I just got done talking with another SFIV player on Xbox Live who made me rethink about something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. I basically asked him since he lived in the area near me if was planning on heading over to the monthly tournament this month. He basically said he was “too scurred” to enter.
I’ve seen people go from random joe shmoe scrub at a tournament to consistently well placing tourney player often enough in my time as a 3rd Strike player and now as a SFIV player. At my local tourney scene specifically the numbers for all of our games (including SFIV) are never that hot unless it’s a team tournament. Which is obvious cuz that means random guy who plays games other than SFIV will actually enter SFIV cuz he knows he can piggyback on someone else who knows what they’re doing. A lot of new players don’t realize that they’ll never be on the road to becoming good if they don’t come out to the first tournament. We definitely have several new faces and it’s good to see the old faces still consistently coming, but it just makes me wonder how many other potentially solid players are out there that are just not coming. People that could really do something for the scene but are just too scared to. There’s still too many old faces and not enough new ones basically. Which some other veteran players would argue whether or not that’s a bad thing but I personally see it as just keeping the scene as niche as possible. People shouldn’t be afraid to just see how their personal skill stacks up and see it improve over time.
I mean…where is the pressure for your first tournament? You’re going to die so you might as well have a good time dying. I remember my first tournament I wanted to enter but I was just excited to finally be able to play truly competitive offline 3rd Strike with other people who knew how to play 3rd Strike. Outside of not doing well no one’s going to remember you didn’t do well but you. The consistent players are the only ones that are going to be remembered and the only way to level up is to get down and dirty with the big boys. I think there’s this stigma that non tourney players and other aspiring high level SFIV players get into. They wanna get good but they are afraid of looking “bad” at even something as simple as a local tourney. They act like someone is inviting them to play in the NFL for a day and are afraid they’ll get stomped on and the fans will boo them. The same guy who could have eventually been one of the best just sitting at home on Xbox Live cuz he’s too scared to see what’s going to happen the first time.
You can only learn to swim if you put your body in the water so what is it with people not wanting to jump into the shallow pool of a local tourney event? I can understand them not being ready quite yet for a major. Majors aren’t as big of a deal because once someone gets into the local scene majors are inevitable and majors always bring in big numbers regardless. I’m just saying…if you never play with Jibbo or JuiceBox how are you supposed to ever be good enough to beat them? Tourneys aren’t just about how well you placed it’s about a community of people getting stronger as a whole and every little bit you learn should be what allows you to beat that guy who always randoms you out on Xbox Live or that random Rog player who lives near you that you can’t deal with or whatever.
So my main question is…are you yourself a “scurred fighting game player” or know someone who is?