Capcom: Did they win back fans?

They might have.

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Unless you are living under a rock, over the weekend, Capcom had some huge announcements at 2017 Capcom Cup. What we received from Capcom was not only a great event with the Top-8 players in the world but Capcom revealed a ton of big news. There were three announcements that can possibly win back the fanbase who may have not been on board before and maybe Capcom has learned from past mistakes.

For starters, I will get this one out of the way; Sakura, a character that was highly anticipated to get a reveal and a trailer at Capcom Cup, was revealed this past weekend. It was a huge announcement for people who have been waiting for her to be a welcome addition into Street Fighter V. As a big fan of the character, I was kinda confused that she wasn’t launched with the base game. Karin, her arch rival, was one of the big surprises when the game launched a few years ago and I thought Sakura would make the cut for sure. It obviously didn’t happen. I have to say, this trailer alone won me over; the character looks great, she looks like a lot of fun to play, and I love a couple things about this trailer. For starters, I love the way they’re showing off the new Arcade Mode. Lots of people were upset that this was not implemented into the base game but that looks very well done and polished. I also liked the new VTriggers that were showed off; obviously, we only got to see Sakura’s VTriggers but they looked really cool and I’m anxious to see how these work when every character gets one. Overall, they hit it out of the park with this reveal.

There has been a lot of hype surrounding Street Fighter’s 30th Anniversary and Capcom dropped another big announcement with this collection. In the collection, fans can play up to 12 titles from previous generations, such as fan favorite, Third Strike. A handful of the games will support online play and this collection will be available on: PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch.

Last but not least, Street Fighter V announced a ton of new characters in anticipation of Season 3 and Arcade Edition. Unlike the previous two seasons, where fans had to speculate who was coming next, Capcom announced all of the characters which was a very bold move on their part. The thumbnail kind of gives away the surprise but the new characters for SFV will be Sakura, Blanka, Falke, Cody, G, and Sagat. The trailer is definitely one of the cooler trailers I have seen in recent memory and I’d still recommend checking it out.

As a huge Street Fighter fan, dating back to the days of Street Fighter II, these announcements were the equivalent of being a kid and getting a brand new toy at Christmas time. I loved all of these announcements and I think Street Fighter is heading in the right direction moving forward. I also want to give credit to the people responsible for Capcom Cup 2017. I’ll be honest, I don’t watch a ton of these events but it was a great event and I will definitely be checking out future events, in regards to tournaments.

So, what do you guys think? How did you feel about these announcements? What was your favorite moment? Did you like Capcom Cup 2017 overall? If you have any comments or want to discuss Street Fighter, leave a comment below. Have a great night and keep fighting the good fight!

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Have You Played Atari Today?

Answer: I have.

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I was born into an era where my first video game console was the Super Nintendo and shortly after, the Playstation came and I cherished both of these consoles to death. Games such as Super Mario World, Super Punch-Out, Crash Bandicoot, Donkey Kong Country, and countless other games occupied my time.

For my dad, he grew up with the Atari 2600; for years, he would recount stories about games he had played such as Decathlon, Space Invaders, and Dig Dug. Today, we went to a video game convention; that went okay and I bought a shirt as well as Atari’s, E.T. I bought the game as a joke mainly because now I own a copy of E.T. and I only paid three dollars for a game that is considered the worst game ever made. After walking around for about an hour or so at the convention, me and my dad decided to leave and we went to a video game store that specialized in retro video game stuff. We only went here because one of the vendors told us that he ran a store right down the road from where the convention was being taken place.

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After browsing the store for about fifteen minutes, my dad came to the realization that this store was in possession of an Atari 2600. I walked around the store and found some cool things that I might want to keep an eye on down-the-road but he was curious about the Atari 2600. He owned an Atari 2600 as a kid but said he doesn’t know what happened to it and the store was selling it for a relatively cheap price. After much debate, he decided to purchase the console and we ended up picking up four or five games for it.

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When we got home, my dad immediately set up the Atari in the living room while I ate some lunch. The system worked perfectly fine like the clerk at the retro game store said, as did the games that we bought with the system. The system has been a huge hit at home so far and my dad has been loving it. I’ve mainly watched him play the Atari so far but I’ve tried it myself as well; it’s challenging to play a video game console that only consists of one button and one joystick considering how much goes into video games in today’s society. He bought the system on a whim and he’s been more than satisfied because he’s been on a nostalgia trip since earlier this afternoon.

The funny thing about nostalgia is that it never truly dies when it comes to movies, games, TV, etc. Some debate whether this is good or bad but I personally love recounting stuff from my childhood/teenage years. I know Space Jam is a terrible movie but I personally love the movie; I enjoy watching it simply because it reminds me of my time as a kid. This is the mindset when it comes to my dad’s Atari 2600; the games are nothing spectacular compared to today’s video games but without the Atari, we might not have games like Mario today. And because of that, having an Atari 2600 in our household is pretty damn awesome.

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