Poll: Would you rather play Street Fighter IV in arcades or on a console @ home?

Shaggy May 27, 2008 9

It’s pretty straight-forward – where would you like to play Street Fighter IV? At the arcade where you can show off your mad skillz for people to gawk at or at home by yourself (or showing off online where most people will never meet you in person)? OK, I am showing my arcade bias by phrasing the question like that but I’m just pointing out the differences. The poll is below click on the choice via the text links below.

Poll: SFIV – Arcade or console version?


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  1. Molloy May 27, 2008 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    The arcade would be preferable. But both is even better. I used to have Street Fighter 2 on my Mega Drive but I always still went to the arcade to play it with other people. I especially enjoyed the tournaments. That’s not going to happen again any time soon in my home town though. Arcades are dead here.

  2. Chapel May 27, 2008 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    As much as I’d love to say the Arcades… I would have to stipulate that it would be the arcades of 1998 and not the arcades of 2008.
    The arcades in my area have been over run with ‘redemption games’ and gang violence…
    The ‘good’ arcades charge a HIGH premium and use those stupid cards instead of tokens system that devalues your money (wait, how many dollars did I just pay to play F355 Challenge? 300 credits… how much is that in USD!?)

    So, I’d rather beat people down online, at home, with my own special controller on a leaderboard that is seen the world over. I was the Regional champion in King of Fighters for years and won a national championship in 95. No one knew…

  3. Shaggy May 27, 2008 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Each one has it’s advantages that is for sure and there is nothing wrong with playing it at home. I know what you mean when it comes to arcades focusing mostly on redemption – I understand why they do it but it still sucks.

  4. HeavyElectricity May 27, 2008 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    A loaded question indeed! It has to be the arcade, I’ve got fond memories of finishing Virtua Fighter 3tb with a small crowd of spectators behind me. I’d be sure to pick up the console version so that I could play against distant friends, but even then I’d be using an arcade stick and generally trying to mimic the arcade experience.

    That card system sounds like a right rip-off, I don’t know much about it as I’ve never seen such a system in operation (I only found my first place using game tokens this weekend).

  5. editor May 27, 2008 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    The reason I asked AH to run this poll was based on the ‘spin’ that is being built-up by the consumer game division at Capcom US to try and take the media away from comparing the arcade version as they do not want to promote it. This spin seeing Capcom try and leak the possibility of a PS3 / XB360 launch in winter for SFIV – only for this to be proven to be a rumor.

    There is also a hidden agenda – the arcade version will be BETTER than the console version, as with Tekken6, Vitura Fighter5 and other conversations, the console has less performance on refresh-rate and performance than the arcade version.

    This situation took a uncomfortable jump when claims by Namco that T6 was arcade perfect on the XB360 and PS3, only to drop the subject when it was revealed that the international release of T6 will not have online support half as good as the arcade, will run only at 30hz, compared against the arcade 60htz and the hi-level customizable players character and tournament linked battle will not be available!!!!

  6. editor May 27, 2008 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Ouch!!! That was quick – Capcom have demanded that all sites that ran the story about the winter’08 PS3, XB360 and PC conversion release of SFIV pull their pages!

    Seems the rumor started at the Capcom UK press briefing over the weekend, Capcom Japan has gone nuts over this – especially the bad mouthing of arcade and have made demands.

    This is not the first time that the consumer division of Capcom have rebelled against the arcade version, and attempted to bad-brief the consumer trade against the arcade version.

    Time to get their house in order and their priorities right!

  7. RyanDG May 28, 2008 at 12:48 am - Reply

    I’ve heard through the grapevine that this Friday at the Captivate 08 event (Capcom US’s Gamer’s Day renamed) the console platforms of Street Fighter IV will be announced as well as the release dates revealed. This sounds right in line with the recent press leak that occurred. Has anyone heard anything else about Capcom shopping around Street Fighter IV’s distribution rights in the US? I’m still getting shut down from Capcom USA when I e-mail them about it.

  8. Shaggy May 28, 2008 at 3:19 am - Reply

    My distributor is looking into SFIV distribution but I have not heard about their efforts on that front yet. They have at least one buyer right here and they know that if they are able to be the distributors for it they will have many other sales.

  9. editor May 28, 2008 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    Dear RyanDG – the Capacom US guys claimed, to their Japanese bosses, they had done due diligence on the location of a US and UK distributor. I have actually checked out what happened and it dose not cast them in any glory. They only talked about $14,000 cabs, no kits. They also made the decision to remove the NESE network from being considered (without consulting with Capcom). Their attitude with some of the distributors approached was less friendly, more arrogant. One actually made the comment in a meeting “… this is just an after thought as the market is dead!”

    The CoinOpExpress site has been inundated with orders from the US for the SFIV kit, and this forced Capcom Japan to rethink their strategy about getting the arcade machine into the market. This side stepping of the original Capcom US guys caused them to get angry, and they have been bad mouthing the amusement scene ever since.

    With the current profit situation of Capcom US we may see a change in management that could see SFIV and the two other announced arcade titles make landfall in the States and Europe – but the brickwall that is being placed against any contact with Japan from the arcade scene outside of Japan tells me there is some serious spinning going on!

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