I’ve always been bizarrely intrigued by what stick players like to do between rounds. Here are some common ones I’ve noticed:
When a player has lost the round because a move didn’t come out, they’ll do that motion/input over and over again like they’re drilling it.
Some players like spinning the joystick in circles, over and over again. This is more common on American parts, and usually they don’t press any buttons.
When a player has won the round, they will sometimes drum their buttons to the music between rounds. This is happens most often when they feel like their game is really on-point at the moment, like if it was a very clean, decisive win against an opponent whose skill they respect.
I know there are more but that’s all I can think of off the top of my head.
These definitely show up more in casual play or when people are playing online (ie. the opponent is not in the room); surprisingly, under the pressure of competition, I find people are more likely to keep their tics in check… y’know, poker faces and whatnot.
Just a fun observation: you can spot an inexperienced (or nervous) player because he absolutely will not let go of the controls between rounds. They just hold on to that shit like the next round could start at any second, or the stick and buttons might disappear if they move their hands away.