...And Why I think Nintendo Does them Right...as told by a hyperactive waffle sundae eating Gardevoir who's basically me. And yes, :iconG-5000Gunshot:, I know I told you like, last night that Rosie's really good at fighting games. That means she can beat me. My Togepi plushie can beat me at fighting games. That's kinda the point here. Anyway, this was on Rosie's tumblr, soooo...
So yeah, fightin’ games. They’re cool. I used to play them a lot more when I was younger. It was a lotta Mortal Kombat Deception, Soulcalibur 2, Street Fighter 4, Melee, and arcade fighters I can’t even remember. Was I ever good at them? Well, Melee is different from the others, but I was never good at regular fightin’ games. Ever. Period. or Melee. i mean, I guess I can hold off peeps in Smash or regular fightin’ games, but no, I suck.
But when yer younger, and before online was a thing, and before ya realize everyone judges ya (Steve’s words), ya don’t care how good ya are, and also, ya may have brothers, sisters (if they play with ya), friends who can come around and play with ya. And I remember playing all those games (except Street Fighter) with friends and family alike at parties, get togethers, weekends, after homework, yeah. And when I got to Soulcalibur 4, Mortal Kombat games with Online, and Street Fighter, it happened: I found out just how bad I am at these games.
I’m atrocious! And I would get humilaited time after time! I mean, maybe I should have spent more time learnin’ the meta, after all, there is stuff online there. But at the end of the day, I (or Steve, rather, but technically I too) have to come to grips with the fact that my hands aren’t really that good. I don’t have the reaction time (Steve doesn’t) to play fighting games well, and I doubt I ever will. So while I am good at learnin’ metas (I kinda know Pokemon, Destiny, and others) I dunno how much learnin’ a meta will do. Techniques maybe.
The worst part is the communities I think. I know this is pretty standard stuff among all competitive gamin’ communities, but fightin’ game communities especially are toxic, in my experience, among them Smash’s (bring back Mewtwo! Great, he’s back, let’s go back to Melee anyway, because 4 is shit because we can’t abuse glitches), so I didn’t take losin’ well. I would take losin’ pretty damn nicely if I, ya know, wasn’t bein’ ridiculed or judged fer it. And ya know, in the beginnin’ it was nice. It was like, “oh, hey, that Mermaidman Soulcalibur character is amazin’!” (yes, I did that because Nightmare’s joke weapon is a Squidward). But then it became toxic fast. I just…gave up. I got MK9, and X, and while I enjoyed them, I…couldn’t bring myself to play them online. I was too ashamed at my inability to, in elitist talk..git gud, scrub.
I feel fightin’ games have a ridiculous learnin’ curve. And maybe it’s necessary fer the game, maybe it’s not, but I’m learnin’ that they’re not my type of game. A week or two ago, I posted something about how I actually have an issue with playin’ a single game long term. I can play a story campaign of a really good RPG like Dark Souls or Dragon Age or an open world like Breath of the Wild (but not Skyrim in its overratedness) fer a month or 2, but most games, especially PvP focused multiplayer games, last only a week or two fer me. The main exception to this rule has been the endless social loot crawl that is Destiny, with its constant updates and friends comin’ on fer fun, but to be fair, that game is basically poker night/bowlin’ night. I don’t have the dedication to play a game fer months on end. So I can’t play Injustice 2 fer 6 months to learn how to play Scarecrow, I’m sorry.
But that’s where Nintendo kinda comes in on multiple fronts. Nintendo has three fighter franchises. They have Smash (which is their big one), Pokken, and now, ARMS. Smash, while I did mention has a toxic community, separates its online into For Fun and Glory, so if yer a “Filthy Casual” like me (heh! Wants to dedicate a career to makin’ games, doesn’t do a thing but game, but is still a casual), ya can play with others who don’t wanna mess with the competitive crowd. Besides, most of the super elitsists seem to be on Melee anywho. Pokken I know less about the online, but DAMN is it fun! I hope they have a switch port, ya can play as ME! BLAZIKEN! (No, really, add a lotta teleports and more flow and ya got me!) It’s the most fun I’ve had in a fighter since Melee. And then ARMS comes out in June! I’m actually really hyped after today! They have quite a few off and online modes. i was hopin’ fer a bigger story mode, but the Space Jam, Volley Ball, the Targets, the 100 mode, wow! They also have a similar system to the For Fun/For Glory to Smash. And yeah. Smash and ARMS are both elegant games: the best kind, simple to learn, hard to master. love it! I would say Pokken is more complex, but I definitely wouldn’t say it’s as intricate as say, most traditional fighters. The switch between Field and Duel can be tricky at first, but that’s about it. The Duel Phase is about as good at a 2D fighter as I’ll get as well.
So yeah, I love what Nintendo is doin’. I dunno if other fighters necessarily split the ranked matches this way, because…Nintendo fighters have items and arenas with hazards, but ya can still be salty and an asshole in those arenas. I usually mute the mic if I go online, even in like, Overwatch, because I’m so scared of judgment (Steve again). I’d rather lose and not hear it, than win and be judged fer not helpin’ if I didn’t. So yeah, easier learnin’ curve, friendlier online lobbies, good job there. I wish I could get into Injustice 2, i really do, but I’ve given up completely on traditional 2D fighters. I am so atrocious at them that no matter what I do, I will just…sigh…