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Monday
Apr272009

WORLD CYBER GAMES FIGHTER CLUB RESULTS

WCG Fighter Club wrapped up this weekend in New York with Justin Wong taking another first place victory- this time with Abel! Almost more interesting is the fact that Arturo "Sabin" Sanchez took 2nd using Seth, who was originally banned from the tournament until the players spoke out against it.

Here are the Grand Finals with J. Wong and Sabin. Check the full YouTube channel for more videos from the event!

Here is Top 8 - check the SRK results thread for more information.

1- Jwong - Abel, Rufus
2- Sabin - Sim/Seth
3- Nestor - Sagat
4- Joe - Sagat
5- Sanford - Ken
5- Rashaan Sim/Viper
7- NerdJosh - Sagat
7- Fascinating - Ryu

Saturday
Apr252009

SF4: CANNERY DOJO LIVE STREAM

This is a Bay Area stream for Street Fighter 4 that should last until about 12 AM PST. Check it out - you never know who will show at the Cannery!

This should be a good stream with so many people practicing for the big tournament at Fuddruckers tomorrow.

Thursday
Apr232009

iPlayWinner.com Podcast Episode 01 - Oichi From VersusCity

So we finally got around to putting together a podcast and our first guest is Oichi from VersusCity.net. He gives us an inside look at Japanese arcades, the situation with new games breaking into arcades and what we feel should be changed in Street Fighter 4.

This is our first attempt so bear with us in that we are a little all over the place, but we hope to keep this going on a weekly/monthly thing. If you have any ideas for guests or if you have some questions for us, post up in the comments section!

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Thursday
Apr232009

STREET FIGHTER 4 TOURNAMENT WEEKEND WRAP UP!

This last weekend has been filled with plenty of events and festivities, and finally I've got some time to do a quick breakdown of everything that's been going on. To start this off, let's begin with the overview of the UC Davis Muga Tournament.

The "Muga" is the name of the arcade at the University, and we had a total of 35 entries for the tournament. I gotta tell you, the Top 8 matches started getting pretty intense. Coopa, the UC Davis Zangrief player, is just hands down a beast. The man specializes in gimmicks (he has openly admitted to it), but will showcase some very impressive footsies/ground games to complement his game, allowing him to create more opportunities because you have to respect his game. See the vid of him taking me out from Winners Finals

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Wednesday
Apr222009

VIDEO RUSHDOWN: SUBMIT YOUR VIDEOS!

So when I first started iPlayWinner.com I set up a blog for video analysis to hopefully give people an idea of what's going on in more high level matches. Although I loved doing it, since then I've found it to be real difficult to keep up with the site and watch videos all day so I need your help!

If this works out the way I want it to, each week or so I will ask for people to submit videos they've found online and I will have either myself or someone from the iPlayWinner.com crew break down the videos that we find most interesting or worth talking about. Hopefully this will give people a different perspective on certain match ups and help see the game in a different light.

How do you submit a video? Easy! Just post up the YouTube link in the comments section and I'll be sure to check out each one!

Wednesday
Apr222009

JAPANESE NATIONAL CHAMPION IYO INTERVIEW

At the Street Fighter 4 Nationals tournament not only did we have a chance to interview Daigo, but we also asked a couple questions to Iyo who is currently the Japanese National Champion.

One important thing to note about this interview is his transition from CVS2 to Street Fighter 4. Essentially he was not very good at the game when he first started playing, but through the support of his friends and other players he was able to become much better at it. Considering this guy is the National Champion this says a lot about getting out there, finding people who are better than you who can coach you and help you get better!

Like the Daigo interview, it's hard to hear everything due to all the noise in the venue so we included a transcript of the whole interview below the video. Check it out!


Haunts Question 1:

Do you play on XBOX live at all or do you only play in the arcade?

Iyo/Shino Answer: He sometimes plays on Xbox Live.

Haunts Question 2: Can you still find good competition on there like in the arcade or is it just for fun?

Iyo/Shino Answer: There are many players out there on XBOX live so he can compete against so many players on there so it is comparable to playing in the arcade.

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Tuesday
Apr212009

MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 2 COUNTDOWN

So between the joysticks, ERSB rating and all the other leaks over the past couple months I think it's pretty safe to say to say CAPCOM wanted to create a little buzz about Marvel vs. Capcom 2 coming to XBLA/PSN even before the official announcement.

Now a new teaser site has popped up with a countdown clock, TU4AR.COM - which if you think hard enough I'm sure you can figure out what it stands for. Anyway, it looks like next Monday we should receive some official news!

Monday
Apr202009

STREET FIGHTER 4 NATIONALS: DAIGO UMEHARA INTERVIEW

Before the tournament, Anthony, Richard and myself were able to spend about 5 minutes with Daigo and his translator Shino to ask him a couple questions about the game. Although none of us can speak Japanese of course, he seemed like a really down to earth mellow guy.

I found a couple things interesting about the interview, the first being that he loved the energy and hype surrounding the event with all the fans and people just so into it. I guess he doesn't see a lot of that outside of maybe SBO and major events or perhaps Japanese players and fans are a bit more reserved than here in the US in general.

Also, when I asked him what is the number one thing someone can do to get better in Street Fighter he mentioned throwing. Coming from Daigo that means a lot and made me think about ways I can improve my throwing game. As you'll read below, it seems he is talking about all aspects of throwing including set ups and escaping.

It was very loud in the venue so we apologize about the sound quality, but we do have a transcript of the translation below. We have another interview with Dhalsim player Iyo in which we will upload sometime this week along with all the other footage we have from the event as well. Enjoy!

Transcript:
1st Question from Anthony: How does the competition in Japan compare to the United States?


[Shino Translation:
“The venue is definitely bigger in the states, but in number, though I don’t know the size of this event, I think you see more people at events like this one in Japan. What I really like about in the US is though the fans know how to create an exciting atmosphere for the players. “]

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Sunday
Apr192009

Gamestop National Tourney Swag

What makes a memorable event even more memorable you ask? Free stuff of course!

There were shirts that were given for those who donated a can a food or made a cash donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank charity organization. You had a choice of 2 shirts for your contribution.

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Sunday
Apr192009

STREET FIGHTER 4 NATIONALS TEASER: POONGKO VS DAIGO

We have a ton of great footage from the event including matches of the iPlayWinner crew vs. Poongko, interviews with Daigo and Iyo among some other great clips. Expect those gems with a full write up on the event sometime soon- but before all that we figured we would upload a teaser clip, and a good one at that: Korean National Champion Poongko vs. Daigo "THE BEAST" Umehara.

Friday
Apr172009

FREE STREET FIGHTER 4 CHAMPIONSHIP MODE DLC ON APRIL, 24TH

CAPCOM announced today that April 24th is the official release date is set for the free Street Fighter 4 Championship Mode DLC. Despite some quirks with XBOX LIVE displaying Championship Mode as a request feature on some users profiles about a week ago, this is coming a bit sooner than most people expected. This patch was originally slated to drop around the same time the PC version should which is in June 30th.

Seth Killian also details on his blog about how the tournament ranking systems works, enabling you to enter exclusive tournaments composed of higher skilled players as you progress. This rank also ties into the ability to save replays - essentially the top 5000 ranked tournament players will have the ability to save and upload replays of their matches which are generated straight from the tournament matches themselves. For the PS3 version other users can add comments to the videos themselves.

Good news all around of course, but best of all, people who pull the plug will be penalized with a big fat display of their percentage of disconnects. With ranked matches still in play, rage quitting isn't a compete thing of the past but this will obviously now give those of us who can handle a loss a place to play without the worry of someone quitting mid match on us.

Thursday
Apr162009

MARVEL VS CAPCOM 2 TOURNAMENT EDITION STICK

Not 100% sure about the validity of this but a poster on NeoGAF found this link on a UK gaming shop website where they seem to have information on a new MadCatz Tournament Edition stick coming out in early to mid July. According to the description it sounds like it's the same as the Street Fighter 4 TE stick with different artwork.

More than the fact that there may be a new batch of sticks coming our way, this is also a pretty strong indicator that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is coming back in some shape or form around summer time. With the game being rated by the ERSB and and now this I wouldn't be surprised to hear an official announcement from CAPCOM sometime soon. We'll keep you posted.

 

Thursday
Apr162009

VERSUS CITY: JAPANESE SF4 POWER PLAYERS

Versus City has updated their list of the current top 20 Street Fighter 4 players in Japan according to BP rank. Two players, Mago and Ojisanboy have broken to 200k mark while Daigo still trails by quite a bit. Even with 7 Sagats in the full top 20 it's still a pretty good mix of characters with an Abel, 'Gief and two Chun's in the top 10 alone.

Check out Versus City for the full top 20, here is the top 10:

1. Mago (Sagat) - 208,847
2. Ojisanboi (Sagat) - 204,221
3. Umehara (Ryu) - 184,268
4. RF (Sagat) - 172,157
5. Nemo (Chun) - 126,193 (+1)
6. Tokidokinukinkusu (Chun) - 123,428 (-1)
7. Shiro (Abel) - 117,515
8. Radiowave (Sagat) - 112,953
9. Bouya (Zangief) - 102,598
10. Maakun (Sagat) - 101,612

Also keep in mind VersusCity is also displaying the top 5 players for certain characters and this week they have the top 5 Zangief, Guile and Bison players!

Wednesday
Apr152009

WEEKEND TOURNAMENT WRAP-UP

The battles in the Bay continue with a tournament every weekend in the month of April!

This past weekend San Francisco State University's Rack-N-Cue arcade held a tournament for Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter III: 3s, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Tekken 6: BR and Marvel VS Capcom 2. Players all the way from Davis to San Jose California showed up for Street Fighter 4, making it the main attraction with 40 total entrants - almost double what the other games saw.

Although the tournament started a bit slow with very little hype and many people getting used to the stiff P360 joysticks and unfamiliar set up, by the time it got to top 8 we saw some very intense matches with people yelling and screaming as rounds came down to the last hit. With so many of the players becoming so serious about the game, this tournament was a true testament to the fact that right now anyone can beat anyone in Street Fighter 4. Almost each and every match could have gone either way.

As you'll see the iPlayWinner.com crew had a very solid showing taking 4 out of the top 8 spots with our very own Crackfiend taking 1st place!

Street Fighter 4:

1.Crackfiend - Boxer - (sent to losers bracket by Ricky)
2. Ricky Ortiz - Chun Li - (Lost to Crackfiend 2x)
3. Young Legend - Ryu - (Lost to Crackfiend and Ricky Ortiz)
4. Jack - Ryu - (Lost to Crackfiend and ???)
5. Jeff - Rufus - (Lost to ???)
5. A-Rival - Chun Li - (Lost to Crackfiend 2x)
7. Haunts (Lost to Nick and Jack)
7.Coopa (Lost to A-Rival and ???)

Both Jack who plays a solid Ryu and Coopa who plays a very entertaining Zangief (for real this guy is awesome to watch play - very animated and friendly dude. Thanks for recording the vids!) who came all the way from Davis, CA placed in the top 8. To my knowledge this is Jack's 2nd or 3rd top 8 placement in the past month alone so watch out for this guy.

Some hard fought battles from A_Rival who used Chun-Li through out the entire tournament to take people out; Jeff who is mainly a Tekken player who made his way to top 8 with a mix of Zangief and Rufus; and of course you'll see I placed somewhere there in too, sticking with Sagat through out the entire tournament.

Young Legend placing top 3 as usual with his extremely solid Ryu, only peaced out by Ricky Ortiz and Crackfiend. For those of you who don't know, Young Legend is only 15 years old and is already one of the best Street Fighter players around. This was a reminder that although he has the skills he still has a ways to go to take out the guys who have been around for a while! Can't teach that experience!

The Grand Finals between Ricky Ortiz (who got either 1st or 2nd in every other game at the tournament!) and Crackfiend had to be the best display of skill throughout the entire tournament - both players feeling each other out through out the entire two sets, playing very solid footsie and zoning games. With Crackfiend losing earlier in the tournament to Ricky sending him to the losers bracket, he had to beat Ricky twice to take the number one spot. A lot of hard work but he did it due to his solid execution and mind games with Balrog!

All in all it was a great event with a ton of new faces reminding us that there is an entire new group of players who are hungry to get better in this game!

Here is top 8 for all the other games:

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Tuesday
Apr142009

HORI BLAZBLUE ARCADE STICK UP FOR PRE-ORDER

A new batch of HORI sticks are right around the corner and are up for pre-order - just in time for BlazBlue this summer! Like the official Street Fighter 4 Japanese sticks, they are essentially a HORI Real Arcade Pro 3 for PS3 and a HORI Fighting Stick EX2 for XBOX 360 both with BlazBlue artwork on the front.

What that means for those of you looking for a new stick is that the PS3 version has a higher quality joystick (Sanwa JLF) built in while the 360 version comes with a stock HORI stick. Both versions have stock HORI buttons so no matter which one you choose, you may want to prepare yourself to do a bit of modding down the line. As you will see the PS3 version is a bit bigger than the XBOX 360 version as well. Keep in mind that PS3 has a bigger customer base than 360 in Japan so this is probably the reasoning behind the different versions for each system.

According to NCSX, they mention that the PS3 version is actually an updated version of the HRAP3 so there may be more to it than we know but no details have been released yet.

PLAYSTATION 3 BLAZBLUE HORI FIGHTING STICK

XBOX 360 BLAZBLUE HORI FIGHTING STICK

Monday
Apr132009

WHAT ARE STREET FIGHTER FUNDAMENTALS?

 

I've been talking to some of the new SF4 crowd in Norcal and giving them my personal insight on their gameplay. Many of them needed to work on their fundamentals. But many of them didn't know what I meant by "fundamentals". Let me define "fundamentals" real quick:

  •  Serving as a basis supporting existence; determining essential structure or function.

Now take a quick moment and think. Basics for your structure or function. I underlined those specifically because fundamentals refers to your basics for your essential style of play. I'm going to use basketball as an example: Dribbling.

Dribbling a basketball is a basic move which requires you to bounce the basketball while you are walking or running. A more refined version of that basic move is the "Crossover Dribble", in which you change the pace of your dribble to confuse or freeze the defender. Beyond that, are different versions of the crossover dribble that requires a different type of execution to perform it correctly (Between the leg, behind the back, etc.).

Going back to Street Fighter, your choice of character and play style is the determining factor that constitutes what type of basics you would want to build on. For instance, let's assume that you want to learn how to play Dhalsim utilizing his orthodox style: You would want to build your basics on zoning/spacing, understand how to pressure from a distance, how to distant yourself from your opponent if they're able to get near and apply pressure, etc. 

There are so many different things that I can go into and talk about all day, but the situation is different for each individual. The goal for this article is to help players become consciously aware of their own strengths and weaknesses in order to know what it takes to build their individual game. Of course, the iPlayWinner team can assist you utilizing our training program via XBOX live. If any of you fellow readers are interested in that: Click Here

Keep your eyes open fellow readers, I have a few other articles I'm working on right now in regards to player development as well as cultural relations! Hope you guys enjoyed this piece I wrote today! 

Friday
Apr102009

FUDDRUCKERS REVENGE TOURNAMENT IN CONCORD, CA!

In what is currently known as Northern California's largest monthly tournament draw (the last event had 130 people in attendance), the Fuddruckers Revenge Tournament will feature several well known players from the area such as Magus1234, Haunts, Richard Li (Mr. 1UP), and A-Rival. Of course, I will also be attending the event with LPN, the man who placed 1st out of 73 people! 

This event has received sponsorship from Redbull, so come out to the event and watch some intense competition, have a good time, great food and drinks (w/ free Red Bull), and get hype! 

Tournament Date: April 26th, 2009
Tournament Location: 1975 Diamond Blvd, E-260, Concord, CA 94520

  • $5 Dollar entry fee per game
  • Street Fighter 4 - PS3/Xbox360
  • Tatsunoko Vs Capcom - Wii
  • Street Fighter 3: Third Strike - PS2
  • Marvel Vs Capcom 2 - DC
  • Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix- PS3/XBOX360


Tournament Rules:

  • Prizes 70/20/10% of entry fees of the respective tournament
  • Each tournament will be double elimination (you must lose 2 *matches* to be eliminated)
  • Standard matches will be 2 out of 3 games
  • Winners/Losers/Grand Finals 3 out 5 games
  • Button mapping is ok, programmable pads are banned
  • During a match, winner of a game, keeps character/team, loser may switch characters
  • You are responsible for your own controller when your match comes up
  • Game freezing glitches are banned
  • Game pausing will be dealt with on a per-instance basis. generally, person who pauses loses, but it's up to the proctor/judge


To view original info/thread on the event: Click here

Friday
Apr102009

PRE-ORDER ARCANA HEART 2 OFFICIAL JOYSTICK

PRE-ORDER FROM PLAY-ASIA TODAY

For all you badasses out there, this is the stick for you - show up with one of these bad boys at a tournament to strike fear into the heart of your opponents!

This is the Sugoi! Arcana Heart 2 joystick by Hori (Sanwa JLF stick and Hori buttons) and it's now up for pre-order on Play-Asia.com.

This is a PS2 stick but you can find converters out there to make it work on PS3, so if you are still in need of a stick you should pick this one up. Replacing the art, buttons and joystick ball isn't too difficult if the color scheme doesn't suit your tastes!

Check out Andria Sang for more details!

Friday
Apr102009

WCG FIGHTER CLUB: SETH AND GOUKEN BANNED!

So this is interesting, World Cyber Games is throwing an event just for fighting games in New York City on April 25-26th. The games featured are Soul Calibur IV, Virtua Fighter 5, Dead or Alive and of course.. Street Fighter 4! The only thing is for Street Fighter 4 both Seth and Gouken are banned!

If you're not aware, yes both Seth and Gouken are boss characters in Street Fighter 4 but neither of them are completely overpowered. Beyond that, we have yet to see a Seth or Gouken win any major tournaments at this point! I am not sure what the line of thinking is behind banning these two characters but this isn't the first time this has come up. So far we've seen that many tournaments being thrown by organizers not heavily into the scene will end up banning both characters and even El Fuertes Run Stop Fierce Loop.

Either way it should be an awesome event with so many fighting games on display and  $500 on the line for each game. So if you're in NYC you should go check it out if you're even somewhat competitive in any of those games.

Thursday
Apr092009

STREET FIGHTER IV NATIONAL TOURNEY: DAIGO MAKES AN APPEARANCE!

If you all already didn't know, Daigo is making an appearance at the the National Tournament in San Francisco next week!

For those of you who don't know, Daigo "The Beast" Umehara is a legendary 2D fighting gamer who's history in the scene dates all the way back to 1994, starting with Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, and has also consistently placed high in some of the largest tournaments in the world such as EVO and SBO.

If you're from around NorCal, you need to make an appearance because the event will be full of festivities. If you're not from NorCal, FIND A WAY to make it to San Francisco because of all the festivities! Supreme Soul (finalist from MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew") will also be performing live on-stage throughout the night! Trust me, any of you guys who make it out here will not regret the trip.

For more details regarding the entire event: Click here

Daigo's appearance is confirmed through Seth Killian's blog