With all the continuing growth the fighting game community is experiencing with esports, sponsors, social media, and bigger cash payouts, it might be easy to forget where most of what we now have originally started: the local arcade scene. So, with that said, it’s nice when someone takes it upon themselves to show where their local scene comes from and who represents their region.
In this almost seven-minute mini-documentary — simply titled “SFV” — by Matt Herrick takes us on a visual tour of 16-Bit Bar + Arcade in Columbus, Ohio. At this local bar/arcade spot in the Midwest, plenty of drinks are served next to retro arcade games such as Donkey Kong, Tron, Galaga — and classic fighters such as Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, and Killer Instinct are in abundance. It’s also at this venue where Beatdown at the Bit weekly tournaments are held for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition.
Matt also interviews local players Sarah “litebriteRPG” Opelt, Brian “ocelotyouth” Opelt, and Red Bull Proving Grounds finalist Rob “RobTV” Burney. They talk about when they first started playing the Street Fighter series, and how they feel being a part of the fighting game community.
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