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Capcom updates, clarifies player sponsorship rules for pro tour

Capcom has announced new amendments to the rules for its Capcom Pro Tour, based on "community feedback [the company] received." Previously, Capcom had prohibited player sponsorship by companies that produced adult entertainment, but due to comments surrourding the decision Capcom has revised its stance.

Now, the company says that all players will be allowed to compete no matter the sponsor but that "Capcom will not allow, and will not allow third parties, to display, advertise, or otherwise promote in any manner sponsorship, endorsement or commercial or any other type of affiliation with" those companies.

Furthermore, Capcom has added to the list of prohibited sponsors "companies that manufacture, sell, distribute or market alcoholic beverages, cigarettes or vaping (e-cigarette ), drugs, guns or other weapon[s]." The new addition, Capcom said on Twitter, was designed to "provide an inviting atmosphere for players of all ages" and have the tour's rules reflect that notion.

The complete updated rules can be found on the Capcom Pro Tour website.


Relive the Guilty Gear Team Battle Summit from Combo Breaker 2016

BGCallisto has uploaded all his footage of Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-'s Team Battle Summit that happened on Friday night at Combo Breaker 2016.

Eight five-player teams—including one that was established in a last chance qualifier earlier in the evening—competed in a double elimination tournament with many of the U.S.'s strongest players taking part. Matches were done Pokémon style with best of one game deciding which player moved forward.

Many of the teams also represented a certain region or state in the U.S. Check out the full list of teams and the archives after the jump.

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Hit The Ground Running 13 discusses meter management

Brokentier's Jay "Viscant" Snyder continues his series on improving at Street Fighter V with a topic that is essential to high-level play: meter management.

Snyder talks about the two types of meter, Critical Art and V, weighing various strategies he's seen employed and theories behind why each choice could be beneficial to certain characters or matchups. From using these meters as offensive tools alone to actually holding meter as a deterrent, Snyder admits the answers of how meter should be used are not clear-cut.

Snyder even makes a point to talk about why he feels M. Bison is an exception to many rules because his meters seem to work together in way unique to his character.

The article, along with all other HTGR pieces, can be found at the Brokentier blog.


Latest KOFXIV team trailer all about Art of Fighting with Yuri gameplay reveal

Following the Fatal Fury team trailer, here is another heroic group representing South Town.

The latest trailer for The King of Fighters XIV showcases the classic Art of Fighting team of Robert Garcia, Ryo Sakazaki and Yuri Sakazaki. While Ryo and Robert were featured in past promotional videos and playable demos, this is the first time Yuri is publicly shown in the latest game.

If you are in Japan, you can try Yuri out along with a couple of newer characters as part of a special national tour. Her movelist can be found here.

The King of Fighters XIV is coming exclusively to the PlayStation 4 in North America on Aug. 23, 2016, with other countries in the days following. The Premium Edition of this game will include a 144-page art book and a three-disc soundtrack. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Yomi Gaming opens its doors to the public

Team Yomi has established itself as a force in the fighting game community, and now the team's training grounds has become a public arcade.

Yomi Gaming in Atlanta, Georgia, is now open to the general public so that anyone can come grind the game of their choice. The venue will be offering weekly tournaments, monthly and yearly membership deals, fitness classes and more to potential customers.

For more information on Yomi Gaming, including hours and entrance fees, check out the arcade's website.


Learning footsies in Killer Instinct by Finchomatic

Finchomatic has created a new video to try and explain how players can learn the complex concept of footsies in Killer Instinct.

Using a definition he got from Juicebox, Finchomatic breaks footsies down into several gameplay ideas that he can explain using easy-to-understand terms.

He also discusses how the game's hitboxes and priority system play into footsies as an overarching theory, and addresses KI's armor system.

Interested players can check out the video after the jump.

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Ibuki joins Street Fighter V

After grand finals of Street Fighter V at Combo Breaker 2016, Capcom debuted the trailer for Ibuki, who will be the next DLC character released for SFV.

Ibuki's trailer shows her returning moves along with a new air glide and the ability to throw multiple kunai in the air or on the ground. Her V-Reversal is the ninja log replacement technique that also serves as a hit, and her V-Trigger throws a bomb that can be used to extend combos.

There is currently no date set for Ibuki's release. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Gargos added to Killer Instinct, update 3.1.5 patch notes released

image from Iron Galaxy StudiosThe newest patch for Killer Instinct is now live, bringing Gargos as well as plenty of changes to the game.

As with the previous patch, character updates and tweaks are now accompanied by rationale from the combat design team to give players more insight on their decisions. While many characters got a change or two, Kim Wu got several changes to hopefully improve her without trying to take away her weaknesses, the team wrote.

Other changes include bug fixes to the system and specific characters. For the whole list of changes, check out Ultra Combo.


BlazBlue Central Fiction coming to North America this winter

Aksys Games has announced that the newest BlazBlue will be coming home to PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles during a presentation at MomoCon in Atlanta, Georgia. This official announcement of a winter release comes on the heels of Amazon putting the games up for presale with a tentative street date of Dec. 30, 2016.

The console version of BBCF was first detailed in April 2016 and will include the features of the arcade game as well as a shop to buy in-game accessories and more; Alliance Mode, a "team construction mode"; and Speed Star Mode, where players will attempt to defeat computer-controlled opponents within a time limit. The title will also feature the debut of Xblaze's Es as a playable character.

BBCF has a tentative fall 2016 release window in Japan.



New King of Fighters XIV trailer shows off Fatal Fury's team

The newest trailer for King of Fighters XIV has been released, and it features another classic group: Team Fatal Fury.

The nearly two-minute video shows the Bogard boys and Joe Higashi performing various combos using super cancels and Max Mode, showcasing the various moves that return for them in KOF14.

The trailer also shows the reimagining of Terry's stage from Real Bout Fatal Fury 2 that will appear in KOFXIV.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- menu translations by Kurushii

Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- is now available for purchase in Japan and on Japanese PlayStation Network, which has lead many across the world to purchase the game before their respective region has the title.

However, unlike Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-, this new version of the game has menus entirely in Japanese. For those who cannot speak the language and who do not wish to try and figure out Xrd's menu system through trial and error, Twitter user Kurushii has put together a Google document that translates every single option in the game.

This is a great resource for players who had to have the game before its release in North America on June 7 or European release on June 10.


Review: Seimitsu LS-62-01 joystick lever

When it comes to aftermarket arcade stick parts, Japanese arcade parts manufacturer Seimitsu is usually an alternative to Sanwa Denshi. The latter company caters more to general arcade stick users, with the former more for those players with specific needs. For example, the LS-32 lever, one of Seimitsu's popular products, has a distinctive feel compared to Sanwa's JLF. The LS-32 is also different from that of other Seimitsu levers, including the recently released LS-62-01.

Judging from the specs, the LS-62-01 is sort of an amalgamation of previous levers. While past Seimitsu levers were mostly different from one another, the LS-62-01 seems like more of a greatest hits lever. However, it still seems to carry the uniqueness the other models bear for better or worse. It feels like an experimental design, but for what it is this new lever is pretty capable.

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-Revelator- release brings early tech for Raven, Haehyun

Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- has released in Japan, and players are already working dilligently to break down the two new characters, Kum Haehyun and Raven.

Within the short time the game has been available, a mass of short videos showing mixups and combos has flooded Twitter, giving players a greater idea of how these characters may develop over the coming days, weeks and months.

While these videos only represent the work of a few hours at a game's release, they already show that both characters have the potential to perform big damage with the right resources. Check out the videos after the jump.

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Super Desperation Radio episode 516 archive online

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

The recently released rules for Capcom Pro Tour was the first major topic on SDR, as the cast talked about the new rules within the context of fighting game community history. The crew also talked at length about how the rules on sponsorship look to an outside party.

In other news, King of Fighters XIV has been showing up at more events, allowing players to get an early chance with the title and giving more viewers at home a sneak peak at how the game is developing. Hellpockets lead the discussion on how he feels the game is evolving and developing.

Lastly, SDR had some questions about a Street Fighter V Spotify playlist created by PlayStation Music.

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.



New site collects all of Graham Wolfe's Street Fighter V tech videos

Longtime Street Fighter player Graham Wolfe has spent the time since SFV's release updating his Twitter with various strategies and bits of information about the game.

The videos he has made, while never very long, often bring light to a previously undiscovered vulnerability in seemingly spammable or strong options for each character, and have even shown new versatility in other moves.

As it can be tedious to scroll through Twitter looking for one video, Wolfe has made all of these tweets available for players to find quickly on his own WordPress site. This is a great resource for SFV players looking to gain a deeper understanding of the game.


Capcom Pro Tour 2016 rules updated, published

Capcom has updated and made the full rules of CPT 2016 available to the general public, from the tournament format to the code of conduct players must follow.

While most rules should be familiar to experienced tournament players, there are a few important distinctions that have been made. First off, Capcom has officially barred sponsors that are involved in adult entertainment and leaves the door open to ban any other sponsor "Capcom deems inappropriate at its sole discretion."

Second, the company has also banned any form of gambling at the events, with violators to be ejected from the event and possibly banned from CPT.

The company has also taken a stance against swearing, violence and "other forms of thuggery." The rules can be found at the Capcom Pro Tour website.


More details behind Tekken 7's The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2016 North American circuit

While the Tekken 7 tour around North America has been in effect, winners of past events are qualified for a finals event as part the fully announced regional tour of The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2016.

Major tournaments across North America including CEO 2016, SoCal Regionals and Canada Cup will be handling some of the qualifying spots for this series. The remaining Wizard World conventions that will have T7 will bear spots as well. It all leads up to a finals event, with two last chance qualifying spots, that will be announced at a later time.

For now, the circuit will use Tekken 7 until follow-up expansion Tekken 7: Fated Retribution becomes publicly available in arcades.

Winners of each qualifier will earn $1,000 with second and third place recieving $700 and $400 respectively. The finals event will carry a larger pot with $20,000 for first place followed by $4,000 at second and $3,000 at third.

So far, Geesemaster, Anakin, Brawlpro, Mr. Naps and ZTS have qualified for the finals. While South Korea's Saint won the qualifier at Final Round XIX and that second place finisher Sodam also resides from the country, Circa eSports' Anakin was given entry to the finals as per the rules.

Dates and rules can be found here.


France's Gaming Live checks out KOFXIV, coming to Europe on Aug. 26, 2016 by Deep Silver

If you need more footage of The King of Fighters XIV, make sure to check out the hour-and-a-half-long presentation from France.

French gaming production company Gaming Live had the chance to show off the game before its appearance at this year's Stunfest tournament. Commentator Ken Bogard was joined by KOF players Frionel, Piccolo and Mrquaraté in demonstrating some of the new characters and the game-specific mechanics. With these players, matches are aplenty.

If you are not going to Stunfest this weekend, the KOFXIV stream will be handled by Frionel. More information can be found here.

In a press release by publisher Deep Silver, KOFXIV will be available in Europe on Aug. 26, 2016, close to that of the Asian and North American releases. Players can soon preorder a day-one-only steel case as well as the classic Kyo outfit DLC. The physical and digital versions of KOFXIV will be priced at €59.99 in most of Europe and £49.99 in the United Kingdom.

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First gameplay footage of Mature & new level in KOFXIV Team Yagami trailer

The second team trailer for The King of Fighters XIV shows off another popular team in the series.

SNK uploaded a new trailer displaying Team Yagami. Major character Iori Yagami is back with recurring teammates Vice and Mature. While both Iori and Vice were featured in past promotional material, this trailer shows off Mature in action. You can expect examples combos, Max Mode and Climax moves for every character much like Team Japan's trailer.

In addition, SNK shows off a new version of the Factory stage found in The King of Fighters '95 and XIII. Instead of being outside the facility in the afternoon found in the previous entries, KOFXIV puts players inside at night with a crescent moon in the background.

The trailer can be found after the jump! The King of Fighters XIV is coming to PlayStation 4 in North America on Aug. 23, 2016, while Japan gets it a few days later on Aug. 25.

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Smash player Mew2King joins Echo Fox, Circa eSports signs Tekken player Anakin

Mew2King (left), Anakin (right)Two staple players in the Super Smash Bros. and Tekken scenes respectively are now signed to esports teams.

Echo Fox, an esports team owned by former NBA player Rick Fox, brought aboard Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman to represent the Super Smash Bros. series. This was following the signing of Street Fighter player Julio Fuentes back in late April. Known as one of the most popular Super Smash Bros. Melee players of all time, M2K was previously involved in Empire Arcadia and COGnitive Gaming. Mew2King will bear the Echo Fox tag at the upcoming Get On My Level 2016 tournament.

Meanwhile, Atlanta's Hoa "Anakin" Luu of Tekken fame is now part of Circa eSports. He will join Long "LPN" Phi Nguyen (Street Fighter V), Wesley "6WX" Alexander (SSB4) and Christian "Suicune Master" Patierno (Pokkén) as one of the resident fighting game players in Circa. Named for his capabilities at a very young age, we will probably see more of Anakin, now older, when Tekken 7 gets a wider release.