I don’t if if it’s all fighting games or just Street Fighter IV, but people seem to rank characters like: “S, A, B, C, D” (or something similar). What I don’t understand is why the convention isn’t simply “Below Average” and “Above Average”. For example, in SSFIV AE there are debates over how good some characters are but most players can agree on which characters are solid. I think the difference between A, B and C are not well-defined, and that the game is sufficiently balanced to eliminate clear distinctions in character strengths. For example, consider the following:
Above Average (noticeable advantage over others):
Below Average (significant shortcomings compared to the rest of the cast):
Everyone else is solid or “average”.
Was the convention of ‘tiers’ originally due to fighting games being poorly balanced or is it to account for a variety of opinions and rank the characters accordingly? And what is wrong with my suggestion above?