Normally we don’t write another blog entry so soon, but we just realised something perhaps very important, and we wanted to share it with all of you.
We were busy looking over the second page of the marvellous Alex/Ibuki comic that edmonddantes23 will be adding to our book, and suddenly it occurred to us why perhaps CAPCOM has put none of the main Street Fighter characters in relationships with each other. Could it be as simple as…
You shouldn’t be executing a 10 hit combo on someone you love.
Consider this piece of art:
It’s funny sure, and even if Ryu and Chun-Li were married, we might still consider this funny because a little wife hitting husband slapstick is something we’ve seen before growing up.
Wilma Flintstone used to lay the smack down on Fred the odd time, though it usually happened off camera with a lot of noise. Remember when Betty and Wilma were learning judo?
But he never hit her…ever.
Well, there was that one Loyal Order of Water Buffallo’s initiation episode where Betty and Wilma snuck into the men’s club to see what it was like, but she was in disguise and…well…we digress.
The point is, what if that Ryu and Chun-Li picture above was reversed and it was Ryu who was punching Chun-Li in the face? And let’s take that a step further. What if they were married in such a picture? What if Ryu and Chun-Li had been married since the end of Street Fighter II? Could you imagine how many spouse-beating jokes would have been made by now just by the fighting game community alone?
Now we are aware there may be fighting games where characters are married (not the above couple…not yet anyway), but you have to admit it makes it morally easier for Ryu and Chun-Li players to put the smack down on each other when the characters’ relationship status is “friends” and not “lovers” or “married.” As a similar example, we know after watching the Fatal Fury Movie, we had a hard time pitting Andy Bogard against Mai Shiranui.
We talked with a friend once who said Ryu and Chun-Li being married would alter the Street Fighter game experience. At first, we didn’t understand what he meant, but now we do. And frankly we’re surprised it took us this long to figure it out. I guess it’s true what they say: love, even for a project, can be blind.
So, does this mean we’re going to give up on this book and the idea of Ryu and Chun-Li together? No. And we’re pretty confident with all the awesomeness our book has to offer from all over the world, we can convince CAPCOM to let their guard down for us for one book at least, but we think now we truly understand why CAPCOM has had none of the main characters in Street Fighter hook up with one another. It may be as simple as no one likes to hear about or see boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses, people who are supposed to care very deeply for each other, punching each other as hard as they can in the face.
More next time.