First off feel free to discuss this on a future episode of the scumbag podcast (hoping there is one.) Its something that has been burning in my mind since I started playing 3s and I think it merits open discussion with the few of us that still visit this forum regularly.
TLDR below if you dont wanna read my preface
A good friend and good player once told me that one day you’ll just have this awakening about the game. I think he meant a moment where everything comes together (full comprehension of the meta, I guess, feel free to add your own interpretation.) But for me, in anything I’ve worked hard at be it academics, martial arts, music, or other games it has been the little milestones that you should really embrace and oftentimes they are smaller than you think. I like to use the example of music games because that was the first series of games I put a lot of time into and got good at: basically you strive for perfect scores on every song, and you naturally see those milestones the closer you get to perfect. The euphoria you get from getting a AA for the first time on a 12 in Beatmania IIDX or 5 perfects from a AAA on a 10 in DDR that first time is phenomenal (at least for my teenage mind it was at the time.) Because you were that much closer to perfection. And the high you got when you actually got a perfect score on something difficult, well I’d imagine its the same feeling you’d get from winning a major. (if you’re one of the kids that AAA’d max300 on DDR or a hard 12 on IIDX you know what I’m talking about.)
So here’s my question for the older players.
Did you yourselves have an “awakening” in 3rd strike? (A moment where this game just became clear to you.) Or is it really about recognizing and acknowledging those milestones which build up to this enlightenment you acquire about the game? If you did have a moment like that or specific milestones you’d like to share I want to know. In a complex fighting game those milestones might not be so apparent. Obviously motivation is really important for improving in this game, especially in 2013. I’m just curious whether I should just have faith that some day I will be as good as these great players (that awakening or enlightenment) or if I should be paying more attention to my own little milestones as a generator of motivation to keep striving for that perfection.