Street Fighter Player Loses Home, Community Helps Out

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Street Fighter Player Loses Home, Community Helps Out

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Street Fighter player Chris Hu may have lost everything in a fire, but the fighting-game community is banding together to try to help him get back up on his feet.

Chris Hu, an amateur Street Fighter commentator and member of the Shoryuken fighting game message boards, was the victim of a very tragic event: A fire in New York's Chinatown area consumed his family's apartment, leaving him and his family - and as many as 50 other families - homeless. To make matters worse, Hu told ABC News, his family lost their entire life's savings - as the report notes, many immigrants like Hu don't use banks.

However, in a spark of silver lining to the otherwise dark cloud, the fighting-game community is banding together to take care of one of its own. Shoryuken is running a collection drive for Hu and his family, priming the pump by donating $1,000 out of its own coffers to get things started.

From what we can see, the pot has grown steadily since yesterday, with some SRK members donating well over a hundred dollars - such as one particular Street Fighter fan, who donated precisely $133.70 for Hu's "leet commentary."

While none of this makes the tragedy any less tragic - and certainly not for the families who don't have passionate communities who can help them recover - it always brings warmth to my cold, cold heart to see gamers banding together to help out someone in need. We gamers are a charitable bunch - just look at Child's Play.

Best of luck, Chris. Let's all hope that a community known for its love of intricate combos can pull off a super move of charity. And if you've got a few extra bucks to spare, why not send them Chris Hu's way?

(Via Kotaku)

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Hehe, the wonders of a community! I hope all will turn out well for him, and, that the community can reach its target!

Never nice when this happens. Not to anyone

Wow, right on!! That's quite awesome!!! Not something I'd expect from a gaming community, but then again gaming communities can become quite the family. I've lost almost everything I've owned in a house fire before, and yeah it's really devastating, seems almost impossible to come back on to stable legs. Cheers to those people who are helping out!

A sad time when someone loses their home..but it's even better when the community rallies to give them a home it's bring a tear to me eye.

His commentary of matches is actually awesome.

Hearing that a community is helping people in need like the people in here, my faith in humanity is restored a bit

that's some leet charity.

Reminds me of the time my bro pulled leet damage on a crit in WoW.

It seems that there's more and more positive gaming publicity around as time goes by. perhaps it's becoming *gasp* acceptable?

Now that's just some good ol' news.

Gamers helping gamers, that feeling makes me feel proud on the inside.

Awesome, positive news. Thanks John Funk, brightened up my day that's for sure.

I'm happy that the gaming community is assisting, but the one thing i've gotta say...this is why it pays to have a bank account instead of a shoe box for your savings.

That's some mighty-fine support there. Good to see gamers helping out a friend in need. Even more so because most of the time, these people have never met each other, but there's still such a connection between them. Good show I say!

He didn't deserve this, but not using a bank? Come on...

Jiraiya72:
He didn't deserve this, but not using a bank? Come on...

This really. In this day and age, NOT using a bank for large quantity's seems preposterous.

But hey, at least there helping out.

Wakefield:
Awesome, positive news. Thanks John Funk, brightened up my day that's for sure.

Same here, that's one point for the gamers not being violent

lost all their savings in a fire? That's almost as twistedly amusing as the Turkish woman who lost $1million in savings when her daughter threw out the old mattress she'd been stuffing it into

Jiraiya72:
He didn't deserve this, but not using a bank? Come on...

It's hard for us (Westerns who grew up here) to understand it, but ask your grandparents how they've viewed banks through their lives, my grandfather use to give a passionate speech about banks and the dangers of trusting them, not only did he spend his childhood (the 1930s) in abject poverty because of the folly of banks, but he lost 40 years of savings when another bank in Australia collapsed in the late 80s, but funny enough he still had to pay the creditors of said bank the home loan, which was actually less then the savings he lost, he owed.

And then there comes the problems facing people from countries where the governments have inordinate control over banks and the money in them, for those people in a new country it can take them a long time to trust banks, and many never do, the same can be said for police. In the west most police, the vast majority even, are in it to help people, in other nations it's about personal power and protecting the state.

So you need to understand where he's coming from.

But back on topic, it's always good to see a community for any form rally around one of it's own, no matter where it is.

Jiraiya72:
He didn't deserve this, but not using a bank? Come on...

Apparently immigrants' distrust of banks is fairly widespread. I could imagine this is even more true for Chinese immigrants- it's likely that the banks in that country are quite closely tied to the government. Different cultures and all that.

More on-topic, it's great to see that a community of gamers can step up for one of its own. It helps to show that we're not all that unlike any other groups who come together over a common cause, whether it be sharing recipies or trading Dragon Punches.

Jaredin:

Never nice when this happens. Not to anyone

Yeah it must suck to lose everything in your life, poor guy well I hope he gets a new house and all the stuff lost in the fire.

To the community:

I respeck that! I respeck that!

Shame I'm broke off my ass, I'm barely skirting by. I'd send him if every euro didn't count in actually helping me eat.

Poor guy...
We're not all bad, are we?

Not storing your money in a bank might be one of the smarter things to do. To put it another way, would you trust ME with your consoles and games? Yeah, maybe a game or two... but all of them? Every single one?

No. Banks are no different.

Glad to see the Shoryuken guys helping out. Good on them.

I love reading stuff like this, i hear a lot of people saying gamers go nowhere and only care about themselfs, then i see things like this and it warms my heart.

Go team internet helping out a guy in need, now where did I put my lighter.

Captain Pancake:

It seems that there's more and more positive gaming publicity around as time goes by. perhaps it's becoming *gasp* acceptable?

NEVER! Don't you put that curse on me!

Yall's do that for me, right...?

Yet another reason that gamers are secretly saints.

It's stuff like this and Child's Play and and Desert Bus that go a long way in making me proud to be a gamer.

Take that anyone who likes to say we're evil people!

And this is why I use a credit union. Beats a bank any day and they aren't trying to grub my money from me. Also it's fire-proof. Oh and the story is nice. Real touching and all that jazz.

That's real nice and heart-warming.
I applaud the actions of the community.

This is one of the things games does to people, and guys like Atkinson and Thompson can take away our games but they can never take away our sense of community, when the chips are down we band together, even if we do live miles apart.

Isn't that nice, maybe we can use this as example of how games are a good influence on children

As a fellow SRKer, im going to donate what i can to help Chris Hu. SRK is all about the players, and we should help one of our own if in need. (also, his Ryu is sick :P )

now if this makes it to prime time news and bring to light that the gaming community isn't only made of 13 yo racist homophobes it would even be nicer than this already good news.

Hang in there families affected by the fire!

ColdStorage:
This is one of the things games does to people, and guys like Atkinson and Thompson can take away our games but they can never take away our sense of community, when the chips are down we band together, even if we do live miles apart.

Can't say it any better than this.
Hat off to you, good sir.

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