Well this is ironic to post on the Shoryuken Forums.
I will admit this right out the gate, I am not a very good player. I love fighting games but I’ve never been actually good with them. Although I owned the original on Dreamcast, it wasn’t until the XBL/PSN port of MvC2 and the release of BlazBlue that I started to actually become curious as to HOW moves were performed in fighting games besides merely mashing buttons and see what happens.
One thing that has bewildered me ever since I started learning fighting game mechanics is the Shoryuken Z-Motion. For years, even before I paid attention, I found myself doing it by pure accident and still do. I still don’t really understand how to do it consciously. I’m beginning to get better at it but only barely. I still do it by accident and most times I try to do it intentionally end up registering as a Hadoken motion or just don’t work at all. This especially screws me up in fighting games since essential moves are often mapped to a Shoryuken or Reverse Shoryruken motion (Motions which took me ages to make sense of as being Forward+Down+DiagonalForwardDown and I still kind of don’t get it).
I know this sounds like I’m complaining about my own lack of skill, but I have to ask how is everyone able to pull this off so easily? It makes no sense to me.