Street Fighter I: An Oral History

Street Fighter II turns 30 years old next year, but Polygon is starting its celebration early by documenting everything leading up to it. The first part documents the original Street Fighter.

When Street Fighter arrived in arcades, it came in a crescent-shaped “deluxe upright” cabinet with a joystick and two large pneumatic, pressure-sensitive buttons on each side — one for punches and one for kicks. Capcom was attempting to move into the high-end arcade cabinet business, where it could sell a bigger machine with a custom interface for more money, and the gimmick of pressure-sensitive buttons set the game apart from the hundreds of games using standard control setups.

When I was younger, my family spent Sundays at the 32nd Street Naval Base bowling alley. I loved going there, not only because we got to bowl, but there was an arcade there. The arcade had both the original Street Fighter and Street Fighter II. SFII was always crowded and when I got my chance to play, I always got my butt kicked. I ended up playing on the original SF game just because I wanted to play. It was the standard cabinet with the 6 buttons. I would have loved to played on the cabinet with the pressure sensitive buttons.

Where To Blog

Ben Thompson at his newly launched personal blog.

That led to a number of questions as to where one should create a blog; helpfully, I now have a blog where I can answer exactly these sorts of questions!

Although I’m pretty familiar with how to launch a site and where to host, I’m always interested to learn how others do it. Ben’s post is what pushed me to relaunch this site. Pretty great explanation on how he put his site together.

Life As A Working Parent During Covid-19

Our struggle is not an emotional concern. We are not burned out. We are being crushed by an economy that has bafflingly declared working parents inessential.

This is something that I’ve been thinking about a few weeks after shelter in place started. And here we are, almost 4 months into this, and it is only now being written about.

I’m Back

Hello and welcome back to my site. By url count, this is the third iteration of this site. After and, I was able to secure for, probably, my final url for my online presence. And luckily, it’s something that is memorable and won’t go out of style. I’ll admit, I thought my previous urls were cool at the time, but looking back, I cringe. And after using Blogger, WordPress, Squarespace, and now back to WordPress, I’ve settled back into a CMS that is flexible, powerful, and where I can easily take control of my content if I choose to go elsewhere.

My goal for this site hasn’t changed: I want to post my thoughts and interesting links I come across. Thanks for reading and I’m excited to get back into this!