You are correct that there is no short answer, but the shortest answer I can give is that:
- I have a good idea of what to look for / what to try (based on previously known combos/glitches).
- I’m patient enough (or OCD enough) to try every single variable.
- Sometimes I just get random ideas in my head for a combo or glitch. About half of them actually work.
I think the key is #2 though. For example, in this vid, the entire intro (Zangief, Ryu, Juggs, Rogue, Dictator shadows, Ryu shadows), plus the later Dictator combo, plus the setup for the Mags/Storm combo were all just different variables of the Manhattan stage glitch (with breaking the ground). About half of Volume VIII was just different variables of the dead characters glitch, and the other half was just different variables of the Venom throw glitch.
Basically when I find a new glitch, I don’t just think, “OK - that’s cool.” I think, “How else can I exploit this”. I then spend the next 8 months testing out every possibility I can think of. :wasted:
(By the way, the transcript has been uploaded.)