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Why are black people so good at fighting games?

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  1. Every ethnic group has at least ONE game genre that they are undeniably the best at:

    Black Americans – fighting games
    Koreans – RTS
    Germans – occupational simulators

    The list goes on

  2. Low-key wondered this, but wondered if i was fracist for wondering 💀 ty. 😂

  3. This was a fun video. I do question the "white boys buy Tomb Raider" thing as that hasn't been my experience.

    My son is a typical white cis het millennial male and I'm not sure he's even played Tomb Raider let alone owned it. He and his friends are intensely into RPGs/MMORPGs. So it's League of Legends, World of Warcraft, etc. for them. And our house turned into DnD central every Thursday. Could it be because they were a diverse group and not all white? Eh, it's probably just because that's the kind of nerds they are.

  4. Anakin is Americas best Tekken player.
    He is Vietnamese

  5. The only thing I would add is that minorities were typically the biggest group of people who were at arcades because arcade gaming is relatively cheap compared to a $40-$60 console game. As a result they played in these more competitive environments and brought that back home to their siblings and cousins.

    It’s wild how economic and cultural forces have really shaped the FGC

  6. I grew up playing Soul Calibur and Tekken, but I don't think I got actually good until I started playing with a group of predominantly black friends in college and needed to keep up. I honestly thought it was from playing with even more people than I was used to and learning how to adapt to different play styles. And that's also likely true, but this puts a whole new perspective on it

  7. 😂😂😂😂 my brother used to whoop my a#* with Xioyou on Tekken lol

  8. I got into fighting games during quarantine and am extremely thankful for all the people that taught me how to get good. One thing I've noticed in my personal experience with all my mentors is that they fall into two categories. They either,
    A. Grew up in a low-income area and had to get good to stay on the cab or the controller, or
    B. Were in college in areas with thriving competitive scenes (i.e. SoCal)
    And my personal journey I obviously had a boom at the beginning getting help from all these great players but I found my fastest and most passionate increase in skill was once I switched over from 3rd Strike to Street Fighter 6 when it came out and suddenly had access to locals. Now the community aspect comes into play and I all of the sudden want to beat these people I actually know and can see every week. On top of that, I can tell them EXACTLY how to beat me so that when they implement my advice into their gameplan, I can find my own counterplay, rather than just spamming ranked and hoping some random can point out a flaw I may have
    TL;DR The threat of losing your spot and the communal aspect that allows for friendly competition and communication are more important than almost anything else when improving in fighting games

  9. I grew up like that too. And even when I would go to a friend’s house, it was a lot of bonding through games and multi player games were ideal since a couple people could play too.

  10. I just assumed it’s because we appreciate Martial Arts whether it’s fictional styles or not. Lol

  11. Word! Reina and I be giving players hell online🤣🤣

  12. I have been wondering. Not about tekken because I know nothing about it, but I have certainly noticed the black overrepresentation in Street Fighter (my game of choice).

  13. I’m big on RPGs. Currently playing Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth and picking up Dragons Dogma 2 next week. However I’m getting pretty good at Tekken 8 playing as Reina.

    Who is a very complex character to play. Oh and I’m now about to be at Guyra rank. Which is tough to achieve. I can only imagine how hard it is to achieve blue rank 😵‍💫🙄🤕

  14. 1. Thanks for posting 🫶🏿✊🏿
    2. Born in '93, raised as an only child (lived with my Mom and saw Pops on weekends), enjoyed my single-player action/adventure games, *BUT*
    I was raised on Street Fighter; my Mom, Dad, Aunts, Cousins, everyone played that Nintendo back in the day, at least once. When I got a lil older I had Tekken 3 on the PS1, got a lil older and loved them wrestling games. Stopped playing games at age 14 in HS. But one of the last games I loved playing was Budokai Tenkaichi.
    3. Not to mention Madden, Live, and 2K! Black people love sports and are very competitive!

  15. Im not black but my family was poor and we had a similar experience. Id get maybe 1 or 2 games a year, so you know ima be playing that same game over and over again till i know all the ins and outs of it. I remember when i didnt have a memory card for my PS1 and i still 100% crash bandicoot 3 twice lol I havent 100% anything else in my life.

    We didnt play fighting games much in my house because it started fights and mama put a stop to that real quick lol So we took turns playing single player games, or played something less competitive like tony hawk or a racing game. We were real damn good at those.

    So this theory 100% checks out for close-knit poorer communities.

    But i was obsessed with smash bros my friend had. Thats the only video game i ever wanted to play wgen i went to his house. So you know as soon as i got my first job i bought a wii and a copy of smash bros and went hard on it. I was practicing the Ice Climber desync at 16 lol for some reason that game never started the IRL fights.

  16. Core-a gaming has a really good video on the Pakistani tekken scene for anyone interested

  17. BRUH. I literally asked myself this question a couple months ago

  18. Yeah, I gravitated around single player games as my brother is 5 year older than me and liked sports games.
    Also for SEGA Genesis you don't have that many cool fighting games besides MKU (which was still a bit meh)

  19. I started this video as soon as I saw the title, and I am also a black man who's been playing tekken since the 1st one and am good at tekken 😅😂

  20. I remember when I went 20+ wins against my cousins in Tekken 2, good times good times lol

  21. Mexicans love king of fighters and white people like smash bros

  22. I was hoping you'd make a video about fighting games. I'd love to see you make a long form video about them

  23. I'm awful at fighting games, further cementing my role as worst black guy ever.

  24. I knew exactly where this was going when you said you played Tekken from its inception into the gaming sphere. Being born in the early 80's and gaming almost all throughout the 90's with cousins and friends, we did unintentionally start our own battles of the best by going to each other's houses and having neighborhood slug-outs on the sticks. Winner took all and there were mad challenges each week.

    Arcades, until they fizzed out, basements, attics or bedrooms honed skills. And just like the dirty dozens, cyphas or just about anything else done while Black, you always wanted to be the best and the gaming avenue was where you could shine locally until games started popping up online and you took your skills there too.

  25. Fun fact: back in my games writing days, I ran into a phenomenal researcher Dr. Kishonna Gray told me when she was doing research on arcade culture.

    Fighting games in low income areas literally kept arcades alive in the early 90's and were [partly] responsible for arcades resurgence outside of amusement parks. Poor Black, Brown and white folks kept the industry afloat during time of transition.

  26. Oh man, I forgot about that whole THING in Crash Bandicoot. 😱

  27. lol – boy you got me reminiscing ova here – i was a monster on marvel vs capcom

  28. This is like the cool version that one horribly racist talking point that I'm just gonna run with now: despite being 10% of the population, African Americans are responsible for 50% of fighting game tournament winners in America 😂

  29. I had noticed this around 2012 when I saw that a lot of my seniors and superiors in the FGC space just happened to be black. (My immediate kneejerk reaction was "well why doesn't BET put tournaments on TV?" but I didn't understand at the time that Viacom was Evil Empire.)

    I'd be inclined to believe your theory. Winner Stays On is a rather brutal viper's pit, totally alien to me who had only known laggy online and practice mode.

    I had realized after some time that the strength of the community around you is a direct factor to your own strength as a player. I lacked these things for many years so I eventually stopped playing (among other reasons.)

    But, good to know I wasn't totally crazy about my suspicions…

    Online has been getting better with implementation of rollback netcode but I feel it is not yet good enough to replace local communities and training partners. There have been outliers through the years of online-only players becoming champions, but they don't stay champions, or they find a community, and stop having to play online…

  30. FD there was a YouTube video a while back that I think you would be interested but I couldn't find it with a quick search. Essentially, it spoke into why fighting game tournaments have the lowest payouts but have one of the highest engagements. The summary of the video said it essentially comes down to it is hard to profit more off of it and it is considered more of a lower-income game and therefore lesser than. If I find it again I will link it but I think it was an excellent critique of the professional gaming scene and how fighting game tournaments are kind of intentionally suppressed because of the population that plays it. It also had a wonderful description of fighting games history and its roots in culture.

  31. "White people can't play Magneto"-RAYRAY

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  34. As a white guy I can confirm I did play a lot of single player games growing up, and that point about it being a struggle to pick which 1 or 2 games I could get every year is so real. However, I did also play a lot of fighting games and looking back it was really only my black friends who were ever able to keep up with me

  35. My mom allowed me to play video games, but she swore never to buy me any, so I had to make my own money to afford any games I wanted. This was an excellent lesson.

  36. Black people are really good at fighting games? Guess I missed the memo on that one lol

  37. My lifelong best friend who happens to be black competed in Street Fighter IV and V for a long time. He was by far the best of us.

    In another note, in the anime world, DBZ and Naruto seem to be the most popular animes in the Black Community. Got any theories why?

  38. This video made absolutely no sense😂😂

  39. in NYC, besides Chinatown, there weren't many arcades around…but at the pizza shops in the hood, there was always a X-Men vs SF or Capcom fighting game machine….we used to hang out there after school. I had PS one and Snes at the time but I had mostly 1p games because my older brothers were 5yr and 7yrs older so I played by myself. I didn't buy many fighting games till Dreamcast(and most of those were pirated). I did have every PS1 Capcom fighter though, except XvsSF and MSHVSF cuz it was trash on there. My best friend had them on Saturn and u could actually tag team.

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