Greetings and salutations. I’ve been hanging around the Newbie Saikyo Dojo for some time now and have been contributing where I can. However, recently I’ve been trying to teach a good friend of mine the intricacies of SFIV… from scratch. He’s never touched a fighter before this one, and he’s now got perhaps a month or so of experience under his belt. It’s been difficult to say the least but I feel like I’m making definite progress. However, this brings me to the problems…
He’s making great headway when it comes to the elementary basics of the game: he knows his jabs from his fierces and his lows from his roundhouses. He understands how to throw, focus attack and taunt and he understands basic shoto commands (qcf’s, dp motions, qcb’s, etc.). He even gets how to do some Ultras (with about a 25% success rate in execution). The primary problem I’m encountering, however, is that he seems to become extraordinarily flustered and aggravated when things don’t go “right.” For example, playing arcade mode on the easiest setting he will become furious when a stage 4 Abel continuously command throws him after his blocked or whiffed hurricane kick. His low rate of success with Ultra execution plummets even lower when faced with stress, and he seems to quickly forget techniques I try to go over with him in Training Mode when it comes to real competition.
This is nothing new for him, of course - I’ve been playing games with him since we were in middle school, and he often gets hot-headed in any competitive game, from FPS’s to racers. Only problem being, I’ve never been trying to teach him another game at the same level as SFIV. It’s becoming increasing frustrating for me as I can’t seem to alleviate the stress being heaped upon his fledgling shoulders.
This brings me to the actual questions: does anyone have any advice for making the early training hurdles more fun and less stressful? It’s been so long since I’ve had to learn what he’s learning that I’ve forgotten how I overcame them myself… I know I was self-taught, having no friends who played fighters to the level I did, but I persevered and crammed out the combos and motions old-style (pre-SFIV shortcuts). And aside from straight up telling him to “practice”, which I do, and which I’m unsure he has actually taken to heart and done on his own free time, I feel I’m doing everything in my teaching power to aid him at this juncture. And I do feel he sincerely wants to learn the game, it’s simply a matter of overcoming the pressures of newbdom. So… any advice for making the learning / teaching process less of a hassle would be greatly appreciated.
tl;dr - Any advice how to make my easily frustrated newbie friend have more fun whilst learning beginner’s SFIV?