Hi, I’m from Brazil, and after seeing the Evo2k6 trailer made by jchensor i was wondering about some topics to discuss on this subject. Since im probably not buying the dvd, some of the things i might be saying here are old news, but I expect some arguing around it.
All the firsts videos from competitions all over the world were direct rip from the video output or some capturing made by a camera on a tripod filming the screen. To learn patterns, strategies, learn more about the game and see the most recent results that is great, but what about entertaining?
From what ive seen when exposing tournament videos to friends who doesnt play games most of the time they seem pretty confused and only understand something when it is pretty huge (unbelievable comebacks, perfect, infinites), but there are two things to me that seems vital to make ANY game interesting to a crowd:
- Crowd Noise
- Some Host (Commentator)
- And a second (technical maybe) commentator, which may be discarted for fighting games, thus it’s not actually a category.
I think that apllies to fighting games to the point where Evo is taking it. Of couse, on the tournament itself, commentaries may ruin the gameplay if the players are listening to it (now he is going for a throw/we can see he has a full meter, activation may be coming any time now), but that can be solved. Ive seened the FFA Ranbats with comments, and you can tell that the comments are really just for fun and full of inside jokes, and not actually corresponding to the game or the players themselves.
Crowd Noise helps people that dont know the game, and really are not understanding who is winning, to see what the emotions and thrills the game have. And also sometimes understand what the hell is happening on the screen. And even for us players, it is awesome to see the crowd reacting
I could go on and but I think, you’ve got my point, there’s more issues concerning how to make fighting game tournament videos more interesting, but for me these ones seems to almost vital.