You do play fighting
We live for fighting games... Some of us for our
'Fighters' among your favorite
genres of gaming?
Now we're talkin'... You've come to the right place!
Are you known for "taking
names" in a fighting game... or two?
Good. The real question is... In how many different games?
"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
"Artistic Side" of fighting games?
Relax that "pro gamer talk"... This is much more than frames and numbers.
Are you searching of the best
fighting game artwork, images, or animated GIFs?
Add TFG to your Favorites / Bookmarks if you haven't... You'll thank me later.
Are you an artist, admirer of fighting game
lore, cosplayer, or game developer?
You'll find exactly what you're looking for here on TFG... and then
If you are "new" to the fighting game community and willing to learn more...
Fighting games have a rich and vibrant 30+ year history.
TFG is a great place to start.
Are you interested in learning about specific fighting games
Every true fighting game and fighting game character is here.
If you are a fighting game enthusiast...
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TFG Webmaster here. Thanks for visiting TFG. Continue reading to learn more about the history of TFG, fighting games, and a little bit more about myself as well. When I created this website (nearly 20 years ago), I quickly realized I wasn't the
only person with a deep passion for fighting games... fighting games are more than a
hobby, more than entertainment, and a lot more than "just a game". It's something difficult to describe really. 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 fighting
games waiting to test out the competition (and the best of us racking up crowd-pleasing win streaks). ;) No other gaming genre brought that type of crowd or
made that kind of impact, back then. It was a phenomenon, worldwide. Fighting
games were also responsible for breathing new life into the struggling arcades
of the early-mid
90's, and certainly helped keep the arcade scene alive for many
years to come. Even though arcades have sadly diminished over the years (especially
here in the USA), the fighting genre is still
very much alive and kickin'
today, thanks to loyal fans and players around the world, and the dedicated creators and companies behind the timeless games and 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 of
fighting games... and stay 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,
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, 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. ~TFG Webmaster
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.
This website 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. This website has proven to be an excellent tool
& reference for professional artists and aspiring artists alike. A primary reason
this website came into existence was to inspire those people out there who love and deeply appreciate this style of artwork and character design. If you're an artist of any kind, I hope you enjoy this website because it was made for you! :) (On that note,
one of my best friends is a very talented 2D artist; and I actually met him
through playing fighting games at the arcade back in the early 2000's.) Check out my friend JET3000's art gallery
If you're an artist using FightersGeneration.com for reference... or
inspiration... keep at it. And know that your passion inspires me to make this website the best it can possibly be. Also,
shoutouts to the professional cosplayers who use TFG
for reference for 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, and it's obviously been one of
the website's most defining features since its conception. 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, and previews... and continuing to update the
ever-evolving, world famous TFG character profiles: complete with elaborate bios, storylines,
overviews, and the best images for 1000's (upon 1000's) of characters. It's a lot to manage, but I love doing it. I also love entertaining the TFG
audience via Fighters Generation's YouTube,
live streaming on Twitch,
and on other social media sites (scroll further 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
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.
Beginning in '09,
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.
YouTube Channel opened for business back in '09. The channel hosts a plethora of unique videos, including my own gameplay compilations (several viral with 100,000+ views), combo music videos (CMVs), TFG Webmaster vlogs, Twitch replays, and good old 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 some of the latest official trailers, rare past trailers, and fighting game intro movies remastered in HD. Also, don't miss TFG YouTube's
Community tab which features polls, updates, comments, & other unique 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).
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 news, my Instagram posts also provide hints about the latest updates on TFG Characters / Games profiles. Sometimes 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 followers!
TFG's Facebook covers the "headlining" fighting game news... primarily the most 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 they probably don't even play fighting games regularly since they're obsessively logged into Facebook and never log out). *Editor's NOTE* I never liked Facebook. Not once. FB is my least
favorite social media platform due to its lack of customizing / creativity, pushy advertising, and plethora of other flaws I won't waste my time or your time ranting about. If you're 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.
Heeeeey, you made it all the way down here? Seriously, thanks for reading. Most people who visit this website don't realize that it's managed daily by one person. Me. So thanks for taking the time to actually read this (in this short attention-span, oversaturated social media-infused world that we live in). A passion project that
began in 1999-2000, created by a lifelong fighting game player since the 1980's... Welcome to my website, TFG. Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Frank, the creator and webmaster of The
Fighters Generation. The humble beginnings of TFG began in 1996, when I owned a website called GameGen. In 1999, I began building this website from scratch (during my final years of high school). There was never a systematic algorithm involved in the making of this vast "dream website" for
fighting game fans. Every page you see and visit here on Fighters Generation, a human (me) personally hand-crafted. I still manually edit each and every page on FightersGeneration. It's what I do... because I love fighting games. I hope you enjoy visiting and browsing the site daily!
As you could probably imagine, creating and maintaining TFG has required 10's of 1000's of dedicated man-hours. Through my lifelong passion and pure love of fighting
games (and marital arts), I'm proud
to have kept this website and community going strong for 2 decades. It's been a "labor of love"... 30 years of playing fighting games... and 20 years of working on this website. In case you don't know, I write all of TFG's news articles, game reviews, character overviews, update game/character profiles, and manage TFG's social media on the daily. In addition to
the time I invest into actually playing and practicing fighting games, obviously, this is a lot of work for one person... but 100% worth it. I've met some amazing people along the way, and if you're an old school TFG visitor or supporter, thanks very much. If you're new here: I'm enthralled to see your interest in the greatness of fighting games. I hope you find
Fighters Gen to be inspirational, helpful, and entertaining in the many great years to come. For FGC / business inquiries, email
me or DM on social media.
With the man, Lord Harada. CEO
Devil Modo. 2016.
See, I don't hate Nintendo games. October 2019.
Friends for over 10
years. FYagami, JET3000,
Shelly Fox. August 2017.
The "art of fighting" was embedded in my blood at a young age.
Growing up with these amazing characters and games has inspired me
my life. I'm sure my
timeless infatuation with
fighting games, martial arts, and artwork is made very clear through my years of dedication
to TFG. That said, I want to thank everyone who shares this
passion and has supported this website for all these years
(especially the awesome contributors
who help make this site awesome). Whether you've sent in news, images,
information, donations, created cool TFG banners, or simply visit TFG on a
daily/weekly basis, know that I couldn't have kept it going this
long without you. Even though I am the lone webmaster around here, I don't
usually refer to TFG as "my website". Just to be clear: TFG
was created for all fans and players of fighting games, and to ensure that
fighting games are always respected as
"more than just video games"...
and thus, will never die. As your humble host and webmaster, I will continue to make TFG awesome for the
fighting game community (FGC) and for many years to come. Thank you all.
New York. 2018.
Grandmasters Party. 2018.
With the real life
Old friends for 20+ years.
Always good times with Jet & Shelly. Aug. 2019.
Still reading? Okay. I'll tell you a bit more. I'm an introverted person in real
life, but since you've come all the way here and seem to have a pretty good
attention span, I'll try to make your time
worthwhile and tell you a little bit more about myself... and my unique
relationship with fighting games and martial arts. I'll start from the very beginning, because I've been
playing video games ever since I could walk.
I began confidently using a computer in 1986, when I was 3 years old.
I religiously played and loved countless old school 80's classics at home, all thanks to the fact that
my father was a hardcore "PC guy" back in the day. The first "fighting games"
I fell in love with were the Commodore & Amiga
versions of International Karate and Yie Ar Kung Fu (and
Barbarian, if you want to count that one). My father began martial arts
during his teenage years in the 70's, and his passion eventually contributed to my growing
martial arts as an 80's kid. Little did I know back then, I would
eventually train in martial arts for 25+ years and even start teaching. :)
Me (8 years old) with Mom, playin' Street Fighter
2: CE. 1992.
On that Commodore 128 (in C64 mode).
Hong Kong. 2010.
Vegas. Nov 2016.
Bruce Lee's Grave.
Seattle. April 2018.
My love for arcades
will never die. Seattle 2018.
TTT2 Arcade. 2017.
Chitown Fair NYC.
Chinatown Fair New York. 2017.
NY Chinatown. 2017.
Vegas Forum Shops. 2017.
To continue on this nostalgia trip... one of my #1 hobbies as a
was spending time at the thriving ARCADES of the late 80's / early 90's. I would ask my parents to drive me to a local mall, just
so I could camp out at an arcade for a few hours (and maybe check out that food court too).
I've always loved food too, but that's another topic for another day. While my parents
did their usual thing and walked the mall, I would
ecstatically spend hours at particular arcade machines (usually fighting
games). This was an every-weekend kind of thing. I was even friends
with the arcade managers, or they at least knew me from being there every
weekend. I do miss the smell of mall arcades... it's a one-of-a-kind smell. It was inside those
dark, yet cozy arcades where I fell in
love with iconic games such as: Street Fighter 1, Street
Fighter 2, Final Fight, Samurai Shodown, Mortal Kombat,
Virtua Fighter, Tekken, Killer Instinct, and countless
more. Since I
began this obsession at the age of 5 or 6... for a few years I actually had to stand on an upturned milk crate to properly reach the
controls (and manage to see the screen effectively). (That's why it was helpful
to be friends with the arcade managers. They had my back.) ^_^ It was a proud
day for me when I was finally tall enough to stand at an arcade cabinet on my
own and play
until my legs were tired. Good times.
Even as a youngin'... I actually brought solid competition to my local arcades.
I always bought the home ports of said fighting games, so I definitely had the
experience over many other arcade competitors. I didn't mess
around... I was given a certain number of quarters and had to make those
quarters last! It was a proud moment when I could show my parents I still had
plenty of quarters left over when it was time to leave. Also, I damn sure wasn't about to leave the arcade and
have to somehow chase my parents
down to get more quarters (it's not like cell phones existed back then). Young
players of today will never know the struggle. Anyway... at
my local arcades, I become known to rack up some impressive win streaks for a
lil' kid, and found certain joy in sending dudes "3 times my size" back to the token
machine. Years later, I saw kids younger than me, just as passionate
about fighting games, doing the very same thing. Seeing this continuously happen
over the years is nothing but inspiration for me to keep continue
doing what I do.
NYC. March 2017.
Aria Las Vegas.
Frank, Jet & Bruce
Lee (wax statue). Hong Kong 2010.
TEKKEN 7 Collect. 2017.
With my original TKD
instructor. Known him over 20 years.
Fighting stance with Harada-san. 2011.
Luxor Vegas. 2014.
Chillin' at my house (jk). 2012.
Ron, Shelly Fox & Frank. Serious sexy pic. 2009.
Some folk might think this "video game obsession" is an
unhealthy habit... Well, I also started Karate at the age of 7... which
soon became another lifelong
passion of mine. (Plus, I had to be able to defend myself just in case some
teenage bloke decided to pick a fight with me after I
whooped 'em in SF2.) Occasionally, my dad would silently watch from
a distance while I played fighting games at the arcades. He told me he
was concerned a few times
when he began to notice some of these older (much taller) kids getting legit
pissed off after I
sent them back to the token machine for the 7th time. Man, the
80's and 90's were so GREAT. Losers didn't get get to complain
on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, they just had to pay more money to
enjoy the game, or they had to go
home. I miss those days.
Throughout my early gaming career, fighting games were obviously a staple...
but became more than just "games" that I liked to play. Fighting
games made me think. They taught me things. Fighting games were
never "one defined experience" like you'd get from an RPG or
Action/Adventure game. I learned early on that your enjoyment and fulfillment
of playing a fighting game is indubitably up to YOU. In a quality
fighting game, your skill level, creativity, and choices is what makes the game either
fun, or not fun (for potentially years). Fighting games have only gotten
better with time, and this was in large part due to their ever-increasing level of
complexity, competitive 1-v-1 nature, and also their popularity
among the first GENERATION of fighting game players. Like many others, I never really took a break
from playing (contrary to what those silly game manuals used to recommend. lol). Clearly, I'm very proud to
be one of the original fighting game players who've been playing since
the late 80's / early 90's. Even now in my 30's... my soul still burns, and
I'll never quit playing the games I love for any reason. As you can see
from the photos, I also have other passions in life such as
traveling, good food, and spending time with my amazing wife. Thanks for
reading and sharing this nostalgia trip. There's more (keep scrolling).
Typical Boba + Art Session. 2017.
San Fran Palace of Fine Arts. Nov. '17.
Mojave Desert. 2016.
Vegas Mirage 2016. Her eyes
Ramsay Steak. It's raaaaaw.
Vegas. Nov '16. Ramen-ya.
tea in Vegas. 2017.
Long Island NY.
Long Island, NY.
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