Like a Hurricane An Unofficial Oral History of Street Fighter II

Matt Leone


Like a Hurricane tells the story of the creation of one of the most important and beloved videogames of all time, Street Fighter II, and its subsequent impact on the industry, its creators, and the game-playing public that enthusiastically embraced it.

The culmination of years of research by gaming writer Matt Leone, Like a Hurricane gathers together more than sixty voices, spread across continents, disciplines, and companies, speaking candidly on the vision, fearlessness, and bold ambition that made Street Fighter II a household name.

A collaboration between Read-Only Memory and Polygon, Like a Hurricane is an extended and enhanced print adaptation of Matt Leone’s series of in-depth oral histories, published online in serial form by Polygon. This physical version has been extended and enhanced for print, featuring over fifty specially commissioned illustrations and extra research content.


Matt Leone


Matt Leone is a feature writer for US games website Polygon. Like a Hurricane is his second book, the first being 500 Years Later: An Oral History of Final Fantasy VII.