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So, introducing a new character to Street Fighter 4 in the next expansion? Cool.

A villian? Also cool.

The first Korean character in a Street Fighter game?

...

...I don't have enough energy to be horrified by this, CAPCOM. Just disappointed at a Japanese game with a brutal, cruel bitch as the only Korean character in it.

Because god knows that Japan got the worst of the last war between Japan and Korea.

Date: 2009-12-17 02:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] momentai.livejournal.com
Do you feel as nauseated about the other racial/ethnic stereotypes that have been in the Street Fighter franchise since Day One?

Date: 2009-12-17 02:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] l-the-fangirl.livejournal.com
Yes.

Now that you mention it and I notice how pervasive it is, for one, and when I was a KID I went "Thunder Hawk? Really? Really? Come on."

Date: 2009-12-17 04:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] momentai.livejournal.com
Do you buy street fighter games feeling this way?
Do you really think the characters are problematic?

Date: 2009-12-17 05:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] l-the-fangirl.livejournal.com
It's kind of a matter of degree...

Or I could be a Race Failing White Dude. This is possible.

Date: 2009-12-17 04:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jake-richmond.livejournal.com
I always felt like the horrifying stereotypes were part of the series charm. I mean, every character in the game is a horrible stereotype. Every single one.

Date: 2009-12-17 03:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benlehman.livejournal.com
There's a difference between the two things, though.

Like, f'rinstance, if there's a Korean who is really formal and stiff, that's a stereotype in the manner of other street fighter stereotypes.

This is considerably different.

yrs--
--Ben

Date: 2009-12-17 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] l-the-fangirl.livejournal.com
Exactly.

I mean, I was very amused by, say, Dudley, who was stereotypically British in that he was a proper, well-dressed pugilist.

I was very amused by Ryu, who was stereotypically Japanese in that his response to failure was TRAINING HARDER.

I am not amused by a cruel and sadistic Korean.

For much the same reason that I'd be less than amused with Balrog/Mike Bison, come to that, if he wasn't a specific dig at Mike Tyson.

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