Here I was, about to go to sleep for the day, when I realized that Street Fighter IV hits tomorrow and I still haven't blogged about the swag I received from Capcom as a "thank you" for running the Destroy Haxan, Win Street Fighter IV Contest. So, I leaped out of bed, grabbed my PS3 camera (I still need to buy a decent digi-cam), and got to blogging. Sorry sleep. It's not like you see much of me anyways.
A few weeks ago, I hit the front page with Hamza's recap of the contest
. In it he told how he had contacted some friends at Capcom, who saw what I had done, and were sending me some swag to thank me for my support. It arrived soon after, but life caught up to me. So, a little late, but here's what I got:
First I received the Street Fighter IV Training Manual, which Nick Chester
posted about last month. It was autographed by someone who's name I can't decipher. It's an awesome book that contains all of the moves for everyone in the game. It's really awesome. If you're interested, check out Nick's story where he has scans of the entire manual.
I also got a limited edition advanced copy of the Street Fighter #1 Udon comic that was given out only to members of the Udon fan club (and, well, I guess me). It contains the uncolored, uninked pencil drawings from the entire book, as well as the script for the entire issue. Really neat.
Then there is my new pride and joy (which I'm sure will make me the envy of Y0j1mb0). It's a sweet t-shirt that has a huge Shadoloo logo on it (modeled by the very lovely me).
Next up, I have a poster that kind of confused me for a bit. It was a promotional poster for a Street Fighter Fight Club event. It showcases the initials S.I.N. This took me aback quite a bit. How did they know the intials that I have been entering into arcade cabinets for the last 15+ years? That was eerie. I did a bit of research and The Street Fighter Fight Club was a series of promotional events for SFIV. This poster was for the last one in San Francisco. They seemed really neat. Here's a video that showcases the event.
SIN, for those who don't yet know is the organization run by Seth, the mastermind of the Street Fighter IV tournament.
Related to the above, and really neat in it's cultural relevance is the following. A bar of soap with the Street Fighter logo. What a wicked-cool promotional item to give away at a fight club event. Tyler Durden would certainly be proud.
Last, but not least I received the Street Fighter headband that you lucky folks who preordered SFIV from Gamestop will be picking up tomorrow with your copy. I forgot to snap a pick of it, but it's long and red and had a SFIV logo on it. Pretty cool. I hope to win a yellow one to match it this Saturday when I compete in the Gamestop tournament.
I deperately want to be able to call myself the greatest street fighter in my city. So starting tomorrow I am going to put forth every free second I have into playing at that game. I only have four days to get a handle on it and be better than everyone else. Wish me luck. And hit me up if you see me online and want to be my sparring partner.
Tomorrow, for the first time in ten years, a new Street Fighter title is released. I'm pretty excited. I'm not crazy about the 3D art style, but it sure looks to be fun. Still, I really can't wait to be able to go back to my true 2D love: Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. Thanks to Capcom. And thanks again to you, Hamza! This has all been really amazing. Maybe someday a website will throw me onboard as a Contest Editor and we can do this all over again! ;)
<UPDATE 2/25/09> Hamza forwarded me this email that he received from S-Kill himself that sheds a bit more light on the various items they sent me:
"Just FYI (or maybe for Haxan's), the SF guide was autographed by Yoshinori Ono, SFIV producer.
"The Shadaloo shirt is a limited edition--one of 300 (? maybe less, but not more) made for that Street Fighter Club event mentioned on the poster. The Udon comic, soap, shirt, signed guide, etc is basically just a bunch of stuff that you couldn't buy even if you wanted to. We ain't got the giant monies but we got a little bit of specialness, so we share where we can."
I now leave you with your moment of Zen: the resemblance is striking, no?