A nice article went up over the weekend on Shoryuken by d3v. I feel it's a valid article that any member of this community should read and take notice for the upcoming release of Dead or Alive 5. Below is an excerpt with the permission of d3v, please click here to read the rest of the article:
d3v said:Community Matters – Or Why A Game Is Legitimate Only If There Are People Playing It
With the current fighting game resurgence in full swing, and with even more fighting games in development, people are starting to worry about whether or not the game that they’re playing or looking forward to will be played seriously at tournaments. This, of course, is why you see people arguing over the merits of these games on the forums. People will mention things such as balance, depth, technical superiority, art style, etc. just to say why their favorite game is worth playing. However, these folks are missing out on arguably the most important factor on whether or not a game is taken seriously at tournaments – community.
Community. It matters!