I can't imagine that anyone reading this site to have not seen this video by now, but if you missed it or simply want to relive one of the most epic matches of the year, Team Spooky has you covered! This is EG Marn vs Daigo Umehara, just one of many matches that have been uploaded to the Seasons Beatings Official YouTube Channel.
Pulse dancing, palms going damp and mouth going dry, you sit down to plug in your stick alongside a fellow traveler. The pleasantries of occupation are extended – button check? Why, thank you, sir. Then, to swords.
A knockdown is scored. You cozy up to your fallen foe. Itchy index finger taps short kick, timed to press the enemy's brain into processing defense against meaty pokes. The exhilaration of auspicious chicanery presses you forward as he foolishly tosses out a reversal, to which you dole out withering punishment and place him back upon his shoulder blades. Deja vu from your tapping fingertip. Unnerved, your prey elects to block, a decision you reward with a throw. Now you have meter; now you are invincible...
A new tournament has been announced that you may want to put on your radar. It is the Canada Cup, put together by the players in Calgary, and they hope that this will become the definitive Canadian national tournament.
Top players confirmed to be in attendance are Daigo "the Beast" Umehara, Justin Wong, Mike Ross. The stream will be provided by Team Spooky, who provided the stream for Seasons Beatings 5: Redemption. Commentary will be provided by Cross Counter's Ryan "Gootecks" Gutierrez. With big names like these confirmed, many others are sure to follow.
It takes place November 13-14th, so make plans. They also put together an excellent trailer for the event, which you can view after the jump.
EG Martin "MaRN" Phan has put together a great blog entry about what US players can do to surpass Japan as a fighting game community. He draws upon his years of experience to support his conclusions. Check out an excerpt after the jump and read the whole entry here!
What do you think? What do you think the US needs to do to surpass Japan?
If it were only that easy. Desk put together a ridiculous 126-hit combo with Chun-Li and is offering a 50 dollar reward to the first player who can reproduce it. Check out the combo video and the rules below!
If you haven't picked up Super Street Fighter 4 yet and were on the fence about doing so, perhaps getting it for a great sale price will help seal the deal.
Fighter's Fury caught up with BLG JuiceBox and BLG FilipinoChamp at Seasons Beatings Redemption for a interview. They talk about the hype surrounding Season Beatings. All the money matches that went down. Each character they each use and much more!
Watch the Videos after the break!
A new interview with Seth Killian surfaced today a few interesting bits of information. He mentions Capcom is shooting for a lot of character diversity in the game and in parts of the interview it sounds like Ryu may be the only shoto making the cut -- only time well tell. More than that, is there a hint that something could be in store for the Power Stone series? Check out the excerpt from the interview below, or read the entire thing by clicking here.
SNK uploaded some more King of Fighters XIII combo videos to their YouTube Channel recently, showcasing combos for a number of different characters. The combos start of pretty simple but end up being a bit more complex towards the end. If you're fiending for more KOFXIII footage, be sure to check these out. Big ups to DreamCancel for pointing these out! Videos after the jump!
Team Spooky uploaded a ton of Marvel vs Capcom 2 matches to the official Seasons Beatings YouTube Channel. As much attention as Super Street Fighter 4 is receiving -- and rightfully so -- many of the Marvel vs Capcom 2 matches were just as entertaining to watch. I embedded one of my favorites from the stream which is J360 vs EG Justin Wong. Check it out after the break!
Free1Up and Fighters Fury have uploaded an interview with Taiwanese rising star Gamerbee, recent victor at Seasons Beatings 5 Redemption! He talks about playing against Japan's best players like Daigo, Mago and Momochi, characters in Super Street Fighter 4, about his popularity after EVO 2010 and much more!
The Grand Finals for Battle for the West Coast crown surfaced today thanks to Gootecks. This is a long set between two of the best players in the country, EG Ricky Ortiz and Alex Valle. If you're not familiar with this tournament, it was an invite only event put together by Combofiend to determine the best player on the West Coast.
Martin "Marn" Phan just posted up a blog on the Evil Geniuses website talking about the drama surrounding his win over Daigo, what he said on the stream afterward and where he feels his game is at with Dudley. Another interesting point he brings up is how he is criticized for the way he acts and his attitude is said to limit the growth of the community. He responds that the people who are truly preventing growth in the scene are those who just troll players online and don't attend events.
Whether or not you agree with Marn's point of view is of course up to you, but it's a good read either way. Check out the full blog post on the Evil Geniuses website.
There is no denying that Super Street Fighter 4 is king in the fighting game community. Most tournaments and streams feature the game as the main event. However, Capcom's Yoshinori Ono has made it public knowledge that there will be no more major iterations on Street Fighter 4 in the near future. The possibility of downloadable characters gives the game more longevity, but those will eventually stop.
So, will Super Street Fighter 4 always remain the most popular game? Will it always be the centerpiece of a major tournament and the main feature on live streams? Will it only be dethroned by an eventual Street Fighter 5? Or does a new fighting game, already on the horizon or theoretical possibility, stand a chance of taking the top spot **not just for a few months, but long-term?**
Thanks to Garrett Kelly for an excellent topic! Have an idea for a future topic? Hit the thread in the IPW Forum and let us know!
Protocol Snow attended Seasons Beatings 5 and caught up with GamerBee on day two to get his thoughts on a number of different topics. This is an awesome interview with some great photos as well so be sure to check it out. Here is a small clip from the interview, read the rest here.
With you and RB (Rufus and Guy player, won 13th place at EVO 2010 SSF4) both making strong performances at EVO, there has been increasing interest in the Taiwan fighting game scene. How strong is the community in Taiwan? What is the competition atmosphere there like? How do you feel Taiwan ranks on the international level?
The Taiwan fighting game scene is fairly weak. A proper environment is necessary to nuture any fighting game scene and unfortunately we do not have the components to truly develop our community.
EVO2K10 seems like it was just yesterday and who would have thought just a few months later would another tournament come along and provide just as many, if not more, unbelievable matches and moments. Seasons Beatings 5 ended up being one of the most intense tournaments of the year with so much on the line for so many players. I spent the majority of Sunday watching the stream in amazement that each match had so much going on.
At EVO2K10, Daigo still placed first, but with Justin Wong not landing a top 8 spot and numerous other upsets it was a clear indicator that it's the end of an era. Days gone by it was fairly easy to predict the top three of most major tournaments but not anymore. Now, Seasons Beatings 5 further indicates that with Super Street Fighter 4, it's anyone's game.
It's Mortal Monday, and it's time for some Mortal Kombat! NetherRealm Studios has put together the first of what will hopefully be many origin and background videos for Mortal Kombat's characters. This one is about Scorpion, arguably the most popular ninja in fighting games!
This short video also contains footage from the new game! Get over here and watch this!