I’ve noticed our habit of always, every second in those 99 seconds of a round, nonstop inputting something to the controller, mainly crouch-blocking when there is no imminent threat of an attack right then and there.
I’ve come to appreciate how just “letting my guard go to neutral” (i.e. entering the character’s idle stance), helps to get a quick overview of just where I am right at that moment, where the opponent is, and just a clearer picture of what he might be thinking. It’s sort of like taking a quick timeout to get a different perspective when you pause for a moment. When you’re constantly walking back and forward for positioning, you’re kind of stuck in that “path”, in a way, sometimes. I also feel it takes away a great deal of stress from the situation, if I just pause for a moment, and take my time.
I remember several occasions where Daigo just paused like that, namely in that “Evo moment #37”, and the commentators actually felt a need to comment on him simply not actually inputting any actions for like just half a second.
I think that’s a little odd, how we feel that we need to be inputting commands like at least a crouch-block, from the moment a round starts until it ends.
I’ve played like Chun’s who might throw full-screen fireballs, and since they dissipate before reaching my character, I haven’t needed to input any commands, and this leads them to think I’m either experiencing lag, or they think I’m messing around with them.
It seems like some feel that it’s a form of disrespect, but that’s definitely not my intention, but I feel it really helps me to alleviate stress from the moment, and to get a better perspective on the situation.