I have spent some time over the past few weeks watching/reading all of the guides in the Newbie Dojo, but I came away with some unanswered questions about exactly when startup frames start, when input is registered in the game, and then how that pertains to links.
I understand the idea of startup frames, active frames, recovery, being +/-, all that stuff. What I don’t understand is exactly how the game responds to my inputs when I press a button.
If I press a button on frame 0, does the first startup frame begin on frame 1? If so, does this imply that there is a 1/60 second window where I can theoretically press the button but the startup frames will begin at the EXACT same time?
Does there need to be any sort of frame gap between links? In the tutorial videos I watched, Balrog was shown to come back to Neutral before beginning the 2nd move in the link- is this all how links must be done? To try and clarify, I am asking if there must be any gap between the recovery frames of move A and the startup frames of move B- can I go straight from recovery into startup?
I would prefer to ignore stuff about execution and plinking, I am more just interested in how the engine itself responds to input to better my understanding of all this frame stuff. Thanks in advance for any help.