I am the Everyday Legend, and I am a male, 30-year old, Florida native and videogame fan of the most epicurean order. I'm also the father of a very precocious two-year-old.
I got into gaming when I was 5, and my Aunt and Uncle had an NES that they had bought because they thought it was the coolest thing ever. As a matter of fact, they weren't too far off of the mark. I was introduced to Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt (naturally), and soon followed up with the very first Zelda. I remember the very first game I beat by myself - Megaman 2, in 1989. I was six at the time.
Shortly after that, I played Street Fighter II for the first time in a local skating rink and was hooked. Bad. Like, smack-habit bad.
I remember playing against the college kids that would come in there to hang out and chill - there was a lounge connected to the place that you had to be 18 to get in - and a lot of these guys used to come in and spend a ton of time and money on playing SFII. I learned how to play from these guys, and within a year, I had become just as good as they were. I was hanging out with people almost twice my age, and conversing with them on their level about a mutual passion - and that's where I've been ever since.
Videogames don't make up my entire life: I cook, I write, I sing, I have a full-time job and am still attending college for a degree in Computer Science. Nothing beats a good trip to a good bar where they serve good beer and have a good selection of good tunes. Also, chilled Junmai Ginjo (unfiltered) sake is the nectar of the gods, in case you weren't aware. Of course, those trips are very rare these days, because there is always another diaper to change, and leaving your kid at home in the crib is never an option if you want to be able to look at yourself in the mirror.
Oh, and I really, really love sushi. I can put away amounts of that stuff that some may label as borderline genocidal.
I understand that there are paradigm shifts occurring in the videogame industry at large.
I understand that change is usually a good, if not a great thing.
I understand that people at large will most likely blindly choose convenience over sense when offered both.
I understand most of all that people are the most fickle things on this Earth, especially when it comes down to what it is that the individual person wants. I don't know if it's the way that kids have been raised, or whether it's just a horribly skewed world view permeating every single corner I see these days, but the "I want it this way, I want it my way, and I want it now" attitude has got to stop. I understand that better than most, it seems.
What I don't understand is how the Street Fighter community is divided into two camps when the subject of SUPER is brought up. You see, Capcom is doing us, the players, something called a favor. They've responded to the overwhelming turnout of SF fans (and fighting game fans in general) by giving us (GASP!) what we wanted. New characters, both original and returning. New stages. BONUS stages. New modes. Watchable replays. Tournament modes. The whole fucking lot.
The division occurs when the subject of "downloadable content" is brought up.
As in, "Capcom should have just made this DLC," "No DLC=FAIL" and treating the game with an attitude that smacks of "this is a ripoff" statements and other rampant jackassery. To these people, I have a high degree of contempt reserved just for their ilk - it's a fairly polarizing viewpoint, to be sure, and it goes a little something like this:
You stupid, spoiled children. Get over it and grow the fuck up already. Do you think, for one fucking sterling-silver minute, that the amount of content that they are WORKING on would fit the rules of anything resembling normalcy in terms of DLC? Do you want 4 GB of DLC, what with new opening and ending movies, music and probably everything fucking else that they're just crafting away on so you can get a better taste of your favorite jam come back to life at long last? Or would you rather have all of that on a simple to purchase disc, one priced twenty dollars less than the current bare-bones (by comparison) version that currently exists on your shelf? Tell me, then, does it make good business sense to price any singular form of downloadable content at the equivalent of $40 in moon banana coinage, where that alone would assuredly dwarf everything ever released as far as the simple pricing of said downloadable content goes, making it seem as it were a giant among mice? Or, does it make better sense to release it in full retail view clearly marked $20 cheaper in real, physical scrip to make it look like Capcom might actually be doing the world a....what's that term again, let me think about it....oh, yeah, that's it - A FUCKING FAVOR!?
Here's a tip to all of those who think they're getting ripped off: shut the fuck up. You're lucky, we're lucky, and to that end, the whole goddamn world is pretty fucking lucky to see Street Fighter reborn. Act like an adult, act like you know better, take what you've been given and smile, and act like you have some fucking manners for these people. It doesn't matter whether you don't like the box that the gift comes in, you know? What matters is the gift. Do you really think that a girl will give two shits about finding a 2-carat diamond ring inside a makeshift box made from a Mickey D's fry container? Could she possibly refuse the gift because it wasn't packaged how she wanted it to be, damn the cost of the precious contents? Well, sure, I guess she could...
...but that would make her a huge fucking bitch, now wouldn't it? AMIRITE!?
It's like you want Capcom to fully open the doors to nickel-and-dime tactics via DLC. At least they spared you that much, as all of this awesomesauce content would probably cost you $60 via DLC, and then nothing would separate them from the likes of Scamco Ban-DIE. Would you rather have it that way? I'm sure it could be arranged, but I think instead, they've decided to do us a...oh, hell, what was it...of course, A FUCKING FAVOR!
Goddamn, you whiny little pissants make me want to fucking puke sometimes. Just be glad that they gave enough of a flying fuck about you and the game you like to play to make an expansion in the fucking first place, like the rest of us well-adjusted adults are. Don't make me tell you twice.