I’ve been playing fighting games since Vanilla SF2. I have owned basically all of the big name titles out there. 2D, 3D, you name it. I have never played competitively, but I’ve always had a decent understanding of the fundamentals.
Around when SSF4 was about to come out, a friend of mine dabbled in SF4 a bit, but was definitely in need of help. I took him under my wing and showed him the ropes. SSF4 comes out, he finds a character he truly enjoys playing with(Dudley), and proceeds to submerge himself in the online community. Fast foward to today… I can barely touch the guy. We’ve always had an online rivalry up to now, and we get a local fight night in like once a month. I realize part of this is due to just knowing habits, but most of it is… he’s just flat out above my skill level now.
So, I have to ask… what do I do? It’s not much fun playing a friend who consistently beats the crap out of you. The crazy improvement over a short period makes it pretty damn frustrating. As much as I love playing, I can barely stomach playing him for long periods anymore. I try to improve, but he always seems to be a step ahead no matter what. How do you deal?