I recently saw the video from Maximilian on New Players in the Fighting Game Community (FGC) and wanted to share some thoughts on the video. Although it was pretty wordy, I think what Maximilian expressed was pretty fresh and totally understandable.
To give you a summary of what he talked about on the video, He responded to a pretty trollish message he received on XBL about what he does in the FGC. It basically stated that Maximilian is making a bad name for the FGC (hence the title of video) and that he is sort of producing “scrubs” like some type of factory based on what he does in the FGC. In addition to that, he is not being “harsh” enough when giving tips through what he does to give the people he brings into the community “the realities of fighting games”.
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Maximilian didn’t respond to that message directly with the recipient, but talked about the overall discussion through his mass communication channel instead. He wanted to address the mentality of the FGC from it’s roots, how he is taking a different approach today without trying to change that history or culture and how he is simply trying to alter how people get into fighting games. Why? Because in his opinion, it’s hard for new people who were not exposed to the roots of the FGC to actually get into fighting games. He expresses new players don’t exactly understand that mentality and he is trying to basically offer a substitute to how players get into a scene when the previous (i.e.: arcade scene) is not there. How does he do that? Through addressing the people who are having issues, having problems and try to make it easier on them. Through that process, players will actually care about the game.
Obviously Maximilian is doing something right by his own goals. He is pulling new people into the community through his content. The resource he offers is helping people make that transition or at least keeping them sticky to the fighting games. Something that’s not easily done nor something that all people easily accept judging by the concern Maximilian has in this video. But, you can’t please everyone.
Looking at the comment at hand. Maximilian attaches the message to the old ways of the FGC in his video. Something that I think was pretty dead on the reasoning why this anonymous player decided to plague Maximilian with his own personal opinion. The roots were not kind to new players. You had to work for everything you got. Getting that knowledge was through trials by fire, not from some Youtube video where it was spoon-fed to you by someone else. In result, you are actually not helping the community, but hurting it by teaching these grasshoppers that you don’t need to work the same way these old-school players did, but take an entirely different–yet easy–path to victory. Thus, you’re just producing scrubs, new players who are not equip with the knowledge of the old ways to survive in the community and will dramatically change the face of the community into something that I can only assume is bad.
So, what are my thoughts? Well, I understand both sides of the coin. However, if I had to pick a side, then I would side more on what Maximilian expressed. What was relevant then, was relevant then. What is relevant now, is relevant now. Communities change all the time and this is just one way the community surrounding fighting games is changing. Information is easily accessible on the game. It wasn’t back then, but that was then. We are in the now, and pretty much everyone competitive or not is accessing that information either through what Maximilian is doing or through other sources. I would almost bet my life that the anonymous guy on XBL who sent this message has also accessed that information too.
Let’s face it, the arcade scene is all but dead. The attitude is not as dead though. I don’t think Maximilian is arguing or trying to change everything that makes that attitude relevant today. He is simply trying to express that new players might not relate to that attitude when jumping into the scene, especially the part that addresses how you access that information to become a better player. Overall, you can’t simply be good from watching YouTube videos or being babied into the scene. Execution is still a big part of what you consume from either being apart of the older scene or being apart of the newer scene. Otherwise, I would have won EVO a long time ago because I watch a shit load of good players doing great things all the time, YouTube or Arcade.
To end, new players still have to go through the same trials by fire as everyone else. Maximilian is just helping get to that starting point. From there, they are on their own to be slaughtered by the wolves. It won’t be pretty, but new fish is a really good thing for the community. If there was not a constant stream of new fish, then eventually the ocean will die. Someone has to help spawn the upcoming EVO champions of the world, why not this guy? What is so bad about that? Players are content and that content is what is going to keep fighting games relevant to now. If you think otherwise, then you need to check yourself.