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Tuesday
Jul192016

FGC: Rise of the Fighting Game Community extended interview with L.I. Joe

Congratulations to Joseph "L.I. Joe" Ciaramelli for his amazing performance in Street Fighter V at EVO 2016! For getting to top eight, Hold Back to Block uploaded an extended interview with Joe that was recorded during the filming of FGC: Rise of the Fighting Game Community.

L.I. Joe answered various questions about his experiences in playing fighting games for a good part of his life. Stories include witnessing people trying to get their hands on Street Fighter IV when it was at Chinatown Fair as well as forming the East Coast Throwdown tournament series. Lasting 30 minutes-long, the video shows how passionate Joe is for the community.

Make sure to check out the video, as well as the FGC documentary itself, after the jump!

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Tuesday
Jul192016

Two new characters featured in KOFXIV Team China trailer

Following The King of Fighters XIV's time at this year's EVO, another team trailer has been uploaded.

The focus is on Team China this time around. Tung Fu Rue, a Fatal Fury character, returns since his first KOF appearance in the eleventh major entry. He is teamed up with two new characters, Shun'ei and Meitenkun. If you didn't go to EVO, make sure to check out the video after the jump to see how they play. Also check out the story trailer, quick overview of organizer Antonov and the second episode of KOF Station Channel XIV!

For now, you can try out Shun'ei, one of the playable characters of the KOFXIV demo available now to download. The full game will be available on all major markets only on the PlayStation 4 this late August!

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Tuesday
Jul192016

-Revelator- Dizzy glitch leaves fish frozen in place

Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-'s newest downloadable character, Dizzy, has only been available since July 18 but players have already discovered an odd glitch surrounding her ice fish move (quarter-circle back+punch or kick).

Using either variant, if players grab within a small window before the fish's lunge animation hits the opponent, the fish will become stuck in place. The fish then becomes nothing more than frozen graphics—it has no hurtbox or hitbox—unless a new fish is summoned and hits in the same area. The old fish will then take on the properties of whichever strength the player chose for the new fish, meaning two or three hits depending on whether punch or kick was pressed.

Check out the glitch in action after the jump, followed by an extreme example of how far it can be taken.

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Tuesday
Jul122016

Digital preorders of KOF XIV offer Nightmare Geese skin, other bonuses

Atlus has announced that players who preorder The King of Fighters XIV digitally will be getting some extra content with their purchase.

Along with the Classic Kyo skin and a dynamic KOF theme for PlayStation 4, customers will also get access to the Nightmare Geese costume. Previously a separate character all on his own, Nightmare Geese will offer not only a tattered and mutated visual for Geese but also an altered in-game voice.

Check out the trailer after the jump. The King of Fighters XIV goes on sale in North America on Aug. 23, 2016.

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Monday
Jul112016

Super Desperation Radio episode 521 archive online

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

With Evo 2016 fast approaching, SDR dedicated its show to the upcoming event and everything surrounding it. From the stream schedule and planning to the King of Fighter XIV side events and AnimEvo, the guys talked all things Evolution and how the biggest weekend in fighting games will play out.

The cast also discussed a few recent news items, including the addition of Mai to Dead or Alive and the discovery of a glitch affecting Johnny in Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-.

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.

 

Sunday
Jul102016

Review: Qanba Drone arcade stick (PlayStation 4) & Guardian bag

Chinese company Qanba was the organization to look toward when getting an all-in-one arcade stick in the last generation of consoles. As the newer series of systems emerged, the manufacturer kept making its existing line while competitors like Mad Catz and Hori moved forward with newer sticks. That trend left fighting game players wondering what happened to Qanba until now.

QANBA DRONE & GUARDIAN SCREENSHOTS

DRONE ARCADE STICK

The Drone is Qanba's first attempt at a stick for this generation, and the results are interesting. Instead of going with a full-priced stick for the PlayStation 4, Qanba reemerged with a more affordable piece. Thus, the Drone can be interpreted as a test run of sorts. Using the N1 arcade stick body as a basis, the Drone arcade stick, or model N2-PS4-01, is a smaller arcade stick that wants to compete against Hori's Fighting Stick MINI 4 and Mad Catz's Arcade FightStick Alpha. Qanba seems to make a statement to newcomers that this stick is something to consider, even if there are compromises.

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Saturday
Jul092016

Mai Shiranui coming to Dead or Alive 5 Last Round

A new trailer from Team Ninja has revealed that one of SNK's flagship characters will be making an appearance in Dead or Alive.

Mai Shiranui, a character famous for both the Fatal Fury and King of Fighters games, will be coming to Dead or Alive 5 Last Round in September 2016. 

No other information is available at this time. Check out the teaser for Mai after the jump.

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Friday
Jul082016

Kid Viper joins Cognitive Gaming

Texas' own Jason "Kid Viper" Srouji has announced that he is the newest member of Cognitive Gaming, and that he will be representing the team at Evolution 2016.

Srouji has had many strong showings in Guilty Gear Xrd, winning Frosty Faustings 2016 with Elphelt and securing several top 8 finishes with his new main character, Johnny. 

Kid Viper joins David "Dacidbro" Broweleit and Justin "WizzRobe" Hallett as part of COG. 

Friday
Jul082016

Akuma's true power unleashed in new Tekken 7 combo video

Game Studio CUBE Kouenji has uploaded a new six-minute combo video showing off Akuma's combo potential in Tekken 7: Fated Retribution.

The video shows variations involving Akuma's different combo starters, when he should use meter, wall combos, positioning based on enders and more. It even ends with a full-meter, rage art 100 percent combo.

Players can check out the video after the jump.

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Friday
Jul082016

New trailer shows BlazBlue Central Fiction's Es in action

BlazBlue's latest chapter doesn't launch until Oct. 6, 2016, in Japan, but a new trailer shows a sneak peak at debuting character Es.

The short video shows off some combos and several of the Xblaze protagonist's supers in action. According to Arc System Works, Es will be offered as free DLC to players as an early purchase bonus.

BlazBlue Central Fiction is scheduled for North American release sometime during the upcoming winter. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Thursday
Jul072016

Newest KOFXIV team trailer all about Team Mexico

The new trailer of The King of Fighters XIV with Angel, Ramon and the King of Dinosaurs can be found after the jump!

July 7 marks the latest video centering all on Team Mexico. For playable demos, King of Dinosaurs, or just Dinosaur for short, has been the only character representing the team. The trailer marks the the first time we see gameplay of Ramon and Angel in their current iterations since their last major appearance in The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match.

The King of Fighters XIV will be coming to all major territories this August for the PlayStation 4! For those going to EVO and want to play in the official side tournament provided by Atlus, make sure to sign up here! Take note that registering doesn't guarantee you a spot so make sure to read the disclaimer.

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Wednesday
Jul062016

PS3 & PS4 frame-rate analysis of Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- by Digital Foundry

Digital Foundry, the premier graphical analysis team, took some time off from their usual videos to see how the newest iteration of Guilty Gear Xrd runs.

DF member Thomas Morgan details the differences of the unique character animations compared to other aspects of Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- including environment, camera movement and more.

Similar to their other frame-rate tests, Digital Foundry sees how the game runs using graphs for frame-rate as well as frame-time. The game on PlayStation 4 displays a full consistent 60fps with no alterations to the 16ms frame-time all in native 1080p. When it comes to the PlayStation 3 version, the game pairs back to 720p with lowered graphical features. Even if the PS3 version has to deal with minor frame drops and screen tearing, 60fps is still maintained most of the time.

The analysis video, as well as the graphical panel from GDC 2015 can be found below.

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Wednesday
Jul062016

Learn to punish Akuma in quick Tekken 7: Fated Retribution video

To players going against Akuma in the latest Tekken 7 iteration, the video after the jump is important to consider.

Japanese fighting game group Oasis Game Club released a video all about punishing Akuma when his moves are blocked. Whether you want to know if fireball, dragon punch or even some of his normal strings are punishable, the video also features frame data.

Tekken 7: Fated Retribution is available now in Japanese and Korean arcades. The game will also be at EVO 2016 as a world finals qualifier for The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2016 and at future Tekken Tour events as a North American finals qualifier.

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Tuesday
Jul052016

UNIEL coming to Steam July 12, preorder now on Humble Bundle

The Humble Store is offering players the chance to purchase the Steam version of French Bread's Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late before it becomes available on July 12, 2016. The game is also discounted to $23.99 from the retail price of $29.99.

UNIEL was first available at home with its release on the PlayStation 3 console almost two years ago in Japan, while North America and Europe received the game in early 2015.

The game's newest version, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st], was recently updated in Japanese arcades to add the new character Mika.

Monday
Jul042016

Tekken 7: Fated Retribution available in Japanese & Korean arcades, two Korean events teased

Both Japan and South Korea have upgraded to Tekken 7's expansion in arcades.

For people living outside either of these countries, you can always tune into streams. In Japan, check Tekken players Kurokuro and Shudy. In Korea, streaming channels will vary. Green Game Land, known for streaming Tekken every day, is on Twitch. Through Afreeca, players such as Knee, Lowhigh and MBC usually stream.

With the release of T7FR in Korea, Korean eSports site Inven released a picture showing two events. One of them is the The Fist by VSL Studio which will be streamed on Twitch. Another is the return of Tekken Strike by NicegameTV. No other information behind the events have been revealed.

Tekken 7: Fated Retribution will have its own tournament at EVO 2016!

Monday
Jul042016

Super Desperation Radio episode 520 archive online

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

SDR returned live just in time for the July 4 holiday in the U.S., and brought with it the news of the last few weeks.

First up, Hellpockets discussed his time at CEO 2016, interviewing Austin Creed and the controversy surrounding venue space and stream time that came out of that event.

The hosts also discussed the recent Street Fighter V update, with its good points and its bad points, how KOF XIV is shaping up and the release of Mighty No. 9.

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.

 

Thursday
Jun302016

Latest KOFXIV team trailer focuses on Team South America, Zarina gameplay debut

Similar to the Team Official Invitation reveal last week, this week's The King of Fighters XIV team trailer is also composed entirely of new characters.

Team South America is the focus this time. Found after the jump, the trailer shows off more footage of Banderias Hattori and Nelson, two characters featured in past trailers and gameplay demos. Third character Zarina makes her gameplay debut here so you can get an idea on how she plays.

The King of Fighters XIV is coming to the PlayStation 4 on all major regions this late August. Also check out Atlus' YouTube channel for exhibition videos between various KOF players at E3 2016!

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Wednesday
Jun292016

Upcoming BlazBlue exhibition to feature English commentary

An upcoming round-robin exhibition of BlazBlue Central Fiction in Japan will feature high-level play along with English commentary.

The exhibition will feature three players competing in first-to-five sets. Players taking part will be Kaqn (Naoto), Zexo (Azrael) and Yutta (Jin). 

These sets will take place Sunday, July 3, at noon JST (Saturday, July 2, at 8 p.m. PDT, 11 p.m. EDT) with streaming on MajinObama's Twitch channel and commentary by Guymam.

Tuesday
Jun282016

Jasen's Customs TE2+ EZ Mod for Mad Catz TE2+ sticks coming exclusively to EVO 2016

If you are going to EVO 2016 and want your Mad Catz Arcade FightStick TE2+ to work for all current generation consoles with one simple board, you might have only one opportunity.

The TE2+ gets its own EZ Mod from Jasen's Customs following the release of the original TE2 model. Similar to the normal TE2 EZ Mod, this version is entirely solderless but requires clipping of the USB cable from the original PCB.

Designed to work with the Brook Universal Fighting Board, the EZ Mod contains LEDs that work uniquely when in specific console modes including player-specific lights and colors on PlayStation 4 while the Xbox One renders all white much like the normal controller. Another aspect found on the TE2+ EZ Mod is that the Lock button is swapped by Turbo.

The EZ Mod board itself will be priced at $34.95 only at the Arcade Shock booth. If you are looking to get your TE2+ upgraded at the event, Jasen's Customs' own Jasen Hicks will help sell and install the kits.

Tuesday
Jun282016

Persona fighters, Nitroplus Blasterz join US Round 1 NESiCA library

Round 1 locations in the United States are adding three games to their NESiCAxLive game selection on July 1: Nitroplus Blasterz, Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena and Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold.

While the first two titles are already available on consoles in North America, P4U2 was updated in Japan in January 2015 to version 2.0 on the NESiCA system but that update never reached home systems.

The P4U2 update contains many changes to both the system and individual characters, which left players in the U.S. disappointed by the seeming abandonment of support for the title.