TECH AND MIX
One of Street Fighter’s most advanced techniques is the option select: players perform two commands at once, with the performed move changing according to what the opponent does. Japanese players developed the option select throw tech, performed by tapping back on the joystick and pressing all four light and medium attack buttons. If the opponent goes for a throw, the game recognises the press of light punch and kick, and counters. If they attack, the medium inputs will Focus absorb the blow, with the joystick motion then backdashing to safety. The Red Focus input of light punch, medium punch and medium kick is intended to stop this technique: in early location tests, light punch could be replaced with any button.