Capcom brought its Street Fighter Club to San Francisco last Friday. For those of you not in the know, it's an underground event where fans from Capcom-Unity get to beat the crap out of each other and drink different varieties of soda. Oh, by "beat the crap out of each other", I meant play some Street Fighter IV! It's pretty awesome that Capcom lets its fan get their hands on one of the most anticipated games of the year a full month before it's available in stores.
I had lots of fun watching Street Fighter fans -- including some tournament-level players -- go at it. I played a few games early in the evening, alternating between Ken and Ryu; the kids were just too good and promptly dispatched me. Later that night, after someone spiked my Sunkist soda, I started messing around with characters I don't normally use, like Dan, Cammy, Sakura, and Fei Long. I even tried out new guys like Gouken and C. Viper. Perhaps it was the vodka, but I was having great success with Cammy and Sakura. Anyway, here are some photos from the event. It should give you a good idea of what it's like to attend Street Fighter Club. For more info on the game, be sure to check out my interview with Capcom's Seth Killian.
#3 Descending into the depths of Street Fighter Club.
#4 The stairway was so dilapidated that I almost turned back.
#5 The amazingly awesome Street Fighter IV banner, part one.
#6 The amazingly awesome Street Fighter IV banner, part two.
#7 The kids were loving the game.
#8 There was no smoking in the dingy basement.
#9 There was no drinking (of alcohol) too, but the game writers weren't having that.
#10 Refreshments were served for all that attended.
#11 These two gentlemen made sure everyone had plenty to eat and drink. I'm pretty sure the one on the right is a known felon.
#12 This is where people got rid of the eats and drinks.
#13 The kids had plenty of fun socializing and lounging between vicious games.
#14 The PlayStation 3 kiosks had some great players.
#15 Naturally, the kids were loving the arcade cabinets.
#16 Here's more of what you can experience at future Street Fighter Club events.
#17 Just in case you forgot who your hosts were, the company made sure you knew before you left.