I want this to be a roundtable discussion on what we can do as a community to keep this game alive. The rest of this post contains my own ideas, primarily the creation of more fan content on this game. After all, pro players just need to practice it and stomp the SF4-expansion pack players to make a difference, but what about those of us unable to do so and wanting to support it in other ways?
Well we live in the information age and yet all the information one can find about this game is either blatantly negative or highly dated. We complain that we are among the few that play this game correctly and realize how different it is than AE, but if one takes the time to look at the instructional content for this game outside the character forums it is all months old. If someone picks up the game and earnestly wants to learn it, most likely they will access the launch (some pre-launch) character guides and combo videos that understandably show little working knowledge of what the game offers now. Even the SRK guide and the Eventhubs stuff have not been updated since around release date.
The only way to combat misinformation is to replace it with the correct stuff. I’m thinking things like youtube walkthroughs for various characters (not just combo videos) done by people who actually know how the game has evolved. Ideally, there’d be game specific walkthroughs that outline the uniqueness of the game and how to go about exploiting it for one’s advantage such as time, life, and meter management, building the best team, The Oki game (forward roll discussed), effective gem lineups, and all that. Heck, even just uploading higher level play to youtube or hosting a high level stream on twitch would be great because I do not even see those (JiBbo excluded of course!).
This is very ambitious for me because I have no means of making youtube videos, hosting a stream, or even an ounce of pull within my local community. That is why this is partly a call for those who have such resources to use them in defense of your game. Even so, I would be happy to write lots and lots for this game, be it walkthroughs, tournament coverage, character analysis, anything, if people feel that it can help. For starters, I was thinking of making short, updated guides (preferably for newcomers) on SFxT elements as well as for the characters I know and sticking them on the character forums. The character threads are great sources of information, but it is incredibly taxing to sort through the pre-release hype, the ineffectual week 1 tech, etc. My goal would be to reduce the essential knowledge for each character into bitesize chunks.
So does anyone feel like joining me in this quest to save SFxT and turn some heads? I promise my writing will be more condensed. I feel a little guilty because JiBbo is doing so much and while we all benefit from it, I feel we can do more to get not only his words but our own out there as well. If anyone has any ideas please share them, I want to be put to work.
I want to start with a “Boost Gems and you” guide that details why boost gems are badass and why both beginners and knowledgable players should pay them more attention.
Edit: I’d love to help the people over at Rawtag, if they would have me.