Episode 204: I’m Okay with Teabagging in Street Fighter V. BUT…

Hiya!

I’ve never been a coffee drinker. I don’t like what it does to me. I get all hyper and my brain feels like it’s going a mile a minute. I also won’t be able to sleep at night if I do drink coffee. Even if I take a cup of Joe early in the morning, that cup will affect me even until day turns into night, so I will just toss and turn in bed and not get a wink of sleep. This is probably why I’m more of a tea gal. Tea is more of my bag, so to speak.

And it looks like a lot in the fighting game community, specifically the Street Fighter V crowd, love this kind of beverage as well. That’s because there’s a lot of talk about teabagging in Capcom’s most popular fighting game franchise nowadays.

Seriously speaking though, the act of teabagging someone in Street Fighter and the general fighting game community has become a rather divisive topic. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me explain what teabagging is to those who aren’t in the know.

Essentially, teabagging is just plucking the down direction several times to simulate the act of forcing your crotch area on your opponent’s face. Okay, it doesn’t really look like it because your character’s butt/crotch is no where near his/her opponent’s face. But the message is clear. You are showing them who’s better between the two and in one of the most disrespectful ways you can inside the game as well.

It used to be that only a few people teabagged their opponents, namely the winner of last year’s Capcom Cup, NuckleDu, and the brand new “alpha” who’s taken the competitive Street Fighter V scene by storm, Punk. These are the probably the best players in the competitive fighting game community right now and they’ve pretty much dominated the Street Fighter scene as of late.

Just a few months ago, it was just these two that were consistently pushing down on the controller to taunt their opponents. However, probably because of both NuckleDu and Punk’s popularity (and because they win all the time), I’ve started to notice a lot of players online have also started to start teabagging as well. And this is where the issue becomes rather polarizing.

As I mentioned before, teabagging is a way of disrespecting the person you’re playing against. It’s a way to assert your dominance over them. It’s a way to get into their head and make them angry so they would make more risky moves and whatnot. Oh, and when you’re playing in front of a crowd of fans, it’s supposed to be a way to get them excited. To some, this is akin to someone talking trash, which is why some people think it’s okay to teabag someone during the middle of the match.

On the other side of the coin, there are fans that are against the act of teabagging. They feel that it’s too disrespectful and it just makes it look like the stereotype that all gamers are jerks and alpha males who get their rocks off by bullying other weaker players. After all, the best Street Fighter players, NuckleDu and Punk do it. So, to some people, this does make it seem like they’re being big bullies, right?

Me? I’m okay with teabagging someone mid-match. I mean, Street Fighter V actually has a way to taunt your opponent if you press all the attack buttons at the same time. And I generally feel that NuckleDu and Punk teabag as a way of showboating and to just demonstrate their superior skill over their opponents. However, at the same time, I also disagree with teabagging as well because, well, it has to do more with the person that does the teabagging.

I do feel that pro players like NuckleDu and Punk have earned the right to teabag their opponent in the middle of the match. Why? Because they usually do so against other pro players! Whenever you see them on stream, they either dominate or make massive comebacks against players who actually go win tournaments! In other words, they teabag people who are generally really, really good but they’re just better.

However, there are a lot of mid-tier players online that have started teabagging as well. And I do mean mid-tier players. I’ve been trying out the Street Fighter CPT Beta Test game and been going through some Battle Rounds so I can try out the upcoming balance changes as well as Ed, the upcoming DLC character. Oh, and so I can listen to his really sick theme song!

Most players on the CPT Beta Test had the same idea I had. But there are some players I’ve encountered that seem to just be in it to win. Okay, that’s fine. Can’t really force my way of playing on others. But a few of those “serious” players are kind of taking advantage of the players that are just trying out the new stuff and the guys that are just trying out the new combos. So, they dominate the new Ed players easily and they, wait for it, teabag them. Sadly, a lot of these guys are Ultra Bronze or Silver players!

I think teabagging against someone who is just trying out something new and obviously not trying their best is just stupid because you didn’t earn it. Like the Core-A video at the top of this post says, it only seems okay to teabag your opponent if you’re either on the same level or weaker than them. If you’re clearly more powerful skillwise, that’s just not right because there’s no need to taunt them and prove your dominance over them. It’s already clear to the weaker player!

Also, since there are so many more Street Fighter players attempting the art of teabagging nowadays, its power is losing its effectivity. When NuckleDu and Punk started doing it, it was cocky and bold. But, more importantly, it was something new and refreshing. Now that other players have tried to add teabagging into their arsenal, the action has sort of lost its power. It’s just doesn’t cause the mental damage as it did before when only a few people did it.

But the biggest problem with all of these new teabag artists is that, well, like I mentioned earlier, a lot of them aren’t good enough or when to actually teabag opponents. There are a lot of people that think teabagging can be done when far away. Why? Did you show that you’re better than them by running away? Or teabag them and then lose because you improperly timed your teabag taunt?

Teabagging was a powerful weapon to demoralize your opponent. Now, it’s becoming silly and irrelevant. Worse of all, it’s not exciting anymore. When only a handful of players did it, it got the crowd excited. Nowadays, we see a lot of copycats and wannabes trying it out.

I’m okay with teabagging when I think it’s been earned. I’m not okay with teabagging when people just do it all willy-nilly. Go win a couple of tournaments first. Then will talk.

Byee!

What’s your take on teabagging in Street Fighter V and gaming in general? Let me know in the comments section below!

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