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Awesome Street Fighter IV Swag From Capcom, or: Why Giving Back to the Community Rocks

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?

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About Haxanone of us since 11:13 AM on 10.23.2007

Occasional contributer to Tomopop.com.

Random gaming facts about Haxan

Legitimately beat Mike Tyson and went through Another World Circuit undefeated.

Beat the original Contra without dying. Twice.

Can land the damn plane in Top Gun and can also refuel in midair.

Can't beat Ghost & Goblins without the level select code and has never lied about it.

Thinks Friday the 13th is a great game even if the physics, controls and weapons are garbage.

Mario Paint caused him to buy a Super Nintendo and largely leave his Sega Genesis behind. He has played it more than most video games and wore down the mouse pad so that the grid only shows around the corners.

Has beaten Street Fighter II: The World Warrior and Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers on the SNES on the hardest difficulty without losing a single round. Multiple times.

Is still friends with the girl who worked at a local game store and sold him Street Fighter II nearly 17 years ago.

Beat Final Fantasy 2 in a weekend when he was a kid, yet can't get through a role-playing game these days if his life depended on it.

Has never beaten Final Fantasy VII.

Prefers pads to sticks.

Likes the N64 controller.

Prefers the Duke to the S-controller.

Doesn't think that Super Mario 64 is all that great.

Got an Xbox mostly for Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. And thinks it's a damn good game. Really.

Swore he would never buy a Game Boy Advanced SP, but immediately broke down once the NES edition came out. (And regarding the NES Classics series, true in-store dialogue: "Dude, are you serious?! They seriously expect people to pay 20 dollars a piece for games they can just downlo...Ooh! Zelda!")

Really liked the first Halo. (Well, there goes my dtoid cred.)

Can rock out Dynamite Rave in Dance Dance Revolution like it's nobody's business.

Played the hell out of Animal Crossing: Wild World and hid that fact from nobody.

Stomped Brad Nicholson at Street Fighter IV, but had to resort to the cheapest of tactics in order to do so. ;)

Thinks you're really, really, really smart. And pretty.

Top ten favorite games (in no particular order):

•The Legend of Zelda (NES)
•Mike Tyson's Punch-Out (NES)
•The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)
•Phantom 2040 (SNES)
•Street Fighter II (any version)
•Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (PS2)
•Final Fantasy 3/6 (SNES)
•Ico (PS2)
•Sin and Punishment (N64)
•Picross (DS)


I love drawing, though I realize that I'm not very good. I figured early on that drawing my own header art would help my blogs stand out. Thanks to Destructoid, and to the scanner that Carollelogram got me for my birthday last year, I feel like I've developed a unique style that's distinctly my own.

Outside of games I've got a DVD collection that is exploding out of a 5'x6' shelf (over 400 titles). So suffice it to say that I love movies. I'm a huge horror fan and I host an annual Dusk Till Dawn Horror Movie Marathon nearly every October. My top ten favorite films in order are as follows:

1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cativo, 1966)
2. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
3. Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai, 1954)
4. The City of Lost Children (La Citι des enfants perdus, 1995)
5. The Apartment (1960)
6. Strings (2004)
7. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
8. The Big Lebowski (1998)
9. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
10. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Music-wise, my top 3 bands are The Pixies, The Velvet Underground and Radiohead. I listen to damn near every genre of music (except modern country. I yearn for the days of Hank Williams, Sr. and Tammy Wynette). Hit random on my mp3 player and you'll get everything from darkwave to hip hop to 80's synthpop. I karaoke pretty regularly. I can't sing, but I surround myself with people who can. Still, you've not experienced all there is in life until you've seen me proper butcher True by Spandau Ballet.

Then, as for the literary interests, my love lies with pulp detective novels of the thirties and forties. Raymond Chandler is simply the greatest ever. And Dashiell Hammett is just fantastic. Lately, I've been reading through Frank Herbert's Dune Chronicles at Carollelogram's recommendation. Two books in and I have to say they're astonishing.

If you do the Twitter thing, Haxan1 is my handle should you want to follow me.

Feel free to friend me to your console of choice should you ever want to play a game of Street Fighter. Just be sure to let me know that you're from Destructoid and you'll get the royal treatment.

Blogs I writed:

•Virtual Console Review- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
•Review- Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop

Front Page
•Other Worlds Than These: The citizens of the land of Termina
•Community spotlight: Haxan goes above and beyond for the community

Monthly Musings
•Instant Replay: Street Fighter II
•The Start of the Affair: Solomon's Key

Editorials and assorted articles
•Does the Wii have RROD-type issues of its own?
•Okay, Nintendo. I guess that we can be friends again.
•Niero, do you have any idea what in the lobster milkshake you have done?! (dtoid 3rd anniversary post)
•10 things you might not have known about Haxan (but really only 8)
•Why Destructoid is awesome: Nilcam is the greatest edition (I honestly can't give Nilcam enough props for this.)
•Christmas shopping: Non-gaming, priest dad-style
•Bad Dye Job: A Darius Pickman Story
•"Congraturation" RetroforceGO!
•Nintendon't what?! Now you tell me just what the %#@$ Nintendon't do!

Neat stuff I played a bit part in
•The Destructoid children's alphabet book


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