I’ve been waiting for this essay by UltraDavid ever since he started mentioning it on stream.
To be totally honest; I know almost nothing about esports. I only play fighting games, and have little to no interest in other competitive games.
In short, I am ignorant.
So I find the whole esports discussion to be a bit mystifying but so, so interesting at the same time.
I watched Wednesday Nights Fights this week and saw AJ sit up there with Kelly. They were having a discussion about esports, and AJ was having the typical “the word esports is wack” discussion. She obviously was coming from some sort of role in esports, and I found it very interesting that she simply couldn’t understand why AJ would hate the word esports so much.
I was having this conversation with Spoony and Igor.
It’s like how the majority of my friends come up to me and say; “Why don’t you like… Iphones!”
It is a deep mystery to them that I do not feel the soul-consuming urge to purchase this phone. It’s an Iphone!
Just because something is overwhelmingly popular doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for the individual. Or in this case, the community.
I find it interesting that people can’t wrap their heads around that fact. I guess they’re so used to it being the establishment or the norm that it seems ridiculous to them that people would choose otherwise.
So I found Kelly’s reaction to be quite fascinating. Because it’s the reaction from the other side that I seldom see- the reaction from the esports side, being the dumb, ignorant fighting game centric player that I am.
So while I’m too ignorant to be able to pick a side yet or have an useful opinion, when I find clear headed discussion about this issue, I read it immediately because I simply want to find out more.
And you probably can’t get a better primer about the whole situation than UltraDavid’s article:
Momentum Matters: A Historical Perspective on the FGC and Esports Communities
Read it, now.
P.S. I had a slow weekend, but I did enjoy a particular scoreline on the weekend that proved my rampant pessimism over the last two weeks to be completely unwarranted.
I do NOT get the iphone either.