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), 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 The Fighters Generation 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 over the past few decades... fighting games have indeed become "mainstream" again.
 


 

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, 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!
 


 

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 game designs 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 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 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!
 
 
FIGHTING  IS  ART...

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: @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 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 life MARTIAL 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 "real" 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.
 


  

SOCIAL  MEDIA

Beginning in 2009, The Fighters Generation site expanded to social media. In addition to writing news articles, manually updating character profiles, and managing content on this website every day... as TFG's Webmaster, I also manage content on 7 social media platforms for TFG. It's been incredibly fun & rewarding interacting daily with fellow FG fans, artists, professional players, game developers, FGC personalities, and fellow content creators. If you follow TFG on social media, THANKS for your support!
 
To get the full TFG experience... Follow us on the social media platforms below. If not, you'll be missing out on great daily posts, conversations, opinions, polls, videos, and "likes" that won't show up unless you follow me. Yes, these are also my personal social media profiles (and I'm on my phone often)... so you'll also get to know a little bit more about me, Frank Joseph (Mr. Yagami), by following. I often comment, interact via DM, and add commentary to posts. I also 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.
  •     TFG Discord  Opened 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 much 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 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 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 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.

  •     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 8 and past installments. 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... but I'm hoping to change that. I stream a lot of TEKKEN along with other new and classic fighting games (as well as many 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 you'll see the live feed on TFG News.
     
     

  •     TFG Instagram  TFG Instagram began 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. Facebook-addicted FGC members can either ride the hype train or do their usual thing and complain about the latest happenings in the genre. Honestly... I never liked Facebook. Due to its lack of customizing / creativity, pushy advertising, and plethora of other issues and performance flaws I won't waste my time (or your time) ranting about, Facebook is my least-used social media site. If you are addicted to Facebook, please try to get help (and actually try logging out)... you'll thank me later. If you "have to" be on Facebook like me, let's make Facebook / Meta a slightly better place by sharing some TFG fighting game love.

 
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