My view on this, is that EVO is the mother of all Street Fighter tournaments (outside of Japan, respectively) to attend if you want to claim some stakes. Correct me if I’m wrong, but if you win said game at EVO, you can claim to be the best in the United States right? (and if you win MvC2, you can claim to be the best in the world :lol:, go USA ) Sorry. My point is, I thought EVO was a Street Fighter tournament, not a gathering or convention. From my understanding, EVO/B series (B4/B5) was a place where hearts were broken, and champions were made.
I forget which trailer, but it’s the one where (Tragic?/Mr.Wizard?) is calling off names. Eventually, they get to Valle and he’s talking. “I’m the best. I know I’m going to win. I’m GOING TO BEAT YOU!.” That seemed a little serious. In my mind, it set the tone I would come to expect if I ever went to EVO. Which is that of a Street Fighter competition, that separates the men from the boys. You play hard, or get played hard. (cheezy, I know) You WIN or you WIN. There is no other option. (you guys know what I’m saying.) My point is, so what happened? Where did Soul Calibur, TTT, T4, and GGXX and such roll into this. Now, let me start off by saying, I don’t mind. They are good games. But I feel they were kind of the “gateway drugs” to the tarnishing of EVO. Let me make this perfectly clear for fanboys before they soak their tampons. I started off with games, by playing TTT. SaBrE can attest to that 150%. I was a die hard TTT fan. I used to think Street Fighter was stupid, and couldn’t understand why people played it. :lol: These are all good games, but I feel like by adding them, it led to an “open” feeling about EVO. Which in turn, led to Smash Brothers Melee being added the next year. Once again for the fanboys. SC2, GGXX, T4, TTT, VF4 good games, good for EVO. SBM, Bad!
Honestly, I have never played SBM. (Yes, I’m coming down on SBM as part of EVO based on ignorance.) SBM may have “depth” and “strategy” but it’s not a serious fighter. B4/B5 and earlier EVO’s were all about serious fighters. So I’m lost as to what EVO is really about now with the addition of that game.
Arcade vs Console:
I see alot of people putting sole blame on the Canons. Ironically, some of these same people expect the Canons to do so much, while they themselves do so little. Keep in mind, the Canons lose money on EVO. Not to mention, time. Yet, most people complaining can’t even contribute $2 a month to a site, they visit almost daily. (such as myself ) So much is expected from the Canons, and they’ve come through year after year. They owe us nothing. If you want to be technical, we owe them in a way. Let’s face it. No matter how much we argue and complain, EVO will be console. With all the Canons have done for us, I think we should just go with it this year. But in the mean time, both sides need to come together and cooperate.(obviously easier said than done) I don’t care what it takes. Fundraisers, donations, whatever. But EVO 2k5 has to be back on Arcade, no matter what. I think this will bring back some spirit to EVO. Yeah, there will be some waiting around, but that’s what EVO is about right? The mental toughness, the waiting, the anxiety of that next match. It’s a fucking major tournament people, what do you expect? A breeze though to the finals. In a sense, with Japans best being here, it’s a WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP tournament people. Don’t come if you are expecting some walk in the park with juice and cookies. You want a “fierce and fabulous time,” then stay home with your friends, and play your dreamcast till your heart explodes. Don’t get me wrong, EVO is a fun event. Go to EVO expecting to have fun. But don’t forget, EVO(b4/b5) was here for tournament reasons first. It’s now evolved to a world tournament. I think some fo the core fundamentals have been lost. Adding SBM and going to console in my opinion, are going int the wrong direction. Hopefully, we can bet back on track EVO2k5. Cooperation is the key.