Fighting games are genuinely one of the hardest games to get into. The number of combos and moves to be remembered generally puts off the more casual player; not to mention the almost incomprehensible jargon that goes around the fighting game scene. Author Patrick Miller of Shoryuken.com has set out to make the genre more accessible to newcomers by releasing a free ebook titled “From masher to master: the educated Video Game enthusiast’s Fighting Game Primer”.
While the guide mainly uses Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix as the basis for teaching ideas, it is intended to provide players with the correct mindset for playing any sort of fighting game. Miller explains how to combine moves to complement each other and the concepts behind how the professional players are able to counter each others’ moves. The writing is extremely simple to follow and the author avoids using too many words that may end up confusing anyone not familiar with these sorts of games.
Miller admits that this guide will not make you a world class player without a lot of practice. He also admits that he is nowhere near the best player in the world and is better at writing than playing the game. However, the goal of the ebook is to help grow the fighting game community that has taken a back seat to the more glamourous world of MOBA and FPS eSports in recent years. At 131 pages the guide is not something that can be finished in a single sitting, but will definitely help anyone who wants to get into fighting games and can’t find anyone to teach them.