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Cannes Winter Clash live stream feat. Sako, Infiltration, Poongko, Ryan Hart, Luffy, Valmaster, Dieminion, Xiao Hai and more

We're very close to the launch of Cannes Winter Clash 2015, being held in Cannes, France, this entire weekend.

Notable players in attendance include HORI|Sako, Infiltration, Poongko, Ryan Hart, MD|Luffy, GL|Valmaster, Dieminion, Qanba|Xiao Hai, Tonpy, CG|Problem X, BX3|Veggey, BX3|Phenom, WSO|Andreas, UM|ImStillDaDaddy, BTM|Hurricane247, IND|Pro Fluke and many more.

If you want to follow along at home with the action, Challonge brackets are available.

We've embedded the live streams from this event and more details below.

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Quan Chi's bloody shower, Kung Lao's beat down and Scorpion's lethal Shoryuken; Brutalities are back... and there are over 100

In today's live stream from NetherRealm Studios, we got Brutalities back in a big way.

In Mortal Kombat X, it seems as though they are almost nothing like the original concept. Instead of long, brutal combos that end in obliteration, Brutalities now seem more like quick fatalities.

From what we saw in the stream, these finishers tend to take on a glorified nature of a character's existing special move. Take, for instance, Kung Lao's beat down technique.

This move sees Kung Lao repeatedly punch his opponent's face, drop and elbow to their rib cage, and then toss them across the screen. In the Brutality version, the animation begins the same way, but Kung Lao just continues to punch his victim's face until their head is clean off.


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Developers mentioned that, in accordance with traditional MK special enders, Brutalities will have special requirements to execute. This means, you'll have to jump through a few hoops such as perhaps going through a whole round without blocking.

We don't know what the special requirements will be exactly, but we do know that players will be able to actually combo into Brutalities. This is going to make for some extremely hype moments as there will no longer be the pause, the FINISH HIM, a dimming of the lights and a quick animation before a character is obliterated.

Now, death is worked right into the game play.

Hit the jump to see the official Brutality game play trailer.

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Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai tips his hat to Steam, stating that it 'is superior and offers the most incentive to buy from'

In his semi-weekly column with Weekly Famitsu, Masahiro Sakurai used his time to commemorate Valve Corporation's digital distribution platform, Steam.

You don't have to rack your brain trying to think what correlation Sakurai has with the online store, as none of his titles have been featured on Steam. This seems just to be a simple acknowledgement from one professional to another at a job well-executed.

Kotaku has translated some of Sakurai's piece:

"I write this because on varying levels, I have complaints with every other online shopping format." says Sakurai.

"When someone opens Steam, depending on their purchase and viewing history, suggested titles pop up. And there are sales almost every day with massive deals. The changes vary, making me check in frequently."

He also praised the amount of thought that's been invested into making Steam a go-to source for legitimate reviews and feedback. Steam's policies do not allow for internet trolls or single, unsatisfied users to spam negative feedback or affect a title's reputation beyond what should be allowed.

It means something, when a successful professional takes the time to acknowledge the work of another. This is especially true when the two aren't financially affiliated.

Steam really is the go-to source when it comes to online gaming stores, and evidently, this is for good reason.

You can view Kotaku's full article here.

Source: famitsu.

Next Level Battle Circuit #110 results featuring Coach Steve, Shine, Kreymore, Sanford Kelly and more!

Next Level Battle Circuit #110 results featuring Coach Steve, Shine, Kreymore, Sanford Kelly and more! Update: Stream archive and results have been added to this story.

Earlier: It's Wednesday once again, so it's time for some great fighting game action from The Next Level in Brooklyn, New York.

The games being played tonight include Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, if there are enough entrants.

Brackets are available on The Next Level Challonge site, and results for last week's tournament are posted here.

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Wednesday Night Fights 2015 1.2 results feat. Nekromantik, JCVD, Viennahotdog, Jaren and more!

Wednesday Night Fights 2015 1.2 results feat. Nekromantik, JCVD, Viennahotdog, Jaren and more! Update: This story has been updated with results and stream archive.

Earlier: Wednesday Night Fights returns tonight with the another installment in their 2015 season. This time around, the WNF crew is operating their event entirely online on PC.

Every Tuesday, WNF will hold a qualifier that will narrow down the tournament to the top 16 players. On the following Wednesday, those players will battle it out for the #1 spot, which is what we can expect to see tonight.

Of course, the game of choice here is Ultra Street Fighter 4.

You can find the brackets on Challonge, so be sure to follow along with all the action as the tournament goes along. You can also check out last week's results here.

Hit the jump to view the live stream.

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Super Arcade has finally found a new home! Twitter posts reveal their new location to be in Azusa, California

It was back in mid-December that Mike Watson declared that Super Arcade would be moving to a new location.

It all happened quite quickly, as the arcade was emptied and closed no sooner than a week later. Suddenly, Wednesday Night Fizz-zights was no longer, and SoCal's premier FGC gathering locale ceased to exist.

It's been just over 3 months with very little word on the state of the arcade's transition. Rumors of the establishment dying off completely had begun to circulate in some rings of the SoCal community.

Today, the silence was broken as Superdojo tweeted out that they have found a new location, just about 25 minutes North from the previous one, in the town of Azusa.

We still don't know how long the moving process will take, but we are certainly excited to have some hope on the horizon for Super.

While we have seen some of the regular SoCal players branch out to new locations for weekly tournaments, the community hasn't quite seen the numbers nor the fervor that it had when Super Arcade was the hot spot.

Hopefully we will soon see the return of Super's regular tournaments such as Wednesday Night Fizz-zights, The Runbizz-zack and Super Smash Sundays.

Source: Twitter.

Tekken 7 features customizable life bars; Check out some alternate win poses and intros for Paul, Asuka and more!

Tekken 7 is leveling up its customization department yet again with a brand new unique, customizable feature.

If you import your Tekken Tag Tournament 2 data into Tekken 7, you'll be rewarded with a few bonuses. Along with 100,000 gold, you'll also receive some special Mokujin life bars.

Below, you can see the image of the Mokujin bars which was displayed on the Tekken Official website.


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These bars feature a leafy theme with Mokujin peaking over the top. We look forward to seeing what other life bar customizations will be available.

Hit the jump to see some alternate intros and win poses for Paul, Lili, Asuka and Lucky Chloe.

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Mortal Kombat X's Brutalities revealed live! NetherRealm Studios streaming right now! Let's hope our stomachs hold up...

Update: This story has been updated with stream archive.

Earlier:It was back in 1995's Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 that we saw Brutalities for the first time. This was a combo that hit your opponent so many times they would simply explode into bits.

Brutalities were... ridiculous, but as ridiculous as they were, they were even more satisfying to perform. Though they were certainly an interesting, new aspect of the game, Brutalities lacked variance from character to character and didn't become a mainstay for the franchise.

Mortal Kombat 4 did not see the return of these crazy finishers, nor did any iteration of the MK franchise up until present day. It appeared as though Brutalities were a one-time deal, until the announcement by NRS yesterday.

It's been 20 years since the first Brutality, and today, in just a few minutes, we'll see NetherRealm's re-imagination of the Brutality for 2015.

Hit the jump and check out the stream!

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32 top players will become "Killers" every month, get ready for Killer Instinct's Ranked Leagues

Killer Instinct fans are anxiously awaiting the tomorrow's arrival as the 2.4 patch is set to drop, that which includes the next character -- Aganos. Along with a new fighter, balance changes, and some new costumes, comes the introduction of Ranked Leagues.

This revamped multiplayer mode will give players the opportunity to battle for the top 32 spots on the leaderboard each month. Upon first launching the Ranked League, you'll have to play a series of 10 qualifying matches to see which tier you end up in: Bronze, Silver, or Gold. Once you've qualified in a tier, the race to Killer status begins.


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Each tier game will pit players of similar skill levels against one another; "Bronzes play Bronzes, Silvers play Silver, and so on." When you've earn a certain amount of points, you'll progress to the next tier, until you reach Killer tier.

Hit the jump to check out the rules for Killer matches.

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In Depth: Justin Wong and the numbers – Is Marvel dead? Find out in this final installment of EventHubs's three-part series

Is Marvel dead? Well, that depends on who you ask. We've already spoken with former Evolution champion Filipino Champ and MMG|ApologyMan—another top MvC3 player—to get some different perspectives on the hot issue.

However, I wanted to dig a bit deeper. That means talking to a tournament organizer to grab the unbiased numbers to get a different perspective to compare.

Even then, a tournament organizer is one interesting perspective, but what if I could bring in someone that has been at the top of the series for years? What if I could ask the greatest player in Marvel's long legacy?

EG|Justin Wong needs very little introduction in the world of Marvel vs. Capcom, but just in case you wanted any justification for his being on top, then consider that Wong has been the Evolution champion for a Marvel vs. Capcom title no less than 7 times.

Will Wong hammer the final nail into Marvel's coffin, or will he tear the casket open and to reveal a joystick and a TV ready to go?

Read below to join me for the final part of EventHubs's investigation.

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Updated: Fei Long mentioned in the latest Street Fighter 5 trailer, face appears on bus advertisement

Updated: Thanks to EventHubs user era and DeboGreene on Twitter, we have added two screenshots that actually show Fei Long's face on the bus advertisement. The image appears later in the trailer when Charlie fights Ryu. You can see in our first screenshot that his face is covered by a background item. Great find!

Earlier: In the latest Street Fighter 5 trailer -- that which dropped just yesterday and showed off Charlie (Nash) -- some keen-eyed observers spotted an interesting bit of text hidden in the background of the city street stage.

Right after Charlie's introduction, he squares up against Chun-Li. If you look closely at the bus that passes by, you'll spot something peculiar.


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That's right, folks; it reads "Fei Long New Movie."

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Mortal Kombat X's first Brutality to be revealed tomorrow, today's teaser sounds absolutely disgusting...

The Kombat Kast stream returns tomorrow, and they are set to reveal something good -- Mortal Kombat X's first Brutality.

But knowing that we can expect to see the new "-ality" soon isn't quite enough, so NetherRealm Studios decided to release a little teaser for what's to come.

Today, a video was released that shows no actual gameplay footage, but rather let's us hear the sound of the Mortal Kombat X Brutality. Seven hits ring out in this short audio clip, and we also hear what sounds like crushing flesh and/or blood gushing on every impact.

Check out the MKX teaser for yourself, and let us know what you think is going on in the Brutality audio clip!

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Killer Instinct Aganos 2.4 patch notes: Riptor loses HP Predator cancel loops, Omen's MP Auto Double fixed, and more

Today, the official Killer Instinct 2.4 patch notes went live over on Ultra-Combo. In this list, we learn of all the changes being made to the current cast, along with system changes, that are set to drop this Friday when Aganos is becomes available for Ultra Combo Edition owners.

The changes include a number of bug fixes, quite a few nerfs, and a few buffs.

For example, Riptor now has much less hitstun and blockstun on her crouching, back, and standing heavy punch, making it so that she can no longer hit Predator cancel loops. However, we are also getting much needed bug fixes such as the break window on Omen's medium punch Auto Double now working properly.

Hit the jump to see the full list of Killer Instinct 2.4 patch notes.

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Life of Daigo: The Beast starts his day at 11 a.m., begins training at 6 p.m.

Ever wondered what a day in the life of MCZ|Daigo 'The Beast' Umehara looks like?

Last year the Fuji Television morning show Mezamashi Saturday aired a segment that showed what a day in the life of the pro gamer and fighting game god looks like -- and it's certainly not all gaming.

Check out the video below, and read on for a brief summary of what a typical day for Daigo is like.

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40% off the retail price of Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late! Here's how you can get the game for under $24

Co-developers Ecole Software and French-Bread's latest 2D fighting game Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late (PS3) is finally officially out in North America this week.

If you go to your favorite online retailer or local brick-and-mortar game store now, you can pick up a physical copy at the MSRP of $39.99.

But if you just to get the game on the cheap so you can play it, and don't mind not being able to smell the intoxicating scent of your fresh, minty brand-new-in-box copy (or do whatever it is people want physical copies of games for), then boy does publisher Arc System Works and the PlayStation Store have a deal for you.

You can purchase a digital copy of Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late (which can be installed and simultaneously played on two separate PS3s in your possession) for just $33.99.

But that's not all -- if you're a PS Plus subscriber, you can get the game at $23.79 right now, for a limited time. That's a 30% off the PSN digital price, and 40% off the disc version's MSRP.

So what are you waiting for? Destructoid described UNIEL as an "intelligent, tactical fighting game occupying a niche between breakneck air-dashers and slower, more grounded titles like Street Fighter". Go get it today.

Via Arc System Works.


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