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Tuesday
Nov222016

"Skies of Honor" banned at Capcom Cup 2016, Pro Tour 2017

Capcom has announced that the newest DLC stage in Street Fighter V will not be seen in official Capcom tournament play.

According to the Capcom Fighters Twitter, the stage has been banned from Capcom Cup 2016 and the entire Capcom Pro Tour 2017 season due to "being too distracting for tournament play."

"Skies of Honor" was released on Nov. 8, 2016, and costs players $3.99 or 70,000 Fight Money.

Tuesday
Nov222016

SNK announces King of Fighters XIV e-Sports Support Program

SNK has launched a program aimed at helping tournaments gain official prize and publicity support through the company.

The KOF XIV e-Sports Support Program will consider the application of any event that fulfills a small number of requirements, including a minimum number of 20 players in an offline tournament. Applications are then sent to SNK, which will then notify the organizers within seven business days whether the company will help the event.

If SNK agrees to lend its help, the company will decide on support that may include official advertising and assets, prize money, a World Championship qualifier spot and SNK merchandise.

Applications will be considered only for events that happen by Aug. 31, 2017. For the complete details, head over to SNK's website

Monday
Nov212016

Super Desperation Radio episode 537 archive online

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

Esteban Martinez joined SDR to talk about his work on the recent Tekken Tour as well as his previous projects including FGC: Rise of the Fighting Game Community.

Topics on the show included the business side of fighting games commentary, scene-building efforts and what constitutes a "film." There was even a special appearance by ten/o LLC Executive Producer Chris Ceglia.

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

Monday
Nov212016

Killer Instinct version 3.5 patch notes released

A new patch releases for Killer Instinct on Nov. 22, bringing with it changes to Shadow Lords, Shadow Skins and gameplay updates.

In terms of combat fixes, the KI team believes that it may finally have been able to remove left/right input issues that arose from characters getting crossed up. In addition, many characters had kara-cancel options removed and plenty of different moves across the cast now have counterhit windows.

On the character-specific front, Spinal has received a new shadow move to summon skulls and now receives more meter for use of searing skulls in an attempt to help his momentum. Omen, meanwhile, had his meter gain reduced and shdow slide is now punishable on block.

For the full list of changes and bug fixes, head over to Ultra Combo.

Friday
Nov182016

Mikado's Tenkaichi Budokai returns, help vote for competitors

Mikado arcade in Japan will once again be holding its Guilty Gear league, Tenkaichi Budokai, and is asking for aid in determining the event's competitors.

Tenkaichi Budokai is an arcade-based, offline league where eight players are split into two groups in a round-robin format. The player with the most points in each group is then moved into the final round. Those two players will be joined by a third player who wins a "last chance qualifier" comprised of the next-highest-placing competitors.

Tenkaichi Budokai will be streamed on Jonio's Twitch channel with live commentary in English and Japanese provided by MajinObama and Jonio, respectively.

For the upcoming 2017 league, this year's winner, Karinchu, will be joined by three players who win qualifier events. The other four participants, however, will be decided by a public vote. From Nov. 18 through Dec. 2, 2016, players and spectators are given four votes a day to support the candidates of their choice for the league. Voters can mark their ballots at ftg-reversal.net, but for those who do not understand Japanese, MajinObama and Eiji have put together an explanation of the voting process and a guide to the potential players.

For more information on Tenkaichi Budokai, including league dates as they become available, follow MajinObama, Eiji and Jonio on Twitter.

Thursday
Nov172016

Japanese 3rd Strike's premier tournament Cooperation Cup Vol. 15 coming Jan. 8, 2017

Illustration by Motoki YoshiharaOne of the longest-running Japanese Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike tournaments returns in 2017.

Cooperation Cup is on its 15th edition and will be taking place yet again at Tokyo Leisureland Palette Town on Jan. 8, 2017. This 3rd Strike 5v5 team tournament brings in many teams from all over Japan and the rest of the world to see who is the best. Like past entries, the main event will be preceded by the Pre-Cooperation Cup tournament where single-character five-man teams battle it out the day before.

If you and your friends plan to compete in Cooperation Cup, here are the signup forms for Pre-Cooperation Cup and the main tournament itself. Deadline is on Dec. 4, 2016, before midnight in Japan time.

Both tournaments will be streamed on Game Newton's Twitch channel.

You can check out the trailer and the finals from Cooperation Cup Vol. 14 after the jump!

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Wednesday
Nov162016

New guide helps viewers identify Japanese Guilty Gear players

For new viewers of Guilty Gear who do not speak Japanese, watching streams from Mikado—via Jonio's Twitch channel—or other arcades can be work. While many longtime players in North America and other regions have taken time to translate names or recognize signature colors, others looking to find footage of suggested players can be at a loss.

However, a new Google Document created by Twitter user breadsticks! aims to help by offering a guide to notable Japanese players. Included in the spreadsheet are player's name, character used, arcade card handle, rank, preferred color and any extra information that may be helpful.

The document is currently a work in progress, but can be useful for anyone looking to gain more knowledge about the Japanese Guilty Gear playerbase. Interested players can check it out here.

Wednesday
Nov162016

Revised Brook PS3/PS4 Fighting Board to include headphone support

Brook is in the process of making a new version of its PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4 Fighting Board with more features.

Using the Universal Fighting Board as the basis, the revised PS3/PS4 FB will provide screw terminals for a solderless install. Instead of a USB Type B port, the new PS3/PS4 FB uses a Micro USB port. Along with the supplied 20-pin connection ports carried over from the UFB, there are additional pinouts for analog stick and Touch Pad support. There is also support for manipulating SOCD cleanup.

The big draw along with the different form factor is the 3.5mm stereo port. This will allow both stereo headphones and headsets requiring only a 3.5mm connection to work. Those good at modding should be able to make this feature easy to plug and play.

You can take a look at the prototype unit by Jonyfraze after the jump!

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Wednesday
Nov162016

Evolution 2017 coming July 14-16 at Mandalay Bay

The first trailer for Evo 2017 has unveiled both the dates and location of next year's event: Mandaly Bay hotel on July 14-16.

In revealing these details, the trailer puts to rest rumors the event would extend beyond its normal three-day span, and also gives players the comfort of knowing they will not need to worry about travelling between multiple venues next year.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Tuesday
Nov152016

Chinese special edition of King of Fighters XIV teases new costumes

In September, King of Fighters XIV developers said they were interested in adding more downloadable costumes to the game, and it seems those plans may be a reality.

Promotional materials for the Chinese special edition of KOF XIV indicate bonus materials including a Classic Iori skin and "new costumes each month starting December ... free of charge for premium copies."

What's not immediately obvious is how many free costumes this entails. The offer could simply be referring to Classic Kyo and Nightmare Geese, or it could mean many new alternate outfits are on the way.

There has been no official mention of Classic Iori or any other forthcoming costumes for North America at this time, so fans will have to wait until more information becomes available. 

Tuesday
Nov152016

New Hori Real Arcade Pro V. Hayabusa model to feature reduced latency and more

Hori Japan will soon release a new version of their Real Arcade Pro stick for the PlayStation 4 to alleviate lag concerns.

The 2017 model of the Real Arcade Pro V. Hayabusa features a new circuit board marketed to have less input lag than the older models. New to this stick is the inclusion of a 3.5mm stereo jack which will allow players to easily listen with headphones. The port is on the rear end of the stick.

Aside from those features plus the new stick artwork, the 2017 RAP V. Hayabusa will feature the same traits as its predecessors. This includes the Hori Hayabusa lever and buttons, PlayStation 3 and PC X-Input support as well as Touch Pad.

While not planned for North America as of this post, the stick will be available in Japan on Dec. 22, 2016, at 17,258 Yen. You can find more information here with preorder information on Amazon Japan.

Monday
Nov142016

JDCR's Tekken lesson on reading opponents to side step or counter

Photo by HatalyNew and experienced Tekken players awaiting Tekken 7 should check out this multipart video from one of South Korea's best players.

JDCR talks in detail of understanding what moves an opponent's character can do in certain situations especially when you have little life left. Whether it's side stepping or countering, JDCR wants players to gain insight from their opponent's tendencies within a match and how to shift the momentum to their favor.

You can find the translated videos hosted by Battlefinger after the jump! Formerly known as Taktak1893's Tekken replay channel, Battlefinger is now a joint effort from Taktak himself, JDCR, Saint, Jeondding and CLKing. You can still find Tekken 7: Fated Retribution replays along with more related content on the channel here.

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Monday
Nov142016

Super Desperation Radio episode 536 archive online

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

The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2016 North American finals took place on Nov. 8-9, and SDR talked about the tournament format and how much they enjoyed the whole production.

SDR also talked about tournament formats in general, then discussed SuperFX's recent IPW editorial about excuses and the overuse of the term "fraud."

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

Monday
Nov142016

Tekken 7: Fated Retribution Version H brings more changes to Akuma

Tekken 7: FR is once again being updated, with the focus being on Akuma's ability to jump at the opponent.

The new Version H enlarges Akuma's hurtbox when jumping, allowing other characters to more easily anti-air him. All his air moves including the demon flip mix-up also have increased landing recovery, which is designed to make it easier to punish blocked jump-ins but also may make it harder for Akuma to combo from early jump attacks.

Other changes in Version H include fixing unintended interactions in moves from Master Raven and Gigas, as well as correcting unnamed bugs. The patch will release in arcades on Nov. 29. For the complete list of changes, head over to Avoiding the Puddle.

Friday
Nov112016

Cognitive Dissonance: F for Fake

Over the last several years, two expressions have become popular insults when referring to players: fraud and exposed. Both show a clear lack of respect for the target, suggesting that player's skill is merely an illusion. It also showcases an increasing belief in the objectivity of skill in fighting games, an idea for which the measure is becoming increasingly ignored.

The idea of frauds or fakes in fighting games is often rooted most in a player's own grandiose opinion of themselves. If a player believes themselves good, but still loses, then clearly the rules of the game were broken or something altered those rules. A common modern excuse is to blame the tournament format for allowing “randomness.” This is where claims of “scrubby” play occur, where unexpected strategy throws a player off their game causing them to lose. Instead of admitting a lack of preparation or total understanding of the possible situations they could be put into, the losing player blames their opponent for being bad, of not playing with established methods of success, or claims they would succeed in a different format. The assertion amounts to little because the only true measure fighting games have for skill in a player-versus-player environment is wins and every player agreed to the format when they entered the event.

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Thursday
Nov102016

Amazon heavily discounts Street Fighter V

Amazon has marked down Capcom's newest entry in the legendary fighting game franchise to less than half of its original price.

The online retailer is currently selling the normal PlayStation 4 edition of the game for $18.11, while the Collector's Edition will cost buyers $38.97.

The standard edition sale represents a drastic markdown from the game's original pricepoint of $59.99, and is more than half off of Amazon's list price of $39.99. 

Thursday
Nov102016

Capcom Cup 2016 format, locations detailed

The final event of the Capcom Pro Tour 2016 is undergoing some changes from past tournaments.

Capcom Cup will now be a two-day event, spanning Dec. 2-3, 2016. The first day will be held at Esports Arena in Santa Ana, California, as the top 32 Street Fighter V players will fight for a spot in top 8.

Day two of the event will be then be held at the PlayStation Experience in Anaheim, California, as eight competitors face off for the title of Capcom Cup 2016 champion.

Both events will be held under a double elimination, three-out-of-five-matches format with "seeding based on the Capcom Pro Tour Global Leaderboard." Tickets for each day of Capcom Cup are sold separately.

For more information, including links to ticketing and special activities happening during both days, head over to the Capcom Pro Tour website.

Wednesday
Nov092016

Mr. Naps is crowned King of Iron Fist 2016 North American champion

The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2016 North American finals have concluded in San Francisco, California, and Jimmy "Mr. Naps" Tran is the champion.

He, along with second and third place finishers Hoa "Anakin" Luu and Rontray "Princess Ling" Sherman, respectively, will move on to the grand finals in Japan on Dec. 10, 2016.

The North American finals started with 20 players broken into round-robin pools, before whittling down to a double elimination top 8. The entire event, commentated by MarkMan and Aris, can be found on the official Tekken Twitch channel or viewed after the jump.

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Wednesday
Nov092016

Evolution 2017 information to be announced on Nov. 16

Evolution has revealed that the first details of its 2017 event will be made available on Nov. 16, 2016.

If history is any indication, it is likely that Evo will announce the dates for 2017, giving attendees plenty of time to start planning and saving.

The game list and venue, however, will likely be kept under wraps, as they are normally not revealed until sometime during the January before the event.

Tuesday
Nov082016

More Street Fighter V news coming at Capcom Cup?

Akuma was teased at Red Bull Battle Grounds on Nov. 6, but it seems there may be another surprise in store for players at Capcom Cup.

Street Fighter series producer Yoshinori Ono tweeted that even after the new teaser trailer shown at RBBG, there is still a surprise remaining for the finals. While there is no indication what that reveal could be, many players are hoping another character will be announced for SFV.

Capcom Cup finals will take place at PlayStation Experience in Anaheim, California, on Dec. 3-4, 2016.