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.

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