well he said “i wish i could do that”. use it as a stepping stone. teach him specifically what he likes about what he’s viewing. marvel is actually an EXCELLENT game for that, because of all the combos and eye-candy.
for instance, way back when i was learning marvel super heroes, i couldn’t do full aircombos. coming from sf and other fgs, it was just too many buttons in fast sequence that i couldn’t get my hands to do what my brain was telling them. i’d see other ppl doing them and say to myself “i wish i could do that” too. after quite some time, i realized a good way for me to learn them was to look at my hands as i’m doing the combo. i did that for a few hours, and began to get the hang of it. in a few more hours, i had it down. one of the other local players was VERY fresh to msh and fg’s in general, and had the same problem as me. after he saw that i finally learned to do the combos, he asked me how i learned them and i told him how. he said “but i wanna see the combo”. i said to him, you’ll eventually see them after you learn them. he took my advice, and a few days later, he was doing full aircombos himself (this guy would go on to BEAT ME DOWN in future marvel games to the point i had to ask myself, how the hell did he get so good?, when i met him, he could barely do 2 hit combos, but i was happy that i helped him level up when he was new, considering i taught him some other elements about the game as well). try that with your friend. after he begins to feel rewarded for what he’s learned, then ease him into the rest of fighting game elements. you may actually want to sandbag or use characters you’re not so good with so he doesn’t get discouraged. but once you feel he’s learned enough, thrash his ass and let him know there’s still more to work on. if he’s really learned to love fighters up until then, he’ll stick around irregardless of losing. if not, oh well, you tried.
also, let him know fps games are crap, and fighting games are where its at. haha