“Community” – The Second Short Film

By on August 5, 2011 at 11:52 am

After seeing what the “hype” was all about, one of the other common themes that Richard Li and I ran into when we interviewed attendees at this year’s EVO World Finals was an extreme appreciation for community, friendships and camaraderie amongst friends – friends that come from all walks of life that share a truly passionate interest in something unique.

The second film that we put together explores this concept of community and belonging that all EVO participants and spectators feel. For many, myself included, EVO has become something more than just a huge tournament that happens every year; it’s a chance to reconnect with old friends, create new friendships, catch up with a few familiar faces and ultimately see the world’s best talent battle each other – while also throwing down in a few matches as well.

For Alex Valle, Keits and myself, making the pilgrimage out to EVO has been a yearly ritual for nearly a decade, and seeing it grow and reflecting on where it’s been is humbling to say the least. As for Ty Austin, otherwise known as Evil Hero representing Detroit, and Christopher Vogel, this year’s tournament was their first, and they got first-hand experience seeing just how big the community is today, and that while the online forum and community on SRK is part of it, the friendships that are made through the scene are real, tangible connections that crossover into the real world.

It was funny – Christopher Vogel, one of the people documented in the short film, actually starting talking to us on the floor of the ballroom not in a request to be interviewed – but rather just to thank us for building a community that he could be a part of. After thinking about it, I figure we should be thanking him – because it’s people like him, new and old, full of genuine excitement and passion about Street Fighter and fighting game culture, that make the community and EVO what it is today.

If you enjoyed this film, let us know your backstory and how you became part of the fighting game community in the comments below. A big thank you goes out to Alex Valle, Adam Heart, Ty Austin, and Christopher Vogel for helping us make this film.

Stay tuned for our third and final film, which we’ll be premiering on Monday that features footage from finals day that has yet to be shown anywhere, right here on SRK.

Interested in creating a film? Contact the director Richard Li at hedayli [at] gmail.com.

  • Nuts

    Man, it’s been a long road. I’ve been part of the FG community for roughly 17 years and it blows my mind to see how the we’ve has grown.

    BTW, to the filmmakers, good job opening with Calipower. There are very few people in the community who have been around since the beginning AND have shown as much love and passion for the scene.

  • Scrotie McBoogerballs

    awesome. I’m glad this wasn’t a horrible abortion of a sitcom with Chevy Chase at his worst

    • Jocelot

      Aww, c’mon! Community is an awesome show….in my opinion.

      • Goatbot

        I have to agree with Jocelot. Community is great. Chevy Chase at his best. Plus theyre always ripping into Glee and then they killed off their Glee club XD

        • Infil

          Yep, Community is awesome. Sorry, you’re the lone man out, boogerbrain.

          • Scrotie McBoogerballs

            sorry guys, but there haven’t been any good sitcoms in easily the past ten years. I’m guessing a lot of you were born in the 90s. sad… 🙁

    • Jocelot

      I was born in the 90’s (1990)… how did you know!? Honestly, my top 5 is:

      1. Full House
      2. Family Matters
      3. My Wife n Kids
      4. All in the Family
      5. Cosby Show. I wouldn’t really count Community as a full fledged Sitcom… I put it in the same category as Scrubs… one of those drama comedy hybrid things.
      (On topic) Great vid. REally makes the FG community seem very cool…coolcoolcool.

      • Scrotie McBoogerballs

        Agreed on the video. Valle is such a cool guy too, a great icon for us. Here’s hoping for Valle’s Ryu to take Evo 2012!

      • The Hebrew Hammer

        No Fresh Prince?

  • Suppage

    This is great. Makes me happy to be a part of it all.

  • davidkong07

    WOOOOO!!! fighting games are awesome, but it’s really the amazing people that keep me coming back! the community is a beautiful thing, real talk

  • Ajtucker22

    It’s strange to hear him say that he’s being playing since 91. The man has LITERALLY been playing since I was born. That’s…. really awesome.

  • restlessmonarch

    I’ve been floating on the brink of the FGC since around the time MvC2 was released. I was in middle school back then and something about the game (the comic book characters) kept taking me back to the arcade to feed my money into the machine. Eventually I learned (through a lot of tokens) how to play the game, and I started talking to people at the arcade. For a long time none of my other friends played though, so it started to fade as an interest. Then I got to college in ’07 and discovered a whole other mess of people, like myself, who loved fighting games, and we bonded. CvS2, MvC2, and 3S were the 3 games that got me into the community more deeply. And now, thanks to a combination of all of those factors PLUS the amazing community here on SRK, I made it to my first EVO this last weekend and had the time of my life. This really has been a great community to me, and I can’t wait to make it back next year.

    • yoooooon

      Awesome story 🙂 Glad you could make it out to evo!

  • CH_Cypher

    The hype, the enthusiasm, the camaraderie. This is why I took it upon myself to make a decent fighting game community in my country. This is why I am going to make a spot for us in the world FGC map. Even though I know no one of all of you in real life, you kept that dream I had for years alive.. and now that I can muster some resources and pot a lot of personal work in it, I will.. no. We will make it.

  • DanDan

    I played Fighting games all my life. XvsF MSHvsSF CVS2, HFIIAC SFA3, SFII, KOF SamSho. Not seriously, but extremely casually. Mashing, calling junk cheap, the works. I decided I wanted to learn the game right and started to teach myself the moveslist on CVS2 on PS2, I grinded out MVC2 for PS2 on pad. SFIV came out and I got hooked. After a while, I branched off to other classics like ST and I love it man.

    I’ve been here for a year, I love the feel of friendship between ALL people (LBGTS, Blue, Yellow, Brown, Vitiligo, Disabled, Alien). I’m new school, but I have an old school mentality. It does bother me junk gets patched to hell, but It’s salt talking, shrug it off and keep at it. I’m glad that there are still people who are willing to rough it out to learn a game and not giving up and not crying about this and that due to their inability to learn and refusal to play if they don’t get instantly good in a couple hours, I love that! Hopefully I have a chance to make it to EVO soo before I pass. I’m young, and got a whole stew of crazy life events ahead of me, but I definitely want to stick around here and hope everything that is fighting games sticks around til the end of time. The FGC is wonderful and I’m damn proud to be part of it.

  • CheeseCakez

    Yes Gohan Yes.