NERDIST: PLAY – EVO 2014 & the Fighting Game Community
By Dan Casey on July 15, 2014
You know that old Disney World commercial where the kids can’t sleep the night before they go to the Happiest Place on Earth because they’re too excited? That’s how I feel about our new show Nerdist: Play. The brainchild of our gaming editor Malik Forte, Nerdist: Play is our way of taking you beyond the headlines and into the high scores. Whether you’re a Filthy Casual or a hardcore gamer, you’ll find something to like here as Malik gives you in-depth analysis of the latest and greatest in gaming culture, unlocking achievements and breaking hearts along the way.
On the debut episode, Malik puts one of gaming’s most controversial fandoms and puts it under the microscope: the fighting game community. This weekend wasn’t just the World Cup of soccer; it was also the World Cup of fighting games, Evo 2014, and more people than ever before tuned in to watch the high-stakes beatdowns. Did the FGC live up to their reputation or have they managed to reinvent themselves? Find out the answer – and much more – on today’s episode of Nerdist: Play.
This week Malik asked, “What’s the best fighting game of all time?” My vote is for Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (“I wanna take you for a riiiiiide”). Let us know your pick in the comments below or tell him on Twitter.