We have had a thread on how you play against low ranked fighters before, but I was on last night playing in exhibition and I had some trouble knowing what to do.
First of all, big kudos to MS and IG. 4/5 people I played last night were clearly new to the game. Between CAM and the games with gold S1 giveaway it’s clearly working to get more people to try the game - at least for now. That’s a great sign for when S3 and the PC version drop later this year.
I started with my mic turned off because my kids were running around and I didn’t want to bug anyone or have to deal with any creeps while they were listening. But recognizing that people were new, I found that I had a (probably unnecessary) strong desire to try to help them have a good experience so they could keep playing.
I turned my mic on and got a guy who popped in, saw my rank and immediately dropped. We got paired up again and he just sat for a long time. I tried to say hello but he didn’t have a mic. Finally, when I said “it’s cool man, I will go easy on you,” he hit ready and we started to play. The guy clearly had some fighting game experience because he was throwing DPs . I don’t know if he had CAM on or not but his combo game was okay. His fundamentals were pretty poor - no blocking, no strategy for getting around good defense. Just a lot of jump in followed by low jab. I didn’t really try to teach him how to play, just said stuff like “nice” if he got a breaker or landed a counter etc. anyway the guy stuck around for a while even though I didn’t let him win any ( l DID go easy on him and give him some turns at offense). Anyway we played probably 6-8 rounds and then he dropped in the middle of my combo. Then I was bummed that I might have pissed him off somehow.
Anyway, I could recount each player experience but it made me think of a couple of things. Is it better to try to chat with new players or leave them alone? I’ve always kept my exhibition search open so it gets a match fast and because the rank doesn’t mean all that much. But is it better to crank those settings a bit so that new players get paired with each other? What do people think? I did send a few guys a note saying “Good games, welcome to KI!” But in the troll age who knows how they are going to view that.