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Hugo hits Makoto with a fully charged red focus – part 2 of this compilation features red focus absorbs in ranked matches and tournaments in USF4

Since Ultra Street Fighter 4 released, red focus has primarily been utilized for its RFADC. Rarely have we seen anyone take the big risk associated with burning two bars of meter on a read.

But if you wanted to see how hype the regular red focus can be, then look no further. The BEAST has uploaded a compilation of live matches spotlighting the bravest of the brave flashing red.

Hit the jump for some amazing moments featuring a mechanic not often seen.

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The Magic of Smug: Undecipherable block strings, a 30-hit combo, insane juggles, perfect rounds and more in Ultra Street Fighter 4

CMV maker YogaFlame24 published today the final installment of his "The Magic Of" series of highlight videos.

For this final installment, he's decided to shed the spotlight on East Coast's PIE|Smug, who is arguably the best Street Fighter 4 Dudley player in the world right now.

You'll find in this tightly-edited five-minute-long video all sorts of arcane chicanery from PIE|Smug: undecipherable block strings, ambiguous mix-ups, sudden resets and more.

There's also an amazing 30-hit combo, and entire perfect rounds full of PIE|Smug's beasting. You don't want to miss this.

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Ono: Capcom fighting games revival project was developed internally by old-timers; SSF2T initially picked instead of Hyper SF2

After finding out about Capcom's announcement of a fighting games revival project that would see four classic fighters redistributed in Japanese arcades via the NESiCAxLIVE platform, some EventHubs readers have been wondering why the Osaka-based games maker decided to go with Hyper Street Fighter 2 and Street Fighter Alpha 3 instead of Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo and SFA3 Double Upper as two of their picks.

As it turns out, our readers weren't the only folks wondering about that.

After Capcom made the announcement at the Tokyo qualifier for the "Isshuu Sengeki Cup" Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament yesterday, Famitsu caught up with Capcom's Head of Consumer Games Development Division 2 Yoshinori Ono to find out more about the project -- and asked about their criterion for games selection.

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Infiltration had to sell off the one-of-a-kind Scion FR-S sports coupe he won at the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary tournament

Remember the sweet ride that Infiltration took home as part of the prizes for winning Street Fighter X Tekken at the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary tournament grand finals?

The one-of-a-kind Street Fighter-themed Scion FR-S sports coupe that was produced in partnership with Capcom, Five Axis and Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) that featured custom aero kit, spoilers, wheels and other bells and whistles?

The ride that Infiltration actually had to earn his license for, just so he could drive it?

Apparently Infiltration has sold it, due to the high-maintenance nature of the vehicle, according to an interview he gave to a Korean publication (translated to Japanese by skullokei on Twitter, and subsequently into English by us).

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How will Tekken's Harada top Yoshinori Ono's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge attempt? Find out in his video response

Yesterday, Capcom's Yoshinori Ono posted a video of himself accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, in which he dumped a bucket of ice water over his head -- but not before nominating Bandai Namco Games's Katsuhiro Harada to do the same.

Not to be outdone by Ono, today the Tekken series director has issued his video response to the challenge, well under the 24 hours' time limit as per the rules.

How will Harada top Yoshinori Ono's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge attempt? Find out in his video response embedded below.

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VS Fighting 4 tournament results, battle logs and stream archive feat. Luffy, Ryan Hart, Dieminion, Alioune, Problem X, Valmaster, WhiteBl4ck and more

Updated with final results: This story has been updated with finals day results, battle logs and a stream archive.

The latest Capcom Pro Tour premier event is taking place this weekend in Birmingham, England. Being a premier event, this means that the winner of the Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament here gets a guaranteed spot at Capcom Cup later this year.

Notable players expected to attend include MD|Luffy, DIG|Ryan Hart, Dieminion, BCN|Alioune, CG|Problem X, GL|Valmaster, CDV|WhiteBl4ck, BX3|Phenom, UM|ImStillDaDaddy, Cuongster and more.

The main event is the Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament, but the event also has tournaments running for Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Injustice: Gods Among Us, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma and Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

You can find the livestream below.

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Gootecks's PP are in good hands - Ultra Excellent Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross ft. FlashMetroid Ep. 28: Playin' Lame

There's still about half an hour to go till the start of the Ultra Street Fighter 4 top 8 playoffs at VSF4 today.

If you woke up early to catch all the Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 action and are just twiddling your thumbs now while waiting for USF4 to start, then boy do I have good news for you: Gootecks and Mike Ross (with special guest FlashMetroid) are here to rescue you from your boredom! You're all free now!

The latest episode of Ultra Excellent Adventures has just gone live on the official Cross Counter TV YouTube channel, and it's exactly 30 minutes long -- just long enough to hold you over until the start of the VSF4 top 8 play-offs.

So what are you waiting for? Check out Ultra Excellent Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross ft. FlashMetroid Ep. 28: Playin' Lame below -- but don't forget to leave the Capcom Fighters stream running in the background so you'll know when top 8 begins.

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'Knock it off, Fox!' Stop simply back jumping away from focus attacks - Tutorial teaches you how to properly react to focus spammers in USF4

Are you tired of having to jump back when your opponent initiates his focus? Do you often feel overly pressured when people leak ink from their bodies while in an aggressive pose? Well, as Peppy would say from Star Fox 64, "Knock it off, Fox!"

Bafael is back with a primer on how to properly handle those online warriors that focus attack then back dash. In it, you'll learn the correct way to make your opponent regret not respecting your options.

Check below for a fantastic video on how to level up your own excellent adventures.

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Dan hits a super into ultra, amazing red focus start with Seth – This EVO-omitted combo video is still stage worthy

A ton of work goes into the combo videos we view at major tournaments like Evolution. While the final product is often gorgeous both to the eye and to the ear, we often forget about the "B-sides."

And just like the music often omitted from the album, some of these combos are just as good if not better than what made it into the final product.

Check below to really marvel at the imagination and technical ability of these Evolution "leftovers."

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Ready to buy the best fightstick? Guide gives detailed descriptions and evaluations of almost every stick on the market

When I first made the transition from pad to stick, I bought an X-Arcade stick with the release of the original Street Fighter 4. I found myself unable to adjust and dissatisfied with my purchase. Finally I wizened up to how particular sticks were with fighting games and got a Mad Catz Tournament Edition.

What a difference it made to my game. Of course, back then, there weren't the plethora of options there were now either. In their own way, all the sticks available presents a confusing array for the fledgling online warrior.

Fortunately, Steam user Hosslogic has compiled an amazing tier list of joysticks for the new fighter or player looking for an upgrade.

Read below to get started.

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Watch Capcom's Yoshinori Ono douse himself in a bucket of ice water, challenge Tekken's Katsuhiro Harada to do the same

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken social media by storm since going viral in early August, and now even leading figures in the video games world are joining the cause.

Capcom's Yoshinori Ono is the latest games developer to participate in the viral campaign, after he was challenged to do so by Square Enix corporate officer Shinji Hashimoto.

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Daigo: 'Street Fighter Alpha 3 was very well-made, its Guard Crush system the best mechanic ever in the history of fighting games'

After hearing about Capcom's announcement earlier today that Street Fighter Alpha 3 and other Capcom CPS2 titles would be making a truimphant return to Japanese arcades (well, the ones that do not already have these games) through Taito's NESiCAxLive platform, one member of the Japanese FGC has gotten so hyped that he's begun evangelizing for the 16-year-old classic.

To that end, he's even pulled out what appears to be a snippet from an old Arcadia magazine column where MCZ|Daigo shared his thoughts on how well Street Fighter Alpha 3 was made, going so far as to proclaim its Guard Crush system the best mechanic ever in the history of fighting games.

We were unable to ascertain the exact date this Daigo column was published. Our best guess is that it was published in 2007 or 2008, prior to the release of Street Fighter 4, going by the dates provided by the source in a video that he also tweeted showing a number of SFA3 matches played between MCZ|Daigo and the Arcadia editor Morikawa who wrote the column -- you'll find video of that below, following our translation of the snippet.

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USF4 2014 Japan National Tournament Isshuu Sengeki Cup stream archives, results ft. Daigo, Tokido, Nemo, Momochi, ChocoBlanka, and more

Update: Stream archives and results have been added to this story. Eight solo players and four teams from this qualifier are headed to the grand finals in October.

Earlier: Tonight we have some amazing Ultra Street Fighter 4 action coming to us live from Japan. The Tokyo qualifying event for the Ultra Street Fighter 4 2014 Japan National Tournament -- known as the Isshuu Sengeki Cup -- is streaming from the Akiba Square event space in Akihabara Crossfield building.

The action will consist of both a 3v3 and singles tournament, and many of Japan's finest are expected to compete. MCZ|Daigo, MCZ|Tokido, MCZ|Mago, BE|Nemo, Eita, EG|ChocoBlanka, Akimo, Acqua, Nishikin, RZR|Itabashi Zangief, and more are among the listed players.

Since the event is taking place in Japan, a live stream can be found over on NicoNico, however, it is only available for viewing in that region. Folks outside of Japan can still catch everything over on Taito Live's Ustream channel.

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Over $50,000 on the line at Capcom Cup 2014; here's how you can help grow the prize pot

Over $50,000 are on the line at the Capcom Cup in December this year, with $30,000 going to the champion, and $15,000 and $5,000 going to the 2nd and 3rd place winners respectively, the Capcom Pro Tour official website announced this week.

And with your help, that prize money pot can grow even bigger.

The good folks behind the Capcom Pro Tour have teamed up with custom t-shirts company Teespring to launch a selection of stylish threads fashioned after the Ultra Street Fighter 4 worldwide tour.


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Capcom fighting games revival project announced, widescreen ports of Street Fighter Alpha 3 and 3 other games coming to NESiCAxLive

Earlier today at the conclusion of the Tokyo qualifier for Capcom and Taito's Ultra Street Fighter 4 "Isshuu Sengeki Cup" Japan national tournament, Capcom's Tomoaki Ayano made an announcement for a "Capcom Fighting Games Revival Project", that will see four classic Capcom CPS2 fighters receive widescreen 16:9 ports for Taito's NESiCAxLive arcade platform.

The four titles are Hyper Street Fighter 2, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and Vampire Savior. As the four games all originally appeared in the arcades in standard definition 4:3 format, these 16:9 ports will feature command lists for characters on the sides of the screen.

On top of the new widescreen format, all four titles will support player name display and allow arcade-goers to grind for player points (PP). Players' win-loss history for all four titles will also be available through the NESiCAxLive mobile portal.


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