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Tuesday
Mar312009

iPlayWinner YouTube Channel

I've started uploading direct feed videos to the iPlayWinner YouTube channel with some of the better matches I've played with other top Bay Area players. When I first created that account I wasn't too sure what to offer -- but now that I can capture directly from consoles the majority of the videos will be some of the more entertaining matches with players in the area. Keep checking back as I'll continue to update with more videos from local tournaments and top local play.

Here is a sample - a match between top Chun Li player A_Rival showing off some Seth madness and me messing around with C. Viper for a bit.

 

Tuesday
Mar312009

STREET FIGHTER 4: FINAL ROUND XII TOURNAMENT LESSONS - NEVER GIVE UP AND BRING IT BACK TO BASICS!

One mistake can ruin a great opportunity. Watching this match redefined it, and also made me realize two things:

1. Never take your eyes away from your match.

2. If it takes a throw to win, throw em. In other words, bring it back to basics.

In a high caliber tournament where your emotions are running high, the matches get personal, or maybe you're there to differentiate yourself from the rest of the competition... it is always important to maintain composure of yourself in order to make the best decision avaiable under the circumstances. Watch this match from the Southeast Major Tournament in Atlanta featuring:

Kensou (TX) vs Liston (NY) in the battle to reach the Top 16!

 

Monday
Mar302009

STREET FIGHTER 4 BLOG: BAD LOSERS WALL OF SHAME

Oichi on NeoGAF found this one yesterday and I'm almost jealous I didn't think of this first because it's such a good idea - also very very entertaining. This is a blog showcasing all the ragequitters people run into online, sometimes with video but mostly with pictures of the actual disconnect. So do you have experinces with ragequitters and a video/picture to accompany? If so hit this blog up and have them expose these people who cant handle a loss!

I personally find it extremely satisfying to have someone ragequit on me after the first round. Beating someone so bad that they don't even want to continue to round two is worth far more than any amount of BP!

 

Monday
Mar302009

KING OF FIGHTERS XII PLAYABLE IN PORTLAND, OR

According to reports on Shoryuken.com, King of Fighters XII is now playable at a Tilt arcade in Portland, OR. The game is scheduled to drop in Japanese arcades on April, 9th so how this Tilt happened to snag a board is anyone's guess! Not that it matters -- if you're in the area you should go check it out! The game so far looks to be a lot of fun with a very aggressive fast pace to it.

Videos of the game are showing up online thanks to LordBBH's YouTube channel. Check it out:

Friday
Mar272009

STREET FIGHTER 4 DLC: CHARACTER BALANCING ON THE WAY 

IMAGE COURTESY OF ANDRIASANG.COMSo last night I was talking to Oichi (VersusCity site admin) as he was translating the Japanese SF4 blog and he was telling me about some of the changes that are on the way for the  Street Fighter 4 upcoming free DLC update. The conversation mainly revolved around how the patch will handle disconnecting players but after checking Versus City this morning it looks like character balances and tweaks are also on the way.

This is something I personally did not expect, but perhaps now that the game is the hands of millions of people CAPCOM has a better idea on what to fix. Any guesses on who is going to receive some changes? Sagat is almost too easy of an answer. -Sigh-

I personally hope they don't change the attributes of the moves but instead just adjust stamina and damage output. I feel if they mess with the actual properties of the moves themselves, that has the potential to do more harm than good to the game.

Check out VersusCity for the full translation:

When the game gets updated, there will be changes to the base game and characters. What changes will be made is unknown, but the “obvious points” will be addressed. You know as much as I do on this.

 

Thursday
Mar262009

KING OF FIGHTERS XII OFFICIAL SITE - TOURNAMENT IN LA

The official site for the King of Fighters XII launched earlier this week with screen shots and wallpapers that you can download. Any other info on the game is pretty sparse on the site right now, but there is a section where you can register for updates and a chance to be invited to a KOF tournament in LA.  Since very few people have had time with the game, you might as well register since your chance of winning is just as good as anyone else's at this point!

With the game coming out in the next couple months here I'm sure they will continue to add more to the site so keep an eye on it! I'll be sure to update on any details on the tournament as well.

Wednesday
Mar252009

DAIGO WATCH 2009

Since Daigo fell from the #1 spot in the top 20 players in Japan this list is more about what's going on with Daigo than the actual rankings of other players. This week he dropped to #3 apparently due to not playing for a week or so falling under Sagat player Ojisan boy who is still trailing top placer Mago. According to Mago's blog, Daigo is back in the game, beating Mago 9-12 just recently so maybe next week we will see him back on top? Who knows, but here is the top 5 power players in Japan, check out Versus City for the full list and other interesting details about Japan's top players!

1. Mago (Sagat) - 188,116
2. Ojisanboi (Sagat) - 184,767 (+1)
3. Umehara (Ryu) - 177,915 (-1)
4. RF (Sagat) - 156,262
5. Tokidokinukinkusu (Chun) - 117,635

Monday
Mar232009

SF BAY AREA SF4: FUDDRUCKERS TOURNAMENT RESULTS

The tournament at Fuddruckers here in the Bay Area went down yesterday, with over 80+ entrants in Street Fighter 4 making this tournament unexpectedly as large as some majors. A lot of intense battles yesterday with emotions running high, making it one of the more drama filled tournaments I've attended so far in the Bay.

All in all, when the dust settled everyone seemed to have a good time and there is now talk of making this a monthly event to whip NorCal into shape before EVO later this year.

Here are the top 8 for each game - check the thread on SRK for full results.

STREET FIGHTER 4
3/22/2009
128-man bracket

1 LPN (Bison)
2 ryan tucker (Bison)
3 Micheal A. (Sagat)
4 Haunts (Sagat)
5 edg3
5 Jack W. (Ryu)
7 sean H.
7 Patmonsta (C. Viper)

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Friday
Mar202009

VERSUSCITY: SF4 TOP 20 POWER PLAYERS

VersusCity has been going nuts with the updates, so be sure to check out their site for more info about Japanese arcades! For now, here is a preview of the top Japanese players in street fighter 4. Looks like Daigo is still trailing Mago for the top spot in Japan with Ojisanboy, another amazing Sagat player right on his tail.

Here is the Top 5 and check out VersusCity for the full list:

1. Mago (Sagat) - 185,253
2. Umehara (Ryu) - 177,915
3. Ojisanboi (Sagat) - 176,851
4. RF (Sagat) - 152,166
5. Tokidokinukinkusu (Chun) - 115,172

 

Thursday
Mar192009

SHOTOS BEWARE: NEW BALROG GLITCH

So this is pretty cool and the applications could be endless depending on how players end up using the technique. This is a glitch that allows you to absorb two hits with Balrog and only use one stock of EX meter in the process.

Fellow Sagat player KenSK pointed out how to actually input the command: it's Charge Down-Back, Down Forward + PP and then Forward on the joystick. You're basically Kara Cancelling the Dash Low into a Dash Straight.

Check it out:

Thursday
Mar192009

BLAZBLUE: RELEASE DATE AND HD TRAILER

We all know BlazBlue is coming to consoles this summer, but it turns out the exact date is June 25th which is just a week or two before the release of King of Fighters XII which drops on July 7th. So this summer is looking great for fighting game enthusiasts, and with Tekken 6 coming out this fall, 2009 looks to be the best year for fighting games to date!

Below is a new trailer for BlazBlue to get you hype about the game!

Thursday
Mar192009

WCG: Ultimate Gamer feat. Virtua Fighter 5

So if you haven't heard by now, WCG: Ultimate Gamer is a reality show about "pro gamers" who battle it out in different games ranging from Rock Band to... well, Virtua Fighter 5. Out of all the games they could choose I'm surprised they chose VF5 since it's one of lesser recognized games out there compared to say Street Fighter or Tekken. Still, with me being a huge VF fan it's good to see it get this kind of exposure.

In the clip you'll see that most of these "pro gamers" really have no skill with fighting games (okay maybe I'm just jealous I'm not on the show!), but there is an appearance by top player and true pro gamer AdamYUKI who I've had the pleasure of playing last year in Southern California. Looks like he was training some of the players there trying to level them up.

Pretty corny show but also very entertaining so check out the segment below!

Thanks to SEGA Nerds for the heads up on this clip!

Wednesday
Mar182009

1UP.COM STREET FIGHTER 4 FIGHTCAST

This past Friday 1UP.com had a bunch of top California players roll through to play and talk about Street Fighter 4, and if you happened to miss the actual stream, they uploaded all the madness just yesterday! A lot of solid play through and through (you have to see the MAGUS1234 C. Viper Special) and of course plenty of shit talking in between! Check it out!

Tuesday
Mar172009

STREET FIGHTER 4: SAGAT CORNER CROSS UP ULTRA

This trick with Sagat popped up yesterday on SRK showing how you can connect Sagat's full Ultra in the corner thanks to "Liston". This is very useful considering that when you connect the Ultra in the corner, only two hits of the uppercut portion will connect and the last part wiffs completely on another Sagat!

This only works after FADCing in or near the corner the corner in that you need to charge the FA to LVL 2 to cross under the other player.

From the SRK thread:

The way to pull this off is to do the Uppercut and FAC and HOLD the FA until it is charged to lv.2. Then dash and to Ultra in the same way you dashed in and that is it.
P.S. - if you want a shortcut to do this you can also FAC and qcfx2 to input your dash, and then one more qcf to complete the Ultra. Be careful to release the buttons upon seeing the dash or you run the risk of neg edging into some random special.

Hope this helps cause that glitch is pretty frustrating when u need the damage.

-Liston

Tuesday
Mar172009

SFII TURBO: HD REMIX PATCH OUT NOW

CAPCOM rolled out the patch for Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix for PS3 last night for those of you looking to fix those glitchy life bars and music suddenly going off before each match. You'll be able to patch the 360 version shortly, before tomorrow evening.

Click here for a full list of what  that patch takes care of.

Monday
Mar162009

KING OF FIGHTERS XII: CONSOLE EXCLUSIVE CHARACTERS & ONLINE OPTIONS

A handful of new scans showed up online from Game Informer magazine with some fresh info on the console release of King of Fighters XII. Not only will there be a robust online mode with the ability to spectate and save replays, but it appears console exclusive characters are on the way as well.

This is somewhat surprising considering how many location tests they have held for the game, it seemed they were trying to work out any and all problems with the game before it came out. With console exclusive characters who will most likely receive very little testing, one has to wonder if they will take the SFIV approach and just make the new characters noticeably weaker than the arcade originals.

Anyone want to make bets on who will show up in the console version? I've got $50 on Mai!

Check out more scans and info at CYBERFANATIX.com

Friday
Mar132009

STREET FIGHTER 4 KEN COMBO VIDEO

This is the Ken combo video we put together for the Street Fighter 4 Super Guide on MyCheats! Something for all you Ken players I run into online to study over the weekend!

 

 

Friday
Mar132009

1UP.COM STREET FIGHTER 4 FIGHTCAST - TONIGHT AT 6PM PST

I'm going to be at 1up.com tonight on a live stream with other Shoryuken.com members and top California  Street Fighter 4 players. We'll be battling it out amongst each other of course, talking about the game and more high level strategies. There is also talk of us hopping online, finding some random flowchart Kens and trying to  get one of them to rage quit! We'll see what happens, but last time was a lot of fun and really entertaining so be sure to tune in tonight!

From 1UP.COM:

Click to read more ...

Friday
Mar132009

MARVEL VS CAPCOM 2: HD REMIX

You've probably noticed a lot of talk over the past day or so on the forums about CAPCOM gearing up more HD Remixes, and it appears the next game to possibly receive the remix treatment is Marvel vs. Capcom 2 according to an interview from Videogamer.com. This is good news for for fans of the series, but with SFII Turbo: HD Remix taking as long as it did, one has to wonder how CAPCOM will approach Marvel vs. Capcom 2 with its large cast of characters.

Beyond even creating HD sprites for all the characters, there is also the aspect of balancing the game which could prove to be quite difficult considering that there are virtually an infinite number of match ups.   I would actually prefer to see a brand new game based on the Tatsunoko vs. Capcom engine, but it's hard to be too pessimistic with so much focus on fighting games lately!

Friday
Mar132009

VERSUSCITY: STREET FIGHTER 4 TOP 20 POWER PLAYERS

Some interesting shifts this week in the top Street Fighter 4 players in Japan with Daigo falling from 1st place, replaced by Sagat player Mago.

Here are the the Top Ten, head over to Versus City for the full list.

1. Mago (Sagat) - 178,853 (+2)
2. Umehara (Ryu) - 173,391 (-1)
3. Ojisanboi (Sagat) - 172,479
4. RF (Sagat) - 149,930
5. Tokidokinukinkusu (Chun) - 113,616
6. Nemo (Chun) - 112,508 (+1)
7. Shiro (Abel) - 110,747 (-1)
8. Radiowave (Sagat) - 94,853
9. Maakun (Sagat) - 92,761 (+1)
10. Iyo (Dhalsim) - 91,843 (-1)