Street Fighter, designed by Takashi Nishiyama and Hiroshi Matsumoto, made its debut in arcades, in 1987. The game introduced the world to the now iconic characters Ryu and Ken, along with some of the conventions made standard in later games, such as the six button controls and the use of command based special attacks including the Hadouken, Shoryuken, and Tatsumaki Senpukyaku. It was the first competitive fighting game produced by the company but far from the last. When Street Fighter II: The World Warrior was released to arcades a few years later, setting off a renaissance in the business. Japanese fighting games had been around for a while, but the one-two punch of now iconic characters, hand-to-hand combat, and the range of moves, techniques, and combos at the player’s disposal formed the foundation of fighting games as we know them. With Street Fighter II celebrating its 25th anniversary this week and with Street Fighter V set for release next week, I thought I would direct your attention to I Am Street Fighter, a 72-minute documentary, created by Area 5 and originally released as part of the $150 Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collector’s Set. The documentary explores the creation, history and fandom of the Street Fighter series, and features interviews with former Capcom community manager Seth Killian, producer Yoshinoro Ono and plenty of hardcore fans. Take a trip down memory lane, and watch this compelling and immersive glance into the nature of competitiveness and see why Street Fighter has become the cultural phenomenon that it is today.
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