Nowadays when I do a routine BnB and FADC it into Ultra, I sometimes think back to the days where every FADC Ultra was an occasion for me to celebrate and to weep tears of scrubby, scrubby joy. Then I think to myself; “Wow…I’ve come so far.
…Wait, didn’t I just get bodied?”
I still remember vividly my first time…do you?
But the story begins back at the start of console Vanilla SF4…
Back then I was just starting to learn the game, and had just got a stick. And I was already practicing FADC Ultra 50-100 times a day. But I still screwed it up every time I tried it in a real match, even though I did it semi-consistently against the CPU. Which was my main competition back then!
So my goal was to hit it against a real human opponent.
Which back then for me was hard to find! I had not yet discovered Ozhadou, and had not yet added Australian SF players from Ozhadou onto my PSN friends list. Every time I went online I only saw red one bar connections. Zzz.
So my only form of human competition was over at my friend Eugene’s house. Now he doesn’t play much SF either, but I somehow persuaded him to get a stick. And sometimes another guy called Eric would come over to play with us as well…
Eric doesn’t play much SF too. That day however, he was playing a runaway Akuma that was giving Eugene and me a lot of problems.
I had already botched up my FADC Ultra like five times already that day. I was thinking that I would never get past that mental barrier.
So finally Eric knocked me down this one time.
And oddly enough, he hesitated and then did a really, really late jump in. By the time he had reached the apex of his jump, I had already stood up from the ground.
Time seemed to slow down.
My mouth opened. Drool came out.
Lightning flashed and dramatic music blared in the background.
I eyed his Akuma descending from an incredibly unsafe height, and I DPed him.My fingers scrabbled like spiders at the stick…I prayed inwardly to the Gods of Execution…
And I FADCed into Ultra… for the KO.
As the sunburst KO flashed on the screen, I turned to Eric and asked him; “Why did you jump?”
And he simply shrugged and said, “I dunno.”
Well I thank him for jumping that day. Because maybe if I had never gotten over that first hump, I might not be still playing Ryu today.
….I’d still be playing Balrog!