Pretzel Motion is a site about Fighting Games and the Fighting Games Community but on a smaller more focused scale. This is a site run just by one guy (me, Badr AKA BadoorSNK, hi nice to meet you). You won’t see me covering every single new game announcement, or every single Street Fighter V patch update, or every major tourney happening world wide. There are plenty of sites for that. Instead, the focus of Pretzel Motion will be on the Arab Fighting Game scene. There doesn’t seem to be enough sites that cover the Arab Fighting game scene (OUGaming is doing a good job though) so I’m hoping this will cover that gap, plus illuminate the community, showing what tournaments and events are happening in the region, showcasing some of the more prominent players and community members, and helping push them to the international scene.
I’m also working to put my random writings about fighting games on this site. Stuff like that would usually go on my old blog but I think this will be a better home for them.
In short, Pretzel Motion will be about Arab FGC news+essays about fighting games by me. This won’t be a site I will update as often compared to other fighting game focused sites, but it will be a nice one to check out every now and then (or just when the official Pretzel Motion twitter account posts stuff)
What does “Pretzel Motion” mean?
In SNK’s Fatal Fury series (and sometimes in The King Of Fighters), southtown crimelord and occasional final boss Geese Howard has a signature desperation move called the “Raging Storm”, a devastating counter-attack move that when input quickly on reaction can beat nearly every attack you can throw at him. And it looks like this:
The catch is that inputting the move quickly and on reaction is quite difficult even in the strict standards of old-timey SNK games. Facing right, Raging Storm is done by inputting ↙→↘↓↙←↘+a button or 2 (varies between games). And when you trace the motions of the move done on a fighting game stick, it will form the shape of a pretzel, hence Pretzel Motion.
Why write in English instead of Arabic if the site would be focused on the Arab FGC?
Despite being an Arab, with Arabic being my native language, I’ve been trying to limit my writings online in English, mostly because I wanna increase the exposure of my writings to international readers. And the same can be said about Pretzel Motion. The biggest goal of Pretzel Motion is to have a place where readers from around the world can learn about what's happening in the Arab Fighting Game Scene. And in order to achieve that, I have to communicate through a language that a big portion of the world can understand in, in today's "lingua franca" to put it more eloquently (I'm sorry but I've been playing some Metal Gear Solid V lately).
All of this isn’t set in stone. This is simply a starting point, and things may change. But I am excited to start this new endeavor. And I hope you will be too.