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“It’s never over, til it’s over!”

October 6, 2009
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This is a rather short article, something that should be addressed to some of the newer players in the community.

One thing I see time and time again is when people get OFF the machine, when they “THINK” the match is over. This is a critical mistake! I cannot even count how many times I see people get off the machine before the announcer even says “K.O!”

Sure you might have whiffed something pretty major and it caused you to get punished by a launcher or caused to you to get wall splated, it does not mean it’s automatically over. They still have to finish the combo, and let me tell you people drop combos when they think they have the match all the time! This isn’t even Tekken specific, it’s universal among all fighting games.

One great example is from a match that was recorded at an East Coast tournament earlier this year at Final Round XII. The game, Street Fighter 4, the players Kensou (C.Viper) vs. Liston (Sagat). During all the hype and hoopla, Kensou whiffs an Ultra, Liston then activates his ultra before C.Viper even landed, causing Sagat to jump under and to the other side, without even leaving a scratch on C.Viper. Liston’s buddies start cheering, and during all the craziness Liston didn’t even realize in time that his Ultra whiffed causing him to lose the match.

Again, this isn’t a Tekken match, but shit like this happens ALL THE TIME in all fighting games.

The followup video:

If you’re getting off the machine before the match is even over, you were not even willing to hope to win that match. Try and go into every match with a mindset of “I’m going to beat this guy” or “if I lose I’m going to try and learn as much as possible from this one match.” Stop playing for the sake of putting in quarters into a machine.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2009 3:59 pm

    In college, I used to see people walk away from the machine all the time because they thought they were about to lose, but the opponent would end up messing up a juggle or multi-grab and the match would continue.

  2. DrBhup666 permalink
    November 12, 2009 1:52 am

    Yeah Liston, that’s right!! People all around the world are watching how you fucked up at the very last second a game you should and would have won hadn’t you started celebrating 2 seconds too early!

    HA HA AHAH AHA HA HAHA HA .. We are in Norway laughing our asses of right now!

    I just love how the crowd goes berserk!! And the guys afterwards when they realize what happened are saying “oh my god”..”””

  3. Nai permalink
    December 13, 2009 6:41 pm

    Yeah, i experienced something like this when i fighting one of my classmates back in school. He’s the type of guy who is really good in Tekken, but can easily be overconfident. I used Raven while he used King. In the final round, he used the df 1+2, 1 1 1+2, 1 2 3+4 1+2, 3 1 2 3+4 1+2+3+4 grab combo. Before the animation of the combo was finished, he put his PSP down because he was so sure that he pressed the buttons correctly and the combo would finish me off. But apparently, he missed out on the last part and it left me with around 10% of my life. He was already celebrating his victory when he saw that I did a df 2, 2, 2 1, b 2 4 3+4 to finish him off. Lol.

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