Man was I excited about Super Street Fighter IV. I couldn’t wait to get back into the action and school some scrubs … Yup, I was going to pick up where I left off and hold my own. I couldn’t have been more demoralized when my first foray in online play was met with my being absolutely destroyed. “Okay, I’m out of practice … that’s to be expected” I thought to myself. Nope. I stink … really bad.

Sure, I was never that great at Street Fighter IV, but I wasn’t absolutely horrible at the game either. Well, maybe I was considering that I was truly only really good with Blanka. Blanka was never my aim to be my main in SFIV, but for some reason I clicked with Blanka’s playstyle. His rushdown style was simple and yet so elegant and fun to execute. So needless to say I’ve been trying to avoid playing as Blanka so I don’t fall into the same trap as I did in SFIV.

Forcing myself to focus on another character didn’t seem like it was going to be hard to do at all since Adon was making a return in SSFIV. “Adon, sweet! I’ll main him!” I thought to myself once he was confirmed. I was pretty decent with Adon in the Alpha series, so I thought I’d be able to pick him up and have a decent go of things. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I’m horrible with Adon. To the point where today I lost perfectly to an opponent that wasn’t that much better than me. Yikes. I’m not sure if I’m just not understanding how to use Adon with SFIV mechanics or whether he’s just rubbish anyways, but I get my ass handed to me when I play as Adon. It’s very, very demoralizing.

There is a silver lining though, Juri. She’s fun to play once you set her speech to japanese. Perhaps it’s more a case of how new she is and everyone being unfamiliar with her, or just how she’s meant to be played. She can lay the smack down early on and keep the pressure up. Unfortunately when I do get ahead, I have a tendency to get a little over-confident and start making stupid, stupid mistakes which make matches a lot closer than they need to be.

So while I may be terribad at Adon, at least I’m getting better with Juri. Hell, I’m actually having some success with Sakura occasionally, but I’m still getting smacked around pretty frequently and that really hurts my confidence. I’ve found myself questioning whether it was a good idea to pick up the game after some horrible beat-downs I’ve received.

Practice makes perfect.

Yah, yah I know. I went through this when SFIV came out, so I’ll just have to remember relax. Being up-tight didn’t help me then, so it definitely won’t help me now … I need to get it into my mind that I know I’m going to lose, but to learn from those loses. Yuck, that’s awfully philosophical. It wouldn’t hurt to have a few friends to play with on a more consistent basis either. At least when I lose to friends, I don’t beat myself up over it.

Anyways, back to the dojo.