Friday, March 25, 2016

Video games and combat sports are both deeply ingrained in modern culture. Whether one is flipping through the TV channels or clicking around the internet, it’s more likely today than ever before that they will happen upon something either video game or fight related.

The union of video games and fighting has always been fun. From the cartoonishly violent Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out to the most recent Electronic Arts Sports UFC game, video games featuring one on one fights have always done well among combat sports fans and video game consumers.

While we may never see a boxer approach a match as if he were Bald Bull or Piston Honda, and it’s very much impossible to remove a man’s spine with your bare hands Mortal Combat-style, there are some video games that actually do feature the occasional flashes of genuine martial arts techniques.

The Street Fighter series of games has always walked an interesting path between over-the-top and sometimes supernatural video game violence (in the form of blowing fire or shooting energy balls from your bare hands) and realistic martial arts, as seen in the video above.

It is highly implied that Russian mixed martial arts expert Fedor Emelianenko was the inspiration for the character Abel. The fighting style reflects that inspiration, and in fact his main blue outfit is an exact replica of the gi and gloves Fedor used to wear; the only exception is that his Russian flag on his gi is inverted and misordered in color to look exactly like the French flag.

Whether inspired by the great Fedor or not, Abel is certainly a force to be reckoned with and brings to Street Fighter 4 some truly judo-riffic moves.