The Learning Experience
Finally, one of my favorite things about watching hours and hours of EVO is how much I feel that I’ve learned about the fighting games that I play (and suck at), and the factors that contribute to that are numerous.
Obviously, watching such highly-skilled players compete will help anyone, no matter your skill level. Experienced players can pick up on the subtleties that can make a good player great, while novices can pick up a few techniques that will elevate their game past the kiddie table.
Just as importantly, you can learn a lot from the commentators on the tournament live stream. It’s one thing to notice each game’s different nuances, but unless you’re a tournament-level player you probably need a knowledgable source to help point out every detail. While some commentators are better conversationalists than others, what they all had in common is that they all know what the hell they’re talking about. It really was a treat listening to Capcom’s Seth Killian talk about Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Super Street Fighter IV, since he’s not only extremely knowledgable but a legitimately funny guy.
The passion of hundreds of players and attendees all combined to make one of the greatest video game experiences of my life, even though I was over a thousand miles away in Chicago. After this, I’ve added EVO to my ever-growing list of gaming events that I need to attend, and so should you. I’m already looking forward to next year.
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