Man, I definitely hear you on that one. I think in a strange roundabout way, I was fortunate that the 2008 fighter boom didn’t happen till right as I was graduating. I wouldn’t have been able to afford all those shiny new games as they were coming out. D: Fortunately G.Gear and Melty were more than enough for my group of friends and I. (Though looking back, it’s unfortunate I didn’t have an appreciation of 3S back then. What I’d give to play that now with dorm-level availability of opponents.)
Also, just realized this list is more than a bit out of date for me. Could someone update my location to Beaverton/Hillsboro? In addition, if I could get my casual entry there updated to include KoF13, Melty Blood, and Vampire Savior (though i’d love to play it on a competitive level) I would probably be set.