Black Eyed Peas Vega, a cancelled comic book line, and X-Rated violence inspires the franchise's name: 7 things you didn't know about Street Fighter

Last month, ArcadeCloud put together a list of things that many Street Fighter fans may not know about the beloved game series.

These seven items and occurrences range from a failed comic book line that lasted only three issues, to some questionable design ideas back in the Street Fighter 2 days.

Though the franchise's name may seem straight forward, it was actually inspired by an extremely violent Japanese martial arts film entitled "The Street Fighter." This movie was so violent, it was the first to receive an X-Rating here in the US.

One scene in particular raised concern as the lead actor, Sonny Chiba, rips something from another man... below the belt. Other particularly violent scenes include a punch to the head that fills a man's mouth with blood.

You can check out both in the GIF below, but don't worry, the worst parts are censored.

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One thing that I was unaware of -- although it wasn't an actual part of this list -- is that one of the members of the Black Eyed Peas played Vega in the Legend of Chun-Li film. I knew there was a reason I haven't watch that movie, other than it being notoriously bad, of course.

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Amazing Chun-Li, Ken, Ryu, and Amaterasu statues, Street Fighter Pop figures, and more: Check out the Capcom merch displayed on E3 2016's show floor

E3 2016 wrapped up last week, and as many of you probably know by now I was on the scene gathering intel for the team back home. During some down time, I took the opportunity to snap some photos of the awesome merchandise Capcom had on display at their booth on the show floor.

Featured for attendees to see were a number of amazing looking statues, a handful of the upcoming Funko Pop figures, and even some killer Mega Man stuff.

Since E3 isn't open to the public, I thought I'd share some of this stuff with you all! Below are just a handful of the photos to get you started, but you can check out the rest after the jump.

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Did you know Bryan Cranston voiced Fei Long? Street Fighter fans will love this nostalgic trip through the franchise's history

We're always talking about the here and now of our favorite fighting games, but it's sometimes nice to take a trip to the historical section to revisit some of the rich history of games like Street Fighter.

It started as a, excuse me for saying it, pretty bad game from the late eighties, but would become an entire franchise that branched out into media beyond just video games.

YouTube game reviewer SomecallmeJohnny has devoted a full video to look back over the years of Street Fighter, and covers some nostalgic and surprising tidbits.

I personally was not aware that Bryan Crantson, best known for his role as Walter White in AMC's Breaking Bad, actually voiced Fei Long in the animated Street Fighter movie.

Johnny's review is both informative and very entertaining, and even those who have been around since the beginning will most certainly enjoy it. Take a few minutes to journey through this blast from the Street Fighter past.

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Sagat gets double teamed by two Chun-Lis, Blanka is more soccer ball than beast - check out this wild clip from Future Cops

Have you ever stopped and thought to yourself, "What if someone took Street Fighter 2 and combined it with Supercop?" Chances are, you haven't, but that didn't stop it from actually happening.

Future Cops is a 1993 film from Hong Kong that takes some "creative liberties" with iconic Street Fighter characters.

For example, in a moment when Chun-Li finds herself on the losing side of a fight with Sagat, her mother suddenly appears from the sky to assist with a Spinning Bird Kick.

If that wasn't enough, the two go on to show Sagat their "powerful stance," and knock him out complete with Street Fighter 2 sound bytes.

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Akuma battles with stretchy arms, an energy sword, and more in Maker vs. Marker 2 - another stellar stop-animation video

A few years back, we posted a very creative, stop-motion video featuring an artist's hand battling a whiteboard illustration of Akuma on our front page. The impressive animation wowed us, and up until now we had no idea there was a part two.

Uploaded a ways back, Maker vs. Marker 2 is yet another amazing experience that pits the artist against Akuma in a high-flying, fast-paced battle for supremacy.

Below is just a taste of what you can expect to see here, but be sure to hit the jump to see how the rematch unfolds.

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Toryuken 5 results ft. Justin Wong, Julio, Filipino Champ, PR Balrog

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Canada doesn't just have Super Smash Bros. action this weekend, but there's also a bunch of other games being played at the very same venue for Toryuken 5.

At this event, you can expect to see Street Fighter 5 (with Capcom Pro Tour points on the line), Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Mortaal Kombat X, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Pokkén Tournament, King of Fighters 13, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Super Street Fighter 2 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Players attending include EG|Justin Wong, FOX|Julio, PG|Filipino Champ, EG|PR Balrog, cR|HoneyBee, PG|RayRay, EG|Ricki Ortiz, EG|K-Brad, PG|MarlinPie, Flux, cR|Biohazard, YOMI|Dieminion, D-Link|LordKnight, TS|Arturo Sanchez, UA|Noel Brown, PAG|CrazyJoe, Chi-Rithy, OCV|Riceata and more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Toronto Top Tiers and Toronto Top Tiers 2.

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Stunfest 2016 results ft. Daigo, Tokido, Haitani, Mago, Kazunoko

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Stunfest is happening in Rennes, France, and it's a Premier Capcom Pro Tour event - so you know it's going to be huge.

The event houses a bunch of different games besides Street Fighter 5, though. You can expect to see tournament play in Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Ultra Street Fighter 4, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, The King of Fighters 13, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, SoulCalibur 5, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Breakers Revenge and Hokuto no Ken. There will also be a stream for casual matches and exhibitions in King of Fighters 14.

As for players attending, you can expect to see Tokido, MJS|Haitani, Mago, Kazunoko, EG|Momochi, AvM|GamerBee, RB|Daigo, MD|Luffy, RZR|Fuudo, PxP|Problem X, YP|Valmaster, RZR|Xian, Qanba|Xiao Hai, HM|Eita, LLL|MBR, HumanBomb, UM|ImStillDaDaddy, HM|Go1, RB|Bonchan, CCL, Perilous|Packz, RZR|RB, D44BAS, OR|Nuki, Melty|Will2Pac, F2K|Popi, Perilous|Afii, HM|Dogura, Melty|Cuongster, Gootecks, UM|Tyrant, Emersion, M|LordDVD, RB|Kayane, Umezono, Brick and many, many more.

Streaming is being done by Capcom Fighters and Asso3HitCombo.

Check out the action after the jump.

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Battle Arena Melbourne 8 results ft Mago, Haitani, Xian, Momochi

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Australia's finest are putting on a good show for us with Battle Arena Melbourne 8, which has tournaments in a whole bunch of different games.

At this tournament, you can expect to see high-level tournament play in Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mortal Kombat X, Tekken 7, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown and BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend.

As for players attending, you can expect to see big names such as Mago, MJS|Haitani, RZR|Xian, EG|Momochi, LLL|Mr. R, Abadango, 9B, Somniac, SL|Burnoutfighter and many many others participate for the glory.

Live streams are being handled by NewGamePlusTV, Melbourne Melee, Kaizmo, SASMelbourneSmash, Jett Smash, Googie Gaming, and ZeroX_FGC.

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Texas Showdown 2016 results ft Rico Suave, ChrisG, PR Balrog, Sleep

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Texas Showdown 2016 is taking place in ... Well, Texas.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour event, so points are on the line for Street Fighter 5, but you'll also get to see tournament play of Killer Instinct, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Pokkén Tournament, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike and Street Fighter 2: Super Turbo.

As for players attending, you can expect to see UA|Rico Suave, NYChrisG, EG|PR Balrog, F3|Sleep, Julio, UA|Bass, WFX|801 Strider, Wolfkrone, Brenttiscool, F3|Alucard, DL|FourWude, WT|Hamad, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, DM|El Cubano Loco, CH|BrolyLegs, GS|Gllty, UA|Jan, UA|Showtime, Nacer, VGP|Integra, TFA|OmgItzAndre, ThrashHeavy and many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by LevelUp Live, PandaxGaming, Smash United, Texas Melee and BeastChan23.

Check out the full action below.

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'I feel [Ryu] can be the best [in SF5]' - MBR talks SF5's playstyle, Ryu's strengths, how to adapt and more in EventHubs exclusive interview

Hypespotting in Scotland was a pretty sweet event, and while there I made sure to grab interviews with some notable players for your reading pleasure.

First of the bunch is Roy "LLL|MBR" Sommeling. In this exclusive interview, he shares his thoughts on the transition between SF4 and SF5, how good Ryu is in the new game, advice for players having trouble adapting to SF5 and more.

You can find a snippet from the interview below.

MajinTenshinhan: How long have you been playing fighting games?

LLL|MBR: Competitively, I've been playing since 2009 with the release of Street Fighter 4. I've always been a huge fan, though. Back when I was about 10 or 11 years old, a friend of mine had an emulator on his PC running King of Fighters 98 and we would play it every day after school.

After that, I've played King of Fighters 2002, Soul Calibur, Dead or Alive 4 and Tekken 6 casually until the release of Street Fighter 4, when I decided to become competitive.

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Hypespotting 5 results ft Leffen, Luffy, Valmaster, Problem X, A Foxy Grampa

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend's event on the Capcom Pro Tour tournament circuit happens to be taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, and it's Hypespotting 5.

At this event, you can expect to see tournament play in Street Fighter 5, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Mortal Kobmat X, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters 13, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike and Street Fighter 2: Super Turbo.

bwiiu As for players attending, you'll be seeing TSM|Leffen, RB|Luffy, YP|Valmaster, PxP|Problem X, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, cR|HoneyBee, UM|ImStillDaDaddy, PND|Ketchup, PND|Mustard, ON|BubblanAB7, F2K|Popi, PND|Madzin, HCL|Pro Fluke, UM|Hurricane, Emersion, UM|Tyrant, Afii, UM|Isam, Chino, Packz, ON|BigFool, IND|Gillstolemyride and many more - including this article's writer, EH|MajinTenshinhan himself!

Streaming duties are being handled by Versus Scotland, Dat Team, King Jae, RESET Aberdeen, Fakery and Rushdown Edinburgh.

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Ever wonder how the Street Fighter story line actually goes? Here's the entire tale laid out in just three minutes

With a ton of "what if" tangents, alternate stories from non-canon sources and the non-linear nature of the games themselves, the Street Fighter story line is not an easy one to follow.

ArcadeCloud has created a three minute breakdown of the SF story, complete with humorous cartoons for added effect.

The video covers the events from Street Fighter Alpha through Third Strike, which are the current bookends of the SF timeline. Given they only have three minutes, not ever detail is covered, but they do hit the franchise's most important points.

Street Fighter 5's story will soon add expansion to what we have here, specifically in the time between SF4 and Third Strike, but this is all we have until the story release in June.

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The creation of combos was an accident? The Game Theorists share some interesting happenings from Street Fighter's early history

We're about a quarter century into the life of fighting games, but many of us still remember the days when Street Fighter 2 was the genre's brand new and innovative title.

The Game Theorists have taken an in depth look at the early days of Street Fighter, noting some very interesting facts, and what would end up being crucial moments in the evolution of the entire series.

Perhaps the most notable development was the creation of combos. Combos were not at all meant to be in SF2, but in an attempt to make the game easier developers broadened the input window for commands. The result was the ability to chain some moves into combos.

Some devs have said that this system didn't cause any bugs when it was implemented, so they decided to leave it in thinking there wouldn't be much use for it. Other reports state that the accidental combo system was a bug in and of itself.

Now, combos became an integral part of almost every fighting game.

There are plenty more bits of interesting info included in the video, like the fact that "World Warrior" was originally spelled incorrectly, and almost not corrected at all.

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RakaRaka's 'Real Life Street Fighter' is hilarious, brutal and definitely not safe for work

The very talented RackaRacka is back with another tip of the hat to fighting games with their latest video: Real Life Street Fighter.

The aim of the video is clearly comedy, but the fighting is still pretty damn intense. We'd definitely give it a hard PG-13 rating, and go as far as to say it's NSFW.

You may recall seeing RakaRaka's real life Mortal Kombat Fatalities, which is leagues gorier and more over the top than the video here. To get an idea of what you're getting into, check out the clip below:

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We've seen Street Fighter in ink, now it's time for chalk - Epic, life-sized Ryu artwork created on 3D canvas

Expert chalk artist Chris Carlson has taken it upon himself to illustrate a scene from one of the fighting game community's most important games.

In today's video, we get to see a truly spectacular Street Fighter 2 piece featuring Ryu. This life-sized mural depicts the wandering warrior on his trademark stage, complete with sunset and HUD.

The canvas on which this work was done is curved at the bottom, making anyone who stands on it look like they're squaring up against Ryu.

Below is a quick snippet showing the artist's process of creating this Ryu chalk art.

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