FGC Soap Opera, Episode 391
Well this was a profoundly disappointing week, but i think it’s time to move on. People known for being rude were rude, reality show nonsense happened on a reality show, boys-not-men on the internet have no manners, and modern news media gets paid to stir up controversy.
Obviously the fighting game community has some growing up to do. We ought to accept the challenge because it’s the right thing to do, not because it matters what sponsors or gaming journalists think of us. It’s fun to hear top players talking trash, but we can all tell when lines are being crossed. If you see it happening in front of you, do something about it.
Being an instigator is easy, but you get nothing out of it. Anyone can be a stream monster. Acting as the voice of reason is far more difficult, but infinitely more rewarding.
Will the entertainment district of the internet ever become politically correct? Probably not. Online forums and anonymous chatrooms are always going to stay a little sketchy, so there’s no need to champion the fighting game community’s right to be grimy.
Let’s be honest – the FGC tournament scene will probably never turn squeaky clean, so it’s important to pick your battles. Just don’t forget or ignore where the real lines are drawn and don’t be afraid to speak up if someone goes too far. That’s all anyone’s asking of us.
As a spectator, i feel bad about what happened to SuperYan specifically because she seems like a genuinely nice person who was there to play the actual game of SFxT. It was entirely unfair to make her feel so uncomfortable. That’s the whole reason there aren’t more girls in the fighting game community, which in turn is the reason they get driven out like this.
It’s a pretty messed up vicious cycle, because it’s hard for anyone to cope with that much critical attention suddenly directed toward them. I don’t know how SherryJenix has managed to handle it so well, but it would be completely unreasonable to expect such restraint from everyone who simply wants to participate in our community.
SuperYan, if you still want to get better at Street Fighter, i’m down to help. When you feel ready, record a few videos against friends and post the links here. I’ll take one match per week and give you as much constructive advice as i can. Somebody from Australia once paid me $40 for feedback on two of his matchvids, and he seemed happy with the outcome. I’m pretty sure that makes me a professional Street Fighter tutor.