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Street Fighter: The Complete History Paperback – 1 May 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 01 edition (1 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811865002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811865005
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 797,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Carle is an editor at IGN.com. He lives in Los Angeles.


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There are many things that I would expect a book titled Street Fighter: The Complete History to include, and unfortunately this book lacks most of them. To begin with, the majority of the book consists of illustrations, and not always good ones. I would guess that there are only about twenty or so actual pages of text. And the text itself comes up short in many cases. The writer (drafted in from IGN) fails to even mention Takashi Nishiyama and Hiroshi Matsumoto, the creators of Street Fighter - surely that would have been a good place to start? The book also lacks a complete discography of all the various iterations of the game, nor does it include any detail about the console releases. What it does do, is claim that SF had a huge impact on gaming mainly because it let players choose what colour their avatar was. This, along with numerous other superficial anecdotes is what the chapters consist of. Don't get me wrong, the book does include some key facts and personal reflections upon the series, and if the book had instead been called Street Fighter: Musings and Sketches, then I would have no problem. But it's not.
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Chris Carle has produced a fantastic effort in producing Street Fighter: The Complete History. The work isn't a book about the history of the Street Fighter universe, but instead is an attempt to write a book about the history of street fighter as a gaming series, about its role in the arcade scene and later on consoles as well as what it has done for the beat `em up genre. This is probably the books greatest strength - it offers something very new - the story behind the story, how for example Final Fight was nearly released as Street Fighter II, and how the industry insiders reacted to Street Fighter.
The book is beautifully illustrated with several new pieces of Street Fighter art as well as an emphasis on the works of major illustrators/designers such as Ikeno and Bengus along with Udon's more recent work. The book also features some great humour including a guide on how to replicate Guile's Hairdo (possibly worth the purchase on its own)!
One thing the book does do, is remind people after over 20 years of gaming, how innovative and inspirational Street Fighter was, how it broke traditional gaming rules - whether by having multiple character choices, creating strong female lead characters like Chun-Li or even in the depth of back story and unique endings that the game offered. All of this seems so common place now but was revolutionary at the time and was instrumental in shaping games such as Mortal Kombat, Tekken, Soul Calibur etc.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has grown up with Street Fighter and wants to know more about the history of the game, though equally it is worth buying for the art work alone.
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All the street fighter goodness you could ever want, really enjoyed reading and the artwork is awesome.
great little book!
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Less of a complete history of every character move, evolution and instead focuses on the impact SF series has had on the world, which is a more readable approach. Brought this for my brother for his birthday who really raved about it. If you grew up around SF, or want to know about why the game has had such an impact then this is for you!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9708fa08) out of 5 stars Lacks substance 13 April 2010
By Andrew S. Michael - Published on Amazon.com
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This features a lot of artwork, most of which can be seen larger in more informative volumes, like "Street Fighter: Eternal Challenge". Every book that Udon has published about Street Fighter is better than this book.

The bulk of the book is pretty shallow. It feels like Chris Carle is writing a high school essay about his favorite hobby. Most of the history is glanced over and generalized. The side stories in the book are equally uninformative.

Most of the main characters are give a few pages of artwork, but MANY characters are omitted and the book leaves a lot to be desired.

The design in the book is ok, with some interesting spreads and full page images of classic Street Fighter imagery. The covers crease VERY easily though. You will likely leave creases in the cover just from reading the book.

This book is hardly a complete history. It is more of a general overview. This would be a great book for someone who knows nothing about Street Fighter, but why would someone who knows nothing about Street Fighter want a book of its history?
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9708fc60) out of 5 stars Don't buy it for the art. 1 April 2010
By Chris Bellevue - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As far as I can tell 100% of the art in this book is either:

1.official game art (all of which, and much much more, can be found in UDON's oversized art book SF20: The Art of Street Fighter)
SF20: The Art of Street Fighter

2.artwork knicked from UDON's Street Fighter Tribute oversized artbook.
Street Fighter Tribute

Both of these books feature much larger pages, and TONS more content. So if you are interested in this book for the art, don't bother.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Sarun Lorteerapong - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is anything but "complete."

Took me a an hour to read through the whole thing, nothing particularly interesting or that i was not aware of before. I did enjoy the artwork in this book, although they just reprints from other sources.

The section on street fighter III was like less than 2 pages of text.

I would say the best part about this book are the quotes from the people who worked in developing the games.

Check out NostalgicGamer's "Street Fighter Retrospective" ([...]) for a much better and thorough look at the history of street fighter.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97090060) out of 5 stars Unneccessary 2 April 2010
By Eman E. Ellorin - Published on Amazon.com
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When viewing upon a book titled "Street Fighter: The Complete History," a fan would suspect to learn more about the franchise's characters and the whole storyline set in perspective. Chris Carle, the author of this book, has only produced a tangible explanation of the history of the game, with no in depth mentioning of the complete universal storyline. Save yourself some money and research the history of the game online. What Carle attempts at is to dictate "Capcom's official story" for the "first time ever" when this story has been over the internet for years already. All this book does throughout many pages is tell how Street Fighter was an innovative staple in video game history, repeatedly. It gets boring to read the same argument over and over, granted they are rephrased to make it seem like he's only further strengthening this claim. The only good that came out of this book were the art pieces and even then, they weren't that great. If you want Street Fighter art, invest in ACTUAL art & tribute books. As far as having interviews with many of the game's developers and programmers, this wasn't the case. There were only about three people mentioned, giving their own insights and honestly they weren't that interesting to bring new light to what most fans already know about the series. Learn from my mistake and do not even consider this book.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9708ff18) out of 5 stars Best History book about Street Fighter 25 Mar. 2010
By Omar Snake - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone a fan of Street Fighter must DEFINITELY pick this book up, it has loads of great art work and information about characters, how it's grown, and it's popularity across the world. The book has lots and lots of artwork, but don't be fooled by just the artwork. It has information on just about every Street Fighter character in the book. From the arcades to the home consoles this book is very informative. Although I was very disappointed in the way the book was made, it's the size of a composition notebook, but the pages are thick. Receiving the book I was surprised a book of this quality wasn't even finished and polished, a page was torn in half, a few pages weren't properly cut meaning 2 pages are still bound at the top. It wasn't the packaging of Amazon, but other than that it's a great book and a must have.
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