A Tale of Two Seths
Oh, Seth MacFarlane. You’re one of the greatest animators in history, releasing not one, not two, but three cartoons (and The Orville) in a span of twenty years. You cut your teeth at Hanna-Barbera, working on series like Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, and Dexter’s Laboratory. You are also a Street Fighter fan, if your references to the game in Family Guy are any indication.
Oh, Seth Rogen. You, the guy we all originally saw in The 40-Year-Old Virgin who became a huge star thanks to Judd Apatow. From the looks of it, you’re a huge gamer, even creating the critically acclaimed Netflix exclusive series Future Man, a show about a guy who beats a video game only for it to become real. Now, I’m not sure if you’re a Street Fighter fan, but I’m going to assume you, like millions of others, only know the game through Street Fighter II and the 1994 Street Fighter movie. But as I’ve been saying for the past several weeks, STREET FIGHTER IS MORE THAN II!
… the time for you both to break out of what you know, and break into the game once again. Yes, Hadokens and Spinning Bird Kicks are still iconic staples to the game, but in the years since you’ve played, it’s not about Ryu and Chun-Li anymore. It’s about “Hyper Bomb!”, “That felt good, didn’t it?” & “Power to the Earth! Light it up!”
…You two definitely know about lighting it up. But that’s neither here nor there. The point is that Street Fighter has released some amazing characters since Street Fighter II came out in 1991, Alex, Juri, and G being among them. For you two, however, there’s one character in particular you both need to see. You both have something in common in with him: your names.
Seth is a creation of M. Bison who runs the Shadaloo Intelligence Network, or S.I.N., a rogue branch of Bison’s Shadaloo. He is the proprietor of the Street Fighter IV tournament, seeking to find the best fighters for his covert project BLECE. BLECE is an acronym for Boiling Liquid Expanding Cell Explosion. It is a bio-weapon used to augment a user’s ki and give abilities similar to Akuma’s Satsui no Hado. Basically, the weapon would turn someone into Akuma. As for Seth himself, his power comes from that big taijitu (yin-yang) globe in the middle of his stomach.
Behold the glory of the Tanden Engine.
Now, this Seth is actually named for another Seth, Seth Killian, former community manager for Capcom Unity, Capcom’s official community website (some redundancy required…). He had done such a good job with promoting Capcom on social media that they put him into the game (sort of…). Although he no longer works for Capcom, his influence is still felt throughout e-sports, and from time to time he shows up at events to commentate.
Also, he’s the final boss of the non-Capcom, non-Street Fighter fighting game Dive Kick.
Anyway, now that you know who Seth is, now’s a good time to look into Street Fighter IV and all of its iterations. Play with him a while. You’ll find out that he borrows moves from the original characters. He has Guile’s Sonic Boom, Chun-Li’s Lightning Kick, and Dhalsim’s stretchy arms, so he’d be a good character to start with. He is the final boss though so, depending on which game you play, he may not be available at all. So, stick with Ultra Street Fighter IV. More things to do.
…Unless you wanna light it up. Then just play Street Fighter V and go with G. It’s always a pleasure….
(Steven Mane is a voice actor and Street Fighter fanatic who writes Street Fighter lore theories in his spare time. Check out all of his theories at Mane Street and make sure you follow him on Twitter at @StevenManeVox).