Props to Mark's response to my previous post regarding the Sirlin article I posted. While I hold the view that all playing styles are legitimate (yes, that includes hardcore turtling), I certainly would like to see Singapore players be more creative and adventurous during casual play. The merits of which are brilliantly articulated in this article which I recommend everyone who hasn't read it to read it. Heck, if you've read it I recommend reading it again.
Coming back from Korea, casual games at Bugis currently do feel more 'serious' than they were when I was there. I don't believe this is the fault of any individuals, tempting as it is to name a few. In fact, I think it's a mostly cultural reason why casuals in Bugis are so serious. Kiasuism perhaps? The cost of each game isn't helping things much either, whereas in Korea games were going for about 40cents a pop.
However, one big reason why games in Bugis can seem so serious is because, so far, tournaments have been few and far between. Therefore, casuals become a bigger outlet for players to prove their worth, because there's no alternative. "The last tournament was ages go. Lately, I get 30 win streaks easily on Friday night whereas you only get 10 consistently. I'm better than you now" may be what some people are thinking in terms of where they stand. If we had more tournaments which provided the true test of our A-game and gauges of skill, then maybe we won't be as compelled to win at all costs during casuals.
Nevertheless, I have total respect for the guys at Bugis who bring their A-game 100% of the time. Playing you always pushes my limits whether I like it or not, and that's why I want to see more SF4 tournaments in Singapore. Lets all attend and support as many tournaments as we can.