I have been playing for years. Started on the Golden China. Its what my jut country imported because our racist government caused so much crap for us that Nintendo wanted nothing to do with us. But I was so young it was just smash buttons and win or lose. When playing Street Fighter 2 one of my cousins accidentally did Ryu’s Haduken and we spent a whole day trying to recreate what happened. And from then we slowly started figuring out other special moves for the rest of the cast. But it was then smashing buttons. Stressing out a special. Smashing buttons. Win or lose.
When the PS1 rolled around. I had some mates who had Tekken. And we would spend ages playing the game. Same for Mortal Kombat and any other fighters people had at the houses. Accidentally linking some combos and just repeating them as we would. But it was still just to waist some time.
When the original Xbox came out I had Dead or Alive. And some others. But I had no friends because at that time I moved to a different area. And nobody in the area played fighters. So I played a lot of the single player game. And found the game rather hard. So I put in time to learn some sort of strategy and found ways to beat the opponents. I didn’t realize I was teaching myself spacing and timing. And how to counter.
Then it was the 360. And no friends to play fighters with. So the whole generation I let the genre slip by. Except the odd game of Soul Caliber when friends from out of town visited. When The PS4 was released, the local second hand game shop had a massive sale on PS3 games. And I picked up SF4. The game felt so weird to me. So I You-tubed it to see if I should keep playing. And I found out about Evo and more importantly, Maximilian Dood. I watched tons of his vids and realized how competitive the scene was. And as a violently competitively person I picked up MKX for the Xb1. And googled some tutorials. That’s when I really started practicing and realized the work I put in with DOA had really helped. And I destroyed all the newer mates I had made over the previous few years. And it brought back so many good memories off all the old mates and the times we spent playing games. I found a tournament was happening in a month. So I trained even harder. I placed in the top 8. And got completely embarrassed when I had to play another gamer who had also practiced. That’s when I found the local FGC group on Facebook and have been setting up jam sessions with the new crew.
Only after finding like minded competitive people and really analyzing what I do have I felt comfortable with fighting games. It was a long time. And while I was winning more than loosing right from the start. I was never trying. I think its the fact that I take it seriously now do I feel the comfort. Because that’s what it means to me. And its forced me to make new friends. When I look back at it, I was always a fighting game player. But the people I played with didn’t bring it out in me. I will never change the past for anything. But I do wish I tried harder earlier. On a side note. I have friends that wont play me now. Because I just roll them. And they are comfortable with the way in which they play.
I suppose a lot of my comfort with fighting games also comes from the fact that I do martial arts. From Judo as a kid. To Olympic style wrestling. Then Muay Thai and boxing now. Along with submission wrestling. And from that I have learnt a lot about how to read a situation. Its not exactly the same in a game. But I find it definitely helps understanding the dynamic of fighters. And planning strategies.
And holy junk. I just looked up and saw that wall of text. I’m just ending it here. Haha.
TL:DR. I felt comfortable when I found people that take it as seriously as I do. And in playing better people I could implement spacing and such things I had learned from actual martial arts.