Super Duper Street Fighter II Turbo

Yes, there were many iterations of Street Fighter 2. Yes, their titles started to become ridiculous. Yes, there have been a million jokes about them. But 1994’s Super Turbo is the greatest version of the series. This here is the epitome of 90s arcade culture. It’s the fastest, toughest, most intense fighting game ever made. And it became obsolete only a few months after it was released.

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In The Beginning, There Were Nerds

When I think “video game arcade,” I think of decal-covered wooden cabinets with greasy joysticks. I think of a reflective screen, tracing a lonely ship inside a black void. I think of  the blinking words INSERT COIN, and Pac-Man’s grating, ear-splitting beeps. I think of nerds.

I remember when I was a shy, soft-spoken 8 year-old, the first time I entered a video arcade. I felt my stomach tense at the noise, my eyes wander from light to blinding light. I almost tripped in the dark. I remember the anticipation of entering a land where my hobby was a culture, not a shame. And I remember of a crowd of kids surrounding one arcade cabinet in particular. And some of those kids were my classroom bullies.

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“Down in front! Let me see!”

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