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Posted on 2009.03.01 at 23:15
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Current Music: Toriyama/Komuro - Street Fighter II Score
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I was never much into console games, never had the time nor inclination despite many of my peers often playing. But there were times I turned to them. Mostly out of long stretches of boredom. There were only so many books I could read on temporary duty, or places I could go when first arriving at a new duty station. During a particularly boring start at Langley AFB, Virginia, I went out and bought myself a SuperNintendo for one reason, and one reason alone: Street Fighter II.
It all started innocently enough and honestly, through a false sense of chivalry. You see, dorm life in the Air Force was mind-numbing. But overseas a very strong sense of community always formed, nothing like living stateside. And as with every group of people you find yourself with, we too had our early adopters. So when Street Fighter II debuted on the console, the individual who bought it was very popular indeed. And with a large-screen television in the common room, and 24x7 operations, it was never difficult to find a game.
I don't remember the exact circumstances which led to me watching a group of guys play, but I remember being inflamed watching these large, violent characters slapping around the sole female, Chun-Li. That's why I picked up that controller. To prevent a female video game character from being battered. Silly, I know. But I sat down, controller in hand, chose Chun-Li as my player, and entered her world.
Chun-Li is an undercover Interpol agent, who enters the fighting tournament to get to its murderous founder, M. Bison, who killed her father. Seeking to avenge him, she fulfills her vow and returns to her life as an ordinary girl. Proof of which is in the second of these two "screen shots" (literally shots of the television screen) I took when I finally defeated M. Bison in 1993 while TDY to USCENTCOM at MacDill AFB, Florida:
Chun-Li, translated from Mandarin Chinese means "Spring Beauty" and she was the first playable female character in fighting games - something which is more commonplace now, but it was the gentleman in me which caused me to start playing her - I just couldn't stand seeing her get beat up by rough men. Chun-Li also has the distinction of being ranked 4th on Gamefly's list of Hottest Chicks Ever, (Laura Croft came in at #2 but I can't find any information on the others) which is probably why she's so often seen in cosplay.
Yesterday we loaded up Gloria and took the kids to breakfast, dropped catttitude off at the grocery store, and went to run our errands. That day, this included getting each of the kids a new game for their DS, as we have a tonsillectomy scheduled over Spring Break, and trips back-and-forth to my folks in preparation for the surgery (they're watching our daughter for the duration). My daughter picked hers out quickly, and I was wandering the store waiting for my son to make his choice (he usually takes an inordinate amount of time to make a decision). That's when I saw it. Only...I didn't understand at first. I walked closer, in absolute awe. Someone was playing Chin-Li on a large HDTV connected to a Playstation 3. Street Fighter 4! I NEED A PS3!
The graphics were amazing! Three-dimensional figures, lush backdrops, bullet-time camera spins; this is not your 32-bit graphical version, or any of those other attempts to restart the game - this was the real deal. Standing there in GameStop, once again, I reached for that controller. Fluid movement, responsive control, accurate hits and blocks - its what we all wished Street Fighter really were back in the day, but this time, its for real. Only...something was different. Something was very wrong.
In place of Chun-Li's long, lighting fast, super-sexy legs...she's been given the thighs of a fatted turkey. It was insane to see her with those meaty thighs and gigantic man-hands fighting Ryu. It hurt my head. And then I thought back to the CAD comic I'd read days before without understanding. It all made sense now! I SRSLY don't get it.

Chun-Li, you don't need me anymore. You can fight your own battles.


photogoot at 2009-03-02 06:08 (UTC) (Link)
ehowton at 2009-03-02 06:17 (UTC) (Link)
I still have F-Zero and my SNES. Wanna come over?
Tat-Man the Zombie Hunter
scareypete at 2009-03-02 14:41 (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm Huge Legs...

Honestly legs like that are counter productive to martial arts... You don't see Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Chuck Norris or any of the Pro Fighters who aren't Movie Stars with such ridiculously huge legs.

ehowton at 2009-03-02 19:31 (UTC) (Link)
There's a new Street Fighter movie that's coming out, this one about Chun-Li. Although I miss him, I'm thankful Andre the Giant isn't around to be cast into her role.
drax0r at 2009-03-02 15:59 (UTC) (Link)

Dude I am all over this.

If I knew I'd have someone to play with I'd have bought it already.

ehowton at 2009-03-02 19:32 (UTC) (Link)
Ken's arms are freaking HUGE in this game....just like Chun-Li's legs.
thesweetestnote at 2009-03-02 18:02 (UTC) (Link)
I feel saddened somehow that this has happened to you. I always choose the female characters. For obvious reasons and also because it's awesome seeing a girl beat up a guy. My fave was Sonia in Mortal Combat. Love that crotch punch.
ehowton at 2009-03-02 19:35 (UTC) (Link)
Sonja was one tough cookie. For me however, Street Fighter eclipsed every fighting game before, or since. I had this *really dumb* prehistoric fighting games, in the style of SF and MC but played with dinosaurs. Ugh!
thesweetestnote at 2009-03-02 20:21 (UTC) (Link)
Guess you won't want this on your desk:

And just when you thought it couldn't get worse.

Edited at 2009-03-02 08:23 pm (UTC)
ehowton at 2009-03-02 20:50 (UTC) (Link)
I ran into a few of those as I was researching images for this post, and though I won't click that link at work, if its the one I think it is (that is to say, knowing myself as well as I do, and knowing you) I think its a beautiful reproduction!
ehowton at 2009-03-03 02:46 (UTC) (Link)
Ayep - that's the one. I'm surprised you linked to the clothed one! (Change the '2' to a '6' for the curious...)
(Anonymous) at 2009-03-03 19:57 (UTC) (Link)

chun li's thighs

I'm an artist, I've been drawing chun li 4 quite some time (in a matter of months , of course). I love dem thick-assed drum sticks! I mean REALLY, what guy whould'nt get in where u fit in & knock da' duck sauce outta dat?!.......
ehowton at 2009-03-03 21:24 (UTC) (Link)

Re: chun li's thighs

...duck sauce?
(Anonymous) at 2013-12-17 23:00 (UTC) (Link)

The screenshots

How can these be screenshots from when you finally defeated M. Bison? The right one is from "Street Fighter II - The World Warrior", the left is from "Street Fighter II Turbo". (Only in the Super Nintendo version of the original game does Chun Li wear that specific outfit. And only in "Turbo" does Sagat wear white pants.) Nice try, but you won't fool me.
ehowton at 2013-12-17 23:16 (UTC) (Link)

Re: The screenshots

I assure you, no subterfuge was intended. I had the Super Nintendo version of "Street Fighter II Turbo" and took both pictures back to back with an old 110-film camera. I just checked the original photographs and neither have dates printed on the back like they sometimes did, or if they did, I cut them out with a pair of scissors because I noticed the photographs were smaller than standard print - probably to cut out the hotel television.

While you can not verify my claim ("yep, those are two old photographs") I will attempt to verify yours, for surely one predated the other since I have the photographs.
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