Was it a mistake to have doa4 at evo? simple answer is obviously yes, that spot could of probably have been given to a more deserving game. A more complex answer is still yes, but at least now the evo directors know doa is a waste of time. Evo has finally begun to be noticed, with the huge sponsor this year and capcom even taking an interest. Evo is only going to get bigger for now…
I’m sure everyone would prefer doa was out of the way now, instead of a year or two down the line, when evo is really immense and say they introduce a new doa game and it flops where the prize money is like $20000 or even more for 1st place (fingers crossed).
The doa community had a real opportunity to make themselves into a real fighting game community, not something the rest of us just laugh at, and pass off as something not worth playing. There was less than 70 players registered for doa on the evo2k site, and i can’t imagine many more signed up at the event. How many people play doa4 online regularly that would of been able to make it to the event? All the doa community did was prove their criticisers right.
There is also a knock on effect that doa4 has probably had which many people here may have overlooked. Doa4 was a new game not only being a new game on the newest console, but also an old series that was added to evo for the first time. This will probably make the directors cautious of adding any new games to the evo line up apart from the next Tekken and Guilty Gear games. Does this mean games like Kof and new snk games, and other fighting games from other companies are doomed never to appear officially at evo.
Will we still be playing ST, 3s, MvC2, CvS2 in 5 years time. Yes the games are all popular, even drawing in new players for now, but thats largely more to do with current players just picking up other the fighters. The fighting game community is shrinking all the time, i can’t help but think this is our last stand before we really truly die out. Can you imagine the advancements in 5 years. We will prob see the next gen consoles after the 360, ps3 and wii. And everyone will be those few extra years older. Its gonna get alot tougher attracting in new and casual gamers, aswell as keeping the current players.
I doubt many major new fighters will be released in the arcades apart from the usual suspects, most companies will probably opt for straight to console release, which could leave all manner of glitches, bugs and gamebreaking stuff. The community will be centered online just like doa4. And as proven already they obviously don’t want to compete offline for lots of prize money.
So what are we going do? Is it time to start adding snk games to line up. They seem to have huge following even if its not hardcare in the same sense as the capcom community. The Majority seem to prefer discussing who can dress up like Kyo and Iori the best, talk about who can get the highest score on 1 player and who has the biggest collection rather than discussing gameplay.
Maybe i am talking utter bull, i tend to do that sometimes, so someone please come in here, slap me and tell me everything is going to be ok.