When I am on SRK, other fighting game websites, or watching a stream I’ll often see comments about how a game is dead, and it has no scene.This is pretty annoying, because these comments are usually aimed at fighting games that were not developed by Capcom, but I usually write these comments off as people just trolling (Oni is banned etc.), and pay them no mind.
However, the sheer volume of these types of comments being made by both trolls and non-trolls (at least their good at not sounding like a troll) alike, made me wonder who can say if a game is dead or not? If anybody. I see people saying things like Blazblue CS2 is dead or Mortal Kombat is done for, but there are tons of people that play these games (and other fighters) together everyday, both online and offline.
Obviously if a game has no scene whatsoever than it’s pretty safe to say that it’s dead; I mean it’s pretty hard to Argue that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:Tournament Fighters is alive and well (LoL), but sometimes it’s not that easy. What about games like Super Smash Brothers that still have people that get together and play competitively every other weekend? Or even less mainstream games like Melty Blood or Arcana Heart that have scenes, albeit small ones? Or classic games like SF2 or Capcom vs SNK 2 that are still loved by many, but played by few? Do they not matter or count as alive just because they didn’t make EVO, or don’t have an SSFIV:Arcade Edition like following?
So what do you guys think makes a game dead? Do you think it’s lack of mainstream support (lack of streams, and or tournaments including said game in it’s roster of games etc.)? The inability for the game to grow and develop depth wise? Haters? Do you even think a game can die? Do you make your decisions on what fighting games you play based on what games scene seems most active? And do you think the fighting game scene as a whole can continue to grow if we show such intolerance to the games we ourselves do no not play?
P.S I apologize in advance if there is a thread like this already or I posted in the wrong place, this is my first time doing this