First of all, Evo 2010 was amazing. There were countless positive aspects such as award ceremonies with unique prizes, and having some of the quickest turnaround time on matches as far as SF4 is concerned. I really enjoyed it, if only as a spectator. Hell, I was even played the devil’s advocate when they kidnapped Adam Sessler, threw him in a aerosol filled cement mixer, and dumped him onto the announcers table during the grand finals to let him figure out where he was. Aside from all the mostly positive aspects of evo, the female invitational was terrible.
The main problem being that fighting games have no inherent advantages given to either sex. Females can play SF4 with the big boys. If they choose not to for whatever reason, should we just get boobs on the stage simply for entertainment value? It’s a valid question that brings up another issue:
It was not entertaining! It was an awkward mess from the choppy commentary to the grand finals featuring players that would struggle to make top 200 in the real tournament. Obviously, being in the 80th percentile or so of the tournament is great, but getting an award for it seems patronizing.
You can either put them in the main tournament, or have a wet T-shirt contest. It’s hard to find a medium that satisfies anyone.