Hey Ryu X Chun-Li Project Blog Readers!
A big thanks to Jeff Mangini for commenting on our previous blog entry and inspiring this one! It’s great to see some Ryu/Chun-Li fans bring their words to the blog and help us see things more clearly!
Dude, there’s nothing wrong with making Ryu and Chun-Li a couple in the SF games. That’s ridiculous. Have you played Star Gladiator? You remember Hayato and June? Those two are a couple. They even had a child together. And look at the game they’re in. Players can make them cut each other up with plasma-based weapons like two bitter enemies in a Star Wars movie. Where were all the wife-killing jokes? Or the abortion jokes? Where were all the insecure men and women complaining about spousal abuse? Gamers never had a problem with it, and apparently neither did Capcom. You know why? Because we’re smart enough to know that gameplay is meaningless. Would you rather see Chun-Li hook up with a wimpy civilian who can’t kick her ass? Because for any strong woman, I think that’s even more offensive. Ryu and Chun-Li beating the crap out of each other is not a big deal. If you think it is, you might as well say it’s wrong for Ryu to have friends like Ken and Sakura in SF because he can pulverize them with Shin Shoryukens too. Why stop at limiting the violence between couples, right?
As I read Jeff’s comment, I found myself remembering this scene from the Addams family:
Watched it? Good.
In it, Wednesday (tries to?/succeeds in her attempt to?) kill Pugsley, and with mom’s permission!
Did we have any problem with this? Strangely…no. Why? because we know Pugsley will be ok.
And if that’s the case, then why were we so upset in our last blog entry about this:
In reality if you and your girlfriend/wife decided to have a full force street fight with each other, there is a high possibility for a trip to the police station, a trip to the hospital, and even death. And any children involved would have to do without their mother and/or father for a few days, a few years, or indefinitely. But this is not the case for fictional characters. Like the Addams siblings above, one of the advantages a fictional couple like Ryu and Chun-Li have is that if they go full force on each other, even with Chun-Li’s kids in the equation, if the author of the story or game says they are ok afterwards, then…they are! If beating the tar out of each other every so often is something Ryu and Chun-Li want to do, similar to the way the Addams’ family members try to kill each other but still love each other deeply, then it’s fine. Like the Addams family, Ryu and Chun-Li are just… kooky!
Jeff writes: …[gamers are] smart enough to know that gameplay is meaningless.
And, he’s right. I see now what I was worried about was the casual observer, the person who is not a gamer, hearing about a husband and wife beating the crap out of each other in a game and kicking up a fuss. I thought that would be something CAPCOM would want to avoid. But, I guess not. After all, did you know CAPCOM published the “Grand Theft Auto” series in Japan from 2001 – 2008? Check out this box! And that definitely proves CAPCOM has no qualms about…well…you get the idea.
Are we still a bit squeamish about a married couple beating each other up in Street Fighter…a little. But we’ll get over it…and fast! Why. Because Jeff also wrote:
Would you rather see Chun-Li hook up with a wimpy civilian who can’t kick her ass?
NO!!! No one should be with Chun-Li except….
You’ve convinced me! Let them marry AND let them fight!
Update: Here is Jeff’s Follow-up. It’s in the previous blog entry’s comment section, but I thought I would put it here to really make this entry complete. Thanks Jeff, not only for commenting, but for setting me straight!
You’re welcome. I’m glad I gave you all a new perspective.
More next time!