on Edition Select
The big conversation around USFIV right now is what should be done about the newly implemented “Edition Select” feature, which would allow the use of older versions of characters, conceivably threatening the game’s sense of balance.
First off, it’s worth remembering that Super Turbo had a similar feature twenty years ago, with the ability to play as each character’s previous incarnation through a secret code. “Old” characters have been tournament legal almost as long as there’s been an FGC to speak of, and I think it’s fair to say that hasn’t had a negative impact on either the balance of Super Turbo or its longevity as a competitive title.
Next, we have to consider that all versions of Street Fighter IV, right back to Vanilla, were pretty finely balanced from the start. There are standout characters in each version, but the gulfs between top, mid and bottom tiers was never as wide as you might see in Third Strike or Marvel. There is a prevalent fear that Edition Select is going to make certain characters dominant, but I can’t help but feel this is selective memory and hype. Like, there’s all this talk about how Vanilla Sagat is SO BROKEN and SO UNFAIR and I’m just like, “Am I the only one who remembers what Vanilla Sagat is actually like?”
Vanilla Sagat, Super Guile, AE Seth/Yun and ver.2012 Oni are powerful, but they’re not the gamebreakers they’re being hyped as. Making Edition Select a tournament standard wouldn’t break Street Fighter IV. If anything, it’d introduce an even wider spread of character usage by making everyone in the cast even more viable.
also, complaining about Vanilla Sagat?
if it’s been six years since Vanilla and you still don’t know how to effectively out-zone Sagat, you’ve got bigger problems than Edition Select
on my way out of the house this morning, I grabbed a handful of really old mix cds, just to see what was on them as I drove to work. the last one I checked out before pulling into the parking garage featured “Ovelia’s Worries” as the opening track and now I’m really jazzed for the commute home this afternoon to see what else is on there
old mix cds are like little personal time capsules, i love them