How Do Fighting Game Players in Esports Deal with Aging?

By on February 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm

No matter what we do, we can’t stop the clock from running on us–unless you’re Dio Brando, or use Overdrive in a BlazBlue match, but that’s beside the point. Aging affects all of us, and sadly, it has a detrimental effect on certain motor skills, particularly reflex, which is key in fighting games when facing mix-up attacks.

Game Informer delved deeper into the issue, taking a wide approach at how gaming affects the esports industry players at large. The author points out the gravity of this when highlighting notables from the fighting game community. Vazquez talked to Darryl “Snake Eyez” Lewis, Bruce “Gamerbee” Hsiang, Alex Valle, DavidĀ “Ultradavid” Graham and more. They point out how committing between community organization and training competitively can get in the way, and that the difference from regular sports is that gaming is tied to commercial products and patches. Ultimately, older fighting game players benefit from more experience and a better ability to read the opponent.

Have a full read on this interesting feature over at Game Informer, and read up on how older games can fit into esports. Make sure to share your opinion in the comments below.

Source: Game Informer

Luke "Woocash" Siuty is a Chicago-based writer who specializes in ArcSys titles. A Guilty Gear veteran, he plays Baiken and commits atrocities by playing Sin when he's not busy pondering the ArcSys Cycle. He's always down to talk on Twitter, so send him tips. He's good at OS-ing in real life, not so much in video games, though.