So, I like fighting games a fair bit, and would love to play them with my friends. But whenever I ask friends to play, they always refuse, citing the fact that I’m “too good” and they “suck at fighting games.” This has gotten more and more frustrating for me, especially considering the fact that I’m not actually that good at fighting games. I can do dirt-simple 3 hit combos sometimes, and I can kind of land a dragon punch. That’s it. It took me months to get Bronze rank in SFV, that’s the level of play I’m talking about. Still, my friends by and large refuse to play with me, completely uninterested in playing or getting better at all. This isn’t helped at all by the fact that, on the rare occasions we do play against each other, I actually do tend to get more wins than them. It’s never been by a massive margin, but it’s enough to reinforce the idea that they’d just lose, and losing isn’t fun so they don’t want to play.
Is there any way I can spread my enthusiasm onto them? Should I take it easy so they win more, or pick characters I’m not very good at? Or do I just need to find a new group that enjoys these games as much as I do, even if it means getting destroyed on a regular basis because they actually are super good?