Hype Culture – The FGC New Game Hype Cycle

Today, a new Dragon Ball fighting game was announced/leaked. There have been multiple Dragon Ball fighting games, but none of them, to my knowledge, are quite deep and complex enough to be a truly competitive fighting game like that of Street Fighter, Tekken, etc. This one is different though. This one is going to be published by Bandai-Namco (those behind Tekken) and made by Arc System Works (those behind Guilty Gear, BlazBlue, other anime fighters). Apparently, it’s going to be a 3v3 game, not too dissimilar to the Marvel vs. Capcom series by the sounds of it. With all these things in play, it has the potential to be an amazing fighting game. Needless to say, all sorts of people in the FGC are hyped about it. One, its a Dragon Ball game and most of the FGC seems to adore that series. And two, it could be a legitimate fighting game because of the reasons described.

Me? I’m very skeptical. Not really of the game itself; I’m fairly indifferent because I’ve never watched/read anything Dragon Ball related but am kind of interested to see how it plays; but of the hype the FGC has. Now, I’ve, unfortunately, become very skeptical and doubtful of many things as life has gone on, but it’s never without some reason behind it. The reason I’m so skeptical of the FGC’s hype behind it, with so many saying they’ll make it a main game of theirs, is because I’ve seen this all before. I’m not some FGC veteran, I’ve only been around since about 2013, 2014, but it’s all vivid in my mind because this happens every time with a new big fighting game.

If you want the TL;DR version, this is how the FGC New Game Hype Cycle basically goes:

  • Initial Announcement Hype: New major game is announced or leaked. Either a new entry in a major, established series or some new(er) IP that shows promise.
    • FGC Reaction: “Looks so good!” “I’m totally gonna main X, Y, and Z!” “I can finally drop this game I claim to hate but it’s the only one I play!”
  • Release Hype: Game is released. Everyone is playing it and trying it out.
    • FGC Reaction: “Yo! Gimme that tech for Char X!” “Trying out this game on my stream, come watch!”
  • Negativity and Doubts Emerge: Within about a month or so of the game’s release and people have vaguely figured out/learned how the game is played
    • FGC Reaction: “Game is trash!” “Too focused on this aspect of FGs!” “So imbalanced…” *other various excuses* *silently drops game*
  • Back To The Status Quo: By the time EVO rolls around, some people are left, but really just the typical community of that game remains. Most if not all non-regulars will have dropped it after a year.
    • FGC Reaction: *goes back to whatever games they typically prefer*

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Reviews and You – Don’t Let Reviews Influence What You Think

So I’ve recently been watching the Netflix Iron Fist series. Prior to doing so, I heard from early critic reviews that the show is garbage. Now there is the whole “controversy” about Iron Fist being white even though the original character is white too, but I REALLY don’t want to get much into that. Regardless, there were still plenty of legitimate reviews that have no problem with that and still said it was bad. Fair enough. Needless to say, I was worried about the show, as I was really looking forward to it.

I had heard mixed things from various people on Twitter the day it came out. Some hated it, some really liked it, some were in the middle. This at least gave me some hope, but I was still very skeptical. I’ve finished it and I don’t really see where most of the negativity comes from. It’s not anything special by any means and probably the “worst” of the Marvel Netflix shows so far. But it’s decent. Good acting. Cool action (for the most part). Interesting setup. The main problem I see is some pacing and that it’s setting up a bit too much for The Defenders instead focusing on itself. There’s nothing inherently wrong with something moving slow, but in this case, it does drag on a bit and some scenes are kind of pointless. But overall, it’s decent.

Regardless, my point isn’t to review Iron Fist. I’ll do that at some other point. My point is: judge things for yourself. Basically, ignore what critics say, ignore what users say, even ignore what your friends and family say.

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