking to other people playing at the same time.
When you are split attention, you will sound awkward and stupid to people who do not understand.
PUT THE CONTROLLER DOWN.
I noticed that this is what RoyalFlush does.
Invite these new people to come play sometime.
RULE DON’T MATTER! EVEN IF THEY PLAY WITH 5 GAUGES ON TVC. *** Casual Encounters above. Slowly introduce them to our world of competitive video gaming. See the last half of Casual Encounters for where to go from here.
From Casual and Recruiting to ?
Ok so now, regardless of how you found someone, you have done it.
You have found new players. You have played tvc with them, they have asked some questions, they are (hopefully) on Shoryuken, they have at least seen some serious gameplay and have some interest.
So what now?
A TvC Casual Fest is happening or a TvC tournament (small tournament, local). Invite them to come.
If a TvC Casual Fest - bring them.
If a TvC Tournament - Work something out that they can spectate and play some friendlies, DO NOT let them enter (unless they are very adamant about it).
The goal here is to now introduce them to the Scene. So far they know you and know you are part of something larger. How they want to see what that larger thing is.
Introduce them to some people, let those people know this person is new to competitive tvc.
This is where you will make or break them. This is where YOUR community will either help you or hurt you.
So be smart about who you let them play with and intro them too.
You do not want their first experience to be against people who are all about trash talk and money matches. That will blow this newb out. the people in your community who CARE about new players and want to grow the community not just take money.
Have this new person spectate the tournament, play a few matches in friendlies. Let them see how fun an event can be, but DO NOT let them get destroyed and trash talked to. They should be out nothing more then a Spectator/Friendlies fee, if not comped that fee since their are first timers.
Your purpose at this event is not even to play, its to help your new friend get introduced to the idea of competitive video gaming.
You SHOULD pay your own entry fee for the tournament, even if you do not play in it. The tournament should not suffer in its prize pool because you have a new person with you, but you should consider not playing in the tournament to help protect your newb from the vicious Money Matchers who see this scrub as money making opportunity.
Organize TvC Casual Fests and Ask Some People to Stay Home
Some communities have players that are a-holes. Every part of life has that. Does not mean they are bad people. Does not mean you do not want them at events, but there are times when their influence could be bad for the community.
Lets say three or four of you have worked hard to find 4 or 5 new players.
This could be before you intro them to a tournament, or could be after, in any event they are still newbs and will get crushed by your cities 25th place person.
You have spent time finding these new people.
The goal is help them grow, help the community grow.
Last thing you need is the a-hole coming in and trash talking them out of the community because the a-hole thinks he is all that (and may actually be…could be someone in your areas top 5 or all 5 of them whatever).
Organize Casual Fests with your communities most helpful and most friendly people.
Kindly ask the a-hole to not come to the TvC Casual Fest. If they want to know why, explain it to them.
Your are not being a **** by asking someone who is a **** to not show up because they are a ****.
Again, it has NOTHING to do with not liking them. It has nothing to do with not wanting to play with them, it has EVERYTHING to do with trying to encourage and keep new people coming back. After a couple of these “No A-Hole Allowed” TvC Casual Fests, the new person will be better prepared for the a-hole and able to deal with them.
The purpose of these events is to really introduce the new players to competitive video gaming, but in an environment that allows them to grow and be encouraged, not one that has them playing someone who will tell them how terrible they are at a game they more or less just started.
EVERYONE SUCKS when they just start, especially compared to someone who is a top level player.
So why allow that top level guy to destroy a new person on Day 1 of their new video gaming career?
Find those people in your community. Organize TvC Casuals fest with the sole purpose to helping people get better.
Opinions and Suggestions
Game Centers - Talk to the game centers in your area. Get TvC started at them. Not sure how to go about doing it?
Game Stores - Fliers advertising TvC Casual Fests and events, TvC Casual Fests as described above to recruit new people.
or even your school, yeshz ask your school counselors or even the principle can you organize a tournament.