That is very true. On the other hand, I probably haven't been looking for any of that since around Alpha 2 or 3. I'll be 40 in another month, so I'm no longer relevant in the fighting scene. Now it's just scotch, cigars, and fighting games (from Nidhogg to SFV to DOA, to old SNK fighters like Last Blade 2 and Samurai Showdown 4.) Otherwise I'm off playing other old-people games like RPGs and id Software shootersI like almost all of the Street Fighter games and they all have their own unique charm. I think what this one is lacking is depth. When did you last see someone do something you didn't know was possible? When did you last see someone using a technique you'd never seen anyone else try? I haven't, and I watched most of EVO and Capcom Cup, too. There aren't any techniques (like 'isms in Alpha or Focus Attacks in SF4) that provide room to develop a unique style. It makes the game accessible for anyone to do what they just watched NuckleDu or Daigo do. Yet at the same time, it can make the matches feel stale. There isn't even any excitement in large combos, tough links, or crazy techniques. The games can still have win/loss drama, but the only time you really get any excitement is when people are using obscure characters like Vega or Ibuki. It's still tough to master, but the path from new to "good" is as small as it has ever been.
When I reach the age where all I play is strategic world and civilization based games kill me.