One of the more heartwarming things I saw come out of the FGC in the past year was the Michigan Masters event that took place back in April. It was a regional event in Farmington Hills that was expanding, after a few years, to a 3-day event. While it was not without the usual trials […]Read More Loose Screws – The FGC Should Be Hostile To Shady Organizations
I think everyone who has ever been involved with the Fighting Game Community can remember their first time. No, get your head out of the gutter, I’m talking about something else! What I’m talking about is that first time that you feel, whether it’s during a late-night meal after a practice session or in a […]Read More Loose Screws – The NRS Community and Growing Pains
Before I start, I do want to give a warning that there is some pretty heinous stream chat clips that have lots of transphobia. If that’s not something you can handle today, please be aware! 2019 has barely started but the Fighting Game Community never stops rolling. Both the Dragonball FighterZ World Tour and Genesis, […]Read More Loose Screws – Rotten Twitch Chats and the FGC’s Refusal to Fight It
One of the joys of being in the Fighting Game Community is the long wait ’til December, when the Capcom Pro Tour for Street Fighter V finally concludes. The CPT is a nearly year-long odyssey for its players, who have traveled the globe and entered many tournaments in order to earn enough points to make it […]Read More Loose Screws – 3 Years Later, Street Fighter V Still Can’t Escape Its Own Shadow
A couple weeks ago, I was reading through my local FGC’s Facebook group in the aftermath of a big local event that was sponsored by the Talking Stick Resort and Casino in Scottsdale, AZ. Two non-Arizona players were in the grand finals of the Street Fighter V tournament, which sparked some discussion in the FB group […]Read More Loose Screws – Is It So Hard to Stop Being a Douche Online?
A lot of people playing fighting games for many different reasons: they may enjoy the complicated execution they require, or like the back-and-forth that can only be achieved when dancing for position, or maybe they just plain think the characters/storyline overall is cool. But to consider yourself a member of the overall fighting game community […]Read More Loose Screws – It’s Not Wrong to Question FGC Events/People
To preface this article, let me wind back the clock: it’s Devastation 2010 and I am standing in the ballroom of the Phoenix Convention Center. I’m playing casual matches of Super Street Fighter IV, long after my tournament run has ended. As I move to the peanut gallery after losing my set, I notice there is […]Read More Loose Screws – What We Keep Getting Wrong about Women in the FGC
I was browsing Twitter and I saw a long thread that was pretty eye-catching, especially as the FGC moved forward into a more corporate type of atmosphere. In the thread, HitBox Controller representative JohnXuandou argues that the reason why people get so heated and negative about people they perceive as “shills” in the FGC is […]Read More Loose Screws – Communication, Killer Instinct, and the Struggle to Fight Negativity
So the other day, as usual when I’m thinking of ideas for this blog, I began cruising general FGC Twitter accounts in the hopes of stumbling upon something that would be enough to rocket me into a writing frenzy. I was not disappointed! David “UltraDavid” Graham, one of the rare non-active competitors who acts as […]Read More Loose Screws – Why Are We So Afraid of New Blood?
Well, this was a very exciting weekend if you are a fan of fighting games. Capcom Cup 2017, the year-long culmination of all the drama and excitement from the annual Capcom Pro Tour, was held all weekend, starting with a Last Chance Qualifier on Friday and ending on Sunday with an intense, grueling final set between […]Read More Loose Screws – The Fall of NRS Locals (and why it’s bad)