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Street Fighter V: Characters I’d Love to See!

Street Fighter V was announced a while back, with 3 characters officially announced so far!

Of course, we have Ryu:

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In the same trailer, we saw Chun Li as well:

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And marking his first appearance since Street Fighter Alpha 3 back in 1998, Charlie!

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At the end of Charlie’s announcement trailer, there was a brief teaser implying M. Bison would appear in the game too, taking the count so far to 4.

Street Fighter V is slated for release in Spring of next year, so there’s plenty of time for more characters to be revealed, and plenty of time for speculation!

I’m going to list a few characters I would like to see in the next installment of my favourite fighting game series! I’m going to list 1 character each from Street Fighter 1, 2, Alpha, 3, 4, and Street Fighter X Tekken, and how likely they are to actually make an appearance!

From Street Fighter 1: Geki

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Geki made his debut in the first Street Fighter game way back in 1987, and hasn’t appeared since! Very little information is known about him, mainly due to the lack of story in the first game, and his lack of appearances since.

Likelihood: very, very unlikely. The whole claw-wielding thing has since been taken over by Vega, and the ninja aspect hijacked by Guy and Ibuki. It’d be nice for him to make an appearance though, get some story and let him into the modern era!

Street Fighter 2: Ken

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Ken technically made his debut in the first game, but back then he was just a palette swap of Ryu. In 2 and beyond, he was fleshed out more as his own character, and is probably as iconic a Street Fighter character as Ryu and Chun Li themselves.

Trained alongside Ryu under Gouken, he witnessed the latter’s (not quite) death at the hands of Akuma, tried to avenge him and was knocked out in one hit. Oops.

Likelihood: In fairness, I was surprised he wasn’t revealed alongside Ryu instead of Chun Li. I’m be 99% sure he’ll be in V!

Street Fighter Alpha: Sakura

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The young girl who idolises Ryu, and learnt his fighting style by watching it on TV! Street Fighter V is apparently set after Street Fighter IV (and maybe even after III), so it’d be interesting to see how her fighting style evolves as she gets older! It’d also be nice for her to not be wearing the damn school uniform!

It’s said that for her young age, she possesses incredible potential (seeing as she learnt to project energy from her hands by WATCHING SOMEONE ON TV. Someone who trained for YEARS to do that), and it’d be awesome to see that potential fulfilled in V.

Likelihood: 75%. She’s a popular character, but even though she has a variant style, Capcom might not want so many shoto-style characters this time around.

Street Fighter 3: Alex

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Conceived as the main character of Street Fighter 3, Alex is a professional wrestler and kickboxer with traits alluding to Hulk Hogan! His fighting style is pretty unique, featuring many powerful grapples and surprising speed to dash about the place.

Alex seeks revenge for a brutal beatdown Gill, the final boss of SFIII, gave to his close friend Tom, then later went travelling where he encountered Ryu. Ryu handed his ass to him, but they maintain a friendly rivalry!

Likelihood: 50%. He’s a much-demanded character with a dedicated fan base, but more focus seems to be given to Dudley, Makoto, and Ibuki, other characters from III.

Street Fighter 4: Juri

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Making her debut in Super Street Fighter 4, Juri is a South Korean taekwondo practitioner whose father was a lawyer trying to bring down Shadaloo, the criminal organization belonging to M. Bison. She, along with her family, were kidnapped, and during this time she lost her parents and the use of her left eye.

Fast forward several years, and you get a bionically-enhanced psychotic woman obsessed with inflicting pain on her opponents. Her story in Super Street Fighter 4 ends with her murdering Seth, her old boss, and taking over S.I.N., the weapons division of Shadaloo, with the intent of eventually taking down Bison.

Likelihood: She’s been built up as a potential major villain of the series, it’d be exciting to see her in V, see where her story takes her, and with Bison confirmed, Juri looks more likely. 80%

Street Fighter X Tekken: Poison

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Although she debuted as a character in the Final Fight games, she joined Guy and Cody in the Street Fighter games in the crossover game Street Fighter X Tekken, and later joined the Ultra Street Fighter 4 cast.

I’ve already gone into reasons why I love her. She’s an ass-kicking trans dominatrix wrestling manager with a penchant for kicking people in the junk. What’s not to love?

Likelihood: I’m gonna be optimistic here and say 75%. She was a much-demanded character among fans, she’s got an interesting past, and she’s MY FAVOURITE CHARACTER SHE HAS TO BE IN IT.

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Reasons to Love Poison

No, not harmful substances, but the Final Fight (and now Street Fighter) character Poison!

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While the Street Fighter 4 “series” has been going on since 2009, I didn’t start playing it myself until the second version, Super Street Fighter 4, released in April 2010. Of course, we’re beyond that game now, into Ultra Street Fighter 4, and what a ride it’s been!

Ultra introduced a character from Final Fight called Poison. I’m sure you’ve heard of her, she’s pretty infamous for reasons I’ll probably go into down below! She’s very quickly displaced Gouken and Gen as my character(s) of choice, though I still use them from time to time. She’s spanked her way into my heart!

This post is going to be my tribute to her. The reasons why I think she’s bloody fantastic!

She’s Effective

Like, REALLY effective. People have won tournaments with her. A lot of people put her as being one of the top five characters in the game (bear in mind we have forty four characters to play as!). She has a moveset that seems to be able to handle anything. Fireballs with differing ranges and speeds to zone your opponents out. An overhead she can actually COMBO from. Fantastic offensive pressure, but with strong defenses too. About the only thing she lacks is a special move that effectively anti-airs, as Kissed By A Goddess has a tendency to miss a lot, but even then she has her crouching hard punch as a pretty decent ground-to-air move, and she can combo one of her fireballs off of that to begin a mix-up game! Will it be the hard fireball to hit in front as you get up, or the medium fireball to hit behind you? Where to block? WRONG ANSWER!

She goes for the LOW BLOW

You know what a low blow is.

We all fear the low blow.

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OH GOD

She represents diversity

OK sure, at face value we have YET ANOTHER scantily clad fighting game lady. She totters around in heels, she’s flashing the cleavage, the camera is VERY interested in her rear when the fight begins.

She’s more than just eye candy though. She’s a successful professional wrestler, she’s got the business savvy to be a pretty decent wrestling manager and promoter too, and according to her ending, has the talent and charisma to front a rock band! She even gets Ryu and Ken to do the stage pyrotechnics with their hadokens, which is damned impressive.

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She’s also one of the relatively few trans characters in gaming, and certainly one of the most famous. When originally conceived for Final Fight, Poison was naturally a female in Japan, but Capcom felt that America would object to this as “hitting women is considered rude,” and they felt feminist groups would sue them. She was thusly changed to a transsexual female, because… that made it okay to hit her? I don’t know. Either way, Capcom’s official stance over Poison’s sex evolved from “trans in America, not in Japan” to a simple “she’s a trans female” for the ease of localisation, to “It’s up to YOU!” as a bit of a cop-out.

Over the next 20 years, there’s been some changes, and Capcom’s official stance has and will continue to be that we don’t have a stance technically. It’s supposed to be mysterious; if people want to talk about it on forums or what not they’re welcome to, but we’re not going to give you a straight answer because, well, there isn’t one. We deliberately want to make it a mysterious thing—that question of what’s at the core of this character.

Yoshinori Ono to EGM, 2011

So if you want to see her as having always been female, then go right ahead, but you’re apparently no more or less correct than those of us who say she’s trans.

And if you’re going to make some sort of trans-phobic joke about her, then bugger off.

One other thing I like? During one of the early builds of Street Fighter X Tekken, various characters’ win quotes to Poison came across as rather trans-phobic themselves. Let’s take Chun Li’s for example:

 You’re not very lady-like at all! I felt like I was fighting against a guy…

This caught the attention of GLAAD, who informed Capcom that this was offensive and insensitive to trans folk, and Capcom, rather than gone “PFFT!” and went with it anyway, worked with GLAAD to remedy this. Sure, the fact that GLAAD had to intervene in the first place is relatively messed up, but I can appreciate the fact that Capcom worked with them to make sure that there was no offensive crap left in!

EDIT: According to an awesome video I just watched, it looks as if Poison had always been intended to be a trans female!

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That circled word from the Final Fight instruction book lists Poison as being a “newhalf,” which is a Japanese slang term for a post-op male-to-female trans-sexual.

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Here’s her concept art for the same game, and we see the same Japanese word for “newhalf” appears again! So… what on Earth was changed for American audiences? Nothing, it would seem.

Fancy that.

She’s different

I don’t know why, but I seem to gravitate to the old men in fighting games. From Wang Jinrei in Tekken:

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To Gen Fu of Dead or Alive:

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Cervantes from Soul Calibur

Technically a zombie, too

Technically a zombie, too

And let’s not forget the aforementioned Gouken and Gen from Street Fighter:

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Poison is most certainly NOT an old man. She’s probably the first fighting game character I’d consider my main that ISN’T an old man, bar Haohmaru.

And even he's getting on a bit now.

And even he’s getting on a bit now.

Why though? Why break the old man trend? Well, all the reasons listed above, really. She’s fresh, she’s exciting, I’ve wanted her to be in Street Fighter for YEARS (Guy and Cody managed to cross over in Super 4, as did Sodom and Rolento back in Alpha, and even Mike Haggar made an appearance in Marvel vs Capcom 3) so finally being able to play as her? Exhilarating! She was playable a year prior in Street Fighter X Tekken but I didn’t stick with that for very long.

Anyway, I have my fingers crossed she’s playable in Street Fighter 5! She’s certainly popular enough, considering that she was on the shortlist to be in the original Street Fighter 4 game, she was one of the most demanded characters in updated versions (according to producer Yoshinori Ono), and in a recent poll from fighting game website EventHubs on who people want to see in Street Fighter 5, Poison came 12th out of 64 characters!

FINGERS CROSSED, PEOPLE

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WoW, Street Fighter, Tactics Ogre!

Today, I’m gonna talk about a bit of WoW, and a bit of other games I play, because my blog, my rules. That, and I need to get updating this thing more regularly!

World of Warcraft

Warlocks got a small buff in an area we… kinda didn’t need. Havoc’s base cooldown is reduced to 20 seconds (meaning 15 seconds thanks to the Draenor Perk). Our cleave was already pretty strong anyway as Destruction, it’s our AoE and ember generation that has suffered thanks to the recent Rain of Fire nerf, and our movement DPS that suffers immensely due to the loss of Fel Flame. Obviously, this change will have an effect on our ember generation… provided we have more than 1 target in a fight. On a boss like the Butcher? Useless!

Speaking of him... Merry Christmas! Image courtesy of Wowhead!

Speaking of him… Merry Christmas! Image courtesy of Wowhead!

Warlocks aren’t in a terrible place at the moment though. On fights where you can cleave, Destruction really shines, and Twin Ogron is a fight almost MADE for Affliction. Strong single target fights like The Butcher? Demonology with Demonbolt is the way to go! Highmaul isn’t too bad for us at the moment, but what will Blackrock Foundry throw at us?

In other WoW news, I’m loving my ol’ garrison and the missions! Gladiator warrior is INSANELY fun. LFR Highmaul is LAUGHABLY easy. Both my 100 characters are on the Abrogator Stone part of the legendary quest.

And I've mogged my warrior. FIERY!

And I’ve mogged my warrior. FIERY!

Street Fighter

The new patch was released for Ultra Street Fighter 4 on Monday, bringing with it OMEGA MODE CHARACTERS!

And yes, some of them are hilariously broken.

Several characters have infinite combos. Ibuki and Crimson Viper both have slightly technical ones, and Gen’s infinite (GENFINITE) is hilariously easy to do.

That being said, ignoring these slightly glaring errors, Omega is such fun! My favourite characters so far are probably Gen (not because of the Genfinite, but because his custom combos remind me of how he was in Alpha), and Decapre (no charge motions!).

"Execute."

“Execute.”

The Omega mode brings a whole new level of fun and silliness to the game, and best of all? FREE CONTENT! Didn’t have to pay a penny for it!

My favourite non-Omega character however is probably a tie between Gouken and Poison. You know what makes me sad though? I watch a lot of Street Fighter match videos on YouTube, because yay free time, and every time Poison features, you can GUARANTEE that the comments will feature jokes and insults about the fact she’s trans. I know, YouTube comments are generally a fucking cesspool anyway, but I still feel a twinge of sadness for the human race that we can’t just get over this. That every time she’s mentioned, there’s always some joke or insult about her.

This is even with 2 very prominent, well-known members of the competitive Street Fighter player base being trans individuals themselves! It’s staggering how narrow-minded and pathetic some people can be.

Anyway, enough of the serious talk, it’s not what I am good at.

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Crimson Viper is totally jealous of Poison’s hot bod.

Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together

I bought this a while back on my PS Vita, and I’ve finally got around to playing it. It’s one of those SRPG’s I love so much, similar to Final Fantasy Tactics in fact. Isometric grids, character classes, strategy, moving things around, that sorta stuff.

Typical screen you'll see when playing!

Typical screen you’ll see when playing!

The story is a political one, and your main character, Denam Pavel, is fighting to bring freedom to his country! So, a lot like Final Fantasy Tactics, I guess. Trying to keep spoilers to a minimum, seeing as I haven’t finished it yet, but there are several paths you can take through the game. Law, Neutral and Chaos. I’m on the Chaos path at the moment!

Favourite character class so far is the Ninja (DOUBLE ATTACK!), but I’ve just unlocked a Warlock class, so you better believe I’m gonna be levelling one of those! Rather than the demon summoners of WoW, Warlocks in Tactics Ogre specialise in Draconic magic, and the summoning and controlling of golems. Pretty snazzy, yes?

Anyway, that’s what I’m doing at the moment. You up to anything interesting?