Chun-Li's bouncy breasts baffle Street Fighter fans at E3
Fighter's 'breast physics' in clip of forthcoming Street Fighter V game has fans rolling their eyes
New footage of game play from Capcom's highly anticipated Street Fighter V was unveiled during an E3 live stream this week, giving fans a fresh look at some of the franchise's most popular characters in action.
And yet, excited as they were, the action proved a bit too much for some viewers — particularly in the region of Chun-Li's chest.
WHAT’S GOING ON CHUN LI’S BOOBS OH GOD NO <a href="http://t.co/HzcEjTEfsv">pic.twitter.com/HzcEjTEfsv</a>—@Spacekatgal
<a href="https://twitter.com/vivian_games">@vivian_games</a> Apparently Chun Li's breasts are superfluid and have literally zero internal friction.—@Cirrhosis
<a href="https://twitter.com/lesliehung">@lesliehung</a> Chun-li does flying spinning kicks upside down, these boobs would be a nightmare and a hazard to herself I don't understand this—@euthanasian
It's not unusual for the appearances of female video game characters to spark controversy, or for the size of their breasts to grow over time.
This is likely why few online seemed surprised by the actual size of Chun-Li's breasts in Street Fighter V.
What freaked out the fans was a GIF posted to Reddit on Tuesday that shows her breasts bouncing ferociously as she prepares to fight an opponent (the only other female character announced for Street Fighter V so far.)
"Saw Street Fighter V has ridiculous jiggle physics," wrote one user, referring to a game-development technique meant to make breasts look more realistic. "Really knuckling down on that grossness, huh Capcom?"
Chun Li's alien boobs have killed most of my interest for SF5. No way could I play this with friends and not be embarrassed about owning it—@S0phieH
Capcom, please fix Chun Li's boobs. They are not helicopters.—@Abelina_V
As a woman with large breasts I am finding this Chun-Li boob animation thing infuriating and really not funny.—@ZymPrincess
Jiggle physics, or "breast physics," have been notoriously difficult for game developers to master according to Kotaku.
"If you've played games that have breast physics, you've probably seen how uncommon it is for games to show breasts that move like what they actually are: bags of fat affected by gravity," wrote Patricia Hernandez in an explainer on the term earlier this year. "Instead, it's more likely for a game to depict breasts as helium balloons that have minds of their own."
That's not what happened with Chun-Li, though, according to Capcom.
Peter Rosas, an associate producer for the company, spoke about the backlash to gaming commentator James Chen during a Twitch broadcast on Wednesday afternoon.
is the fact that chun li isnt wearing a bra also a glitch <a href="https://t.co/9UyBm3hP4H">https://t.co/9UyBm3hP4H</a>—@inkopolis
So Chun-Li's crazy floaty boobs are a glitch? I hope so. That is just embarrasing to watch. You're better than that CAPCOM. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SF5?src=hash">#SF5</a>—@pixelatedsoul
"a glitch" is what cap-america claims the breast jiggle is but is it also a glitch that chun-li has her nipples sticking straight out? dude—@mochamura
As the above tweets demonstrate, some remain unconvinced that the jiggle wasn't intentional. Yet, as Kotaku points out, there are plenty of other game play videos online that show Chun-Li in Street Fighter V without "gravity defying boobs from the nth dimension," as one Twitter user put it.
Sadly for Street Fighter fans, we likely will not know what the finished version of the character looks like until the PlayStation Network starts providing players with beta access on July 23.
The full version of the game is set to be available for PlayStation 4 and PC in March 2016.