I bought SF 4 AE for the PC, and am fairly new to it (had it about a month). Whenever I go online, I usually choose characters like Hakan and Zangief. I always, always face people who instalock as ryu or akuma (before I choose)/ That's it. all they do the whole game is back up and spam fireballs, until I get close enough to grab them, where I usually win. Keep in mind, some of these guys have close to 4000 BP and PP, while I have 300 pp. No variation, no other attacks. How is that fun? I can't see the appeal or the excitement of it, and it's so easy to counter.
EDIT: K, I guess it makes sense that you should play defensive against grapplers
ANOTHER EDIT: This was posted when I was facing like a 20 game losing streak against shotos, so this may be considered a complaint etc. I understand the main points, and i'll learn my matchups better etc.