I can’t pinpoint when it started or what the root cause is but as time goes on I’m noticing the risky and aggressive play style Alex Valle is known for which used to be accepted as equally valid as playing it “safe” is being seen less and less. All the stream commentators criticize players for taking unnecessary risks, not taking advantage of the clock, and doing anything that isn’t the optimal thing to do at the time which sounds logical but many players have quirky, unorthodox styles that have suited them well.
There was a time when the general mantra of fighting games was “there’s no “right” way to play a character”.
I understand playing to win is the #1 rule of anything competitive which is why I respect someone who has no shame spamming phoenix fb’s to win. I’m just saying the negative stigma of the aggressive and/or offbeat play style wasn’t always there and it may be stifling creativity and diversity within the scene. I notice now a lot more people are x copying top player strats rather and waiting for others to do the “work” for them rather then experiment and figure things out for themselves.
For example Wolverine is one of the most powerful rushdown characters in any fighting game and rarely do you see anyone do something with him without having an assist to cover him. I’m not saying people should be reckless for no reason I’m just saying that maybe sometimes doing your own thing rather then copying what everyone else does will yield an even greater reward.