Gen is one of the ten unplayable Street Fighter (1987) characters Ryu faces in the first Street fighting tournament. He is met in the back alleyway of China, where like so many before him he met his defeat at the hands of a young Japanese fighter named Ryu. 

But unlike so many would-be champions of the first Street Fighter, this old-timer was never “out for the count.” He has survived many years as a master of So and Ki Style Chinese Martial Arts. The blood on his hands from so many kills as an assassin has never quite washed off either. Yet despite his former profession, he goes by a code of honor only to face worthy and respectful opponents. He also runs a Chinese restaurant and was one of the mentors of Chun Li before she became a mega star in Street Fighter 1’s smash-hit sequel.

To say Gen has lived a long life is an understatement. Although it took some time, he eventually resurfaced in Street Fighter Alpha 2 alongside other formerly unplayable Street Fighter I characters like Adon and Birdie. Since then he has been in numerous sequels from Street Fighter Alpha 3 to recently in Street Fighter V. And he continues to fight with amazing skill all while battling leukemia and nearly losing his life to a one-on-one with Akuma.

Defeating the fiery Master of the Fist is one of the reasons this amazing assassin refuses to die. It shows how he has overcome his battles against death as he has his many opponents.

by Huseyin Sekerciler

by Lara Couzens

I always liked Street Fighter, especially its character designs and style of art, and Akira Yasuda is one of my idols. When I was a kid, I was trying to copy Street Fighter characters ( Ken Masters is my personal favorite by the way ) and Capcom is one of  my ( if not the ) favorite game companies.

by Huseyin Sekerciler


I asked myself what is Street Fighter?…To me it’s nostalgia and the start of a love for fighting games! Unfortunately I missed the original in ’87 but have played all of the others since Street Fighter II.

My early years were spent hammering the controller, reading back stories in the manuals, and determined to watch every ending movie! Colourful and challenging to perfect every move, the Street Fighter games can still suck me in for hours on end…and don’t get me started if I see a lonesome car or bunch of barrels..

by Lara Couzens



About the Artists:

N.Huseyin Sekerciler is one of the few artists from the Turkey that are a part of our community. He joined FGE in 2016 and illustrates many own ideas and character designs beside drawing video game fan art from time to time.

Beside creating an impressive illustration of Gen in his classic Street Fighter I look, he also drew Goenitz from KOF’97 for the Boss Tribute and helped us out with the 2nd Ken Masters SF I illustration. I recommend to have a look at his gallery on dA!

Lara C. from the UK (of course!) is a part of the Game-Art-HQ Community now since years and participated in the majority of our projects with mostly very unpopular games and game characters, did you expect someone would claim Quake 64 as example when games like LoZ Ocarina of Time etc. were available as part of our Nintendo 64 Anniversary Tribute?

That’s Lara C. for you and I am glad we have individuals like her on board! She has an amazing line-up of video game illustrations in her gallery on dA which you can see here.

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