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'Cyber Initiative' Kombat Kast slated for this Sunday; sign ups for Mortal Kombat X enhanced beta now live

Mortal Kombat X's online experience is being completely revamped with the aim to significantly reduce latency issues that have been a problem for MKX players since the game dropped.

NetherRealm Studios is hosting a private beta test, and if you head over to the MKX beta sign up page, you can toss your name into the hat of potential testers for this new online experience.

The beta is only set up for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users with no mention of PC as of yet. You'll need to have already logged at least one full hour of online MKX time to be eligible.

We've also just got wind, via NetherRealm Studios, that a brand new Kombat Kast is to be live streamed this Sunday. The Kast is titled "The Cyber Initiative," and thus heavily implies the presence of Triborg.

You can see Triborg in the Kombat Pack 2 gameplay trailer after the jump.

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Street Fighter 5 PC beta update implies support for Steam Workshop; may mean built in modding capabilities

We recently saw an update for Street Fighter 5 on PlayStation 4 that implied a fourth beta test before the game's release next month, and this evening we've spotted a similar update for the PC version, with an interesting detail.

As seen in the image below, this update features Steam Workshop. For those not familiar with it, the Steam Workshop is a place where gamers can add user created content.

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It hasn't been confirmed as to how SF5 will support this aspect, but skin mods have been heavily prevalent with other versions of Capcom fighting games. Steam Workshop supports paid content as well, which can be submitted by users, or developers.

We'll keep you updated as we learn more.

Contributions to this story made by Action John Macone. Submissions from Zombiebrian, ManWTF_Guy, Cooldrew198, Mblaze27, SabakuNoVash and Dankyo555.

'He's cocky, arrogant and the best in America' - K-Brad praises NuckleDu despite apparent hostility at Kumite in Tennessee

There was plenty of top tier action at this year's Kumite in Tennessee, but amidst all the hype play was some friction between two fan favorites in the Street Fighter scene.

Liquid|NuckleDu and EG|K-Brad met multiple times during the course of the event, the first of which was during a special exhibition. After a taunt-laden win by Du, his extended hand would go unshaken by his opponent, as seen here:

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This has naturally stirred up a bit of buzz in the community especially after the two met twice more during the tournament, and neither moved to make much acknowledgement of the other during either interaction.

Both players have since addressed the matter, shedding light as to where they stand. You can see their responses after the jump.

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Blanka kills Akuma with a single attack, special K.O. animations and the most efficient stun mash technique? Core-A 'breaks' Ultra Street Fighter 4

In their series titled "Breaking Ultra Street Fighter 4," Core-A Gaming has revealed plenty of funny and interestingly odd happenings in the title. Today we bring you the final chapter of Breaking USF4, as Gerald counts down five particularly peculiar findings from the game.

One of these is Blanka's ability to actually K.O. Akuma with a single EX Electricity move. You may have already guessed that this involves Red Focus, but it's fun to see it play out in front of your eyes. You can see it in the sequence below.

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There's plenty more to see in the video, so click the jump below to see the full countdown.

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Cammy, Morrigan and Chun-Li vacation over to the beaches of Dead or Alive in these beautiful skin mods

The Dead or Alive series is known both for being intricately competitive, and quite soft on the eyes. The modding experts over at PC Best Mods have done us the service of bringing a few beautiful women from other fighters into the DoA atmosphere.

Cammy and Chun-Li from Street Fighter, and then Morrigan and Lilith from Darkstalkers take a break from their respective arenas to duke it out with the ladies of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round.

Both Street Fighter and Darkstalkers tend to use a more cartoonish art style than DoA, so this transition to a more realistic look for these characters is interesting to say the least. Take a quick peek at a few stills in this gallery.

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You'll see each fighter in action in the videos below.

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Street Fighter 5 hit/hurtboxes aren't tied to character animations, Dantarion produces in-game display for hitboxes

Dantarion returns today with an astounding Street Fighter 5 discovery. Having already uncovered frame data multiple times from the game's various beta tests, today we see in-game hitbox and hurtbox displays.

In looking at this feature -- which is already very useful in and of itself -- Dantarion noticed that hitboxes in Street Fighter 5 aren't tied to character animations in any way. This means that the location and size of these boxes won't change during idle animations, reducing the chance of wonky situations and making it more likely for attacks to work as intended.

Dantarion explains that Zangief's boxes stay the same even when he moves his body around during his idle stance. You can see this in the GIF below.

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The rest of the video shows some of Zangief's attack hit boxes, and covers things a bit more in-depth.

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Somebody drew an incredibly detailed Street Fighter 5 Ryu using Microsoft Excel...

Welp... this is definitely impressive.

Earlier today, a video made over a year ago was revived thanks to Twitter. Shukeiart recorded the process of creating a digital art piece featuring Ryu in Street Fighter 5.

Though that doesn't sound like such a tall order, the creator managed to do this using Microsoft Excel -- a program used for inputting data and spreadsheets.

Needless to say, this is just awesome, especially considering how much detail Shukeiart put into the piece. Watch Ryu come to life as shading and detail is added to his face in the GIF below.

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Be sure to check out the video after the jump.

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Flipping kicks, intricate combos, and even a couple of fails: Eric Jacobus performs another Tekken move list in real life

Eric Jacobus has gained much notoriety as of late by performing move lists from the Tekken series in real life. As difficult as that sounds, Jacobus pulls off each move seemingly with ease.

Today, he returns with a new video featuring Lee's moves. In this video, we get to see stellar demonstrations of various flipping kicks, combos, and more.

Below is just a quick example of what you'll find here.

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As an added bonus, Jacobus includes a couple of bloopers at the end of the video in which he actually fails a few attempts. It's nice to know he's human!

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Planning for Street Fighter 5 began shortly after SSF4 AE v2012 was developed, Ono says story mode details coming very soon

Although Street Fighter 5 is almost upon us, there are still details about the game that have yet to be revealed. caught up with famed Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono to discuss the upcoming title and some of the mystery surrounding its story mode.

Before touching on game features, Ono talked a bit about how the Street Fighter 5 project came to fruition. Apparently, Street Fighter 5 has been in the works for quite some time.

"It was shortly after we finished development of Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition ver. 2012 that planning for Street Fighter 5 began," Ono said. "If you look back at my interview archives from back then, you’ll note that I remarked quite a few times that I wanted that to be our last update to the SF4 series.

"Clearly, I had Street Fighter 5 planning on the mind. *laughs*"

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PPMD's amazing Falco sequence against Armada, Ranai's Villager steals Fow's PK Thunder, SFAT's 6-second KO: Genesis 3 finals day highlights

Genesis 3 has concluded and we've witnessed a number of amazing moments, upsets, and much more.

Tonight we want to share some of our favorite moments from finals day. Below is just one to get you started, but be sure to hit the jump to see the rest.

One percent!

When you've got a life lead and are only 10 seconds away from securing a victory, you have to be elusive. In Smash 64, KeroKeroppi learned that more movement is required to run out the clock.

In game 3 of his set against COG|Wizzrobe, KeroKeroppi's Pikachu sat with a 1% life lead. All he needed to do was evade Wizzrobe's Yoshi for 10 more in-game seconds and he would have taken the game.

Unfortunately, the Pikachu player remained stationary for a second too long.

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Genesis 3 results ft. Armada, ZeRo, Hungrybox, Mango

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

After many long years, Genesis has finally returned, and the people have shown up in droves to attend. With more than 1800 entrants for Super Smash Bros. Melee, more than 1000 entrants for Super Smash Bros. Wii U and more than 250 entrants for Super Smash Bros. 64, you can bet that this event will be stacked through the roof with talent, even with only these three games being played.

A small sampling of that talent includes Alliance|Armada, TSM|ZeRo, Liquid|Hungrybox, C9|Mango, COG|Mew2King, EG|PPMD, Liquid|Nairo, DaBuz, LLL|Mr. R, PG|Plup, Tempo|Westballz, Tempo|Axe, WFX|Shroomed, Lucky, CLG|SFAT, GC|SilentWolf, SPY|MacD, mYi|Ice, PG|ESAM, CLG|PewPewU, PG|MVD, MIOM|S2J, Abadango and TGL|DruggedFox, but there are also many, many more players there to claim victory.

Streaming duties are being handled by Showdown Smash, Showdown Smash 2, Showdown GG, Showdown GG 2 and LA Smash.

Hit the jump to check out the event itself.

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Kumite in Tennessee 2016 results ft. SonicFox, NuckleDu, A Foxy Grampa, ChrisG

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, we have Kumite in Tennessee taking place in Memphis, Tennessee, and a whole bunch of games and top players are attending.

Games being played include Mortal Kombat X, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd: SIGN, Killer Instinct, Tekken 7, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project M, Soul Calibur 5, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Injustice: Gods Among Us, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend and Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

As for players attending, you can expect to see cR|SonicFox, Liquid|NuckleDu, PXP|A Foxy Grampa, Tempo|NYChrisG, TSC|CD Jr., cR|HoneyBee, YOMI|DJT, YOMI|MIT, YOMI|ForeverKing, YOMI|REO, YOMI|Michaelangelo, RayRay, YOMI|Slayer, PND|Madzin, KIT|Cloud805, YOMI|Zyphox, EG|K-Brad, cR|WoundCowboy, TS|Arturo Sanchez, RIG|Kwiggle, RZR|Perfect Legend, TSC|IFC Yipes, TSB|Flux, BIFU|Coach Steve, IG|FullSchedule, UA|Tom Brady, UA|Terry Bogard, F3|Alucard, UA|NoelBHungry, EVB|KitanaPrime and many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by PandaxGaming, PandaxGaming 2, NYCFurby, FunkyP, 6:45, Mute City Smash and Team DRX.

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Mad Catz has a mysterious Street Fighter 5 event coming next week, Tekken 7 Fated Retribution location tests beginning in February

It looks like Mad Catz is planning a special event for next week.

According to a recent tweet from their official Twitter account, the "Mad Catz V Cup" is set to take place sometime this upcoming week. All we really know right now is that the event will feature Street Fighter 5 and will be streamed. A follow up tweet from Mad Catz suggests that Red Bull and Showdown Entertainment may be lending a hand as well.

With players such as Daigo, Mago, Tokido, and more on the Mad Catz roster, we hope to see some top-level Street Fighter 5 action from this event.

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Capcom: If you have the right timing you should be able to beat powerful jump-in attacks in Street Fighter 5 with any character

Taking to the skies in Street Fighter 5 against top level competition is generally going to prove difficult against all of the cast, at least if Capcom has their way.

SF5's battle planner, Woshige, recently explained how powerful jump-in attacks will work in Street Fighter 5, and even though they'll be great at landing hits, most of them have a fundamental weakness as well.

"Moves that are good as a jump-in generally increase your hurtbox as well — before the hitbox expands. If you just have the right timing against an anti-air, you should be able to beat it with any character," explained Woshige.

While anti-airing in Street Fighter is a very core part of the gameplay, it sounds like SF5's developers are trying to give every character a viable way of defeating jump-in attacks — which hasn't always been the case.

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Ryan Hart explains tactic he's used to level up in fighting games, sub fighter and the main that carries you

Falcon Arena's Ryan Hart has been one of the most consistently strong fighting game players across multiple titles through the years.

In a recent post, Hart discusses a tactic he's used involving picking a main and sub fighter.

"You have one 'main' character that carries [you] because he's/she's easier to use, and you have one 'sub' character which is the character that you actually prefer and want to be good with later down the line," wrote Hart.

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