Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Don't Want To Fight That Feline

Image from www.siliconera.com

Many people have been crying over split milk (Because cats like milk??? I'm trying!) after a new character for the upcoming Tekken 7 was revealed: Lucky Chloe. On this NeoGAF thread, many people aired their grievances because the Japanese design was "generic" and too crazy. 

Yes, a girl dressed up as a cat is too crazy for a series that had a bear propose to a panda and a guy with a mouth on his stomach.

Image from slice.seriouseats.com. Why?
Still, I'm all for crazy and outlandish chracters: but that's not the point of this article. That was just a segue to a much bigger news story: fighting games are coming back as the big boys.

Let me get this straight: fighting games have never (And probably will never) been a small genre, especially in the East. Still, lately third-person RPGs and first person shooters are the "big" genres in video games, the ones that ever non-gamer imagines when "video games" pop into their head. 

Recently, fighting games have been in the news a lot: the Street Fighter V leak garnered huge amounts of attention and became the main event along with an Uncharted 4 trailer at Playstation Experience. The announcemnt that it would be a PS4 exclusive lead many people to ask Xbox head Phil Spencer how they would compensate for the lack of Street Fighter V. The game has even enabled cross-platform play between PC and PS4, which is a feature that hasn't even been utilised in the next generation yet. Fighting games are picking up more steam, and are becoming one of the biggest genres in gaming again, especially in the West, a market that hasn't been the easiest to break into for fighting games.

All of that comes back around to the seemingly innocent headline and story that this article started with: hundreds, if not thousands of people having strong opinions on such a small thing as character design. It may seem insignificant, but with Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat X and many Dragon Ball games coming out next year, fighting games might just become more popular, more innovative, and more important in the gaming industry.

What do you guys think? Am I right? Tell us in the comments below!

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