Street Fighting Man

Looking back at discovering Street Fighter in a dark arcade, naturally, fierce-but-always-friendly rivalries were formed very quickly and could rage on for months.

When you weren’t playing yourself, you’d cheer or jeer over the shoulders of people doing battle, offering support almost as passionately as if you were watching your favourite football team.

It became a real spectator sport, with banter and jibes flowing back and forth, but always in good humour, always light-hearted. You’d talk and brag about the fights you saw or took part in for days afterwards; those last-second cheap shots you got in that won it for you or when you annihilated your biggest rival, finishing them off with an impeccably timed Dragon Punch.

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