By TechHits 6 Comments
My Street Fighter roots are humble ones. I was to young for the arcade scene in the 90's so I was locked out from any exposure to expert level players. Which in hindsight my have been for the best, because I was bad, like really bad. which is to be expected from a new player, let alone one that had not grasped the finer points of reading just yet. So this meant I would rarely win against my main competition, my older brother and cousin, but a desire burned inside me to keep playing and improving. Ryu was the only option, in my eyes every one else had a snow balls chance in hell in the competitive high octane adrenalin fueled basement where the SNES resided. Plus thats the only character my older cousin played, and he was better than both me and my brother, so it was obviously the correct choice. However the finner points of Ryu's move list where a tad difficult for my childish brain; For example the fireball eluded me, such skill was required to execute the complex thumb maneuvers. Down, diagonal, then forward, what madness was that! It was over my head, but I was content to mash away on the SNES controller, surprised and floored when I would fluke out and win, or some one took pity on me and lost on purpose. I was in love, the game seemed to speak to me in a way I don't know if I would ever be able to to fully articulate, and to this day it's a love that hasn't wavered for a second.
I don't exactly know when I mastered the fireball, or the much more difficult uppercut. But I do know Street fighter has been a more important part of my personal gaming history more then any other entity. It transcended platforms and created a familiar place to go whenever I bought a new console. Its both a bench mark and unattainable goal for other fighting games. What can I say is, it's a really rad game.
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