As a long time fighting game player and one who has travelled to many tournaments throughout the years, I often wondered why tournament results were so difficult to find, especially older ones.
I love stats. I’m a big (fantasy and real) football fan and I find myself always going back to check stats on a player to see how well that player performed or how that player stacks up to someone else. And that’s something that I always wanted to see in the fighting game world. Unfortunately, a lot of the early tournament results and information is very difficult to find now and sadly, a lot of the real historic stuff from the very early days of Street Fighter, with the Tomo Ohiras and Thomas Osakis of the world was never recorded as far as I know, as Usenet was just in its infancy back then. But, the stat guy that I am, I did save a lot of the old tournament results from the 90′s and a.g.sf2 days.
The fighting game genre went stale for most of the last decade until Street Fighter IV was released and the scene exploded like no one could imagine. But I think the scene is still trying to catch up with how fast it has grown and there are still so many things that could really improve the genre.
But as much as everyone is looking towards the future, I think, like anything else, it’s important to be aware of history. And one thing that I always thought would be great was to have a place where a lot of that history is brought back and cataloged in one place, like any other sport in the world has. So I’ve gone back to my old saved data, and in addition gone through and collected results from all the major tournaments that I could find (if there are some missing, let me know!) here in the US and all over the world. And those can be found in the Tournament Results section.
I’ve made a lot of great friends from various tournaments throughout the years and a lot of them are still involved in the fighting game community, giving back in so many different ways. Real life has kept me too busy to play at a competitive level anymore but my love for fighting games has never disappeared. And so I wanted to take a cue from many of my friends and give back to the scene.
Super Turbo is still my favorite game and I am helping out with the “ST Revival” that is going on here in the US. The scene is small but very dedicated and full of great people and the tournaments are still as fun as they always have been. My blog and (Papasi’s) interviews on here are primarily focused on the ST scene here in the US and so I’m not sure how active that section will be from time to time but I will be updating the tournament results section regularly with both new and old data. I hope you can get some usefulness and enjoyment out of it.
If you’ve actually read all this and still want to know even more about me, you can read my interview here.