I generally don't get into the mindset for fighting games, as I'm generally pretty laid-back and games with constant conflict get stressful to me. But for a while I played Smash 4 on Wii U online, and I remember this one match against an obnoxious Pikachu player.
I was like, the one person that played Link online, and this Pikachu player was just being incredibly rude while he was stomping me (taunting, t-bagging, typical gamer stuff).
After he took the second stock from me something snapped.
I vividly remember entering what I can only describe as a trance-like state, wherein my entire mind and willpower became laser focused on beating this turd-stain of a player. Despite the fact that Link is slower than Pikachu and was often considered C or B tier at best, I started to eke out some gains against him. I picked up on his patterns, started to read him, and took a stock. Then another. Soon we were on the final stock.
My entire body was tense and my brain felt like it was on fire.
In the most tense moment I've ever felt in an online game, I launched a forward smash against a neutral-a, and I picked up my win. As I got the win my vision focused in on my surroundings again and my entire body unclenched. It felt like I had run a marathon.
That was the most proud moment of my online gaming career: when I beat the shit out of a twelve-year old for being rude to me in a video game.
I kept a replay of that game for a while, and it was one of the few I actually went back later and watched, and you could actually see the moment when I went super saiyan. I went from making slow, purposeful to moves to unrelenting, ruthless attacks. It was like watching someone else play.
Sadly I wasn't able to figure out how to get the replay off the Wii U before Nintendo patched the game, which made the replay unwatchable.
But I still think about it, years later.
A single-user space station out in the fediverse asteroid belt.