I’ve found that over the last 2 years of playing SF I’m not learning at the same rate of most of my peers. It might be hard to quantify how my peers are learning his as there’s no real way to determine this except by wins or losses-but there’s more to it than that like how people learn or what they get from experience. Even if I were to exclude my peers from comparison, I know I’m not learning well enough.
Being a visual thinker I thought training videos would help, but I realized that I could only take from them a single concept-something like “oh I didn’t know that worked” even though I had probably done the same thing in training mode and never gave it a second thought.
With match videos from tournaments or online play, I only see the top layer of what’s going on, more like I’m there just watching something happen, not understanding why this or that besides the obvious basics.
Frame data seems like a good concept to understand but applying it in matches is difficult because of the randomness of the opponent. Fighting games aren’t sequential and the game isn’t based on who knows more of the frame data tables than the other guy-they’re more about adaptation.
I’ve sat down with players much more talented than myself and played many sets (Hugo101 beat me 90-3) but I don’t come out learning anything. Why after 2 years of playing do I get almost double-perfected / steamrolled by Marn or any top player?
I thought it was a vision problem so I got (needed) glasses, this may have had a slight effect on ability to focus on character models.
My reactions and coordination aren’t bad, except to throws which seem to be more about pattern recognition rather than the ability to see 2 frames of grab startup or whatever. I bet 99% of people if had to defend against a random CPU grab could not do it, it’s more about prediction.
The only way that I have more success is when people are coaching me over my shoulder during matches telling me what to do. Sounds like cheating right? Well it tells me that I haven’t been able to get my brain to actively think for itself. It’s not a matter of laziness-if it was I wouldn’t have bothered to enter over 30 tournaments, spent hundreds of dollars and countless hours playing.
Anyone have any wacky ways to try to retain information?
What’s not working:
-Playing someone over and over
-2 years of practice
-I forget what happens during matches. If you ask me to recall what happened in the last round I have no recollection.
-Frame data is mostly irrelevant - but not useless.
-Taking notes from practice mode (sort of)
-Logging matches (in Excel)
-Someone coaching me in real-time as I’m playing.
-The time of day has something to do with how well I play but it’s somewhat inconsistent.