Steam Keys Esports: A Quietly Competitive Japan

Since the early days of the the fighting game scene or any scene for that matter, Japan has dominated the rest of the world with their top tier reflexes, advanced gameplay tactics, and superior reads. However, at the dawn of Street Fighter V, a highly anticipated game by the competitive esports community, Capcom announced that there would be no arcades of the game. The company, instead, opted to focus on crane games as their physical arcade games. But this unprecedented event has Capcom exploring the possibilities, and profitability, of the online market by releasing their flagship game on PC.

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It’s relatively strange for a Japanese company to even release on PC due to their stance of extreme support for their console gaming industry, as well as being dissuaded by the dangers of piracy for games like Street Fighter. It’s progress.

Apparently envious of the success of MOBAs that have but a single and easily accessible platform, Street Fighter V is going on the same path. But this makes some people worry that the entire idea of “Japan Vs. The World” may become mere historical context all entirely.

Steam Keys: The Japanese Arcade Culture

Aside from the very Japanese trait of training till you can’t train anymore, the arcade culture of Japan is the biggest advantage it had over the rest of the world. Being able to compete in a tense and pressure-packed atmosphere, as well as exposure to all types of players and their diverse playstyles have enable Japanese players to do so well on the narrower-thinking world.

Without and arcade version of SFV, this advantage ceases to exist, with most challenges between players happening only online. This isn’t to throw shade at the concept of getting better at online match play, but there aren’t any stakes involved when combating another through net play. What sort of stakes, you ask? Well, the very idea that single 100 yen you put through the machine of course! That speaks volumes of what it feels like to be in an arcade; you don’t want your money wasted.

Surely, the prevalence of netplay in SFV will greatly make the game, and the genre, much more competitive and accessible to everybody else in the world. Secrets in Japanese gameplay will no longer remain secret. But this does foreshadow an end to an era.

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No Hype for Blazblue Chronophantasma Extend Steam Codes

As one of those who only owns a PC and not either a Playstation 4 or Xbox, I was anticipating the Steam Codes of Blazblue Chronophantasma Extend. Emphasis on ‘was.’ The hype in me died on the release of BBCPEX in PC because it was a little too late. ‘Little’ late is an understatement. Why? Because Japan.

Steam Codes: Japan is First

No, we are not talking about Japan being a First World Country. We are on the topic that Japan gets the first try on the fighting game I am really addicted to but still gets disappointed on the release dates for PC, or even for the consoles. There is already a new iteration of Blazblue out already in Japan arcades like for half a year advanced for them. It is called Blazblue Central Fiction. And now they are just releasing the PC version of Blazblue Chronophantasma Extend? No thanks ArcSys.

My friends and I enjoyed the times when we played BBCPEX in their houses on their gaming consoles. Hands down, the fighting game is still fun but when news broke out that there was already BBCF in Japan, we all suddenly stopped playing in anticipation for the new game. We are pretty competitive in Blazblue and we would only like to play the latest version of the game which is BBCF but Japan is the only place to play the game. So, me, personally, I would not want to go back to Blazblue Chronophantasma Extend anymore. I have watched too much match videos of Central Fiction that I actually forgot how to do combos in BBCPEX.


Steam Codes: Moving On

Sad to say, I think I might consider BBCPEX dead already. Noone wants to play it anymore. It is kind of pointless playing the  game competitively as Japanese players, being the strongest Blazblue players in the world, has already moved on to Central Fiction. We, outside of Japan, are just focused on the release of Central Fiction to immediately practice on the game and be competitive on it with the dreams of competing internationally. Sorry Arc System Works. As a PC owner and a Blazblue fan / player, I will not purchase Blazblue Chronophantasma Extend. You should change how you release new iterations / updates of the game in Japan and for the rest of the world.

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