Commentary is very important within a fighting game community especially within Major’s and stream sessions. But how does one go above and beyond in commentary; it is obviously not something that anyone can do professionally. Be it sports, live events, or otherwise commentary can be applied just about anything. So how can one go about comparing sports terminology and fighting game terminology; each one is very similar to one another because you have to know the aspects, in and outs of that particular event.
How do I go about being a commentator?
practice makes perfect, this motto can be applied to everything but you can start by reviewing commentator work from people such as keits,skisonic, and a host of others during tournaments,sessions, and randbats. you need to be able to communicate and be a social person; this is a must. No one wants to hear someone who mutters or drones on about something that is off topic when in the heat of a match. Learn terminology and how it applies to the specific game you are presenting. Cancels,tech rolls, recovery, fadc, kfc(bleh), etc. are just a few common terms you need to familiarize yourself with when speaking. Knowing when to say them at that very moment will get your audience pumped and into the action.
**what happens if I freeze-up during the match?
tension and nervousness are apart of being a commentator; its important to stay focused and apply real world experience “have you ever made a public speech in school and/or somewhere else before?” what was your demeanor(how you carried yourself or acted) then? another way is to read a page in a book and record yourself on how your tone of voice where and go from there. try to think positive more than likely if you are commentating with someone they will help you out until you recover.
ive heard some bad commentary before, but yet the event was still a sucess
well that event has been established but you can count on a low stream rate if the person commentates may do a poor job, personally I do not like when commentators leave without a good reason. some will just get up and walk off without saying anything to the audience. Do not be afraid to tell some jokes every now and then but this is an advanced step so we can just past this for now.
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