Hey there all your SRK newbie helpers. I’m not completely new to the site (I’ve been lurking for a little while now), so this may be sort of an intro thread too but let’s just get right down to business.
In the wake of SSF4, I have the desire to increase my skill level in the game (I know, big surprise right?). I’ve been a fan of the series for a long time (I remember when I went to the store to buy SF2 for SNES), but only ever at a casual level. At this point, I just want to become a better player and immerse myself more in the SF scene.
Now, as for the background on my end. I would say that my exposure to SF is quite high (I’ve played many of the games and seen an endless number of videos) while my experience with SF is extremely low. Over the years, I only ever got to play against friends (none of which were any good). With the arrival of SF4 and the online system, I finally saw it as an opportunity to play against some fiercer competition (ideally). I proceeded to be trounced by the likes of the online scene. I like to think that I am fairly (fairly being the important word here) savvy to the terminology and basics of the game, however I have never gotten all that serious (or had to means in which to get serious) about the application.
Hopefully, that’s where you guys come in. I’m looking for advice on what a newbie like me should do to start upping his game. Obviously, the “Play, play, play, and when you are done play some more” advice is something I’m aware of (and something I need to do). I’ve also read a lot of posts around here and various other places that say you need to read character specifics, read match ups, read about moves, strategies, etc. I’m aware of that side of the coin (although I would appreciate any more advice anyone could give in this “research” area). What is the best way to apply this researched knowledge?
When it comes to the actual play aspect, I’ve seen mixed opinions about online play (I’m on PS3, btw) and whether or not it is a worthwhile place to improve. I was always under the impression that playing the game in any form (online, offline, vs cpu, etc) could always help you in some way. Is online worth it? When SSF4 hits, how much time should I spend online? Along those same lines, I would love to have someone to play with online who could help me improve, but currently my friends list is void of anyone fitting the bill. If anyone has the urge to become a teacher, or just wants to beat up on a noob, let me know.
Another avenue of play to address is obviously local (i.e. the best avenue). I live in Chicago so I’m sure if I did some looking I could find some group of people to play with. However, I don’t know how I would do that. Any tips on finding local play? Tips for finding people in the area?
Basically, I am looking for advice on a schedule for improving my game. For those gym goers out there, I need a Street Fighter work out plan. How should I separate my time? Online vs. local. Research vs. play. Training vs. real matches. Any goal advice or schedule advice from a seasoned player would be a HUGE help.
I apologize for the wall of text and I eagerly look forward to the SRK user’s advice. Thanks in advance and I really appreciate any help I could get.
If you have any questions for me, fire away.
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