In this article I will explain what I did to get a better execution and go through some related issues.
As I said in my first post, I had a very lousy execution at the beginning, never was a “Natural”.
You must understand that it was a time with no Internet and no one I knew that cared really about this. So I had to figure out by myself.
First steps: Pencil training!
Yes as odd as it can be a very important step in arcade stick training is to DRAW:
– The letters e, l and u.
These will allow you to train a little your left hand which shouldn’t be used to do these kind of movements, unless you’re a lefty of course.
It will also allow you to get a little more endurance in this hand. Once your circles are beautiful and your hand isn’t all stressed while doing them, you can get your stick out of the box!
Fighting games have a lot of shortcuts, your inputs can get messy pretty quickly and if you want to be really precise in what you do you will need to play other games. The games I played to get a better perfidious were the following (all with an arcade stick):
– PacMan! (and other 4 ways only games).
It is important to get the basics of moving in a secluded area. You have to press the good direction at the optimum moment to maximize your current action output (sounds familiar no?)
– Old school shmups like viewpoint / last resort / 194X
These games will make you use your stick constantly and GENTLY in order to avoid enemies attacks. The softer you manage to move the better you get at motion execution.
– Puzzle Games like Tetris / Puzzle Bobble / Arkanoid.
You will learn Speed x Precision the very hard way with these 3 games. Your hands need to become a tool as quick as your eyes and brain to beat your opponent. Master these games and you’ll be precise and fast! (not fart you damn autocorrect!)
Mastering your tools:
In order to get a really good execution I did what I only knew and saw in old fighting movies: train until you pass out.
My method is fairly simple but proved efficient, you need to do 10 reps of a motion. If you fail ONCE, start back at the very beginning. Do this on your weak side before doing it on your strong side.
This method allows to reach a level of pressure close to what you can have in a freeplay session. When you reach 8th or 9th rep you WILL fail (or it’s just me and I’m a total scrub hehe).
Starting back from zero creates a frustration, if you can overcome it I believe it will give you more mental strength.
Once you finish your 10th rep x 2,you should have enough confidence in your hands to try your attacks / combos / situational actions in real matches.
This is where arcade mode comes in, take your char in hardest difficulty and try what you seem to have mastered in training. Succeeding in pulling it off at least once will be enough.
Silent Training :
I also had another training methodthat was more accidental than anything else, the silent training.
You are playing in your room at 2AM and don’t want to get caught?
You have to play VERY quietly, hitting the buttons and microswitches of the stick very smoothly.
I discovered this “training method” will help you do only what is really needed to make a movement.
This covers up all my execution training I during my early years. If something sounds weird or silly, please do not hesitate to trash me in the comments section!