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Zaid "The RedRapper" Tabani has created another amazing video showcasing the growth of the fighting game community. A bunch of top players are featured in the video such as Justin Wong, Mike Ross, Alex Valle, Dustin Delmer, Andy Huynh, Marn and many more.

Zaid focuses on how Sponsors have been coming into the scene and what they are doing to help us out. Some good some bad but the main point is that they are not changing who we are as a player.



A New Kind of Blues: A Reflection on the Future of the Fighting Game Community from Zaid Tabani on Vimeo.


Reader Comments (14)

That guy from GLHF is an idiot.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterQWERTY

niiicely put together, loved it.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTarkus

when i clicked on play i saw 25 mins i said aaaarghh(lazy noise) but when it ended i was ready to play it again. Awesome vid

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter2L8

This is a very well done interview, we can see the time,effort,thoughts put into this. I admire everyone who was involve in the project in this video. 10/10 Props to the redrapper and every fighting game community out there.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Really good stuff, very informative and interesting.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDodge Stratus

You know, Justin's comparison to wrestling is not exactly on the money, but for the fighting game community, it's still a damn good comparison.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHatman

I think what Justin was trying to say is people watch streams whether they own the game or not, simply for entertainment just like wrestling.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKenta

The video was edited sloppily, real talk. Like at 13:30, you can see two the b-roll lazily layered on the timeline. Jeez, for someone who takes a lot of pride in their edits, Zaid sure can't edit well.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Whether a player is sponsored and doesn't have to worry about gas money or hotels or isn't sponsored and spends most of his time outside of work in the lab perfecting his craft, at the end of the day only one thing matters: victory. How players go about achieving that in terms of regions and overall proficiency has changed drastically in the last few years, not to mention the last two decades.

Gaming sponsorship got big because advertisers offered to finance expert players in return for patronization of products and services. Watch professional StarCraft 2 players who are sponsored; they're jackets covered in company logos in the same way as professional racers. Fighting game players are the same, although the most a fighting game player has to wear is a t-shirt with one company logo on it. In a way, sponsorship is a method of selling oneself to bring recognition to a brand in exchange for hotel accommodations and travel expenses (with additional contractual obligations). It's too simplistic to think of sponsorships as only a means of getting from A to B in order to play X, Y, and Z; it's a contract with stipulations and conditions and complications as any other.

Change is the only constant in the universe. Absolutely nothing stays the same forever. Sponsorships do change players. How long ago was it that Justin Wong and others were asking for donations to travel to tournaments? A year and a half ago? He doesn't have to do that anymore. Players have been laid off or quit their day jobs to play games full time in preparation for upcoming tournaments, or now consider organizing tournaments and streams as their new full-time job.

The scary thought is what happens when fighting games are no longer in vogue? All trends are cyclic; they come and they go, rise and fall over time. What will happen if/when the popularity of fighting games decreases? What will happen to sponsorships for games that few people care about? What if in the future the big money is in competitive Tetris? What will happen when the old generation of players retire to start families, pursue other interests, etc., leaving a new generation raised on streams and console tournaments to pick up the flag and carry it across a terrain we don't even see yet?

On the opposite side of the coin; what if streams being appearing on cable TV and vanish from the internet? What if the only players in tournaments are sponsored players? What happens when the skill gap between sponsored players practicing full time and non-sponsored part time players widens so much that the part time players lose interest in games and move on to other things? Will the professional players of today will be playing video games into their 40s (ten more years!), 50s, and 60s (what kind of retirement plan does Evil Geniuses have)?

The professionalization of competitive games has many pitfalls; the scene can get too big or too small. What if things are just fine as they are now?

tl;dr version: No one really cares how you got to the tournament, what you did before, and what you'll do after. What everyone cares about is if you win or not. This episode brought to you by the number 5 and the letter DRUNK.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiga-Oh

That was a lot better then I thought it was going to be. Really explains the community and takes it time to show you sides most people (like me) didn't know about. I hope a lot of people watch this.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFuriousGeorge86

more documentaries on man-childs playing video games

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShitStainShorts

That was another great doc from RedRapper. It really showed what the community is about. I get so hyped when I see mini-docs like this and it makes me want to play even more than before. 18 days to AE

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCLC Akira

@Kenta - Yah, I get the entertainment value, but I was mostly thinking more on the whole "larger than life" personalities, and the whole direct confrontation via money matches, grudge matches, etc. It's the kind of stuff that people expect out of wrestling. That's where I find he has the comparison down.

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHatman

this was well produced.

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterby odins beer!
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