Archive for Characters
By now, you’ve probably heard about the “How Old Do I Look?” website, a demo powered by Microsoft. Most people upload actual photos of themselves to see if Microsoft can guess their age. I uploaded pictures of the original world warriors from Street Fighter II. I tried to stick as close to the original as possible, but Microsoft rejected a few saying it couldn’t detect any faces.
How did they do? Let’s base this on the 1991 arcade release year for Street Fighter II and the official birthdates included in the Street Fighter II bios.
Like I said, Microsoft couldn’t detect all the faces. In fact, it only got three out of the original eight.
- Ryu: Microsoft guesses 29; actual age was 27 (1964).
- Chun-li: Microsoft guesses 28; actual age was 23 (1968).
- Dhalsim: Microsoft guesses 46; actual age was 39 (1952).
E. Honda: Microsoft guesses 39; actual age was 31 (1960).
Ken: Microsoft guesses 39; actual age was 26 (1965).
Guile: Microsoft guesses 36; actual age was 31 (1960).
Zangief: Microsoft guesses 44; actual age was 35 (1956).
Blanka: Microsoft guesses 61; actual age was 25 (1966).
This one’s not really fair. All the images I tried from the actual game got rejected, so I ended up using this sorry picture from the movie. Poor Blanka.
After being available as a digital upgrade on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for a little over two months, Ultra Street Fighter IV finally launched on the PC last night. I gave up on paying for Xbox Live Gold about a year ago and have been playing through Steam instead. And so, last night was my first real chance to play as some of the new characters. I was most excited about Decapre.
I know. I know. It was a cheap cop-out by Capcom to use a Cammy clone as the final new character in Ultra, after simply porting over the others from Street Fighter X Tekken, but Decapre does play very differently. She’s a charge character that seems to excel at both the rushdown and the mix-up game. Seeing how I main Blanka (did you see my video where I played against BrolyLegs?), Decapre sounded like a viable option for me. I particularly enjoy the mix-ups for both the ground pound move and her take on the Yoga Catastrophe.
Based on my early impressions, the netcode for Ultra needs some serious work and I’m not alone in this sentiment. The good news is Capcom knows this and they’re working on fixing it. Anyways, embedded below are some highlights from last night’s Twitch stream (follow/subscribe to my Twitch channel: hadoukenstream). The first has about half an hour of ranked matches with Decapre and the second video is my online Decapre mirror match.
We love our fighting games mostly for the actual game, but it’s always nice when we can explore a little bit of the back story and mythology too. That’s why the Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist series was so darn good. It’s not like we didn’t already know about Akuma (Gouki), Gouken, Ken and Ryu, but to see to dramatized is just so satisfying. What about the other characters?
A couple of utterly fantastic “documentaries” are on YouTube that take a look at two of the more iconic Street Fighter boss characters. Balrog: Behind the Glory made its debut back at Evo 2011. We learn about Boxer’s childhood, his rise to fame, his connection with Shadaloo and even about the “Mike Bison” name.
Balrog: Behind the Glory
And at Evo 2014, the same guy debuted a second short film. It’s called Matador, and it looks at the childhood and back story for Vega (Claw), again including how he may also be called Balrog.
I’d say that both films are pretty dark, but they also offer a lot of great insight into why the boxer is so concerned about his fight money and why the Spaniard has such a disdain for “ugliness” in the world.
Matador (Vega Short Film)
If Balrog’s movie was in 2011 and Vega’s was in 2014, does that mean that we should expect to see a Sagat documentary at Evo 2017? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.