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E. Honda’s Stage In the Street Fighter II Re-Release Looks A Bit Different

Thirty years after the original release of Street Fighter II, video game publisher Capcom has released the Capcom Arcade Stadium for the Nintendo Switch. The Capcom Arcade Stadium is a compilation of video games which include multiple versions of Street Fighter II, such as the original game and its Turbo versions. The re-release, however, has had some changes, specifically in the E. Honda stage.

… the rising sun and its rays have disappeared from the stage’s background mural.
In the original versions of the games, the gray sun would also light up in alternating colors of red and yellow when the round was over.
This has now been changed to the entire left half of the mural changing color as a solid block, as shown in these screen captures.
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No official reason has been announced for the change, but the most likely explanation is that Capcom wants to avoid a negative reaction in other parts of Asia to the rising sun imagery…

What are your thoughts about this one?

(Image Credit: @pomegd/Twitter)


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There is a part of me that wonders if this is more of an attempt by to white wash the past. Capcom is a Japanese Company. Japan has a lot of revisionism going on among their ruling party and in much of that there is an attempt to sanitize the past and make it look less like the Japanese were aggressors. While it has meant discarding some symbols of the past it also makes it easier for many folks in Japan to forget the terrible things their government and military did nearly sixty years ago.
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Part of me understands how things change, and why they would do this. The other part of me thinks "ok but at what point will we have gotten rid of everything that offends everyone". And the answer in my head is "never, it just keeps going and going and going". I guess that's the nature of reality - everyday someone somewhere will find something they need to cancel or censor. And it will go on forever. That's why I don't even get involved. The whole thing is a streissand effect. Every time something gets censored, I become even more interested in it. It becomes Woo Woo, it becomes a fun secret, etc. My problem with censoring something like this is, we're not factoring in "Intent". I feel like if something is bad, but the intent was not to directly bother you - then maybe we should have a nuanced view of the thing instead of censoring it? I duno. It's also worth noting that some people in Ivory Towers get to censor and cancel everything, but other people can't censor the things they don't like. So it only goes one way, most of the time. But anyway.
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