Some of the Best Dude Flick

Since I were hospitalized & spends 3 weeks on my home, I have enough spare time to watch movie, then I realize something….So, most of U knew that woman has their own genre such as chick-lit, chick flick, etc but what about boys or dude? OK, U can say that since there is chick genre, other genre besides chick is for dude or every age & sex. But c’mon!!! There is gazillion of chick magazine, they were inform how to deal with life, how to groom, how to eat, how to get a job. Dude? A handful magazine that were taught us how to get laid, how to score chick, etc (OK, sarcasm but I hope U get the idea).

Somehow dude is being marginal all of a sudden he he, so I decided to create my own genre, some lose term called dude genre & to narrow it down, I decided to make some list of the best dude flick, one of the best movie about dude life, bro-mantic (but not gay), about love (through dude point of view), bottom line, all about dude, dude at their best & at their worst (Again, dude here means men, doesn’t matter what age they are).

So, here are some of the best dude flicks I ever watched, for chick who read this, I recommend this movie so U will understand how dude think & act he he (some spoiler may contains he he :

1.      Trainspotting

First movie that popped on my mind, this movie not exactly dude flick, I even admit that this movie is the epitome of kids of the 90’s : slackers. Yep, this movie is here for the reason that this movie is an honest portrait of slackers, drug addict, and life after the sun set he he. Bout the dude flick? Well, most dude is “Carpe Diem” or seize the day but in the wrong direction, we don’t give f*#k bout tomorrow just like our hero Mark Renton who only live for today while trying to get high & get through today (with stealing, abusing drugs, etc). Most people will choose life, TV, anything, but 90’s generation? We choose not to choose ha ha. BTW, the title derived from on of the scene in the novel (which somehow cut out from the movie) where our hero & his friend used to waste their time watching trains goes by (cool eh? They cut the event that inspired the title, go 90’s!!!!).

That’s what this movie is all about, coming of age, went wrong. In the beginning Mark Renton (played by Ian McGregor), the main guy is a rebellious dude who refuse to be like everyone else (choose job, career, TV, etc). But in the end of the movie told us that finally the guy is joining the dark side & choose to choose life, to choose job, to be like us he he (after all the event that made him realize that sometimes in life something must go this way, such as growing up, sell out, etc).

2.      500 Days (of Summer)

I know this is cliché, but then again, cult movie, awesome soundtrack, Zooey Deschanel (who kinda like Katty Perry but cuter), U can’t argue this movie is good. I know the ending didn’t satisfying for chick (but that’s what dude is chick, we just roll and roll). I mean, if U never saw this movie, U miss a lot of stuff. This is not a love story, at least happy one, it is a story of Tom (played by Joseph Gordon Levitt) meets Summer (Zooey Deschanel) and everything that happens in between those 500 days.

This is one of the most memorable & heartwarming movie for dude ha ha. My favorite part is the end when Tom met Autumn (played by the lovely Minka Kelly he he) and it all happened all over again he he 500 days of Autumn. Some men will never learn ha ha.

3.      Spread

What can I say bout this movie, well besides the fact that the sex scene is kinda like those that U watch on semi porn, this movie is some guidance to pick up (and score) chick. This is story of Nikki (played by Ashton Kutcher), I don’t know if he is a gigolo or what, but he is a homeless, jobless dude who preys women who have money, one night stand that turned into love story for some weeks or month until one of the part bored then Nikki starts preying another one.

U probably think that Nikki is only just some sex machine (OK, he is good looking, confident & know how to swoop women of her feet & into bed, kitchen, floor & almost any surface ha ha) but he fell in love with a girl named Heather (I forgot who played it) but here’s the catch, Heather is Nikki clone, only she is a girl. Yep, called it karma or something but that’s the twist. The movie ends with Nikki finally try to live life like everybody else, he become delivery guy & even came delivered to some women that he once preyed he he. Call it cruel destiny, but that’s life ha ha. I recommend this movie for every chick to learn which dude is player & not ha ha.

4.      Up In The Air

Well, this is a story bout old people, Ryan Bingham (played by George Clooney) but we all can relate since this still about identity searching. This is a story bout a guy who in his 40-50 that realized that he spends most of his life for his jobs. He is what he the guy who company search to fire their people (since the company is too scared to dire by their own). He spends most of his life fly by plane from on city to other in his quest to fire people (hence the title Up In The Air). He do it as gently as he could & tell people that this (getting fired) probably the best thing that will happen to them & all that crap but he did quite a good job though somehow it cost him his connection with living being (he didn’t feel any connection even to his family).

His world went upside down after his company decides to cut some budget, especially cost to use airplane & replace it with video conference. This new change made him kinda “unemployed” & has extra time to spend with his family, which he didn’t enjoy at all. At first this new system is run well until some women commits a suicide then the company decides that sometimes, especially with human interaction the best is meet face to face, hence he back in business flying here & there firing people as delicately as possible. Come to think of it, this guy is sacrificing his personal life to do this “noble” job, guess someone has to do the work & he decides that it is his job to do it.

5.      High Fidelity

Rob Gordon (played by John Cusack), sometimes probably like some hipster he he, a guy who is wondering why he never have a lasting relationship with girl. With a premise as simple as that, somehow this movie is a cult hit, the soundtrack, the quotes, this is a good movie that really showed dude point of view (bout love, life, everything).

What makes this movie so memorable is the fact that Rob loves to do monologue that seems like he talks to the audience. Oh, it also deals with the fact that almost every guy is a commitment phobia, when things got serious, we usually chickens out or we have a standard that if U think about it, too high or even ridiculous.

 6.      I Love You, Man

This is not gay story he he, this is the story of Peter Klaven (played by Paul Rudd), who works in real estate business (selling house, condo, etc) & his lack of “relationship with other dude. He never hanging out with his dude peer, never drunk or wasted, bottom line he is a total good guy. Problem came when he realize that he don’t have best men for the marriage. Then he found Sydney Fife (played by Jason Segel), an investor who is attending the showing (like open house where everyone invited so they can see the property that is available) simply to pick up divorced women, bottom line he is total jerk (but in a good way, just some guy having crazy time he he). Thus, this unlikely meeting somehow creates bond between them, what at first seems like a catastrophe (crazy party, drunk-wasted, stupid moves) ended up to be the best thing that ever happens to Peter, he learn how to live life.

Well, this is a story of friendship, male-bonding & sometimes how crazy dude try to do things in the way that sometime other can’t comprehend he he. It’s awesome to know that at the wedding Peter is creates team of best men consisting of random people from gay dude, old guy, even Mike Tyson (yep, the boxer himself).

7.      Art of Getting By

George played by Freddie Highmore) is a teenager with apathy level of “awesome”, some sort of fatalist that believe that we were born alone, live alone & die alone, everything else is an illusion. He perfected the art of getting by (hence the title) of everything in life. It’s not like he is a good for nothing, he is quite an artist, but due to his attitude, he’s on the verge of drop out, which is no problem whatsoever for our hero.

Though it seems that everything is lost, he met Sally (played by Emma Roberts) then life turned into interesting for George, he learns to live life, to take things seriously. Well there’s a twist here & there than probably this sounds like puppy love, but the simplicity of things that makes this movie very interesting, though U know the drill & the ending anyway, coming of age with love story.

8.      Love & Other Drug

Actually, the theme of this movie is kinda like The Art of Getting By, but the main guy, Jamie (played by Jake Gyllenhal) is a jerk who is, quoted from his brother, if he could make money from f*#king girls, he’d be a millionaire ha ha. So the hero is fun, adventurous, cool jerk (opposite of The Art of Getting By) but he also slackers. He avoid hard working (such as being a doctor, which he could but he is too lazy to become one) & prefer to live in happy go lucky life.

But just like The Art of Getting By, Jamie met Maggie (played by Anne Hataway) who had Parkinson. After that his life became more interesting & colorful. Well the ending is cliché but the background story such as pharmaceutical world, doctor, nice dialogue, good casting, etc make this movie so interesting. Give him sense of direction, bla bla bla, the premise is just like The Art of Getting By but the story of Pharmaceutical Corporation is an awesome insight ha ha.

 9.      The Wrestler

This is a story Robin Ramzinski or “The Ram Jam” (played by Mickey Rourke) famous wrestler from the 80’s facing life when he realizes that he can’t cheat life. He is aging & somehow wrestling is not “accessible” anymore. Due to his age, he collapsed after a match & doctor diagnosed that his heart can’t take that kind of physical activity. After retirement Ram tried to live a normal life that he failed gracefully. He failed his daughter, failed with love relationship with a stripper she fell with (though it kinda works out but the ball drop), he even failed to work an ordinary job.

I know it reeks so the drama, why this movie is included in this? Cuz this is how dude reacts when everything went totally in different direction that he hoped, we just don’t give a damn. Remember when in college we has so much to do (report, thesis, date, etc) & we just can’t handle it all, what do we do? We just sleep & like we care ha ha. If it’s the end of days as in religion style, Dajjal or anti Christ came down, society crumble, people killing each other, what do we do? Most dude think hell, if I will go down, I go with a bang, do stupid Rambo style, strap bomb on me & run into enemy, all that crazy stuff. That’s how Ram reacts when everything fails, he back to wrestling world, the world where he is someone, he is cherished, he is a hero, somebody. If he goes down, he goes down fighting. That’s a real man do, stupid but that what we do, either to live for nothing or die for something.

 10.  The 40 Year Old Virgin

Some dude is awesome, some is pathetic, & this is story of the latter dude. Andy (played by Steve Carell) is an awkward guy, 40 year old dude who never get laid (hence the title). U probably know how the story role, in the end he met girl of his dream (not a girl, widow with kids) but what makes this movie so memorable is the dialogue such as “I know why you gay, you like coldplay” or how Andy co-worker decides to help him lose virginity. This is bro story at its best he he.

Highly recommended to see the vulnerable side of dude he he. I can relate to the dude due to the fact that he collects figure & comic he he (my subconscious maybe scared that I might be like him ^_^).

11.      Almost Famous

Another coming of age story of William, dude who wants to be journalist (rock journalist) where he came & went as a crew/groupie in Stillwater, fictitious band, not the real one. William met Penny Lane (played by Kate Hudson) a groupie that also take tour with him. U know the drill about road trip movie he he. To make it short, William leaving house as a teenager then came home as a young man. This movie is a good insight about music industry, love & coming of age. Some view to how groupie were treated, etc

That’s a wrap, I know there a lot of other movie that deserves to be in this list, but I guess that’s for U to find out (& for me to know). I kinda regret that some movie like I Love You Beth Cooper, or even Indonesian movie Jomblo (where bro before ho didn’t applied) didn’t get into this list.


Songs For The Broken Hearted

So, a friend of mine (& my girlfriend also) wants me to check some broken heart song from Christina Perry “The Lonely” & told me that the song was good (which I found too popish for my cup of sake). This somehow lead me to compile some broken hearted songs that more suits my twisted tortured soul he he.

I know not all the song is emo or whiny enough for some people, guess my pathetic so called life is quite awesome due to the fact that I don’t know some broken hearted song that much ha ha ha (either I’m numb or just live in denial I don’t know). So without further due& without any specific order cuz it’s just the one that pos through my mind, here is some of it :

1.      “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by George Michael

This one came into my mind first, don’t know why. But nonetheless this is a good song. The lyrics also a great stab to the heart as the feeling that U know U already give everything & anything for that special one but all U got just an “almost” but never really win her/him over, nothing more nothing less. That kinda disappointment is all over the song, such as the chorus “I Can’t make you love me if you don’t/You can’t make your heart feel, something it won’t”. The clincher? When the closing of the song he said “All this years, all this tears everything…” then come the most whiny part “….someone gonna loves me…” ha ha ha. Pure white flag all over it.

2.      “Someone Like You” by Adelle

Another stab if U just split with Ur partner in crime. This song is really whiny even before the lyric comes in, the piano is really killing & sucking the soul out of U, the chorus also such a killer “Never mind I found someone like you/and I wish nothing but the best for you/Don’t forget me oh babe I remember you said, sometimes it last in love sometimes it hurts instead…” Wow this song is really wicked as in wicked literally ha ha. This song should’ve have some parental advisory that it may causing some of the people would commits suicide or at the very least will bring tears to their eyes hi hi hi.

3.      “Hands on Your Heart” by Jose Gonzales

Remember the feeling when somehow “it” ends & you just don’t know why & you try everything to avoid that circumstances, to try to hold on to a sinking ship? This is the perfect song. Every lyric, I’m not exaggerate things I swear, is as deep as the fathom of the abyss, this is an awesome lyric song (cuz the arrangement is very simple, only acoustic guitar). From the beginning to the end the lyric are deep such as; ”it’s one thing to fall in love but another to make it last”, “You know it’s one thing to say you love me but another to mean it from the heart/& if you don’t intent to see it why do we ever start?” or “they “ and of course the chorus “Put your hands on your heart & tell’s all over/I won’t believe till you put your hands on your heart & tell me that we’re through…” Ouch that hurts. This is my favorite song this far he he

4.      “Happy Ending” by Mika

“This is the way you left me, I’m not pretending/No hope no love no glory/No happy ending/This is the way that we love, like its forever/To live the rest of our life but not together…” need to say more? This song is a big epic humongous ridiculous celebration of unhappy ending ^_^.

 6.      “Dari Lubuk Hati” by Haris Ioni

OK, the one & only song from Indonesia, my lovely God-forsaken country he he. I know some will consider this as U2 Made in Indonesia but this is a good song. This is a song about a guy who came to see the girl (love ends as usual) but the best part, this guy is accepting that everything is over & just came to say goodbye while hope that if faith intertwined, they won’t be stranger & could said hi to another. Great song if U asks me.

Damn! I honestly didn’t have enough brokenhearted songs surprisingly. Hope U enjoy it he he

Worth mentioning, probably the most pathetic broken hearted song, tie in, the most pathetic broken heart song yet :

“Lie To Me” by Bryan Adams and “Lie To Me” by Bon Jovi

What is the worst loser of all? If U asks me, then I’d say those who don’t know when to stop, or too stupid to realize that it’s over (though that can be a Quality in other arena such as sport, fight or war, cuz it shows determination, endurance and fighting spirit). What makes this kind of loser worst, is the fact that they begged for other to pity them or begged other to lie to them, so they can live their pathetic life as usual (they build their life with “magic” cuz their real life is tragic.

And these 2 songs captured it perfectly, Bryan Adams song said “So baby won’t you lie to I can be mistaken” while Bon Jovi’s said “If you don’t love me, lie tome..” I mean C’mon. People should’ve know when to stop, don’t beg other to pity or lie to U so U could feel better. Face it like a man dude (boys don’t cry but we do bleed and occasionally weep ^_^). sore-total-pathetic-bombastic-fantastic-tragic Loser (with capital L).

Original Soundtrack When Falling In Love

So, I never was a strong advocate for love, I always believe in lust at first sight rather than love at first sight. So it would take some sort of miracle (read: very awesome-outstanding-cool-sexy-girl to make this Indonesian stallion swept of his feet ^_^) or some sort of “special” kinda girl that will ignite this untamed impala (really, even me the one who wrote this find this sentence really disturbing and wrong in so many levels ha ha ha). To sum it all, somehow I always fall for all the wrong reason & in the most inappropriate way ha ha ha.

OK, like I said before, to be blunt, it would take a mere miracle, a revelation, or something extra-ordinary to make this kid in the state of “falling in love” thus my OST is also not your ordinary love song (it full of turbo charged and nitro fueled gasoline if it’s could be analogized with car).

So, this is the poorly chosen soundtrack if I falling in love (not in alphabetical or most favorite order, just plain random order.., can I order a pizza with mushroom topping? Back to topic please ^_^), some of it might be useful, and some might just plain suicidal or even heartbreak song, enjoy!

1. “Canon Ball” by Damien Rice
Soundtrack of my love life (though I think this song is wrong in so many levels). Well, this obviously not a love song in the most cheerful way, but the lyric is honest and really hits the spot at least for me. This is the song if U falls HARD for someone that all logic and senses are gone / misplaced / ignored / abandoned. I really dig the part “and it’s not hard to grow…when U know that U just don’t know…” or “So come on courage…teach to me to be shy…cuz I don’t wanna lose her”. Yep, love is one of those things that didn’t have a manual book or involving logic. Suicidal love song that fits “the crazy in love” feeling. A song that tells how fragile we become when love is intervening like some sort of divine intervention.

2. “Gabriel” or “Gorecki” by Lamb (tie)
This is love song that was intended for psycho, gothic or obsessed individual! Just look at the lyric. It’s so sick, so psycho, so beautiful and honest (in some way or another). Both songs were somehow written by the same artist, share the same vibe, and same atmosphere. “Gabriel” could be interpreted as love song about how we adored some individual that we want to be him/her and can’t live without him/her and the urge is have a tendency into something wrong, possessive and psycho, while “Gorecki” basically tells the same but without the sick possession but suicidal and vague sense of accomplishment cuz somehow we finally met “the one”. Sick song that you love to hear over and over and over again (till we also became psycho-Goth individual).

3. “She (for Liz)” by Parachute
Well, this one not actually a neither ground breaking song nor lyric, this made on the list cuz at the moment my world is being torn apart by a girl and the situation is kinda what this song talk about, “She’s the word that I can’t find, how can the only thing that killing me makes me feels so alive”. Well, at the very least this song tells how crazy we become because of love (“I brought a stick to a gun fight…”) and we all become chronic gambler and taking any kind of chance that available for the sake of the girl (“I drown or make her mine”). Kinda like Damien Rice song but not in suicidal way, though the part “its sink or swim, I’d drown or make her mine” is kinda suicidal he he.

4. “Didn’t Know I Was Looking For Love” by Everything But The Girl
Well, this is one song about love for those who didn’t believe in love or try to ignore or even just like the title said, didn’t know that we are looking for love. Actually people will more familiar with Karen Ramirez version (with its danceable beat) but I’d prefer the acoustic version of Everything But The Girl that has more calm and warmth vibe. Highly recommended for valentine or if U just found the right one.

5. “The Sweetness” by Jimmy Eat World
Are you listening? Ooooo…” That probably sums up the whole concept of the song. Simply put it, one of the best shout out to the person you love, though Ur loved one will accept it or not is a whole different story.

6. “Hurricane” by Something Corporate
Most of us feel a great sensation when we fall in love and this is what the title hurricane is all about. How we got swept away, we got crushed down, beat ‘em up and knocked out by love. Maybe this is too teenager (Andrew McMahon still young at the time) but this song is honest, naïve and really showed how teenager felt when they in love, even puppy love.

7. “Slide” by Goo Goo Dolls
A love song for troubled couple. I really love the build ups on how f*#ed up the couple and the environment that almost made them just give up but somehow they know that love will prevail. Love the chorus “What you feel is what you are. What you are is beautiful. Do you wanna get married or runaway?” really sweet and cool at the same time.

8. “Wonderwall” by Oasis
Till now, I don’t have a f**in clue what is “Wonderwall”. Some people said its bout some imaginary boundary, thus it called wonderwall that lead us, save and control us that most people associated as love. This is one beautifully crafted song and one of the best ballads I’ve ever heard. The best part is the lyric, almost every word from beginning to end. The chorus is quite haunting “...maybe…you’re gonna be the one that saves me… and after all…you’re my wonderwall

9. “Roxanne” by The Police
Personally, I think this is one of the most romantic songs EVER. I mean, to love creature that by society being labeled as “lesser-being”, a prostitute, without any pretentious or bad or wrong intention or assumption (even just for “casual” sex, but love). This is love at the most pure and sweetest form (according to me though). Deep down, this is love song about accepting your loved one as what or who is. Top-notch.

10. “It’s Probably Me” by Sting
Another song from one of my favorite musician, Matthew Gordon Sumner A.K.A Sting. This song is really “macho” in all sense or just plain cool and suave. A song about telling someone that you love him/her without making you sound like you are pleading or begging, but we just want him/her to know that we do care (a lot), just so he/she know and whenever he/she need someone, we will be there for him/her. Maybe the music doesn’t sounds ballad that most people doesn’t know that this is love song but once they know, BAM, they will hooked up the way I do.

“Falling in Love Again” by Eagle Eye Cherry
This song is not numbered cuz this is what I really feels a the moment ^_^. This song is the counterpart of “Didn’t Know I Was Looking For Love” by Everything But The Girl (the song in no. 4). But this time this is the male version of it, along with the state of denial then acceptance that the male is finally falling in love. Love the lyric, “You gotta tell me if you gonna break my heart cuz I don’t wanna take the chance” then the chorus that shows that sometimes we just have to surrender and accept that we just falling in love, “I’m falling in love again, ain’t nothing I can do…Falling in love again…” ha ha ha.

Well, I guess that’s what comes into mind for soundtrack if I falling in love. There’s a lot of other Hope some of the song could be useful in some way for U, cuz know it really a mood-booster for me & became soundtrack of my life recently ha ha ha.

PS : Damn!!!! Can’t believe I just fell in love! How come? I never see this coming (SIGH, Not that I mind though ^_^ I practically enjoy this he he). To a girl goes by the nick name Garfield ^_^!!!! Those songs are for you!!!!!!

Best Fighting Game of All Time Part II, History and Finale

You already saw the previous part, now the sequel, the finale and some history lesson. Maybe some of you will be surprised by the list but hey, it’s my list, and I can do pretty much everything a I want bout it (you could shit your pant in public and I still didn’t even give a smallest damn about it he he). Let’s cut the delay, here we go :

5. King of Fighter / Fatal Fury (Nintendo, SEGA, Playstation, X Box, and every console there is)

2D fighting game at it finest. Deep and thinking-man SNK style game. Awesome character design and awesome soundtrack, wide selection of character. Simply put, one of the best 2D fighting game, PERIOD.

Fatal Fury SNK first fighting installment sets the bar of modern fighting game before the release of Street Fighter II, even Fatal Fury had a multi layer or platform, a ring out and thinking-man gameplay that suits for hard-core gamer to suck their teeth into. No other series in SNK could topple this, not even ART OF FIGHTING or World Heroes could dethrone the first King of Fighter. (I’ll soon tell you why I called this series “King of Fighter”).

Fatal Fury Series, peaked with it’s final installment Mark of The Wolves, before SNK bankrupted, is the crème de la crème of fighting game. Awesome! A MUST PLAY

After long year fight for supremacy with CAPCOM (and it’s Street Fighter series), SNK takes an avant garde approach, a series that start an “all-star phenomenon”, The King of Fighter series. This series mashed up Fatal Fury, ART OF FIGHTING, and other game, even non fighting game (Athena from Athena series, or Ikari Warior, Heidern, Ralf, Leona, etc from Ikari Warior, a Contra-style adventure game, etc). Also, this game bring nationality or chauvinism to the next level. SNK defy gravity and history by replacing Terry Bogard, the true, the first King of Fighter and replaced it with a whiny, snobbish, stupid, gay Japanese named Kyo Kusanagi (I tell it more when the history part came in).

In 2001, SNK announced their demise, bankruptcy. I cried like a 2 dollar whore begging to get f*cked at the time, but worry not my friend. SNK was bought by a Korean company (who I didn’t give a damn what their name is) thus SNK reborn as SNK Playmore (hurray!!!!!!). The only notable different between the old and new SNK? Well, SNK tried the 3D and Korean team (Kim Kaphwan and the gang get’s an up-graded or major over haul in the movement ^^). Still I think it’s a tie between Fatal Fury and King of Fighter series.

Ah, the notorious 3D, decent foray but ain’t the level the 2D sets the bar with
SNK return with a vengeance, with new name and new owner SNK Playmore. King of Fighter series is back whether it’s 3D or 2D (2D still the best)

So, why didn’t it grade higher than it’s supposed to? Well, it’s the question of originality my friend, here some history lessons :

Before Street Fighter released (especially Street Fighter II), fighting game is a dull game enjoyed by numb skull and retarded (remember Karate from MS DOS?), then without a warning, at 1990, Japanese game developer called CAPCOM (named after it’s early game Captain Commando, a classic beat ‘em up, even the Captain Commando himself gain enough popularity to be included in Marvel VS CAPCOM series) released Street Fighter, a 2D fighting game that allow you to chose between Ryu (player 1) or Ken (Player 2), this choices somehow managed to pull both east (those who likes Ryu) and west (those who likes Ken) and creating a game that approachable by eastern and western, though east prefer it most, even by CAPCOM himself.

This game create a ripple in history of gaming and created countless of copy cat and wannabe and the earliest is SNK (stands for Shin Nihon Kikaku Incorporation or New Japan product inc if I’m not mistaken), SNK takes different approach, at 1991, they preferred western and create a fighting game called Fatal Fury (or Garou series in Japan), a 2D fighting game with it’s western main character called Terry Bogard (my favorite character, even out-beat Ryu Hoshi from Street Fighter).

Beginning of an era, noted that the cap written King of Fighter, but due to nationality issue, the writes replaced by Fatal Fury. Terry is the first King of Fighter before replaced by Kyo Kusanagi, a bimbo highschool just cuz Terry ain’t Japanese. Stupid SNK)

This game also upgrading what Street Fighter had to offer. If in Street Fighter you only had 2 choices, Ryu or Ken, in Fatal Fury you have 3 choices, be Terry Bogard, his idiotic brother Andy Bogard and one of my personal favorite, the Muay Thai boxer Joe Higashi, even after you beat the game, there’s a code that enable you to play as the bosses, oh and Fatal Fury graphic is better than Street Fighter. Fatal Fury gave Street Fighter a run for it’s money so CAPCOM released Street Fighter II in 1991 (shortly after Fatal Fury released).

Street Fighter II provides gamer with the ability to choice a wide selection from character, not only Ryu and Ken but also the bosses and enemy (they copied it from Fatal Fury, but without have to beat the game). This is a milestone in gaming history, a giant step for mankind in fighting game. But again, SNK modified this formula and CAPCOM fightback again, and so on, and so on, until the battle become ruthless and CAPCOM felt offended by SNK game called ART OF FIGHTING, CAPCOM felt that SNK copied their Ken Master (from Street Fighter) character when they design Ryo Sakazaki (a more eastern preferred approach by SNK to broaden it’s market and gain popularity in Japan).

See? The resemblance between them is uncanny. Incase you didn’t know, left is Ken right is Ryo

Of course CAPCOM fights back with a crazier idea, they created a character so stupid, so outrageous (it even wear a pink costume) to mocked Ryo and Robert at the same time, it became favorite and comic relief by corrupting one of ART OF FIGHTING main character Robert Garcia, thus Dan Hibiki was born.

Not look a like eh? Except the pony tail. But watch the later explanation

Here’s another proof how serious CAPCOM to mock SNK, specifically Ryo and Robert :

CAPCOM thought that Ryo’s Kyokugenryu style is lame so they decided to show SNK how lame it can be

That’s why, although I prefer SNK than CAPCOM, Fatal Fury and King of Fighter always stands below the shadow of CAPCOM Street Fighter (if only they came first, SIGH).

Nice fan service, still didn't hit the spot like the original game though

Well, they try to reconcile and create a fan service game called CAPCOM VS SNK (CAPCOM version) or SNK VS CAPCOM (SNK version). Both are decent game but still can’t topple the original game.

4. Soul Edge / Soul Calibur (Playstation, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Dreamcast, Gamecube, X Box, X Box 360)

In 1997, this nerd dude thinks to him self “after Star Gladiator (CAPCOM first foray into 3D fighting game, it even a weapon based game which is kinda cool but an obvious Star Wars rip-off), can the graphic be any beter? After Tekken 2, could CG be any grander?” Then Namco slap me in the face with Soul Edge (Soul Blade in USA). With it’s awesome graphic and even more awesome (awesomer?) CG opening in Soul Edge is so awesome I wet my pants every time I saw it, even now!

Fast gameplay, balance and depth, and better with every sequel make this series shines

Soul Edge / Soul Blade or Soul Calibur series is considered to be the best 3D weapon based game and somehow I can’t argue with it. Sure the depth, 8-way movement game and fast tempo, beautiful graphic and awesome FMV helps, but the balance and mechanic make the game shines. Look at other 3D weapon based, they offer much the same of Soul Calibur offer but somehow broken mechanic reduce the fun factor

one of the early 3D weapon based combat game, Battle Arena Toshinden, my personal favorite, never gets the fame it should (whose to blame but TAKARA, the game dev it self, after Toshinden 3 the series is free falling to the pit of oblivion

Soul series also known for it’s fan service (besides the beautiful girls), Soul series re-define the term exclusive with the exclusive character for each platform the soul series appear. When Soul Calibur 2 released, Playstation gets Heihachi Mishima from Tekken series (LAME!!!!), Nintendo’s Game Cube gets Link from Zelda series (awesome charater that plays like mashed up between Mitsurugi and Hwang), the coolest is X Box that gets Spawn (Al-Simone him self). When non X Box gamer complained, Namco said X Box gets Spawn cuz X Box is American and Spawn is American (WTF!!!!). West 1 – 0 East.

Kinda makes me want to bought X Box at the time

Well, at least Soul Calibur 4 released, Namco decided Playstation 3 gets Darth Vader (cuz PS3 is black) and X Box 360 gets Yoda (cuz X Box is white), both from Star Wars series, ha!!! West 1 – 1 East. In the PSP platform, Playstation gamer gets Kratos from God of War series (one of the best adventure / beat ‘em up game ever), ha again!!!! West 1 – 2 East. In yo’ face Verdamit Auslander ha ha ha. Bottom-line, out-beat Tekken, it’s Namco’s own baby boy.

Ha! In yo' face American, Japan get Vader ha ha ha

3. Yu Yu Hakusho 2 (SEGA Megadrive – Japan or SEGA Genesis – USA)

Buy SEGA Megadrive just for this, you owe it to yourself to play this AWESOME (with capital A) game

Another game that most of you didn’t know it’s existed. Cuz it Japanese, Yu Yu Hakusho falls behind the shadow of Dragon Ball Z at the time it released, and it’s the only game that shines in Yu Yu Hakusho series (even out-beat the Playstation 2 and X Box version), the other Yu Yu series is mediocre at it’s best.

This game support multi-tap (up to 4 player can play at the same time), making it a justification to buy SEGA Megadrive and it’s multi-tap (if you bored with this game, HOWCOME!!! You could play multi-tap for FIFA or WWF game at Megadrive). I still wonder how on earth a game that every player moves list are the same (in special moves execution) but each player moves differently and each character is a blast to play, a big character slow and strong, the small character is fast but nimble, oh so great! This game support multi platform that character can moves in or out to avoid special moves (didn’t understand, I show you wtf I’m talking about) :

See the multi-platform? And it’s graphic was an achievement at the time, slap Super Nintendo or SNES right in the face and @$

Other great thing is, this game is a dream match in Yu Yu Hakusho series, it pitted the Toguro brother saga and the Sensui saga creating the most of Yu Yu Hakusho universe you could droll your saliva in. Best character, well if U ask me, Hiei (with it’s awesome super-moves “Jagan-shi ensatsu kokuryuha” or Mystical eye black dragon that can be controlled, soooooo awesome, though he kinda nimble, he is FAST) and Toguro Ototo (the little brother who actually taller and bigger, slow but an unstoppable juggernaut). Play this game, try the emulator (though it’s hard to find cuz it’s Japanese).

2. Street Fighter (every platform ever existed)

The legendary, the behemoth, the giant leap for fighting game, the one that sets the standard in fighting game, the Street Fighter series. Sure Street Fighter 1 kinda dull, but CAPCOM learned the lessons and create a game that still a masterpiece even in today standard. What can I say about this game? It’s the origin, the first, and that’s said it all. If you never play or even knew this game, either you a retard, someone who just came back after 20 years or more coma, or you live a sheltered life and your God forbid you into electronic apparel or maybe you just a damn ignorance I don’t know, bottom-line you just better of dead or left unborn you sick-stupid @$$hole.

Street Fighter. Started from this small step, fighting game will never be the same ever again

This game is so important that it became the blue print or manual guide or even bible for other fighting game to begin to. Hell of Armageddon come, this is one stuff I gladly hold in my hand when my time come (bible or Qur’an? Never heard of it^_^). Every other fighting game is influenced by it, every other fighting game is a derivative, mutation, modified version of Street Fighter II.

If you could find other fighting game without this formula, I gladly sell my soul to the devil or become a monk and do celibacy and a non-sex lifestyle

1. Virtua Fighter (every SEGA console ever existed, Playstation 2 and 3 also X Box 360)

At first, I thought that this was LEGO, the fighting game due to the blocky graphic

So, what game could dethrone such a marvelous game called Street Fighter? Well surprised surprised my friend, it’s Virtua Fighter series. You probably think, “DAMN his guy probably a total idiot-retarded @$$hole whose high on cheap expird gasoline!”. Well I’m not. I dare to say when Street Fighter revolutionized 2D Fighting Game, Virtua Fighter change the way we see and play fighting game into a 3D universe.

The graphic keeps on improving, the gameplay keeps on better with every series, this is the pinacle of fighting game. The Jack of all trades

Let it be known that I prefer 2D than 3D, but Virtua Fighter is so damn good, sooooo depth even an adult could die sinking on it (it still confusing me how come a 3 button game; punch-kick-guard can be so damn depth and hard to master). It’s realism so realistic (of course it is U idiot) and the Artificial Intelligence making this game the best choice for 1 player or 2 player versus game. The best fisticuf bang that could a fighting gamer wants. If you prefer Tekken, well it’s like a question whether U’re CAPCOM or SNK guy, but hey, Soul series beat the $hit out of Tekken, so screw U fagot shenanigan.

Best Fighting Game of All Time : Part 1

As a veteran gamer (I started playing Atari 2600 on 1990, so it’s about 20 years of gaming experience), my first love to video game is a platformer / action adventure game such as Prince of Persia, Mario, etc. But the most constant genre I played is fighting game.

And as 26 years old guy, recently I have no time to playing game (well, not as much as I used to that is), and the genre that could hook me on the get-go is fighting game, you could plug and play and enjoy it at the knick of time. I know most people consider this genre as a no-brainer and rather savage and dumb guy who will enjoy it (especially by those who dig RPG or strategy, those holy omni-potent dork and doofus nerd, no offence, just rant), but it took a hard formula called balance to create the most enjoyable fighting game that didn’t stray to be been there done that experience, a combo abused or cheap fighting game.

This list contains some of the fighting game that leaves a strong impression in my life. It’s not the best game by specification or by definition, or even for most gamer contentment. This list is purely about fighting game that according to me was da bomb. So, without further due, here’s the list (in countdown list order with no specific game, unless the one really stands out among others, but rather the series) :

10. Dead or Alive (Arcade SEGA Saturn, Playstation 1 & 2, X Box & X Box 360)

Beautiful babes, beautiful stage, beautiful graphic, just downright beautiful

Just like miss universe qualification, this game has 3 B (even more B’s) beauty, babes, boobs, brawl, etc. The first thing most people will noticed must be the juggling boobs, then the awesome graphic (even when the game first came out, it’s using Virtua Fighter 2 engine, which is crème de la crème at the time).  A treat to an eye (there even a side game called Dead Or Alive Beach Ball with extra of sexy girl abuse game and “point of view”. This game put Pokemon Snap into shame for it’s better object of photo shot. A game that really meant to perverted guy like me he he).

Other notable thing is, this game first introduced the “booby trap” (sounds like boobs, the game developer have a knack at women that for sure) or “danger zone” such as land mines or electricity if you went outside the arena (besides the notorious “ring out” from the first Virtua Fighter or “caged arena” from Bloody Roar, or Fighting Viper). This game also introduced the multi layer or multiple arena or stage in 3 D fighting game (even it feels like some stage are endless multi arena).

After the guy (or girl or whatsoever sex that is, they all beautiful in this game, whether a boy, a girl character) fell, it’s not ring out but the fight continues on the land or any other platform available to fight.

But that’s not all, what makes this game shines is more than just a mere cosmetic, under the beautiful skin, lies a depth and varied moves. What makes this game can’t grade higher is cuz sometimes the guard button, or to be exact the guard + back = counter makes this game is very counter abusive game, which sometimes makes the balance of the games lost and turning into “countering warfare”

9. Last Blade / Samurai Spirit (tie) (Arcade, Genesis, SNES, SEGA CD, Playstation, etc)

As one of the earliest weapons based game, Samurai Spirit sets the standard for this kinda game, it even sets the realistic touch and SNK’s “thinking game” (the game pace is kinda slow for some people). If you just a button quencher / masher, you won’t get far in this game (it sometimes fell like a rock-paper-scissor gameplay sometimes). Samurai Spirit really filled our appetite for classic middle age era warrior (not just Samurai, the title really misinform sometimes cuz there a European character such as Charlotte, a European girl with fencing style, or Galford, a westerner who somehow mastering ninjitsu).

It’s a milestone at the time for fighting game

Since Samurai Spirit ain’t everyone cup of Sake, SNK also release a game called Last Blade, this game is more approachable for everyone, with it’s faster pace, pretty graphic (it even gave Capcom’s Street Fighter Alpha / Zero 3 a run for it’s money), and a hope that button quencher / masher to master this game. Last Blade almost felt like a Capcom style released than SNK. One cool fact, the game main character, Kaede, have the ability to be “Super Saiyan” (Akira Toriyama’s alien race whose ability to power up themselves with notable physical change to shift from black hair into blonde hair in Dragon Ball Z).

Great graphic and awesome character design (SNK signature style) makes this game a fighting gem.

Somehow, Last Blade never achieved the acknowledgement it deserved due to the fact that everyone thought that it is just some distraction, or some petty effort from SNK to distract gamer and gain some cash from non Samurai Spirit series (but the Last Blade actually inspire the new faster pace gameplay in the next Samurai Spirit game such as Samurai Spirit 5 with more Capcom style fast pace tempo).

8. Tobal (Playstation)

Akira Toriyama artwork and Square soft, sounds like winning combination huh?

Well, I bet most people don’t know about this game, cuz well, it went out when the 3D fighting game supremacy is being a dualistic fight between SEGA (Virtua Fighter, Last Bronx, Fighting Vipers) and Namco (Tekken, Soul Edge / Soul Blade) other contender is mostly just there and not to stay (the likes of Bloody Roar from Hudson Soft of Bomberman fame, Star Gladiator Capcom first foray into 3D fighting game, which is kinda awesome anyway, or any other 3D game). But Tobal series shines on its own. Tobal (especially No. 1) offers the realistic and thinking game of Virtua Fighter (even with slower tempo) and the most advance grappling system I’ve yet to seen outside the homoerotic UFC Game that is.

Blocky graphic and slow tempo might draw the crowd away, but give it a try and you’ll hooked up

About the grappling system, in this game you can hold your opponent, then the next step is rather to hit / kick your opponent to shook him / her off balance and can’t counter your grappling, or just throw your opponent immediately (word of advice, when you hold your opponent, your opponent could also do the same step I told previously). Between the grappling, as I mention earlier, you could hit / kick your opponent to shook him / her off balance, and your opponent could do it also vice versa, what cool is, your character determine the outcome in the grappling battle, if your character is big, you could kick / hit your opponent just 2 or 3 times to shook him off balance, if your character is smaller, it took more effort to shook opponent off balance. How awesome is that!?

This game also offers the RPG-Dungeon crawler like extra game (it’s even out-do the Tekken extra game, a beat ‘em up Final Fight type inspired Tekken Force). And the character list is awesome, if you beat or even just play the extra game, you could use the character you defeat in the game (even in Tobal No. 2 you could play as Chococbo from Final Fantasy series). I never sure the exact character roster and since Tobal No. 2 is Japanese only, but people said that the character roster is around 200, could U believe that?

But Tobal No.2 somehow went the wrong way, though in the right track. They offer better graphic (a beautiful graphic for 32 Bit system, even in 64 Bit), faster tempo, even the signature “kame hame ha” moves from Dragon Ball (another Akira Toriyama works). But somehow it makes the magic disappear, the balance and the realism is gone. Oh, and due to the poor performance of the first game, Tobal No.2 is a Japan only game (I mentioned it earlier).

Other things which makes this game receive poor review is the weak character design, they are unlikable and weird (chicken guy or hellboy look-a-like or other stupid Akira Toriyama design you could imagine ruin this game popularity)

Better graphic, faster tempo, and special projectile moves somehow rob the “magic” of the first game

7. Tekken (Playstation, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Gameboy Advance, X Box 360)

Arguably, the most played fighting game in the world. The game that put Namco as one of the top game developer in the world (before 32 bit era, Namco is a mediocre Game-Dev, known only by cheesy game such as Galaxian, Galaga, or any other not worth mentioned game). Tekken spawning 6 sequel and cosmetic or remix version (Tekken 6 Bloodline Rebelion) and derivative side game / gaiden in japanese terms (such as Tekken in Gamboy Advance or Tekken Dark Resurection in PSP).

Tekken offer fast pace, easy to master system and all the requirements of successful game (Beauiful FMV? Checked. Sexy girl? Checked. Great character design? Checked. Pumpin-anoying BGM? Checked. Etc? Checked), no wonder most gamer prefer Tekken than SEGA’s Virtua Fighter series.

Tekken may sounds tedious or no-brainer, but deep within the flashy cosmetics, Tekken offer a deep game-play that makes amateur and novice can enjoy the game at the same time. Maybe people will say that Tekken’s 10 hit combo (a legendary button tap that inspire other game to be copied) is a no-brainer, I agree, but Tekken also have the grappling combo or aerial combo that sets the different between an amateur and a pro. Sum it all, pretty game, approachable gameplay, great fighting game.

Why it didn’t great higher? Cuz the gameplay evolution stops at Tekken 3 (at least for me), Tekken 4 and other sequel after that just a tried & true formula. The graphic somehow didn’t evolved much  since Tekken 4. Didn’t believe me? Here’s the proof :

Shots from Tekken 5, which ain’t much different than Tekken 4 (these two are from Playstation 2 platform

This a shot from Tekken 6 from Arcade version, maybe the lighting effect is better, but the polygon ain’t much evolved from the previous game, and they say this is the next gen console!!!

Ain't much different, eh?

6. Guilty Gear (Playstation, Playstation 2, Dreamcast, X Box, X Box 360, etc)

Ah, this is a game that shout out loud than video game ain’t just for nerd or sissies. This game combine the greatness and fines of 2-D fighting game and combines it with one thing that truly rock, rock music.

Yes this game full of reference of rock music, from character design that combines post-apocalyptic theme and glam-rock scene to character name and BGM that pays tribute to the rock scene, such as main Character Sol Badguy that were influenced by Freddy Mercury solo album “Mr. Badguy”, Axl Low that without a doubt inspire by Axl Rose from Guns & Roses, or Johnny the pirate who clearly inspired by Goo Goo Dolls vocalist Johny Rzeznik. Don’t forget the music, BGM filled with guitar driven and machine gun drum sound (unlike other fighting game who use annoying techno or electro-machine music) even of the BGM in Guilty Gear X (Dreamcast version is an instrumental version of “Pardon Me” by Incubus, Sol Badguy’s stage if I’m not mistaken).

But what makes this game is great is the graphic and the gameplay. The gameplay is a combination of balance moves between characters, a link combo that makes the game fast & furious (even my thumb is hurt cuz the button mashing) and graphic so beautiful, it makes the player or spectator both are pleased. Simply put, great game.

You should see this game in motion. So beautiful with fps that somehow didn’t become what most people said “slow down”.

To Be Continued