this might not hold in the rest of the U.S but in california SNK has a negative connotation. a majority of people i see playing kof are either really shiesty asians (who smokes in an arcade while playing???) and really sketchy mexicans. don’t get me wrong there are a lot of good so cal players reconmature, the answer, and all the socalsnk thread people. but when i go to an arcade i dont wanna watch my friend play svc chaos and get asked if some robert garcia is in it. i dont wanna NEVER get to play because some asian guy gets really hurt hes losing to someone on KOFXI and doesnt move when he loses just tosses another token in, im not saying all snk players are criminals. just i would never have a snk gathering at my house. the people that do? more power to them. but thats not the main reason people don’t play kof thats me. this is the problems IMO
1.)consistency. People play kof, yea, but alot of people ONLY play 98 or 01 or 02 or xi. and if you do find people who play the same as you how the fuck are you gonna play it? some people like happs some like sanwa some like the OLD kof layout some like the new, this is a problem because alot of people refuse to adjust the other styles because they were raised on a completely different layout. this doesnt hold true with any other game kof is the only place where the arcade is 25% playable, next as for the versions
doesnt kof have no good console ports? iirc the dc and ps2 ports aren’t good for anything 2k2> and alot of people play kof through roms and lets not go there.
2.)community. first off let me say. Dark Geese can be a drama queen and acts like the SNK deity but i appreciate what he’s trying to do. but the community is too damn inconsistent. i mean for the longest there were what 2 - 3 so.cal SNK players posting here (off memory reconmature theanswer) contrary to popular belief people don’t consider going online to play roms very fun, sure they’ll do from time to time but only idiots take it serious. cal poly had 3 KOFXI tourneys and i dont think any of them happened due to way too low turnouts for it and they had some top korean player there too. as far as i know, the most solid scene for kof is texas. so ask around there. lets not forget the legacy that is EMIL and you talking down to people and pretty much claiming kof to be superior to SFII (lol fireballs are stupid!!!) thats not a very inviting tone. i mean alot of people play Guilty Gear but not to many go to dustloop. why? because of their shitty community samething with the inconsistent info and mod “naziery” over at cyberfanatix.
the system no offense i love Kof (vanessa might possibly my favorite character design ever) but it doesnt attract people. SFII by passes this because people grew up to this game, kof not so much. and seeing hyperhop b hyperhop b hyperhop b into combo doesnt tickle my fancy. im sure that applies to alot of people. it doesnt have that wow factor that most games have. most people have friends that play a game and seeing them play it gets other people involved, dark geese is doing his part but you can only do so much. so in short, no wow no hype and just seeing hyperhop->combo hyperhop->combo just gives off the impression of the game having no skill. even then theres too many kof games
kof 98,2k2,XI, neowave,ngbc, Sam sho, motw, lb2, and possibly xii.
hard to keep track of right
compared to SFIIturbo, 3s,cvs2,marvel and ever so rarely a3. what do you say to people who only play XI about 98 or 2k2? or to 2k2 players about neowave?
no offense to SNK players more power to you keep on trucking, but its gonna be awhile before SNK gets big in the states.
hope this answers some questions.