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Jon | 05th June 2018 | Gaming
A blog series following my progress on getting good at fighting games with a shitty long-term hand injury   Load up Street Fighter II for the first time and it won't take you long to realise it is a hard game. Play it as a regular to Fighting Games and you'll find a challenge.  Play it as a newbie to Fighting Games and it's brutally humiliating- and that's before you realise you were already playing on 'Very Easy' difficulty. Fighting games have a decieving simplicity to them on the surface, but dig a little deeper and you'll find a goldmine of techniques and skills that professional players use to get as good as they are. To truly understand this, watch some pro players online or play SFII for a week and then play Streets of Rage to get an idea on the difference and depth in skill needed. Hell, I didn't even know you could cancel moves until recently. But I have had my fair share of fighting games growing up- Tekken, King of Fighters, Soul Calibur and of course, Street Fighter. All hazy memories now but I don't remember any of them being as difficult as SFII. I recently re-bought Hyper Street Fighter II Turbo for the PS2, mainly for the animated movie that came on the disc which, despite the cringy English dubs, is a very good movie. At least check out the Vega vs Chun Li fightscene! But having a go on the arcade mode of the game itself sent me packing very quickly. Given my usual too-old-for-this-shit attitude about games these days, I was surprised to find myself trying again and again to at least get half way through Arcade Mode. The snag is, I have a sparring injury back when I did Kempo Karate nearly 10 years ago now. Throwing a sloppy left hook left me with a fractured thumb. The x-ray displaying the crack rippling almost all the way down my thumb from the tip of my thumb to the palm of my hand. It's mostly healed now, but I still can't make the "proper" fist that you're meant to in Martial arts where the thumb is neatly barring across the rest...