this topic came up during a discussion with me and some friends.
hes semi oldskool (been around since beginning of marvel days).
we were all sitting around and the question came up, since he’d been playing so long, what he’d be doing if he wasnt playing street fighter.
i think his answer was “either drugs or collectable card games”.
it was kinda then we realized SF offered something really unique out of all other games.
its really one of those few games that allow you to focus your mind and brings out your best effort when you try to win.
i guess that can be said about alotta things.
but the main point is, we didnt have a clue what would be a reasonable replacement for the general fighting game scene.
you cant get it anywhere else it seems.
that weird mental high when you’re trying your hardest to out think another person in real time.
so the answer just came back to “street fighter, or drugs, or both”.
as for me, i’ve been playin SF since i was 5 years old.
i had cousins that played back in the champion edition era, and it rubbed off on me.
although because of my age i sucked, and i didnt get to play the game on the true level it was meant to be played on.
i didnt really start playing competively until about 2+ years ago.
looking back, i cant even think of myself as the same person before i played competively and after.
i dont exactly know what happened, but i feel like SF has just morphed my mind.
it was a life changing experience.
i have another friend that i know feels the same way about it.
he says SF has totally changed the way he saw the world and attacked problems in life through the lessons hes learned from playing.
and hes a self proclaimed player of every genre.
puzzle, adventure, fps, mmorp, rts, he played them all and tried to judge them objectively.
outta all that SF came out on top.
so as for me iono where i’d really be without SF.
i dont think i’d be the same person really.
i’d imagine i’d be alot more boring.
i think i probably would have ended up watching way too much anime like a former friend of mine. (watching way too much anime fucks up your head from what i can see of those idiots in anime forums, losing sense of reality)
i cant imagine at all what i’d be doing as a past time though.
maybe i was just meant to find it, hell i started my childhood out with it.
i actually feel A LOT OF PITY towards people that havnt found SF. (imagine those televangelists going to some third world country and looking at the barbarian natives and saying how shitty it is that they havnt found god, something like that)
like i felt lost before and now i have something. iono
actually i still feel mostly lost, but thats a different story.
i’d especially like to hear from old players, and even top players.
i think it’d be really cool to hear why you guys are still playing after so many years.
if my suspicions about these games being somewhat special can be validated by some others.