If you’ve ever felt that your opponent online (or offline) has “cheesed you to death,” or gotten a win off you in a “cheap” and/or “cheesy” manner, then read on.
Now first off, let’s look at what you probably consider “cheesy.” I’m guessing that your loss came from someone repeating the same move or sequence of moves over and over again. I’m also guessing that that same move or sequence of move gave you no other obvious options, or that they shut down a favorite tactic of yours.
Now I’m pretty sure that when the above happens, you’re first impulse is to either rage and send hatemail to that person, or rage in the forums about some “cheap” or “cheese” player. However, in the interest of actually helping yourself become better, I’m going to ask you to stop yourself from doing that and actually consider the ff. points.
1. Both you and your opponent want to win.
At the end of the day, all that the game knows is winning or losing. It doesn’t really care about how you get there. Combine that with the fact that winning is generally more enjoyable than losing, then it’s safe to assume that both players want to win and are playing to do so. Of course, you already know this (or at least think you do), however, what’s important is how this relates to the next points.
2. Your loss was your fault.
Yes, I know it’s easier to blame the other guy and say that he was “cheap” or “cheesy,” but that doesn’t help you at all. Both of you were simply (or supposed to be) playing to win.
Now if the other guys is being “cheesy,” then they’re likely using the same move or series of moves throughout the match. Now, considering that that person also wants to win, then it’s safe to say that they have discovered that, against you, using those moves or sequence of moves over and over again is the safest, most efficient way to win. In other words, the other player was simply doing what they thought was necessary to win against you and who can fault them for that. This off course, leads us to our next point.
3. It’s your responsibility to overcome the "cheese."
If you’re being overwhelmed (or at least beaten) by someone using the same move or series of moves over and over again, then at this point you should start to ask yourself why exactly you fall to that move or series of moves. Because honestly, it’s both impossible and unethical to ask people to stop doing that same move or series of moves against you so you can win (because, this is a fighting game, and everyone wants to win).
Now, as I said, it’s your responsibility to figure out why you’re losing to that move or series of moves. It could be a number of reasons, personal bad habits, lack of knowledge, lack of skill or it might simply be a character match up issue. Bad habits are easily taken care of if you make the conscious effort to avoid them. Lack or skill and knowledge can be fixed by practice as well as doing research in sites like SRK. As for character and match up issues, research and work can lead to ways to swing the match up in your favor, if not, well the game begins at the character select screen - sometimes, learning a new character could lead to a better appreciation of the game in the long term.
The point of all these points is this, the temptation to label something as “cheesy” (and/or “cheap”) is nothing but a arbitrary label, a mental roadblock that you’ve put up for yourself that keeps you from becoming a better player. Once you overcome this and actually learn to start thinking critically about your game and how to overcome stuff like this, then you’re on your way to becoming a better player.