Well this isn’t much of a noobie question or anything; I sort of posted this here so i don’t risk getting bashed by people on the main SFIV forum :S.
We all know that timing is really critical in SFIV. 1 frame links are usually the challenge every player tries to get use to at the beginning in order to maximize combo damage but if you’re a fraction of a second off it could cause you the game.
Anyway incase you aren’t familiar with what I’m talking about; I’ll go ahead and try to explain.
Visual Cue: Is basically adapting your inputs to what you see on the screen. e.g Knowing when to punish Lariats or timing for Sagats 3x c.lk into DP.
Muscle Memory: Adapting your muscle to certain strokes and button pushing sololey relying on memory through practicing.
I was made to believe that top tier pros rely on muscle memory hence it makes you not worry about input lag/screen lags at tournaments; but the question is “Is it really the way to go?”
I see myself doing way better with Visual Cue on CRT’s. 1 Frame links become simple when I just rely on whats going on exactly on the screen and knowing that the next button press is going to connect after a certain motion.
I’m inviting you guys ranging from noobs to top tiers to share there view of how they currently see themselves playing. Do you rely on Muscle memory and constantly adapting your hand strokes and button presses to do combos or do you really rely on what you see on the screen and base your input timing on that. I must note that most players who rely on Visual Cue are extremely hampered when they change from screen to screen with different response time; has anyone been able to overcome that?
I would have nightmares of joining a tournament one day just to notice the screen they are using is 5-10ms off of what I’m use to play on/practice on.
Hope I can get as much feedback as possible.