I haven’t been able to post much because I’ve been trying to get a scene built up here in Riverside, CA (hit me up if you want in) but one thing that most of us players here can agree on is a SOFT ban on giants.
A soft ban (for those who don’t know) is when we, as a community, decide that we would really rather you not use <whatever the thing is> in tournaments and such. It’s the opposite of a hard ban, which is when your flat out not aloud to use that character/strategy. So with a soft ban, if you pick a giant, we’ll just kindly ask you not to and get annoyed if you do. With a hard ban, we kick your ass out for choosing one.
Why a soft ban and not a hard ban? Why giants, a why even have this discussion anyways? Good questions, let me explain.
First off, nothing broke my heart more than watching the EVO stream and hearing the crowd boo whenever a giant was picked. Sure, they watched the match up intently at first, but when they saw how boring that match up is they boo’ed. I hated that. This game is not a boring game to watch, and giants ruin that.
However, it was a nice redemption to hear how hyped the crowd got when the “real” TVC matches showed how intense and wild can get later in the tournament. So all ready, we know that people like to watch this game and find top level play exciting. The interest is there. After EVO, people probably became very interested in this game and the scene looks ready to blow up.
Unfortunately, the giants seem to be cock-blocking us here.
So, why a soft ban?
First off, the giants are not all that good. They can be easily beat by a few characters pretty handily. They smash others though. So they make it a very match-up based game more so than it should be. Also, the giant player has the advantage in counter picking. If you lose to a giant, then counter pick with Zero and Blade and win, they’ll just counter pick you with their secondaries. Unless you only want to main Zero/Blade just in case this match up shows up, you’ll always be at a disadvantage. Giants will make this game devolve into Zero/Blade vs Zero/Blade just because of people being worried about a giant match up.
Secondly, they’re boring to watch. Yeah, at first people say “WTF is that? Holy crap!” But then it quickly goes into “Hurry up and end this slow boring match.” TVC is a fast and exciting game. This is why we all got into it. We want to show people how crazy and intense this game is, and giants just put people to sleep and turn them off to TVC. If all I had ever seen of TVC were a bunch of giant matches, I’d think TVC was more of a turtle-fest than SSF4. That’s just discounting the “real” game that we’ve all fell in love with.
This game has alot going for it. Yes, the fact that it’s a Wii exclusive really hurts our scene, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take this game to the next level of tournament play.
It’s more balanced than almost any other game out there. Just look at the EVO top 8. We had more character representation than almost any other game.
It’s also very fast and fun to watch. It’s not MVC2 fast, but I think that’s a good thing for getting new players involved, because you can actually follow and understand a match without ever having played it.
It’s also got a huge amount of depth. The amount of options this game has for any given situation in staggering. You won’t see the same “crouching jab, crouching jab, crouching medium canceled into a special” over and over with TVC.
It’s easy to play. Any idiot can practice for a few hours and pull off a bread and butter combo. There are not arbitrary timing requirements involved with getting simple combos to work in TVC. However, they still require some degree of familiarity to pull off. Easy entry, difficult mastery, which is what arcade fighting games are all about.
We just need to get our act together as a community and do what is best for our scene to grow, because we already have an uphill battle to climb. We, as a community need to stand up for our game and show the world what we’re all about.
The giants just have to go.