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Mortal Kombat X patch adds balance changes, ping accuracy, ranked connection rejections and more

A patch for Mortal Kombat X on the PlayStation 4 is set to drop within the next few hours, and it offers a whole host of changes and improvements. A patch for the Xbox One is said to be dropping "soon."

There has been no word on when this update will be released for PC gamers.

Online players will be happy to know that higher ping accuracy will be included in this release, along with the ability to reject people in ranked match if their connection is too awful.

Today's update comes in at a nearly 4GB file size. From the looks of it, players on PlayStation 4 can already begin downloading it.

There are a considerable amount of balance changes as well, and you can find it all below.

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Who's Sarah? What happened to Cammy and Ryu's kicks? Dhalsim's stage had a window? Street Fighter 2 mysteries from The Cutting Room Floor

"For every mystery, there is someone, somewhere, who knows the truth. Perhaps that someone is watching. Perhaps... it's you!"

Or perhaps not. Putting Robert Stack aside for a moment, all sorts of interesting things have surfaced when people have taken a closer look at the files from the Street Fighter 2 series.

While not all of these things are mysteries โ€” and some have clear explanations โ€” a number of others are pretty open to interpretation.

The Cutting Room Floor is a great website which examines the core files of games to see things that were either cut in the development process, or just didn't make it to the final release for some reason or another.

The Street Fighter 2 series is no exception to this rule, as there are likely a number of things you didn't know existed in the arcade releases' original ROM files. For a closer look, click the link below โ€” if you dare.

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Video game input lag - How do Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN and Killer Instinct stack up?

Have you ever noticed that some fighting games feel a bit more heavy/weighty that others? You swear that even though said game is running at 60 FPS, it just feels different than other titles.

Well, the cause of this might be the game's input lag, and the folks at Display Lag have put together another outstanding article exploring just that on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The Display Lag crew put in a lot of effort to capture the input lag of Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN and Killer Instinct on their next generation platforms, and their results might tell part of the tale about why members of the FGC feel some titles feel more sluggish than others.

To get right into it, check out the images below.

Display lag comparison - PlayStation 4 & Xbox One image #1 Display lag comparison - PlayStation 4 & Xbox One image #2
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'Perfect execution is the exception, not the rule' - BJ Unchained discusses the dangers of 'The Scrub Mentality' in this exclusive interview

Known for his clutch Cody play, perhaps best highlighted in his match against Bonchan at NorCal Regionals, BJ Unchained has been turning heads as of late in the Street Fighter 4 community.

In a few recent tweets, BJ has expressed some distaste for a common mindset in the fighting game community that he calls "The Scrub Mentality."

This piqued our interests and so we reached out to BJ to see if he had any more to say on the matter. He did indeed, and agreed to an interview. Here's how it played out:

Raptor: You've been kind of going in your Twitter as of late, talking about the "Scrub Mentality." First off, what exactly are you referring to?

BJ: It's a common pattern I see among players who have the desire to get better but are disappointed in their lack of success. "Scrub Mentality" is a detrimental player state that roots from lack of humility. Players who refuse to recognize the harsh truths of their play will quickly find themselves in such state, although they wouldn't admit it.

For example, let's say your last set wasn't too hot and you dropped a lot of important stuff. Instead of "I need to work on my execution in the clutch", a scrub would say "My execution is not good today". This notion that your execution is expected to be flawless and anything otherwise is "just today" is a jaded one, and leads to a perpetual deprivation of addressing real weaknesses.

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$25,000 in Killer Instinct pot bonuses result from the KI Community Fund project for CEO and Combo Breaker

You may recall the Killer Instinct Commuinty Fund project which successfully, and quickly, raised $100,000 for KI tournament prizes.

We already heard about the $50,000 going to EVO 2015, which makes sense with it being the largest fighting game tournament of the year.

It looks as though $10,000 of that 100k and $15,000 are going to Combo Breaker and CEO respectively. The other 25k will likely be distributed to online tournaments and perhaps a few other major events.

Hit the jump for the official announcements from each tournament.

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After four years the Smash 64 tier list has been updated; Jigglypuff and Samus move up while Mario and Donkey Kong and others move down

It might have something to do with the release of Smash Bros. 4, but tournament attendance for the original Super Smash Bros. has seen a recent bloom as players have begun to revisit the game on a professional level.

As a result, the game's meta has continued to develop, and, after four years, some of the tier rankings have shifted about. In contrast to Melee, Brawl and the recent Smash 4, Smash 64 has a relatively small cast with only 12 characters to choose from.

Also in contrast to the other games, the tier gaps are not as extreme so as to make only a few characters truly viable in tournament. Though certain characters have the edge in 64, it's not unheard of to have a lower tier character in later brackets of a tournament.

Here is the full, old tier list for Smash 64:


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Hit the jump to see the revised tier list.

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Relentless onslaughts into Brutalities, intelligent reads and a Flawless Victory on ChrisG; check out Digit's unstoppable Raiden from Texas Showdown

He makes it look so easy! Digit finds multiple ways to quickly take his opponent to the corner where seemingly endless pressure strings drain away their life bar as they die slowly from chip damage, or take the quicker route and just get hit.

Truly though, half of Digit's success comes from his knowledge of other character's safe and unsafe moves. At such an early stage in a game's life, it's common for players to simply find a strong, offensive tactic and run with it. Truly though, it behooves any serious player to know the rest of the cast's weaknesses, as exemplified by Digit's play.

Check this sequence below, where Digit makes a great read using armor to stop Jax' attempt to reverse the pressure, then kills him for it:


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The ladies take centre stage in this cool Mortal Kombat X combo video focusing on Sonya Blade, Cassie Cage, Kitana, Mileena, D'Vorah and Jacqui Briggs

Mortal Kombat X has a pretty large cast of characters, but looking at the characters themselves, it's a bit more skewed towards male characters.

That doesn't mean that the women in the game don't pack a serious punch though, as Fighting Game Kaos has been more than happy to show us.

In this 8-minute long combo video, you'll see combos from Sonya Blade, Cassie Cage, Kitana, Mileena, D'Vorah and Jacqui Briggs - and every combo within will exceed 30% damage. Hopefully, you'll find something (or a lot) in here that's to your liking, and who knows? Maybe you'll even pick up a few new tricks for your main. Hit the jump to check it out.

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3 Heavy Shoryuken in one combo, trade into Ultra, Ultra reaction to Guy's slide and more - Ken player DudeBag 'Ode to Skill' highlight reel

While Ken is hardly a character we're unfamiliar with, what with EG|Momochi being one of the best in the world right now, and him using Ken almost exclusively for the last few years.

However, there's always good players, regardless of how common or uncommon the character is, that are simply not recognised by the masses. Thankfully, highlight reels like these help expose them to everyone.

In this highlight reel from RnK Clan, RnK|DudeBag blasts through several tough competitors online with some pretty damn stylish moves, and then the video finishes off with an impressive round from an offline set against EG|Justin Wong's Rufus.

Hit the jump to check out the video.

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Yun expert Julio Fuentes joins Mike Ross on tonight's Capcom Pro Talk

It's time for yet another weekly edition of Pro Talk with Mike Ross. This week's featured guest is NorCal's strongest Yun player, Mr. Julio Fuentes.

A force to be reckoned with for some time, Julio has recently leveled up his game quite a bit. As of late he's dominated NorCal's premier weekly tournament, Churning the Butter, with six consecutive victories over the past month and a half.

Tune in to hear Mike and Julio talk Street Fighter, and, arguably important above all else, if they are able to protect the Turbos. For those of you who don't know, each episode of Pro Talk features a segment wherein Mike and his guest play Street Fighter online. If the online challenger wins their match, they receive a month of free Twitch Turbo.

Hit the jump to see the live stream! #noturbos

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Take your Mortal Kombat X game 'From Casual to Competitive' with Ketchup and Mustard's training series

Pro Mortal Kombat gamers Ryan and Jake Neal, also known as Ketchup and Mustard respectively, have put together a series of tutorials to help newcomers bridge the gap between casual and pro level play. These tutorials are aimed to "teach a man to fish" as opposed to simply breaking down a specific character or strategy.

The very first episode launched today and is titled "Finding Your Character." In it, Ketchup and Mustard break down their method of approach in selecting a new character to play. They teach to you to choose a character you like, then teach you what to look for specifically to see if that character is right for you.

Beyond this, they help you decide which character variation will suit your style best. Whether your fighting game personality is rush down, defensive, zoning or otherwise, Ketchup and Mustard will equip you with the tools to start your climb on the MKX mountain.

It's content like this that will surely aid in growing a scene for a new game such as MKX. It's great to see top players take the time to help new players break the ice and find their stride.

Hit the jump to see the tutorial.

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Smashified creates virtual Smash Bros. models for King K. Rool, Banjo & Kazooie, Rayman and more

You may recall the Rayman "leak" that popped up back in February. While it all turned out to be a hoax, the video was incredibly well done, and had just about everybody at least entertaining the idea that Rayman could be next to join the cast.

The hoax creator, Omni, is part of a team that have created Smashified, a page that creates characters that the community deems worthy Smash potentials. Smashified designs virtual models of potential characters in the artistic style of Smash 4.

So far, they've created models for Banjo & Kazooie, King K. Rool, Shovel Knight, Klonoa, Rayman, and most recently, Travis from Mother 4. For each character, there is a time lapse video depicting the creation process. They start from simple drawings and develop the characters into incredibly detailed, Smash-worthy models.

Hit the jump to see a few Smashified creations.

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Johnny Cage as Jean Claude Van Damme? Ed Boon proposes a DLC skin for the Mortal Kombat original character

First of all, it only makes sense.

Mortal Kombat was originally supposed to be a game based on the 1992 film Universal Soldier, starring Jean Claude Van Damme. Johnny Cage was created as a Van Damme spoof since it ended up being the actor's busy Hollywood schedule that made the original game idea impossible to execute.

Johnny Cage has always existed as a parody of the Muscle from Bussels, so really, it's kind of surprising that we haven't seen more JCVD references already. Check out Ed Boon's tweet on the matter: While this doesn't at all confirm that NetherRealm Studios will indeed develop the skin, it puts us in a place to almost expect that it will eventually happen. Mortal Kombat's humorous, Easter egg-laden side would absolutely allow for such a reference. As the tweet mentions, they've already made a similar move in including Carl Weathers for Jax.

What do you think? Good idea or just too obvious at this point? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Ed Boon's Twitter.

Yoshimitsu in action! Watch GuntamaMiraclein take Yoshimitsu into practice mode to perform a few combos as well as his Rage Art

Yoshimitsu was confirmed to be the newest Tekken 7 character just a few days ago. GuntamaMiraclein has just recently released some footage of the Tekken original in practice mode.

Though our analysis is obviously very limited at this point, he seems to retain his traditional feel and flow with his multiple stances and familiar moves. Guntama explores a couple of Yoshi's special moves as well as performs a few juggle combos.

Yoshimitsu has the ability to wield one, two or no swords as he fights. It looks like his Rage Art is a counter move that leads into a single, knockdown hit if successful. Sorry, no tentacle-based moves yet.

Hit the jump to see the training mode video.

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Perfect Legend teaches Playboy Playmates Mortal Kombat X

It's been a good year for Carl "RZR|Perfect Legend" White as he's gotten sponsored by Razer, the newest installment in the Mortal Kombat franchise, of which he is a world champion, has dropped and now he gets to play video games with Playmates.

On a recent episode of Gamers Next Door, Amelia Talon and Pamela Horton, Miss June 2012 and Miss October 2012 respectively, sat down with Perfect Legend to learn the ropes of Mortal Kombat X.

For those of you that may be suspicious of gimmicks, watching a few other episodes of Gamers Next Door reveals that these two Playmates are indeed into video games on a fairly serious level. In other episodes, they've done reviews, countdowns and exploratory sessions. These ladies know what they're talking about when it comes to gaming culture.

It's nice to see Playboy reaching out to the gaming community in this way. Gamers Next Door is a fairly new channel as it was started in March of this year. If you like what you see, be sure to check them out on a regular basis, no pun intended, to ensure the channel is a success.

Hit the jump to see the video!

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