Guile’s Theme, from Street Fighter II. It famously goes with everything and has been overdubbed on a countless number of YouTube videos – including ten hours of a guy eating fried chicken. Seriously. Everything.
When I was growing up, Capcom was easily my favourite development house and publisher. Just about everything the company made was guaranteed to be gold. They’ve given me some of my very favourite games and series, like Street Fighter, Mega Man, Resident Evil, Okami, Onimusha, Ghosts and Goblins – and the list goes on for what seems like perpetuity. In more recent times tough, the company’s image has been tarnished, and a Capcom logo is no longer a guarantee of any sort of quality. It is, after all, on the Resident Evil 6 and Lost Planet 3 box. Capcom reckons this year’s the year to change that.
Breaking news: Street Fighter isn’t dead. Even breaking-er news: Street Fighter 5 is on the way and it’ll be a PlayStation 4 and PC exclusive, powered by the tears of bitter Xbox One fans. Trailer after the jump.
If there’s one gaming platform that the kids of today really miss out on, it’s arcades. Yes, there are still a few machines at entertainment centres, hidden among the weird ticket-dispensing games that hark back to those times when a 50c coin (or a 20c coin, if you’re sufficiently old enough) was your gateway to a good time. They’re one of the reasons I love videogames, and I remember much of my youth was spent looking for good home console and Pc ports of great arcade games. These days, they’re redundant, because you can get better gaming experiences at home, but they’re an aspect of gaming I really miss.
Despite Capcom’s general abusive DLC practices, I actually kind of like what they’ve done with Street Fighter IV. The game was first released on consoles in 2009, and has since been iterated and updated rather substantially since. Yes, Capcom’s been updating the game the way did with Street Fighter 2: adding characters, levels, mechanics and stupid prefixes and suffixes to the game’s title. The latest, and quite probably last (unless there’s a balancing update) iteration is Ultra Street Fighter IV – which is available today. How is it?
We all get irritated by bureaucracy and red tape. Sure, we need it for a normal, functional society, but it's still just such a nuisance. Air travel in particular can be a nightmare, something I know Darryn is dreading when we go to E3. But just imagine if you were a street fighter.
Young grasshopper, listen to me and listen well. In life, there must be balance. Yin and Yang. Good and evil. Pepsi and Coca Cola. Without the other, the cosmos is thrown into disarray. And you can bet your noob ass my apprentice that Ultra Street Fighter 4 is going to once again balance the scales.
You already know that Microsoft will be rolling out a new iteration of their console soon, one that drops the Kinect hardware like a rapper dropping the mic after some dope beats. But that’s just the start of a new strategy for Microsoft, as their Games for Gold program gets a slight tweak, and some titles that people will actually want to play.
Ken you match my beats I don’t so cause I’mma stretch my skills fo’ Shoryuken! I’m a lean mean Bison with a psycho machine, I cheat like Seth hopped up on meth and I don’t Zangief a f***! So prepare to rock ‘n Rolento as I lay down some pain like Poison in her stilettos!
Ryu and Ken. Lifelong rivals who happen to be the best damn pair of Shoryuken punch spammers around. Of course, they’re friends first, but much like everything else in life when it comes to men, there’s something that they can’t help but battle over. The size of their Hadouken.
Start training your thumbs with various exercises while playing Eye of the tiger on an infinite loop, because Capcom and Twitch are tag-teaming to start a year-long Street Fighter league.
Remember when we did those awesome game mashups that you'll never see? We had a very special form of Street Fighter, FIFA Street Fighter, that would probably show more dives than we can imagine. Here is an even stranger mashup that you can actually play - and it's educational, sort of.
Look at your shelf. It’s empty. It needs some love, in the way that only material goods can satisfy. Time to fill that shelf space with plenty of figures. And we’ve got two fine lookin’ Street Fighter figures right here to show you.
I can’t think of anyone alive these days that has not played Street Fighter II. It’s just one of those games that happens to have such a massive legacy. And if you happen to be the kind of person who devours Street Fighter tidbits, then these development tales from yesteryear might surprise you.
Did you have plans for tonight? Well cancel them, because you’ve got something better to do instead. Grab a blanket, pop some corn in the microwave and sit your ass down. Because we’re celebrating 25 years of Street Fighter tonight.