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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2010-11-22 04:23:13
I Feel Old
I fancy myself a fighting game aficionado, but the truth is that they've largely passed me by. I'm pleasantly elated concerning the unexpected resurgence of the genre, but I can't seem to muster the sufficient vigor to master them anymore. I can still grasp them conceptually, but my manual dexterity is an oxymoron now, and the bright flashing lights make my aged eyes hurt.
(Render this in the requisite "five miles in the snow uphill both ways" codger voice.) Mind you, I was dominating in arcades when the button-less dual-stick Karate Champ was the deepest fighting game in existence. I was besting my fellow coin-op warriors in the original Street Fighter in which if you were even ABLE to throw a fireball, it meant that you could claim your opponent's girlfriend as legitimate plunder. Then came the Golden Age with Street Fighter II and its Super Hyper Champion Turbo variants, the Mortal Kombat franchise (yes it was stupid, but stupid COOL), and the deluge of pretenders.
By the time the Versus series kicked up with its fancy teams and souped up hyper combos, I no longer had the inclination (or quarters, damn college was expensive) to keep up with the youngsters. What had once appeared as clean, clinical pugilism erupted into an indecipherable explodogasm of sound and fury.
And now, here we are. I must acquire Marvel VS. Capcom 3, but frankly, with its continually growing roster and even more characters to come via DLC, I'm in a state of complete and total bewilderment. And the game's not even here yet.
JUST LOOK AT THIS, SERIOUSLY? MODOK?! REALLY?!
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