The street fighter hype has been rising in the last 6 to 9 months with the upcoming Street Fighter IV for consoles and the release of Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix. I love fighting games (even thought I'm not that good at them) and I owe it all to this game. Without Street Fighter 2, the genre might have never existed.
I clearly remember the first time I played SF2 at the arcades, which was not even a normal version of the game. It was a hack and I got my ass kicked. I remember choosing Zangief (not sure if my subconscious was playing any homo-erotic games in my head) and playing against Ryu. The match was obviously not fair, myself as a n00b vs. a overpowered, multi-hadoken computer character. If you are not sure what am I talking about, look at this video
And in spite of that traumatic first experience, I kept playing street fighter. On part II: more hacks.