First off I just want to say, I never even heard of 3s until about 2004-2005 when someone on teamliquid.net posted the infamous Diago parry video. I never had a console or bought anything from Capcom. Because of this game and ggpo, I bought SF4 for PC. Originally I was a competitive SC:BW player (and somewhat of a wc3 player, now sc2) and I never had access to consoles to play any fighting games so I would just watch some videos here and there of 3s.
In 2007, the cps3 emulator came out and I played the shit out of this game vs computer. I heard about GGPO a year or so later and I've been hooked ever since.
I have no console and will never buy one. Even if I did, it would be a used Wii that I can hack and burn all the games to a drive or discs or whatever. This is because I am poor, but also because I don't care about console gaming. The online games are always worse (lag, poor designed interface, etc),
kb/mouse > controller (I have an arcade stick so this doesn't really apply to this game, but I'm not going to go out and buy a system for 1 game that I can already play on the computer because I will never play FPS, RTS, or Fighting games on console.). The only reason I even bought a stick was because It was BOGO back in 11/2010 and my friend went in on it with me. I didn't even have the money for it, I worked the debt off by helping him build things and move things for him over the course of a few weeks. Why? Because I love 3s on GGPO, It's gotten to the point where It's become part of my top 3 multiplayer competitive games of all time.
Besides my own plight or opinions, I can agree that there won't be THIS ggpo community we have now for 3s anymore. Even right now that the korean DOS attacks have been putting ggpo down for extended periods of time off and on since 12/2010? we have all really lost our sense of community and competitive outlet that we won't or can't get anywhere else. The only arcade I can get to around here is Alex's arcade, who has 1 machine and no one ever there to play it. Besides, arcades are dying in the USA in general. We lost AI? and Chinatown Fair recently and games these days aren't even making it to arcade versions anyways (MvC3, MK9, etc.)
To summarize, I am already really saddened by the whole DOS attack situation. And if I heard it will never be coming back again for PC, I'd just sell my stick and never look back. We are a small community (I'm sure it's probably much less than 1000 worldwide) here that the majority of us have already paid well into capcom's and ggpo's pockets via donations or quarters at arcades . And the majority of us won't be buying a console and/or the game just to keep playing, they'll just move on to something else. So it is my opinion that it is actually in Capcom's and GGPO's best interest to leave this going because you will actually lose a ton of respect/credibility in the future based on this one careless/greedy move. I know I won't be buying anything from Capcom and say fuck GGPO for as long as I live if this were to happen, and I'm sure I will be one of many.
PS- SF4 on PC via windows live is so fucking annoying for so many reasons, I won't even play that as a replacement. SF3 >>>>> SF4 anyways.