Stop Your Bitchin’ And Unfounded Complaints!
- December 2nd, 2011
- By OnesOwnGrief
I’m aware that everyone may have figured this would be from Mog but majority of us here at The Mog Blog invest a good deal of time with our competitive fighting games. Some of us more so than most. The issue that is starting to come up now seems to stem mostly from Capcom’s latest releases of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Street Fighter x Tekken. In the sense that this is all business, someone is going to find a problem with something.
In the case of UMvC3, I have personally been on the fence about this one for the longest time but took a stance on the issue I had with the game and has since stuck with it. One of the first things you heard about the game was about how fast that the game was being releases from the previous iteration. I mean, the announcement came less than 6 months after the game was released and there wasn’t much we could do about it. I can feel sympathetic towards those that felt as if they were being ripped off because I was also one of those people. There are other various reasons such as balance changes, the non-involvement of Mega Man, and just the overall brokenness of the game.
There’s also the stuff with Street Fighter x Tekken. When the game was first introduced, I was very pleased at the announcement and was hype for this. I enjoy Street Fighter for the most part even though there are quite a few things about Arcade Edition that I don’t like. I don’t always play Tekken, but when I do I play Lili and she was announced as part of the game so I was excited. Even the mere fact that I bothered state that I was happy my character was announced is prone to incite some animosity for the most part. Why you ask? People will cause a right and complain when there isn’t a character in the game they don’t play with. Honestly speaking, you know how robust both the Street Fighter and Tekken rosters are, why even bother with this when you know its not even going to be possible to include everyone?
It’s not just a matter of characters either, not when you have other issues people are raising with the game. Since the announcement of the Pandora system, there has been more and more negative about this game. “Pandora is X-Factor, blah blah blah etc.” Seriously, its a damn mechanic in a new game? I can see if this was Street Fighter 4 and they decided to add this to that game after we’ve already sat through 4 iterations of the same title but we are not. SFxTK is a game with its own identity to build and not just another rehash of what we have already been playing for the last 3+ years. The same thing happened with BlazBlue to a degree because it wasn’t Guilty Gear. If you want Guilty Gear, why not just play Guilty Gear dammit? Don’t sit here and bitch about that a new game is not going to be what you’re used to.
Hell, it didn’t even end there for SFxTK, for as much that is going into this game, with a robust set of online options and features, the straw that probably broke the camels back may have just been the Gem System. The whole purpose of the gem system is to further customize your character to your playstyle. You have those who are very comfortable with rushdown and can use gems to either bolster their playstyle or cover their weaknesses which may be defense. I personally don’t see a problem with this though I may not be fond of the prospect myself. Even if Gems are mandatory, shut up, nut up, and use them bitches. Who is going to fault you for using an intended mechanic in a game for winning a fight? If in Basketball, if they said they you were given a free personal foul, how many players do you think would plan to actually use it? I’m sure everyone would because it would be a legitimate method to winning a competition.
Even in other games, you hear all sorts of things from the folly that King of Fighters XII, to how bad the balance is in things like Mortal Kombat. Seriously, who are we to even complain about game balance? I understand that some things may be just a bit much like how easy the twins were to use in SSF4:AE, but for the most part, each character has tools, some more so than others and its your goal to use those tools to win. You’re making a conscious decision to play this character with the disadvantages that you so frequently complain about. Hell, I play Vega for christ sake, he was near the bottom if not the bottom of tier list for SF4 and you know what, I loved every minute of it and every win I gained using the character because it was the character I want to use. Doesn’t mean that I want just up and make my character the best character in the game, that would be favoritism and not really caring to the intent in the first place, to have fun playing the damn game. If its fun for me, then its fun for me. Not saying it has to be for you but if it isn’t, why the hell are you even playing.
Speaking on my own decisions, I find Virtua Fighter to be one of the best, if not the best fighting game (series) I have ever touched. Why? Because I like most of the stuff that is presented to me. The depth of each character, the technical know-how to actually get better at the game, and the overall quality of the series since Virtua Fighter 4. Hell, the customization options that were present before being added to Tekken (yes that’s right people, Tekken wasn’t first) were a nice addition because it allowed me to personalize my fighter. None of these cosmetic changes influenced battle either. So many people would argue with me over this and its okay. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and in the end, I give not a damn about your opinion because its not going to influence my decision on what I like. Its all subjective to whoever ever is having the experience. Most people aren’t even aware what that even means. To put it simply, I like what I like and I dislike what I dislike. What you have to say has nothing to do with my own experience with the game.
Even with UMvC3, I decided to not purchase the game and some people seemed to dislike that. I didn’t care much for MvC3 but I still played it. I ended up liking characters that others thought were stale. She-Hulk will always be my girl and I will forever trust in the power of the finger lasers. However that isn’t enough to make me buy another version of said game. I never was able to take that game seriously and to me it has always been classified as a party game. Same as I classify Brawl. Its not a game I’d play by myself or much at all when I’m not with a group of people. Game got a platinumed, ended up in the case, and eventually given away. Does this make me a bad player or just a person who someone who knows what they like? There’s no point sitting here and bitching about it. No point in me saying its not a fun game because its just not fun for me.
If I honestly don’t like what I’m seeing after a purchase, I stop playing. If I don’t like the stuff that’s announced, why buy it anyway? One thing that bugs me the most is this so called “community” everyone wants to throw out there. Hell, who are the community? Isn’t the community the people that play those games? Isn’t the goal to bring people over to that community? Then why so much hate over something clearly not made for you. Final Fantasy XIII was clearly not a game made for me but people like it. I can state all day as to why the game was bad but others could give the same points as to why they liked it. Its all subjective. People who state that they dislike said game will probably still end up buying it after all that is said. Why? Because of stupid reasons. There’s a fuckton of games released every year. Why are you not playing something else instead of complaining all the time?
MvC3 for me has come and gone. Know what I’m doing in the process? Shouting at Dragons in Skyrim. That is a game aligned with my taste, I don’t have time to sit here complain and play the same game I’m complaining about when there’s so much more out there being offered. Nobody said I had to stick to fighting games or a specific series of games, its my choice. If I wanted to sit here and play My Little Pony over something like Assassin’s Creed, then by god i’ll play My Little Pony. Nobody is holding a gun to my head stating that I have to play the other or I’m going to die. What is there to stop you from playing something else or from just playing something that you already like? If you’re going to sit here and complain about stuff all day, do something that is a legitimate issue like that bugs in the game that aren’t intended or netcode issues in your fighters. Things that actually matter in playing the game that could cripple the intended purpose of having fun. Those are a lot more helpful than complaining about features for a game you haven’t even set down and played yourself to see if the feature is going to upsets the way you play. If it does, then trade that shit in. Rent the game to test it out. Theirs Redbox, Gamefly, Blockbuster, you have plenty of options, use them.
This article may have fighters in mind but it extends to all genres.