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Tuesday
Jan192016

Review: FGC: Rise of the Fighting Game Community

The community at large and the player as individual are the topics that drive the documentary "FGC: Rise of the Fighting Game Community." While not necessarily new in fighting game documentaries, these two elements are modernized with the genre gaining new attention. Director Esteban Martinez found the perfect time to make something that solidly portrays what its is to be part of the fighting game community.

To those who have seen fellow fighting game movies "Bang the Machine" and "I Got Next," "FGC" can be interpreted as a spiritual successor. Each film captured the state of the fighting game community at a certain time. There is the arcade competition with "Bang the Machine," the Street Fighter IV boom in "I Got Next" and the ever-increasing playerbase in "FGC."

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Tuesday
Jan192016

Sale on Killer Instinct Season 2 knocks 50 percent off price tag

Xbox's Deals with Gold program is currently offering half off the price of the Ultra and Combo Breaker editions of KI's Season 2 downloadable content.

The sale, which affects all Xbox Live users who have gold memberships, will last throughout the week, giving players the chance to pick up the content for $10-20. Both versions include all nine additional characters—TJ Combo, Maya, Kan Ra, Hisako, Aganos, Cinder, Riptor, Aria and Omen—but the Ultra edition comes with the original Killer Instinct 2 as well.

As an added bonus, the first season of Killer Instinct content is currently still free for Gold members until the end of the month.

Tuesday
Jan192016

Hades Izanami joins BlazBlue Central Fiction in Act 2

With BBCF's Act 2 trailer release on Jan. 14 there was speculation that the game would be adding another character, and it turns out that suspicion was correct as series antagonist Hades Izanami will become playable on the update's release on Jan. 28.

Famitsu has posted a brief preview of the character, who will be part of a feature in the Jan. 21 issue of the magazine. Given that its release is only days away, players will know more about Hades and her gameplay sooner than later.

Check out the image from Famitsu after the jump.

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Tuesday
Jan192016

Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- story character Kum Haehyun added to playable cast

Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- will have one unexpected character added to the existing cast.

A manly shell controlled by a woman, Kum Haehyun was previously shown in the arcade story mode of -Revelator- for various characters.

A breakdown of Kum Haehyun will be available in the Jan. 21 issue of Famitsu. While the preview of the character shows both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 listings, it's unknown if Haehyun will premiere in those platforms or on the arcade version first.

She will be joining Johnny, Jam and the anticipated Dizzy in the console builds of -Revelator- set for May 26 in Japan with a tentative spring release in North America.

Monday
Jan182016

Super Desperation Radio episode 502 archive online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

The Team Spooky era of SDR continued as Hellpockets and company hyped until the forthcoming Evo 2016 announcement and talked a bit about what they hope this year's event will bring in terms of venue size.

Hellpockets also brought up a personal pet peeve of his, which is people claiming that character choice carries certain players to victory, and SDR weighed in with their opinions.

 The crew also covered the upcoming Tekken 7:FR location test, Pokkén Tournament's new characters, the Smash Bros. Genesis tournament and the art of playing a game before its official release.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PST on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.

Monday
Jan182016

Orochinagi's FGCMag interviews King of Fighters XIV producer

Orochinagi recently released its newest issue of FGCMag, and along with scene profiles and event coverage the publication also contained an interview with KOF XIV Producer Yasuyuki Oda that was conducted at the PlayStation Experience.

While several other interviews with Oda have come out since PSX, FGCMag took some time to clarify gameplay features in KOF XIV such as the just defend-type mechanism that existed in the PSX build as well as asking about jump speed and the choice of 3-D graphics for the game.

Check out the publication here.

Friday
Jan152016

Registration for Mortal Kombat X revised netcode test starts January 19

Netherrealm Studios will soon launch their public test build of Mortal Kombat X running on a newer netcode dubbed the Enhanced Online Beta.

The change from an input lag-based netcode to a rollback style code reminiscent of GGPO was previously hinted before the announcement of the EOB.

Players who accumulated at least one hour in MKX can register for access in the EOB starting Jan. 19. The EOB will have limited spots in the beginning but will slowly add more later on. Scorpion, Jacqui Briggs, Johnny Cage and Sub Zero will be the first set of characters to be playable in the EOB with more down the line.

NRS wants people to provide feedback whether it's through the in-game survey, forums or video content so they can improve the netcode. 

The beta is currently set for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One builds of MKX. No information if the beta will include support for the PC at this time. You can check out the announcement video after the jump!

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Friday
Jan152016

Brook Accessory announces Universal Fighting Board for PS3, PS4, 360 & XB1

Photo by Jasen's CustomsFollowing the release of the PlayStation 4 Fighting Board, Taiwan company Brook Accessory will soon release a successor that can work on the previous and current generation of consoles.

The Universal Fighting Board is a collaboration between Brook, Jasen's Customs, Arcade Shock and Paradise Arcade Shop. The companies wanted to have a board that can work on not only the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but also the Xbox One and PS4.

This board bears similarity to Akishop Custom's PS360+ with such things as a USB out port; screw terminals for button and directional input; and 20-pin breakout ports. It's capable of system auto detection and can work as a XINPUT device on PC. When in PS4 mode, you can add touch pad support and the board has no eight minute timeout. In case Sony updates their PS4 firmware anytime soon, the Universal Fighting Board can also be upgradable.

It's available now to preorder at either Arcade Shock or Paradise Arcade Shop. It will be publicly available around Feb. 3-6!

Friday
Jan152016

Tekken 7: Fated Retribution set for February location test in Japan

The next chapter in the Tekken series begins in February, as Tekken 7: Fated Retribution will receive its first location test from Feb. 12-14, 2016, in Japan.

The test will run at three places in the country—Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka—and, according to the official Tekken site, a page dedicated to the location test will soon be made public with more details.

Tekken 7: FR was first announced in early December 2015. No final release date has been announced for the title.

Thursday
Jan142016

Chandelure joins Pokkén Tournament

On Jan. 7, the official Pokkén Tournament Twitter account announced another forthcoming mystery Pokémon to join the game, and that fighter is Chandelure.

Not much is yet know about Chandelure or how the ghost type Pokémon will fight, but a video showing the character in action will be released at Game Party Japan on Jan. 31, 2016.

 

Thursday
Jan142016

Zato-1 introductory guide by Ogawa, translations by Greatfernman

Ogawa, with the help of Koichi, has created a primer guide for Zato-1 in Guilty Gear Xrd. The 30-minute video goes over the basics of the character, including normal usage, but also starts to work into the more advanced concepts like continuous pressure using Eddie and unblockables.

The video is all in Japanese, but Greatfernman has posted a TwitLonger summarizing what is said in the video. The information is great for new and experienced players alike, as it gives insight into how the strongest Zato player in the world looks at his character.

The video can be found at Openrec.tv.

Thursday
Jan142016

BlazBlue Central Fiction Act 2 coming Jan. 28, intro released

The second of three acts in Arc System Works' BlazBlue Central Fiction will launch at the end of January, and ASW has released the new introductory trailer for expansion.

In addition to the added story elements that will continue the BBCF narrative, ASW will be adding a new Speed Star Mode that will test players to defeat random opponents before the timer runs out. There will also be new changes to sparring mode to make it feel more like playing training mode at home.

Lastly, there is already plenty of speculation as to whether Act 2 will add another playable character to BlazBlue. Shoryuken has made note that Trinity Glassfille is showing up again in BBCF2, and series antagonist Hades Izanami appears in the Act 2 introduction. Players, however, will likely not know for sure until after Act 2 is released in arcades.

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Wednesday
Jan132016

Mewtwo, Garchomp and Braixen to join Pokkén Tournament on Wii U

Monthly manga magazine "CoroCoro Comic" has revealed three more Pokémon will be joining Pokkén Tournament as playable characters when the title releases for the Wii U: Mewtwo, Garchomp and Braixen.

The three will join the other 11 non-assist characters when Pokkén Tournament launches for the Wii U in Japan and North America on March 18, 2016.

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Tuesday
Jan122016

Evolution 2016 games, hotel announcement coming Jan. 26

Mr. Wizard has tweeted that the speculation about Evo 2016 games ends on Jan. 26, 2016, with the official announcement of Evo titles and hotel.

Wizard offered no more details about the announcement, including when or how it will be broadcast to the larger fighting game community.

He did, however, go on record on Jan. 11 to say that this year's Evo motto will be "Go big or Go home" which has left a large question mark as to what exactly he meant. Evolution 2015 held nine games over the course of three days, so if Evo 2016 will be a bigger event then players may be in for some surprises at the end of January.

Evolution 2016 will take place on July 15-17, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tuesday
Jan122016

Kombat Pack 2 characters show off gameplay in new MKX trailer

Ed Boon promised that he would unveil new footage of the upcoming Kombat Pack 2 characters—Leatherface, Alien, Bo' Rai Cho and Triborg—and now a roughly two-minute trailer has been releasing showing some of what players can expect to see as the fighters roll out in 2016.

The trailer shows combos, X-Rays and even glimpses of the fatalities that the DLC will dish out on release in MKX. 

Players can check out the teaser trailer below. There is still no release date for any of the Kombat Pack 2 content.

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Tuesday
Jan122016

Super Desperation Radio episode 501 archive online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

It was the dawn of a new era as SDR held its first show on Team Spooky. The crew discussed Japan's Cooperation Cup, breaking down some of the Third Strike action that happened across two days.Edit

But the majority of show, however, was speculation about the upcoming Evolution 2016 games announcement. Mr. Wizard said on Twitter that this year's motto is "Go big or Go home," leaving plenty of room to wonder which and how many games will be held from July 15-17, 2016, in Las Vegas.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PST on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.

Monday
Jan112016

FGC Documentary releases Jan. 12, preorders available now

Hold Back to Block's "FGC: Rise of the Fighting Game Community" is now open for preorders. The documentary, which will release on Jan. 12, 2016, features tournament footage and interviews with players throughout the FGC.

The film has been in the works since a 2013 Kickstarter successfully rasied more than $10,000.

Interested buyers can head over to the film's website. Those wanting to know more about the film can check out its trailer after the jump.

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Friday
Jan082016

Killer Instinct Season Three to be Playable at KI World Cup & PAX South

If you are looking to try Killer Instinct Season Three as soon as possible, San Antonio, Texas, will be the battleground.

Iron Galaxy Studios' Adam "Keits" Hart announced that people can get their hands on the first public preview of KI S3 at either Killer Instinct World Cup or PAX South. KI World Cup will take place on Jan. 30-31, 2016 while PAX South will last from Jan. 29-31.

Being a preview build of S3, there will be new content as well as changes from Season Two. While Battletoads' Rash and Killer Instinct 2 character Tusk are confirmed for S3, there are still more characters players might have not seen just yet.

For those unable to attend the event, a live stream is planned to showcase what's in S3 so stay tuned! Killer Instinct Season Three will be available for the Xbox One and PC in March 2016.

Wednesday
Jan062016

Sin Kiske Tutorial by Problem_Skater

While Guilty Gear Xrd's challenge mode may teach basic moves and some combos, it does very little to help new players get a feel for how or when certain normals and specials should be used. In hopes of aiding beginners with this very issue, Problem_Skater has released a 41-minute tutorial video detailing Sin Kiske.

The video breaks down all of the basic parts of Sin's gameplay, explaining his eat system and going into detail about each of his normals, specials and overdrives. It even explains the use of Sin's throw as an effective part of his arsenal.

Check out the video after the jump.

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Wednesday
Jan062016

Ono: 'Part of the fun is going back to zero'

At Capcom Cup 2015, Vice had a chance to talk to Yoshinori Ono about the upcoming Street Fighter V and its place in the lineage of the series.

Ono did not shy away from talking about the controversial direction that he took Street Fighter IV in, saying that perhaps older players "felt somewhat betrayed" that Capcom focused on making the game more friendly to online play. But he also noted that Street Fighter is a series in which each game does not need to simply add on to the game before it; instead each iteration of the main series has been a gameplay experience unto itself.

In that way, Ono has said that with Street Fighter V "we're going to have to toss [the Street Fighter IV rule book] out the window" as Capcom attempts to reach the exponential community growth it hopes the title will have once it releases in February 2016.

Ono also talked briefly about the challenges of making SFV a more robust online experience, and whether the future of fighting games may reside as much online as it does in person. Readers can check out the full article at Vice.