Data + Design Project

Rad Fighting Game Backgrounds Without the Fighters

Wednesday 05.22.2013 , Posted by
Share:

Fighting Game Background GIFs 1

From Street Fighter 2 to Samurai Showdown and King of Fighters, the 90s were filled with a fantastic collection of 2D fighting games. It was more than just being able to hit, punch and kick fast enough to dominate your opponent – you needed to know the key/stick combos to unlock hidden super moves, quickly wreaking havoc on the health meter of your foe. When you weren’t completely focused on the fight going down, there was something surprisingly special about these games too – the low-fi repeating graphics scrolling across the background. Redditor RudeBootie, a big fan of these now vintage games, has created 125 fantastic repeating GIFs devoid of the fighting action and in doing so has brought our attention to the imaginative virtual arenas where all these punches were being thrown.

See Also Pixelated Video Game Characters Enter the Real World

The artwork from these games ranges from the beautiful to the absurd. Many of the backgrounds have an almost painterly quality to them, despite the heavily pixelated graphics we were accustomed to back then (a time when we were more often talking about how rad those graphics were!). Other examples are a bit more on the hilarious side – from an Chinese themed under sea world with the Little Mermaid, to headbanging backup dancers and a submarine exploding through a dock.

Bonus points here to anyone who can identify all of these games – you can congratulate yourself on being a true gamer of the 90s. Find more of RudeBootie’s work here.

Fighting Game Background GIFs 27

Fighting Game Background GIFs 26

Fighting Game Background GIFs 25

Fighting Game Background GIFs 24

Fighting Game Background GIFs 23

Fighting Game Background GIFs 22

Fighting Game Background GIFs 21

Fighting Game Background GIFs 20

Fighting Game Background GIFs 19

Fighting Game Background GIFs 18

Fighting Game Background GIFs 17

Fighting Game Background GIFs 16

Fighting Game Background GIFs 15

Fighting Game Background GIFs 14

Fighting Game Background GIFs 13

Fighting Game Background GIFs 12

Fighting Game Background GIFs 11

Fighting Game Background GIFs 10

Fighting Game Background GIFs 9

Fighting Game Background GIFs 8

Fighting Game Background GIFs 7

Fighting Game Background GIFs 6

Fighting Game Background GIFs 4

Fighting Game Background GIFs 2

Fighting Game Background GIFs 28

Fighting Game Background GIFs 29

Fighting Game Background GIFs 30

Share:
Benjamin Starr

Written by Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

Promoted Content

Speak Your Mind

*