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A YouTube Documentary On One Of Gaming’s Most Controversial Characters

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Posted on February 27, 2012 AT 03:08pm

THE BUZZ: Poison—a character who started her life so humbly as a random character in Final Fight, and who has grown into such a divisive topic. Now, a new mini-documentary has been created about her and her journey through controversy.

EGM’s TAKE: For any of you out there who are regular readers of EGMNOW, you’ll know that I’ve talked many times about the topic of Poison in the past. She’s a very interesting character—one who offers up a highly personal (and often heater) debate on the question of if video games are the proper place to bring up discussions about things like gender identity.

The question surrounding Poison isn’t just “is or isn’t she transgender”; it’s also the question of what Capcom originally intended her to be, and if those intensions were modified during the character’s life. Over the weekend, YouTube member MegatonStammer released a nearly 20 minute mini-documentary which goes into Poison’s history and the question of her gender—one which gave a few details even I had never seen before.

If you have an interest in Poison and the debate she brings up—or are wondering what in the world the debate even is in the first place—then this is a very interesting and informative video on the subject.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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