This might sound like a weird question, but when playing fighting games like melee, what should players direct most of their focus on? Their own character? The opponent? Or both? Where should they be looking the most?
It’s not a weird question at all, I’ve had a lot of people ask this before. It’s actually very astute of you to notice that you can be looking in different places. Most people don’t think to ask that.
Basically, it’s a matter of looking at what’s important at any given time. Most of the time it’s best to watch what your opponent is doing. It’s good to watch yourself when you’re trying to space yourself precisely. It’s good to watch between both characters when you’re spacing relative to each other. Watch yourself while recovering generally, especially for the sweetspot.
In other fighting games, watch yourself while doing combos, watch your opponent while they’re getting up. Look at their meter when they’re getting up so you can see if they have enough to reversal super.
There’s better and worse places to look, and I’m not conscious of my own habits enough to give you strong advice. I look kind of “everywhere” without really trying. You can only really look in one place at a time and loosely keep stuff in peripheral vision, also switch rapidly.
Figuring out what to look at when is an important skill, but I don’t have much more advice than that. It’s very good that you’re attentive enough to notice that though.