Part of getting better at fighting games means having to take losses. It’s just the nature of the genre and its one-on-one competitive format – you will eventually lose and it will, most likely, be your own fault.
In his latest video, longtime fighting game enthusiast and genre scholar Patrick Miller talks about dealing with your losses and, more importantly, how to figure out why you lost in the first place.
When it comes to why you lost, Patrick breaks this down to one of two things. Either you pressed the wrong button, courtesy of an execution error or choosing poorly, or you did something at the wrong time. Additionally, he also mentions that there are times where any button is the “wrong button,” especially in games like Street Fighter V that seem to greatly emphasize frame traps when compared to others.
The second deals with the fact that everything in a fighting game happens in real time. Just pressing the right button isn’t enough; you need to make sure that you press it at the right time. Time is a resource that you have to play around, and you’ll need to train your reactions to be able to use the “right button” at the “right time.”
You can learn more about these concepts in the video below, as well as in the corresponding blog post.
For those who would like to catch Patrick’s inisights live, be sure to check out his Twitch channel where he streams twice a week, with interviews taking place on Mondays and lectures and gameplay streams on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
Source: Patrick Miller