I’ve known this guy, let’s just call him Blanka for the sake of this story because that’s who his main is in Street Fighter IV, for about oh, five or six years. And we’ve been into fighting games for about a year and a half. We started off “training” with this other guy - I’m gonna call him Ryu for now - who had been playing fighting games since SF2 came out, and we both sucked for a while at Third Strike and such until the big wave of new fighting games hit last year with Street Fighter IV, BlazBlue, etc. and we both got better.
Ever since then it’s been fun coming over to Ryu’s house to play fighting games with Blanka and Ryu (and whoever else). For the most part. But Blanka is possibly the saltiest player I know, and is unfortunately one of the most easily upset when shit doesn’t go his way.
I’ll give you a few examples of why he’s kind of a crappy person to play with.
Most of Blanka’s opinions on fighting games comes from Ryu’s opinions. Not a big deal until we get to…
Tekken. Ryu hates Tekken, so does Blanka. But whenever Tekken comes up Blanka has to rip the game to shreds, despite his only experience being one game of TTT and a few games of T2. I have no problems with other people having a different opinion but I had to watch him be a total dick to this other guy, I’ll call him Hakumen, just because he mentioned being excited for Tekken 6, saying shit like “I can’t wait until they release a special Tekken arcade stick with just one button you can mash repeatedly because that’s all you need to win at Tekken” and in response to the series’ critical acclaim “Well mainstream game reviewers are mostly retards, that’s why they’d give shit fighting games like Tekken a high score.” By the way, based on my conversations with Hakumen, he likes pretty much every “mainstream” fighting game ever made, not just Tekken. He also tried to explain why Tekken sucks with the following: “In Soul Calibur IV, the only really broken, masher-friendly character is Kilik, but that’s just one guy. In Tekken, everyone feels broken because no matter who you pick or how good you get at it, someone can just mash one button and beat you.” Again, this is from someone who has little experience with the game mechanics.
He hates one-button throwing to a point that any time he loses, it’s never his fault, it’s the throw system’s fault every time. Doesn’t matter if it’s SF2HDR, TvC, X-Men vs Street Fighter, KOF - if it has one-button throwing (or “over-heavy throwing” as he calls it), it’s garbage and that’s why he loses. I’ve seen him try and throw Ryu in a few matches where he’s been pressured and backed into a corner, he won’t throw and then throws a fit over it. “OH MY GOD FUCKING OVER-HEAVY THROWING IN THIS GAME IS SO RETARDED FUCK”. Sometimes it’s funny to see him get pissed about this, most of the time, it’s just pathetic.
On a related note, watching and listening to him get upset about fighting games is just awful. He gets angry over the most insignificant shit. Like I said, it’s funny sometimes, then it quickly gets annoying.
Tried to convince me and other people that the PS3 FightPad is worse than the Xbox 360 pad because “the D-pad is stiffer” despite the two models being built with the same parts. His only experience with the PS3 pad was an SFIV tournament at the nearby Game Crazy. (I will say Blanka has a very noticeable anti-PS3 bias…mostly because Ryu has one too.)
Never watches match videos on his own, and never consults the internet about much of anything. Because he hangs out with Ryu, who’s been playing fighting games since 1991 and thus can’t be wrong about anything fighting-game related. Usually quicker to believe anything from Ryu than anything I found out on SRK or elsewhere regardless of how bogus it is (i.e. Tager being god tier in BBCT).
Now I’ve been friends with Blanka forever, so I don’t want to just be a dick and end our friendship over his douchebaggy behavior when it comes to fighting games. But, what should I do about him or any other douchebag when it comes to fighting games?
Also, feel free to share stories of jerks you know personally that used to or currently play fighting games with you.