Friday, April 27, 2012

The internet lies

The Bethesda buying out the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. license turned out to be fake, and I am rather disappointed by that. Instead of a franchise changing hand it has now ceased to exist, and it certainly deserved at least one more game. If the gaming market can support a new damned Call of Duty every year then surely there was room in its heart and wallet for a new S.T.A.L.K.E.R.. The world will never know.


After putting out the call on PA for fights and getting snubbed (because no one plays on a Thursday night, apparently) I spent thirty minutes winning Street Fighter X Tekken and then thirty minutes losing in AE. It had been well over a month since I had touched AE, and making the jump back was surprisingly difficult. I have no proof, but I swear that charge time in SFxT are shorter than AE, so even though I do not have a Blanka to play in SFxT I was still a mess with him in AE. Even after I remember to hold down back for those few extra frames success still was nowhere to be found. Capcom has splintered its own market to the point that the only people still playing AE are ht ones who are really, really good at it. I am not one of those, but I am stubborn, so I try to hang in with them anyway.

It does not work.

I spent most of my time losing on the Couchtech stream, hoping that no one was actually watching. There was a Makoto player there cleaning house. I took two rounds off of him (not in the same game): one with a bull shit random ultra and once with good old fashioned Blanka shenanigans. The ultra was embarrassing, but the shenanigans were glorious. I had finally remembered what to do when Blanka has the life lead and time is running down: nothing. Sit there holding a charge and make them come to you. This would have worked, but I was nervous about this Makoto getting even one hit, because once his pressure game started I was done. He had already shown that he could ultra random balls on reaction and focus rainbow balls, so I did neither. Sort of.

I EX rainbowed right over him. He through out his ultra and I landed behind him. A moral victory.

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