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Wednesday
Jan052011

MATCH-UP BREAKDOWN: Vega/Claw vs. Rufus

Matchup Breakdown: Vega/Claw vs. Rufus by Marcos “El Cubano Loco” Blanco

Intro

This matchup frustrated me and many other Claw players probably just as much as Blanka did back in the Vanilla SF4 days. It wasn’t an impossible matchup to overcome, but it definitely was far from an easy ride, especially if the Rufus player knew how to shut down Vega’s offense and prey upon his not so stellar defense.

Thankfully in Super SF4, the matchup went from being a 7-3 nightmare in Rufus’ favor to now…well Rufus still has the edge, but now it is a more manageable 6-4 endeavor since Rufus has a few nerfs whereas Vega has nothing but buffs, namely his mask and claw staying on longer, a bigger hit box on his EX Flying Barcelona Attack (FBA), a buffed Ultra 1 and his extremely useful Ultra 2.

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Wednesday
Jan052011

Hakan Mauling in SSF4: AE

Kim1234 uploaded a video of a Hakan player -- Wildcat, is that you? -- roasting a random Ryu in SSF4: AE. Oh how the mighty have fallen! 

Tokido says Hakan is still the worst but you wouldn't be able to tell after watching this video. Check it out below and find more SSF4: AE videos from Japan on Kim1234's channel.

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Wednesday
Jan052011

Dead Or Alive Dimensions' (3DS) Chronicle Mode & Use of Lower Screen Detailed

Andria Sang translated a recent article from Famitsu on a new mode for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS Dead or Alive game. Nothing too earth shattering here -- it's basically a single player tutorial/story mode that will give players a more in depth look at the story behind Dead or Alive. I guess that's cool if you're into fighting game stories!

They also talk about one of the uses for the lower screen on the 3DS for the game. It will display a command list for the character, and each move can be performed by tapping it if needed. 

Anyway, a few new images for the game were posted on Famitsu as well, which you can check out below. 

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Wednesday
Jan052011

The Excellent Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross: OT GP FTW!

Gootecks and Mike Ross are back with another episode of Excellent Adventures and are stumped by a secret message via XBL from VirtixOT who was on the previous episode. Is it fan mail? Hate mail? A prophecy? Who knows? Who cares! Just watch!

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Wednesday
Jan052011

Don’t be a Scrub Podcast Interviews with Mago, GamerBee & Tokido

Spidercarnage over at Being a Scrub hit me up with an email about a cool podcast they have on the site called "Don't Be a Scrub" and the past three episodes feature some of the biggest names in Street Fighter as their guests! You can download the full podcasts from the pages below, and keep in mind they have transcripts of each podcast if reading interviews is more your thing. Check it out!

MAGO | GAMERBEE | TOKIDO

Wednesday
Jan052011

NORCAL INSTALL IS BACK!

You thought the hype train ended with Norcal? Think again! The hype returns with the NorCal INSTALL! ranbat, in beautiful HD, streamed on iPlayWinner, and recorded on TheBBVlog! Your favorite NorCal players return to battle it out with full commentary! Get your BlazBlue, Melty Blood, and Guilty Gear fix on this Saturday, the 8th, 12:00 PST on http://www.justin.tv/iplaywinner.

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Wednesday
Jan052011

EVO 2011 Location, Date & New Tournament Season Announced

EVO2011 is set to take place July 29th-31st in Las Vegas, NV at the Rio Casino and Resort! SRK also announced that they are kicking off a new tournament season, where points will be awarded to top placing competitors at major tournaments all around the country. This will allow the EVO staff to potentially seed hundreds of players in the EVO World Finals. 

Check out the full details over at Shoryuken.com!

Tuesday
Jan042011

Run It Back: The Road to SCR Episode 3 

Zaid "RedRapper" Tabani sent over the final episode of Run it Back: The Road to SCR, and it's full of great interviews with some of the best players in the country. And of course there is a ton of footage from SCR, following players through the ups and downs of the tournament. If you haven't checked these out by now, you should really set aside some time to do so as they give a lot of insight into arcade and tournament culture. You can check out Episode 3 below and find the rest of Run it Back by clicking here.

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Tuesday
Jan042011

Marvel vs Capcom 3 Bay Area Tournament - January 27th

Capcom-Unity sent out a teaser post just yesterday for an upcoming Marvel vs Capcom 3 tournament that they are throwing right here in the Bay Area on January 27th! They haven't released too many details, though they mention they are teaming up with GameSpot.com to make this all happen. If that's the case this should be a great event.

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Tuesday
Jan042011

BBCS: Lambda Setups, Resets, Gimmicks & More! 

ac1791 released a video showing Lambda's inner beast, a Tiger Knee feinting Crescent Loop happy robot! Lots of things shown here can make your close range (And even long range) mix-up stronger, your spacing better, and character specific combo's neater! If you wield the swordy robot, its a must see! Click HERE to check it out. 

Monday
Jan032011

Montreal Nemesis 2 this Saturday! $1000 pot bonus! 

This event will be Featuring Arturo Sanchez, EMP Dieminion, JS Master, Nerdjosh, Snafoo, Eric Hai, Killacam, & more! We'll be streaming this event live this Saturday! For more information, hit up Nemesis.mtlsf.net.

Definitely tune in for our first Major event of the year. As always our schedule of events can be found on our gamescast.tv page.

Monday
Jan032011

IPW TOPIC OF THE WEEK: How do You Deal with Bad Match-ups?

This week I wanted to get everyone's thoughts on how they approach bad match-ups, whether it be in Super Street Fighter 4, BlazBlue: CS or even Jackie Chan: Fists of Fire. Match-ups are a huge part of pretty much every fighting game known to man, and if you want to be a competitive player -- or at least have some sort of consistency with your play -- knowing match-ups is paramount. 

Understanding a match-up can sometimes make up for weaker aspects of your game such as execution or reaction time. Simply knowing what is safe and what is punishable, and to what degree, can make a huge difference in your game. 

Now, regardless of which character you main, they are bound to have a bad match-up or two at the very least. So how do you approach the fight when the odds are stacked against you?

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Monday
Jan032011

Marvel vs Capcom 3 Secret Event - Thursday, January 6th - Las Vegas, NV

Capcom-Unity just posted up that they are planning a "secret event" for Marvel vs Capcom 3 in Las Vegas, NV come this Thursday! Not only that, a brand new build of Marvel vs Capcom 3 will be playable, containing characters that will be announced "shortly".

Looks like we have a lot to look forward to this week when it comes to MVC3 news. Learn more about the "Secret Event" and how to get in by clicking here

Monday
Jan032011

More Videos of Justin Wong Playing Yang  

Dae uploaded a handful of videos of Justin Wong playing Yang at Family Fun Arcade, and I think you guys are really going to like these . You'll see he has a number of different setups for Ultra 1 with Yang and as expected, is over all very solid with him. There's also a match of Justin vs Marn, who is playing Yun. Check 'em out below!

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Monday
Jan032011

Tokido's Laboratory Blog Update - New Footage of Nemo's Yang

Tokido is back with another blog update and uploaded another cool video for everyone to check out. This is more of Nemo playing Yang, and once again shows us how solid Yang can be in the right hands. Tokido thinks Seiei-Enbu is "godlike" and is waiting on players such as Sako -- who apparently is playing Yang now as well -- to find out more about it. 

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Sunday
Jan022011

Interviews With Lamerboi, Rom, Crackfiend and LPN about SSF4: AE

As many of you have noticed IPW has been capturing a lot of footage of SSF4: AE at Milpitas Golf Land for YouTube. I pulled aside some of NorCal's top players (Lamerboi, Rom, Crackfiend, and LPN) to talk about their thoughts on AE and specific characters that they are playing.

Lamerboi talks about Guile nerfs, Crackfiend enlightens us on Boxer, LPN gives us a overview of AE and Rom . . . Well lets say Rom gives us a lot of intel on how to learn and play Yang in AE.

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Sunday
Jan022011

EX-Programmer Talks KOFXIII Console Port Situation & Working Conditions at SNKP, SNK at CES This Week

For those of you who are big fans of SNK-Playmore and the King of Fighters series, you might want to skip this entry completely as it's fairly depressing. The Professor at MMCAFE translated a number of tweets from an EX-programmer at SNK-Playmore who talks about the working conditions at the company and the current situation surrounding porting the KOF games to console. 

Now, keep in mind this is just one side of the story -- one man's opinion and experiences -- though it should shed some light on why the netcode in KOFXII was so bad. Check out the entry below for all the details. 

Also, somewhat related, SNK will be at CES this week, most likely showing off King of Fighters XIII and perhaps some other games as well? Maybe we'll hear more about the console port of the game and future plans for the company. Click here to check out the CES flier. 

 

Professor at MMCAFE Translation of EX-Programmer Tweets:

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Sunday
Jan022011

NSB SSF4: AE in Ibaraki Replay feat. Yang's Alternate Costume in Action

Updated on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 2:29PM by Registered Commenterhaunts

NSB broadcasted another SSF4: AE session just last night -- I think, was out at MGL and Keystone all day so missed it live -- and the replay is now up for everyone to check out. It clocks in at around 2 hours 30 minutes long so I haven't been able to check out the whole thing, though skipping through you'll see one of the players using Yang's alternate costume. There is also a 35K BP Viper who goes on a tear later on, though I'm not sure who it is. Either way, check out the archived footage below. 

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Sunday
Jan022011

The Excellent Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross: BACK TO BASICS

A new episode of Excellent Adventures hit the Cross Counter YouTube Channel recently. This time Gootecks and Mike Ross are going through what many other West Coast players are going through: juggling the differences between Arcade Edition and console Super. This is a really great episode clocking in at around 22 minutes so be sure to check it out once you get a chance.

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Sunday
Jan022011

New SSF4: AE Videos from a-cho feat. GDLK Gen & More

WTF is going on here? Watch and find out!GAME a-cho uploaded another huge chunk of SSF4: AE footage, and this set has a great mix of characters being played. The Gen player stood out in particular, with a handful of matches you will definitely want to check out. 

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