I?m hoping some experienced players can share some acquired wisdom with me. I recently got back into fighting games since I picked up SSF4 for console having not really played fighting games for about a decade and a half since SF2 and Mortal Kombat! So obviously I?m quite old compared to the average hardcore gamer, which (unfortunately ;-)) means I have to balance fulltime work & household duties with my gaming passion. This means it just isn?t possible for me to spend many hours a day in training mode or at the arcades and I have to make the most of whatever free time I can get on weeknights after work and the weekends when it comes to Streetfighter.
The main reason I?m into the game is I love the competitive aspect and want to level up and compete against good players but I?ve recently come to a point where I?m a tiny bit disheartened due to these factors:
My main source of competition has been online and there are plenty of players that are better than me but I find the lag often kills my ability to execute moves and ruins the game experience. I?m trying to learn Rufus as my main and online with him can be pretty frustrating and horrible as his rushdown play style is badly affected by lag.
I recently bit the bullet and attended some offline events in my local scene but the skill level of the players at these far exceeds my own. Getting perfected in a mirror match in front of 40 odd people is a pretty brutal experience (happened to me last night at the arcade!) that almost makes you re-evaluate what you are doing playing at all.
So I?ve been thinking about what I should do from here. Obviously spending hours at the arcade just to play 2 games and get completely bodied in every round makes me want to stay in the comfort of my lounge but then I?m stuck with online. So I was thinking I obviously I need to generally level up my game a lot if I want to compete offline. So maybe I should go back to console and just hit up training mode, try to really nail my execution, until I can beat up the CPU using the things I?ve been practicing and when I?m at this level maybe try offline again? Or should I just swallow my pride, keep turning up to the offline events and hope some of the better players skill might rub off through osmosis and by watching them play?