Now that Street Fighter V is generating a lot of buzz, for better or worse, I figured it was time to have a dedicated thread for this great genre. What are your favorites? Do you prefer 2D or 3D? Competitive or casual games? What kind of play styles do you prefer? What was your first fighting game? And so on, you get the gist. My current state of health has forced me to give up boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu in real life, so I have to get my competitive kicks (no pun intended, honest!) somehow, and video games, fighting games in particular, fit the bill at least partly, so until I can get back to getting my ass kicked IRL at the gym, I have to make do with getting my ass kicked in the virtual realm. I still remember the first time I played the original Street Fighter II on the SNES as a 10yo kid, and I was floored by the action, graphics, and violence (hey, those were different times!). My dad suggested we buy it, and of course I nodded as quickly as I could. I've been a fan of fighting games ever since although for over a decade I didn't play any games. It wasn't until a few years ago that I rediscovered them, and fighting games along with them although outside of Smash Bros, I didn't buy any newer games until 2015 December when @KaTrian bought Ultra Street Fighter IV as a Christmas present for me, and I've been hooked ever since. Needless to say, USFIV is my current favorite. It has a massive roster of vastly different characters, great gameplay, an active competitive scene and community, tight controls, plenty of play modes, decent online connectivity, and even tons of alternative costumes for every character on the PC version thanks to a vast array of mods. I love practicing combos, spacing, footsies etc. I still suck, but even getting my ass kicked online is a ton of fun because whenever I make a mistake, I know it was my fault and not the game's because the controls are spot on: whenever I drop one of Sakura's lengthy combos, I can rest assured it was all me. I also love playing it with Kat even though she doesn't have nearly as much time to practice as I do, but there's just something to playing with someone sitting right next to you. I have a few other fighters too: Guilty Gear Accent Core Plus, Super Smash Bros Brawl (hope someone will finish the PAL version of Project M at some point), and Skullgirls. I haven't gotten all that into those games yet because especially Guilty Gear and Skullgirls, while amazing games, have really steep learning curves, at least if you want to have any chance in online play. Or maybe it's just because I'm such a scrub... I do already know my mains, though: Baiken in GG, Sheik in Smash (otherwise it'd be Samus, but let's be honest: she sucks in Brawl and Smash 4, sadly and oddly enough), and Ms. Fortune in SG (I love Painwheel's design and I think she's the coolest character in the game, bar none, but I haven't had enough time to learn her rather eccentric style, and while I'm pretty effective with Valentine, I haven't unlocked her yet, so I can't play as her in every play mode). In Street Fighter, I have mained Sakura ever since I first played one of the Alpha games on Game Boy Advance. I love her super-aggressive play style but also her versatility: while she's mostly a rush down character, she does have a projectile attack too, allowing you to do some zoning against the bigger/clumsier opponents, and her Shinku Tenguyo Hadoken is a great way to finish a combo ending in an EX Tatsu. Possibly my worst bad habit is overusing her Shouoken, especially without hit confirming it first which has led to more than my fair share of face palming. At least I'm slowly learning to make use of the crouching medium kick, possibly her best poke in addition to her extremely useful standing hard kick. I also love her as a character: her enthusiasm and dedication for improving as a fighter and fighting with no ill will towards her opponents is infectious, and I just feel bad for her when so many of the other characters are so mean to her when I lose. Come on, learning by watching isn't a bad thing, you asshats! In the near future I hope to also get some version of King of Fighters (I'm looking at '98 Ultimate Match or maybe one of the newer ones like XI) and Samurai Shodown (the fact that none of the SS titles are on Steam is one of the greatest injustices in gaming, but of course you could always use emulators... not that I'd ever do such a thing...), and maybe Mortal Kombat X or the next MK, but the fact that the game is no longer supported by the devs has kinda ruined my enthusiasm to get it. Anyway, any other fighting game enthusiasts or casuals here? Find any new gems lately? Ladies, gentlemen, the floor is yours.