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Monday
Aug152016

Capcom details August, September Street Fighter V updates

Haunts has revealed what Capcom has planned for players in the next month and a half.

In a post on Capcom Unity, the director of digital media and esports at Capcom USA revealed that after server maintenance on Aug. 16 the company will implement a more strict rage quit policy. This new plan will cause offenders to "lose League Points and be locked out of online matching for a set time."

In September, a much bigger update is planned for SFV. In addition to new double Fight Money events that will benefit players in Ranked, there are a number of smaller tweaks coming to the game. These changes include a versus CPU option, daily challenges for Fight Money and easier access to costume colors. Previously only available through the Survival Mode, additional colors will be available to Season Pass holders and those who buy premium costumes will now get all the colors for that outfit. Additionally, color bundles will be offered for Fight Money or purchase.

For the full details, head over to Capcom Unity.

Thursday
Aug112016

New KOFXIV team video focusing on the all female Another World group & episode of KOF Station

Here are some more videos for The King of Fighters XIV as the game is less than two weeks away from release!

The latest team trailer focuses on the new Another World group. While Nakoruru was featured in past KOF games in secondary appearances, the three female characters are making their first playable appearances in a major KOF game. Both Mui Mui and Love Heart were featured in their own pachinko slot games by SNK. You can check out more information on the team on the game's official website.

For the latest episode of KOF Station, it features voice actors Mitsuhiro Ichiki and Ai Kakuma hosting the show. Kakuma is known for voicing Yuri in the game while Ichiki is playing an unannounced role. This episode has Ichiki teach Kakuma how to play KOFXIV. The video has various annotations detailing different mechanics that new players can learn.

Both videos are available after the jump! The King of Fighters XIV will be coming to all major territories later in August exclusively on the PlayStation 4.

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Wednesday
Aug102016

Super Desperation Radio episode 524 archive online

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

SDR tackled some hot-button issues this week: fighting game story modes, post-match excuses, post-match buffoonery and a host of other topics. The crew even managed to slip a conversation about feet into the show as well.

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.

Wednesday
Aug102016

Tekken 7 FR Bob footage from Japan & South Korea

With Bob being the first timed release character for Tekken 7's arcade expansion, check out footage of higher level players using him.

In Japan at Namco Sugamo, Shudy captured almost four hours worth of Take using the returning character. Take, who recently placed seventh at this year's EVO, was known for using Bob in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

As for South Korea, you can watch MBC, Kkokkoma and Knee try out Bob in deathmatches against other players online.

Master Raven will be arriving in September so make sure to look out for footage in the future!

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Thursday
Aug042016

The Ikari Warriors are ready for battle in new KOF XIV trailer

Ralf Jones, Leona Heidern and Clark Still have arrived as the newest team trailer for King of Fighters XIV. As with the previous team trailer, Team Psycho Soldier, all three characters make their appearance as part of the cast returning from King of Fighters XIII.

As with the other trailers, the short video shows off basic combos and supers for all three characters on the team. It even shows some returning moves for both Clark and Ralf, whose move lists were truncated in KOF XIII.

The trailer also shows off the team's aircraft carrier stage, complete with military personnel and fighter jets. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Tuesday
Aug022016

Bob joins Tekken 7: Fated Retribution on Aug. 9, Master Raven and balance changes added to the game soon

An official stream from Bandai Namco has announced that Bob will be joining Tekken 7 as part of a roster update on Aug. 9, along with other upcoming changes to the game.

Master Raven, the other new character revealed at Evolution 2016, will be joining the cast sometime in September. Also discussed during the stream were upcoming balance changes coming to T7:FR that will likely shake up how the game is played in arcades.

According to Avoiding The Puddle's FlyingWonkey, some changes include:

  • Akuma has overall been nerfed. Some of his old divekick combos don't connect and reduced meter gain and damage output.
  • Pushback after King's Rage Drive has been increased in combos.
  • Yoshimitsu's d/f+1,2 is no longer a Natural Combo. Fubuki Knee into BT 2 now works again.
  • Josie's cd+3 is -13 on block now (down from -14) Switch stance 3 (low) now combos on counter hit with the opponent facing towards you for pick-up combo. Her d/b+2 now wallsplats on normal hit instead of only on counter hit.
  • Kazumi's 'too favorable' d/f+1 has longer recovery frames on block and doesn't track as well as it used to now. Her FLY grab now wallsplats. Power Crush whiff frames reduced.

The nerfs on Akuma will likely come as welcome to many Tekken players, who felt the character in his current version is too strong on many fronts. For links to the stream and demonstrations of both new characters, head over to Avoiding The Puddle.

Monday
Aug012016

Super Desperation Radio episode 523 archive online

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

SDR was playing catch up this week, starting with the SoCal Regionals 2016 annoucement where mainly the venue and the surrounding area were discussed.

The crew also spoke at length about the state of the King of Fighters XIV demo, analyzing several characters and sharing their hopes for the final release.

Finally, the controversy concerning Smash 4 and the greater FGC was addressed. While initially serious in tone, the topic reminded SDR members that having a sense of humor about the scene is paramount.

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.

 

Monday
Aug012016

New video shows the tribulations of Balanced Kenshi in Mortal Kombat X

Test Your Might user ando1184 has created a new video showing some of the hitbox problems and general inconsistencies that plague Kenshi's Balanced variation in Mortal Kombat X.

The roughly four-minute music video, set to Enya, showcases how many of Balanced Kenshi's tools fail to work as players think they should, or create situations that are confusing and frustrating. The video's creator claims this is not a call for buffs to the character, but merely an illustration of his various hardships.

Players can check out the video after the jump.

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Thursday
Jul282016

Psycho Soldiers make their debut in new KOF XIV trailer

Athena Asamiya, Chin Gentsai and Sie Kensou get their time in the spotlight as the newest team trailer for King of Fighters XIV has debuted. All three characters make their appearance as part of the cast returning from King of Fighters XIII.

As with the other trailers, the short video shows off basic combos and supers for all three characters on the team. The trailer even focuses on the massive damage Chin can achieve once he has had 10 drinks.

Also featured is a stage completely new to King of Fighters, which is based on a real location in Shanghai that the developers visited. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Tuesday
Jul262016

Tuboware joins Circa eSports as its FGC manager

Midwest hype man Brandon "Tuboware" Brockman has been announced as Circa eSports' FGC manager.

Brockman has made a name for himself over the years, playing in and helping run events across the Midwest. He is the voice of the auction events at Chicago tournaments like Combo Breaker, and has become known on the mic for his commentary in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3.

In the last year Brockman has become a champion for UMvC3, commentating the game at Evo 2016 as well as encouraging players to keep playing it or even learn it fresh. For more information on Brockman, check out Red Bull's recent feature on him.

Monday
Jul252016

Super Desperation Radio episode 522 archive online

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

It was SDR's first show since Evolution 2016 and the cast spent the show talking about the good and the bad of the event, as well as their personal experiences at Evo.

Midway through the show they were joined by Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar, who answered some questions from the crew, addressed complaints and even fielded a few comments from listeners in the chat. Cuellar also gave some hints as to the direction Evo 2017 may go in terms of venue and organization.

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.

 

Monday
Jul252016

New footage shows BlazBlue Central Fiction's Es in action

Dengeki recently held an event where BBCF's new character Es was shown off to the public in demonstration matches.

During 20 minutes of action, Es faces off against several characters in the Central Fiction cast. The matches show basic combos and strategies for the character and should give players an idea of how Es will play when they finally get their hands on console BBCF.

The event was streamed on Nico, but for those who were unable to see it live Jourdal has uploaded the footage to YouTube. BlazBlue Central Fiction launches on PlayStation 3 and 4 in Japan on Oct. 6, 2016. Check out the video after the jump.

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Thursday
Jul212016

Juri, Summer Costumes coming to Street Fighter V on July 26

Capcom has announced during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 that its next big collection of downloadable content will be available at the end of July.

On July 26, Juri Han and the Summer Costumes for Laura, Cammy and Ibuki will become available. While Juri will be available for purchase using in-game currency, each of the premium costumes will cost players $3.99.

Check out the Juri trailer courtesy of Born Free, who is at SDCC.

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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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