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Thursday
Sep042008

TEKKEN 6 GETTING A LOT OF LOVE IN JAPAN

The most current Arcadia Ranking results show Tekken 6 getting a lot of love in japan, while my two favorite games at the moment are hanging out right in the middle!

#1 Tekken 6
#2 Guilty Gear XX ΛCore
#3 Gundam VS
#4 Fate/Unlimited Codes
#5 Virtua Fighter 5R
#6 Street Fighter IV
#7 Arcana Heart 2
#8 Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
#9 Melty Blood Act Cadenza
#10 Gundam Seed

Thursday
Sep042008

HIGH LEVEL STREET FIGHTER 4 SAGAT GAME PLAY

My favorite Sagat video thus far. A lot going on in even the first round. Most notably it appears after a connected Tiger Uppercut at the apex of Zangief's jump, he was able to follow up with a Tiger Knee. I have not been able to do this myself yet, so not sure if it is character specific or what.

Also, Zangief is hit with a high Tiger Shot in the corner as he tries to jump, and is hit with a second Tiger Shot on the way down.

 

Thursday
Sep042008

INO'S SUMMARY OF STREET FIGHTER IV

Japanese street fighter player Inoue posted his thoughts thus far on Street Fighter IV. Interesting way of looking at each character and the over all system and  gameplay.

Translation pulled from SRK.

Quick and dirty summary of "Game Style":

Street Fighter 2 is a good game because it uses this kind of strategy
(explains elements of Street Fighter 2)

Street Fighter 3 is also a good game, because it uses this kind of strategy, building on Street Fighter 2
(explains elements of Street Fighter 3)

Street Fighter 4 is an awesome game, because you can play it like SF2 or like SF3. Of course, some characters are more restrictive in their styles than others, but overall this is a game where you can use any of the elements from old Street Fighter games effectively.

Overall, thus far Inoue thinks the design is spot-on and a worthy successor to the series.

 

Quick and dirty summary of "Character Introduction Part 1"
Didn't understand a couple of random sentences, but got most of his summary. Tried to get the main points.

--
Ryu (The character if you want to force your opponent to play SF2)
- Strong for SF2 style players
- Hadouken and Shoryuken are pretty much all he has at short range
- Weak against cheap play (heavy damaging or runaway characters)
- Shinkuu Hadouken's ability is inadequate (not enough damage)


Ken (The character that will definitely guess right sometimes)
- All-purpose character
- Immense destructive power
- A straightforward, linear character; not for flashy players
- Probably the best character for players who study him seriously
- Hard to win with for people who can't outplay opponents or characters
- But, that's fine


Zangief (Doesn't matter if you guess wrong)
- The definition of beatdown
- But, also has impenetrable defense
- Attack and defense are high, but you have to guess a lot, so high risk/high return
- But, due to his life amount and attack power, he's actually middle risk/high return


Rufus (Do you know the right answer for what I'm going to do?)
- Lots of tricks nobody knows how to deal with (for now)
- Not bad for a player who likes picking strong characters
- In the future as throws become his main way of breaking guard, he'll be weak to grapplers
- Against opponents backdashes and throws, you can deal a lot of damage if you read them correctly
- In the future, will probably be considered upper mid-tier
- In conclusion, a pretty good character


M. Bison/Dictator (I get to do what I want. I won't let you do what you want.)
- Excels for players with good footsies/zoning
- All aspects of him are at least upper-mid tier: Rushdown, defensive, runaway, waiting, breaking guard
- For people who want to break down "cheap" players and characters, Dictator is recommended

So basically,

If you just want to play Street Fighter 2, Ryu.
If you want to play Street Fighter 4 to its maximum limit, Ken.

If you want to beat characters like those two, Zangief.

If you want the highest win percentage right now, Rufus. He's really good for the time being.

Finally, if you can't stand "cheap" play (a Zangief who just gets in your face and guesses, or a Blanka/Chun Li that just sits there), Dictator.

By the way, I've mostly been playing Abel lately. People's opinions will differ, but he's probably my most recommended character.

 

Game Sakura Site

Wednesday
Sep032008

INTERVIEWS WITH TOP STREET FIGHTER III: THIRD STRIKE PLAYERS

I really feel this is worth getting out to as many players as possible. These are some interviews with top Third Strike players from all over conducted by FFA Urien player Gootecks . I listened to three or four of them and they are really insightful overall. Gives you a glimpse into the mind of a tournament player and how they each have their own unique approach to the game.

Check out the Denjin Video Blog   Gootecks's Blog and have a listen.

Wednesday
Sep032008

MIRACLES DO HAPPEN

GGPO has been licensed by Capcom. Days gone by, to think this would ever happen seemed impossible. Although nothing beats going to the arcade or linking up with friends on a weekend, this is an excellent step forward on having all future street fighter games, across all platforms, competley playable online.

If you're not familiar with GGPO, go to the site to learn a bit more.

The following is the complete write up from s.kills blog

My main man Seth asked me to write an article for the blog about a recent trip to Backbone where I had the pleasure of doing a little consulting on the network code for Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. I've also added some color commentary on why I started GGPO, how we got where we are now, and how I think STHD's networking can be improved.

First a little background on me: I've been participating in and organizing Street Fighter tournaments since 1991. I'm also a co-owner and Tournament Director for the Evolution Championship Series: the most premier, international, and open fighting game tournament in the world. I think it's safe to say that my passion for fighting games goes right to the bone.

I started GGPO as an experiment to see if intensity of competitive Street Fighter could be brought online without compromising the quality of the game play. Street Fighter at it's core is a test of skill between two human opponents. The arcade scene in America was on life support, and going online was clearly the only way the genre was going to survive.

It turns out the timing couldn't have been more perfect: in August of last year Capcom took notice of GGPO and arranged a meeting where we discussed the technology, how it worked, and particularly why it was ideally suited for arcade games. Other genres have used similar latency hiding techniques, but GGPO is the first to prove that they could be used for the most latency sensitive games, around the world, on the public Internet. Capcom was impressed and convinced Backbone that STHD needed similar technology in order to replicate the arcade experience online.

Last week I had the opportunity to work with Dan Halpern at Backbone to check in on they've networking stack and provide some pointers for improvement. We hooked GGPO up to the same latency simulation tools you've read about on Gary's blog and compared it to STHD. I'm happy to report that the Backbone code held up very well. At all test points, GGPO measured only slightly better than STHD on the impact latency had on the duration and intensity of the visual glitches causes by the latency hiding code (i.e. the dreaded "rollback" effect). This is great news for people concerned about the quality of STHD networking. It means that there's most likely no architectural reason why STHD cannot be as good as or even surpass GGPO when it is released. It also suggests that the reports by some users of GGPO greatly outperforming STHD are most likely a matter of tuning or minor bug fixes. I made two suggestions on how I thought Backbone should spend their time improving their code.

The first recommendation I made was to do more testing on the Internet instead of using latency simulators. Simulators are great for testing basic correctness, but there's no substitute for the real thing. GGPO was developed and tuned on my wireless home network, bouncing packets from my cable modem off a UDP reflector located on the east coast and back home again. Since all the tuning parameters for things like the reliable UDP layer, windows sizes, etc. were developed on a life, in-home network on a cross-country network between two players, GGPO naturally preforms best in that environment. Adding more internet testing to STHD may reveal some corner cases or mis-tuned parameters in their networking code which could dramatically improve the quality for end users.

The second was to add a configurable, fixed amount of latency to all moves a player does. GGPO calls this the "smoothing" value because it really reduces the magnitude of a rollback. For example, a 2-frame input delay on a 125 ms ping game will reduce the length of a rollback by 20%. That 20% can make a huge difference in reducing the visual glitches caused by rollbacks.

Fixed input latency also helps insure that a player with a persistently bad connection will not impact the quality of a match for users with a superb connection because the delay can be shared. For example, if I'm using 3 frames of input delay and you're using 0 frames, we can actually share the 3 frames of benefit by running my copy of the game 1.5 frames ahead of yours. That both of our packets sent over the network an extra 25 ms of time to run across the Internet before manifesting themselves as a rollback. Stated another way: it makes a 120 ms game play more like a 70 ms game. That's a huge win.

Most players cannot tell the difference between 0 and 2 frames of input latency. Those people would absolute prefer a much smoother online experience to having their moves come out a tiny fraction of a second sooner. Tournament players: put down your pitchforks! There are those of us who can detect as much as 1 frame of latency. Those of us who bought that specific Samsung flat-screen LCD rather than the cheaper Sony one because the Sony one added display-lag. Those players shoud be allowed to throttle down the frame-delay all the way to 0 to preserve the exact, offline timing they've spent 10-years of accumulated muscle memory perfecting. I've been using this system of 0-9 frames of fixed, configurable input delay for a while on GGPO and it's been working great.

Overall I was very impressed with Backbone's efforts. They're already going to have the best networking code seen on a console fighting game at the time they release. Many companies would have stopped working on it by now, and they should be applauded for taking the extra effort to squeeze every last ounce of performance before shipping. I'm also happy that Capcom has been so receptive in allowing the community to come in and help on the project (in all ways, not just the networking code) and am proud to have been able to help out in the ways that I could. Those of your worried about the quality for the networking code in future non-Backbone titles should take heart. Capcom has secured a multi-year, multi-game license for the GGPO. While I obviously cannot discuss any of the details, I'm sure they won't let another great title ship without lag-free gameplay again given the attention they've put on STHD.


Wednesday
Sep032008

EDGE REVIEWS STREET FIGHTER IV: BEST STREET FIGHTER EVER?

First real review of STREET FIGHTER IV, saying it is the best Street Fighter game in the series. HIGHLY debatable at this point. The game has not been out long enough to warrant that title in my opinion.

I also feel the game at this point actually feels incomplete and needs another revision or two. the animations need some work, the dour new characters and system additions is not enough for it to feel anymore than a highly stylized version of ST. Id say right now SFIV is the true ST: HD Remix.

Also, with each entry, everyone has their preferences. To some, CVS2 is the best in the series, to others, it is 3s. I suppose we have to be grateful that CAPCOM has provided us with so many options with the series. Here to hoping they can smooth the game out so in the future it can rightly claim this title!

Read the full review below.

SFIV: Best SF ever?

 

Wednesday
Sep032008

EL FUERTE INFINITE IN SFIV

Here we have a video of the El Fuerte infinite that has been discussed all over the place at this point. Game breaking? Who knows. Will it be patched? Who cares, just dont get caught in it!

Apparently the way to do it it cancel your fierce into the run, and cancel the run into another fierce. So the actual break down is..

Standing close fierce punch, qcf+p (initiates run), lp (stops the run), standing close fierce punch.

Repeat until dizzy! Have fun!

Tuesday
Sep022008

ATTN ARCADE OPERATERS: UNLOCK AKUMA ON YOUR STREET FIGHTER IV BOARD

Enter these codes in the debug screen to unlock Akuma!

Akuma (CPU): C5HSP3GN
Akuma (Playable): CHNB9FGC


Tuesday
Sep022008

Street FIghter 4 now at numerous locations in North America


So here are the current locations for arcades that have Street Fighter 4. Prices and hours obviously vary. You can find me at San Francisco States Rack-N-Cue on the weekdays playing Sagat.

Info was grabbed from the SRK forums.  

USA

Walnut, CA
Super Arcade
1211 N. Grand Ave
Walnut, CA 91748
Style of cabinets - Japanese Non Vewlix Cabs
Number of cabinets/setup 2
75 Cents, Ranbats coming up

Granada Hills, CA USA (91344)
Family Funtime Arcade
10363 Balboa Blvd.
(818) 360-0419
2 side to side 42" LCD 1080p HDTVs
Temporary prototype console (sticks and buttons)
Unlocked Akuma, $1 per play, Open 24 on some weekends.
Normal hours Sun-Thurs: 10AM-2AM, Fri-Sat: 10AM-4AM.

New York, NY
Chinatown Fair
8 Mott St
New York, NY
2 Head to head setup w/ jp sticks, $1 to play/continue.
Usually opens around 12-1pm, open till 12am on weekdays, 2am on weekends.

Austin, Texas
USA
Arcade UFO
3101 Speedway
Austin, TX 78705

Available on August 29th (date arcade opens)

Head-to-head Delta32 (High-Def) Japanese cabinets with Sanwa controls
2 sets, 4 players total
1.00 per play/continue
Sun-Thur 1:00PM-2:00AM
Fri-Sat 1:00PM-4:00AM

Houston, Texas
Planet Zero Anime Center
12303J Westheimer
Houston, Texas 77077
H2H atomiswave cabs
Tel: 281-531-ZERO (9376)
Fax: 281-531-0188
Opening Hours:
Sun - Mon : 6pm - Midnight
Tue - Thur : 3pm - Midnight
Fri - Sat : 1pm - 1 AM

Philadelphia, PA
University Pinball
4006-08 Spruce St,
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: (215) 387-9523
$1 per play/continue

Tacoma, Washington
Narrows Plaza Bowl
2200 Mildred Street West
University Place, Tacoma, Washington 98466
(253) 565-1007
Two cabinets with 32" hi def LCD monitors

San Jose, CA
San Jose State Bowling Center
One Washington Square
HAPP
Side to Side cab
75 cents per play


 

Canada



Richmond, BC
Espot
Suite 160
7951 Alderbridge Way
Richmond, BC , V6X2A4
Head to Head, japanese cabs (versus cabs i think, no HD)
0.75cents per play

Burnaby, BC
CHQ Arcade in Metropolis at Metrotown
4700 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC
0.75 cents per game, head-to-head, Jap. sticks, never-ending competition


Burnaby, BC
Circuit Circus Arcade (known locally by its former name, Lesters Arcade)
6400 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC
$2 per game, head-to-head, shitty Am. sticks, okay competition.

$50 cent per game
 
Lovegetty station
505 Highway #7 East
Richmond Hill, Commerce Gate
Japanese Versus Cabs. Jap sticks/button setup.
Two cabinets, with a link setup. $1 a play, arcade mode is set to 2/3, and versus mode is set to 3/5.
THE ARCADE ONLY OPENS AT AROUND 3:30 - 4:00, but is open all night.

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