Fuck all that etiquette, lol. If it’s in the game, it’s fair game. I was 15 when WW came out, so there wasn’t any intimidation going on; we’d Guile handcuff a scrub quick.
At time of release, a lot of SF teeth cutting in Southern California (I bounced around from San Diego, to Orange County, to Torrance/Redondo Beach) was at donut shops and pizza shops, and 7-11s as much as the arcade.
Grizzled locals without a ton of money to spend at the mall, were rugged with SF and the Red version and Rainbow, and the other wild hacks. You got good at those, and could just mop the floor with civilians playing vanilla CE at the mall.
I’ll give the mall this, tho:
SSFII Tournament Edition (4 linked cabs, 8 players at once) was the jam. UTC Mall’s Arcade had it; and, many a Nightmare Tony sighting. Loke tests galore back then.
Sadly, the space that Arcade once occupied was a poster shop the last time I visited.
My 1st home port was the PC•Engine CE Hu. That game was my go-to SF until the Saturn Street Fighter collection hit.
Stumbling upon the ‘old’ version of characters, in Super (by holding the button down as you chose a character until their color changed) was mind blowing. This was before me or my friends had home Internet, and there was no wiki or gamefaqs for it.
It was hella funny to pick old against someone that wasn’t smartened up to the trick yet…
“Hey, why doesn’t your Sagat have a super bar…”
-WHY AM I EATING ALL OF THESE TIGER BLOWS?!?-
“Fuck you, Jim-*not* a good game.”
+the ‘old’ versions of the characters in Super had distinct advantages like Sagat zoning w/ screen filling Tiger blows, or Guile having his CPS•I damage scaling