Good morning, darling friends of Destructoid, and welcome to Whatcha Been Playing? As always, I hope that the week has been kind to you and yours, and that the weekend brings with it the promise of good rest, good times, and good weather. It is the weekend, Evo weekend at that, and I’ll be sure to stay semi-tuned into the goings-on in Las Vegas.
New fighting game reveals! What are we going to get? Who are we going to see join the Street Fighter 6 roster? What does Season 2 have in store for Guilty Gear Strive? and are Mileena and Mokap destined to join the roster of MultiVersus? All* of these questions will be answered over the coming 48 hours, spotlit alongside hundreds of digital smackdowns and more than a few instances of “Ok… And now we’re ready to… Are we?.. Ok… Ok… Now… so we’re going to take a break right now, guys.”
Yup, Evo is back, baby.
As VS Fighting X bears down on me, I remain deep in training. Oh, not with video games, that’s a lost cause, friend. I’m in deep psychological training for a weekend of being in an exhibition center filled with screaming fighting game players — essentially my first “en masse” gathering since February 2020. It’s going to be so loud, and my anxiety will absolutely be triggered by the experience. But, I’m determined to face the crowd, see some friends, play some games, and drown in pools.
I will, of course, be doing my very best to follow all social distancing protocols. I’m stocked up on quality masks, the venue is large and open-plan, I won’t be shaking hands or sharing controllers, and will be spending more than my fair share of time outdoors. I ain’t caught COVID yet and I’m not about to start now. But I have to brave the great outdoors sometime. This pandemic isn’t going away anytime soon, and I’m missing out on the twilight years of my knees. I’ll be ok. But, hoo boy, it’s going to be weeeeird.
Oh… I’ve also been playing Sifu, freshly inspired by these delightful fighting game mods.
But that’s enough about me and my humidity. It’s time for you to grasp the mic. Often imitated, never duplicated, Whatcha Been Playing? has become something of a weekly highlight for myself and, I hope, for many of you. I always enjoy reading about the general weekly discourse that has been haunting your social hours. And the rest of the community enjoys hearing about it too. So, whether it’s your first time here, or your 200th, my sincere thanks for taking time out of your weekend to stop in. Here’s to you and here’s to your Saturday. I hope that it’s a wicked one.
Have a wonderful weekend, from all of us at Destructoid.