Demos for games are a rarity these days. It used to be that demos for games would sometimes come included with completely different games all the time. Nowadays, you’ll usually only see game demos at stores like GameStop or BestBuy that can only be played there. In the article, I’m going to talk about 3 different demos that I played and the different effects they had on me. These are the kinds of game demos that you used to see a lot, but are now more of an exception rather than a rule. The 3 in question are the Final Fantasy XV Platinum demo, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite story demo, and Danganronpa V3 demo, all of which I downloaded and played on my PS4. While the FFXV demo was over a year ago now and the MvCi and DRV3 demos were just in the past few months, the effects each has had on me are still very much clear, as I’ll try to point out. All of which will be used to point out why we maybe don’t see demos as much these days.
In the last week or so on FGC Twitter, particularly in the Street Fighter sub-community, there’s been a lot of talk about what kind of character you should pick if you’re a competitive player, especially if you’re at the highest level. Should you only pick top tier?Should you stick with what you’re comfortable with? Should you have counter picks ready? Etc. There’s been a lot of varying opinions, even among those who have the same basic ideas, but I don’t think it’s something that can be simply broken down into 140 characters per post, even on a thread of multiple tweets.
Keep in mind, I myself am NOT a competitive player. I’ve wanted to be, but just don’t have the time or motivation right now to even attempt to legitimately be one. But also keep in mind that I’m not going to be giving a definitive answer on it either. I’m going to try and look at as many aspects of this topic as possible. But, as always, take my opinions, on this especially, with a grain of salt.
NetherRealm Studios, for all its flaws, has actually been really good in supporting its dedicated competitive community. With Injustice 2 on the horizon, they announced its own competitive league/eSports thing. It’s not too dissimilar to Capcom’s Pro Tour. They already supported the community in MKX a lot with the huge pot bonuses, ESL, and I think a few other things. But this is “big time” now.