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Wednesday
Mar112015

South Korea's Knee Privately Practices Tekken 7's Changes & Intricacies

While Kuro Kuro is handling the stream for the initial public release of Tekken 7 in Japan, one of South Korea's best had the chance to learn the ins and outs of the newest iteration.

Bae Jae Min, commonly known as Knee, was able to practice Tekken 7 before the eventual release in Korea. His almost four hour long stream has him try out a majority of the available characters and examine the newer mechanics exclusive to T7.

For those who might go to Final Round, EVO or any other event that will feature T7, this archive is essential to getting yourself prepared. Notable aspects in the archive include Kazuya's hellsweep to heaven's gate in Devil mode and Paul being able to cancel his rage art for more combo damage.

You can find the archive below!

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Wednesday
Mar112015

Super Desperation Radio Episode 404 Archive Online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on IPLAYWINNER'S YouTube channel.

SDR had Popeye's on the mind as the cast talked about upcoming events Community Effort Orlando and SoCal Regionals this week, discussing the possible benefits of offering incentives for players who register for an event and how it can help offset the appearance of higher fees.

Killer Instinct also showed up, as talk of the new character Hisako and her myriad gameplay mechanics had everyone questioning how strong she could be when she is completed.

Lastly, there was discussion about the upcoming Final Round 18, its registration numbers and the many exhibitions that may happen at one of the FGC's longest-running majors. 

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PST on Twitch and YouTube.

Tuesday
Mar102015

Tekken 7 Japanese Arcade Direct Feed Footage by Kuro Kuro

While Tekken 7's full-fledged release is coming soon, a Japanese Tekken player took the time to stream the pre-release version of the game.

Kuro Kuro, a long time Tekken player, has a multitude of archive videos from his Twitch stream at Tokyo Leisure Land Akihabara. The initial release of T7 has a multitude of people playing the current online-only mode against others all around Japan. If you are looking to see the changes for your character or interested in the new ones, then check these videos after the jump!

You can subscribe to Kuro Kuro on YouTube for future archives as well as follow his Twitch channel for more T7 streams!

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Monday
Mar092015

Two Sponsors Add Notable Fighting Game Players

Two big-name signings occurred on March 9 as both Leffen and NYChrisG joined new sponsors. 

Team SoloMid picked up William "Leffen" Hjelte, the Super Smash Bros. Melee player who TSM describes as "one of the top 6 players Melee players in the World." Previously known for League of Legends, Hearthstone and CounterStrike: Global Offensive, TSM will welcome Leffen as its first fighting game player.

Hjelte has defeated all of the Melee "gods" in tournament sets, and has placed highly at some of the marquee Melee tournaments including Apex 2015. 

"I've searched long and hard for an organisation that fit me well and I can safely say that I've found what I was looking for," Hjelte said. "I feel like I've only been a step away from being the best for a while now. With TSM's support, I'm confident that I'll be able to take that step and then some!”

In other news, Hearthstone team TempoStorm has created a fighting game community branch to its operations, adding Christopher "NYChrisG" Gonzalez to its roster. Gonzalez is most known for his UMvC3 gameplay, but he has also won tournaments or placed well in many other titles including Injustice and Street Fighter IV.

"I was looking for a way to travel to events and get into streaming to further my gaming career," Gonzalez said. "We had the same goals in mind and we came to an agreement. I'm happy to say that I'm a part of Tempo Storm!”

Gonzalez's first event as part of TempoStorm will be Final Round 18 in March.

Saturday
Mar072015

Review - Razer Atrox Xbox One Arcade Stick

Razer's interest in the console market has been limited to making products for Microsoft's Xbox brand. Despite the limited focus, Razer aimed for optimal quality with its peripherals much like its PC-based hardware and accessories. One of the company's biggest initiatives was getting into the fighting game scene with its Atrox arcade stick. Known for more general peripherals, Razer working on a product for a relatively niche community was something new.

Following a long research and development period, the Atrox arrived to be a worthy alternative to competitors Mad Catz and Hori. For mass-produced arcade sticks, the Atrox has contents that were ahead of its time. A detachable USB cable, anti-slip bottom pad and easy internal access were a couple of the things that made the Atrox unique. To catch up with the latest generation of consoles, the Atrox has come back as Razer's first peripheral for the Xbox One. Instead of bringing new features, the Atrox Xbox One stick isn't fixing what isn't broken. The Razer might not be an easy sell for those getting a new stick for the latest and upcoming fighters, but its existing features might be worth the money.

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Thursday
Mar052015

Super Desperation Radio Episode 403 Archive Online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on IPLAYWINNER'S YouTube channel.

SDR looked to upcoming tournaments this week, talking both about the vague participation graph released for NorCal Regionals and speculating about where SoCal Regionals will end up taking place.

The NorCal versus SoCal UNIEL exhibition and the results of Arc Divide were also discussed, which lead into a conversation about the cost of tournament entry. The cast talked about free events as opposed to more traditional formats and what is best to help strengthen a scene.

Although Sanchez was absent from the show, Walkman read a prepared statement of his thoughts on Charlie in SF5, and the crew talked about other recent fighting game developments including the return of Clay Fighter.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PST on Twitch and YouTube.

Thursday
Mar052015

Final Showdown: No to the Dead or Alive Dress Code

There is no doubt that creator Tomonobu Itagaki wanted sex appeal to be a big part of the Dead or Alive series. With every iteration of the game including Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, that trait has been maintained. It's also acknowledgeable that the fighting game aspect has to be recognized and should be the focus. The sexuality, in that case, is more like icing on the cake.

In reality, however, the general gaming community finds the series less a competitive game and more as a vehicle to see bouncing breasts and revealing dresses. The series' stigmatization has thus limited the player base to a relative few.

Regardless, the players want to show the game beyond the visuals. To that extent, it's very admirable to see them, along with help from series developer Team Ninja, work hard toward that competitive end. Unfortunately, a rule is putting the scene in a position that isn't productive.

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Tuesday
Mar032015

Tekken 7 Coming to Final Round 18

Mark "MarkMan" Julio has announced that Katsuhiro Harada and Michael Murray of Bandai Namco will be bringing the newest game in the Tekken series to Atlanta for Final Round.

Final Round has always been one of the biggest U.S. tournaments for the Tekken series, and this year's Final Round 18 will be the first chance for players in North America to play T7.

There is no information at this time as to whether this will be an updated version of the game currently being played in Japan, identical or something different altogether. Final Round 18 takes place March 20-22, 2015, in Atlanta.

Tuesday
Mar032015

NorCal Strongstyle Match Videos Spotted On Level Up Your Game & Avoiding the Puddle

If you been watching Tekken streams the past couple of days, you probably seen some matches from NorCal Strongstyle. For those who missed them, here is another chance.

Level Up Your Game and Avoiding the Puddle were hosting a couple of recorded matches from Strongstyle courtesy of organizer Bronson Tran. Most of the matches feature players from SoCal against various opponents. You can find the videos after the jump! Also follow LUYG and ATP on Twitch!

As for the official reveal of Strongstyle, stay tuned and follow IPLAYWINNER on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

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Tuesday
Mar032015

Understanding the Tekken 7 Combo System by Avoiding the Puddle

Avoiding the Puddle's own Flying Wonkey has posted an explanation and breakdown of the changes that are coming to Tekken's combo system with its newest iteration. Wonkey explains, using videos and tweets from Japanese players, that the way most players perceived that combos would develop in the game—launcher, filler, new bound-type move, ender—actually can net players less damage than shorter, simple combos unless a wall or stage transition is present.

What this means for players is of course still being understood, but Wonkey posits that positioning and stage awareness may be more important than ever before in Tekken 7. And he is sure to point out that as T7 is still being updated all the time, these facts could change.

Friday
Feb272015

Hori & Arcade Shock Resurrects VLX Arcade Stick for PlayStation 3 & PlayStation 4

With Arcade Shock's site redone, they revealed a new exclusive arcade stick buyers can't get anywhere else.

In collaboration with Hori, Arcade Shock is selling a new version of the VLX series made for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The arcade stick still uses the large yet arcade-authentic body modeled after the Taito Vewlix cabinet in Japan. Unlike the previous versions sporting red and blue colors, the VLX Kuro is all black. Owners can expect Hori's Hayabusa lever and Kuro buttons equipped as well as a touchpad for those who have a PS4. Arcade Shock also worked with SPLITFRAME for an exclusive carrying bag for traveling players.

You can pre-order now on Arcade Shock for $299.99 and will ship all over the world, excluding Japan, on its May 1, 2015 release date. Hori is also selling it on their site as well. They will also be available at SoCal Regionals 2015 and EVO 2015 but if you really want it, preorder now!

Thursday
Feb262015

Final Showdown: Ultra Street Fighter IV on PlayStation 4 at EVO? What You Can Do!

The announcement of Ultra Street Fighter IV being on PlayStation 4 at this year's EVO was a disappointment for many players. The conversation in various outlets focused on peripheral access, something not all people have. Many were so accustomed to the Xbox 360 version featured in the past two EVO events that the change is alien to them.

In one exchange, a player did mention that he might not go to EVO anymore because of this change. The community shouldn't be apathetic like this. There are a couple of solutions that players can use to get themselves to Las Vegas for the biggest fighting game tournament in the world.

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Wednesday
Feb252015

Japan Offering Rewards to TTT2 Players in Tekken 7

Avoiding the Puddle is reporting that the official Tekken Net website for Japan is now offering rewards to players who import their Tekken Tage Tournament 2 card data into the new site for Tekken 7. 

Players who import their data will have their TTT2 ranks transferred to the new game, be given 100,000 gold in Tekken 7 and also have any tournament-won titles added to their new T7 profile. They will also be given an exclusive lifebar customization featuring Tekken series stalwart Mokujin. The lifebars show the character and have a wooden theme.

Players have until March 17 to receive the awards by importing their data. There is no indication at this time as to whether this offer will be extended to other regions as they receive Tekken 7.

Wednesday
Feb252015

Singles & Team Tournament Footage from England's Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Gutter Trash Vol. 4

England's big Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike tournament series returned to bring players from the nation and the rest of Europe to parry on.

The fourth edition of Gutter Trash took place at Heart of Gaming in London on Feb. 21. It was organized by the 3rd Strike UK Facebook group. The Shend re-uploaded matches from both singles and the team tournaments of Gutter Trash. The footage features players from all over England and some from neighboring European countries including France and Sweden.

The videos can be found after the jump but you can check out the full stream archives here!

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Tuesday
Feb242015

A Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition Troll Covered in USGamer Special Feature

If you played Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition on Xbox 360 you probably encountered one player who probably never does anything.

USGamer did a special feature about "ufcgym," a "player" who goes on 3SOE's online ranked mode doing nothing. Players attempt to challenge him when he appears but receive no return. This static action, combined with his mysterious nature, made him infamous in the 3rd Strike community.

If you want to know more in detail about this unusual person, check out the full piece here. You can probably go on 3SOE right now and encounter ufcgym, doing absolutely nothing.

Tuesday
Feb242015

Super Desperation Radio Episode 402 Archive Online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on IPLAYWINNER'S YouTube channel.

After a one-week holiday hiatus, Super Desperation Radio returned to cover a wealth of fighting game news. For starters, SDR talked about Winter Brawl and the several different blow-ups of the event, from trash talk on Twitter to getting swept in grudge matches.

Conversation then moved to the second Xrd location test and the unveiling of Tekken 7 in Japan, both of which will see a widespread release in March.

Lastly, the crew talked about Evo, the 2015 Capcom Pro Tour and increased payout structure. This lead into conversation about the game possibly being on PS4 for all events and the ever-rising costs of tournament play. With various barriers to entry coming hand-in-hand with bigger prize pools, what is next for fighting games? 

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PST on Twitch and YouTube.

Tuesday
Feb242015

A Detailed Examination of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round's Graphics by Digital Foundry

With Dead or Alive 5: Last Round now available on multiple platforms, the go to graphical analysis group took a look at how they perform.

Eurogamer's Digital Foundry performed a multiplatform analysis of the game. Both current and last generation of consoles render the final DOA5 game at 1080p with 60fps gameplay with the former running with minimal visual issues. The comparison piece includes high resolution screenshots showing specific differences and frame rate tests. The Xbox One version's performance issues is one of the major aspects featured.

You can check out the piece here.

Friday
Feb202015

Dream Cancel Cup Tournament Circuit Announced

Organizers at SNK-centric forum Dream Cancel have announced a tournament series designed to bring together the best players in their scene. The Dream Cancel Cup Tournament Circuit Series will involve certified events across the U.S., giving players ranking points that will earn them invitations to the first Dream Cancel Cup, taking place at Winter Showdown 3 in Colordao in 2016.

All events including the final will be open entry, but ranking points will determine which players earn "invitations" to the Dream Cancel Cup, a tournament featuring King of Fighters XIII, King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition and King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match. It is not known at this time if the invitations will grant any special benefits to the players.

In addition to normal certified tournaments, there will also be other ways for players to earn ranking points in the tournament series, including online events and even local tournaments that have been verified by Dream Cancel staff. For more details on the tournament series, head over to Dream Cancel

Friday
Feb202015

New KI Trailer Shows the Power of Aganos, Debuts New Character

Microsoft Studios and Iron Galaxy have released the debut trailer for Aganos, showcasing what the golem can do. A being constructed of rock, vines and armor, Aganos can turn into a boulder, summon walls of rock from the ground and seems to have armor on some if not all of his attacks.

Aganos. will release on Feb. 27 for owners of the Ultra Edition, while those with the Combo Breaker edition of Killer Instinct will have to wait until March 5.

However, Aganos was not the only character making an appearance in this new trailer. At the very end, a ghostly figure holding a bladed staff shambles in front of the camera before revealing a visage that contains eyes with no pupils and a mouth full of dagger-like teeth.

There is no other information on the character, but Microsoft Community Manager Mike Robles said she will be shown for the first time at PAX East, which takes place March 6-8, 2015.

Hit the jump for the trailer.

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Friday
Feb202015

KOF's Yagami Teams Joins Metal Slug Defense

Metal Slug Defense is adding another set of King of Fighters characters to its roster. Continuing the celebration of KOF's 20th anniversary and promoting Defense's 20 million downloads, Iori Yagami and his team from KOF '96 are joining the battle.

The Yagami Team—Iori Yagami, Vice and Mature—is downloadable content and will cost users $4.27. The team is available now as part of the game's most recent update.

These characters join KOF's original Japan Team, who were also recently added to MSD.

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