Every time I play SF4 I just can’t seem to relax. I’m so worried about getting my combos out and making sure I can get into a certain attack so that I can combo off of it and I just wind up not even thinking about what the other opponent is doing and I leave myself open and I lose every time. (The run on sentence was to show how ridiculous it gets.)
But I made a development when I was playing SSF2HDR. I was playing as Ken and I was fighting the computer (Blanka). I was doing terribly. I would leave myself open for easy attacks and I was just getting rocked. I kept worrying about my attacks and combos (like I said in the beginning), and the computer would just continue to destroy me despite how much I attempted my j.MK -> HP xx HP Shoryuken combo.
But after one match I just went into the round not even worrying about what I should do. I just simply played. And I won! Easily. I kept doing this until I got through round after round like I was messing around in training mode. What a development, relaxing my mind makes be a better player!
Another interesting thing that happened because of this, is that the game became fun again. When I would over-think the game and worry, it became this challenge that I could never beat. But when I just relaxed it became a fun game with buttons to press and attacks to counter the enemy on the screen.
I’m sure this is something any player worth his salt has realized, and I always knew that a relaxed gamer is a better gamer. But up until this point, I was never able to relax during a fight. So for those of you newbs like me, just try to stop thinking for a little bit. Just have fun. And if you’re good enough, you’ll start winning too!
tl;dr Relax your mind and body and the game becomes fun and easy to play.
I just wanted to tell this anecdote in hopes that it will help other newbs like myself become better fighters.
P.S. I understand that a computer match is completely different than a player match. And I’m also sure that you have to apply some different thinking for a more complex game like SF4 or SF:3S.