Doug and Hoodaman, two relatively unknown players in the grand scheme of things, made a name for themselves this past weekend at NCR8 by taking out a few high profile players. Much like Crizzle, those of you who tune into Starbase Arcade each Wednesday know what's up. Though they lost just a match or two before making it to top 8, you'll see below they definitely did some damage at NCR. Do it for Video Bob!
Whoa, whoa, hold up one second. Am I dreaming? What in the world -- this is insane! Over at the official MadCatz Store they have an amazing deal going on: "Buy 1 Get 1 Free" on the original TE and the Round 2 Fight Stick, not to mention the same deal applies to the Wii TVC FightStick as well.
This deal has been making the rounds via Twitter and Facebook over the past few hours, so you better act fast if you want these before they run out of stock.
For NCR8, a lot of great presentation elements for the stream were created by yours truly -- one of them being individual player profiles that would fly onto the screen before a match. Unfortunately, do to poopy hotel internet issues, iplaywinner had to lower the bitrate of the stream considerably to get a decent frame rate for viewers, which meant that the high-res profile text was impossible to read.
It was a shame really, all this time spent on typing out witty descriptions for top players (thanks MrJared), and with a dope-as-hell manilla folder presentation. So I decided to save them all as JPG's, so you guys could experience the magic as intended.
Those of you who tune into our Starbase Arcade streams each week are no stranger to Crizzle's C. Viper, but he has yet to really blow it up at major in SSF4 -- until now. This weekend Crizzle made top 8 at NorCal Regionals 8 in SSF4, sending home a number of different high profile players along the way. Among these players were two of the best -- if not the best -- Guile players in the country: Lamerboi and Warahk. Check out both videos after the break, and don't worry Guile fans, we'll have more videos from the real American hero doin' damage very soon.
Hey guys, wanted to give everyone just a real quick heads up here that we are switching over from USTREAM to Justin.TV for all of our future broadcasts. Justin.TV has a lot of cool features lined up in the very near future that go hand in hand with the direction we're taking our live streams. More than that, USTREAM has been a little buggy over the past month or so, making it difficult for us to do everything we want during live broadcasts.
This is easily one of the most retarded matches we saw during the entire tournament, with both players apparently agreeing that blocking is the most useless move in the game. What you won't see during this match is both Crackfiend and Marn laughing their asses off as they played; damn I wish I had a camera shot of that! Anyway, if you missed this one live, you gotta see it, and if you saw it live I can't imagine it not being in your top 3 matches of the tourney. Check it out below!
The Grand Finals for Tekken 6 at NCR8 ended up being the perfect storm: Rip and MR NAPS in the ring, with FilthieRich and MarkMan on commentary. I know a lot of you SSF4 stream monsters out there wont give this game a chance, but this is one set not to be missed. Tons of high-octane play from both players with some solid commentary to boot.
This is probably the most requested match from NCR8 thus far, and for good reason. This is a fight to the death between two of NorCal's best players, BLG Vangief and EG Ricky Ortiz. Ricky shows what it takes to battle out of losers in a top 8 filled with some of the best players in the country. Vance doesn't go down without a fight though, making this one of the best Grand Finals I've seen in a long time. More videos from NCR8 will show up shortly so be sure to keep checking our YouTube Channel!
We went ahead and uploaded the intro for NCR8 that was put together by LordOfUltima, and if you missed it on the stream, know that the language is NSFW! Now that we've got that out of the way, I'll give you guys a little history on how this whole theme came together for the intro and stream.
Basically, we didn't know Daigo -- or any other international player for that matter -- was going to be at NCR when Mr Jared, LordOfUltima and myself started planning for the stream. The general tone is we felt we were getting the short end of the stick compared to other tournaments this year.
November 24th Team Sp00ky will be re-streaming the Nagoya Street Battle X Beat By Contest. This is a international gaming competition in Switzerland. Team Nagoya Street Battle will be running the Japanese qualifiers for the event.
The format is not what we are all used to seeing. It will be best of 3 rounds and First to Five match sets.
More Information About the Event After the Break!
James "Worst Gief Ever" sits down with noted Fei-Long player, Starnab, getting his thoughts on topics such as: recent North American tournaments and the dreaded 2nd place finish! If you like this interview, be sure to check out WGE's interview with Kayane and Luffy!
iPLAYWINNER INTERVIEW: STARNAB
Who are you and where are you from?
I'm StarNab, I'm 27. I live in France. I've always been a huge video games fan thanks to my big brothers. The very first system I played on was the MSX. And the first fighting game I played was actually Year Kung Fu 2. I'm also part of the Katrina-esports team (KFR) which is an esport team dedicated to console games such as FIFA, PES, Halo and SF4. http://www.katrina-esports.com
Yoshinori Ono tweeted a picture of him getting down on some Street Fighter x Tekken in the Capcom UK offices. If you look closely, you can also see Ken's portrait there at the top, effectively confirming him for the game. Perhaps he will gain a few new moves the same way Ryu got his Joudan kick back?
Today a bunch of new screen shots for Mortal Kombat 9 were released in the Russian Magazine, Igromania.
Sonya Blade is the new character that is featured in all the pictures. I am very excited to see her as a playable character in MK9.
Also Some footage with G4 interviewing Hector Sanchez from NetherRealm Studios at the Electronic Game Show in Mexico City. They talk about how NetherRealm Studios plans on aiming for a Spring 2011 Release.
View the Pictures and The Video After the Break!
Its the moment you've been waiting for, SOCAL REGIONALS BLAZBLUE CONTINUUM SHIFT TOP FOUR FINALISTS DUAL IT OUT!!! Dacidbro, Tokido, CopperDabbit, and Zong_One bring the hype in high level American and Japanese play! Stay tuned to keep up with the matches!
NCR8 has come and gone, leaving us with some of the most intense matches of the year. BLG Filipino Champ's win over Daigo Umehara at SCR was surrounded with doubt and controversy within the community, and this was his chance to prove that he does indeed have Daigo's number. Throw in some great commentary by Seth Killian and Juicebox, making this by far and away one of the best matches from one of the last standing real American tournaments. Enjoy!
"Combos" isn't a word that ever really crosses my mind when considering Dhalsim, but this new combo video by DaDoppen just changed all that. This video covers a wide range of goofy combos and set-ups for a character typically known for single, long range attacks. A must see for sure!
The console release of Street Fighter 4 in 2009 completely revitalized a genre that has been stagnant for years. Since then, sequels for major franchises are regular, new franchises have begun, and a few have found new life as downloadable games.
So, for this week's topic, let's have some fun. Is there a fighting game from the past that you would love to see brought back today?
Also, how would you like to see it revived? Would you like to see a complete makeover like Super SF2 Turbo HD Remix or perhaps even completely 3D graphics engine? What modes would you add? Change the gameplay/balance or remain faithful? Retail or downloadable game? Pretend you are developer and publisher.
New Japanese Super Street Fighter 4 Blog Post Translated: Arcade Edition Changes to Blanka, Abel, Gen & Makoto
The latest Japanese Super Street Fighter 4 blog post has been translated! This one features the changes made to Blanka, Abel, Gen, and Makoto in the upcoming Arcade Edition! Makoto fans in particular should be happy with this one.
Huge thanks to USD from NEOGAF for providing the timely translation! It is truly appreciated! So, read on for the changes!
NORCAL REGIONALS IS THIS WEEKEND!
Yo guys! Just a quick update that NCR8 begins THIS WEEKEND! We'll be streaming all the action live from our USTREAM Channel so be sure to tune in. We have some things planned for the stream that will blow your mind -- I just hope the internet works! Hah!
We'll be doing some tests tonight, and possibly streaming the SSF4 qualifiers for the NorCal vs SoCal 5v5 so keep an eye out for that. Keep in mind, we will be testing through out the night so we may go on and off the air from time to time. Saturday around 9am PST we should be live, streaming Tekken 6 and SSF4 around noon.
I've posted a tentative schedule for the event below which will give you a general idea when things are going down. Follow us on Twitter or F5 this page through out the weekend to stay up to date!
Marvel vs Capcom 3 producer Ryota Niitsuma was a guest on Gamespot's "Today On the Spot" show.
They talked about the design process of incorporating Wesker, Tron Bonne, Spider-Man, and X-23 into the game. Also, interestingly, Ryota stated that not only will they be looking into bringing more characters into the game via downloadable content, but they are also other elements that they are looking at offering and adding to the game via DLC.
What woud you like to see as DLC besides characters? Marvel vs Capcom 3 segment begins around 5:48.