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Trash talk and winning are the most important parts for a good FGC villain - Latest Core-A Gaming video analyzes what makes good heel players

Most compelling stories need an interesting villain to keep the audiences' attention. That's not just the case with stories, though, reality is much the same way - without a villain to go against the hero, the conflict won't have as much payoff.

The fighting game community is no different, and whether you love them or hate them, it's hard to deny that heel personalities, "villains" so to speak, are a fairly large part of many competitive fighting games.

In their latest video, Core-A Gaming analyze what makes a good villain, drawing from well-known FGC examples such as TSM|Leffen and PG|Filipino Champ, but it's not just huge names. The video also delves into BOTB|TommyGunz, and what helps or hurts his chances as a good villain.

There's a lot of interesting stuff in this video, so if you want to hear some reasoning for why heels are good for the scene, just want to relive some very cocky moments, or perhaps even grab some pointers to start channeling your inner villain person,a hit the jump and check it out.

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EventHubs 2015 top 50 Ultra Street Fighter 4 players 21-30 - crossing halfway mark with 801 Strider, Pepeday, Smug, Dieminion and Itazan

We cross the halfway mark today for our top 50 Ultra Street Fighter 4 list of 2015, running down the 21st through 30th placements.

WFX|801 Strider, FGC|Pepeday, PIE|Smug, YOMI|Dieminion and Itabashi Zangief all find spots in this range.

Unlike past years, we invited a number of top players to participate on the panel for 2015 voting.

Along with today's listing, you can find a rundown of who participated on the panel below, along with links to previous entries.

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'The community should fight for Street Fighter 4' - Justin Wong talks EVO with ESPN

As of Tuesday night we learned the official game list for EVO 2016, and many have expressed their distaste at the fact that Ultra Street Fighter 4 wasn't on it.

Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar, EVO's main organizer, has shared with us his reasoning for nixing USF4, and it does make a lot of sense from a tournament organizer's standpoint.

Still, a good dose of salt continues to emanate from a good part of the 09er community. ESPN caught up with a trio of big names from the FGC to discuss the EVO line up. Among them was EG|Justin Wong, who spoke directly about the Street Fighter 4 EVO situation.

"The community should fight for SF4 because SF4 helped us a long way," he said.

The Evil Genius didn't stop there, and you can see what else he had to say after the jump.

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'Combo Assist option selects are sweet, and we'll definitely be squashing those' - Keits and Jebailey join Best of 3 to talk Killer Instinct

This week's Best of 3 is a Killer Instinct extravaganza as Brandon Alexander, owner of Ultra Arcade and organizer of the Killer Instinct World Cup, top player UA|Bass, and Iron Galaxy dynamic duo Jebailey and Keits join the broadcast.

The group first discusses the upcoming KI World Cup, including what goes into creating an event of this caliber, and which players they think will win it all.

Jebailey and Keits also field an array of questions from the audience as they call in to ask about the direction of Killer Instinct, how they feel about the development of certain characters and more. Keits even directly states that the dev team will be patching out option selects that the new Combo Assist feature allows certain characters to do.

If you're a fan of KI to any degree, you won't want to miss this special episode of Best of 3. You'll catch it all below.

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Could Tekken and Street Fighter share the same universe?

With Akuma on his way to Tekken 7, cross overs like Street Fighter x Tekken and the very obvious close relationship between Katsuhiro Harada and Yoshinori Ono, a lot of questions have recently arisen about the link between the Tekken and Street Fighter universes.

AwpWilliams is back with another theory video in which he addresses a ton of possible threads that may weave together the two franchises' story lines.

Awp has done quite a bit of research to find said threads. He's tracked down statements from Michael Murray, Game Designer at the Tekken Project, and painstakingly gone through every ending in virtually every Tekken and Street Fighter game to see what he could dig up.

At this point, it feels like it's not as much a question of if the two franchises share a universe, but rather to what degree they do. See Awp's findings in his video below.

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Filipino Champ discovered a Dhalsim frame trap in Street Fighter 5 that's ridiculously easy, and incredibly devastating

Dhalsim players: your day is about to get a whole lot brighter. Everyone else: prepare to be disheartened.

We knew Sim was a bit more rush down in Street Fighter 5, but we had no idea that he was capable of offense like this. PG|Filipinochamp took to Twitter today to share a gnarly set up with the Indian fighter.

After a forward throw, Sim can do a light Yoga Gale to put his foe in block stun, which according to Champ, leaves him at 13 frames of advantage. Sim can then throw out his Crush Counter, and if his opponent tries to attack, they're in for a huge damage combo.

Not only does Sim have the potential to lop off 50% of their life bar, but he'll leave them very close to being stunned as well. You'll see this tech in action after the jump.

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Lupe Fiasco just agreed to a Street Fighter 5 exhibition with Daigo

Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, somehow managed to book an unofficial Street Fighter 5 exhibition with MCZ|Daigo Umehara today via Twitter.

After the famed rapper posted about having watched Daigo at EVO, Mad Catz Community & Sponsorship Manager, MarkMan, offered to set up a match between the two. In a somewhat surprising move, Lupe responded with the following:

Though no date or location has been set yet, Lupe has continued to promote the idea by further discussing training and the fact that he'll be using Ken on his Twitter.

We reached out to MarkMan asking how legitimate this exhibition actually is. He responded with "I'm working with Lupe Fiasco to make it happen. He's down to play."

Banner image courtesy of Markel Lee. Mentioned by ViperPLAYER.

Mr. Wizard explains why Ultra Street Fighter 4 isn't in the EVO 2016 lineup

The game lineup for EVO 2016 was revealed last night, with nine titles being showcased — one was notably absent, Ultra Street Fighter 4.

EVO's Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar explained the game's omission from the official lineup recently.

"I just think [Ultra Street Fighter 4's] time is over, it's not going to be on the [Capcom] Pro Tour, we're just moving on," said Cuellar.

"It's unfortunate that we do not have room for [Ultra Street Fighter 4], but we announced nine other games," he said.

Cuellar explained that there's a lot of bleed over with players, because if they enter to play Street Fighter 5, they'll also enter for USF4.

"It's just double our resources for no real benefit to us," stated Cuellar. "It's time to let it go and time to move on to the bigger and better games."

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New King of Fighters 14 trailer shows off Benimaru and Robert's new duds, K' also joins the battle

The latest King of Fighters 14 trailer is true to form in showing us glimpses of new characters joining the fray, and this time we're getting three more classic characters - Robert, Benimaru and K'.

While Benimaru has a stylish new set of clothes and Robert is rocking some sick facial hair, K' looks the same as we're used to, which is in line with what we've seen so far of some characters looking revamped and some characters being just as before.

You can find some images from the trailer right here, but for the video itself you'll have to hit the jump.

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EventHubs 2015 top 50 Ultra Street Fighter 4 players 31-40 - Justin Wong, Latif, Dakou and Phenom take their spots

The EventHubs top 50 Ultra Street Fighter 4 player list continues tonight with the 31st through 40th placers.

EG|Justin Wong, Latif, Qanba|Dakou and B3XTPL|Phenom all find spots in the top 40.

This is a very diverse portion of the list in terms of countries these competitors hail from, as six different regions are represented here.

You can find the breakdown below.

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EVO 2016 lineup announced; Street Fighter 5, Smash Bros. Melee, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and more

Update: This story has been updated with the full games list, and you'll find it after the jump.

Earlier: It's hard to believe, but it's already EVO season again, and we're preparing for tonight's live reveal of the tournament's 2016 game lineup.

Straight from the Red Bull eSports studio in Santa Monica, CA, Mike Ross and Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar will announce which of our favorite titles will be part of this year's iteration of the grandest ongoing tournament in the FGC.

One of the biggest questions floating around right now is whether or not Street Fighter 4, the game that's seen the most popularity at EVO, will be back this year. With Street Fighter 5 dropping next month, organizers may shift their entire focus to the new title, leaving the old one entirely.

We're also curious to see if both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Smash 4 appear on the official lineup, as well as which anime games and 3D fighters make the cut.

The live stream begins at 7 p.m. PST, and you can watch it right here by clicking below.

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Nina Williams revealed for Tekken 7: Fated Retribution

During the EVO 2016 line up reveal, Mark "MarkMan" Julio made a surprise appearance to help announce Tekken 7's presence at the event.

Just before leaving, Mark revealed yet another surprise by showing us footage of Nina Williams in Tekken 7.

Nina has been part of the Tekken universe since the franchise began, and has had perfect attendance in every iteration since. It's no surprise she'd make a return in Tekken 7. Here are a few images from the reveal.

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Was that Balrog, and is Necalli Bison's puppet? Check out our break down and speculations for the Street Fighter 5 cinematic story trailer

If you haven't seen it already, the amazing new Street Fighter 5 cinematic story trailer offers a ton of new insight into the franchise's latest iteration.

We're still far from knowing what exactly is going on, in fact we won't have many definite answers until the summer, but there were a few things that caught our eye, and we'd like to share them.

The heart of the plot seems to revolve around M. Bison having some kind of doomsday device hovering high above Earth. This Shadaloo death sphere eventually goes off, at least to some capacity, destroying much of the landscape.

One of the most debated topics we've seen since the trailer dropped is the identity of this figure watching the countdown to destruction.

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Some are saying it's Guile, while others argue that it's Balrog. Our two cents is just a click away.

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Strongest game, player of the year, biggest moment and more; UltraDavid hands out his own personal FGC awards for 2015

These didn't go through any kind of polling process, but who's more qualified in their familiarity with the current fighting game community to denote the best and the worst of 2015 than UltraDavid?

David is best known for his commentary, offering his voice to such events as EVO, Capcom Cup and many others. A well trusted name in the community, UltraDavid gives us his own "2015 FGC Awards," offering his opinion on the biggest games, impacts and players of the year.

As the we continue to grow, perhaps we'll end up seeing some kind of official awards ceremony for the FGC in the coming years. For the time being, David's thoughts will do just fine.

Hit the jump to see his top moments and players of 2015.

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Mortal Kombat X's Jacqui Briggs and Cassie Cage slip into some sexy, old school ninja costumes, and you can get them for free

Planning on purchasing Kombat Pack 2 or Mortal Kombat XL? If you pre-order before March 1st, you'll get the Cosplay Pack, featuring Cassie Cage and Jacqui Briggs, for free.

We haven't seen much in the way of an official gallery, but we have caught a few glimpses of some of these costumes in the trailer for the MK XL update. We've collected what we've seen so far in the gallery below.

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Kombat Pack 2 will set you back $20 if you have the first Pack, but you can get both for just $25. If you're just getting into MKX, you can get the game, all characters and skins for just $59.99.

What do you think of the costumes thus far? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: NetherRealm's Twitter.

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