Recent reality show/stream events have showcased some heated opinions as to how the FGC should conduct itself best.
I sincerely very much care about this community and it’s people. Outside of my professional and family life, this is where I like to spend my time. I have many hobbies and interest but the FGC has been ( and ALWAYS will be) a passion and a favorite endeavor in my life.
Do we make the FGC open to everyone ( friendly and PC ) or should we make an effort to ( basically ) perpetuate the arcade environment of old whereby you first establish yourself as a regular ( and pay your dues ) before gaining any sort of acceptance?
Hmmm? I’m from the old school of anytime your the new guy you don’t speak until spoken to. Show respect, attentiveness, and you better work hard if you want anyone “here” to trust you. ( This is our house and we may just kick you the fuck out if we don’t like you. )
That attitude has served me well.
The Fighting Game Community is going through “growing pains.” We want to expand the scene but struggle just a bit with maintaining it’s traditions and representing it’s people.
( I say traditions because the arcade was/is an actual enviroment that has since morphed into these little/big competitive gatherings all over the planet. With these meetings there are certain social protocols so yeah I say traditions )
Ahhhh it’s people. Team Tekken’s Captain on the recent stream of controversy was not and is not a trained public speaker or actor. While that is NO EXCUSE for his fucked up behavior it does offer an explanation.
If you walk up to ANY random person on the street and start asking questions about anything who knows what they are going to do or say? Some people may be eloquent and well groomed ( like a couple of FGC reps who run their own regular show and it’s offshoots and products) or some may be socially inept animals.
My point being is that while it’s a challenge to polish a turd ( Mythbusters did it ) most people will just keep their turds to themselves behind closed doors. We on the other hand are now oftentimes showcasing our turds and giving people an opportunity to get into our “shit.”
Well… there is the reason that “Reality TV” sells. Does it create true growth though? Will “The Jersey Shore” be able to sustain itself indefinitely? Will we be watching those folks when they are in ther 70’s completely enthralled by their sexy senior antics? Possibly, I guess. It is more likely though that the show’s formula morphs and changes into something that proves to be continually marketable.
So what about us. What about the FGC?
Well the worldwide restaurant chain McDonalds is very welcoming. They are huge. Their business model allows for growth and sustenance. They profit.
The Nazi political party while motivated did not fare so well. They are the opposite of an open business model. Their very nature keeps them under a constant unyielding stream of hate from the rest of us on this world.
I personally would like to see the FGC follow an “Open, and Welcoming business plan.” No matter how ridiculously PC. ( Sometimes we all have to do things at work that are not the most fun but it does pay the bills. ) The idea of creating more jobs and income out of the FGC is something that I can very much support.
Bullshitting and shit talking in general will always have it’s place among friends just as it should.
But when it’s time to go to work and make that money?..
We apply strategy to kick ass in game and I think we should do the same in our Fighting Game Community’s presentation. Win/win.
What do you think?