The Internet Blog : Street Fighter 2 A Euphoric Experience

   

This Image Is The 90's for Many People, Myself Included
I am a child of the 90's, the colors were bright, the shows were rad,and the kids were gamers. It was a great time to be alive, and an even greater time to be a fan of the greatest gaming series ever, Street Fighter. When I was a kid I had an obsession with Street Fighter, it sowed the seeds of my competitve nature and gave me a hero to look up to. 

 A Life Time To Master
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. 

You Had To Work Hard To See This Screen 
 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. 
 
Leave a comment let me know what you think, I would really appreciate it.         
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This Image Is The 90's for Many People, Myself Included
I am a child of the 90's, the colors were bright, the shows were rad,and the kids were gamers. It was a great time to be alive, and an even greater time to be a fan of the greatest gaming series ever, Street Fighter. When I was a kid I had an obsession with Street Fighter, it sowed the seeds of my competitve nature and gave me a hero to look up to. 

 A Life Time To Master
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. 

You Had To Work Hard To See This Screen 
 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. 
 
Leave a comment let me know what you think, I would really appreciate it.         
Posted by Rmack

This is funny; I actually wrote something similar for a writing course once. I distinctly remember my first time playing Street Fighter 2: in a mini-golf course in Revere, Massachusetts, known for its giant orange dinosaur. I walked up to the machine that my mother said had "too many buttons" for me to play. I was around seven at the time and like "fuck that shit!," so I put in my token (only one back then!), picked the giant sumo dude, and beat the teenager next to me by figuring out that pressing the top buttons a lot let me slap him to death. I was never the same.

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O. T. Hawk for life

Posted by TechHits
@Rmack:  It's funny Street fighter is a lot like mario, everyone seems to be able to remember the first time that they played it, and the effect it had on them. 
Posted by Slaker117
@Rmack:  I have a story similar to this, but it ends with me getting destroyed and never playing Street Fighter again. I was a child of little conviction.
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Posted by TechHits
@Slaker117: sounds like your skills are about what I've got going for me