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4 reasons why we'll always love 'Street Fighter'

The venerable Street Fighter series welcomes another addition (kind of), when Ultra Street Fighter IV comes out as a standalone Playstation 4 title at the end of May. The game was previously a digital download extension for PS3, XBox 360, and Steam, but the PS4 edition will include all downloadable content to entice fans of the series.

It has been nearly 28 years since the first Street Fighter game, and the series is as strong as ever (Street Fighter 5 is on the horizon for a 2016 release). We know that the series has been characterized by fun and gripping gameplay, but here are four more reasons we’ll always love Street Fighter:

1. My friend is my enemy

Perhaps the greatest reason Street Fighter is so beloved is the social experience it provides. From playing your little siblings at home (let them win sometimes, okay?) to massive game tournaments, Street Fighter is about so much more than the game itself. What started off as players in an arcade crowding around and hitting vicious combos has evolved into a spectator sport in large venues. It’s about fun, pride, and excitement, turning brother against brother, friend against friend, and even possibly (*gasp*) grandpa against grandma!

2. Dhalsim

We will always love Street Fighter because of the character Dhalsim. Well, not just Dhalsim, but the fact that this series puts in characters who come from all over the world and do all sorts of wacky things. I remember the first time I played Street Fighter 2 against Dhalsim and he hit me with the stretchy-arm thing he does. Snap! Then he shot a fireball out of his mouth! Double snap!

Throughout the series, we’ve seen all sorts of interesting characters who “hail” from all over the world, and have a multitude of cool skills and personalities (much like we all do here in real-world land). Playing one of these games is almost like spending time with a very diverse and highly dysfunctional family.

3. The sound of music … and sounds

I know I’m not the only one guilty of listening to Street Fighter themes outside of playing the game. I’m surprised I’m not listening to one while I write this!

The themes from the games have become iconic, and remain fresh through great remixes. The music has always been produced well in the series, but so have the tremendous sound effects. Each bone-crushing hit sounds pretty … bone-crushing. And words like “Hadouken!” have stood the test of time. If Ryu and Ken threw fireballs at each other while saying, “Here comes my fireball!” or something like that, perhaps this series wouldn’t have made it.

4. The more things change …

We love Street Fighter because we’ve always loved it; no matter how much things change (the graphics, the system, etc.) we have some idea of what we’re going to get. We know the mechanics, we know the characters and storylines, and we know that it brings together gamers of all types for a wild ride. It’s good to know that in an ever-changing society, there are some things that remain familiar even as they stay fresh and creative. So when we’re up to Street Fighter 6: Super Ultra Turbo Champion edition in the year 2030*, we’ll still love the series—because we know these characters, and we love these games.

*If this prediction is somehow correct, I demand to be a character in the game!

Ultra Street Fighter IV will be released for PS4 in late May.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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