I had a big post planned this week about the forums of Shoryuken.com, probably the single longest standing competitive fighting game forum, shutting down for good at the end of January. I had a lot of great memories of those hollowed halls, just as full of shitposting and NSFW photos as it could be valuable, crucial data necessary to play fighting games at a higher level, and I wanted to give them a proper send off.
Fortunately, I wasn’t the only one who was outraged by the announcement.
As announced Thursday by SRK co-founder and Evolution tournament organizer Tom Cannon, the forums will be preserved and moved over to a new server called Discourse. Tremendous news! Unfortunately, this left my post pretty gutted; it would seem gauche to decry the death of a forum that wasn’t actually dying, after all. Instead, I’ve decided to pivot into why I think forums are extremely important for niche communities like the fighting game community, and how the move to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Discord has been pretty bad for the purposes of advancing discussion and preserving information for newer players .Since this is catered more towards how we talk about fighting games specifically, I’ve decided to label it as a new series: Fuudo for Thought, named of course for the eponymous God of fundamentals himself, former Evolution and Super Battle Opera champion Keita “Fuudo” Ai.