After spending a couple days in Tokyo practicing AE, and then playing in the Indonesian Fighting Game Championship(Props to Advance Guard for hosting such an awesome fighting game tournament), I’ve learned a bunch of new things and much of the experience from MtG tournaments came back to me.
- Murphy’s Law is your Biggest Opponent: Don’t think your arcade stick will break? It will. Hoping to get an easy bracket? You won’t, enjoy playing pros round two. 80% of the battle is played in the game, the other 20% is not letting Murphy’s Law distract you from winning.
- CAN YOU HEAR THE HYPE?!?!?!: For a lot of players, their gaming atmosphere is often sitting at home playing SSF4/KoFXIII/etc online or hanging out with some friends. Usually relatively quiet with maybe some music in the background or your friends having a conversation on how your character is cheap. Now think of how loud the last concert/sporting event/etc you went to was and imagine that noise right behind you while you’re playing.
- Your opponent isn’t psychic, you just hit buttons like a game of Wack a Mole: If you’re going to be playing side by side, your opponent will be able to see your hands moving as well as hear your buttons. This may not seem like much, but if your opponent hears/sees you button mashing after getting knocked down, they have a good idea what you’re trying to do.
- Don’t let downtime knock you down and out: Most online warriors are spoiled these days. When they want to play a match, they have their next match at their fingertips, one right after another. Real tournaments don’t work that efficiently despite how much work the tournament organizers put in. People go get food/take a piss break/just leave without telling anybody/etc, and these will add time to each round. Having to keep alternating between peak performance and resting is taxing and adds up quickly during a long event.
- Outside of a match, everybody is really cool: The only time that is taken seriously at a tournament is during a match, besides that everybody is there to learn how to get better, meet other players and most of all, have a good time.
I flew into Jakarta for the Indonesia Fighting Game Championships not knowing anybody and ended up having one of the best weekends of my life. I got to hang out with Zhi and Xian, got to know a bunch of Indonesian players and learned a lot about Indonesia in the process (Btw, their food is god tier).
- Brain Food doesn’t come from a vending machine: Eating Doritos and chugging Mountain Dew may be your go to food during an all nighter, but during a tournament, you need to be at your best. Eat, sleep well and drink lots of water to keep hydrated.
If you have any other words of wisdom for beginners, post them in the comments.
Ahoi, Last weekend, I was in Tokyo, leveling up my SF4AE skills at actual arcades for the Indonesian fighting games championships. Tokyo’s called the mecca for fighting games and didn’t disappoint. Arcades were seemingly everywhere and skilled players were the norm.
Of the arcades I went to, the Taito station in Ikebukukoro had the most players and even a few that I recognized; Nishikun, Gotcha Boi and Chocoblanka. The atmosphere reminded me of Le Louvre, spectators/students watching the masters and then taking a couple rounds to apply it. It’s rather impressive how well arcade players convert cigarette smoke and energy drinks into amazing SSF4 ae gameplay, if we could somehow focus that ability on global warming, it’d be taken care of within two 99 second blocks. The most popular characters I saw were: Vega, Adon and of course, Ryu. Gameplaywise, I have never seen so few dropped combos. One hit and you will took a full combo, no questions asked.
Adon being a popular choice meant that everyone was well prepared and used to much better play than what I do and as such, my battle rank reflects it, 4000bp, C rank, 26% winrate. The Japanese arcade ranking system is much different than on XBL, level ups happen every 1000 points, every loss nets 50 or so points, and each letter rank has 3 sub ranks; D/DD/DDD/next rank. Now to what makes Japanese players the best in the world. It’s not the amount of time they practice or being shoulder to shoulder with the pros,
It’s this monstrosity: Dear mother of all that is holy, that is a Street Fighter movie cabinet in all it’s Jean Claude Van Damme flash kicking glory. For those who are slacking, they know a trip to the penalty box awaits them shooting lightning from Bison’s hands.