Kübler-Ross Model: Fighting Game Edition

With the announcement of Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition and Mortal Kombat being released next week, it dawned on me that I'll probably buy both, and quickly trade them in. It's not the games fault; as far as fighting games go, they're both pretty fun. But it's just how things go with me. So, to celebrate me becoming self-aware, I've related the Kübler-Ross model (more commonly known as the Five Stages of Grief) to my relationship with fighting games:

  1. Denial: "I'm sure he's just better than me at the game."

    I buy the game and quickly run through the story mode on an easy difficulty. After an hour or so, I decide I'm good enough, and hop online to challenge a few friends and play a couple matches. I soon get completely destroyed, lucky to land more than 3 hits a round.
  2. Anger: "THIS GAME IS BROKEN. I CAN'T GET OUT OF THIS JUGGLE."

    I soon start to blame the game for my poor play, despite me constantly losing poorly. At this point, I may win a round every few matches, but my record is still poor and I am left wondering why the developer would ship a broken game.
  3. Bargaining: "I'll just get through the Training Mode and then I'll win for sure."

    I realize I need help. Badly. After all, the game can't be broken if they can do combos but I can't. So I attempt to complete the Training Mode, only to get stuck halfway through to a combo that I can't complete. But I reckon I've learned enough to be competitive, so I stop.
  4. Depression: "What's the point? I'm just going to lose anyways?"

    My spirits are low. I am a shadow of my former self. A shattered, beaten, broken man. All hope is lost.
  5. Acceptance: "I'm just not good at fighting games."

    I come to terms that I'm just not good enough with combos and other button sequences. They just aren't my forte.

I go through this almost every major fighting game release. I'm not sure why, but I think it has something to do with watching others play and talk about the game. Either way, I fall victim to these five stages every time.

Those fatalities in the new Mortal Kombat sure do look cool...
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