I’ve got a new story-related question and as mostly, it refers to SF2:
What is actually the nature of the SF2 tournament? (In the way it was seen pre-SF4 where its final battle was merged with the end of SFA3.)
Bison hosts it, right? But it isn’t held on his personal ground like “Mortal Kombat”, but all over the world.
So, did he announce this tournament to the public and then it was a major event? Or was it some private thing where he sent invitations to all participants and they duked it out among themselves like they always do? And the spectators maybe don’t even know that they’re specifically watching a tournament fight instead of just a regular fight.
The backstories of the fighters seem to suggest that this tournament has a certain popularity. For example, Honda participates to make sumo more famous. And Zangief even gets visited by Gorbachev in the end.
But on the other hand, none of the background graphics suggest that this is anything but a regular street fight between two combatants.
Even the final battle takes place in front of some palace/tourist attraction site, with maybe 20 people in the audience. At least this final battle could have been held in a stadium to show that this is really a major event. But instead, it looks like your average fighting place where two protagonists just happened to meet each other.
Another thing: In how far was Bison’s involvement common knowledge? I mean, he’s the final opponent, so it must have been known somehow, right? But he’s a criminal. How would the public react to that?