OK, let’s get this fact out of the way, college students – you do not have time to play long video games anymore.
Back when you were in middle and high school, you could play through “Mass Effect 2” and its sequel in the same seven-day week, and it would barely nick your academic positionality.
Sure, you’d be putting a little more time to playing games than doing your homework, but at least you had fun, right?
Unfortunately, as you dive deeper into the five-layer burrito that is the college experience, and as you get further involved with extracurricular activities, you start to lose that time very quickly, as I have learned the hard way.
That said, there’s just no time for long-term games.
However, do not fret – there is a way to scratch that itch. Fighting games have been in the spotlight, as of late, and, let me tell you, that spotlight is very bright.
“Mortal Kombat 11” is almost here, “Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid” is the talk of Tokusatsu fans on social media, and the Fighting Game Community’s (FGC) push into the Esports ecosystem is staggering, to say the least.
You, too, can get in on all this fun.
The fighting game genre is a unique art, and, yes, it greatly deviates from your first-person shooters, MOBAs, and battle royales of the day, but it is also a quick one to get into.
First, let’s talk about the accessibility of the hobby – fighting games have, despite the vitriol they get from more “old school” players, become easier to get into, with simple controls and intuitive methods to help a new player out.
“Dragon Ball FighterZ,” “Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid,” and “BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle” have this element of “easy to learn, hard to master” to them, and those games can bring new players in and reward those who continue to hone their skills in the long term.
If you have a background in the “Super Smash Bros.” games, your fundamentals of movement and defense can also be of use in mainline fighting games.
The FGC is also quite the helpful bunch – many people, like me, are willing to help you out, especially with the collective found on campus. They always want new players to get into their “brand,” so to speak, and it builds a sense of community and comradery among friends.
However, what makes this hobby beautiful, and this is the main point here, is how fast they are. One could call it the “Easy Mac of video games,” if you wanted to.
Fighting game matches could last three or five minutes, and could go longer or shorter, dependent of skill, but those few minutes could be the most fulfilling moments you can spend with a game. With the right friends, learning a fighting game can be a fun, and occasionally heartwarming, experience.
So, don’t worry about getting one of those fancy fight sticks. If you have a game console and a controller, you can get into one of the finest gaming genres out there. That, and your schoolwork and grades will possibly thank you for it.
Get ready for the next battle.