As a brit and avid FG fan, it’s really disheartening how dead the scene appears to be here. I know there’s a decent sized scene in London, but apart from that it seems there’s nothing. I’m sure there must be a bunch of isolated cases like me and my friends, where people are desperate for new competition but can’t find anyone else who feels the same way. In light of that, I’d be really interested in any attempt to promote fighters in the UK and bring together British FG players.
Has any such attempt ever been made by the scene? I’d even be interested in travelling the 4 or 5 hours to get to London if it meant a good day’s worth of SF, but it doesn’t seem like it’s particularly easy to get into that circle unless you’re already in the area. Even if that’s not the case, although it might be fun once in a while, I can’t afford to travel to London consistently (especially considering I’d probably need to go there a hell of a lot just to compete at the decent level); a more localized system of scenes is required in the UK, and I’m sure there’s others that feel the same way.
I don’t think it’s impossible to, if not resurrect the UK scene, then at least expand it a little. The state of things now will only be perpetuated, though, if the pessimistic and apathetic attitudes I see in many UK players who otherwise feel the same way I do continue (though if a real push has been made to expand the scene, and has failed, then I apologize for that statement). Anyone have any ideas on how the UK scene could be improved? I think a concerted effort by UK players to promote fighting games (to both hardcore, casual and even non-players), and to get together at locations outside of London where there are still a decent concentration of FG players could help to bring more players in and solidify the connections that currently exist.