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Greetings! My name is Frank Joseph. I'm the founder, creator and webmaster of
The Fighters Generation website, and manager of TFG's social media profiles (@Fighters_Gen). Many people who visit TFG might not realize this website is managed by one person. A passion project that began around 1999-2000, created by a lifelong fighting game player... Welcome to my website, TFG. The humble beginnings of TFG began as early 1996, when I began creation of a universal gaming website called GameGen (Game Generation). In '98-'99, I began building TFG from scratch (during my final years of high school, actually). There was no systematic algorithm involved in the making of this vast "dream website" for fighting game fans. I've worked on this site for 25+ years because I love fighting games and want the world to appreciate them to the fullest. I hope you all enjoy visiting and browsing The Fighters Generation for many years to come. If you'd like to support TFG, please check out my Patreon.

As you could imagine, creating and maintaining TFG has required tens of thousands of hours. My hours. It's been a "labor of love"... 30+ years of playing fighting games... and 25+ years working on this website. Through my lifelong passion and love of fighting games and martial arts, I'm proud to have kept this website and community going strong for as long as it has. In case you don't know, I write TFG's news articles, game reviews, character overviews, update game & character profiles, and manage TFG's social media. In addition to the time I invest into actually playing and practicing fighting games, obviously, this is a ton of work for one person... but 100% worth it. I've met some incredible people along the way, and if you're an old school TFG visitor or supporter, thank you. If you're new here: I'm enthralled to see your interest in the greatness of fighting games... and I hope you find Fighters Gen to be entertaining, helpful, and inspiring for many years to come. For FGC / business inquiries, email me or DM on social media.
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TFG | Frank Joseph Art by Geoffrey Daigon. 2020.
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My love for arcades will never die. Seattle '18.
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With the man, Lord Harada. CEO '17.
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Meeting Kenny Omega at CEO '17.
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Meeting Xavier Woods at CEO 2011.

The "Art of Fighting" was embedded into my blood at a very young age. Growing up with these amazing characters and games has inspired me immeasurably throughout my lifetime. 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 (and an extra special thanks to the awesome contributors who help make this website awesome). Whether you've sent me news, images, information, corrections, 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 your help. Even though I am the lone webmaster around here, this website is something for all of us.
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Boba + Art Session with Nicole, Shelly & Jet. 2017.
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San Fran Palace of Fine Arts.
Nov. '17.
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Mojave Desert. 2016.
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Vegas Mirage 2016. Her eyes are crazy.
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Ramsay Steak.
It's raaaaw. 2016.
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Switch and DMC5!
October 2019. Thanks Futeki.
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Vancouver 2018. Honeymoon pic!
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Wedding pic.
New York 2018.
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Friends for over a decade! Frank, Jet & Shelly. 2017.
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Dinner at Bern's Steakhouse with my lovely wife. Jan. 2018.

Still reading? Okay. I'll tell you a bit more. I'm a very introverted person in real life, but since you've come all this way... 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 / history with fighting games and martial arts. I'll start from the beginning, because I've been playing video games ever since I could walk. I began using a computer in 1986 (confirmed by my parents) when I was 3 years old. Thanks to my dad being a hardcore "PC guy" back in the day, I was able to play some of the very first fighting games on PC at an early age, including: Commodore & Amiga versions of International Karate, Yie Ar Kung Fu, and Barbarian (to name a few). My father also began Karate during his teenage years in the 70s. Just like with computers... his history in Karate and introducing me to Bruce Lee movies heavily contributed to my interest in martial arts as an 80s kid. Little did I know back then, I would eventually train in martial arts for 30 years of my life (teaching for 20+) and even meet my wife through martial arts.

Me (8 years old) with Mom, playin' Street Fighter 2: CE. 1992.
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On that Commodore 128 (in C64 mode).
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Vegas 2014.

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Hong Kong. 2010.
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Vegas. Nov 2016.
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Bruce Lee's Grave. Seattle. April 2018.
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Frank, Jet & Bruce Lee (wax statue). Hong Kong 2010.
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TTT2 Arcade. 2017.
Chitown Fair NYC.
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The Legendary
Chinatown Fair New York.
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NY Chinatown. 2017.
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Vegas Forum Shops. 2017.

To continue on this nostalgia trip... one of my favorite things to do as a kid was spend many hours at the thriving ARCADES of the 80s and 90s. Back in the day, my parents would drive me to shopping malls... where I would spend countless hours at arcades playing the most influential fighting games of the time. This was an every-weekend kind of thing. I was even friends with the arcade managers. 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. As a little kid, I even 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.) ^_^ 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 brought solid competition to my local arcades. I always picked up the home ports of fighting games, so I had plenty of trained 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! Haha! It was always a proud moment for me when I could show my parents that I still had plenty of quarters / tokens left over when it was time to leave (more reason to go back to the arcade). Also, I damn sure wasn't about to leave the arcade and have to chase my parents down to get more quarters (no cell phones back then). Young players of today will never know this struggle. All this to say... I became known at my local arcades to rack up impressive win streaks (especially for a kid in the 90s, sending kids "two times my size" back to the token machine. Many years later, I saw kids younger than me doing the exact same thing... keeping the tradition alive. Seeing this continuously happen over the years is a beautiful thing.
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San Francisco
Nov. 2017.
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NYC. March 2017.
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Aria Las Vegas.
Nov 2016.
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Best boba tea
in Vegas. 2017.
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TEKKEN 7 Collect. 2017.

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The old day job.
Teaching class.
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Devil Modo. 2016.
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KOIF '16. Doriya!
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Long Island NY.
Oct 2017.
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Long Island, NY.
Jan. 2017.
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Vegas. Nov '16. Ramen-ya.

While some news anchors in the 90s claimed that the "video game obsession" was an "unhealthy habit"... I was also doing Karate / TaeKwonDo since the age of 7... which became another lifelong passion of mine. Also worth noting, I had to be able to defend myself in case some bloke decided to pick a fight with me after I whooped 'em in SF2 or X-Men vs. Street Fighter. When I was a kid, my dad would occasionally "silently watch" (in his words) from a distance while I played fighting games at certain arcades. He told me he was concerned a few times when he began to notice some of these older kids were getting legit pissed off after I sent them back to the token machine for the 7th or 8th time. Taking their money, man! LOL. Man, the 90s were GREAT. Losers didn't get get to complain on Twitter & Facebook... all they could do was put more quarters in and try to get better so that they could also enjoy that shiny new fighting game arcade machine that had a huge crowd around it. I miss those days.

Fighting games always made me think. They taught me things. Fighting games were never "one defined experience" like you'd get from a certain type of RPG or Action / Adventure game. I learned early on that your enjoyment and fulfillment of a fighting game is up to YOU. In a quality fighting game, your own skill level, creativity, and choices is what can make the game either fun, or not fun. Fighting games have only gotten better with time, and this was in large part due to the ever-increasing level of complexity, and support from the competitive Fighting Game Community (FGC). Like many others, I never took a break from playing (contrary to what those silly SNES game manuals used to recommend). I started playing fighting games at arcades and I never quit. My soul still burns, and I'll always have a passion for fighting games. As you can see from the photos on this page, I also have other passions in life such as traveling, good food, and spending time with my amazing wife. Thank you for reading and sharing this nostalgia trip with me.

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Frank, Shelly & Jet. Hong Kong 2010.
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Fighting stance with Harada at CEO 2011.
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With my original TKD / Hapkido teacher. Known him 3 decades.
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At my crib (JK). Sexy vampire pic 2012.
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Ron, Shelly Fox & Frank. Serious sexy pic. 2009.

Thanks for being part of TFG... Never Stop Fighting.


                          Frank Joseph  "Mr. Yagami" 

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