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'How we handle this situation will determine whether Smash 4 will live or die' - Omni discusses Diddy Kong's strength in the newest Super Smash Bros.

"Diddy Kong is the best character in the game... right now."

Omni, a Smashboards moderator, addresses a very relevant issue in the Smash community: How to deal with seemingly overpowered characters.

He explains why Diddy is not as ridiculous as many would say he is, citing multiple strengths from other characters that rival or exceed the strengths Diddy Kong has.

Perhaps the most sobering part of his rant however, is when he addresses the community's reception and reactions to having a top tier character like Diddy. He argues that the game's life will be cut short if the community does not handle this issue in a graceful manner.

After you watch the video, we'd like to hear your comments on the subject. There's plenty to discuss so don't be shy!

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Guilty Gear round up! Check out these compilation videos for Ky Kiske, Venom and Sol Badguy

The newest iteration of Guilty Gear has really taken off and we've been getting plenty of video submissions as of late.

Today, we have a few videos depicting combos for Sol Badguy, Ky Kiske and Venom. Anyone learning any one of these characters would greatly benefit from the tech in these videos.

We also have a clash video, which is entertaining even for those who don't play the game.

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NO FLY ZONE: AfterDeathLive, Xbox Live's #1 Zangief, body slams the #1 Ibuki, #1 Yang, Ranmasama and Native Impact in his Olympic Gaming spotlight

Is there anything scarier than an online Zangief?

AfterDeathLive has earned himself an Olympic Gaming spotlight video with some impressive victories over some pretty recognizable names.

As per the usual, we also get an interview with our highlighted player so we can learn about the man behind the SPD's.

OT: What is your real name?
AfterDeathLive: George Hu

OT: Where are you from?
AfterDeathLive: Born in China and grew up in Australia, but now I am living and working in Maryland USA.

OT: How Old are you?
AfterDeathLive: I am 29.

OT: What are your hobbies?
AfterDeathLive: Games of various types. Other than SF, I also play Marvel, Warcraft, Hearthstone, etc.

OT: Whats your top 3 Main characters in SF?
AfterDeathLive: Zangief. If any characters are alts I would say Fei Long and Sagat. Generally I learn new characters not to learn how to play them, but how to beat them.

OT: How long do you practice per day/been playing SF?
AfterDeathLive: I don't really have a schedule, but usually it is a couple of hours a night.

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Frost fights Cassie Cage, Kotal Kahn seeks Sonya Blade's help to combat Mileena - Mortal Kombat X comics overview

Although there's still a couple of months to go before Mortal Kombat X (MKX) is released on all the major gaming platforms today, DC Comics has been working with the fine folks over at NetherRealm studios to publish a series of MKX comics that explores some of the events that took place between Mortal Kombat (2011) and the new game.

Currently the comic series is up to chapter four, and it has revealed that in the world of Mortal Kombat X, Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage are both still alive.

In fact, Kotal Kahn has actually come to Earth seeking Colonel Sonya Blade's help (yep, she's a colonel now... why the heck did she end up with Johnny Cage?) to defeat Mileena over in Outworld.

MK series characters Fujin and Frost also makes appearances in the comic book series. For a more in-depth overview at what's happened in the series so far, check out Perfect Legend's video review of the series so far below.

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Kakutop League results ft. Luffy, Ryan Hart, Valmaster, veggey, Phenom, Gagapa, MBR and Kenpachi

Update: This story has been updated with final results for Kakutop League.

Leagues are all the rage these days, and if you haven't gotten your fill after the 4th Topanga A League and The Canada Cup Masters Series, you're in luck. Even moreso because the Kakutop League is free to watch.

Thanks in no small part to France's resident hypemonger Ken Bogard, the Kakutop League is officially taking place this weekend, featuring top European players such as MD|Luffy, DIG|Ryan Hart, GL|Valmaster, BX3|veggey, BX3|Phenom, Gagapa, LLL|MBR and LLL|Kenpachi.

The event is being streamed with French commentary at JeuxVideo. There will also be a Twitch stream hosted the first day by ARMSHOUSE which will only have French commentary, and one hosted the second day (finals day) by TS|Arturo Sanchez which will feature English commentary. Hit the jump for the embedded live stream and current standings.

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Tekken 7's initial release date finally confirmed; this is when you can expect to see the full game being played

Tekken 7 will finally be ready to play at the Super Nova arcade in Fukushima -- and other arcades that have placed orders for the "early release" version of the game -- on February 18, the official Twitter account for Super Nova revealed today.

But not all arcades in Japan will be receiving the game on February 18 itself, as the game was previously confirmed to be rolling out in Japanese arcades through two staggered phases: an early release in February, and a March "general release" period that will feature machine configurations slightly different from the early batches.

So mark your calendars, Tekken fans. February 18. Although we won't actually get to play the game in February ourselves (unless you happen to be in Japan in mid-February), given that more and more arcades have begun to stream or upload gameplay videos to the Internet, chances are we'll get to see some direct-feed footage of the full game right around that date.

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Daigo (Sagat, Guile, Evil Ryu) vs. Bonchan (Evil Ryu, Ryu, Sagat) Ultra Street Fighter 4 exhibition matches from Niconico Shotenkaigi live stream

The Niconico Shotenkaigi is a Japanese nationwide tour of events initiated to highlight the significance of book stores within the context of Japan's popular culture today.

Comprising a total of 10 separate events held at various book stores all across Japan on different dates, these live-streamed events feature Let's Play broadcasts, live performances, book signings and other activities -- such as an MCZ|Daigo vs. 100-man Kumite and a Daigo vs. Bonchan exhibition match held earlier today at the WonderGoo Moriya store in Ibaraki prefecture.

During the Daigo vs. Bonchan exhibition match segment, the two renowned USF4 players went up against one another in a total of three matches, picking characters that the event attendees and stream viewers at home wanted to see.

In the first match, Daigo plays Sagat against Bonchan's Evil Ryu. This was followed up with a Daigo (Guile) vs. Bonchan (Ryu) match, mostly because people wanted to see Daigo play Guile -- Bonchan just picked a character he thought would make this a good match.

And lastly, the two players went back to their respective mains for the final match, Daigo (Evil Ryu) vs. Bonchan (Sagat).

Catch all of the action in the video archive below.

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White Daigo (Dan) takes on the Cross Counter duo in The Excellent [Omega] Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross Ep. 50: Eat Your Lettuce

This latest episode of Excellent [Omega] Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross kicks off with the Cross Counter duo both taking a turn each to fight The White Daigo on Xbox Live.

"I wonder how you do the... heart thing," a bemused Gootecks ponders as he picks Omega Poison from the character selection screen.

"It's not quarter-circle back and kick. It's not quarter-circle back and punch. Maybe it's fireball and kick," Gootecks continues as he shoots Mike Ross -- who's no doubt taking out his smartphone to look up the Omega Mode move list pages on EventHubs -- a look.

"Aw, there it is. There it is, Mike. Look at this, look at it," Gootecks goes as he performs Omega Poison's Honey Trap special move, which he now knows the command for. Mystery solved, all thanks to the EventHubs Omega Poison move list page.

And then the Cross Counter duo lived happily ever after... Or do they?

Find out by watching Ep. 50 of The Excellent [Omega] Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross: Eat Your Lettuce, embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

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The Ultimate UMVC comeback compilation featuring Marlin Pie, Nemo, Flocker, Moons, Angelic, Insaynne, Flux, Unkn0wn and Alukard

Never. Say. Die.

That's an attitude you have to have if you want to make a name for yourself in the world of the FGC. When all odds are stacked against you, don't look at it as a death certificate, but rather an opportunity for greatness.

This is the final installment in Xuses' Marvel comeback series, and they're going out with a bang.

Perhaps the the most exciting of these comebacks are the ones that are done with characters that are not regarded as top tier. Seeing an Amaterasu or a Shuma Gorath take out a Doom/Vergil team is priceless.

There's plenty of video to watch, so you'd better get to it.

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Meet the men behind the music of Street FIghter Assassin's Fist in this roundtable discussion of the series' aural high points

Patrick Gill, Ryan Ansah and Gary Platts are the geniuses responsible for creating, performing and mixing all the scores for Street Fighter Assassin's Fist.

In this video, each goes over his own favorite musical moments in the series. With added insight from their input, we get to re-watch their favorite scenes and appreciate them on a whole new level.

Relive some prodigious moments from SFAF such as Ken's flaming shoryuken, Gouki's transformation and the epic climax between Akuma and Gotetsu.

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Ed Boon's Magic 8 Ball - 'Two Mortal Kombat X character reveals next week? As I see it, yes...'

As we continue to eagerly await the release of Mortal Kombat X, Ed Boon and NeatherRealm Studios continually tease us with bits a pieces of information, one character at a time.

That is, until next week perhaps.

Ed Boon has been busy on his Twitter as of late, dropping lots of hints left and right.

We already know that something is planned, and that we'll likely find out for sure on NetherRealm Studios' live stream scheduled for January 29.

Hit the jump to see Boon's tweets!

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Punish your opponents for hitting you! Smash and Grab goes over Rosalina's kill moves, neutral game and other useful tech in this character breakdown

A very unique character in the world of Smash, Rosalina fights with her trusty Luma by her side.

Rosalina's special dynamic echos that of the Ice Climbers in that Luma fights alongside her, mirroring her moves and/or doing his respective counterparts for each command.

This opens up a whole new world of possibilities in the realm of footsies. An opponent can actually hit Rosalina, but then be hurt or killed by Luma as they recover... when's Mahvel?

Smash and Grab always generates great content, so if you like what you see in this video then don't hesitate to jump over to their YouTube page and see all the other great info they have to offer.

Hit the jump to learn some Rosalina.

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Omen's Killer Instinct trailer includes a sneak peek at Golem, the next fighter to be introduced in Season 2

Iron Galaxy Studios has released the official character introduction trailer for Omen, Killer Instinct Season 2's bonus character that is given out free-of-charge as an exclusive to players who purchased the Season 2 pack -- the only way you're getting this character is by picking up the value-for-money pack.

The Omen trailer ditches the tongue-in-cheek humor featured in several of Killer Instinct's past character trailers, choosing instead to introduce the new fighter with an ominous vibe and a sinister tone.

You'll also get a good look of many of Omen's special attacks, including a Lightning Kicks move (that under the right conditions can shoot projectiles), and a slide that lets Omen switch sides with his opponent.


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Finally, as a bonus, the trailer also teases what appears to be the next fighter who will be introduced into Killer Instinct: Season 2 - Golem.

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Tales of drunk Daigo, drunk Xiao Hai & good samaritan Xian - AirBehr Chat ft. Gootecks S2 Ep. 1

Looks like AirBehr Dojo isn't the only show from CCG|Air and Behrudy that has returned for a second season this year. AirBehr Chat, which is a show where the two Canadian gamers talk about the FGC and life in general rather than play or demonstrate Street Fighter tech, is also back for a Season 2.

And they're kicking it off with a special guest: Gootecks of Cross Counter and Excellent Adventures' fame.

In this first episode of AirBehr Chat ft. Gootecks, the trio shares stories about some of the funny happenings that occurred during the Canada Cup Masters Series afterward.

Tales of a drunk MCZ|Daigo, drunk Qanba|Xiao Hai, and a good Samarian RZR|Xian who was out $400 that night (although only half of that had to do with his act of kindness).

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Pokken Tournament: all match-ups between Pikachu, Gardevoir, Lucario & Machamp covered in casual tourney matches from the Famitsu stream

During the Famitsu Pokken Tournament live stream earlier this week, Bandai Namco Games's Harada and the Famitsu show's hosts and guests played not one, not two, but a total of eight matches on the location build of the game.

Between those eight matches, they've pretty much covered every single match-up possible between the four playable characters announced so far: Lucario, Machamp, Gardevoir and Pikachu.

When we first ran our story on all of the new information on Pokken Tournament (details on controls and gameplay here), only two of those fights had been uploaded to YouTube -- and so that was all of the footage we could include in the story.

But now that some time has passed from the live stream, nearly the entire broadcast has been archived on YouTube.

You can find the entire broadcast archive below, along with time codes to get to the specific matches you'd like to see.

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