I thought it might be better to try things from the other end, and instead of analysing why fighting games are becoming less popular, rather analyse why FPS’s are so popular. This is being written with someone with a casual knowledge of the FPS genre, so if there is anything wrong in this post I would appreciate it if you could correct me. If anyone can think of anything else, by all means post.
o . They feature graphic violence - More than the simple pop of the baddies of the old days, defeating the enemies usually results in an exploding head with plenty of gore, or exploding bodies with plenty of entrails, or both. This adds to the ‘cool’ factor of the game.
o . The participants are soldiers, vigilantes, cyber criminals, psychos, often carrying the latest in killing technology, guns, knives, laser swords, photon cannons etc etc, everything you need to kill the opponent. ‘cool’ factor. (When Street Fighter was popular martial arts was ‘in’ bloodsport etc. Nowadays is not the case)
o . The games require the latest in cutting edge technology, in essence the FPS market drives the video card market. And therefore having the latest FPS means you must have the latest video card. l337n355 factor, for the graphics card whores out there.
o . FPS games already intergrate learned motor behaviours used with mouse and keyboard. Skills which most children nowadays pick up early on.
o . Most Popular FPS games are played on the home PC, making it convienent to play at any time at home.
o . Team Competition allows you to be ‘carried’ by the more skilled team members, possibly giving you a better chance to improve.
o . Competition in FPS games can be found at any time at home, in front of your own PC by accessing the internet, with a variety of teams to suit your particular skill level at the time.
o . Internet play is more viable due to latency being less of a problem in FPS than in other types of game.
o . If you start losing, most of the time you can cheat.
o . If you die, there are no lost lives/money some games allow you to respawn immediately.
o . Unless playing in a LAN environment, anonymity is assured.