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The Art of Footsies - Fighting Game Fundamentals

Today, we’re once again entering the world of fighting games and looking at one of the most fundamental, and most complex, concepts in the genre: Footsies.

No, we’re not talking about flirting under the table with your opponent during your set. The footsies we’re referring to are the tense moments when both players approach each other and try to figure out how to land a clean hit.

A quick disclaimer, this is not a perfect history of footsies in fighting games. We’re going to leave a few games out. We’re going to gloss over some concepts. But overall, this should serve as a satisfactory introduction to footsies, and why it’s so important to the fighting game genre. If you want to get down and dirty, pick apart frame data and build flowcharts, there are plenty of resources online for that.

Essays. Books. Videos. Forums. That’s not what this is about. This is a general overview and should be seen as a jumping-off point for anyone interested in really getting into fighting games.
With that out of the way, we hope you enjoy our take on footsies in fighting games.

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Mar 02, 2022