The story behind Bang the Machine, a fighting game documentary disrupted by the 9/11 attack

By on April 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Many of us precisely remember where we were when the September 11 attack happened in 2001. Peter Kang watched not only the World Trade Center towers crumble, but also the dreams and hope for this Street Fighter-centered documentary: Bang the Machine.

As the team’s office was indeed in one of the towers, almost everything was lost. The documentary has never been officially published, despite a promising showing at the 2002 SXSW film festival. Another thing that hurt salvaging the documentary was usage of expensive, copyrighted music, that often was mixed in with audio interviews, making it too difficult to separate unless they wanted to cut the original audio. As a result the finished film was much smaller in scope than intended, and has only received limited screenings. Kang hasn’t given up entirely, and a fundraising campaign is one way he could mount a comeback.

Read up on the full feature on Bang the Machine over at Game Informer to learn more about how it planned to showcase the fighting game community.

Source: Game Informer

Luke "Woocash" Siuty is a Chicago-based writer who specializes in ArcSys titles. A Guilty Gear veteran, he plays Baiken and commits atrocities by playing Sin when he's not busy pondering the ArcSys Cycle. He's always down to talk on Twitter, so send him tips. He's good at OS-ing in real life, not so much in video games, though.