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Garireo: Bungee jumping in Las Vegas was what made my comebacks at EVO possible - 4Gamer interviews the BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma champ

Prior to EVO 2014, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma champion Garireo went bungee jumping in Las Vegas -- and that, he tells 4Gamer in a brief interview after winning the tournament, was one of the main reasons why he was able to make one amazing comeback after another in the losers' finals and grand finals of the tournament last Sunday.

In other words, ladies and gentlemen, we have a bungee jumping attraction in Las Vegas to thank for one of the biggest hype moments of EVO this year. Imagine that.

Having faced the scary feat of bungee jumping down 252m (the equivalent of 100-level building), Garireo was no longer afraid to perform Litchi Faye-Ling's dragon-punch reversal whenever he needed to, which he said was a huge factor in his comebacks.

This is a man who believes that mental and physical conditioning is just as important as one's skills in the fighting game; Garireo also talks about the sort of exercise regimen he puts himself through as part of his preparation for tournaments -- which is something that we don't hear about very often for pro gamers.

Check out our full translation of 4Gamer's interview with the EVO 2014 BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma champion below.

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Luffy vs. Ryan Hart: Rose's sweep is safe from Sagat's focus attack, fireballs gain meter 2x as fast - DreamHack Valencia 2014 USF4 grand finals

The Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament at DreamHack Valencia 2014 has just come to a close earlier today. If you missed the stream earlier, you can catch all of the action through the stream archive embedded in our story here.

Before you go, though, there is just one match I would like to draw to your attention. And that is the grand finals played between MD|Luffy (Rose) and DIG|Ryan Hart (Sagat), which was truly a masterclass in learning the Rose-Sagat match-up.

Like Luffy said in this interview by 4Gamer, Ryan Hart and himself have played this match-up countless number of times, and are familiar with all of its ins and outs. And we get to see that match-up knowledge come into play as soon as mere seconds into the first round, as Luffy's Rose attempts to sweep Sagat not at max distance, but at just outside the range of his Focus Attack, causing Sagat's move to completely miss.

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DreamHack Valencia 2014, USF4 tournament results and stream archive featuring Luffy, Ryan Hart, Cuongster, Fasoll, F-Word, Perplex and more

While DreamHack Winter is still a ways off, there's no excuse to not take part in DreamHack Valencia, which takes place in Valencia, Spain this weekend.

The tournament features Ultra Street Fighter 4, and has noteworthy players such as the EVO 2014 champion MD|Luffy present, as well as other top European players like DIG|Ryan Hart, CDV|Cuongster, Fasoll, F-Word, Nercromina and more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Armshouse on the official DreamHack Fighters channel. You can find the livestream below.

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Rumour: Margaret may be a DLC character in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Did Atlus accidentally leak the identity of a third planned DLC character for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, after Adachi and Marie?

Now that we're just a couple of weeks away from the Japanese release of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for the PS3 and X360, Arc System Works is holding a series of game trial events across several prefectures in Japan for gamers to go hands-on with the console-exclusive characters, beginning with Tokyo's Shinjuku district this weekend.

Attendees to these Persona 4 Arena Ultimax trial events get to walk away with a complimentary A4-size plastic folder (called a "clear file" in Japan) with the game's cover art emblazoned on one side.

And according to one eagle-eyed NeoGAF user, it seems like the cover art featured on this piece of swag (images 1 to 3 below) is slightly different than the official box art for the game (4th image below).


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Perfect, perfect, perfect - Snake Eyez USF4 highlights compilation also ft. Smug, Ryan Hart, Ricky Ortiz, Justin Wong and more

It's often said that Zangief is a character whose humongous health bar is a sort of currency that lets you pay for any mistakes made as you attempt to close in on your opponent.

Once you finally get in, you'll be able to repay the debt any multitude number of times -- unless you get pushed out again, that is -- so it doesn't matter if you take couple of hits here and there early on.

But that's not how RG|Snake Eyez plays.

In some rounds, RG|Snake Eyez's style is so rich and unique that sometimes he doesn't even need to spend that currency to buy his way into his opponent's defenses; oftentimes, RG|Snake Eyez will just waltz right through the front door, as if he owns the place.

In this highlights compilation made by EventHubs user deBeast, you can see him do so in a number of occasions, leading to perfect rounds against even players like EG|Ricky Ortiz and Marn. In the first match shown, RG|Snake Eyez almost gets a perfect on PIE|Smug too.

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Bonchan, Justin Wong, Dieminion, Snake Eyez, Xian, Haitani, Gamerbee, and more in these Ultra Street Fighter 4 EVO 2014 replays

Capcom Fighters is back with day 3 of their Ultra Street Fighter 4 EVO 2014 uploads.

In tonight's assortment we have even more all-star players including Bonchan, EG|Justin Wong, RZR|Xian, RG|Snake Eyez, AvM|Gamerbee, Haitani, EG|Ricky Ortiz, and more.

You'll find some great Ultra Street Fighter 4 action below.

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Mango: 'I am the greatest Melee player of all time; two EVOs? An MLG? Who has that?' - Smash Bros. champ talks EVO 2014 win

The EVO 2014 Super Smash Bros. Melee champion, C9|Mango, appeared on Live On Three with Slasher and djWheat earlier this week in order to discuss his recent victory. With this year being his second EVO win in a row, the legendary Melee player had quite a bit to say on the matter.

When asked where Mango feels his name falls among the best of the best in Super Smash Bros. Melee history, the back-to-back EVO champion was quick to respond.

"It's #1 and #2. It's #1, #2, and #3. I've done the research, and my stats and everything I've done are just so off the charts," Mango explains. "Now it's like, two EVOs? An MLG? Who has that? No one has that."

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Evil Ryu can kara cancel his ultra 2 in Ultra Street Fighter 4 - fully punishes El Fuerte's EX Quesadilla Bomb, Guile's Flash Kick, and much more

Ryu Apprentice has done it yet again.

Bringing us some stellar new tech, today we have a kara Ultra 2 for Evil Ryu in Ultra Street Fighter 4. Kara canceling this ultra with light axe kick will give you extended range on the comeback attack, allowing for full punishes that wouldn't be possible using its non-kara counterpart.

The input is as follows:

Quarter-circle forward, half-circle forward + light kick - kicks(x3)

Ryu Apprentice notes that if you do not have a button set that activates all three kicks, you can simply plink the light kick with medium and heavy kick.

Correctly performing this input will grant Evil Ryu with enough range to fully punish certain moves on block such as El Fuerte's EX Quesadilla Bomb, T. Hawk's EX Condor Dive, Guile's Flash Kick and more.

You can check out Evil Ryu's kara ultra 2 below.

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Tekken X Street Fighter - Harada wants to mix 2D fighting's jumping offense with traditional 3D style, according to these interviews from 2011-2013

Earlier today, the folks over at Bas Gros Poing sent us a very interesting video that divulges details on the mysterious Tekken X Street Fighter -- Namco Bandai's upcoming 3D style crossover title.

This information comes to us in the form of interview clips featuring Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada and game designer Michael Murray that were shot in 2011, 2012, and 2013. The footage compiled here may have slipped through the cracks for a lot of us, as each of the original interviews were only ever posted over on Bas Gros Poing's French gaming site.

It's very interesting to see the progression of ideas here. Back in 2011, Harada explains that the development team was trying to figure out the proper way to implement fireballs into the 3D setting.

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'I don't mind playing top tier, but don't like them in UMvC3' - Justin Wong talks EVO win, top 5 characters, and more in EventHubs exclusive interview

EVO 2014 has wrapped up, and finally, the crowd favourite EG|Justin Wong has won 1st place in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

While Justin has taken several tournaments in the game with his signature team of Wolverine, Storm and Akuma, that EVO title has always been just out of reach for the veteran fighting game master.

We caught up with Justin in the wake of EVO 2014, and asked him a few questions about what it feels like to be the champ. Here's a snippet to get you started.

MajinTenshinhan: Last year, you did an amazing run through top 8 of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, but fell short in the end against RG|Flocker, who took home the gold. Since then, people have been very vocal about you bringing the hype to Marvel, so all eyes were definitely on you this year, even moreso given your prestigious history with the game's predecessor. How does it feel playing on the big stage, knowing that you have so many people out there rooting specifically for you?

EG|Justin Wong: It felt really good, just because making it back on the stage for top 8 of a Marvel vs. Capcom game gave me hope, and hope for everyone else. I wanted to win really bad, and I didn't want to let people down again.

You can find the rest of Justin's answers below.

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The Runback off-season episode 1 results, archive featuring Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Killer Instinct

The Runback off-season episode 1 results, archive featuring Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Killer Instinct 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 off-season episode 1. Unlike previous broadcasts, this event will not be taking place at Super Arcade in Walnut, California.

The games being played tonight include Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Killer Instinct.

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

If you missed them, last week's results are available here

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Luffy: Ryan Hart knows the Rose-Sagat match-up much better than Bonchan does - 4Gamer interviews the EVO 2014 Ultra Street Fighter 4 champ

Like they did with Qanba|Xiao Hai after he won EVO 2014 for King of Fighters 13, 4Gamer caught up with MD|Luffy for a short interview after he accomplished the same feat for Ultra Street Fighter 4.

In this interview -- the first with MD|Luffy after he won EVO, I believe -- the Rose player from France speaks about the tactics he used during his match against RG|Snake Eyez, as well as why he had absolutely no difficulty in his matches against Bonchan and RZR|Fuudo.

He also explains his reasons for choosing to play on a PS1 pad, which has no analog sticks on it whatsoever -- something that has intrigued the mainstream gaming press at large since the moment MD|Luffy was crowned champion.

All that and more in our full translation of 4Gamer's interview with MD|Luffy below.

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Which were your favorite EVO moments this year? - Maximilian's top 5 hype moments at EVO 2014

This year's EVO was undoubtedly one of the craziest yet. From crowd favorites and former champions getting eliminated early in Ultra Street Fighter 4, to the insane comebacks, and real men shedding manly tears, it's been one helluva ride for anyone who's a fan of fighting games.

But which EVO moments were your favorite this year? Which moments brought in the most hype? Which ones made time stop, overloaded your senses, or otherwise made you yell a cheer or jeer out loud as you watched the tournament happen, through the streams, from the comforts of wherever you were at?

Maximilian has made a video recapping his top five hype moments for EVO 2014, across all of the games featured.

Regardless if you were a stream monster who caught all the action over the entire EVO weekend, or if you only tuned in to the streams to watch the parts of the tournament you cared about, it's worth taking a bit of time to list your favorite moments over EVO weekend, and see how your list compares with Maximilian's.

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This is true music we're making - Big Band plays Bugler's Holiday, other songs with his trumpet in Skullgirls Encore

Skullgirls is a fighting game known for some of the most soulful BGMs in the genre's history, no doubt thanks to its excellent composing credits which include Michiru Yamane of Castlevania and other Konami game music's fame.

But did you know that, with the addition of Big Band to the game's roster, developer Lab Zero Games has effectively given players a means to play entire songs in the middle of a match (or, more likely, training mode) through by having the character pull out his trumpet with medium punch, and then hitting the right buttons at the right time?

The process is incredibly difficult if you were to try and do it organically (i.e. without tool-assistance). But if you were to write down the inputs and do it as a tool-assisted video, the results can be quite impressive -- such as the efforts of Japanese Skullgirls player KST, which you can listen to below.

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First-time champions, roaring crowds, and tears of joy - a closer look at EVO 2014's two most emotional victories

EVO 2014 was undoubtedly one of the most emotional events of the year, and quite possibly, ever. We witnessed numerous public displays of emotion as players expressed their anger, exultation, and even sorrow due to the outcomes of their matches.

Two of the most memorable EVO moments were birthed from the conclusion of the Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma and Killer Instinct tournaments, as the grand champions of each game, Garireo and RM|CD Jr. respectively, openly expressed their elation with literal tears of joy.

Many of the viewers in attendance and watching from the comfort of home reacted to these incredible victories with applause. Others, those who may not have truly grasped the amount of dedication and time these players put in to achieve their goal, responded with mockery.

Vince Ingenito, IGN's resident fighting game expert, was in attendance that day and experienced the passion first-hand. He has since put together an excellent piece that analyzes the reasons behind these champions' initial reactions to victory.

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