This is merely a thought that I’d like your guys’ opinion on.
I grew up in an era where if you wanted to learn a game and be good at it, you had to get bodied. In the process of learning, I would ask something along the lines of how to do “insert special move”. The response usually something like “iunno”, as they continued to do said move. Keep in mind, at the time I was somewhere between 8-10 y.o. (I don’t remember). That following week, I stepped my game up and crushed my whole neighborhood in whatever fighting game they threw at me (MK2, TMNT:TF, SF2, etc).
Fast forward to now, as communities such as this one continues to grow, every so often I find people learning a fighting game, and they’ll ask certain people (and even pros) questions regarding the game, and they may or may not get a response. Or even worse, they’ll get a negative response, preventing the new player from learning and ultimately dropping the game altogether. That isn’t to say that this happens all the time, as I’ve personally witnessed, and have taken part of helping new people learn new games and have watched them flourish.
I get it, some players need to keep some tech to stay “relevant” or to “have an edge”. In my opinion I feel like if someone is learning the character your playing, share the tech, but always continue to create more. If someone is trying to learn how to fight your character, share the knowledge, but work on ways to remain a challenging opponent. The new player learning should still continue to figure their way out in said fighting game, but they shouldn’t be left floundering per sé. I translate this all even in the tournament scene as well…
What are your thoughts???