WELCOME  TO
HE FIGHTERS  GENERATION
THE  FIGHTING  GAME  SITE.


 
You play Fighting Games... right?

We live for them... some of us for our entire lives.

Are Fighting Games among your favorite genres of gaming?
Now we're talkin'... 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 T
HE FIGHTERS GENERATION.

 

 

"Fighting" and "Art" are one in the same...

You must study both to become a true master. Find your inspiration here!

Are you a martial artist? ...or inspired by REAL martial arts?
The fighting spirit will never die... long live tradition, honor & ass-kicking martial arts.

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 embrace the "Artistic Side" of Fighting Games?
Relax the "pro gamer talk"... this is much more than frames and numbers.

Are you searching for the best Fighting Game Artwork, Images, or Animated GIFs?
 Add TFG to your Favorites / Bookmarks right now... you'll thank me later.

Are you an artist, admirer of Fighting Game lore, cosplayer, or game developer?
There's a good chance you'll find exactly what you're looking for here on TFG... and more.

 

 

If you are "new" to the Fighting Game Community and are willing to learn more...
Fighting Games have a rich and vibrant 30+ year history. TFG is a great place to start... or reminisce.

Are you interested in learning about specific Fighting Games or characters?
Every true Fighting Game and Fighting Game character is here.

To Fighting Game enthusiasts...
WELCOME HOME.

 

 

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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), read on. When I first started creating this website (25+ years ago), I would soon come to learn that I wasn't the only person with a deep passion for this genre. To me, and people like me, Fighting Games are more than a just hobby, more than entertainment, and much more than... "just a game". Those who were frequent to arcades in the 80s and early 90s, the time when the rise of the fighting genre began in arcades globally, are the original Generation of fighting game players. The OGs. Those of us in The Fighters Generation will never forget the days when kids and adults filled the arcades to near-maximum capacity, the better of us hovering around the newest fighters excitedly waiting to test out the latest competition (and the best of us racking up crowd-pleasing win streaks). No other gaming genre brought that level of hype, that crowd, or made that kind of impact. It was a phenomenon. Fighting games were responsible for breathing new life into the eventually-struggling arcade scene of the 90s and 2000s... the most iconic games of the genre keeping the arcade scene alive and kicking 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 today... thanks to the loyal fans and players around the world, and the dedicated creators & developers of the timeless games & characters we've come to know and love for so many years. Thanks to our passion over the years, continuing on for decades... fighting games have become popular and "mainstream" once again. Welcome back to the stage of history.
 

 

Since the arrival of arcade fighting games in the late 80s / early 90s, the fighting genre has been a leader and a prominent influence in the now billion dollar video game industry. There's no denying the complex character designs and gameplay elements within fighting games have inspired countless other franchises and genres out there, exceeding well beyond video games. (Just look at all the bad movies Hollywood cashed in on, and don't forget about the dummies who blamed violent behavior on games like Mortal Kombat back in the 90s.) Whether 2D, 3D, realistic, or unrealistic fighting games... the history of fighting games has made a momentous mark on video game history... and history has repeated itself time and time again, year after year, decade after decade. Regardless what country you're from or what language you speak, FightersGeneration.com 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! WELCOME!
 


 

The Fighters Generation website fully 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 fighting genre has to offer. There's a lot to unpack here. It's an individual journey, even. 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 best fighting games out there, there's no doubt you'll find something very special about the characters, artwork, and visual designs. Not just the visual artwork for the characters, but their storylines, moveset inspirations, and beautiful in-game animation... all becoming timeless and immortal. Let's face it, not everyone can appreciate what good "art" is these days. Contrary to what some old-timers might say, fighting games are most definitely "works of art"... not only due to the intricate game designs themselves (and their brilliantly composed soundtracks), but literally the countless number of traditional 2D artworks, 3D renders, and animations that were created from scratch by amazingly talented illustrators and animators.


All that said, TFG would like to credit the legendary master artists who created some of the most inspiring video game artwork of all time, inspiring a whole new generation of fighting game players and fans for many years into the future. Just to name a few of these artists: Bengus, Akiman, Shinkiro, Kinu Nishimura, Edayan, Daigo Ikeno, Eiji Shiroi, Hiroaki, Dai-Chan, Takuji Kawano, Falcoon, Nona and Daisuke Ishiwatari. There are many more to discover! On that note, be to check out TFG's frequently updated Artist Profiles 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 artists previously mentioned, this website would not be here. Whether you're a 2D Artist, Animator, Game Developer, Pro Fighting Game Player, Cosplayer, or simply a Fighting Game fan... This website was made for you!
 
 
FIGHTING  IS  ART...

The best fighting games would not exist without ART. The 2D sprites and animation that started it all in the late 80s / early 90s have evolved dramatically over the years. If for some reason you don't understand how "Fighting Games = Art," this website is designed to properly 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 game IPs like Street Fighter, TEKKEN, Soul Calibur, King of Fighters, Virtua Fighter, Mortal Kombat, 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 on the internet, and continues to grow year after year. This website has been a dependable tool and reference for professional artists and aspiring artists, alike. A primary reason this website came into form back in the early 2000s 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: @Fighters_Gen.)
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, TFG certainly doesn't stop at artwork and has evolved into other media. 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. For years, I've been updating TFG's ever-evolving, world famous Character and Fighting Game Profiles: complete with elaborate bios, storylines, overviews, and the best Artwork + Animated GIFs. It's a ton of work and has taken incredible dedication over the past 25+ years... but I love doing it. When I can, I also love entertaining the TFG audience via Fighters Generation's YouTube, streaming on Twitch, and posting informative or interesting content on social media. Check out TFG's social media links further down on this page.
 


  

Continuing on the subject of ART... many fighting game characters from the worlds of TEKKEN, Street Fighter, Virtua Fighter and Soul Calibur (for example) reference real-life fighting styles and MARTIAL ARTS. Even some of the more "exaggerated" movements of ultra-powerful or (some would say) "unrealistic" fighting game character designs can pay homage to traditional martial arts styles. Personally being involved in martial arts for 30 years (most of my life), I've always deeply appreciated this aspect of fighting games. The "art of fighting" is embedded in my blood and lifestyle. I even used to teach traditional martial arts for a living. Even though I retired from teaching martial arts, it's still a part of my life. I've been studying the science of fighting for most of my life, so fighting games are more "real" to me than most people could imagine. Interestingly, I've met many other people who appreciate both fighting games and martial arts just as much as I do... and it's always great to meet likeminded folks. Whether you're a student of martial arts or not, 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, that's awesome... and 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 might not 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 battle that you simply can't get 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, the correct prediction of your opponent's mind & movements, and ultimately, pure skill in order to be victorious (most of the time)! The "thinking game" involved in great fighting games (especially TEKKEN) really does mirror some of the same elements one would encounter in a real fight. I personally believe being a martial artist for most of my life also gives me some sort of "edge" in playing fighting games, as it would for any practiced fighter who has to "think fast" and make quick reactions. I suppose over three 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 briefly like to point out that I didn't create this website to make money. I created TFG purely out of passion for fighting games, artwork, and characters I love. I've managed to keep it going all these years to ensure that the fighting genre never fades away... and that the artwork, brilliance, and beauty of fighting games is never overlooked or under-appreciated. Back in the day, 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 some "gamers" out actually said things like "2D fighting games are dead,"...but my work on
TFG never wavered. There was also a time when many "gamers" out there were actually said things like "3D fighting games are dead," ...but TFG never wavered. I never became disimpassioned by negativity or haters. Negative statements like those only further inspired me to show how amazing fighting games are, and to make TFG the best fighting game website possible. The many thousands of dedicated competitive players, tournament organizers, artists, commentators, and supporters around the world also never wavered. Over the years, we've all contributed in making the fighting genre the ongoing success that it is today. Let's keep it going. All that said, thank you for visiting and supporting FightersGeneration.com.
 


  

SOCIAL  MEDIA

  •     TFG Twitter  @Fighters_Gen  on Twitter is dedicated to bringing you the latest fighting game news with links directly to articles right here on FightersGeneration.com, as well as a plethora of artwork posts. Only the most " relevant" fighting game news is tweeted, including retweets from official developers, companies, artists, FGC members, and other reputable sources. NO BS or shit-posting here. Also, be sure follow @Fighters_Gen to see my recent "Likes" which usually include awesome fighting game artwork, FGC videos, posts by smart Twitter people, and other content that you won't see anywhere else. Thanks for reading and twitter-ing.
     
     

  •     TFG Discord  Launched in March 2022 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the web address: FightersGeneration.com! TFG's Discord server connects the community and fighting game fans featuring a wide variety of channels (not just fighting games), personalized onboarding, unique roles for your profile, integrations with TFG Shop and other social media profiles, and more. Most importantly, a 100% drama free and friendly active community! Our Discord server also features connectivity + benefits for TFG's Patreon and Twitch members.

  •     TFG Patreon  After 20+ years of working on The Fighters Generation website, I opened up a Patreon in February 2021. Fans of the website can support TFG with three tier options to unlock 100% original content, including: The Fighters Gen Podcast, VIP Discord server benefits, Patreon-exclusive videos, behind-the-scenes photos, writings, and more. Consider supporting my content if you enjoy this website!

  •     TFG YouTube  TFG's YouTube Channel opened for business back in 2009. The channel hosts a plethora of original videos, including my own gameplay compilations (several viral hits with over 1M+ views), old school-style combo music videos, TFG Webmaster vlogs, Twitch replays, and good old fashioned 1-on-1 match vids. My main competitive game is TEKKEN, so expect tons of content for TEKKEN. In the future, I plan to upload more content for "classic" fighting games (for nostalgia & historical value)... as well. Also don't miss TFG YouTube's Community wall which features updates and announcements, GIFs, polls, etc.
     
     

  •     TFG Twitch  Part time streamer... I'm hoping to change that someday. I stream TEKKEN along with other new and classic fighting games (as well as other genres). Special guests including my wife Ashlynn Blue and best friend JET3000 have occasionally joined me on the stream. Thanks to the awesome supporters who have helped me keep it going over the years. I announce when the stream is live on @Fighters_Gen and the live feed will appear on TFG News.
     
     

  •     TFG Instagram  TFG Instagram launched in November 2015. At first I was unsure about the function of a TFG Instagram, but it has proven to be a fun and rewarding social platform for fighting game fans & the community with 51K members strong! With a more visual focus on news and the latest artwork, including convenient photo slides and video posts, TFG's Instagram is a must-follow! 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 (and I pin many comments).

  •      TFG Facebook  Last but not least, TFG's Facebook covers the most headlining fighting game news and posts similar to Instagram. If you are addicted to Facebook, please try to get help (and try logging out)... you'll thank me later. In any case, let's make Facebook / Meta a slightly better place by sharing some TFG fighting game love. Thanks for 25K members!

 
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