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Need Help With Fighting Game Lingo? This Website App Will Sort You Out
As much as I love fighting games, I do feel that there’s a lot of lingo that surrounds the scene that’s sure to throw people off and scare newbies away. Heck, even I have issues figuring out what “fuzzy” means in a 1v1 context at times, with a good number of people having trouble explaining it.
Luckily, fighting game guy Infil has you and everyone else covered. He has created a Fighting Game Glossary that explains every single terminology from Street Fighter to Under Night In-Birth (UNIST, UNICLR). While Infil did the project, defined the terms and words, and did the coding & design, he got other folks like HiFight, Ryan “fubarduck” Harvey, Sajam, Aurich, and many more to help with the Japanese translations, videos, and design feedback.
Introducing The Fighting Game Glossary. Over 650 terms carefully explained with 200+ video examples and Japanese translations. Easily search by term or game, share links to terms with your friends, and explore related concepts without losing your place.https://t.co/CX98RjD5qd pic.twitter.com/K2z5E6ZA0L
— Infil (@Infilament) May 18, 2021
The site is easy enough to browse & explore; you can either search for a term or just click on any of the alphabets to search for a fighting game word. You can also click on any of the fighting game series just under the alphabet list.
The website app also comes with a “Term of the Day” in case you want to look up a random term. Most of the terms have an accompanying video to show examples. Speaking of which, here are a few to get you started:
A specific type ofÂ projectileÂ that travels horizontally and is traditionally input using aÂ quarter circleÂ command. Ryu, Sagat, Jago and Sol all throw fireballs, and they are perhaps the most iconic special moves in all of fighting games.Â BeamsÂ that travel the whole screen instantly andÂ Sonic BoomsÂ that require a charge motion aren’t usually called fireballs.
æ³¢å‹•æ‹³ (hadouken) â€”Â Lit.Â wave motion fist
The act of releasing a button (instead of pressing it) to perform aÂ special move. You might be surprised to learn that, in pretty much all fighting games, you can throw aÂ fireballÂ by first pressing and holding a punch button by itself, then doing yourÂ quarter circleÂ input, and finally releasing the button. This input leniency helps quite a bit to correct for sloppiness on when you press the button during your motions, and you can use negative edge to your advantage with, for example,Â pianoÂ inputs. You might also hear the term used to talk specifically about specials thatÂ onlyÂ activate on a button release, like Cody’s Zonk Knuckle.
é›¢ã—å…¥åŠ› (hanashi nyÅ«ryoku) â€”Â Lit.Â release input
A confusing term with two main meanings.
Sometimes people try to block two directions (like high and low, or left and right) nearly at the same time so it’s harder to land aÂ mixupÂ on them. I talk about this over atÂ fuzzy guard. Other times, people will try to hit players trying to crouch block with an attack that only hits on standing characters. I talk about this atÂ fuzzy attack. Most people refer to both of these things just as a “fuzzy” though.
Generally, whenever somebody uses the term “fuzzy”, they are talking about a situation where a character is trying to be in two states “at once” (that is, kind of a fuzzy middle ground between the states). So, maybe a character tries to block multiple directions at once, or you exploit a character who is trying to crouch but is actually standing. Some people will freestyle with the term a bit, talking about, maybe, a “fuzzy backdash” (trying toÂ backdashÂ while doing something else, like blocking). If you think of the term in this context, you’ll be alright.
ãƒ•ã‚¡ã‚¸ãƒ¼ (fajÄ«) â€”Â Lit.Â fuzzy
ãƒ•ã‚¡ã‚¸ãƒ¼ã‚¬ãƒ¼ãƒ‰ (fajÄ« gÄdo) â€”Â Lit.Â fuzzy guard
Få¼ (efu shiki) â€”Â Lit.Â F style/technique (refers to a fuzzy attack)
Even the guide thinks “Fuzzy” is confusing. Anyway, check out the full glossary here.
On a related note, Infil is also the creator of the Complete KI Guide, another awesome resource involving fighting games. Also, do consider donating to Infil via this link if you love his guides and want to support him and his future endeavours.