Jean-Claude Van Damme was apparently "coked out of his mind" filming Street Fighter

Films based on video games are, for some reason, incredibly difficult to do well. Super Mario Bros., Assassin’s Creed, and whatever was going on in Doom are all perfect examples of how wildly successful properties can be completely mishandled. The Street Fighter movie on the other hand—with its frenetic fight scene…

Android panic in Detroit: 8 new games to play in May, plus a bunch of old ones

With new games of all sizes filling real and digital shelves every week, it can be near impossible for anyone to keep up. So during the first week of every month, we’ll be here to help with a curated selection of new, notable games we think should be on everyone’s radar for the month ahead.

Nicki Minaj drops 2 new songs, including the Street Fighter-inspired "Chun-Li"

In a move that reportedly has nothing to do with Cardi B, who just dropped her debut album on Friday, Nicki Minaj has shared a pair of new singles from her upcoming album, her first since The Pinkprint way back in 2014. The two tracks are “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li,” the latter reportedly inspired by the vengeful…

As 3-D found its footing, Capcom’s 2-D games reached new heights

In 1996, 3-D video games made good. Super Mario 64 and Tomb Raider weren’t alone in the land of three-dimensional games. Sega, Namco, Nintendo, and others had been releasing games made of polygons—the triangular graphical objects that are molded together to make your myriad racing cars or bug-eyed anthropomorphs—for…

No matter what character you play, in Street Fighter V, we’re all Ryu

Ryu has always been Street Fighter’s poster boy, but his starring role is more than just a legacy position. Ryu is Street Fighter. At a fundamental level, the series is built around his combat capabilities. It’s why anyone who’s starting on the journey to play and understand Street Fighter is encouraged to try Ryu…

Street Fighter II led the way for games as a medium of self-expression

The kill screen is the perfect embodiment of the arcade’s limited reach before Street Figher II. For anyone who hasn’t spent thousands of hours mastering a Donkey Kong cabinet or hitting a perfect score of 3,333,360 points in Pac-Man, a kill screen is what happens when an arcade game reaches its peak, when a technical…

Experience They Live’s fight sequence as a Capcom-style fighting game

They Live’s John Nada (Roddy Piper) carried a heavy burden once he discovered that box of sunglasses down at the old church. He can’t unsee the horrible reality those shades reveal; as the old saying goes, “Once you see aliens in white and black, you never go back.” Even more than the cluster headaches, Nada’s biggest…

Sir Michael Rocks joins the Street Fighter team for an exclusive new video

Given that the actual music on Sir Michael Rocks’ new track, “Perfect,” is fairly chippy and pixilated, it makes perfect sense that the accompanying video (which The A.V. Club is premiering below) is video game-centric. According to the onetime Cool Kids member, the clip grew out of the song’s “droning synth lines…

Here’s why it’s important to know the blood types of video game characters

If you were playing video games back in the days when blowing on game cartridges gave the false sense that you were accomplishing something, you’re probably familiar with game manuals, little booklets that instructed players on the finer points of playing the game and provided information on its world and characters.…

A viewer’s guide to Evo, the year’s biggest fighting-game tournament

For three days every year, the masters of Street Fighter and Tekken and everything in between converge on Las Vegas. They come from around the world to compete in the Evolution Championship Series (Evo for short), the biggest fighting-game event on the calendar. Eight games will be played, and eight champions will be…

Do you have “gateway games” that make you want to play other games?

Welcome back to AVQ&A (Gameological edition), where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here…

It’s Street Fighter vs. Breaking Bad in the animated mashup Ryu Vs. Jesse

Video games and Breaking Bad being two of the Internet’s favorite things (after Pokémon, of course), Vince Gilligan’s Shakespearean meth drama has been the subject of video game tributes before. But this mashup of Breaking Bad and Street Fighter matching Ryu against everyone’s favorite meth cook Jesse Pinkman is just…

Read This: There’s a reason the Street Fighter movie was so awful

1994’s Street Fighter: The Movie is a glorious disaster. Other than character names, it retains almost none of the source material: no hurricane kicks, hadoukens, and, perhaps most damningly, none of Guile’s theme. The film is just straight-up bad, and now, thanks to Chris Plante over at Polygon, you can get an idea…