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Friday
Feb272015

Hori & Arcade Shock Resurrects VLX Arcade Stick for PlayStation 3 & PlayStation 4

With Arcade Shock's site redone, they revealed a new exclusive arcade stick you can't get anywhere else.

In collaboration with Hori, Arcade Shock is selling a new version of the VLX series made for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The arcade stick still uses the large yet arcade-authentic body modeled after the Taito Vewlix cabinet in Japan. Unlike the previous versions sporting red and blue colors, the VLX Kuro is all black. Owners can expect Hori's Hayabusa lever and Kuro buttons equipped as well as a touchpad for those who have a PS4. Arcade Shock also worked with SPLITFRAME for an exclusive carrying bag for traveling players.

You can pre-order now on Arcade Shock for $299.99 and will ship all over the world, excluding Japan, on its May 1, 2015 release date. Hori is also selling it on their site as well. They will also be available at SoCal Regionals 2015 and EVO 2015 but if you really want it, pre-order now!

Thursday
Feb262015

Final Showdown: Ultra Street Fighter IV on PlayStation 4 at EVO? What You Can Do!

The announcement of Ultra Street Fighter IV being on PlayStation 4 at this year's EVO was a disappointment for many players. The conversation in various outlets focused on peripheral access, something not all people have. Many were so accustomed to the Xbox 360 version featured in the past two EVO events that the change is alien to them.

In one exchange, a player did mention that he might not go to EVO anymore because of this change. The community shouldn't be apathetic like this. There are a couple of solutions that players can use to get themselves to Las Vegas for the biggest fighting game tournament in the world.

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Wednesday
Feb252015

Japan Offering Rewards to TTT2 Players in Tekken 7

Avoiding the Puddle is reporting that the official Tekken Net website for Japan is now offering rewards to players who import their Tekken Tage Tournament 2 card data into the new site for Tekken 7. 

Players who import their data will have their TTT2 ranks transferred to the new game, be given 100,000 gold in Tekken 7 and also have any tournament-won titles added to their new T7 profile. They will also be given an exclusive lifebar customization featuring Tekken series stalwart Mokujin. The lifebars show the character and have a wooden theme.

Players have until March 17 to receive the awards by importing their data. There is no indication at this time as to whether this offer will be extended to other regions as they receive Tekken 7.

Wednesday
Feb252015

Singles & Team Tournament Footage from England's Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Gutter Trash Vol. 4

England's big Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike tournament series returned to bring players from the nation and the rest of Europe to parry on.

The fourth edition of Gutter Trash took place at Heart of Gaming in London on Feb. 21. It was organized by the 3rd Strike UK Facebook group. The Shend re-uploaded matches from both singles and the team tournaments of Gutter Trash. The footage features players from all over England and some from neighboring European countries including France and Sweden.

The videos can be found after the jump but you can check out the full stream archives here!

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Tuesday
Feb242015

A Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition Troll Covered in USGamer Special Feature

If you played Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition on Xbox 360 you probably encountered one player who probably never does anything.

USGamer did a special feature about "ufcgym," a "player" who goes on 3SOE's online ranked mode doing nothing. Players attempt to challenge him when he appears but receive no return. This static action, combined with his mysterious nature, made him infamous in the 3rd Strike community.

If you want to know more in detail about this unusual person, check out the full piece here. You can probably go on 3SOE right now and encounter ufcgym, doing absolutely nothing.

Tuesday
Feb242015

Super Desperation Radio Episode 402 Archive Online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on IPLAYWINNER'S YouTube channel.

After a one-week holiday hiatus, Super Desperation Radio returned to cover a wealth of fighting game news. For starters, SDR talked about Winter Brawl and the several different blow-ups of the event, from trash talk on Twitter to getting swept in grudge matches.

Conversation then moved to the second Xrd location test and the unveiling of Tekken 7 in Japan, both of which will see a widespread release in March.

Lastly, the crew talked about Evo, the 2015 Capcom Pro Tour and increased payout structure. This lead into conversation about the game possibly being on PS4 for all events and the ever-rising costs of tournament play. With various barriers to entry coming hand-in-hand with bigger prize pools, what is next for fighting games? 

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PST on Twitch and YouTube.

Tuesday
Feb242015

A Detailed Examination of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round's Graphics by Digital Foundry

With Dead or Alive 5: Last Round now available on multiple platforms, the go to graphical analysis group took a look at how they perform.

Eurogamer's Digital Foundry performed a multiplatform analysis of the game. Both current and last generation of consoles render the final DOA5 game at 1080p with 60fps gameplay with the former running with minimal visual issues. The comparison piece includes high resolution screenshots showing specific differences and frame rate tests. The Xbox One version's performance issues is one of the major aspects featured.

You can check out the piece here.

Friday
Feb202015

Dream Cancel Cup Tournament Circuit Announced

Organizers at SNK-centric forum Dream Cancel have announced a tournament series designed to bring together the best players in their scene. The Dream Cancel Cup Tournament Circuit Series will involve certified events across the U.S., giving players ranking points that will earn them invitations to the first Dream Cancel Cup, taking place at Winter Showdown 3 in Colordao in 2016.

All events including the final will be open entry, but ranking points will determine which players earn "invitations" to the Dream Cancel Cup, a tournament featuring King of Fighters XIII, King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition and King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match. It is not known at this time if the invitations will grant any special benefits to the players.

In addition to normal certified tournaments, there will also be other ways for players to earn ranking points in the tournament series, including online events and even local tournaments that have been verified by Dream Cancel staff. For more details on the tournament series, head over to Dream Cancel

Friday
Feb202015

New KI Trailer Shows the Power of Aganos, Debuts New Character

Microsoft Studios and Iron Galaxy have released the debut trailer for Aganos, showcasing what the golem can do. A being constructed of rock, vines and armor, Aganos can turn into a boulder, summon walls of rock from the ground and seems to have armor on some if not all of his attacks.

Aganos. will release on Feb. 27 for owners of the Ultra Edition, while those with the Combo Breaker edition of Killer Instinct will have to wait until March 5.

However, Aganos was not the only character making an appearance in this new trailer. At the very end, a ghostly figure holding a bladed staff shambles in front of the camera before revealing a visage that contains eyes with no pupils and a mouth full of dagger-like teeth.

There is no other information on the character, but Microsoft Community Manager Mike Robles said she will be shown for the first time at PAX East, which takes place March 6-8, 2015.

Hit the jump for the trailer.

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Friday
Feb202015

KOF's Yagami Teams Joins Metal Slug Defense

Metal Slug Defense is adding another set of King of Fighters characters to its roster. Continuing the celebration of KOF's 20th anniversary and promoting Defense's 20 million downloads, Iori Yagami and his team from KOF '96 are joining the battle.

The Yagami Team—Iori Yagami, Vice and Mature—is downloadable content and will cost users $4.27. The team is available now as part of the game's most recent update.

These characters join KOF's original Japan Team, who were also recently added to MSD.

Tuesday
Feb172015

First Pictures of Tekken 7 Boss Kazumi Online

Kazumi Mishima is making her first appearance in the Tekken series of games, but not her first appearance in the lore: she appeared in the Tekken animated movie (although unnamed in the film) and her name has appeared in one of Tekken 2's stages.

The mother of Kazuya Mishima, it becomes clear that she is the reason that both Kazuya and Jin have devil forms once players arrive to fight her as the last boss of Tekken 7.

Avoiding the Puddle has some of the first screenshots of Kazumi's devil form, complete with a white face, horns and wings that appear to be made of fire. It remains to be seen if Devil Kazumi will be a playable character in Tekken 7.

Tuesday
Feb172015

Capcom Details Pro Tour 2015, $500,000 in Prizes

Capcom has released details for this year's Pro Tour, and both the event and the prizes have gotten bigger.

The number of premier events for the year has increased to 16, with three regions—North America, Europe and Asia—all receiving four tournaments while four more Wild Card spots will try to round out global presence. In addition, the number of players at Capcom Cup will be increasing to 32 players for 2015, with the top 15 competitors on the point leaderboard invited as well as the winners of the premier events.

Most significantly, however, is the increase in the prize pool for the Capcom Pro Tour 2015. Half a million dollars will be at stake throughout the year, with $50,000 added to Evolution 2015 and $250,000 added to Capcom Cup.

For a list of the Capcom Premier Events, as well as the prize breakdowns for each tournament, hit the jump.

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Tuesday
Feb172015

The Show That Sucks Award Show Tonight At 10pm PST!

Tonight will be The Show That Sucks first ever award show! Tune in this evening at 10pm PST to see who will win the least sought after awards on the internet! You can watch the show live on our Twitch.tv Channel.

Want to send in questions? Give us a tweet to Myself or Honzo Gonzo on twitter.

If you need to catch up on past shows head over to our Podcast Section where you can checkout every show in Youtube or Mp3 format!

Blowing up the FGC one week at a time, The Show That Sucks is a weekly Podcast with Harrison, the streamer of IPLAYWINNER, and Honzo Gonzo, the worst person on the internet.

Monday
Feb162015

High Level Japanese Guilty Gear XRD Streams 

It is tough for someone just getting into Guilty Gear Xrd to find information in regards to either the game or where to watch high level play. If you are not familiar with the anime scene or just getting into fighting games period, it's understandable to be a bit intimdated. Mr. Biscuits is trying to bridge the gap with his streams, which are centered on both competitive play and learning the game. 

Mr. Biscuits, with the help of his translator Satou, have been putting on Japenese lobbies via PSN where the highest calibur of Japanese players come to play. These FT3 Round Robin lobbies feature a host of the best Guilty Gear players including FAB Potemkin, Hase Slayer, Endou Chipp, Fino Venom, and Gaku Sin.

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Friday
Feb132015

Review - Phreak Mods TE2 Crossbone for Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2

The TE2 Crossbone being installed on top of the main TE2 PCB. Some parts including "Switch" input and 20-pin ports are already soldered.Multiplatform compatibility (often incorrectly labeled dual modding) in arcade sticks has been a recent trend for fighting gamers. Due to regulations, there are no officially sanctioned sticks for both Sony and Microsoft consoles. With tournaments having a game on a particular platform, it leaves the players who owned the other consoles unprepared. A stick that can work on many systems is convenient and affordable.

With the new console generation, players are back at square one with the issue. Most might not be able to afford two sticks including Mad Catz's Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 as they are priced at a premium. Phreak Mods, however, has provided a great solution to this problem with the TE2 Crossbone, a custom board made for TE2 sticks for multiplatform use. It came out at a great time as the latest generation of gaming begins and fighting gamers are planning what they want to play. Now they have an option to get themselves set for the next wave of fighting games on any platform.

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Friday
Feb132015

Tekken 7 at JAEPO 2015 Shows Off Lucky Chloe & Shaheen, New Korean Arcade Stick Parts in Production

Image by FamitsuYou can find two of Tekken 7's newest characters in action after the jump!

Courtesy of Japanese website 4Gamer, Bandai Namco Games' Katsuhiro Harada, in a Pikachu outfit, showed off both Lucky Chloe and Shaheen at the Japanese Arcade Expo. This event is the first time the public can try out Shaheen before its initial Feb. 18 release.

Meanwhile in Korea, Crown (also known as Samducksa) has been working on new arcade stick parts in time for Tekken 7. One of their latest offerings is the CWL-307 lever. Offered in Japanese and Korean stick mounts, the CWL-307 given to testers also includes different tension material such as silicone and latex, outside of the usual rubber tension. Each of the tension material differs in feel ranging from light to heavy force. Also tested were the 207H buttons. They are screw-in buttons with a special quick-disconnect feature and mechanical keyboard switches installed.

For more information about the parts, check out the sources below.

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Thursday
Feb122015

Guilty Gear Xrd 1.1 Second Location Test Changes Released 

Arc System Works has released the list of changes it is implementing during the second location test of Guilty Gear Xrd version 1.1, happening Feb. 14-15 in Japan. 

The pdf contains both system changes as well as changes for every character in the Xrd cast. Changes new to the second location test have been highlighted in yellow or have added red text, while it seems that changes which have been reverted to their original properties have been struck out.

The document is again in Japanese, so players may have to find a secondary means of translation. And as this is a location test, none of these changes are final.

Thursday
Feb122015

Pokkén Tournament Coming to Japanese Arcades this Summer

The Pokémon arcade fighter will be playable later in the year.

Pokkén Tournament is a featured game from Bandai Namco Games at this year's Japanese Amusement Expo. It has been reported to be playable in Japanese arcades this coming summer.

4Gamer has screenshots of the game as well as a more detailed look at the cabinet on the site. The piece also presents more of the game including nationwide ranked online play and link play.

No announcements about a console port have been made yet.

Thursday
Feb122015

Review - Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 (PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4)

As players are still using the original Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition by Mad Catz to this day, it's apparent that it has been a crowning success for the peripheral company. Coming out in 2009 just in time for Street Fighter IV, Mad Catz was able to standardize what an arcade stick should be for half a decade. Eventually as new consoles come out, arcade sticks need to go out to pasture to make way for something new.

While there were follow-up and distinguishable sticks from Mad Catz, none of them were worthy of being the true successor to the TE line until now. Dubbed the Tournament Edition 2, this arcade stick is intended to be an evolution of its predecessor in many ways while staying true to its best traits. Most of the stick's intentions succeed with flying colors.

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Thursday
Feb122015

KOF's Japan Team Joins Metal Slug Defense

While Metal Slug Defense already features appearances by King of Fighters mainstays Ralf Jones, Clark Still and Leona Heidern, SNK Playmore is adding three more KOF characters to the game's roster.

In honor of KOF's 20th anniversary, the original Japan Team—Kyo Kusanagi, Benimaru Nikaido and Goro Daimon—has been added to the game as downloadable content. 

The Japan Team will cost users $4.99 and is available now as part of the game's most recent update.