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.
Well it’d make for one interesting fighting promotion, that’s for sure. While I go slip on a Don King wig and prepare to mangle the English language further with tales of Fisticular violencia played over feminetti free for all martial artarchy, check out these mock-ups of Disney princess below who are spoilin’ for a fight.
Street Fighter 4 re-releasing itself almost every year now has become a joke on par with that of a Peter Molyneux over-promise. We’ve already had Super and Arcade Edition variants that tweaked the gameplay. And now we have Ultra Street Fighter 4 on the way. But don’t expect the game to be just another instance of slapping DLC together and selling it as a new package.
Fighting games are once again a popular genre, and you can thank Street Fighter 4 for that. The game resuscitated the genre with a life-saving hadouken back in 2008. So where’s the inevitable sequel? According to overworked Street Fighter big cheese Yoshinoro Ono, he’d love to have another proper Street Fighter game out. But that requires a ton of cash.