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Friday
Sep032010

Capcom's Seth Killian talks Gen and Character Balance. Says Arcade Version of Super SF4 may have "Some Surprises In Store"

Could Seth Killian be hinting that balance tweaks for characters such as Gen will make it into the arcade version of Super Street Fighter 4?A reader on the Capcom Unity Forum asked why Gen was nerfed in Super Street Fighter 4, and Capcom's Seth Killian chimed in on the topic.  In the reply, Seth talked about character balancing and about where they felt Gen ended up in the final game.  Here's what he said on that topic:

"While I see where you're coming from with Gen, I can at least tell you that the game balance and tweaking almost never starts with the idea "we should nerf so-and-so" (so Gen wasn't somehow targeted for being made weaker). 

During the course of balancing, all the characters go on a bit of a rollercoaster ride of being stronger and weaker versions of themselves. For instance, the Abel that was shipped was one of the strongest versions of Abel that existed during SSFIV development.  This wasn't part of a master plan, and there is no pre-set scheme to try and make the rankings look one particular way (like "Gouken should be #1, and Blanka should be 8th!"). When it came time to ship the game, Abel went out the door as a relatively strong version of his different incarnations.  For Gen (always a tricky character to balance, given his large amount of moves, and unusual features), he was caught a bit on the lower side.  I certainly don't feel Gen is somehow hopeless (and lord knows I've done my fair share of losing to him), but I see the issues and am certainly unhappy that a lot of Gen-loving players seem to like him less than they did before."

Interestingly, he concluded his reponse with this:

"Arcade version of SSFIV may have some surprises in store, so stay tuned..."

Perhaps there will be some further balance tweaks made to the game for the arcade version? If so, will this be implemented into the console version? As Seth says, stay tuned!

Friday
Sep032010

Shadowloo Presents: Cody Slasher Combo Video

SoL T put together a short combo video showcasing numerous different ways to put the hurt on your opponent once you pick up "dat knife". Most of these are fairly practical and almost all of them do a buttload of damage. Check it out. 

Thanks to Shadowloo for putting this together and keep an eye out for more combo and strategy videos as they mention they are working on more.

Friday
Sep032010

No Love for Street Fighters

     

French artist Bastien Vives put an interesting spin on Street Fighter art with these "No Love for Street Fighters" pieces, depicting how these characters handle love, romance and possibly heartbreaking losses. Here are a few of my favorites, and you can check out Bastien Vives's Blog for the rest which include Blanka, Makoto and others. 

Thursday
Sep022010

Yun & Yang to possibly be revealed at next Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Location Test

Text reads: "What in the world are these!?"

AndriaSang posted up a quick translation of the latest official CAPCOM Super Street Fighter 4 Japanese blog. Included in the post is the same silhouette image of a skateboard and a pair of rollerblades that appeared in the latest issue of Arcadia Magazine -- two staple accessories for both Yun & Yang. In the same post there are details about the next location test which will take place in Osaka on September 11th and 12th at High Tech Land SEGA Avion which could possibly indicate that these two characters will be revealed there.

 

Thursday
Sep022010

Street Fighter 4 Mentioned on CNBC Segment with StarSlay3r

ArcadeUFO posted up this clip on their website featuring pro-gamer Ciji "StarSlay3r" Thornton. Most of the clip is focused around the financial aspects of gaming but interestingly enough Street Fighter 4 comes up as a short conversation piece as well. 

Thursday
Sep022010

GamerBee confirmed to attend Seasons Beatings: Redemption

Everyone's favorite Adon player, GamerBee is confirmed to attend Seasons Beatings: Redemption in Ohio later this year! With Daigo, Momochi and ChocoBlanka already confirmed for the event, this Seasons Beatings is shaping up to be one of the most hype tournaments of the year. 

Ghaleon posted a small interview alongside the official announcement where GamerBee gives his thoughts on North American playstyles, his chances of winning Seasons Beatings and handful of other topics so be sure to check out their site and check it out.

Seasons Beatings: Redemption will go down October 15th-17th in Columbus, Ohio.  Live stream by Team Spooky.

Thanks to Nick at SF4Answers for the heads up!

Thursday
Sep022010

Marvel vs Capcom 3: New Character Reveals Confirmed for Tokyo Game Show

Ryota Niitsuma, producer for Marvel vs Capcom 3, has confirmed that they will be unveiling new characters for the game around Tokyo Game Show.  He made the reveal in the latest post on the MVC3 development blog.  According to Andriasang, he said he is working on preparing for the show including setting up the new character reveals and getting some special guests for a Marvel vs Capcom 3 stage show.  In the post, he mentioned that announcements may be made before the actual show begins, possibly when we least expect it.  

Tokyo Game Show begins on September 16th and runs for three days, with the first two days being for press and business and the last day being open to the public.

Thursday
Sep022010

Justin Wong vs Mike Ross in AfroShoto Super Street Fighter 4 Grand Finals

Mike Ross (E.Honda) and Justin Wong (Makoto) both faced off against one another in the grand finals of the recent AfroShoto tournament. Yes. Justin Wong is using Makoto. Enjoy.

Thursday
Sep022010

KOF Sky Stage Gameplay Video, Price and Release Date

KOF Sky Stage will be available on Xbox Live Arcade on September 15th in Japan.  We have not heard any confirmation that it will be coming to any other regions at this time.  The game will sell for 800 Microsoft Points ($10). 

The game puts six King of Fighters characters in a vertical scrolling shooter.  The game includes fighting game elements such as combos and special attacks.  New to the XBLA version is online play over Xbox Live, which allows players to compete or cooperate with each other.

Thursday
Sep022010

Super Street FIghter 4 Zero Damage Combo Video by Combonaunts

This is part two of Combonauts' zero damage combo video! Unlike most combo videos, who try to show off insane numbers of hits or amounts of damage, this series of videos carefully coreographs moves in ways which are complex and yet result in absolutely no damage.  You can even learn a thing or two from these videos, as you can learn interesting ways to avoid damage.

Wednesday
Sep012010

MAGUS1234's Weekly Video Update

Each week MAGUS1234 scours the web for the best of the best fighting game videos and posts them here at iPlayWinner for your enjoyment! Videos range from new games such Super Street Fighter 4 to even legacy games such as Capcom vs SNK 2. Hit us up in the comments with your thoughts on the videos and any requests for certain games!

Miss out on last weeks update? Check it out by clicking here. New updates every Wednesday or Thursday!

Yo! New update, not so large as the last few entries with it being a quiet week as far as tournaments go. Either way, lots of updates from random casuals, U.S matches and good Japanese matches in various games.


 

 

 

 

YOUTUBE CHANNELS

0SHINAKUMA0: http://www.youtube.com/user/0shinakuma0

-Youtube page has been constantly updated (SSFIV) so it's a good one to follow, two cool matches I liked:

”Sunset01” a Sagat player showing he aint dead yet, vs one of the best Blanka players in the world “mizoteru”

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Wednesday
Sep012010

iPlayWinner Live from Starbase Arcade - 9PM PST

Alright, we're back for another rowdy night at Starbase Arcade! Tune in around 8-9PM PST for some casual action and then get ready for a Super Street Fighter 4 tournament at 10PM! MAGUS1234 and myself will be on the mic to hold it down on the commentary end all night long! Special guests always make an appearance so do not miss this stream!

If you haven't caught any of our live streams from Starbase Arcade, you can check out some of the recordings on our YouTube Channel to see what it's all about! As always, you can find the broadcast on our USTREAM Channel or simply load up the player on the left!

START TIME: ~9PM PST

STREAM URL: iPlayWinner USTREAM Channel

DETAILS: Official Thread on SRK

LOCATION: Official Starbase Arcade Website

Wednesday
Sep012010

NORCAL INSTALL - ULTIMATE HYPE!

Have you been keeping up with the NorCal Install! matches on TheBBVlog? Wanna see one of the most epic matches at NorCal Install? Performance none other than by iPlayWinners own Coopa! He uses Tager against Kennyon's Litchi in possibly the most epic tier battle yet! Commentated by none other than your fan-favorite, Dacidbro! Can it get any better?! Just watch and find out!!!

"Tage- what? How do you do that? That was a standing 720! Thats impossible! Coopa's gamesharkin'!.... Just think about it guys on the stream, you gotta press up, TWICE in a 720, you can't do that on the ground! This guy's unreal! This guy needs to be banned from all tournaments!!!"

Wednesday
Sep012010

Ryu Trials Completed with One Hand

Now, this is something I never in my life thought possible -- clearing all of Ryu's Challenge Mode Trials on one hand. Desk uploaded this video earlier today, and hopefully there is more on the way. Really impressive stuff. 

Thanks to SRK for digging up this gem!

Wednesday
Sep012010

New Mortal Kombat Screenshots

Four new screenshots for Mortal Kombat have arrived. This game is looking gorgeous. I wish there were more than four. Images courtesy of Joystiq.

 

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Wednesday
Sep012010

Super Street Fighter 4: Geom MoDInside Guile Combo Video

Geom MoDInside has created an amazing combo video for Super Street Fighter 4's Guile!  MoDInside is one of the best Guile players out there. If you play Guile, take some notes. If you just like to see the razzle and dazzle of combo vids, it's entertaining to watch.

Wednesday
Sep012010

Ryan "Prodigal Son" Hart Post- SVB 2010 Interview Part 2

Hart: "Well I can’t please everyone and I should just accept that. Winning against Daigo has not changed anything about me. I went into the match knowing I could win and I could lose. When I won I was happy, I had the support of everyone and that really helped me. Now the match is over, I’m still me and Daigo is still Daigo. Nothing has changed, Daigo is still the beast."Ryan "Prodigal Son" Hart has posted a part two to his post-Super Vs Battle 2010 interview.  Ryan took 2nd place and defeated Daigo "The Beast" Umehara, who placed 3rd. This second interview is interesting in that it elaborates more on his loss to Luffy086 (which I personally am glad that he did, as the first was vague on details), about people percieving him as "arrogant", and more. Check out the full interview below:

Well, it's been a little while since the first post SVB interview, so now it's time to go over some new issues which have come up over the recent days. Players worldwide have expressed their thoughts and feelings regarding the match with Daigo and also the post interview, even Japan and America have made observations:

1. So, it is now a fact that you defeated Daigo at SVB 20-X, how does this make you feel?

I am of course pleased with the win. And it’s been really nice to have people congratulate me but in my opinion Daigo was not on his best game. Just watch the match, he appeared different somehow, I don’t know what was going through his mind.

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Wednesday
Sep012010

Mortal Kombat Hands-On Impressions; Playstation 3 May Have Exclusive Stage Designed for 3D

Hands-on impressions for Mortal Kombat are surfacing out of the Gamestop Manager's Conference 2010, courtesy of TRMK.  Information has also come out of the conference regarding pre-order bonus for the game!

Here's an impression of the general gameplay. After the jump you will find info on the game's (tentative, as it can change) pre-order bonuses. If you want to get some impressions on a few of the characters, visit TRMK for more info and some photos from the event.

According to TRMK, there was apparently talk that the Playstation 3 version might get an exclusive stage made for 3D.  It was previously revealed that this game would make use of the stereoscopic 3D that Sony is making a big push for lately.

General Impressions:

The game plays soooo smooth. And its very fast, almost seemed too fast at first. Its like the RUN button is always on. It's not clunky like MK vs DC was. I asked Ed if Capcom made it, I don't think he liked that comment. LOL

Combos just seem to flow out so naturally, the possiblities for them seem endless. I won my match by using a simple standing double punch into a fireball juggle, then shadow kick. (that seems like a good 40%) Ed said the combo damage will be toned down drastically in the next build.


Seems you can
use your breaker to snap out of Scorpion's spear before you are combo'd/hit. Reptile does more damage while invisible. Also saw, when Sektor vs Sektor, the homing missles cancel each other out if done by both players at the same time.

Also saw a Kung Lao player throw his hat, teleport kick opponent into oncoming hat, teleport again, into a 3 hit combo, finished off by a hat throw juggle!
That got applause from the crowd.

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Wednesday
Sep012010

Mortal Kombat Gameplay Videos

TRMK.org has come up with some gameplay video for Mortal Kombat! The videos were taken at the Gamestop Manager's Conference 2010. There are two videos. The first one is a one on one match while the second showcases the game's tag team element. Do not expect any high level play here, but it is nice seeing more of the game in action. 

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Wednesday
Sep012010

Arcana Heart 3 Screenshots

A bunch of new Arcana Heart 3 screenshots have been released today. If you are one of those people who is always being smart in forums about games having too many male characters, this game has enough to satisfy.

   

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