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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

 

Wednesday
Apr082009

GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES HEADED TO XBLA

This is just a rumor for now, much like that MVC2 coming to XBLA being a "rumor" but really neither are all that far fetched given the hype surrounding fighting games at the moment.

This bit of news comes from GAMERBYTES where they dug up a screenshot detailing that MOTW has been rated by Microsoft Korea. Really the only explanation is that it would be coming to XBLA in that I can't imagine them putting this on an actual game disk.

Hopefully other SNK and CAPCOM games end up on XBLA with online play included! Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike anyone?

Tuesday
Apr072009

GUILTY GEAR XX ACCENT CORE PLUS SHIPS THIS WEEK!

Those of you who have had a hard time finding GG:AC in Gamestop, now is your chance to grab an updated version of the game. According to Amazon, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus ships on the 9th of April with a a brand new story mode and the return of Kliff and Justice.

I had a chance to play this just last week and it's a nice change from Street Fighter 4's more defensive style of play. After FADCing for months now the Roman Canceling bit made a lot more sense to me as well this time around. A great game over all, it's just too bad it's not also on XBLA or PSN for online play!

Tuesday
Apr072009

STREET FIGHTER 4 ROSE BALL

Who needs to watch top level play when Rose Ball is obviously the true measure of skill? This clip was taken from the Gootecks Bar Fights that went down over the weekend. To set this up on your own, go to VS mode, set it to best of 7 rounds and set the handicap to the lowest setting. Oh yeah, pick Rose as well, that's important too.

Although I can't find the links currently, there are some clips online of people playing "Sudden Death" with these same settings. Playing that mode will make you think about how to finish off your opponent much differently since you only need one hit to do so. Try it out sometime! (PS: Akuma and Viper are top tier in Sudden Death Mode)

Monday
Apr062009

STREET FIGHTER VACATIONS AND SACRAMENTO TOURNAMENT RESULTS!

The term "Street Fighter Vacation" originated from Fuson (SoCal player) which I learned of from Dann (Prophetical). Some of you may have heard this term, some of you haven't. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it means learning how to take mental breaks. 

Now some of you might be pondering... mental breaks from playing video games? But that's just crazy, it's only a video game! In the realm of high level competition, you want to treat your mind as you would your body - very similar to physical fitness. Have any of you ever come across a mental roadblock, suddenly got bored of Street Fighter 4, or you're unable to execute your combo/strategy? You may have had an overindulgence of Street Fighter 4 information, strategy, and/or technical data without allowing your mind to digest it progressively.

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Monday
Apr062009

EVO Registration is Up

It's that time again.

The Evolution Championship Series is held annually in Las Vegas and is the biggest and most reputable tournament in the US.  Every year of EVO manages to outdo the last year. And 2009 will be no different with everyone awaiting to see just who will come out on top in Street Fighter IV and make it in the Street Fighter history books.

Tournaments for the following games will be held this year

Street Fighter IV
Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix
Soul Calibur 4
Marvel vs. Capcom 2
Guilty Gear XX, Accent Core
SF3, Third Strike, 2v2 team tournament

Some must-see special features included in this mammoth series of tournaments are the regional SFIV 5 on 5 team tournament, the Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Invitational Tournament, the possible appearance of the old school legend Tomo Ohira, and probably a screening of the ever-elusive documentary about the American competitive Street Fighter scene in its arcade days, Bang the Machine.

For registration, there will be usual entry fee of $10 per game and a $30 cover charge. Last day to register is July 12th, so don't delay. Additionally, please note that there is no on-site registration, so you must register online!

Come to Las Vegas and experience the greatest series of fighting game tournaments the US has to offer on July 17-19, 2009 at the Rio Hotel & Casino. Train hard for your shot at fame, glory, recognition, prize money, or anything you're fighting for. Also expect to see the iplaywinner crew there as well.

Register for the event

Book your hotel room

and lastly

Get hype!

No excuses!

For more details about EVO, you can check out the official EVO site and the EVO forum at Shoryuken.com

Saturday
Apr042009

WEEKEND STREET FIGHTER 4 STREAMS

Have absolutley nothing to do all weekend and tired of playing jerks on XBOX Live? Well, now you can take a break and watch California players go at it locally, in that there is a Street Fighter stream going on pretty much at all hours over the weekend - Keystone Light and Cannery Dojo today and the Gootecks Street Fighter Bar Fights tomorrow!

I embedded all the streams below, but be sure to go to their actual pages and get involved with the chat room.

KEYSTONE LIGHT (SATURDAY AFTERNOON)

CANNERY DOJO (SATURDAY EVENING)

GOOTECKS BAR FIGHTS (SUNDAY AFTERNOON + EVENING)

Friday
Apr032009

STREET FIGHTER 4 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT FINALS IN SAN FRANCISCO 

The Street Fighter 4 National Tournament hosted by EVO and GameStop wraps up in San Francisco about two weeks from now on the 18th of April. That's of course a Saturday so if you live in the Bay Area be sure to come check it out.

According to Seth Killian's blog this will be an event not to be missed if you are a fan of the series with more details on the event to be announced soon. Street Fighter Legends such as Jason Cole and Justin Wong will be there battling it out with the other 14 contestants for the #1 spot so spectating the event should be worth the trek alone.

Here is the address to punch into your GPS or Google Maps:

Saturday, April 18th, 7pm
Fort Mason Festival Pavillion
99 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA

Also, if you're in the Bay area and looking to participate in a tournament yourself, there is one going down literally every week in the month of April. Head over to the Pacific North thread on Shoryuken and check out the stickies up-top for all the upcoming events.

Thursday
Apr022009

WIN A KOFXII ARCADE CABINET - KOF BASICS TRAINING VIDEO

Remember that tournament down in LA that is being held for King of Fighters XII? Turns out there is a bit more to it than expected: it's a first come first serve 128 man tournament being organized by the same team that runs EVO - with the chance of winning an actual King of Fighters XII arcade cabinet!

Check out Shoryuken.com for the full details on this. Also, if you haven't registered yet, stop by the official King of Fighters XII website and do so!

Also, while browsing the KOFXII thread on SRK I found this gem of a movie - a training video on KOF basics by Dandy J. Very well done and extremely informative so be sure to study up!

Thursday
Apr022009

VERSUS CITY: STREET FIGHTER 4 POWER PLAYERS

Not much has changed since last week with the heavy hitters in Japan, although Daigo and Ojisanboy are trailing Mago by quite a bit now. See what taking one week off from farming BP will do to your ranking? Okay maybe this a bit different than hopping on XBOX Live, sure, but here are the top 5 players in Japanese arcades - check Versus City for the full list!

1. Mago (Sagat) - 197,453
2. Ojisanboi (Sagat) - 190,487
3. Umehara (Ryu) - 181,819
4. RF (Sagat) - 162,990
5. Tokidokinukinkusu (Chun) - 121,894

 

 

Wednesday
Apr012009

FIGHTING GAME DOCUMENTARY: I GOT NEXT TRAILER

I found this on SRK just yesterday and this looks to be our generations version of Bang the Machine (Street Fighter documentary folowing OG's like John Choi and Seth Killian) as it follows top players, grabbing interviews from major tournaments such as Final Round and Sinsation. Very well done trailer, cant wait for the full release - check it out!

I Got Next is a free documentary on the fighting video game scene created by Ian Cofino (with much support from my friends and family). It originally started as my senior project at Purchase College, School of Art and Design, and has grown to something much bigger thanks to the dedicated and passionate players in the community. Originally envisioned as a short documentary, I Got Next has grown into a feature length production, which will see two releases, a short cut in May and a longer cut in the winter of '09.

Here's a link to the trailer: www.igotnextmovie.com
HD youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb76Sn1YvTc

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: