Active Quest Episode 83: Gamescom Reveals and a Possible New Nintendo Switch Model

Chris, Joseph, and Josh discuss the events of Gamescom Opening Night Live, a possible new Nintendo Switch, and what we’ve been playing!

Hosts and Info

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Josh Nichols – twitter.com/Mrjoshnichols

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

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Music

Theme Song made by Novila. https://soundcloud.com/novila-edm

Quick Notes

12 Minutes Stars Daisy Ridley, James McAvoy and Willem Dafoe

Chris Penwell

thegamer.com/12-minutes-stars-daisy-ridley-james-mcavoy-and-willem-dafoe/

Gotham Knights Is Not A Games As A Service, Has Self-Contained Story

Michael Leri

gamerevolution.com/news/657289-gotham-knights-not-games-as-a-service

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Has Optional 60FPS Mode on PS5

Stephen Tailby

https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2020/08/ratchet_and_clank_rift_apart_has_optional_60fps_mode_on_ps

Netflix Reveals First Official Details Of Live-Action Resident Evil Series

Brian Shea 

gameinformer.com/2020/08/27/netflix-reveals-first-official-details-of-live-action-resident-evil-series

Quick Releases

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Delayed To 2021

Chris Penwell

thegamer.com/lego-star-wars-the-skywalker-saga-delayed-2021/

Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory Set for Launch on November 13

Will Harrison

https://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2020/08/26/kingdom-hearts-melody-of-memory-release-date-november/

News

Everything Announced At Gamescom’s Opening Night

Zack Zwiezen

kotaku.com/everything-announced-at-gamescoms-opening-night-1844869976

September’s free PS Plus games: PUBG, Street Fighter V

Adam Michel

https://blog.playstation.com/2020/08/26/septembers-free-ps-plus-games-pubg-street-fighter-v/

New Games with Gold for September 2020

https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/08/27/new-games-with-gold-for-september-2020/

Rumor: Switch Pro Could Release Next Year, May Support 4K

Chris Carter

destructoid.com/stories/the-rumor-that-nintendo-is-planning-a-switch-pro-popped-up-again-could-come-next-year-601587.phtml

Listener Questions

There’s 3 of you and 3 PowerPuff Girls.
So Who’s the Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles of the podcast?

Michael Cwick – DigitalDaysGaming podcast

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph: 

  • Fortnite
  • Warzone
  • A Short Hike

Chris:

  • Fortnite 
  • Kandagawa Jet Girls (review code provided) – cringe
  • My Hero’s One Justice 2

Josh:

  • Spiritfarer (Xbox Game Pass) 
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Our Gaming Heroes: Sakura (Street Fighter)

Every week, we’ll be recapping our favourite gaming heroes throughout history from the NES to the current generation and beyond! These heroes stand out to us either throughout our childhood or now in some shape or form. These are the heroes that inspire us and keep us playing video games! This week, we’ll be talking about the Street Fighter with a Precious Heart, Sakura Kasugano.

While Street Fighter is not traditionally a story focused game, the series has laid a foundation of lore behind its satisfying 2D brawling on screen. Sakura throughout the years has been an inspiration to keep your head up high and train to be the very best. Looking up to Ryu, she is a self-taught learner of his Satsui no Hado style. On many occasions, she has found Ryu to be defeated, but she grows from these experiences and becomes a stronger person and fighter.

(Street Fighter IV, Capcom)

In Street Fighter V, Sakura has finished high school and moves on to becoming a university student. She takes a part-time job at the arcade, but like many others her age, she is deeply considering her future. She bumps into Ryu, and he acknowledges that she is getting stronger and more mature than her past self. One troubling part of her character is her fixation on this master. There is deep speculation that she carries a love for the older man. She brings up that “having children” brings up new bonds in the lives of people, and that Ryu shouldn’t focus on fighting until he gets old and dies. She finds out later that she needs to find her own path of strength, and that maybe she shouldn’t be so reliant on Ryu. She won’t have children yet, but that is a goal of hers in the future.

A spirited moveset

Sakura plays very similarly to Ryu, but her moveset is tweaked to fit her personality. Her hadokens don’t go far as Ryu’s because she isn’t as learned as him. She can jump in the air and hit her opponents in a perky series of slams with the Haru Kaze and the Sakura Otoshi moves. She isn’t as rigid or disciplined as Ryu with bouncier attacks with a flourish, and her spin kicks are higher and faster.

One of the most memorable Street Fighter themes is Sakura’s Precious Heart song from Street Fighter EX3. It perfectly captures the character’s personality and willingness to learn from the best. It is commonly used in popular Twitch streamer’s Maximillian Dood’s videos.

Ever since her debut in Street Fighter Alpha 2 in 1996, she has been in multiple series like Rival Schools, Street Fighter X Tekken, Marvel vs. Capcom, Super Puzzle Fighter, and many more, including cameos in Monster Hunter: World and We Love Golf!

She will continue to spark the spirit of fighting game players around the world with her upbeat attitude, charming albeit cheesy dialogue, and her more outlandish version of the Satsui No Hado fighting style.

Who are your gaming heroes? Let us know in the comments below or reach us at @ChapterSelect on Twitter.

Thanks Street Fighter Wiki and Capcom Database for a quick reminder on Sakura’s storyline and facts like her cameos.

Featured Image: (Street Fighter V, Capcom)