Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Two thoughts in a row!

Cons of living in Dallas, TX:

Only two people to smash with on a regular basis.


Those two players are DoH and Darkrain.

So I spent the evening practicing with Darkrain, and I've come to a few conclusions.  The first is that I'm not very good with Sheik.

The second is that the moment I start wanting to really win, I start playing awfully.  And unfortunately, my strategy of trying to convince myself that "I'm going to lose, I will make mistakes, it's inevitable" and using that to keep my nerves down, doesn't work.  I still get way too upset over my errors and my mistakes.

I think I was in a much better place years ago when my focus was exclusively on maintaining the right attitude while I play.  I had a string of matches tonight where I was completely in the zone, and except for the occasional chuckle or "wtf was that" when something weird happened, I pretty much felt... blank.  It was kind of nice.  There was a moment where I thought, "I'm not really angry or happy," even though during those matches I was actually playing unbelievably well.  I just KNEW the right thing to do in--it seemed like--90% of the situations.  After about four or five games of this, I started thinking, "wow I've got it I'm doing really good heck yeah" and then it promptly faded and I went back to air-dodging off the level like normal.

I guess I'm going to try and stop thinking about anything except being calm and empty.  Before I even play, work myself into a state of as little emotion as possible, and focus on staying in that place.


  1. play with some music that you like instead of the normal melee track, that is if you dont already.
    im guessing your mind with subconsciously (or consciously) make a connection between the smash soundtrack and being competative, seeing as that's how you've played until now.
    when i was new i always used to stress about doing the right thing, even in friendlies at my house, the second i started putting music on i calmed down and stopped thinking so much about my gameplay.
    just another thought :] you should record with darkrain

  2. too true lol
    i was up 3 stocks to 1 on Vudujin in ROM pools and he brought it back to 1v1 with only like 48% because i was a little preoccupied in thinking about round 2 pools ~_~

  3. "Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend."

    It's good to put thought on paper/internet bandwidth