Don't give up. I know this has been pounded into your heads but give me a chance to explain something here. I am one of those guys that has been a huge fan of fighting games for years, watched streams and tournaments, and developed deep knowledge of the games that I watched. Sounds great right? However the only problem still lingering over my head was that when it got down to it, I was bad at them. I had no 'fundamentals' (although i had an understanding of the term in relation to FGs). None of my friends were really into fighting games and there was no arcade scene around me. On top of that, seeing high level play would discourage me and make me say things like ''1 Frame Links? Yeah I can't do those. Guess i can never play Street Fighter". Now that i've finally decided to take time to get better, my only avenue of play is online. Another cloud lingering over my head. I also believed that learning the game through online matches was pointless due to possible latency. These are all excuses that I told myself so that I had a reason to hold back. I tried to make myself content with being a spectator forever. But as bad as all of my ideas were, they weren't the TRUE source of my problem with fighting games. (This isn't me from years ago. What i mean is i was thinking this way last week... hell yesterday.)
My problem with fighting games was that i couldn't get good as fast as i wanted to. I wanted everything to be rushed and i wanted to get good fast so i can have fun. Many new players in this generation suffer from this. When I did try to learn and I failed or I had a practice session that didnt end in success, I would lose my drive and feel that there was no point. I gave up a lot. Often times i would look up advice from other players explaining that the art of fighting games is the 'struggle': Constantly developing new tactics and getting better, fighting discouragement from losses and learning from mistakes. They talk about how 'fun' it is to level up your skills in fighting games and i thought to myself, how can constant failure be fun?
I still dont have friends that play SF, and all last week i've been struggling to find the drive to keep playing. Today i decided to just get into some online games and try my best. Not my hardest, but try to play as well as I can (good spacing and fundamentals, patient defense, safe but effective offense). I didn't TRY to do flashy combos or set ups, i let those situations come naturally during the fight, and i improved, and it felt great. I lost a few matches, but i just slowed down my style, used my replays to study my mistakes, and i actually started winning, and not by getting lucky or using gimmicks (against players that were more skilled than me!)
Now mind you, i still am a Novice! Im still sloppy, i still get flustered, there are still some matchups that i have no knowledge of, I still drop combos, and i still can get blown up. But I can now see that i actually DO have the potential to get better, and i think everyone does. I just wanted New Players to know that they are not alone in the struggle and that it is possible to get better, you just have to take your first few losses and hold them bitches in your chest for a little while before you can improve. The game that i've decided to use as the bedrock, or the, Genesis, of my return to fighting games is SSF4AE 2012. I got back into it about a week and a half ago, and i'm maining Bison and starting from the bottom. I often hear good players say that "It takes years to become a good street fighter player", and it's true! But i don't think this should discourage anyone. It doesn't mean it takes years to see improvement, it's only taken me a few days. It just means that you will play for years before you reach the point where there is little room for improvement. As with any skill that one should practice. Well that's all I wanted to say and i'm sorry for the length, and the sloppiness lol.
Don't give up on your quest to become better in the face of failure because noticing your own improvement is an amazing feeling and it inspires you to improve more. You have to see failure as just another doorway to success, teaching you how to squash your mistakes and become a solid player.
P.S. Anyone that wants to play on Xbox Live, whether it be new players that want to level up together, or Vets that want to help a nigga out a little bit let me know!
I'll play SF4, SFxT (reluctantly), or Injustice.