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Seth Killian: I think there are a lot of fighting game mechanics that are physically harder than they need to be

RETRO Videogame Magazine 7th issue is packed with tons of interesting fighting game content, including an interview with former Capcom employee, Seth Killian.

Seth worked heavily on Street Fighter 4, and became one of the most popular figures in the fighting game community during his time at Capcom, and he was asked if there are any past, or current trends, in fighters as a whole that he really doesn't like.

"I think there are a lot of fighting-game mechanics that are physically harder than they really need to be," said Killian.

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First gameplay footage and character breakdown for Cinder in Killer Instinct - stream archive

Updated: The live stream has now ended, we've added an archive to this story.

Earlier: The folks over at Iron Galaxy are all geared up to show off Killer Instinct season 2's next playable character -- Cinder.

Today's live stream will feature the first-ever gameplay footage of the fiery fighter, along with a full breakdown detailing what he is all about.

Additionally, we can expect to see Aganos' retro outfit, Cinder's accessories, and the next patch's balance changes it there are enough viewers.

The live stream begins at 4 p.m. PDT / 7 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. CDT.

Hit the jump to check out the live stream.

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Japanese start-up's 'Hado' augmented reality game lets you throw fireballs in real-life, intended as a next-generation sport

It's not eSports. Rather, it's intended to be a form of 'next-generation sports'. As in, it uses digital technologies to get people to actually move their bodies.

Or at least that's what Japanese software start-up Meleap envisions its "Hado" augmented-reality game to be.

According to this article on Toyokeizai Online, Hado is an augmented reality (AR) game played using a head-mounted display (HMD) -- which kind of looks like a smartphone strapped to a pair of goggles -- and a smartwatch.

Unlike virtual reality technologies like the Oculus Rift or Sony's Project Morpheus, the HMD used here is similar to Google Glass in that it allows users to see their surroundings, with graphical elements -- such as an enemy -- overlaid on top of the camera feed.

When a Hado player thrusts his hand forward towards the enemy, the smartwatch detects the motion's vector, and generates a fireball on-screen, like in the videos you see below.

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Potemkin pasta, Venom's billiard takoyaki, Faust's 'fatally stimulating drink' - Guilty Gear themed food from Pasela Resorts

The Pasela Resorts chain of karaoke parlors and darts cafe in Tokyo is no stranger to video games-themed food.

In the past, they've come up with numerous special menus fashioned after Capcom's Street Fighter, Monster Hunter, Resident Evil and Okami franchises, as part of a collaboration with the Japanese games maker.

For its next couple of video games-themed menus, however, Pasela Resorts will be working with Arc System Works (ASW) instead.

As part one of their collaboration with ASW, Pasela Resorts will be offering a Guilty Gear themed menu from April 14 to May 10 at three of its karaoke parlor outlets, and the Bar Rhythm darts cafe in Akihabara.

Here is what's available on the menu:


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Juri highlight video shows you don't need Dudley or Yun to lay down the insane pressure – red focus into Ultra 1 concepts, dash mix ups, combos, more

Juri hasn't seen a lot of love at the highest level of tournament play in Ultra Street Fighter 4 lately, but that doesn't mean there aren't those pushing the character to her absolute limit.

RnK Clan has released a video highlighting the work of their player Lucius. Titled "Feng Shui Engine Madness", it lives up to its name in every way. Lucius's Juri is deadly even without her Ultra 1, but once she has it, almost every fighter encountered falls to her.

If you've ever thought about playing Juri, this is a player to imitate. The pressure Lucius is able to exert through high-low and dash mix ups along with a healthy serving of frame traps is stunning. Even when extremely down on health, the Juri main appears to make his opponent's advantage melt away in seconds.

To see what a threat Juri can be, check out the highlight video below.

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Ultra Street Fighter 4 coming May 26th for PS4 as a digital release, will sell for $24.99, removes PS3's input lag, new screenshots revealed

PlayStation.Blog has just revealed the release date for Ultra Street Fighter 4 for PS4. The game will be released across Europe and the Americas on May 26th, 2015 at the price of $24.99. According to the the website, it will include all of the DLC that has been released "so far".

Perhaps even more exciting for tournament players is that the slight input lag associated with the PS3 version has been removed.

With the announcement comes seven new screenshots. After studying the images, the models and textures appear to be improved, most likely due to the higher resolution.


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Submitted by Djgeki, Shinkuu_Kikoken, XxTigerheartxX, Enrique and Snatcher.

More Mortal Kombat X combos than you can shake a stick at, 15 cast members featured in this mega roundup

Our readers have been bombarding us with tons of Mortal Kombat X content already, and in an effort to catch up, we've put together a mega roundup of the combos and tech they've sent in.

We've got videos for 15 cast members below, so if you play a wide variety of the cast, chances are you'll find something here that will pique your interest.

If you have videos you'd like to submit, you can drop us a line via the contact form, and leave them below in the comments. Note, it's best if you do both, because things can get overlooked in the comments, while our staff regularly checks the inbox for news.

You can find the ones we've put together below.

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Ed Boon: It's impossible for a fighting game to be perfect out of the gate; we want MKX to be as fair and refined as possible

Following up once again from Ed Boon's recent talk on the Twin Galaxies' live stream the other day, Mortal Kombat's co-creator spoke about the difficulty of creating fighting games, and how important it is that you stick with them to ensure they stay fair and balanced.

Boon was specifically asked in NetherRealm Studios is prepared to grow with Mortal Kombat X, as it evolves.

"We just want the game to be as fair as possible, as refined as possible," he noted.

"I think it's physically impossible to release a game and have it be perfect, predicting what everybody is going to do. Especially with a fighting game, a competitive game," said Boon.

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Sarah Bryant, Pai Chan cover up their faces but bare their midriffs in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round's Ninja Clan Pack 3 DLC

The next set of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round costume DLC has been released.

This time around, 10 more characters are playing dress-up as ninjas in the aptly-entitled "Ninja Clan 3 Costume" pack -- and those 10 characters include Sarah Bryant and Pai Chan, whose costumes aren't exactly what I'd call traditional ninja garb.


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The Ninja Clan 3 costume set is the fourth DOA5LR DLC costume set, coming after two Ninja Clan packs and the Senran Kagura collaboration costumes.

A trailer for the Ninja Clan 3 costume set was also released; check it out below.

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Mortal Kombat X sees biggest launch in the franchise's history, millions of players already online

Mortal Kombat X was officially released earlier this week, and it looks as though fans everywhere have wasted no time getting their hands on NetherRealm Studios' current-gen fighter.

NetherRealm's creative director and co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series, Ed Boon, took to Twitter yesterday to thank everyone that picked up the game. According to Boon, Mortal Kombat X is the "biggest launch in MK history."

Boon says that fan reception has been absolutely staggering, so much so that literally millions of users are already online and playing both the console and mobile version of Mortal Kombat X.

Hit the jump to see Boon's tweet and continue reading.

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Bracket Reset #15 live stream ft. Problem X, Andreas, Shoryusengan, Tyrant, F-Word, and more

Bracket Reset #15 live stream ft. Problem X, Andreas, Shoryusengan, Tyrant, F-Word, and more Bracket Reset is still going strong, this week with its 15th installment this year, and a lot of high-level talent has gathered for this Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament, this week as well.

You can expect to see CG|Problem X, WSO|Andreas, UM|Tyrant, UM|Shoryusengan, F-Word, and more.

If you'd like to check out last week's results, you can find them here.

You can find the live stream after the jump.

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Graphical / full move set comparison for Mewtwo in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Wii U

Did you not register your Super Smash Bros. 4 games, and like me, are now awaiting the moment you can get your hands on the game's first DLC character?

Well, while we wait, Master0fHyrule has gone ahead and put together a video that shows off Mewtwo's entire move set in the latest Smash game.

Not only that, but the video also features a side-by-side comparison with the Super Smash Bros. Melee version of Mewtwo, to show how much he's changed since his debut in the series.

Be sure to check out the video of Mewtwo in all of his psychic glory below.

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Next Level Battle Circuit #117 results ft. Smug, RLBS, Shine, and more

Next Level Battle Circuit #117 results ft. Smug, RLBS, Shine, and more Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to this story.

Earlier: It's Wednesday once again, so it's time for some great fighting game action from The Next Level in Brooklyn, New York.

The games being played tonight include Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, if there are enough entrants. There won't be any Mortal Kombat X tonight, but next week it will be featured.

Brackets are available on The Next Level Challonge site, and results for last week's tournament are posted here.

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PC mods make Mortal Kombat X's final boss playable, their Fatality is brutal and awesome

Spoiler alert! If you have not yet completed the story mode or a klassic tower in Mortal Kombat X and don't wish to know who the game's final boss is, do not proceed.

Mortal Kombat X is currently available on PC. Naturally, modders have already started dissecting the PC port to see what they can achieve.

Already, someone has found a way to make the game's final boss playable. This footage by RajmanGaming HD shows off the character's unique X-Ray attack and Fatality, both of which are bloody awesome (no pun intended). We've also added a video showing off the Brutalities for this character.

Check it out after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Smash Bros. 4 tiers reset and archived after 1.0.6 balance changes, Mewtwo added into the mix

We've reset the extremely popular tiers for Super Smash Bros. 4 on the Wii U, because of today's 1.0.6 balance patch being released, which also added Mewtwo as a playable character.

As is always the case any time we reset the tiers, we create archives for them, which you can find on the Smash 4 tiers index page, or you can check out the same images which we've linked up here.


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Mewtwo also now has a page on the Smash 4 moves database area, so you can start sharing advice about the fighter's moveset, and the character is selectable in our stats area as well.


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