This thread is suppsoed to be a grid layout akin to an RPG’s statistic screen(only it applies to Street Fighter & KOF players instead). These are the main statistics that all players have. Some players are better in some areas than others and vice versa.
mental energy - Mental Energy is how much mind energy you have. It it how long you can stay on the top of your max game plan. Game play dwindles as time goes on so you are not always going to be on the top of your game. Some people can stay on the top of their game longer than others. What they have more than the other players who cannot stay on the top of their game as long is mind energy.
judgement/reason - Knowing when to forget(to keep your mental forget clean) and when not to forget. Knowing when to finish with a super and when to save your meter for the next round.
strategical mental thinking ability - Your overall game plan. how much fighting ability you have(Someone with a bad game plan can beat someone with a good game plan by using the other statistics well)
mental forget - How long you can go without forgeting something, how many things your mind can hold. Some people’s minds can hold more than the next persons mind and vice versa. Likewise, some people can go a very long time without forgetting(simple example: Ken just landed two supers on you in 3rd strike and you are thinking of a way to come back(next round) but you don’t exactly remember how he landed them(how you got set up)
speed thinking - How fast you can think on the fly. Some people can naturally think faster than others and some can develop this talent overnight.
hand to mind dexterity(execution to you and me) - What the Japanese are known for. The Japanese are simply more mentally adept and have more hand dexterity than us Americans. The Japanese also can do more things at once than the American players can. They can pull off a high execution requiring combo and still use 2 other mind grid statistics at the same time.
If you feel as if I’m leaving out something feel free to chime in. I am looking for more perspectives on the way of 2d fighting games.
Now me personally, I feel as if I excell at strategical mental thinking ability. I tend to not go towards execution style characters in figting games seeing as how I’d rather use the easier character(for instance, I’d pick Cable over Magneto). Execution lowers your strategical mental thinking ability but if(and only if) you pull off your combo then it is not lowered. If you can get the same damage using less execution then you have more strategical mental thinking ability than the person who has to pull off more execution to get the same effect(this is the area that I excell at). Then there is the fact that that high execution requiring combos cannot be landed everytime unless your name is Squall Leonhart(a guy who started the gameFF8 with 255% dexteritymaxed out dexterity). The fact that the combo will not land everytime lowers one’s strategical mental thinking ability(overall gameplan) because you will expect your huge hitting combo to take effect but it misses and the opponent is constantly landing his less damgaging but easier execution level combos. Not to mention the fact that everytime you land a high execution level combo your mind energy dwindles as well.
I suspect that top players have figured out ways to maximize their mind enegy, mental forget(probably by playing chess) and other mind grid statistics. Eating good foods can help clear your mind as well.
All in all though it has to do with knowing when to forget and when not to forget(judgement/reason). At the end of a lost match you want to just remember the key ingredients as to why you lost(this ties in with David Sirlin’s brick wall strategy as well). You don’t want to remember the entire match because then you are wasting your mental forget. Your mind can only hold so many things and overloading your mind with hundreds of annotations WILL dwindles your mental forget which will overall dwindle your mind energy. So, knowing when to forget and when not to forget(judgement/reason) can be a key ingredient when it comes to saving mind energy.
Not everyone’s mind grid statistics are the same and there are ways to develop mind grid statistics.