You do play Fighting Games... right?
We live for them... some of us for our
Are 'Fighters' among your favorite
genres of gaming?
Now we're talkin'... and you've come to the right place!
Did you ever put your quarter up on an arcade cabinet to get next?
Win or lose, it doesn't matter... you are part of THE
"Art" are one in the same.
One must study both to become a true master... find your inspiration here!
you a martial artist? ...or inspired by real martial arts?
fighting spirit will never die... long live tradition, honor & ass-kicking.
Do you respect
the beauty & diversity of authentic martial arts fighting styles?
Our favorite characters of Fighting Games represent our deep-rooted passion.
Do you admire the
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TFG Webmaster here... Thanks for visiting The Fighters Generation. To learn more about the history of this website (and fighting games), continue reading! When I began creating this website (20+ years ago), I soon learned I wasn't the
only person with a deep passion for this genre. Fighting games are more than a
hobby, more than entertainment, and a lot more than "just a game". Gamers who were frequent to arcades in the early 90's,
where the rise of the fighting genre began in arcades
around the world, are the Original Generation of fighting game players. The OGs. Those of us in
will never forget
the days when kids and adults filled the arcades to maximum capacity, the better of
us hovering around the newest fighters - waiting to test out the competition (and the best of us racking up crowd-pleasing win streaks). No other genre of gaming brought that level of hype, or crowd, and or
made that kind of impact. It was a phenomenon than began, worldwide. Fighting
games were responsible for breathing new life into the struggling arcades
of the early-mid
90's, and kept the arcade scene alive for many
years to come. Even though arcades have diminished over the years (especially
here in the USA), the fighting genre is still
very much alive and kicking
today, thanks loyal fans and players around the world, and the dedicated creators & companies behind the timeless games & characters we've come to know and love. Thanks to
our passion... fighting games have practically become
"mainstream" again... (but then again, still aren't really
Since the arrival of
arcade fighting games in the late 80's / early 90's, the genre always has been
a leader and a prominent influence in the now billion dollar video game industry. There's no denying the character designs
and gameplay elements within fighting games have inspired countless other franchises and genres out
there, and have also exceeded
themselves well beyond video games. (Just look at all
the atrociously bad movies Hollywood tried to cash in on, and don't forget about the
dummies who blamed violent behavior on games like Mortal Kombat back in the 90's.) Whether 2D, 3D, realistic, or unrealistic... fighting games have made a momentous mark on video game history, and history
has repeated itself time and time again, year after year. Regardless what country you're from or what language you speak,
is your #1 resource to reminisce and reflect on the history, evolution, and beauty of
fighting games... TFG will also keep you up to date on the latest Fighting Game News!
First and foremost, The
Fighters Generation website embraces the
ARTISTIC side of fighting games. This website was designed to showcase the most eye-pleasing aspects of fighting games, and when you look closer, hopefully you find yourself immersed in everything the genre has to offer. As a lover of video games and a casual pencil artist since I was a child, I've always been
inspired by character designs... in particular. If you're well-acquainted with the top fighting games, there's no
doubt something very special about the characters, artwork, and overall visual designs of fighting games. Not only the visuals of the characters, but their
storylines, inspirations, and movesets are all deep-rooted and have proven to be timeless. Let's face it, not everyone can appreciate what good "ART" is these days. Contrary to what some may believe, most fighting games
can easily be considered "works of art"... not only due to the intricate
themselves (and their brilliantly composed soundtracks), but due to the countless traditional 2D artworks, 3D renders, and animations
that were created from scratch by amazingly talented artists.
That said, TFG would like to credit the master artists originally responsible for creating some of the most inspiring video
game artwork of all time in 90's, which would inspire a whole new generation of fighting game fans many years into the future... Just to name a few of these artists: Bengus, Akiman, Shinkiro,
Edayan, Hiroaki, Dai-Chan, Kinu Nishimura, Daigo Ikeno, Takuji Kawano, Falcoon, Nona, Eiji Shiroi
and Daisuke Ishiwatari. There are many more. On that note, be to check out TFG's frequently updated
feature to learn more about these artists and the inspiration behind the fighting games we love. In case you
don't know, the original purpose of creating this website (in 1999-2000) was to
proudly and respectfully showcase the very underrated, but fan-beloved official artwork of fighting games. If it weren't for the preceding artists, this website would not be here as you know it. And in
turn, you may never have become as interested in fighting games (or even heard of TFG) if it
weren't for the aforementioned artists and the existence of this website, together. Hey, it's one big circle of love. Old school FGC... Old school devs... THANK YOU. If you're a 2D Artist, Animator, Game Developer, Pro Fighting Game Player, or simple a Fighting Game fan... This website was made for you!
The best fighting
games would not exist without ART. The 2D sprites and animation that
started it all in the late 80's / early 90's have evolved dramatically
and beautifully over the past 3 decades. If for some
reason you don't understand how "Fighting Games = Art," this website is designed to properly will educate you. :) Before mass marketing, YouTube, and other means of advertising games (like DLC)... ARTWORK was primarily used to market and promote fighting games. Top tier fighting series like Street
Fighter, TEKKEN, Soul Calibur, King of Fighters, Virtua Fighter, Samurai Shodown,
and countless others got their start by promoting their unique art styles and innovative in-game graphics. Before even playing the game, the revolutionary visuals of these titles were responsible for getting players
interested in (and eventually buying) these legendary games.
The Fighters Generation proudly hosts a plethora of official (and non-official) fighting game artwork and animated 2D
sprites. (The highest quality possible!) TFG
is the largest archive of its kind, and continues to
grow daily. For 20+ years, this website has proven to be a dependable tool
& reference for professional artists and aspiring artists alike. A primary reason
this website came into existence back in the early 2000's was to inspire the many artists around the world who love and appreciate fighting game art and character design.
If you're an artist, animator, or game developer who uses FightersGeneration.com for reference, or
inspiration... keep doing what you're doing! Your passion inspires me to make this website even better. (And I'd love to hear from you on social media! My DMs are always open on Twitter:
Also, shoutouts to the professional cosplayers who also use TFG
for reference when creating their costumes (and poses for their photos)! As you can see, TFG's media
galleries appeal to a wide variety of fighting game fans. However,
certainly doesn't stop at artwork and has evolved into many other avenues. As the
TFG webmaster, I'm committed to bringing you the absolute best and most elaborate Fighting Game News, Reviews, Fun Facts, Videos, Streams, and more. Of course, I will always continue to update TFG's ever-evolving, world famous Character Profiles: complete with elaborate bios, storylines,
overviews, and the best Artwork + Animated GIFs for 1000's (upon 1000's) of characters. It's a ton of work and has taken incredible dedication over the past 20+ years... but I love doing it. I also love entertaining the TFG
audience via Fighters Generation's YouTube, streaming on Twitch,
and posting interesting and informative content on social media (scroll down for a full
breakdown of TFG's social media network).
In continuation on the
subject of ART... as you may know, many fighting games (such as TEKKEN,
Virtua Fighter, Soul Calibur, and even Street
Fighter) contain characters whose fighting styles are closely based on real
ARTS. Even some of the more "exaggerated" movements of
ultra-powerful or (some would say) "unrealistic" character designs pay
direct homage to traditional
martial arts styles. Personally being involved in martial arts for well over 20 years (most of my life), I always appreciated this aspect of fighting games as well. The "art of fighting"
is embedded in my blood and lifestyle. In fact, I teach traditional martial arts for a living. I'm one of the very lucky
people out there who loves his day job, and I really couldn't imagine doing anything
else. I've been studying the science of fighting for most of my life, so fighting games are more
to someone like me than most people could imagine. I've also met many other people who appreciate both fighting games and martial
arts just as much as I do... and it's always inspiring to meet them. For martial artists, there's so much to appreciate when it comes to the classic (and new) fighting game characters
who proudly portray the beauty, authenticity, tradition, and personality behind countless martial arts styles.
If you happen to be a fellow martial artist
who found your way here, WELCOME. If you don't already know, you'll soon learn about the countless
tributes to martial arts represented in fighting games. In the long run, TFG
itself is a tribute to the diversity and timelessness of martial arts.
The "spirit" of fighting will always live here.
To be frank (I am Frank), if fighting games didn't contain vivid references to
authentic martial arts, I probably never would've become as interested or as passionate about fighting games in the first place (and this website probably wouldn't
exist). That's how important martial arts and martial arts-based characters are to me. Not only have fighting
games become more realistic, more technical, and contain many overtones of martial
arts & martial arts principles, but I believe fighting games are even good for your brain. A proper fighting game brings two people together in a unique head-to-head
match-up that you really can't find anywhere else (besides actually sparring or being in a real fight of course).
Just like in a real fight, a quality fighting game is the ultimate test
of mental concentration; requiring creativity, patience, sharp reaction time, precise decisions, prediction
of your opponent's mind & movements, and ultimately, pure
skill in order to be victorious. The "thinking game" involved in great fighting games
(especially TEKKEN) really does
mirror some of the very same elements one would encounter in a real
fight. And yes, I do believe being a martial artist of 20+ years gives me
some sort of "edge" in playing fighting games, as it would for
any practiced fighter. I suppose over two decades of playing
nearly every fighting game in existence probably helps too. ;) Also worth
mentioning, are the many professional fighters and pro-wrestlers out
there who love fighting games for the very same reasons. You know who you are... Keep representin'.
In closing, I'd like to point out that I didn't
create TFG to make money. In fact, I worked on this website for well over a decade at a financial loss. I created TFG purely out of passion for fighting
games, artwork, and characters I love. I've kept it going all these years to ensure that the fighting genre never
fades away... and that the art, brilliance and beauty is never
overlooked or under-appreciated (because I've read some negative things on the internet that suggest otherwise). If you remember correctly, there was a
period of time when fighting
games weren't so abundant, and certainly weren't "front page"
news. There was a time when many "gamers" out there were
saying things like "2D fighting games are dead."... but my work and TFG
never wavered. There was a time when many "gamers" out there were saying "3D
fighting games are dead." ... but TFG never wavered. I never became disimpassioned by haters or negativity. Negative statements like these only further inspired me to
show how amazing fighting games are, and to make TFG the best fighting game website
possible. The thousands of dedicated competitive FGC players, tournament organizers,
artists, commentators, and supporters also
never wavered. Throughout the years, we've all contributed in making the fighting genre
the ongoing success that it is today. Let's keep it going. That said, thank you for visiting and supporting FightersGeneration.com. This website is made possible by viewers like you.
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Beginning in 2009,
The Fighters Generation expanded into social media. As the TFG Webmaster, in addition to writing news articles and managing content on this site daily, I personally put a lot of time and effort into all 5
of TFG's social platforms. Over the years, it's
been incredibly fun & rewarding interacting daily with fellow FG fans, amazing artists, professional players, game developers, FGC personalities, and fellow content
creators. If you follow TFG on any of the social media profiles
below, THANK YOU!
To get the full TFG experience... Follow TFG on all social media platforms below. If not, you'd be missing out on some great
daily posts, conversations, opinions, polls, videos, and "likes" that won't
show up unless you follow
me. Indeed, these are
personal social media profiles (and I'm on my phone quite a bit)... so you'll also get to know a little bit
more about me, Frank Joseph / Mr. Yagami. I
frequently comment, interact via DM, and add commentary to posts. I also permanently avoid drama, negativity, and
irrelevant posts. Thanks to those in the FGC who make fighting
game discussion on social media a fun and positive experience.
Below is TFG's official social media network and a description of the unique focus
behind each profile.
TFG Patreon ▸
After 20+ years of working on The Fighters Generation website to bring fighting game fans the latest news, articles, reviews, artwork, and other entertainment content... I finally launched a Patreon in February 2021. Fans of
the website can easily support TFG at various tiers and unlock exclusive, original content, including: The Fighters Gen Podcast, Patreon-exclusive videos & posts, early access to YouTube videos, 1-on-1 coaching, and more. It's been a lifelong passion of mine to keep this website going strong for over 2 decades... and I deeply appreciate your
support to help me keep it going. Cheers!
YouTube Channel opened for business back in '09. The channel hosts a plethora of unique videos, including my own gameplay compilations (several viral hits with 100,000+ views), combo music videos, TFG Webmaster vlogs, Twitch replays, and good old fashioned 1-on-1 match vids. My
main competitive games are TEKKEN
and SoulCalibur, so expect tons of content for those games. In the future I hope to upload more videos of "classic" fighting games (for nostalgia & historical value), as well. TFG's YouTube also hosts a selection of the latest official trailers, rare trailers from past eras, and fighting game intro movies remastered in HD. Also, don't miss TFG YouTube's
Community tab which features polls, updates, comments & exclusive wall posts.
Also beginning in '09, @Fighters_Gen on Twitter is dedicated to bringing you the latest fighting game news with links directly to articles right here on FightersGeneration.com. Only the most relevant fighting game news is
tweeted, with occasional retweets from official developers, companies, artists, FGC members, and other reputable sources. NO BS. Also, be sure follow me to see my daily "Likes" - which usually include awesome fighting game images, videos, smart Twitter people, and artwork that you won't see anywhere else (unless you follow
me). Thanks for reading and twitter-ing.
TFG's newest social venture in 2016. I'm still not a master at streaming, but I was proud to hit 1000+ followers in under 1 year. On TFG Twitch, I stream new and classic fighting games (and even non-fighting games) with and sometimes
without commentary. Special guests such as my wife, AshlynnBlue, and best friend JET3000 occasionally join me on stream. Interact in the chat, ask me questions live, or just enjoy the show. I'm currently a "part time" streamer... but someday I hope to make it a fulltime thing. Having a live "weekly show" is an evolving
project. Stay tuned. Thanks to my badass
supporters. Upcoming streams are posted on TFG News / announced on Twitter.
TFG Instagram went live in November 2015. At first I was unsure about the function of a TFG Instagram, but time has proven Insta to be a rewarding and fun social media platform for fighting game fans & the community. With a primary focus on artwork
TFG's Instagram is a more personally-catered profile where I upload new (and random) fighting game images that find their way onto my phone (AKA: things I actually like). In addition to posting the latest FG news, TFG Instagram posts also provide hints about the latest updates on TFG Characters / Games profiles. Occasionally, I even post selfies and
other personal videos on Instagram... but not many. Worth mentioning, the comments section on my Instagram is usually fantastic. Thanks 45k+ followers!
TFG's Facebook covers the most "headlining" fighting game news... primarily attention-getting stuff. Facebook-addicted FGC members can either ride the hype train or whine and complain about the latest happenings
in the genre (even though most probably don't even really play fighting games regularly since Facebook-people are obsessively logged in and don't have the mental health to log out). *Editor's NOTE* I never liked Facebook. Not once since day 1. Due to its lack of customizing / creativity, pushy advertising, and plethora of other performance
flaws I won't waste my time (or your time) ranting about; FB is my least-used social media site. If you are a Facebook addict, please try to get help (and log out)... or make Facebook a slightly better
place by sharing some TFG fighting game love. Thanks you so much for caring. And reading. ~Frank Joseph | TFG
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