Capcom Wants to Teach You Street Fighter With New Video Series

Capcom Wants to Teach You Street Fighter With New Video Series

They're breaking down the fundamentals of the classic series.

Fighting games can be intimidating. You play one opponent, often in close proximity to yourself, and you win or lose based on your own skill. Between the jargon and the technical skill required, getting the skill you need to pick up wins at your local can seem daunting in and of itself.

Other fighting games have been incorporating their own tutorials, and today, Capcom put a new foot forward for theirs. In the first entry of a new video series called Word on the Street, Jamil "Jammerz" McKenzie walks the viewer through the basics of Street Fighter.

And I mean the absolute basics. Don't expect this video to get into frame traps or fuzzy guard. This first entry covers basic attacks, a few pieces of terminology (like sweeps and overheads), and the basics of moving and blocking.

I'm interested to see what more this series covers, though. The intro mentions terminology like "whiff punish" and "oki," and if McKenzie and Capcom take a similar approach as this video-using on-screen prompts, text, and examples, then this could be a solid resource.

Street Fighter 5 just launched its Champion Edition, a culmination of just about every piece of Street Fighter 5 content released to date. So while it's a good time to reflect on Street Fighter 5's newfound strengths and still-lingering shortcomings, it's also a nice time to play some Street Fighter again.

Most fighting games are looking for ways to ease newcomers into the scene. As the genre has grown over the years, players who never once put a quarter in a machine are picking up the sticks to play. It's not an in-game tutorial, but still fairly useful to look at while you're between matches.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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