‘Harambe vs Capcom’: Because We All Love Memetastic Gorillas

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chris-littlechild - September 20, 2016

  I’m sure all you good Ego-gents are familiar with the story of Harambe. Back in May, this great hairy-assed sliverback was shot in the face after dicking around with a three-year-old child who fell into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. It was, we can all agree, a hell of a thing all around. 

This incident raised all sorts of issues. Who was at fault here? The zoo? The parents? Should anyone have been prosecuted? Should primates and other animals be kept in captivity? All kinds of ethical issues, which I’m just not ready to go into a Monday morning before my thinkin’ brain has kicked in. The can was open, and there were worms goddamn everywhere.

The Internet, being the sensitive, not-piss-takey-at-all bunch that they are, paid tribute to the gorilla in the usual way: with snarky memes and general assholery. Dicks out for Harambe, trolling the Zoo’s Twitter account so hard that they had to close it entirely, all that sort of thing. Now here we have the ultimate in Harambe humor: Harambe Vs Capcom.

This is a totally real fighting game, Polygon reports, made in the style of crossovers like Marvel v Capcom. It has 21 characters, including icons from the Street Fighter world, and it has a suitably batshit story:

‘In Harambe vs. Capcom, the gorilla has psychic powers and is forced underground when he is warned that some "shadow agency" wants him dead. Harambe fakes his own death, abetted by his psychic powers that convince the media he was killed at the zoo. Then he goes looking for Ryu, who will fly him to safety in his native land but apparently must be defeated first.’

You can download yourself a copy right here, if you fancy. If not, check out the trailer anyway, because it’s freaking amazing.

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