I have been thinking a lot recently about where I am now and how far I have came as a fighting game player. My first ever fighting game was street fighter 2, but I do not remember much about playing it back in the day. All I remember is that I was very bad at it.

Once I started taking fighting games more seriously when I first picked up the original Blaze Blue is when I started to take them more serious. I remember the frustration that occurred with wanting to get better at the game while feeling like everyone around me was just getting good faster. Now I realize that learning slow is not that bad, everyone has their strengths and weaknesses.

While I do learn slow, I believe that I have a much better time at the mind game side of fighting games and it shows. In Guilty Gear Strive I have a much less technical and more read heavy play-style. This partially is due to the character I play, I-no, and the game overall but it also shows my strengths as a player while minimizing my weaknesses.

The moral of the story is don't beat yourself up just because you don't learn as fast as others or because you aren't as good at reads as another player. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and with time, everyone can become a great fighting game player.

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.