The fighting game scene is full of jerks, and that's putting it in mild, non-profane terms.
A fellow Troper told me about how an online match ended with the other player sending him a message which read "Good job," and I was shocked
. That kind of good sportsmanship is severely
lacking just about everywhere nowadays. All I usually see is bullying and... this. And this goes beyond mere Trash Talk
. This is just terrible. Utterly, reprehensibly terrible.
To quote the comments section in the first link, this was Aris's response:
"What I was trying to communicate is that mild hostility has always been a defining characteristic of the fighting game scene. Back when arcades were more prevalent, people didn't like newcomers, and players needed to fight and pay their dues to get respect. The debate I was in was with a person who supported professional leagues, who have intent to censor the community to make it more accessible. I think the sink or swim mentality is something that defined our culture, and if that succeeds it removes something which has been important to help create some of the best fighting game players of our time."
The user who posted that then wrote this.
He doesn't apologize for his behavior, he apologized for his defense of his behavior. And even then he only apologized for being too extreme with it. He still seems to think that Bullying Is Okay! and the fighting game community should be insular, hostile and caustic to people looking to join. His viewpoint of the ideal FGC is exactly the thing that drove me, my friends, and many others away from attending FGC events and being a part of local fighting game scenes.