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Super Street Fighter IV makes me angry… at myself

Super Street Fighter IV makes me angry… at myself

Hakan

“Stay calm. Concentrate on the screen.”

A whole series of Super Nintendo TV ads from about 1992-93 opened with these words, including one advertising the release of Street Fighter II on the system. That advert, and those words in particular, have stuck with me more than any other games ad ever. Possibly more than any ad ever. Yet the irony is that to this very day, now more than ever in fact, I am wholly unable to follow those two simple instructions when playing Street Fighter. And it’s tearing me apart.

Before I even started playing Super Street Fighter IV for review, I was apprehensive. I hadn’t really played Street Fighter IV for a while, mainly because I’d ended up unofficially banning myself from doing so. Not because I didn’t like the game – far from it. If anything I like it too much. It’s clearly an incredible game, no question about it. I had to ban myself because I realised that it’s so good that I am not good enough for it. This is more than frustrating. It’s heartbreaking.

My problem isn’t with the AI, or with other players being cheap, or other players being too good. My problem isn’t even with Seth. My problem is me. I can’t stay calm. And I can’t concentrate on the screen.

A big part of my problem is that I grew up with Street Fighter II and Street Fighter II Turbo on the SNES, then played a lot of all three Street Fighter Alpha titles as a student. All of these games I played with a pad, never a stick. And I never felt this put me at a disadvantage. Street Fighter IV is awkward with a pad though, mainly because you really want eight attack buttons within easy reach of your right hand. The standard PS3 pad has six. Even the official Mad Catz Street Fighter pads only have seven, with the eighth sitting on that awkward left shoulder. So I decided to play Super Street Fighter IV with a stick. It’s really hard to unlearn then relearn Street Fighter instincts built up over 18 years mind you so, to give myself the best chance possible, I used the best stick money can buy (or, in my case, a games journalist can blag): the Tournament Edition FightStick.

At first, everything was fine. Playing against low-level AI I found I was able to pull off pretty much any move I wanted 90% of the time. I’m not talking about advanced combo strings or anything – I’m not that hardcore – just Specials, Supers, Ultras and so on. Even a pad man like me can appreciate what a sweet stick it is. But just as I thought I was getting used to it, the AI started to improve, getting more aggressive and putting more pressure on me. For a few matches I enjoyed the rush of adrenaline that only a tightly contested Street Fighter match can provide, but before long I became unable to contain it. Unable to stay calm. Unable to concentrate on the screen.

Two hours after I started playing, I was a wreck. Sweating, shaking, red-faced, stressed out, genuinely upset and completely unable to play properly. My mind simply couldn’t communicate to my hands what it wanted them to do any more. Once the adrenaline gets into my hands, their movements become too fast, too violent, less controlled and less effective. This in turn frustrates my brain, which then gets clouded by frustration, which gets less able to make decisions and less able to communicate them to my hands as a result. So my hands get worse, which makes my brain worse, which… you get the picture. No other game has this effect on me. Not even FIFA.

Do you understand why I banned myself from Street Fighter IV now? Do you understand that it’s the fact that I love it and care about it that stops me from playing it? Do you understand how it pains me so?

Anyway, I’ve got to man up and play it for the rest of my working day now. I’ll probably end up crying in front of everyone…




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  • AZZA91

    poor scrub lol.

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  • jayj2390

    pump STREETFIGHTER pump EVERYONE WHO PLAYS IT THIS GAME IS GARBAGE I SWEAR IF I EVER MET ANY OF THE GAME DEVELOPERS I WOULD BEAT THEM TO DEATH THIS GAME SHOULD B BANNED IT SHOULDNT EXIST ITS COMPLETE GARBAGE I SWEAR THIS GAME IS GONNA MAKE ME KILL SOMEBODY ITS CHEAP ITS NOT GOOD AT ALL AND I WILL MAKE MY LIFES WORK TO PUT THIS GAME DOWN MORTAL KOMBAT IS GONNA BE THE BEST FIGHTIN GAME PERIOD AND WHEN IT COMES OUT STREET FIGHTER WILL BE NO MORE I HOPE THIS MESSAGE REACHES CAPCOM pump STREET FIGHTER

    *Edited for naughty words. Death threats left in.

  • Ian Dransfield

    I’ll make sure to forward your message onto Capcom. Your feedback will surely prove invaluable when it comes to future developments from the company.

    You complete and total nutter.

  • Spencer

    I also find myself in the exact same position… SFIV, SSFIV, SSFIVAE what ever one you play, really frustrates me… its a typical love hate relationship… now im pretty good at street fighter, ive been to quite a few tournaments locally and internaltionaly, never actually won but I have faced some of the best… some owning me without a pixel of damage done to them and some very close heated matches, in those cases I rarely get angry, sometimes I have just wanted to smash the opponents face in with my stick.. and seeing as there sitting right next to me it would be very easily possible.. but theres a heart to be won when playing with someone next to you, and 99.9% of the time they are extremely nice people, with jobs and a brilliant social life like myself. I have actually made a far few friends from tournaments, going to the pub and just enjoying life, but when home playing online… thats what frustrates me… when I win im like meh yeah cool its obvious.. but when I lose even if it was fair play and I didnt deserve to win.. I get furious.. I have actually smashed more then 4 arcade sticks with my bare hands, not throwing it to the ground or anything just proper beating the unliving shit out of it… then when Im standing there looking at it in peices.. I think why? I spent $200 on that to just destroy it for some fuck face who lives half way across the world… its almost like street fighter gives me fucking anger managment problems… no other game I have ever played [Being a current Call of duty professional player] has EVER made me that mad to actually break things that I payed for xD

    Meh its life fucking grow a pair and deal with it..