Now that we’ve talked about certain aspects as to why people play fighting games, whether it be for socialization, entertainment or developing skills that could be applied to real life, let’s look at some of the barriers players face.
Again, we’re going to use Miller’s article as a reference to one of the hardest things that a newcomer or even a professional player sometimes faces today: execution. Execution is the ability to implement a character’s moves through a series of inputs on a controller. As Miller says in his article, there are two main aspects when it comes to execution: the what and the how, Understanding both is crucial in your game plan to winning.
“Many fighting game neophytes are intimidated by developing the execution skillset; it’s not as hard as it looks,” Miller says in his article.
Take for example, in the above video, the “hadouken”, performed by doing a down, down-forward and forward motion with any punch button looks difficult, but is pretty common in most character skill sets in any fighting game.
“There’s a barrier for execution,” Henry Choi, UCI alumni, said. “It’s part of the game. There’s a lot of people who can’t even do a Hadouken fireball motion with a button press.”
According to Chris “Delta” Yenko, an avid anime fighting game player who started competitively in 2009, says just have fun and play the game. In his case, competitively.
“Playing fighting games casually, it can be fun for some people but most of the time the longevity of it is not as much as opposed to a player who invested time into learning how the game is played competitively,” Yenko said. “The level of depth is a lot, which makes the longevity a lot better.”
To sum it up, fighting games while hard are also very fun and rewarding in the long-term run. Like anything else, it all takes time and commitment. If anything, Shoryuken (SRK) provides very good strategy and must read articles besides the usual news stories for those wanting to learn tips or tricks for the games they play.