The United States of Street Fighter IV

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • September 9, 2008 at 3:56 p.m. PDT
The United States of Street Fighter IV Jared Rea has put together a very well written piece examining the state of SF4 in the U.S. and how the current arcade scene looks here.

This is a great article, and well worth your time. Here's a clip.
And now, a little over a month after it’s Japanese release, Street Fighter IV has landed in select arcades across North America. From what I’ve seen and heard, it could very well be that one game needed to convince the masses that yes, arcades are very much worth your time. The problem is that it also represents an easily missed opportunity.

The number of people who are turning out for just a chance to get their hands on Street Fighter IV has been mind boggling to say the least. Lines stretching out doors, arcades packed from wall-to-wall and some locations such as Granada Hill’s Family Fun Arcade pledging to stay open for 24 hours some nights just to satiate gamers.

This kind of widespread pandemonium is something that, for the most part, has been unheard of for practically decades in America.
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