I was wondering if there was a definative central resource for Fighting Move lists? either in book form, or web form? I know there are scattered sites that offer move lists for certain games, but what I am trying to find out is if there is an all in one resource for EVERY fighting game?
I ask this because, for well over a year now I have had the idea to create an all in one “bible” if you will of move lists for every primary 2D and 3D fighting game released. This is obviously an enormous undertaking, and one that I do not want to fully move forward with until I am certain this has not been done before.
I feel that the number of moves that have to be memorized, and the lack of readily available references hold back the entire genre as a whole.
I will give you an example: I do not frequently play the DOA series. When a friend comes over, do we boot up DOA2 on Dreamcast and throw down? Rarely if ever. Why? Neither of us are immediatly familiar with the movesets, and embarking on a button mash fast regardless of our familiarity with other fighting games, is simply not in the cards. Sure the games have in-game references, but who wants to keep on pausing the game to view them? Also, where else are we going to turn? Random websites or simple black and white text FAQ’s at gamefaqs.com? Yea right… reading QCF HC BF DFB HOLD is simply not intuitive.
Wouldn’t it be great if there were simple PDF files available, with move sets for characters, from every fighting game franchise ever? This is what my goal is. Also, I want to point out that this is a very realistic project and I am not simply blowing smoke out of my ass here or anything. I am a graphic designer, and the entire move list bible would be fully optimized for speed, accessibility and performance. The entire thing would be in vectors and text, with the only bitmaps being small avatar size player icons to aid in finding the character you are looking for. Page space would be maximized to the fullest, striving to include 2-4 characters per page where-ever possible. Also, I find it rediculiously unecessary to have sperate move list sections for each game. Why have 11 pages on Terry Bogard when they are all essentially the same movelists? It seems much more logical to create one single move list page, and then append notes to certain moves as to which games they were newly introduced.
So far the only instance I know of where this was attempted to some degree was Neo Encyclopedia (which the site seems to have long since died out), however these lists were not in vector, and were spit out from Excel most likely with embedded images. The PDF’s do a good enough job, but they tend to be sluggish, and reading them at different zoom levels can be hard on the eyes.
Anyways, if anyone knows if this has been attempted before please let me know. Also, feel free to comment on whether this is something you yourself would find value in with respects to having friends over to play various fighting games.