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Thursday
Mar192015

DOA 5: Last Round for PC Shipping without Online, Other Features

While it's good to see console fighting games spread to PC, Siliconera is reporting that Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is losing some features during the transition.

According to specifications posted by Team Ninja, DOA5LR will release at the end of March without online play and some of the graphical features present in Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game. It will also not include the two new stages added to those versions.

While Team Ninja does plan to add online "within three months of launch," it's disappointing to see PC users not being given the full game experience. There is also no word as to whether the developers plan to try and add the next-gen stages to the PC version in the future.

For Siliconera's full list of PC "quirks," hit the jump.

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Wednesday
Mar182015

Trailer for 3rd Strike UK's Gutter Trash Vol. 5, July 24 & 25 at London's The Heart of Gaming

England can't get enough of Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike as the next Gutter Trash tournament will be coming later this year.

The fifth edition of the nation's dedicated event will return to The Heart of Gaming center in London on July 24-25. Like past entries, the tournament will all be played on Japanese cabinets using the original CPS3 hardware to run 3rd Strike.

You can find the trailer as well as footage from Gutter Trash 4 below!

Players interested in attending can expect a great amount of competition from past Gutter Trash events. You can follow the Gutter Trash Facebook page, the 3rd Strike UK group and The Heart of Gaming for future information.

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Wednesday
Mar182015

South Korean Guilty Gear Xrd Tournament to be Featured at Sony's PlayStation Arena Event on March 22

Arc System Works' latest Guilty Gear entry is one of the two games to be featured in an upcoming PlayStation event in South Korea.

Seoul's Nexon Arena will be the venue to host the featured Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- tournament at PlayStation Arena on March 22. Registered players competed in a preliminary event at Yongsan PlayStation Zone. The finals tournament will take place following the tournament for the other featured game, Pro Evolution Soccer 2015. Both Arc System Works' Kazutoshi "Pachi" Sekine and Daisuke Ishiwatari will be in attendance to promote the tournament.

If you live in Korea and want to see what the nation's Guilty Gear community is capable of, please attend! In addition to the tournament, attendees can win free games and try out new ones such as Blazblue Chronophantasma Extend and Bloodborne.  For the rest of the world, eSportsTV will be streaming the event live on YouTube!

Wednesday
Mar182015

Review - Sanwa Denshi LB-30N-CW Clear Bat Top

Sanwa Denshi LB-30N-CL installed to a Seimitsu LS-32 lever on a Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2.The redesigned Arcade Shock website has introduced a number of new products, most notably the Hori Real Arcade Pro 4 Premium VLX Kuro arcade stick. However, the site also features a simple accessory that I was excited for since seeing it at EVO 2014: Sanwa Denshi's transparent bat top. While the company had already produced bat tops for its JLF and JLW series of levers, none of them were transparent.

The popular arcade stick parts company now has a clear bat top, which is a neat little product. Much like its look, the draw of the bat top is transparent. It's clear, looks nice and feels really good. Players who use Sanwa's older series of bat tops will like this new model.

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Monday
Mar162015

Super Desperation Radio Episode 405 Archive Online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on IPLAYWINNER'S YouTube channel.

With Final Round 18 only days away, SDR talked about the regional team tournament for Guilty Gear Xrd and the event in general, as Hellpockets failed to give his Pockets' Pick on who would take home the main prize in Ultra Street Fighter IV.

The new characters revealed for Mortal Kombat X—including Friday the 13th's Jason Voorhees—were also a big topic, with the cast wondering how many characters should be expected as the game's release draws closer.

Lastly, with the Capcom Pro Tour in full swing, the use of option selects in Ultra and how they affect the game was once again a point of contention.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PST on Twitch and YouTube.

Friday
Mar132015

Jason Voorhees Joins Mortal Kombat X

After several teases and hints, NetherRealm Studios has revealed on Friday, March 13, 2015, that Jason Voorhees will be joining MKX as the first character in the Kombat Pack.

A DLC character, Voorhees has been a desired character ever since A Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddie was introduced in Mortal Kombat 9, and many players had hoped to pit the two horror legends against one another in a brutal face-off.

To check out the very brief trailer revealing Jason, hit the jump.

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Thursday
Mar122015

Footage from Darkstalkers Duo Festival at A-Cho

On Feb. 21, 2015, Kyoto's neo amusement space a-cho held a World Cup-style team tournament for Vampire Savior. The tournament first separated 43 two-player teams into groups, where they would play a round-robin event. The top two teams from each group then moved on to a single-elimination, 16-team bracket.

The event featured many of the game's top Japanese players, and every character from the game is represented. The tournament's videos are split into a single video for each group, with a final video dedicated to top 16 matches. Viewers can find them on the tournament's dedicated YouTube channel and those wondering more about the event—who speak Japanese—can check out the its blog.

Wednesday
Mar112015

Group Brackets for London's Premiere Tekken Tournament Lionz Den 2 Now Available

The next big Tekken-exclusive event will be in London, England, with 128 players from all over the world competing.

The second iteration of the Lionz Den tournament series reached its player cap and released the group brackets that you can find from the image on the left. With players from England taking most of the spots, players from neighboring European countries and the rest of the world will be attending including Italy's Harry Potter, South Korea's JDCR and Help Me and the United States' KOR.

The tournament will take place on April 4-5, 2015, and will be streamed by Realmenace on Twitch. You can follow organizer Lion-O on Twitter for updates on the event.

Wednesday
Mar112015

South Korea's Knee Privately Practices Tekken 7's Changes & Intricacies

While Kuro Kuro is handling the stream for the initial public release of Tekken 7 in Japan, one of South Korea's best had the chance to learn the ins and outs of the newest iteration.

Bae Jae Min, commonly known as Knee, was able to practice Tekken 7 before the eventual release in Korea. His almost four hour long stream has him try out a majority of the available characters and examine the newer mechanics exclusive to T7.

For those who might go to Final Round, EVO or any other event that will feature T7, this archive is essential to getting yourself prepared. Notable aspects in the archive include Kazuya's hellsweep to heaven's gate in Devil mode and Paul being able to cancel his rage art for more combo damage.

You can find the archive below!

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Wednesday
Mar112015

Super Desperation Radio Episode 404 Archive Online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on IPLAYWINNER'S YouTube channel.

SDR had Popeye's on the mind as the cast talked about upcoming events Community Effort Orlando and SoCal Regionals this week, discussing the possible benefits of offering incentives for players who register for an event and how it can help offset the appearance of higher fees.

Killer Instinct also showed up, as talk of the new character Hisako and her myriad gameplay mechanics had everyone questioning how strong she could be when she is completed.

Lastly, there was discussion about the upcoming Final Round 18, its registration numbers and the many exhibitions that may happen at one of the FGC's longest-running majors. 

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PST on Twitch and YouTube.

Tuesday
Mar102015

Tekken 7 Japanese Arcade Direct Feed Footage by Kuro Kuro

While Tekken 7's full-fledged release is coming soon, a Japanese Tekken player took the time to stream the pre-release version of the game.

Kuro Kuro, a long time Tekken player, has a multitude of archive videos from his Twitch stream at Tokyo Leisure Land Akihabara. The initial release of T7 has a multitude of people playing the current online-only mode against others all around Japan. If you are looking to see the changes for your character or interested in the new ones, then check these videos after the jump!

You can subscribe to Kuro Kuro on YouTube for future archives as well as follow his Twitch channel for more T7 streams!

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Monday
Mar092015

Two Sponsors Add Notable Fighting Game Players

Two big-name signings occurred on March 9 as both Leffen and NYChrisG joined new sponsors. 

Team SoloMid picked up William "Leffen" Hjelte, the Super Smash Bros. Melee player who TSM describes as "one of the top 6 players Melee players in the World." Previously known for League of Legends, Hearthstone and CounterStrike: Global Offensive, TSM will welcome Leffen as its first fighting game player.

Hjelte has defeated all of the Melee "gods" in tournament sets, and has placed highly at some of the marquee Melee tournaments including Apex 2015. 

"I've searched long and hard for an organisation that fit me well and I can safely say that I've found what I was looking for," Hjelte said. "I feel like I've only been a step away from being the best for a while now. With TSM's support, I'm confident that I'll be able to take that step and then some!”

In other news, Hearthstone team TempoStorm has created a fighting game community branch to its operations, adding Christopher "NYChrisG" Gonzalez to its roster. Gonzalez is most known for his UMvC3 gameplay, but he has also won tournaments or placed well in many other titles including Injustice and Street Fighter IV.

"I was looking for a way to travel to events and get into streaming to further my gaming career," Gonzalez said. "We had the same goals in mind and we came to an agreement. I'm happy to say that I'm a part of Tempo Storm!”

Gonzalez's first event as part of TempoStorm will be Final Round 18 in March.

Saturday
Mar072015

Review - Razer Atrox Xbox One Arcade Stick

Razer's interest in the console market has been limited to making products for Microsoft's Xbox brand. Despite the limited focus, Razer aimed for optimal quality with its peripherals much like its PC-based hardware and accessories. One of the company's biggest initiatives was getting into the fighting game scene with its Atrox arcade stick. Known for more general peripherals, Razer working on a product for a relatively niche community was something new.

Following a long research and development period, the Atrox arrived to be a worthy alternative to competitors Mad Catz and Hori. For mass-produced arcade sticks, the Atrox has contents that were ahead of its time. A detachable USB cable, anti-slip bottom pad and easy internal access were a couple of the things that made the Atrox unique. To catch up with the latest generation of consoles, the Atrox has come back as Razer's first peripheral for the Xbox One. Instead of bringing new features, the Atrox Xbox One stick isn't fixing what isn't broken. The Razer might not be an easy sell for those getting a new stick for the latest and upcoming fighters, but its existing features might be worth the money.

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Thursday
Mar052015

Super Desperation Radio Episode 403 Archive Online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on IPLAYWINNER'S YouTube channel.

SDR looked to upcoming tournaments this week, talking both about the vague participation graph released for NorCal Regionals and speculating about where SoCal Regionals will end up taking place.

The NorCal versus SoCal UNIEL exhibition and the results of Arc Divide were also discussed, which lead into a conversation about the cost of tournament entry. The cast talked about free events as opposed to more traditional formats and what is best to help strengthen a scene.

Although Sanchez was absent from the show, Walkman read a prepared statement of his thoughts on Charlie in SF5, and the crew talked about other recent fighting game developments including the return of Clay Fighter.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PST on Twitch and YouTube.

Thursday
Mar052015

Final Showdown: No to the Dead or Alive Dress Code

There is no doubt that creator Tomonobu Itagaki wanted sex appeal to be a big part of the Dead or Alive series. With every iteration of the game including Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, that trait has been maintained. It's also acknowledgeable that the fighting game aspect has to be recognized and should be the focus. The sexuality, in that case, is more like icing on the cake.

In reality, however, the general gaming community finds the series less a competitive game and more as a vehicle to see bouncing breasts and revealing dresses. The series' stigmatization has thus limited the player base to a relative few.

Regardless, the players want to show the game beyond the visuals. To that extent, it's very admirable to see them, along with help from series developer Team Ninja, work hard toward that competitive end. Unfortunately, a rule is putting the scene in a position that isn't productive.

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Tuesday
Mar032015

Tekken 7 Coming to Final Round 18

Mark "MarkMan" Julio has announced that Katsuhiro Harada and Michael Murray of Bandai Namco will be bringing the newest game in the Tekken series to Atlanta for Final Round.

Final Round has always been one of the biggest U.S. tournaments for the Tekken series, and this year's Final Round 18 will be the first chance for players in North America to play T7.

There is no information at this time as to whether this will be an updated version of the game currently being played in Japan, identical or something different altogether. Final Round 18 takes place March 20-22, 2015, in Atlanta.

Tuesday
Mar032015

NorCal Strongstyle Match Videos Spotted On Level Up Your Game & Avoiding the Puddle

If you been watching Tekken streams the past couple of days, you probably seen some matches from NorCal Strongstyle. For those who missed them, here is another chance.

Level Up Your Game and Avoiding the Puddle were hosting a couple of recorded matches from Strongstyle courtesy of organizer Bronson Tran. Most of the matches feature players from SoCal against various opponents. You can find the videos after the jump! Also follow LUYG and ATP on Twitch!

As for the official reveal of Strongstyle, stay tuned and follow IPLAYWINNER on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

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Tuesday
Mar032015

Understanding the Tekken 7 Combo System by Avoiding the Puddle

Avoiding the Puddle's own Flying Wonkey has posted an explanation and breakdown of the changes that are coming to Tekken's combo system with its newest iteration. Wonkey explains, using videos and tweets from Japanese players, that the way most players perceived that combos would develop in the game—launcher, filler, new bound-type move, ender—actually can net players less damage than shorter, simple combos unless a wall or stage transition is present.

What this means for players is of course still being understood, but Wonkey posits that positioning and stage awareness may be more important than ever before in Tekken 7. And he is sure to point out that as T7 is still being updated all the time, these facts could change.

Friday
Feb272015

Hori & Arcade Shock Resurrects VLX Arcade Stick for PlayStation 3 & PlayStation 4

With Arcade Shock's site redone, they revealed a new exclusive arcade stick buyers can't get anywhere else.

In collaboration with Hori, Arcade Shock is selling a new version of the VLX series made for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The arcade stick still uses the large yet arcade-authentic body modeled after the Taito Vewlix cabinet in Japan. Unlike the previous versions sporting red and blue colors, the VLX Kuro is all black. Owners can expect Hori's Hayabusa lever and Kuro buttons equipped as well as a touchpad for those who have a PS4. Arcade Shock also worked with SPLITFRAME for an exclusive carrying bag for traveling players.

You can pre-order now on Arcade Shock for $299.99 and will ship all over the world, excluding Japan, on its May 1, 2015 release date. Hori is also selling it on their site as well. They will also be available at SoCal Regionals 2015 and EVO 2015 but if you really want it, preorder now!

Thursday
Feb262015

Final Showdown: Ultra Street Fighter IV on PlayStation 4 at EVO? What You Can Do!

The announcement of Ultra Street Fighter IV being on PlayStation 4 at this year's EVO was a disappointment for many players. The conversation in various outlets focused on peripheral access, something not all people have. Many were so accustomed to the Xbox 360 version featured in the past two EVO events that the change is alien to them.

In one exchange, a player did mention that he might not go to EVO anymore because of this change. The community shouldn't be apathetic like this. There are a couple of solutions that players can use to get themselves to Las Vegas for the biggest fighting game tournament in the world.

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