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Super Street Fighter 4 AE comeback compilation ep. #24 by LiangHuBBB

A new comeback compilation from LiangHuBBB is online now. This has some well known players, and some not as well known, all staging ripostes in Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition.

Tip from Chris0419.

GodsGarden 4 player and tournament details finalized

GodsGarden 4 player and tournament details finalized Makaveli2004 and sf4maniac did the favor of writing up the information for the next GodsGarden tournament. For those who don't know, GodsGarden 4 is a 16-man SSF4 AE event based in the arcades that features a long lineup of great Japanese players.

There will be a 64-man qualifier initially, and then the final four qualifiers from that will go on to face on twelve players who met different qualifications. The invited list from an online poll includes:
  • Fuudo (Fei Long)
  • MCZ|Daigo (Yun)
  • Nemo (Yang)
  • MCZ.TTC|Tokido (Akuma)
  • YHC-Mochi (Dhalsim)
  • Hori|Sako (Yang)
  • Kazunoko (Yun)
  • Haitani (Makoto)
  • eLive|RF (Sagat)
  • Uryo (Sakura)
Momochi has won GodsGarden's PSN online tournament qualifier to get in with his Yun, fighting his way through a 300-person bracket. There is one Kansai qualifier for another spot on August 14th, with Mago and Poongko(rumored) to be in attendance.

GG4 takes place on August 20th-21st at Loft A, Tokyo. There will be a stream available. Character choice is locked, and the tournament is double elimination.

Poongko PSN replay collection from XUpYourGameX

An anonymous user sent in a whole set of replays from XUpYourGameX's YouTube Channel. They all cover Poongko playing on PSN and doing what he does best. You'll also notice the amount of PP he has accumulated in proportion to his BP. The replays are of great quality and it's always great to see the Seth master at work. Hit the jump for a plethora of videos.

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EVO 2011: Third Strike Online Edition panel footage by G4TV

G4TV has uploaded 40 minutes of footage from the Third Strike: Online Edition panel at EVO 2011. Moderated by Special Combat Adviser Seth Killian, the panelists included members of the Third Strike team such as Derek Neal (Lead Producer of Third Strike OE), Christian Svensson (Senior VP at Capcom USA), Neo G.(Original Battle Director of Third Strike), and Dave Lang (Producer of online features in Third Strike OE).

Sent in anonymously.

Complexity Insider's Interview with Latif - EVO2k11

An interview with BT|Latif was uploaded to compLexityINSIDER's YouTube channel. coL.CC|Gootecks interviewed him after EVO had wrapped up and he asked him many questions about his difficult matches throughout EVO.

Tip sent in by an anonymous user.

Excellent Adventures: Season 3 Ep. 11 - NO RESPECT

The newest episode of Excellent Adventures is up from the Cross Counter squad. It's a continuation from episode 10 featuring Poongko and Flash Metroid.

Continuing from the last Excellent Adventure with Flash Metroid and Poongko... do Gootecks and Mike Ross have the guts to follow up after Poongko's outrageous random play?

Tip from Balloon, Trubbz, Waiching, and neoWhite.

UMVC3: Maximilian's gameplay breakdown part 3

Maximilian uploaded another UMvC3 breakdown. He talks about how certain characters were changed, Ghostrider, and mashing supers all while UMvC3 footage is playing in the backdrop. It's a very interesting watch and a few noticeable game-play changes can be seen in the background. This includes a very noticeable health drop in Sentinel.

Tip sent in by InitialR, Rainstereo, Rafael2487, Demon Dethchase, dmosesjr, and alexx562.

Seth Killian, Derek Neal demo Street Fighter 3 Online Edition for GameSpot

GameSpot got a whopping 30+ minute demo of Street Fighter 3 Third Strike from Capcom's Seth Killian and Derek Neal.

Derek plays on the stick in the background and while Seth is dishing the knowledge, you get to see a lot of the game's modes and what is has to offer. Notable stuff includes:

• The Battle log saves the last 100 matches.

• You get to see the Handicap Trials, including one where your character starts with almost no health.

• Video of the combo trials are included, and they work a lot like the ones in the SF4 series.

• The Save State feature is demoed, where if there's a certain set of circumstances you want to flash back to, like Ryu being an inch off the ground, you can jump right back to that state with the touch of a button over and over again.

This of course recaps a lot of previously covered ground, but if you're hyped about the game and it's various modes, it's a good way to see things in action before its released.

Tip from Rafael2487.

3 Green Bars series 3 trailer from CptMunta

CptMunta sent in the trailer for series 3 of 3 Green Bars. This is a YouTube travel log that looks at fighting game communities around the globe, but this time around CptMunta will focus on places a little closer to home like Melbourne, Australia and Christchurch and Auckland, New Zealand.

Also submitted by Rafael2487.

Elena 3D model speed sculpture by James Van Den Bogart

James Van Den Bogart has posted an excellent video showing a 3D model of Elena from Street Fighter 3 Third Strike being created. This is a speed sculpture that starts off with a base model that barely has any features, but it quickly evolves into a very nice piece of art. This is awesome.

Mentioned by GlitchIA.

Guard Crush 21 live stream by Team Sp00ky

Guard Crush 21 live stream by Team Sp00ky Team Sp00ky is running the Guard Crush #21 live video feed today from Henry Cen's The Next Level in Brooklyn, New York.

Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition is the premiere game again this week, with some of the east coast's top players participating.

Hit the link below to view an embed of the live stream.

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eSports: An EVOlution in entertainment by Palindrome

eSports: An EVOlution in entertainment by Palindrome A very powerful and well written article has gone up on Destructoid.com. The article covers the growth of e-sports and compares fighting games to certain sports that share some similarities with them. It's very thorough and is a must read for any kind of gamer. Here's a snip from the article and hit the link to get to it.

Most fighting games are rather fast-paced and visceral as well. Games like Mortal Kombat, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Marvel vs Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II, and Tekken 6 are very colorful, feature full-contact battles, and have their own unique feel to them despite being in the same genre. However, this does bring up a point that cannot be ignored about the nature of fighting games: both the arena and the fighters themselves are a product. When I say the fighters are a product, I am, of course, referring to the characters in the game who have preset moves and stats. They have a set amount to their abilities that cannot be changed via exercise or training.

This creates a phenomenon not seen in other sports. The competitors must work around the virtual constraints of their chosen avatar. Unlike a conventional sport where players must maintain their physical condition, fighting game players must assume the identity of their character and use strategy to win. That's not to say that sports don't employ strategy, rather fighting games use strategy exclusively. The training a fighting game player undergoes is less about physical condition and more about timing to get combos down correctly and testing out the tools their character has. This is also enhanced by the fact that fighting games nowadays have new iterations/patches very frequently, meaning that gameplay and strategy is kept fresh due to game mechanic and character changes.

Tip sent in by Fawaz and Rafael2487.

Evo 2011: Inflitration and Laugh Interview with Zhi

Cross Counter TV uploaded another interview with CCA's Zhi doing them. Zhi had the chance to interview Laugh and Infiltration who are both top contenders back in Korea. He asked them about how Street Fighter fairs as an E-sport back in Korea. It's a pretty interesting interview that sheds some light on how fighting games are ranked in terms of status in different countries.

Tip sent in by neoWhite.

Cross Counter: Gootecks interview with Filipino Champ

CompLexity has uploaded an interview with cc.coL|Filipino Champ right after EVO 2011. He and Cross Counter's Gootecks discuss nerves while competing on EVO's stage and his accomplishments in AE and MvC3.

Sent in by Chris0419.

Roundup: Eight on the Break article, 3S pre-order information

Roundup: Eight on the Break article, 3S pre-order information

• Always Godlike's Denjin Dave wrote up a very interesting article about the arcade Eight on the Break and its long history on the east coast. Eight on the Break is based in New Jersey and has been visited by a multitude of famous players over the years. Tips from Rafael2487 and AG|IFC Ricky.

• Capcom-Unity has posted news about a pre-order bonus for PSN buyers of SF3: Third Strike OE. The bonus includes a free theme for the PS3 desktop, a 20% discount and an unlock of Gill without having to play through arcade mode. Sent in by Fawaz.

• An artist going under the name TheLeftHandedMonkey has posted a sped-up video of him painting a picture of Dan in the SF4 style. He also provides some commentary as he paints (which is slightly NSFW).

• Snoooootch has posted the winners of his "Making Street Fighter look like Tekken" combo challenge. The winner gets art of a game character designed by Snootch himself, so it's best to keep an eye on his channel to see if there are any combo challenges you can win. Sent in by Fawaz.


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