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Wednesday
Dec092009

IPW Interview with SAQS

Saqs is probably the best Rose player in North America right now.  You can see videos of his exploits at his YouTube channel located here.  In this interview we get into his past experience as a player, his thoughts on his great performance at Evo 2009, on Rose as she stands now as a character and what he'd like to see changed in the future, on Super Street Fighter 4, and more!

Can you tell us a bit about your fighting game experience? When did you start playing and what kinds of fighters do you play?

Saqs: My name is Ric Collins. I've been playing Street Fighter since the original SF II in the arcades along with plenty of other fighters over the years. Just about anyone into Street Fighter in the MD/VA scene knows me or may have heard of me as I was pretty heavy into it all the way up through CvS2. I play SF for the competition but also for the fun of it. A lot of the newer people to the scene probably won't know me as I went into hiatus in terms of playing completive SF in 2002 (real life took over). The shutting down of the best arcade in the area (GameTime in Alexandria VA) drove the nail in further and so I stopped playing completely for a good while only playing fighters online casually up until SF4 hit. I've played just about every fighter out there at some point and time over the years. Samurai Shodown, King of Fighters, DOA, Tekken, Soul Calibur, etc. Though now I feel im too old to handle more than one game at a time so I’m sticking strictly to SF4 these days :).

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Wednesday
Dec092009

Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Previewed by X-Play

X-Play had a short preview of the upcoming Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars for the Wii.  It features Seth Killian.  It's just a short overview so there is no new information. We've posted it to keep reminding you that this game is coming!

 Source: Capcom Unity

Tuesday
Dec082009

Mad Catz Tournament Edition Fight Stick Round 2 Review

 

Before Mad Catz unleashed their line of Tournament Edition Fight Sticks in February 2009, no one ever thought that a consumer arcade stick could cause mass retail hysteria. Discussions on how to properly modify the equipment and artwork of your stick were regulated to only the most hardcore of fighting enthusiast message boards and most US gamers probably thought “Sanwa” was a specialty brand of Top Ramen. The Tournament Edition Fight Stick changed the face of the game completely and whether its the local tournament crowd of anywhere, USA, or beasts from another land such as Daigo Umehara, chances are good that if you’re playing a fighting game on a modern system, you’re doing so on a Mad Catz.

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Tuesday
Dec082009

3 New Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Gameplay Vids

The latest Japanese official Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars blog post not only revealed two new stages, but it also showcased three short but exciting new gameplay vids.  Each is 20 seconds or less but what is shown is really cool. 

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Tuesday
Dec082009

Two new stages revealed for Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

The Japanese official Tatsunoko vs Capcom blog has been updated, and it has revealed two new stages!

   

 The first stage is a starship hangar from Tekkaman Blade. As the match goes on, a firefight breaks out in the background.

 

The second new stage is the Mall from the town of Willamette from Dead Rising. As the match goes on it turns from day to night. Also, the hordes of zombies in the background get glowing eyes in the dark.

Source: Tatsunoko vs Capcom Official Blog (Japanese)

Tuesday
Dec082009

All Super Street Fighter 4 Characters to be Revealed by GDC 2010. Possible GDC Fight Club as Well

A recent tweet on the Capcom Unity Twitter has stated that all of the new characters for Super Street Fighter 4 will be unveiled prior to the next Game Developers Conference (GDC) next year. 

The same Twitter post also says that a GDC Fight Club might also be a possibility. 

GDC takes place from March 9-13 of next year at San Francisco.

Source: Capcom Unity Twitter

Monday
Dec072009

SSF4 BLOG: NEW PICTURES AND INFO ON CODY!

Updated on Monday, December 7, 2009 at 9:54PM by Registered Commenterhaunts

 

   

The official Super Street Fighter 4 blog was updated today with new images and information on Cody. Thanks to Oichi from VersusCity.net for a couple quick translations. He mentions that the blog says Cody will be able to throw his knife, "the dust attack after recovery", and will also receive a new TAP style attack which I assume will be his way of dealing with fireballs.

Full translation of the blog post after the jump!

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Monday
Dec072009

Exclusive IPW Interview with Seth Killian!

Seth "S-Kill" Killian has graced iPlayWinner with an exclusive interview. Most of the questions revolve around the Street Figher community, however, Seth Killian did hint about top contenders for Super Street Fighter 4. Please check it out at iPlayWinner's YouTube channel:

Seth Killian was not the only interviewee whom our fans requested. Stay tuned for more interviews this coming week!

Also, a huge thank you to everyone (you, too, Farid) who helped out with the  iPW Interviews: Requests and Updates thread and sent in their questions. Check for updates on iPlayWinner-covered events, and voice your requests on players you want interviewed! 

Monday
Dec072009

Evo 2010 Announced

Evo 2010 has been announced. This time it will be held at the Caesar's Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas! Here's the announcement as posted on Evo's website:

We are proud to announce that the event everyone has been raving about is back in action! The Evolution 2010 Main Event will be held on July 9-11, 2010 at the fabulous Caesar’s Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Evolution Championship Series represents the largest and longest-running fighting game tournaments in the world. Evo events bring together the best of the best from around the world in a dazzling exhibition of skill and fun, as players and fans gather to honor the competitive spirit in an open format and determine a champion.

Caesars Palace is one of the world’s best known resort casinos, celebrating the glory that was the Greece and the grandeur that was Rome, in an 85-acre destination location that sets the standard for excitement and luxury. Reigning at the heard of the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace ranks among the world’s top luxury resorts known for the originality and beauty.

Don’t delay!  Mark it on the calendar, and inform everyone you know, Evolution 2010 is back and badder than ever!

Source: Evo 2k

Monday
Dec072009

New Super Street Fighter 4 Screenshots Featuring Adon

Here are some more screenshots for Super Street Fighter 4, this time featuring Adon. Enjoy.

   

 

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Monday
Dec072009

2009 FIGHTING GAME COMMUNITY AWARDS (NOMINATIONS)

Late last week, MarkMan announced the 2009 Fighting Game Community Awards via the Shoryuken.com forums! In this thread you can nominate members (among other things) within the community for various categories such as "Street Fighter 4 Player of the Year", "Best Villian and Best Hero" and "Fighting Game Community Member of the Year". 

Two categories we are personally hoping to win is "Stream of the Year" and "Best Stream Production" for all our hard work on the NorCal Regionals stream. If any of you watched the NCR stream and feel it was the best you've seen this year, please nominate iPlayWinner! By the way, if you want to nominate Haunts vs Mike Ross at SBO Quals for Best LOL moment, you wont hurt my feelings. ;)

Keep in mind this is just for nominations. The actual voting for the winner of each category will go down after the initial nomination round has wrapped up later this week. I'll make a post just as soon as that begins!

Sunday
Dec062009

WEEKEND TOURNAMENT RESULTS

 

A couple major tournaments went down over the weekend, NEC and Absolute Battle. Gootecks also hosted the LA Riots invitational tournament this weekend featuring top talent from Los Angeles.

NEC which many of you probably saw thanks to Frame-Advantage.com's stream, is the East Coasts premiere fighting game tournament. It's been around just as long, if not longer than EVO! Surprise, surprise, Justin Wong takes Street Fighter 4 and also Third Strike singles. This could be his last tournament as an East Coast resident, in that according to his twitter (@jwonggg) it looks like his winnings will help him move to California sometime soon.

Flash Metroid had an impressive showing at NEC as well, placing second with C. Viper. Speaking of C. Viper, as far as I know Marn is taking a break from Street Fighter 4 singles tournaments (he played in the team tournament) until Super Street Fighter 4 rolls around. [ update: According to one of our readers, Marn did enter SF4 Singles and was eliminated by an E. Honda player. ] [ update 2: According to KenSK, Marn entered as SwordmanX and used "random characters" through out the tournament and went 2-2]

Absolute Battle was a large tournament held in Texas, showcasing some of their top talent, with El Fuerte and Top CVS2 player Buktooth taking it all in Street Fighter 4 and HD Remix. Maybe seeing Ricky Ortiz's three wins at NCR inspired him to do some damage of his own.

For everyone who has doubted Combofiend's switch to Abel should take note of his win at LA Riots. He took down SoCals top Boxer player Keno to seal the deal and take home the money. SoCals top El Fuerte player Kai took third.

Locally we had a "Best of NorCal" that was held at Milpitas Golfland. It was a 3v3 team tournament, which is odd to me considering when trying to find out who the best is at something, it should just be one person. I guess that's what NCR was for right? Regardless, Ricky Ortiz's team took it all in the end.

One thing I'll say is that as nerdy and lazy as it sounds, sitting at home and watching tournament streams is becoming one of my favorite things to do over the weekend. This weekend the stream that really stood out was the LA Riots stream by Coin-OP.tv. Over all great production values with multiple camera angles, footage of previous tournaments the players had attended and information about each player would be displayed on screen before they began each match. Watching it made me wish every tournament had a stuido type setting to broadcast from, but anyone who has attempted to stream from most normal tournament settings knows that is never the case.

Full results after the jump.

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Saturday
Dec052009

IPLAYWINNER'S FRIDAY MAILBAG

I've been flirting with the idea of doing a mailbag for a while, and I finally have some time to do it. Now, some of you are probably wondering what a mailbag is, so let me explain how the whole thing works.

First, think of a question to regarding anything about the community, the iPW staff, future events, culture, and so forth.

Second of all, you will submit the questions via e-mail to:
crackfiend@iplaywinner.com

During the course of the week, I will take a gander at all questions submitted, and follow up by answering some of those questions on the iPlayWinner front page.

Please consider that I won't be able to answer every question submitted. Also, I will not accept any e-mails if you don't provide your name (or gamer handle) and city in the e-mail.

Need an example? Take a look here at Kevin Iole's mailbag on MMA current events which he does weekly.

I will be posting the mailbag's every Friday, so start thinking of questions and sending them our way!

Friday
Dec042009

The Specialists II: 5 vs 5 Street Fighter 4 Event Live Stream Tonight

A special 5 on 5 Street Fighter 4 event is being broadcast live via Justin.tv tonight!  It's a round robin tournament featuring pretty much every big name player you can think of in California!  The format is unique and the players are all top tier, so grab that popcorn and relax for a night of Street Fighter 4!

For more information on which players are on what teams, and more info on the event, go here.

The event begins (according to the info provided) at 9:00PM PST, so if you live on the East coast like yours truly it will be a pretty late night/early morning!

Friday
Dec042009

This Week's IPW Site Updates

This week has been a very busy one for the IPW crew.  Besides bringing in all the news for fighting games, we've been working on improving and adding to the rest of the site.

Haunts has been busy all week working on encoding match videos that were taken from the recent Norcal Regionals.  We can expect more of those in the future and he's been posting some of his favorites every few days or so.

We've also been working to add something this site probably should have had long ago: screenshots and art galleries.  If you look at the game listings on the left-side of the site you will now see screenshot and art gallery sections for most games.  We are adding to these galleries often from our own personal collections of screenshots and artwork.  I think the artwork galleries will be most interesting to those who dabble in graphic artistry. When we are done filling the galleries, you will be able to come to this site for all of your art assets. If you're a fan of fighting game artwork, you are in for a treat as well.

If you have any comments or suggestions for things you would like to see on this site, please feel free to leave a comment or hit our IPW Forums.  We are making this site for you, so let us know what you want to see.  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday
Dec042009

Tekken 6 PSP Trailer

I just found this trailer for the PSP version of Tekken 6.  We have posted information and screenshots of this game prior to its release but this is a chance to see it in motion if you are still on the fence.  This game is in stores and is available to download on Playstation Network now.

Thursday
Dec032009

I didn't know Grime and SF4 went well together....

For anyone who follows electronic music or hip-hop should know what "grime" is, the violent garage/2step influenced brand of UK hip-hop. If you do follow the "grime" scene then you know who JME is. Who knew that the "serious" MC played a bit of SF4? I mean, he might play Gouken on pad but whatever, it's still too damn cool!

Thursday
Dec032009

Yoshinori Ono Answers Street Fighter Questions

Yoshinori Ono, producer for Street Fighter 4 and the upcoming Super Street Fighter 4, has answered a few questions taken from the European community recently.  They talk about the game's balance, music, character design, DLC characters, and more.

[Do you] believe that Street Fighter 4 was well balanced? if not what did you feel unbalanced it?

Ono: Capcom has a very strict QA department, with many Street Fighter masters who are not known to public only because they don't compete in competitions being Capcom employees. They were confident that it was well balanced at the time of release. However, once the game is out millions of people play it and discover things even our QA team didn't catch.

Sagat, has a very famous combo that links onto Ultra – and to be honest, we didn't expect this sort of thing to be so thoroughly researched and communicated planet wide. I'm a bit nostalgic thinking about how things used to be for Street Fighter 2. When a new combo was discovered people had to travel to see the person pull it off, and this created rumors about a certain combo that people heard about and they then tried to do it themselves, based on that information.

So time has changed. I am adamant that it is my duty to make a fighting tool for the current era. Super Street Fighter IV, will be a true 2010 style fighting game!!

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Thursday
Dec032009

TEKKEN 6 ONLINE PATCH IMPRESSIONS

So, this is coming a week or so late but I've been a little busy working behind the scenes on some things. That said, I wanted to give my thoughts on the new Tekken 6 patch incase any of you were wondering how well it improved the online system.

As many of you know, Tekken 6 has gotten a lot of bad press since it came out due to its online matchmaking system being barely playable right out of the box. I'm sure many  of you passed up on this game after hearing about how the online play is worthless, but don't bail just yet -- things are just getting good!

Unlike some other games out there, this patch fixes virtually every issue I had with the online component of Tekken 6. Before the patch, you were just randomly thrown into a match no matter what the signal strength was. Sometimes you would get a "four bar" match and sometimes a "two bar match" but it really didn't even matter anyway. It was a total crapshoot either way - even if the connection looked good, the game was still susceptible to lagging really bad once the match started.

Now after applying the patch, you can choose whether or not you want to fight someone based on their connection. So if a two bar match shows up as you search, you can opt out and search for a better connection. This feature alone improves the online play a great deal, but even now, once you start a match you don't run into the same type of issues as before.

Before the patch, the game would lag so bad the characters would move in slow motion sometimes. Completely unacceptable in this day and age, but now after the patch I have yet to run into that type of lag. As long as I choose a stable three bar connection, the game plays as well as Street Fighter 4 with a three to four bar connection.

Like Street Fighter 4, even though the online play isn't perfect, at least now it is good enough to where you can use it as a tool to learn about match ups and see what other characters are capable of. Now I know when I miss a combo it really is my fault, not the input latency (most of the time anyway).

So if you've been on the fence about Tekken 6 or need a new fighting game in your collection, go out and pick up this game. Now that the online portion of the game has received an upgrade, the only thing worth complaining about is the single player mode, but who plays fighting games for the single player mode anyway? 

Thursday
Dec032009

Sonic Hurricane Dhalsim Combo Video

Sonic Hurricane has made anothing amazing combo video, this time for Dhalsim.  If you want to know exactly what he did in making these combos and some of the ideas behind them, jump over to Sonic Hurricane's page in the source link.

Source: Sonic Hurricane