The same guy who gets owned at SC by people who've never touched the game? That's not a huge display of skill on your part. How many people do you play against anyway? For all I know "everyone you've ever played" means 4 people. Do you play online? Are you playing against people who aren't in your household? If you're losing or almost losing to people who don't know what they're doing, you aren't as good as you think you are.Originally Posted by TinMan
Fighting game AI is ass. Even VF4's AI (which stomps every other fighting game out there) has massive holes in it. Even an average player is more challenging than AI. I can play GGX2 on maniac difficulty and damn near triple-perfect my way through every match. That doesn't mean I'm winning tournamentsI could play Deadly Alliance on max difficulty and finish Quan Chi/Shang Tsung (whichever was the final battle) with two flawless victories in a row. I am NO slouch at those games.
All that proves is you can't play those games. If someone's button mashing then EVERYTHING you do becomes a counter-hit. That means that EVERYTHING you do does extra damage. EVERYTHING you do causes a stun or launches them into the air, which leads into constant combos for you. EVERYTHING you do is guaranteed to connect because they'll be so busy button mashing that they can't guard/GI/parry. Everything, and I mean everything is massively stacked in your favor. Losing to a masher, especially in Tekken and SC, should be nearly impossible. There's just too much going for you. The very fact that they can't/won't defend themselves practically wins the match for you. Even simpler fighting games like DOA follow those rules.But I have had people that never played before get close to beating me (or at least beat me in one round) because I underestimated the randomness of button mashing. All I'm saying is that I've seen a lot accomplished by button mashing in Tekken and SC, not to mention that I don't like the control response in either one or the side stepping.