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Monday
Dec142009

GETTING SALTY ON USTREAM

 

So I was on uStream last night testing some new equipment, and I go to my channel to get an idea of how it will look to a user and about two minutes into it - BAM - Morton's Salt baby! A huge pop up ad for Morton's Salt covers my screen and all I can do is laugh because I know they are showing this to me just based on all the times the word "salt", "salty" and "Morton's" comes up during each Street Fighter 4 stream.

Ahh, the power of targeted advertising. I'm sure some of you have seen this by now if you watch a lot of streams, but it is still funny to me none the less. If you haven't got a clue how internet advertising works these days, it's pretty simple: they try to target a demographic based on keywords and interests. A good effort here, but this comes off as more of a joke rather than a persuasive ad.

Also, if you are still in the dark as to what it means to "get salty", it's just being disgusted/bitter/mad/whatever after losing a match! You can usually see it on their face.  

Monday
Dec142009

New Super Street Fighter 4 Screenshots Featuring Cody

Japanese gaming website Game Watch posted many new screenshots for Super Street Fighter 4, all of which feature Cody on the new Metro City stage.  Some of the screenshots were so similar to ones previously released that I chose not to post them all. Even one or two of the ones we are posting here are similar to ones released before, but they differ slightly in some way.  If you want to see them all for some reason hit the source link at the bottom. Now, onto the screenshots.

 

 

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Monday
Dec142009

Super Street Fighter 4 Confirmed Features Updated

We have updated the Super Street Fighter 4 Confirmed Features page with all of the latest information that has been released in the past week or so.

In case you don't know about it, this page collects all of the major confirmed information pertaining to Super Street Fighter 4 and puts it all right on one page.

So if you have a friend that you wish to give the rundown of this game without having to go to dozens of different pages, you can get the full scoop on the game in one shot.

To view the page, go here.

Monday
Dec142009

In Case You Missed It: Tekken 6 King of Ironfist Tournament: North American Championship Rebroadcast

Just in case you missed it, UFragTV has posted a recording of the Tekken 6 North American Championship which took place this past weekend.  If you are a Tekken fan and did not get to see this event live, it might be worth your time to view this tournament to see how some of the game's top players do things.  You can find the recording here.

Sunday
Dec132009

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Arcade Match Footage

While BlazBlue fans wait for eventual Continuum Shift console release news, footage from the arcade version has been hitting YouTube over the last few weeks.  Here's a sample of some matches.

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Sunday
Dec132009

TEKKEN 6 CONTEST WINNER!

Soooo we ran a contest where you could win a copy of Tekken 6 about a month ago and I've been meaning to post up the results ever since then! If you missed it, the whole idea was we had our readers submit an original game character for their chance to win. 

Congratulations to Hayabusaslice for winning the contest with his animated character entry! This was a really hard descion with so many great art pieces, but the amount of effort he put into this submission sent him over the top.

Here is his entry among some other ones that really stood out. Be sure to check out the official thread to see all the entries! 

HAYABUSASLICE - WINNER!

 

Name: Nana Park
Age: 23
Height: 5'5"
Original game.
Game Title: Lost Tracking.

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Saturday
Dec122009

VGA 2009: Street Fighter 4 wins Fighting Game of the Year

 

At the 2009 Video Game Awards (VGA), Capcom's Street Fighter 4 came away with Fighing Game of the Year Award. Other nominees for the award were BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny and Tekken 6.

Congratulations to Capcom and Street Fighter 4

This is my own personal opinion, but this is a well-deserved win.  Whatever you personally think of Street Fighter 4 as a game, you cannot deny the impact this game has had.  The fighting game genre had declined tremendously over the years prior to this game's release.  Capcom took a risk as a company and spent the resources to put out a sequel which did what most fighting games prior to this failed to do: draw the mainstream gamer back into the genre.  Not only that, but sales for the game showed companies that fighting games do not have to be a financial risk if done properly. 

Fighting game fans owe this game a debt of gratitude, and both Capcom and Street Fighter 4 deserve this award. Congratulations to Capcom, but this year fighting game fans have won as well. 

Saturday
Dec122009

Tekken 6 North American Championship "King of Ironfist" Finals Live Stream Tonight! (Event is Over)

The Tekken 6 North American Championship "King of Ironfist" finals will be streamed live tonight. You can view the stream at this very site.  Check out UFRAG.TV's Twitter for up to date info on the stream and the event!  Also check out the thread at Tekken Zaibatsu for info on the event itself, who is playing in the finals, and so forth.

(Event is Over)

Friday
Dec112009

Part 2 of Justin Wong's Interview on the Dogface Show

The latest episode of the Dogface Show is here, with part 2 of the Justin Wong interview.  In this episode they talk about Marvel vs Capcom 2 rivalries, Justin's thoughts on Ryu, some talk about Asian culture, and more!

Source: The Dogface Show

Friday
Dec112009

IPLAYWINNER MAILBAG: THE BEGINNING

All things big start small, and with the iPW Mailbag, that is precisely what I'd like to be able to do. Some of you may have seen the first post I made regarding this. To reiterate my goal of creating a weekly mailbag, I'd like to be able to create more exposure for the fighting game scene. However, I don't want to be limited to exclusively local or national exposure. This community is very diverse on an international scale, and I'd like to encourage some of our regular readers who are also from Europe, Japan, and other foreign countries to participate in this mailbag by e-mailing me: crackfiend@iplaywinner.com. With that said, here is the first iPW Mailbag! 

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Friday
Dec112009

Full Translation of Latest Epic-Sized Japanese Official Super Street Fighter 4 Blog Post

Once again, Azrael from Shoryuken has come through with a translation of the latest post on the Japanese official Super Street Fighter 4 "Nakki" Blog.  This one is pretty epic in size, so grab a drink and a snack, nestle into your seat, and prepare for a huge helping of Street Fighter.

Hello everyone.
The festive Christmas atmosphere is starting to pick up around town. Personally, a lot of games and moves that I've been looking forward to are coming out in succession... But no matter how cute the little Chocobo is, now we gotta focus on Super SFIV! The development staff has been pouring their blood and sweat into the project, so what once seemed like a distant goal is now within our sights! We'll give it our all for the final push!

Well then! Today we're bringing back the "Q&A Series"! If we count from SFIV, this would be the 9th entry.

This series is like using up 3 bars of super meter. The choice of questions and opinions to be addressed is left up to me - but I'll try to answer as many questions as I can the best that I can! Let's get to it!

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Thursday
Dec102009

New stages revealed for Super Street Fighter 4

The official Street Fighter IV developer's blog was updated today with some truly beautiful screen captures featuring some new backgrounds.

One of my biggest fears following the initial batch of SSIV screen shots was that Capcom was neglecting to update some of the purely aesthetic aspects of Street Fighter IV. This new batch of shots has finally put my fears to rest. These shots, along with the previously revealed construction site and India stages look fantastic.

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Thursday
Dec102009

Capcom's Seth Killian Profiles All Currently Announced Super Street Fighter 4 Characters on Bitmob

Bitmob has posted character profiles for all six new characters currently known for Super Street Fighter 4.  We have seen these kinds of things before, so it's usually not big news.

However, what makes these profiles different is that Capcom's Seth Killian has posted very nice comments for every character.

Seth Killian gives his thoughts on what he likes about each character and what kinds of troubles he feels the character will face in the game. 

Here are links directly to each of the six Bitmob character profiles.  T-Hawk, Dee Jay, Juri, Cody, Adon, Guy

Source: Bitmob

Thursday
Dec102009

Street Fighter Poses in Real Life

Blog My Modern Metropolis has collected some very entertaining photos which have attempted to capture the spirit of classic Street Fighter moves in real life. 

It is obvious that a lot of creativity (and a little help from Photoshop) went into these photos. 

It really is quite amusing, so take a moment to check them out. 

You can view the rest of the gallery (which is about 14 or so images in size) here. Enjoy!

Source: My Modern Metropolis via Capcom Unity

Thursday
Dec102009

FIRST BLAZBLUE PSP VIDEO

The first video of BlazBlue on PSP has surfaced and it looks like BlazBlue fans are in for a real treat. Not only do the visuals look stunning, it also appears you will be able to play with 4 players. I obviously cant read Japanese, but it looks like you can have two people playing and the other two watching in a rotating lobby system! Very cool, check it out.

Source: NeoGAF

Thursday
Dec102009

Super Street Fighter 4 Teaser Image Surfaces: Second New Character?


A mysterious image has surfaced which looks to be a teaser image for Super Street Fighter 4.  The image was first spotted on Shoryuken, and is said to have come from the Japanese Jamzi blog.  The image shown above has been stretched to maximize picking out detail. 

As you can see, Juri is on the left clearly.  However, the character on the right is mostly cleverly concealed by the Blanka toy.  Rumors have spoken of a new character for Super Street Fighter 4 named Hakan.  What do you guys think it is? It's fun to speculate.

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Wednesday
Dec092009

TEKKEN 6 NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The Tekken 6 National Tournament Finals were announced not too long ago, but most people were wondering: who is actually playing in this thing? I've heard everything from it was all online players to that they were bringing in special guests to... well.. who cares what I heard! Here is the official list of players via SDTEKKEN thanks to MarkMan!

EVOLUTION 2009

* MrNAPS – Jimmy Tran
* chetchetty – Chetan Chetty
* Rip – Reepal Parbhoo
* SuikenUser – Mike Khieu

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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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