First of all, I have nothing against vf, tekken, ggxx, ssbm or any other fighting game. I don’t, in general, think they’re lame, masher-friendly, childish (ssbm) or in any other way neccessarily inferior or less “serious” than capcom games.
The point of this thread is: srk started out as the central website of the street fighter community. Similarly, the evo/b-series tournaments began as the largest, most signifigant annual street fighter tournies. Finally, APEX was created as the first national street fighter ranking system.
Why is it that srk’s staff has deemed it neccessarily to (beginning with last year’s evo and apex changes) start supporting virtually every other fighting game out there? Tekken, vf, ssbm, etc. each have their own, pre-existing communities (just like sf has srk.) I don’t see tekken zaibatsu, guard impact, etc. adding sf games to any of their respective tournies. As Apoc wrote (see my sig), srk has “whored” itself out to the advantage of every community except the one it is based around.
I have a hard time seeing why srk’s staff would make the decision to support these other, independent (and, more or less, thriving) communities at (arguably) the expense of it’s own. What happened to “your street fighter competitive edge?” It would essentially be the same logic if the nfl, mlb, and nhl decided to combine the super bowl, word series, and stanley cup into one big “mega-championship.” Sure, in some ways it might be kinda cool – but it would mostly be a big, over-blown, unfocused, diluted mess.
To use another example, a boxing league becoming a boxing/karate/taekwondo/wrestling/etc. mixed martial arts league is not neccessarily an improvement – it is just a change, one that fundamentally alters the nature of the organization. I know that’s not a perfect comparison, but y’all know what I’m getting at --> Evolution hasn’t “evolved” – it has become something all-together different.
"down for the cause"
P.S. I still visit srk everyday and it’s still my homepage. This isn’t meant as a personal attack on anyone, I’m not an “ungrateful scrub” and I know srk and the people behind it have done an immeasurable service to the sf community. I just wanted to voice my concern for the direction things are heading (a concern I think many others share.)