Kung-Fu Master lampooned in live-action skit

Celebrate three decades of stiff combat

Maker of live-action videogame spoofs, El Gamer Cosplayer has released this video portraying old-school arcade game Kung-Fu Master. As they do in the game, bad guys fly across the screen, locked in the frozen moment of impact from the fist or foot of the hero, which is about as comical here as it’s always been to me in gameplay.

What it’s missing is a falling vase with a fire-breathing dragon in it. Or snakes. I can recall many an hour of my misspent youth engaged in loud cursing at the reptiles in Kung-Fu Master. What a great example of a game designed to devour quarters.

Conrad Zimmerman