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Sunday
Apr182010

Making a Name

West Coast Warzone 2 was held two weeks ago and I wanted to do a writeup on the event, but I've been super busy with school and work eating up my time. Thrust07 suggested that I record a videolog instead of writing about it in order to save time. I considered it, but figured it wasn't really my style. Maybe in the future I'll try it out, though for now I'll stick with what I know. 

"If you're not Top 8, then who the fuck are you?"
-Alex Valle

I'm no stranger to tournaments. On the other hand, I'm not exactly someone who is "known" at every tournament, either. I've fought my share of big names in a competitive setting and for the most part, gotten crushed many of those times. It seemed for a while that I was hitting a plateau. But this year I made a resolution to try and play Street Fighter every day. And I started to realize that I was doing better.

The first tournament I went to this year, I lost to two players who I tend to lose to in the past, but both matches were much closer in each case. I think I placed 14th or something lame like that. Two weeks ago, I attended my second tournament of 2010, a much bigger tournament. I placed in the top 8 of 34 players.
My accumulated experience took me somewhere. Hopefully someday, it'll "pay off".

Actually, two weeks ago was also the first time I had ever taken a road trip with people outside of my family. In the time before this, I was feeling crappy with a sore throat and runny nose. Lately, when I had attended a large Street Fighter event I usually got sick afterwards. So I saw a nurse practitioner and she told me it was just my allergies acting up, recommending I take some Claritin. On the road and for a good part of my time down in So. Cal. my ears kept going off balance, refusing to pop. Regardless of all these things, I was feeling determined to beat some ass that weekend and do good in the tournament.

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Sunday
Apr182010

MLG Tekken 6 Singles Tournament Results

Tournament Director FilthieRich (left), KOR(right) -- Photo courtesy of mlgpro.com

The MLG Tekken 6 Singles tournament in Orlando came to a close this weekend with some really interesting outcomes -- Korean players Rain and Holeman were knocked out of the tournament by American players, both who are from Texas. According to SDTEKKEN, Crow, who had played Rain at Strong Style just months ago, sent him home but ended up losing to KOR in Losers Finals. KOR met Holeman in Grand Finals and ended up winning the entire tournament. 

You can read more about the tournament at SDTEKKEN, and here is a small excerpt from the MLG Official Wrap Up post:

That KOR wasn’t disheartened by his two-set disadvantage heading into the series couldn’t have been shown more clearly than by his Set 1 performance. He came out gunning with a quick two-round lead. Not until the third round that Holeman begin to show signs of life. Round 3 appeared to be heading in Holeman’s favor, but after breaking through a series of Holeman’s blocks, KOR pulled off a sick combo to come back in the round. He took the set 3-0. 

While KOR had just won three consecutive rounds, Holeman opened Set 2 with a comfortable Round 1 win. Given the dynamics of the match-up, Holeman’s dominance in the set en route to a 3-1 win was anything but surprising. What was surprising, however, was the tone and pace of the series thereafter. 

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Thursday
Apr152010

EXceed Presents Super SF IV Singles Launch Weekend Tournament

There are sure to be a ton of Super Street Fighter 4 launch events, but if you're in the UK this looks like it's the one to be at. EXceed Gaming is putting together a high profile singles tournament at the Dominion Theatre, which appears to be a really swanky venue to say the least. Here are some of the details sent over to me by WorstGiefEver, and you can check their official website for more info.

Also, if you want to get in on the discussion on this event, you can check out the thread on NeoEmpire.

Following the success of Exceed 2 in January, we are hosting a huge Super Street Fighter 4 launch weekend event in London, in the prestigious Dominion Theatre in London. The location is so good, it is actually on the same road as casino arcade, so everyone has no excuse! Entry to the event is £5, with tournament entry only £3.

Thursday
Apr152010

The First Tekken 6 Tournament in the MLG Pro Circuit Starts Tomorrow: MLG Orlando

 

The first Tekken 6 tournament in the MLG Pro Circuit is starting tomorrow.  MLG Orlando will be streamed live (in HD for a fee) and includes top Korean players Rain and Holeman.  If you want to get your fill of top tier Tekken action, be sure to check this event out. It is being held from April 16th through 18th.  

Source: SDTekken

Thursday
Apr152010

Cammy to be Added to Street Fighter 4 for Iphone for Free

     

Street Fighter 4 for iPhone will soon be getting an additional character, as Cammy will be joining the roster as a free download.  The game currently features eight characters. 

Capcom has not set a release date for the download, but it is coming soon.  Street Fighter 4 for the iPhone is availalbe now for $9.99.  If you have an iPhone, it is a shockingly good rendition of the game for being on a phone.

Source: Pocketgamer

Wednesday
Apr142010

Capcom's Captivate 2010 Kicks Off in Hawaii

Capcom's private event Captivate 2010 has begun in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The photo to the left, courtesy of Capcom Unity, shows Keiji Inafune getting things started.

With Ryoto Niitsuma's Tatsunoko vs Capcom already complete and on store shelves and with Yoshinori Ono winding down development of Super Street Fighter 4, it seems like a great time for Capcom to potentially make a new fighting game announcement.

We will keep you posted if anything gets announced. Fingers crossed.

Source: Capcom Unity

Wednesday
Apr142010

Epic Random-Ness Incoming: Street Fighter Brain Meltdown

OK, this has to be one of the craziest videos I've seen in a while.  The YouTube discription says its based on a movie called "Future Cops", but this video compilation of scenes is just packed full of all kinds of awesome (and funny) Street Fighter and Mah-vel references.  It's random and full of sight gags. Epic random-ness incoming. You have been warned. 

Wednesday
Apr142010

Amazon Offering Release Date Delivery for Super Street Fighter 4 with Pre-Order

 

There was one thing that was personally giving me pause about buying Super Street Fighter 4 from Amazon.  After all, if you pre-order the game with them, you get $10 off a future game purchase from them PLUS the Super Classic Costume Pack (alternate costumes for Fei Long, Blanka, Guile, Dhalsim, and Gen) for free!  However, I didn't want to have to wait for it to be delivered while everybody else was living the hype on launch day.  Well, I got word that this is no longer the case!

Amazon has now given Release-Date Delivery to the game.  If you pre-order Super Street Fighter 4 from Amazon, it will be delivered to your house on the day that the game officially releases. 

You can get it here for $39.99 for the Xbox 360 or here for the Playstation 3 version for $36.99.

Thanks to @SpeedBrkr via Twitter for the tip!

Tuesday
Apr132010

RawGamePlay Interviews Capcom's Seth Killian at Pax East about Super Street Fighter 4

RawGamePlay had an interview with Capcom's Seth Killian at Pax East about Super Street Fighter 4.  If you've been keeping up with the game over the last few months, there's no real new information but it's fun watching Seth give the rundown on the game's different features and responding to questions about character changes. He responds directly about Akuma's standing roundhouse loop.

Thanks to Valkyrie for the tip on this video.

Source: RawGamePlay YouTube Channel

Tuesday
Apr132010

Daisuke Ishiwatari and Toshimichi Mori at Fanime

The man himself, Daisuke Ishiwatari, is a guest of honor at Fanime 2010! Oh, and some Mori guy too.

If you wanna get him to sign your HRAP, your supa kawaii Bridget costume or even if you're just big enough of a dick to ask the man for a money match, you shouldn't miss out on this!

Small excerpt from Fanime.com:

FanimeCon, Aksys Games, and Arc System Works are proud to announce video game creators Daisuke Ishiwatari and Toshimichi Mori as Guests of Honor at FanimeCon 2010.

Daisuke Ishiwatari is famous for creating the Guilty Gear video game series. While he denies having created the game single-handedly, his extensive work on the series includes an eclectic assortment of talents.

Toshimichi Mori also has many talents. He not only directed and produced the BlazBlue video game series but also designed the characters and wrote the scenarios.

More info on Daisuke at Wikipedia.

Source: DustLoop

Tuesday
Apr132010

SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 DEVELOPER BLOG CHARACTER CHANGES SUMMARY

Another Super Street Fighter 4 Development Blog was posted today and this time it details character changes on C. Viper, Rufus, El Fuerte, Abel, Seth, Akuma and Gouken.

UPDATE: Here is the full translation of the blog post thanks to Azrael from SRK.

BLOG POST:

Hello everyone! This is Tsukamoto.

We'd like to keep things rolling from last week in talking about the character adjustments. This week, together with the battle planners we'll be covering the SFIV newcomers C.Viper, Rufus, El Fuerte, Abel, Seth, and also Akuma and Gouken as well.

-- Let's get right into it - please tell us about the adjustments for C.Viper.

Okada:

C.Viper is a character that has been heavily influenced by player feedback, so we wanted to adjust her while keeping her image from the last game as intact as possible.

Sano:
We've made some adjustments to the moves that she could just spam. For example, her Burning Kick, where even if the opponent blocks Viper is at an advantage. While there are no changes if the move hits or misses, on block we've added a few extra frames of recovery.

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Monday
Apr122010

Please help out Chris Hu and his family. 

New York Street Fighter player/commentator Chris Hu and his family lost his home in a fire today, you can see him be interviewed in the video above around the two minute mark. Our hearts go out go out to him and his family. Shoryuken.com has set up a paypal fund where you can donate.

Chris is a great guy, I did an interview with him a few months ago and he was just a joy to talk to. Chris is really a guy who can keep you smiling. 

Even a few dollars can really make a difference in a situation like this. Heres hoping Chris and his family can bounce back from this tragic event. 

Monday
Apr122010

SBO 2010 NA 3s Quals / Return of WC of 3s

From the team that put together Sunroute Cup (with MOV) comes a double feature 3s weekend!!

First, the sought after North American 3s qualifier spot for Super Battle Opera 2010! This year the SBO bracket will only have 16 teams, making this years qualifier spot more important than ever.

Then, a throwback tournament to the most intense days of 3s, the Return of World Championships of 3s! For those who are not familiar...

The original World Championships of 3rd Strike happened at Family Fun Arcade in 2004, the weekend before EVO2K4. With EVO shifting from arcade 3rd Strike to Super Guns and Console, 3rd Strike players at FFA wanted to remain true to the game and run a tournament that was made for 3rd Strike Players. World Championships of 3rd Strike hosted players from Japan like Umehara, KO, Kokujin, Sugiyama, KSK, Chikyuu Sodom, RF, some of the best from Canada like C-Royd, and of course America's best past and present such as Pyrolee, Justin Wong, Vic Vance, Frankie3s, 5 Star, Paulee, Mike Watson, KoFiend as well as the beginning of the careers of many famous players today like Gootecks (this was his first tournament!).

As EVO2K10 no longer runs 3rd Strike, the group of players that brought Sunroute Cup has decided to bring back World Championships of 3rd Strike as the 3rd Strike tournament of the year for 3rd Strike players. World Championships of 3rd Strike aims to keep the competitive spirit of 3rd Strike alive and we would like to see as many dedicated 3rd Strike players attend as possible. Along with SBO Quals, I think this will be a great weekend for 3rd Strike players.

 

Source : SRK forums

Monday
Apr122010

SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 ALTERNATE COSTUME REMIX

Capcom-Unity member KAiWAi put together some Super Street Fighter 4 art featuring some remixed versions of the Super Street Fighter 4 Alternate Costumes. You can view all the art pieces in our Super Street Fighter 4 Gallery. 

SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 ALTERNATE COSTUME REMIX GALLERY

Here is an excerpt from KAiWAi on the Capcom-Unity Forums:

I come here to share some of my creations with you. These are alternate costumes suggestions that I created by myself. Graphically, all those illustrations are not made from scratch. You can directly see that I always use existing Street fighter IV artworks from Capcom and strongly rework them. The first reason is that I’m a lazy boy, haha… but it’s mostly to keep the ink style of SF4 and SSF4 to introduce my ideas.


For each alternate costume, I display 4 colors and also some explanations regarding the origin and arguments of the idea. Some costumes are obvious, some are average but, I guess, some are good ideas!? I’m really looking for your feedback on some of them.


I first made this work for fun, but now that I have more than 20 illustrations, it’s time to share them with the community (and why not with Capcom if I’m very lucky). Hope you will enjoy them, I will often update this thread because I still have some ideas to finish. You can share your top 5 on it and also your own possible suggestions.

Source: Capcom-Unity

Monday
Apr122010

SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4: KEN'S NEW TRICKS

No one believed me when I  said Ken got just a little better this time around, but Maximilian, top SoCal Ken player, put together a new video showcasing a handful of new tricks Ken picked up in Super Street Fighter 4. Check it out.

YouTube Description:

Can now combo sweep off standing far jab.

And can combo Ultra 2 off standing far jab.

Source: NeoGAF

Monday
Apr122010

Super Street Fighter 4 "Tournament Mode" DLC to have tournament Brackets, says Capcom's Seth Killian. More info coming soon.

Seth Killian has made a post on the Capcom Unity forums stating that Super Street Fighter 4's "Tournament Mode" DLC will have actual tournament brackets. 

This is a step up from Street Fighter 4's "Championship Mode" where you advance like you would in a single elimination tournament, but you do not get to see the bracket you are advancing through (and thus the other potential opponents you may face), losing some of the tournament feel.

Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix has a tournament mode with actual brackets, which was a great part of that game.

It would be great if you could invite friends to a player-match online tourney or to just play with a bunch of random players.  It would also be great if they could allow you to jump into another match to spectate while you are waiting for yours to begin.

Seth also mentioned that more information on the "Tournament Mode" DLC will be coming very soon, in about two weeks.  Here's what he posted on Capcom Unity:

"Brackets [will] be a part of the Tournament Mode DLC that's coming to SSFIV after launch (it's free!). We should have a flood of new info about the Tournament Mode coming in ~2 weeks, so rather than tease with some vagueness, I'll just say "stay tuned" and give you the full story then. " -Seth Killian ... 

Source: Shoryuken

Sunday
Apr112010

Super Street Fighter 4 Alternate Costume Screens

Some pics of many of the new Super Street Fighter 4 alternate costumes have surfaced.  Some of these are wild. I'm pretty sure opinions will be all over the place with these things, but they are alternates. 

     

     

     

Source: NeoGaf

Saturday
Apr102010

SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 TV SPOT REMIXES

Everyone knew this would happen sooner or later -- a couple remixes of the Super Street Fighter 4 TV spot track by Just Blaze. Red Rapper of Level-Up Series put together his own rendition with the lyrics solely focused on Street Fighter, and there is another remix by Ariez Onasis where you'll hear it's more of a free style rap with hints of Street Fighter scattered through out the track.  Both are really good so be sure to listen to each one.

RED RAPPER - Download Full track at Soundclick

ARIEZ ONASIS - Download full track at Usershare 

Saturday
Apr102010

SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 PREVIEW FROM LONDON

WorstGiefEver uploaded a ton of new Super Street Fighter 4 videos from London. Here are a handful of them, you can check out his YouTube Channel for all the rest.

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Friday
Apr092010

SUPER NORCAL REGIONALS - MAY 29th - 30th 2010

Northern California's premier fighting game tournament returns early this year on Memorial Day weekend! SUPER NCR will be the first major Super Street Fighter 4 tournament in NorCal, and one of the last major tournaments before EVO. Registration is now live, so go ahead and get signed up.

Last year iPlayWinner set the bar for streaming live fighting game tournaments and we will be back in action this year, bringing a high quality stream like you've never seen before. We have more equipment and a larger team, but we also have a lot of stuff planned for those of you attending the event live, so do whatever it takes to get here!

Here are some details on Super NCR, and you can check out the full thread on SRK for more info.

Who's ready to run this back?... You ready to run this back!?... Because WE'RE READY TO RUN THIS BACK!!

With SUPER SFIV's release & EVO 2K10 on the horizon this will be one west coast major you will NOT want to miss! Top 2 placers for our SSFIV, T6, SSF2T:HDR & MVC2 singles tournaments will receive seeds in the EVO 2K10 pools! 

Join us once again at the Domain Hotel in Sunnyvale California for another massive NorCal fighting game event this May! -CPS IV