Yes, I'm on the PS3 actually. And I guess you're right about people forgetting to tag. It's just jarring that people just don't tag even though it's safe for them to do so and their main is critical.
Anyway, I finally relearn how to properly play tekken and now my wrist doesn't hurt anymore but now my carpal does :\
I'm also getting better at Leo and can finally do 10 hit combo at least when the opponent is idle. She's a good juggler but her launchers are hard to connect and of course you can't juggle without hitting one D:
Meanwhile, Alisa seems to be too unreliable in dire situations. I guess I'll have to find a replacement.
Also, I officialy hate Hwoarang, the Laws, and the capos at least on the low levels. I swear, they never use 1 or 2.
There's actually an arcade near where I live but it's so dirty and small and seems like no one but regulars go there. My internetz is really fast even though I play wireless and only costs $30 a month and can be used on multiple device. So far, I haven't experienced any lag if I'm playing against someone with a good connection.
And actually, tourneys allows pads too nowadays so stick or pad is a matter of preference really. It seems that only in Japan and Korea has the 'no pad' rules because they only play on arcades. In USA at least, the top players are using pads but since the best players are in Japan and Korea, I guess stick is how you're able to play against the best. Of course that is, if you're really serious...
But then again, the best get to be the best because they play Tekken as their day job so unless you want to be a pro, then you get a free pick. Pads generally are much easier to use though because you're probably are more used to it than an arcade stick. Just make sure that you don't challenge anyone in the arcade if you don't use stick.
Also, the so called 'big boys' are actually a really hard goal to reach because really, these people probably do nothing but Tekken all the time. I've been to an arcade in Japan and these people really seem to only be away from the cabinets when it's closing time or bathroom breaks. Unless you have no other skill in life, I suggest that you shouldn't try to reach that level.