[Author’s Note: I Hope you don’t have much problem whit the reading, since right now I have no one that can check if this is correctly written in English, my apologies, I’m doing my best. And I really enjoy writing this for you, hope you like it.]
I know, almost every one that call himself a hardcore gamer, has to play fighting games at least once in his entire lifetime. You have to at least know what it’s King of Fighters and Street Fighter. And you have to been touched by an Arcade joystick.
My feeling whit these bastards are mixed: I can’t love them, but I can’t hate them. And I think it’s probably more than that. It’s something that I can’t explain very well.
Let me do a quick recap of my gaming life: I was born as a video gamer whit Donkey Kong Country, and I love that kind of games. When I was a kid I avoid (without a reason) games like Killer Instinct and Mortal Kombat, I tried once, but I just smash buttons, something funny happens and I was happy, until that day…
I found some arcade machines of those games in a near city and I try to play it; the nostalgia comes instantly, but when a guy come and friendly says “Let play Killer Instinct?” That moment was burned in my mind like when Hamza named me one is his favourite’s stalkers on Facebook. I mean, for the first time EVER I saw the word “ULTRA” on the screen and heard “ULTRA COMBOOOO!!” I never, ever knew that those funny characters have some other special abilities beside to punch and kick. My whole gaming world open up again, but I the same it was frustrating, I knew at that moment that I would never be that good or get any of those crazy and sick combinations. I just have waste many years of my life to be learning new movements.
I think I never played that games, or I never get interested till today, probably because I never saw Saint Seya or Dragon Ball (yeah, I have no childhood at all) and I never like any kind of violence in games (I never have played GTA for more than an hour before I just got bored and put codes to blast the heck out of the city) but gladly my own father teach me that videogames are just entertaining fantasy and it’s not real, so it’s ok to play to be the judge of the humankind killing characters in a game. He probably says that because he loves the Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee movies. Anyway, I’m glad my own father teaches me something useful about videogames and not blame them for everything. (In fact, he gave to me my first console, a Nintendo 64, I ‘m still playing Conker, Hell Yeah).
But returning to the fighting games, I’ve never going to be good at those games, not because I hate them, because, I can do that crazy stuff whit the buttons and get irritated as hell.
And suddenly, all changes again…damn you, Capcom…
A few months early, I just got the news that Street Fighter IV will be on PC. Sadly, I have no console, and hoping that my laptop will carry on, I get my copy. It sucks to have to play it on minimum graphics, but still ok.
You’re May are wondering “If he hates fighting games ¿Why did he get Street Fighter IV?” It’s simple, I just get everything that generates a lot of hype (it’s has to be good, right?) and I just want to give it a try (Wrong, I just feel in love whit Sakura, that’s all).
I don’t have any kind of joystick, I just played it whit the damn keyboard, and the same history repeats. I just kick and punch, that’s all I got, I just got lucky to get El Fuerte’s Ultra once. Can you believe I just play Arcade Mode on SuperEasy!? And I can’t beat my rival? I have spent like… 2 hours, 2 freaking hours to beat my rival in fact to unlock Sakura, just to know that I have to defeat another character that took me another hour and a half!?
If I hate these games ¿How the hell I waste and resist son much? (here comes the explanation for all the crap I just write before, thanks for you patience and reading). Because everytime I defeated a fighter, it was like “Hey, I really can do this” (even if there was on SuperFreakinEasy) and I just mash the buttons and the Super’s start to appears, I have no idea what I was doing but it was really enjoyable (just like when I try Wii Music, I enjoyed it so much, but then I realize I just look retarded doing that), and when it appears the Rival and the Final Boss, just the atmosphere and the feeling of you’re getting your ass kicked again and again and again, feeling my heart beating, adrenaline everywhere, sweet, pain, angry, a perfect mixture between pleasure and torture that I haven’t had it since the first time I fight Bowser on Super Mario 64, it was AMAZING!! And then I understand why everybody loves the fighting games, and my life as a gamer grown up a little bit inside.
But I still suck, I just can’t beat Zangief whit El Fuerte.
Oh well, I have Sakura-chan *¬*