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Guile's premium costume revealed, story mode images also shown

A new article on Famitsu has shown Guile's premium costume in all of its glory.

Besides that, you can also get a good look at some story stills for him, and we've also included two images of his previously shown Story Mode costume, which is classic Guile.

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Let us know what you think of these new duds in the comments.

Source: Famitsu. Thanks to HiryuMK for sending this in.

Is Ed Boon gauging interest for future Mortal Kombat XL characters? Series co-creator runs polls on Twitter, here are the results

Ed Boon -- co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series -- recently took to Twitter to run a couple of polls pertaining to Mortal Kombat XL.

Specifically, Mr. Boon asked followers which characters they missed most in the latest Mortal Kombat title. With four selectable options per poll, the choices included four female fighters and four male.

The polls netted over 20,000 votes together, and you can see the final results below.

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Colors, cages, cameras and competition; why Red Bull Kumite 2016 was one of the most outstanding FGC productions we've seen to date

With 16 of the world's greatest Street Fighter players in attendance, this year's Red Bull Kumite may have been the most exciting Street Fighter 5 tournament we've seen thus far. From the game play to the event production, everything about RBK 2016 was absolutely top notch and professional.

Given the UFC style setting, complete with caged ring and entrance theatrics, it goes without saying that a company like Red Bull has the financial means to put all the bells and whistles on a production. Click the image below to see a few shots that highlight this.

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While the added theatrics and such certainly aid in bringing the hype, RBK also paid very close attention to the smaller, and more accessible to the everyday tournament organizer, details.

For starters, the stream station had every color unlocked for every character. When we reached out to Rachid Koga, the event's main behind-the-scenes man, he informed us that they had one staff member play through Survival Mode on each difficulty to attain said colors.

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PR Balrog and NuckleDu both eliminated before Street Fighter 5 top 16 bracket at Northwest Majors 8

Two incredibly strong competitors, and potential favorites to win, will not be playing in tomorrow's finals at Northwest Majors 8. EG|PR Rog and Liquid|NuckleDu are known the world over for their amazing Street Fighter skills, but in a fairly surprising turn of events both players were eliminated before the top 16 bracket.

PR Rog's Necalli took second place at the last two Capcom Pro Tour events he attended, and NuckleDu took home the gold at the PAX invitational last weekend. For these and other reasons, many would have put their bets on both of these players to appear in the top eight bracket, and neither would have been a poor choice as a favorite to win the whole tournament.

PR Rog ran into Alex Myers' Cammy in the first round of the top 32 winners bracket. Though Rog would put up quite a fight, Myers' unpredictability caught the Evil Genius off guard. After losing to a surprising EX Cannon Drill at the end of round one, Rog would not be able to keep up with Myers' fast paced play in the second.

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SNK Playmore simplifies company name to 'SNK', reverts slogan back to 'The Future is Now'

Time for a brief history lesson. SNK started back in 1978, closed its doors and was essentially assimilated by Playmore in 2001. Noting the SNK brand's popularity, Playmore became SNK Playmore in 2003.

According to SNK's official Twitter, the company is changing its name yet again by nixing the latter portion to effectively return to 'SNK.' They've also re-adopted their old company motto, "The Future is Now."

While SNK has a long list of notable gaming contributions, the latest King of Fighters is surely the most immediate association with company here in the fighting game community.

Thank you to ImaPlayThis for the submission.

'In SF5, Guile can combo with the best of them' - Capcom's character guide for Guile features a 29-hit combo using V-Trigger and Critical Art

Capcom's latest character guide has been released, and it is of course, by process of elimination, of the fighter being added later today, Street Fighter 2's Guile.

In this guide, we get a better look at just what Guile is capable of as far as combos go. It's explained that while Guile does retain his classic playstyle of being a defensive character with strong normals, he also now has very strong combo potential given the right situation.

You can check the video out below.

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Attacks during his Critical Art, a 40+ hitter and three Flash Kicks in one combo? Somebody take Guile away from Desk before he hurts himself

At one point while watching this video, I found myself angrily blurting, "Wait, how?!" out loud at my computer screen before back tracking to give my brain another shot at comprehension.

Desk is at it yet again with a second video for Street Fighter 5's combo-happy Guile. With his V-Trigger engaged it almost feels like this character has custom combos straight out of the Alpha series, and in the learned hands of Desk, the sky seems to be the limit.

Remember how Flash Kick is kind of a combo-ender type move? Well, Desk does three in one go, and everything you thought you knew about Street Fighter, or life in general, is wrong:

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That's probably not even the coolest sequence from Desk's video, but you can be the judge of that. Check out the whole thing below.

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'Please don't see this as an end to me doing what I do' - Spooky discusses his new job in Asia as Program Manager for XSplit

By day he's known as Victor Fontanez, but we all know him as one of, if not the, most well known streamers in all of the fighting game community: Spooky.

Though based in New York, Spooky travels the globe as the technical backbone behind a great many of the major fighting game events we all watch throughout the year. In many ways, he has paved the way for FGC streaming, having started into the business even before its popularity boomed.

We recently noticed a post from Spooky, stating that he's landed a job with XSplit, and will be headed to the other side of the world as a result.

"I will be working at Split Media Labs as the Program Manager for XSplit Broadcaster. I will be spending a lot more time in the Philippines and Asia region as a part of my new role."

We were able to conduct a quick interview for a more details on the matter to get a better idea of what this means for the FGC's most notable stream producer.

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Texas Showdown 2016 results ft Rico Suave, ChrisG, PR Balrog, Sleep

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Texas Showdown 2016 is taking place in ... Well, Texas.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour event, so points are on the line for Street Fighter 5, but you'll also get to see tournament play of Killer Instinct, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Pokkén Tournament, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike and Street Fighter 2: Super Turbo.

As for players attending, you can expect to see UA|Rico Suave, NYChrisG, EG|PR Balrog, F3|Sleep, Julio, UA|Bass, WFX|801 Strider, Wolfkrone, Brenttiscool, F3|Alucard, DL|FourWude, WT|Hamad, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, DM|El Cubano Loco, CH|BrolyLegs, GS|Gllty, UA|Jan, UA|Showtime, Nacer, VGP|Integra, TFA|OmgItzAndre, ThrashHeavy and many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by LevelUp Live, PandaxGaming, Smash United, Texas Melee and BeastChan23.

Check out the full action below.

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If Guile had a 3-frame normal, he'd be far too strong - Combofiend says Street Fighter 5's latest DLC character is a moving tank

Yahoo eSports' Michael Martin is back again, this time sitting with Street Fighter 5 associate producer Peter "Combofiend" Rosas for another close look at Guile.

To warm things up, Combofiend spends some time making sure the players are familiar with both Guile's V-Skill and V-Trigger. What's interesting here is noting practical uses for the V-Skill besides making fireballs stronger, or just how many extra Sonic Boom volleys Guile can get from a V-Trigger activation.

Each of Guile's target combos are detailed as well to give a quick idea of how to use them. One that stands out in particular has the potential for Guile to set up a link afterward. Seeing this led Michael Martin to ask about Guile's fastest normal.

Combofiend reveals that Guile's fastest normal is 4 frames, going on to state: "He's kind of the defensive package, so for him to have a 3-framer after you've knocked him down would be too strong." This is perhaps a good place to start for those looking to build a game plan against Guile early on.

For more of the action, check out the video below.

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New King of Fighters 14 trailer drops this coming Monday, SNK promises 'tons of hot information'

SNK Playmore has released a new King of Fighters 14 trailer every Thursday for the past six weeks or so. Though many expected to see another reveal today, a new trailer never surfaced.

However, we do know when to expect the next announcement. According to SNK Playmore's official Twitter account, the next reveal is set for Monday, April 25th (JST).

This means we might be seeing the new trailer as early as Sunday night here in the states. As for what content will be showed off? All we know is that we'll be receiving "tons of hot information."

You can check out SNK Playmore's official tweet and a new screenshot of Mai below.

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Source: SNK Playmore's official Twitter. Sent in by MightyAfro and Exclusive23.

Rejected V-Skill and V-Trigger ideas for Street Fighter 5: Guile's V-Skill used to let him gain charge instantly

One of the more interesting aspects about Street Fighter 5's version of Guile that stood out in his recent reveal trailer was his ability to move forward while crouched, performed by holding the fight stick in the down-right position.

This solves a mobility problem that has traditionally plagued Guile in past iterations of Street Fighter -- you can't really advance on your opponent while holding a charge. It's a great solution, and arguably better than charge-partitioning in SF3.

But a crouch-walk was not the developers' initial solution to Guile's mobility issue.

At first, they thought about allowing Guile's V-Skill to grant him an instant down-back charge. What's more, you would be able to cancel moves into the down-back charge, allowing him to perform combos like standing light punch into Flash Kick.

This was one of five scrapped V-Skill and V-Trigger ideas that SF5's director, Takayuki Nakayama, detailed in a blog post on the game's official website -- and it's not even the most ridiculous idea on the list.

According to Nakayama, the five rejected ideas posted here were a mix of serious considerations and crazy ideas the team came up with for fun. Take a look at them below -- and see if you can guess which ones are the joke ideas.

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Luffy thinks R. Mika is bottom tier, but other top French players disagree; see France's Street Fighter 5 tier lists here

Some of the top French Street Fighter players have banded together to offer their Street Fighter 5 tier lists to Red Bull.

RB|Luffy, Starnab, Renegad and others have ranked the 17 characters on the game's roster from strongest to weakest. Red Bull has also tallied up the group results to give an averaged list to represent France's general opinions.

R. Mika has been something of an anomaly when it comes to ranking the SF5 characters. Luffy mains the rainbow wrestler, and has placed her amongst the game's weakest characters. It appears he's really the only one of the group that thinks this way however.

Below you'll see Luffy's tier list as well as the overall list compiled from all players' responses.

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Head over to Red Bull to see the others' rankings for the SF5 cast. A special thank you to Ultra David for sharing this.

Image sources: Karaface and Dead End Thrills.

Are you or a loved one suffering from the devastating effects of rage quitting? Ernesto Lopez has the answer

Fighting game community funnyman Ernesto Lopez Jr. is back with a very important spot for those whose lives have been negatively affected by the online phenomena: rage quitting.

The video showcases a calm, peaceful and even resort-like Salt Free Clinics. Salt Free Clinics is a safe place where rage quitters can go to get the help they need to overcome their addiction, and stop being absolute scrubs that give the FGC a bad name.

Comedy facade aside, Ernesto's latest video hits the nail right on the head, especially the quick shout out at the end. Please do yourself a favor and take 45 seconds out of your day to enjoy some tasteful FGC comedy.

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What would Akuma look like in Street Fighter 5? PC Best Mods gives us a pretty amazing looking answer

We know we won't be getting Akuma in Street Fighter 5 any time soon, and while we wait to see if he'll be in any future batch of DLC characters, PC Best Mods and artist Babijoee have gone ahead and made a mod for him to hold us over for now.

Babijoee has given Ryu a total makeover, even altering the color of his fireball and giving him some electricity effects around his person.

PC users can find download information over on Mediafire. Check out a few stills from the video below:

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