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.
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.