I’m tired but I thought I’d give this a go.
I like to think that there’s two kind of reasons for a loss: Reasons outside the game, and reasons inside the game.
Examples of Reasons outside the game: “I only got 3 hours of sleep,” “Online is laggy,” “My controller is faulty,” “The opponent’s a lame-ass scrub using the same tactic over and over” and perhaps worst of all, "This game is shit."
Examples of Reasons inside the game: “I performed a shoryuken at the wrong time and got punished,” “I jumped in too much and got anti-aired,” and many more.
The thing is the game doesn’t give a shit if your controller is faulty. It ain’t gonna stop dead in its tracks and say “Your controller work yet, sweetie?” Hell no. Your in-game ass is gonna be beat. The only thing the game cares about is if your sorry-ass health bar gets beaten down to zero. No compromises.
You got 3 hours of sleep? Get more sleep. Your online is laggy? Get better internet. Your controller is faulty? Get a better controller. And the last two? Stop being a pussy and grow up. All this has nothing to do with the game.
Now that that’s over with, let’s move on to reasons inside the game. A good way to see reasons inside the game is to watch the replay. The replay tells no lies. It shows every little thing you did wrong. Every mistiming, every whiff, every punish that never was, everything. When you look at the replay it looks back at you. You realize that you suck.
Acknowledging the reasons outside the game seems positive at first, but in the long run it is negative. You *think * that your loss is not your fault and that it was the fault of some outside entity. You finish the match feeling like a million bucks because, hey, you’re perfect. But then you run into the wall of never getting better. You never exit your perfect little world. You keep dropping those combos. You never punish. You stay mediocre.
Acknowledging the reasons inside the game seems negative at first, but in the long run it is positive. You know that your loss is your own fault. This is tough because you need to realize that you’re not perfect. But then you get better. Ever since you realized your flaws, You stopped dropping those combos. You started fully capitalizing off your opponent’s mistakes. Before you know it you’re way better than you ever thought you were gonna be!
Scrubs are likely to acknowledge reasons outside the game. They refuse to see their mistakes and do not change their play. In their mind their play is perfect. They make excuses such as “That strategy is way too OP. Fix it, Capcom!” To them it is never their fault when they lose.
Good players are likely to acknowledge reasons inside the game. They see their mistakes and work to change their play. In their mind their play can always be better. They make no excuses: “I need to find a way to beat that strategy.” To them it is always their fault when they lose.
You see, a common thread in all these replies is “Think about what you did, fuckboy.” …Okay, maybe without the “fuckboy.”
So in short, don’t go around telling the game “You’re a broken piece of shit.” The game probably ain’t gonna listen! On the off-chance it does, it’s gonna say right back “Think about what you did, fuckboy.” =)