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Looking to hone your appreciation of culture's cutting edge? Try Street Fighter 4: a sublime mix of art, skill and utter silliness

By Sam Leith   April 2009

Hadouken! That’s an exclamation that, to many Prospect readers, will mean exactly nothing. To the rest of us it means duck, jump or block. It’s the sound with which a character in the computer game Street Fighter announces that he’s just thrown a fireball at you.

If we’re serious about paying attention to emergent cultural forms, the release this spring of Street Fighter 4 deserves a moment of our attention. The Street Fighter games are a significant part of the culture. A good portion of my generation spent adolescence and young adulthood hammering away at SF2 in the arcades and,…

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