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STREET FIGHTER 4

"You Must Defeat Sheng Long To Stand A Chance..."

Growing up as an Asian Canadian in Toronto, there were a couple fundamental truisms that one had to live by:

  1. All Asian guys drove Hondas

  2. All Asian guys had short spiky haircuts

  3. All Asian guys played Street Fighter II

Whether it be a crowded mall arcade or a remote convenience store, if Street Fighter II was there then there would be a long line of Asian guys waiting to getting their digital fights on.

Mercy rounds, "Sides", being Cheap, Guile's "Glitch" throw, The moded Blackbelt edition, there was plenty in the game to learn.

It was a sort of rite of passage, something you would learn like how to use the chopsticks.  Whether you were a nerdy math student or the popular jock, everyone played and were brought to the same level once you put those quarters down.  If you didn't play, you were looked at weird.  At the very least one would have to learn the basics:

DOWN, DOWN-FORWARD, FORWARD, PUNCH

Everyone knew the characters, and there was always one to suit your needs.  Whether it was the look, the special moves or their way of thinking, these eight world warriors fought their way into the Asian American subconscious and perhaps provided an outlet for some people's repressed feelings.

As the forefather for the modern day fighting game, Street Fighter brought the genre into the spotlight and was the king of 2-Dimensional fighting.

When 3-D stepped up in the form of Virtua Fighter and Tekken, Street Fighter was still there fighting the good fight.

They pushed 2-D to its limits and just when everyone thought that they would finally make the jump in the third dimension with Street Fighter 4, they defied convention and are now bringing 2-D fighting into the new millennium.

All the original eight fighters return, plus the popular characters from The New Challengers and The Alpha series.  Four new fighters enter the ring, and it remains to be seen if they will have the lasting power of the classic ones or get left in the way side.

They all still look instantly recognizable but now they POP into life because of the new detail and third dimension.  And what's great is that they still look hand drawn!

Only time will tell where in the pantheon of Street Fighter history that this Fourth entry will stand, but it seems the developers have done something right by keeping with what worked and adding on the refined engine to bring in just enough new technique to keep it fresh and deep.

See you all in the arena...

ROUND 1...... FIGHT!!!

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This was an awesome blog!! Thank you for helping me understand why everyone is so stoked about this game. You made it sound fun! :)
over 10 years ago
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I used to play Street Fighter Ⅱ. Now my son loves to play this game. He beats me!
over 10 years ago
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Street Fighter 2 was great! I was on a cruise ship once. The arcade was behind the casino. I was in there putting quarters into SF2 while everyone else was putting them in slot machines :P I was the novel chick who could play SF. Impressed all the boys till I started kicking all of the a**es. Ha! Thoughts on the SF movie out in a couple weeks?
over 10 years ago
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This poster kicks @ss!
over 10 years ago
Tinlunlau 06 tinlunlau
I've had a long argument with my friends in Toronto about this. But it's pronounced "REE-yu", not "RAI-yu". And it's "Sho-ryu-ken", not "All you can".
over 10 years ago
Rottendoubt a4 patrick
woohoo!
over 10 years ago
Rottendoubt a4 patrick
what's the glitch throw for guile?
over 10 years ago
Scottiehui 97 scottiehui
A NEW WARRIOR HAS ENTERED THE RING!
over 10 years ago
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Fierce! I like it.
over 10 years ago
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I didnt look so tiny next to The Fed!! lol
over 10 years ago
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1. All Asian guys drove Hondas 2. All Asian guys had short spiky haircuts 3. All Asian guys played Street Fighter II TOOOOOOOO true!!! ;)
over 10 years ago
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I drove american cars in canada! I did had spiky hairs... but u probly never gon see pix of me.. I also did play Street fighter... but that was while waiting to play pool!! hahahaha Almost toooooo true!! hahhahahahaa
over 10 years ago

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