This week’s strategy article on Sonic Hurricane discusses the constant clash between fighting game newcomers and veterans, with regard to their relative advantages. Of course it’s tough to overcome experience, but not impossible. Here’s the link along with a brief quote:
Enthusiasm vs Experience on Sonic Hurricane
There’s a number of obvious reasons behind their immediate and continued success. They’ve gone up against just about every play style in existence. They’ve learned to use more characters than you’ve fought against. They’ve entered more tournaments than you’ve seen. Suffice it to say, experience is a major advantage.
However, if you’re a relative newcomer to the fighting game tournament scene, you shouldn’t worry about that gap too much. That’ll be there no matter what competitive arena you walk into. The people who have been around for a long time will always have the benefit of experience, but your motivation and your enthusiasm for the game can trump that.