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Now Get Out There!

November 25, 2009

Okay, the game is out. The glorious day has arrived! What now? How do you get in contact with your local community? If you’re not satisfied with Online play (and many aren’t for various reasons), it’s time to go out and find some competition. How? Well, some sessions may be harder to find than others. A highly recommended strategy is to venture out to online forums like tekkenzaibatsu.com. In the Match-Finder threads, you should be able to locate a topic for your specific state (or section of the state, if you live in bigger ones). Therein will be posts from most of the locals at any given time. Some groups are more crowded than others, but all of them desire the same thing: to excel at Tekken.

If you speak with them for a while, eventually somebody will hold a gathering – either at somebody’s home or at the local arcade. Take this opportunity to get to know your fellow players in the community. Seasoned veterans will try to help you improve your game (some more than others). Overall, you’re likely going to learn the most if you play with somebody at your level or just above. There are so many things to learn about this game, an experienced player’s thought patterns could be totally different from your own if you‘re new to the game. Don’t take losses too harshly. Just use them as fuel to excel! Remember to ask lots of questions. The more you know about the game, the less likely you are to fall victim to being “Randomed Out” as the saying goes.

Some new players may feel a bit discouraged because they’re not being invited to sessions with the big dogs. You should just use this as drive to get better still. Do not ever stop. Don’t halt your desire to learn. Those who become satisfied with their game are doomed to fail at it. I was once told by an elder player from the Tekken Tag days: “If you play with people that suck… you’re gonna suck.” Those words hit me hard – and inspired me more than ever to get my ass in gear and go do some research. Once you’ve practiced all that you feel you possibly can on your own (which still is never enough), show up to open invite sessions or tournaments. Your play style will speak for itself. If you’re improving, and can show everyone that you’re taking this game seriously, players will immediately sense that, and you will be considered more heavily to be invited to sessions.

A quick sub-topic – if and when you do venture out to the homes of others, do try to keep in mind that you are in the homes of others, ya dig? Try not to be a complete slob. Always clean up after yourself. Most importantly, be respectful to those holding the gathering and their family and friends. They are going out of their way to help and accommodate you. The least you can do is be courteous and show some respect in return. Do all of this, and you may be invited back. If you aren’t, your actions probably spoke for themselves.  This all may seem like common sense to some, but you’d be surprised what we have to deal with, haha.

Some communities are more exclusive than others, but try not to get down over it. As I said earlier, the best way to improve is to play people of your level or higher, so naturally, good players want to improve too. Those private sessions are how they get better. Besides, most sessions are held at private homes now… and let’s not kid ourselves, a lot of us are still either in school, or live with our parents or room mates. We can’t exactly have open-doors sessions whenever we feel like it, so a bit of crowd control is appropriate. All in all, keep a positive attitude, never stop striving to succeed, and you will inevitably be accepted as one of the community. Good luck!

~tekkurai

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. diesel son permalink
    November 26, 2009 6:19 am

    Hey if anyone lives in the lakewood paramount area an want 2 run some rounds with me some friends get at me at xdieselsonxx@hotmail.com got some space.

  2. deathbybears permalink
    November 27, 2009 6:02 pm

    To those east of Los angeles, I’m always up for a session. On weekends, anyway. I have an apt. over at UC Riverside. Hit me up at jasonfascio@yahoo.com

  3. July 7, 2010 8:25 am

    I’m new to Tekken 6, PS3, and Online competition- I’m seriously the ONLY player in my town…i mean people own Tekken 6 around here but there just button mashers. I noticed online though alot of people have taken advantage of lag and like to spam low- mid attacks, constant juggles…any reccomendations? Does anyone know of an arcade in Upper Michigan with DR or BR???

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