The Legacy Of Street Fighter

From what angle do I even start this write up without sounding like an unrelenting fanatic? It’s pretty hard writing about something you love from a neutral perspective but I will try my best.

Street Fighter II is well known to be the progenitor of ALL fighting games, although the original introduced “some of the conventions made standard in later games, such as the six button controls and the use of command based special techniques” it pretty much limited players to only 2 characters (Ryu & Ken) and it wasn’t until the release of SF II in the early 90s did a sudden surge in fighting games start.

At the time, the closest we had was beat ’em ups and the likes but SF II changed all that. It essentially introduced a one on one battle scenario along with the arcade “story” mode with an extensive background for each characters. Speaking of characters, a unique cast of unforgettable fighters was made, easy to recognize with eye catching color palettes.

SF II should also be credited for introducing the Ryu/Ken stock characters-which is ever present in most fighting games. That I mean characters that are analogous to each other in some ways (Sub-Zero/Scorpion, Hanzo/Galford, Heihachi/Kazuya, Ryo Sakazaki/Robert Garcia).

Regarding the command based special moves(which were a novelty at the time), executing said moves took hours of practice and I must admit it took me weeks/months to master them (well I didn’t have the game so I used to play at a friends house). The thing is once you get the hang of it,it becomes second nature. As a matter of fact, I normally refer to any similar command on other fighting games by their SF II counterpart. That is  instead of saying “Quarter Forward + Punch”, I would just say “Hadouken” etc.

I remember back then, being a great SF II player was the shit. There was really no space for half stepping when the control pad was handed to you because, everyone was out for blood and God forbid you get handed the dreaded “Double Perfect” treatment (which we called Duplex). those were really hard times, as the older kids didn’t go easy on us and I recall many a time when an innocent game of SF II would lead to physical altercations (sigh!)

SF II would always be a part of my childhood. To me, it signifies a time were kids were kids. Where we laughed, fought and even cried over a game. Unlike now where all we do is sit behind a 13inch screen and call the shots from thousands of miles away.

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Who Is The Deadliest Warrior?

Deadliest Warrior is a television program in which information on historical or modern warriors and their weapons are used to determine which of them is the “deadliest” based upon tests performed during each episode. The show is characterized by its use of data compiled in creating a dramatization of the warriors battle to the death.

This show has been around since 2009 and for some unknown reason,it kind of slipped under my radar until recently. Well, better late than never.

This show is basically a 44 minute testosterone  fuelled exhibition. It starts off with the introduction of 2 opposing teams representing different warriors of the day(eg Ninja Vs Spartan etc). After which each team presents their death dealing weapon of choice (one after the other), which is tested on a ballistic gel torso (sounding like a true fanboy here) or any other non living representation of the human body (Cow torso, whole pig) and as you may have guessed, the more fatal blow a weapon can deliver, the more deadly it is.

For the 1st 2 seasons, X-Factors (Psychology, Environment etc) weren’t really considered and I reckon they weren’t factored into the Slytherin Sim program used to decide the final battle. Well this changed on the 3rd and final season where a whole new program was used and personal history and battle strategies of the respective warriors were factored into the program.

My favorite match ups in no particular order:

Ninja Vs Spartan

Saddam Hussein Vs Pol Pot

French Foreign Legion vs. Gurkhas

Green Berets vs. Spetsnaz

Shaolin Monk vs. Maori Warrior

Aztec Jaguar vs. Zande Warrior

I wasn’t so amped up about the Zombies Vs Vampires, I know I should be(being a Zombie fan) but for some reason, it was just meh to me.

Anyway, I included a video by infomania making fun of the hit series. Enjoy

Watch out for the Scottish Claymore at 2:43 (classic scene IMO)

Str8 Buttah – The Last Stand

This song is off Str8buttah‘s debut album: Str8 4rm Da Art and I think the only video we shot for the album. The Masta Ace intro I used was inspired by a conversation Rcube and I had months before the song was recorded. Often we had these friendly banter about the state of Hip-Hop in Nigeria and more than often we always agree to disagree on certain aspects and issues.

The beat samples a jazz record I got from a pal of mine who helped me with getting tons of old records and whatnot. It was a no-brainer at the time to keep the trumpet section for the hook and the verses short and straight to the point. I hit up the rest of the crew and we all wrote our verses and hit Knighthouse studios to record, we probably recorded more then 50% of “Str8 4rm Da Art” there anyway.

The video shoot was quite epic as we called all our rapper friends in the music biz to come represent and I’m glad most if not all of them showed up. Trust me, it would be freaking difficult to get these guys in 1 room now unless it’s a show or award ceremony.

Rcube directed the award winning video(yup we won an award for it) with Brother Lee and Wong Fei Hung lending a helping hand.

Roll call: Kraft, AQ  & Phenom(not Knighthouse),Loose Kaynon,Attitude, Kay,Blaqmind, Tha Suspect, Jabbar,Protek, Dj Bentley,Bugsy, Sabre(KnightHouse),Ex-O, Mifliss, Venomous and BigFoot(Micworx), Slimfella, Dark Poet, The Kalifate, Illbliss amongst others. Teeto Ceemos came through but he left before we could get the camera rolling.

Shout outs to Micworx for the location