No sooner do I open my mouth...

Posted by ImpureAscetic (31 posts) -

A few of you may have read my last SFIV blog, about my lady who was practicing Super Street Fighter IV to earn a trip to Key West from me. If not, uh, read it so this makes sense. 
 
Last weekend she hit a new plateau. We both sensed it. She worked really hard at hyper armoring through fireballs and crossovers. She stopped using Juri's jumping special when she knew I would block it... and started to nail me with it every time I threw a fireball. Don't get me wrong, I still beat her about fifty matches over the last two days, but that doesn't change the deal. The deal was three matches in a sitting. And she did that this morning, 4 September 2011.  
  

 
Were there mitigating factors? Certainly. I was hung over, and I was playing a little sloppy to boot: taunting, trying to end it with an ultra instead of just ending it. I could make a million excuses, but it doesn't change the truth: she beat me three matches in a single sitting, fair and square. For the sake of completeness I'll note I was using a regular XBox controller. As a social experiment it was a fucking stroke of brilliance. She got to bond with me doing something I love-- and she's really enjoyed getting INTO the game; we talk about it regularly and she'll bring it up with random people-- and  I got a Street Fighter opponent I can date (and, yes, I get to bond with her), and we both get a vacation to Key West.  
 
Well played, sweetheart. Well played.
#1 Posted by ImpureAscetic (31 posts) -

A few of you may have read my last SFIV blog, about my lady who was practicing Super Street Fighter IV to earn a trip to Key West from me. If not, uh, read it so this makes sense. 
 
Last weekend she hit a new plateau. We both sensed it. She worked really hard at hyper armoring through fireballs and crossovers. She stopped using Juri's jumping special when she knew I would block it... and started to nail me with it every time I threw a fireball. Don't get me wrong, I still beat her about fifty matches over the last two days, but that doesn't change the deal. The deal was three matches in a sitting. And she did that this morning, 4 September 2011.  
  

 
Were there mitigating factors? Certainly. I was hung over, and I was playing a little sloppy to boot: taunting, trying to end it with an ultra instead of just ending it. I could make a million excuses, but it doesn't change the truth: she beat me three matches in a single sitting, fair and square. For the sake of completeness I'll note I was using a regular XBox controller. As a social experiment it was a fucking stroke of brilliance. She got to bond with me doing something I love-- and she's really enjoyed getting INTO the game; we talk about it regularly and she'll bring it up with random people-- and  I got a Street Fighter opponent I can date (and, yes, I get to bond with her), and we both get a vacation to Key West.  
 
Well played, sweetheart. Well played.
#2 Posted by Ub3rSlug (153 posts) -

Incentivizing competition between you two was definitely a brilliant move! It's great that she actually took to playing Street Fighter instead of just giving up and accepting defeat early on. Hopefully she'll keep playing and improving her game, maybe she'll even start beating you with some consistency!

Any idea what game you're going to challenge her to try next?

#3 Posted by Wunder_ (1171 posts) -

This is awesome! Do you think she'll keep practicing? Have fun at Key West too :3

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