Ok. I guess I’ll start with the Arcade Stick questions. I recently got one, I only had about 10 hours clocked with a pad before I decided to just go ahead and buy a stick (I had read that very little carries over from pad to stick), I watched videos and studied while I waited for the stick to show up.
- So, what’re your opinions on macros? I.E. Using the fourth buttons of each row for “lp, mp, hp” and “lk, mk, hk”. I’ve heard this is tournament legal, but do you think it helps a player or simply leads to bad practices?
- How long did it take you to be proficient with a stick? I’ve only on occasion ever used one before (at arcades, even then, I wasn’t a fighting game player). I feel like I’m kind’ve getting the hang of it, but it’s still a bit challenging.
- How long would you guess you practiced before you felt like you weren’t a sprout? I’ve only practiced a little, and while I can tell that I’ve improved I feel like I could still easily get beaten by someone who has literally never played FGs before.
Now some musing and one more question: I Was thinking about what it must’ve been like before consoles, when anyone who wanted to be good at an arcade game basically had to spend a ton of money to get even decent, and how that might’ve curbed some people’s enthusiasm about fighting games. I know that arcades are still going super strong in Japan, so it makes me wonder how many of them got good simply through playing via the arcade. It just seems like a brutal way to learn. No difficulty settings, and if you lose you have to give up some more cash (this is assuming that you didn’t somehow own an arcade cabinet/arcade). Did any of you learn like this? How was it?