"Why do I pick the characters I do?"
There are many reasons, of course. My tastes have changed with time, experience, and by whim. I thought that by making some posts about the topic I might unearth some deeply entrenched n information of great importance. Magnitudes of great wisdom for the world to behold!
Or maybe just the good, fun speculation typical of fandom.
I don't think I'll address the aforementioned reasons in any kind of order. But, the attribute which strikes me as being interesting tonight is "balance."
|Ryu (Street Fighter III)|
"Sun Tzu said: The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy."
This quote from Sun Tzu always comes to mind when I consider character choice on the basis of balance. While it may not be possible to defend from all possible tactics, I highly value characters who have the ability to respond well to as many offensive tactics as possible. In many games, this often involves picking characters with answers to questions like the following:
- Can I deal with an opponent at a distance?
- Can I deal with an opponent who gets in close?
- Can I deal with an opponent who is extremely fast?
- Can I survive mistakes without instant failure?
3rd Strike Stamina Rankings:
As you can see, and as you may have expected, Ryu really fits the bill when it comes to balance. He remains my favorite fighting game character to date.