What to do when you don't have a scene and you can't move

Right now I have no one in my town that even wants to play fighters and if they do they quit cause they don’t want to deal with high level strategies that I hit them with.

Also the closest tournament to me is an hour away and everywhere else is over 2-3 hours.

The closest major tournaments to me are:

Yearly/Annual: Seasons Beatings, Midwest Championships
Monthly: Nothing
Biweekly: Michigan Ranbats

I of course would like to have something here as far as competition and tournaments so I don’t have to drive over an hour to play with someone unless I choose to just play online which I actually have been doing since forever.

Also no one in my state is even motivated to play to get better they mostly just play for recreation. If I am incorrect please someone from my state come in here and prove me wrong.

Anyway what would you guys do “the players with scenes or didn’t have scenes but started them” ?

I have tried putting up flyers and I know players but they rather not play with me or if they do play with me they play until they win then quit and I won’t see them for a while until we play again.

I’d almost say you’d have the most fun shifting your focus to online. If you’ve decided that traveling those distances is impossible, you might as well concentrate on what you can get.

The most important thing to remember is that our hobby is supposed to be fun. It’s more fun playing intelligent comp online then scrubs offline, or not playing period.

Before anything goes saying online sucks: Yeah, it’s not as good as offline, but if the difference isn’t worth the cost of traveling (which is pretty high in this case)- then it’s your call.
Everyone has a limit on how far they will go.

Yea. What I really want is to be able to make it to tournaments. I just love the tournament environment. I guess in DOA I was a bit spoiled cause I had a sponsor lol.

That’s pretty much the gist of it…

I drive quite a distance just to get to the weekly tournaments in my area.
Well, I used to before my car broke down.

I don’t think an hour is too unreasonable for large tournaments like Season’s Beatings, but I can understand your reluctance to drive for two just to meet up with guys.

Have you posted in the matchmaking thread?
If so and you still can’t find a match, sometimes things just suck and there’s nothing you can do, man.

I don’t mind driving for majors aka SB and MW but just for a regular event 3 hours is asking too much.

You’ve answered your own questions. You’re going to have to make a local scene through sheer force of will, which can happen. (it happened here) If you don’t want to or can’t do that, you’re going to have to settle, thankfully settling is easier now then it used to be.

People aren’t going to magically drop down to play in your area though.

im in the same vote, no one in my area plays at all, when they had the street fighter 4 tournament at gamestop, only three people showed up, and i got 1st and traveled three hours to play in round two, then i lost but i have tried to put flyers up around here and i never get phone calls or anything :lame: and i tried online, it’s just not the same so i just play by myself and try to get better:rofl:

Fuck, I live in Michigan and you’re closer to most of the scene here than I am.

TBH, you might just have to put out the word. Start hosting your own shit. Get strangers involved, that’s how you grow your community.

Just study things, watch vids and practice scenarios with the training mode’s record feature. Play online to understand the jist of what people want to do here and there and then just apply it at the tournament.

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My problem isn’t practicing or learning the game the problem is having players to play with and more tourneys.

Go play GGPO - a lot of the people on there are serious about fighting games - so you won’t be facing someone who doesn’t know what they are doing more often than not

If you have any real life friends who aren’t jerks, try to get them to play.

It’s hard to find local players if you don’t have any like-minded friends. And it’s hard to grow a scene locally. But it can be done.

I’m lucky in the sense that I have quite a few friends who enjoy playing fighting games along with me. But we were all spread out on the games we enjoyed playing. This year is the first time I joined SRK, and I couldn’t tell you how many people I’ve met through here since last February.

If you don’t have a scene, make one. Throw tournaments. We threw four of them this year alone, and while the first one was really pathetic in terms of attendance, more and more people eventually came out of the woodwork the next time around. Spread flyers. Make posts. Contribute in the discussions.

Travel to majors. Believe me, this makes a *hell *of a difference. I’ve made many friends through traveling all the way from Iowa to Texas. If you go to other tournaments, chances are they’ll repay the favor and travel to your events too (if you decide to throw one). It takes a lot of effort (and money) to travel; people respect that.

Make the effort. You won’t regret it.

Online is all the way to go, or yeah you can learn hypnosis and use it on your non-fg player friends

im the product of no scene basically. There’s only 1 player here who does the tournament thing and he works a lot so a majority of my time, I spend training by myself. To come from a scene with no to very little comp, there’s only a few ways you can try to become national worthy.

You can play every single character in the game above average. By playing this way, this prevents the chance that you’ll be hit with a surprise. if you can manage to play every character above average. You’ll only be truly surprised by specialists because they main a tough character and even then you understand 75-80% of what they do.

you can play 1 character and master every single matchup in the game. By playing this way, you open yourself to very possible counter matchups since you will be playing as 1 character for your main. It helps to pick a character with the most balanced fights.

  • master your execution 100%. You may not have a scene, but execution comes from practice. @ the very least, you should try to maximize your combo potential so its on par with the best in the country\world. That way when its tournament time, its not a factor. The only thing you have to consider is what the opponent is doing.

  • knowing what to punish. HUGE factor. How many people can sit here and tell you every characters punishable strings for 1 game? only the best know 90% of whats punishable. Punishes are free ass life. This isn’t something you need to go to tournaments for either. This is something you can learn on your own by watching videos, talking to top players on AIM, playing online or dabbling in training mode.

  • if your game has a record feature, I suggest you make the most of it as much as possible. When I was playing 3s hard, I would watch top players patterns for ken\chun cause @ the time, I was having trouble in those matchups. By setting the dummy to record and performing top player strings and learning counter hit timing, I got good enough to start beating people I was losing to.

Honestly, the record feature is the best thing for any fighting game. You can program any situation that you possibly may fear and work on counter options w\o anyone knowing your working on them. To get practice like this back in the day, you had to go to the arcade and find the specialits and ask them for practice. Then they would know you were practicing and you could never exactly take them by surprise.

  • lastly, you don’t have to be practicing your main game to actually be practicing. Pretty much fighting game are all the same. The only thing that really changes are the engine mechanics. You can learn better footsie concepts, better spacing concepts, step up your reaction time, break down the opponents strings and find a counter. When you practice these things, it doesn’t matter on the game. They’re fundamental tools you need in every game. If you can’t get great online comp for your game, jump on ggpo and work on fundamentals while still practicing your main game.

  • don’t be afraid to ask top player questions either. They understand as most of them were scrubs or average @ one point before they got good. Getting good is a process and no one really starts @ the top.

Thinly veiled bragging thread.

What the heck is your avatar of?