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Summer Jam 8 results, stream archive feat. ChrisG, Ricky Ortiz, K-Brad, Sanford Kelly, CD Jr., Smug and more

Updated with final results: We've added the final results for Summer Jam 8 into this story. Check them out below.

Summer Jam 8 kicks off today, and is streaming live from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

A slew of games will be played at this event, including Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, King of Fighters 13, Killer Instinct, Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project M, Injustice: Gods Among Us, and many others.

We can also expect to see some exceptional talent in attendance. Players such as GG|NYChris G, EG|Ricky Ortiz, EG|K-Brad, SteamCo|Sanford Kelly, SteamCo|CD Jr., PIE|Smug, KIT|Cloud 805, bTri|NuckleDu, BIFU|Coach Steve, CTRL|RayRay, CCG|Chi-Rithy, RG|SonicFox, CT|Zero, and more are set to compete. Brackets for this major tournament can be found over on Challonge.

Today will focus primarily on team tournament action, and singles events/exhibitions will be taking place over the course of the weekend.

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PAX Prime CPT Ultra Street Fighter 4 stream ft. Justin Wong, PR Balrog, Air, Sherryjenix and more

Just in case Summer Jam 8, Shadaloo Showdown 2014, the Isshuu Sengeki Cup Osaka qualifiers in Japan and Hong Kong Esports Tournament haven't provided you with enough Ultra Street Fighter 4 action this weekend, here comes PAX Prime with a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event tournament for your viewing pleasure.

Players in attendance at the PAX Prime CPT tournament include EG|Justin Wong, EG|PR Balrog, CCG|Air and GG|Sherryjenix.

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Xian loses to commentator's curse, Dudley anti-airing with rose throw taunt - LianHuBBB's Funny & Cool Moments Ep. 86

LiangHuBBB is back with another installment in his Funny & Cool Moments series of montage videos.

In this new episode, Dudley successfully anti-airs with his "throw rose" taunt three times in a row, Xian puts on his commentator's hat while playing on Xbox Live and finds himself losing due to his own commentator's curse, plus amazing resets and funny glitches galore, presented through a wide variety of fighting games.

There's a bit of Killer Instinct here, some SoulCalibur V there, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Mortal Kombat, Injustice, Dead or Alive 5, and more. Even niche titles like Koihime Musou gets its fair share of attention.

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Dead or Alive 5 Last Round announced for PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and X360; playable demo to appear at The Fall Classic in October

Earlier today Koei Tecmo's Yosuke Hayashi, head of the Team Ninja development studio, announced Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (DOA5LR) for the PS4 and Xbox One at today's Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade Summer Carnival tournament in Japan. The game will be released over there sometime in Spring 2015.

As it turns out, DOA5LR isn't just for new-generation consoles -- Koei Tecmo America's Tom Lee announced moments ago on Team Spooky's stream for Summer Jam 8 that the game, which will be the last installment in the DOA5 series, would also be heading to the PS3 and X360 as well.

What's more, a playable demo of DOA5LR will be making an appearance at The Fall Classic in Raleigh, North Carolina from October 10 to 12.

Check out the first teaser trailer for the game below for a sneak peek at one of the new stages added to the DOA5LR, Hong Kong DOATEC.

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2nd Hong Kong Esports Tournament USF4 archive, results ft. Xian, Humanbomb, Gameouttt and more

Earlier today, while most of you were still asleep, the 2nd Hong Kong Esports Tournament was taking place, and its Ultra Street Fighter 4 division saw many of the country's finest players (Humanbomb, Huanlin, Gameouttt, Kawing) as well as Singapore's RZR|Xian, fight it out for the top spot -- plus a wad of Capcom Pro Tour ranking points.

Although RZR|Xian did not bring out his Poison at the Capcom Pro Tour Asia (Korea qualifier) last weekend, you'll get to see the former EVO champ pull out his new side character right from the very first match of the top 8 playoffs here.

We've embedded the stream archive for the playoffs below, along with the results; Ultra Street Fighter 4 starts at 09:25:30.

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Can FlashMetroid land Dudley's UC1 as Juri charges a fireball? Find out in Ultra Excellent Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross Ep. 29

Thie new episode of Ultra Excellent Adventures starts things off on a high note, right off the bat.

Weary of putting out a lackluster performance in his matches, FlashMetroid decides to step it up, and bravely goes where no Ultra Excellent Adventures warrior has trekked before: he proclaims that he land Dudley's UC1 (Rolling Thunder) on his opponent, Juri Han, as she is charging up her Fuhajin fireball this game.

That prompts Gootecks and Mike Ross to bring out the big guns: fresh, crispy green, American dollar bills. Will FlashMetroid be able to pull it off?

It's the most high-octane episode yet; Ultra Excellent Adventures like you've never seen it before. Watch the new episode via the video embed below.

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Shadowloo Showdown 2014 results, stream archive, battle logs ft. GamerBee, Ryan Hart, Filipino Champ, Rico Suave, Armada, Shungoku Neurosis and more

Updated: This story has been updated with results and battle logs for day 2 of Shadowloo Showdown.

Once more, it's time for the biggest tournament of the year down under -- Shadowloo Showdown is taking place in Melbourne, Australia for the fifth year running, and a lot of notable people are set to show up.

Among the registered entrants, we have AvM|Gamerbee, DIG|Ryan Hart, Filipino Champ, MOR|Rico Suave, EMP|Armada, Shungoku Neurosis, Latif, BE|Abegen, RF, KOK, Shiro, Lucky and many more.

Games set to be played at the event include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, King of Fighters 13, Killer Instinct, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Project M, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown and Dive Kick.

You can find the live stream below.

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Street Fighter turns 27 today; Would anyone like some video game cakes? [Image Gallery]

The first Street Fighter game was released in arcades on August 30, 1987, making today the 27th anniversary for the beloved Capcom fighting game franchise.

To celebrate the occasion, we thought we'd do a roundup of all the cool Street Fighter-themed video game cakes we could find on the Web.

Since this is a fighting game, a lot of the cakes turned out to be themed around joysticks as well -- what's better than a Mad Catz joystick? How about a Mad Catz fightstick that's also edible and tastes like vanilla and chocolate?

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Who is top tier? Persona 4 Arena Ultimax character tiers according to Souji, Arc Revolution Cup 2014 finalist

Although there is still about a month to go before Persona 4 Arena Ultimax gets released in North America, the game was launched this week in Japan and Asia.

Over here at EventHubs we launched the tiers for P4AU on the day of the game's Japanese release. But like we thought, not a lot of folks in the FGC are quite familiar with the game's match-up knowledge yet. Heck, I've been playing quite a bit of the game myself, and I still don't know which match-ups are favorable and which are unfavorable for my character.

So we thought we'd take a look at what the Japanese FGC have to say when it comes to tiers for P4AU. Specifically, last month's Arcadia magazine published a tier list put together by Souji, who mains Teddie and came in 2nd at both the Arc Revolution Cup 2013 and 2014 tournaments (the 2014 grand finals were held today).

Keep in mind that the tier list you see in the images below only cover the characters who're available in the arcade version; console-exclusive characters like Rise, Ken, and Adachi are still unknowns at this point.


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Dieminion vs. 5000PP Evil Ryu, PR Balrog lands an unlikely Red Focus Attack - USF4 replays also ft. Tampa Bison, VRyu Sensei, Vivi and Reiketsu

Today we've got a fresh batch of Ultra Street Fighter 4 replays straight from Xbox Live (as well as Steam, for that one EG|PR Balrog video), all of which provided courtesy of i Shoryuken.

In this batch of replays, we see one of the finest Guile players in the world, Dieminion, take on the #2 Evil Ryu and #6 overall player on Xbox Live, SUS OTC Punk. It's an incredible match with excellent footsies on display from both players, so be sure not to miss that.

There's also a great moment where PR Balrog lands an unlikely Red Focus Attack, a match where VRyu Sensei lands Makoto's command grab three times in a row, as well as replays featuring Tampa Bison, Vivi and Reiketsu.

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Kuroda plays Ibuki, Alex in 1st-to-10 Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike sets against Kaeru (Dudley), Macchi (Akuma)

It's been a while since we caught up with Weekly Playboy News's "Kuroda Throws Down the Gauntlet" series of columns.

In the latest two installments of the column, Kuroda plays some Alex and Ibuki in first-to-ten sets against his pals Kaeru (Dudley) and Macchi (Akuma), respectively, in Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike.

As always, the videos in each installment are accompanied by a lengthy chat between a WPB News editor and Kuroda on the latter's good old days -- let us know if that's something you'd be interested in; we just might circle back to this in the near future to bring you some summarized excerpts from the interviews.

In the meantime, enjoy these great SF3:3S sets, and a bonus set in Ultra Street Fighter 4 where Kuroda Ryu) takes on Jyobin (Ryu).

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USF4 2014 Japan National Tournament Isshuu Sengeki Cup Osaka qualifier archive, results ft. Fuudo, Bonchan, Kazunoko, MOV, Shimauta, Pugera and more

Update: Stream archives and results have been added to the story. Let us know in the comments if there are any matches in the archives that we should highlight (tell us the timecode for the match, and whether it's from the first, second or third embedded archive).

Earlier: Last week we saw the best Ultra Street Fighter 4 players from within and outside of Tokyo battle it out for the chance to qualify into the grand finals of Capcom and Taito's official USF4 "Isshuu Sengeki Cup" Japan national tournament in October.

This week, it's time for the best of Japan's Kansai region to strut their stuff in the Osaka qualifier, held today at the Umeda Sky Building in downtown Osaka.

Although this is the Osaka qualifier, players do not actually have to be residing in or around the area to participate. And that's why on top of Kansai's best, you'll also see other notable names like Fuudo, Bonchan, Kazunoko and others in today's tournament.

Other notable names attending the qualifier today include: MOV, Darui, Shimauta, Pugera, Amiyu, KOG, and Dashio.

The 3-on-3 tournament will go on stream first, followed by singles at 9PM PT today. Watch the stream with us via the stream embedded below.

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ChocoBlanka the Pro Fighting Gamer Rock Idol to the stage, please! Videos of her live performances as lead vocalist

Outside of her activities as a pro gamer in Japan, EG|ChocoBlanka is also the lead vocalist of a band.

Or rather, she was the lead vocalist of a band; she had to take a hiatus from the band in order to move from Nagoya to Tokyo with EG|Momochi. Such is the life of a pro gamer. Sometimes, sacrifices have to be made somewhere.

Although ChocoBlanka is no longer performing, she still holds on to many of her precious memories from her previous live acts -- and this week she's decided to share some with us on the Momochi & ChocoBlanka TV YouTube channel.

Check out EG|ChocoBlanka's covers of anime singer LiSA's 'Best Day Best Way', 'Confidence Driver', and 'Say My Name no Kataomoi' below.

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5 Pokémon that should be playable in Pokkén Tournament

Earlier this week Bandai Namco announced a new Pokemon-themed fighting game called Pokkén Tournament. So far, the 3D title's confirmed characters consist of Lucario, Machamp, and Blaziken.

Although the aforementioned pocket monsters are all fighting types, Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada -- who is overseeing the new project -- confirmed that we can expect to see Pokemon of varying types in the upcoming fighter. He also stated that with the current capabilities of the development team, theoretically, they could create any Pokémon from the franchise, even those that are not bipedal.

With that in mind, we have taken it upon ourselves to create a top 5 list of characters we'd like to see playable in Pokkén Tournament. Based on what Mr. Harada said, all Pokémon are fair game. We definitely have some interesting choices for you here today.

You'll find our choices below.

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The Runback 3.2 results, archive ft. Infrit, Miniboss, Wentinel, Tyrant, James Chen, and more

The Runback 3.2 results, archive ft. Infrit, Miniboss, Wentinel, Tyrant, James Chen, and more Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to this story.

Earlier: Level|Up is back again and is keeping the fighting game action coming with The Runback season 3. The weekly event has returned to Super Arcade in Walnut, California.

The games being played tonight include Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Killer Instinct, and Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm.

You can follow along with the action on Level|Up's Challonge website.

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