'Just make it as flashy and over-the-top as you can' was the central motto at ArcSys - huge Forbes interview with Guilty Gear and BlazBlue creators

Ollie Barder over at Forbes has a monumental interview where he talks with Arc System Works' two main fighting game guys, the company's general director and main Guilty Gear oversees Daisuke Ishiwatari and BlazBlue series producer Toshimichi Mori.

In this interview, both of ArcSys fighting game giants breach a ton of different subjects, but the one we'll focus on today is their approach to developing fighting games in general. Below, you can find a snippet of introduction from Ishiwatari on what the original thought behind Guilty Gear was.

Continue below for more insight into what made Guilty Gear and BlazBlue into the fighting game franchises we know and love today.

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EVO's Sunday finals game order revealed, Super Smash Bros. Wii U hits over 2,000 entrants

This year's EVO is shaping up to be yet another massive fighting game event.

Last week, we learned that its Super Smash Bros. Wii U event is set to be the largest Super Smash Bros. event we've seen so far. Earlier today, the official EVO Twitter account gave us a better idea of what the numbers are looking like.

From what we've heard so far, Street Fighter 5 has already surpassed over 4,000 entrants this year, and games such as Super Smash Bros. Melee and Pokken Tournament have hit over 1,000 entrants each.

But the excitement doesn't stop there. EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar has also shared the Sunday finals game order, and you can check it out after the jump.

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Megan Fox wants to play Kitana in the next Mortal Kombat movie

Megan Fox, star of the modern Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie series, is a Mortal Kombat fan. A couple of years back, we saw her play Mortal Kombat 9 in a MTV news interview, and she recently brought up the classic fighting game franchise again in a recent discussion with CinePop.

Talking about the new TMNT film, Fox was asked if there were any super heroes in particular that she'd enjoy playing on the big screen. Though she didn't quite have an answer for that, she did have a video game role at the ready.

"I've thought of Kitana from Mortal Kombat, if they ever make that movie again. I always loved her with the blades and the fans." Not long ago, we learned that Saw director James Wan was brought on board to direct a Mortal Kombat remake. Now that he's currently in the midst of making the new Aquaman film, however, it might be a while before we hear anything on the MK front.

It's always a treat seeing big-time stars mentioning our beloved fighting game series in the limelight. Especially when it comes in the form of a real-life Hadouken.

You can check out the interview with Megan Fox below. She talks about her desire to play Kitana at around the 2:17 mark.

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You're losing more matches to your mind than you might realize; here are some tips for keeping you level-headed in fighting games

It is not uncommon to see a player get absolutely steamrolled in a match. Appearing to get stopped at every pass by the opponent, you'll often hear the commentator explain that the player was "on tilt," or " he/she cracked."

What these terms are referring to is a mental breakdown of sorts where a player cannot recover a stable state of mind due to the constant success of the opponent's advances, and as a result, isn't capable of playing to the best of their abilities.

Chances are you've experienced this phenomenon first hand; we all have. And with competitive fighters being so reliant on meta game -- often compared to a fast-paced chess match -- it is no wonder that many of our losses can be traced back to a fragile mental state.

As of late, I have been putting a heavy emphasis on improving my state of mind while playing, finding techniques to keep my head as clear as humanly possible during a match and speaking with other players to learn what types of tricks they use to do the same. So, today I'd like to share some of the most effective methods I've found so far.

Obviously, the tips listed here will not guarantee you a win every time, but practicing these techniques can help you stay calm and maintain a more positive mental state while playing.

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European Street Battle results ft. Luffy, Problem X, Valmaster, Cuongster

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

While there are no Capcom Pro Tour points on the line, there's still some heavy Street Fighter 5 action going on in Lyon, France.

This is a Street Fighter 5-exclusive one-day event, so just tune in and stay tuned until a winner has been crowned.

Players attending include RB|Luffy, PxP|Problem X, YP|Valmaster, Melty|Cuongster, MD|MisterCrimson, RSD|MBR, GG|Halibel, Fasoll and many others.

Streaming is being done on Versus Fighting TV.

Check out the full action below.

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The Fight 2016 results ft. Misterio, K-Brad, Will2Pac, Dark Jiewa

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Today, The Fight 2016 is taking place in Bogota, Colombia and Capcom Pro Tour points are on the line.

This event will only have Street Fighter 5 as its game, so if you're looking for something else you'll unfortunately have to knock elsewhere. It's also just happening today, so just tune in and keep watching 'til the end without worrying about missing anything on other days or other streams.

Players expected to attend include Brook|Misterio, EG|K-Brad, Melty|Will2Pac, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa and a bunch of other local and not-as-local players.

Streaming will be handled by Colombian FGC.

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Haitani gets overwhelmed, Daigo recalls his Evil Ryu days and Kazunoko is back; Tokyo Button Mashers highlights

Tokyo Button Mashers may have only been a Ranking event on the Capcom Pro Tour, but with the likes of RB|Daigo, HORI|Sako, GGP|Kazunoko, MJS|Haitani, Nemo, MOV, HMGo1 and many more, this felt very much like a Premier tournament.

We've gone back through the top eight finals to grab some of our favorite moments from TBM, and we have them here to share with you now. Our first highlight sees MJS|Haitani, a player known for overwhelming his foes with incredible offense, getting overwhelmed himself by MOV.

MOV's pressure here is nothing short of perfect, as he makes his way in and hits his opponent with every single attack he tosses out. People just don't do this to Haitani.

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Team Naventic signs Flash Metroid as their first fighting game player

It was recently announced via Twitter that Naventic will now be sponsoring NVT|Flash Metroid to compete in Street Fighter 5.

The signing comes hot off of the heels of Flash's strong 2nd place showing at Combo Breaker. He also placed 9th at Final Round, and is slated to compete at CEO under his new tag.

We wish both Flash and team Naventic the best as the Pro Tour keeps on rolling.

Photo credit: Chris Bahn.

Ibuki story mode costume revealed at Street Fighter 5 Crash

The Street Fighter 5 crash team tournament has definitely brought us our fair share of competitive play, but the most recent installment brought us a bit more along for the ride.

This time around Ono showed up with an Ibuki reveal in tow, showing off a still in her story mode, and a screenshot of the costume in game.

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'How should we react to Capcom's delays?' - Best of 3 talks Ibuki and welcomes The Hadou to discuss putting on one of the FGC's best run tournaments

Richard "The Hadou" Thiher was the main man responsible for organizing Combo Breaker 2016, a tournament that viewers and attendees alike were absolutely blown away by.

Thiher joins BO3 to talk about his approach to leading his crack team at CB, and how he effectively put on an event that's was fun to watch both inside and outside of the fighting game action.

During the panel discussion, we address Capcom's recent Ibuki announcement for Street Fighter 5, and the fact that they're not releasing her until late in June.

We touch on how we as the community should view and react to such delays as we've seen in SF5's latest character release and in-game store. You'll see the full VOD after the jump below.

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GcYoshi has created the most terrifying fight stick we've ever seen

Arachnophobes beware, MC|GcYoshi13 has created an arcade stick with a spider suspended inside the ball top.

Apparently fed up with being asked to share his stick at tournaments, Yoshi went to Paradise Arcade Shop and had this masterpiece created:

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I'll chalk it all up to a beautifully artistic expression, but you'd never see me getting anywhere close to this hilariously horrifying controller.

Hopefully this has more people's creative juices flowing, and we'll start seeing more weird and wacky approaches to arcade sticks in the near future. If you yourself have an especially interesting controller, link up a photo in the comments.

Mortal Kombat X is getting their very own line of beer

We're not sure the exact release date yet, but Sound Brewery will soon be releasing their Mortal Kombat X-inspired series of beer.

Now we'll all be able to get our Bo-rai-cho on with three distinct flavors in Scorpion's Imperial Stout, Sub-Zero's IPA and Raiden's Imperial Saison. You'll see the three bottle designs in the image below:

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You can bet we'll be trying all three of these MKX brews out, and we'll let you know just how good they are once we do.

Source: Beer Pulse.

Dan Hibiki stumbles into Street Fighter 5 in this PC mod by TerryXX

Capcom has taken a break from more recent tradition and decided not to put a joke character in their latest Street Fighter title, (Cue Zangief jokes) and so TerryXX has gone ahead and made a PC mod to put Dan Hibiki in Street Fighter 5.

TerryXX has made no less than three skins featuring three of Dan's costumes from Street Fighter 4. Here are a few screen shots. You can see the mod in action in the full video after the jump.

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'There is no strongest character, there are only strong players.' - Gootecks talks travel, and the boys return to ranked on Excellent Adventures

This Sunday's installment of Excellent Adventures brings the boys back home to finally start playing for points.

Gootecks has been doing quite a lot of jet-setting recently, attending several Pro Tour events overseas. He feels as though that in his travels he's learned quite a bit about not only Mika, but Street Fighter 5 as a whole.

When asked who he learned the most from, Gootecks shouted out Xian and let us in on a little bit of what he learned from him: "You need to have your strategy before you go into the match, because during the match everything you know is wrong."

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Tokyo Button Mashers results ft. Kazunoko, Haitani, Daigo, Go1, Sako

Updated with final results: We've added final results for Tokyo Button Mashers 2016 into this story.

This weekend, we're having our first Japanese Capcom Pro Tour ranking event, and it's a one-day shindig so tune in right now and just keep watching until the action's over.

This event will only have Street Fighter 5, and a lot of Japan's top talent is on the scene to fight it out amongst themselves.

You can expect to see Kazunoko, MJS|Haitani, RB|Daigo, HM|Go1, HM|Eita, HORI|Sako, Nemo, MOV, Kuroda, Kindevu, YBK|Dashio, Itabashi Zangief, YBK|Santarouman, AiAi, MF|Tonpy, Reiketsu, Kyabetsu, Gonzales, StormKubo, YBK|Shirou, EG|ChocoBlanka, Gachikun, YBK|-R-, Okkun, YBK|Kim1234 and many more fighting for the points and the glory.

Streaming is being handled by Button Mashers JP.

Check out the action right below.

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