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Evil Ryu: Knock Knock
Person #2: Who’s there?
Evil Ryu: Violence is
Person #2: Violence is who?
Evil Ryu: Violence is who I am!
There’s more to Fighter-games than shooting fireballs across the screen, acrobatic kicks, gravity defiant uppercuts, & what not. Fundamentally, Fighter-games are a computerized exploration of organisms as they mandate a bare minimum of 2 avatars for on-screen interactions. To put things in Mickey Mouse terminology, Fighter-games are made to have their environments prioritize character exploration & not the other way around (characters utilized to prioritize environmental exploration).
Street Fighter II became a popular sensation not only because it’s the most influential game for its’ respective genre [Fighter-games] but also because the revolutionary videogame itself was published at a time when the World Wide Web itself was still at the developmental stage of a popular sensation; paradoxically, the learning experience(s) we obtain from developing or playing Fighter-games, can be easily applied to non-combative interactions:
- Development of newly peer-to-peer connections & enhancement of long-established peer connections
- Intersection of job applicants & prospective employers
- Professional connection between an employee & their respective employer
- Ties of kinship
- Educational bond between teachers & students
- The transactional connection between a business & it’s customers
- Professional connection between a public official & their constituents
- Connection between bloggers & their readers
There’s more examples unmentioned on this list but you get the picture at this point; if you ask anyone you are interpersonally connected to about Street Fighter II, they have most probably heard about the videogame & this isn’t a cute coincidence.
An NAACP member walks up to Ryu, the most recognizable representative of Capcom’s Street Fighter series, which in turn constitutes the most repackaged Fighting-game series in the history of humanity; the NAACP member asks Ryu about how to confront repackaged racism; Ryu delivers an epic reply by saying “The answer lies in the heart of battle”.
Dating all the way back to 2014 (as far as I can remember that is), I’d been confronted by close-blood relatives about the subject of marriage in a cycle of protracted conversations, which I was partially accountable for dragging myself into; the most recent of them involved a one on one session between my 2nd brother and I in 2016.
Having been overwhelmed by these protracted conversations about marriage, I metaphorically learned what it was like to be Street Fighter series character, Sagat having their chest scarred by a Metsu Shoryuken. I was infuriated but at the same time, garnered strength from that anger by talking relatively little about marriage in the presence of close-blood relatives.
On my WordPress blog, I’ll start to fill the void of Street Fighter game reviews; granted, this will take extra time due to my schedule of errands.
While Tevin (long-time friend from elementary school) and I fought each other in a 2-player match of Capcom vs. SNK 2 at my house, he initiated a conversation to me about Street Fighter character, Cammy (who was part of his team). I don’t have a transcript of the conversation but here’s a summary of it:
Tevin: I would hit on her [Cammy].
Tevin: If both you [Akif] and Cammy were inside the same universe, would you [Akif] hit on her [Cammy]?
Me [Akif]: I wouldn’t hit on Cammy.
Me [Akif]: She’s not Asian!