Good starting point for this, thanks for your work. The hardest part of doing anything like this is just getting people involved and getting the project off the ground.
That said, and this is something I harp on a lot, some of these definitions aren’t very useful to most of the people who would be looking for them, really the same problem as the glossary on Sonic Hurricane or almost any other FG glossary I have seen. The problem is that they are written from an advanced/intermediate point of view, and therefore expect understanding of concepts that many new players may be unsure of or completely unfamiliar with. A good glossary entry should define something on its own, rather than forcing people to jump around to several other definitions to try to piece together the bigger picture. For example-
What’s the problem here? Most FG players are surprised by this, but many new players don’t really know what “anti-air” means. It seems like common sense, but as the old proverb says, common sense is hardly common. Anti-air itself is not defined, and then it quickly jumps into discussion of Akuma - a specific character - without talking about what game (ST? SF4?) and using more terminology that people may be unfamiliar with, like SRK and SGS.
Things you have to know to understand this definition include 1. what a meaty attack is 2. frames, active frames, 3. reversal, 4. wakeup. Out of those, only the 4th one is even slightly self explanatory.
Of course, there are many definitions in the list that are perfectly fine, as well, and we don’t necessarily want individual definitions to get unnecessarily complex and long. I would propose a better format for the glossary. Each term should have a simple, 1 or 2 sentence definition that defines the concept as clearly as possible, using a minimum of jargon necessary to keep the definition from turning into a paragraph. Then, for more advanced concepts, it should be followed by a spoiler text field that explains the concept in greater detail, a paragraph or two as necessary, and maybe even specific examples for specific popular games. An example for Safe Jump might be
Safe Jump: A jumping attack on a knocked-down opponent timed to be safe regardless of the opponent’s response. Additional information:
[details=Spoiler] A safe jump is a tactic used against a knocked-down opponent to pressure them with little to no risk. In most fighting games, characters who have special moves that are invincible for a few moments can perform them the first possible moment after being knocked down (with reversal timing - include link to Reversal definition) to counter any attacks. For example, in SF4, if you knock Sagat down and try to sweep him as he gets up, he can perform a reversal Tiger Uppercut, which will beat the sweep because Tiger Uppercut is invincible for a moment when it is first executed (on startup, include link to Startup definition). Safe jumps take advantage of the fact that most moves of this type are immediately invincible, but cannot actually hit the opponent until a few moments later. Going back to the Sagat example, all versions of Tiger Uppercut have 5 frames (include link to Frame definition) of startup - that is, the attack does not hit the opponent for the first 5/60ths of a second of the move. If timed correctly, a character performing a jumping attack against a knocked-down Sagat can land during this 5-frame window and be blocking before the Tiger Uppercut hits. This is a very powerful technique, as when executed correctly, all possible outcomes are advantageous or neutral for the attacker:
- Sagat tries to reversal and fails. In this situation, the jumping attack hits Sagat as he stands up, doing damage and often leading into a combo.
- Sagat does not try to reversal, and forgets to block high or otherwise makes a dumb error. Again, the jumping attack hits as Sagat stands up, doing damage and often leading into a combo.
- Sagat blocks high, blocking the attack. Most jumping attacks will typically leave the attacker at a neutral or advantageous situation when blocked. Make sure to pick the right jumping attack!
- Sagat tries to reversal and succeeds. In this situation, the Tiger Uppercut’s startup invincibility will allow Sagat to go right through the jumping attack, and he will not get hit. However, because Tiger Uppercut has 5 frames of startup, the attacker has time to land and block the Tiger Uppercut, and then punish with whatever they want.
In specific games, the knocked down opponent may have additional options. For example, in SF4, Sagat could Focus Attack (link to Focus Attack definition) on wakeup, absorbing the jumping attack, and then try to dash away to safety. However, in general, these additional options all still result in advantageous or at least neutral situations for the attacker, making the Safe Jump a very powerful technique.
The exact timing of Safe Jump attacks depends on the specific characters involved, and not all characters are vulnerable to them. For example, in SF4, Ryu’s Shoryuken’s (all strengths) have only 3 frames of Startup. Due to SF4’s specific mechanics, characters who perform jumping attacks cannot block for 3 frames after landing (this is called Tripguard - link to Tripguard definition). As a result, it is impossible to Safe Jump Ryu in SF4, as his Shoryuken will hit before the attacker can land and block. In order to get the most out of this advanced technique, learn your matchups! [/details]
In this definition, for the initial definition I tried to boil it down to a simple, 1 sentence explanation that would make sense even to a complete newbie to the game, if a bit lacking on details. Then, there’s the longer mini-essay on the specifics. This requires the introduction of advanced concepts like frames, startup, etc. but I do my best to try to use non-jargon language as much as possible, plus including links to other definitions with more details.
This is obviously a lot more work than just writing the definitions as is, but if we get enough people working on it, I think we could really turn out a great resource for new players that really helps people understand new concepts instead of being intimidated by them.