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'The community should continue giving us constructive criticism' - Alex Valle responds to concerns about SoCal Regionals' omission of Marvel and KI

One of America's mainstay yearly tournaments, SoCal Regionals, has been officially announced for 2016. Upon inspection of the event's game list however, a good portion of the community has expressed some distaste in games chosen.

You'll see the full lineup in the image below:

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You may have noticed that both Killer Instinct and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 are not included, while both Smash 4 and Smash Bros. Melee are. Players from both communities quickly took to social media to call attention to their games' omissions.

We reached out to LU|Alex Valle, SCR's main organizer, for comments on the matter. According to Valle, the event is still developing, and there's a chance more titles could make an appearance.

"This year we are consolidating titles and we knew backlash was coming no matter what," he said. "While the roster size is much smaller, we are planning to possibly add a few more titles that make sense, focusing on core titles for a quality event instead of trying too much this time."

"We have only released our lineup without announcing any special features yet. The community should continue giving us constructive criticism and we will take note of things to work on."

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Eyedol revealed for Killer Instinct

This evening at EVO 2016, Eyedol was revealed as a playable character for Killer Instinct.

Eyedol is the final playable character that will be released for season 3 of the game.

He'll be available for season 3 Ultra Edition on July 22, 2016, and season 3 Combo Breaker a week later, on the 29th.

"One head is doing something, and the other head is doing something else, they collide and they think different things sometimes," Maximilian said about the new combatant.

You can find his trailer below.

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New King of Fighters 14 trailer featuring Team China

A brand new King of Fighters 14 trailer just surfaced on the Playstation Store, this time around featuring Team China.

In this trailer, we get a more comprehensive look at one of the brand new additions to the roster, Meitenkun. The trailer also offers a better look at his teammates, Shun'ei and Tung Fu Rue.

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You can see the trailer for yourself after the jump.

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Ken has grown even stronger through having a family that supports him - Ken and his sinister alter-ego Violent Ken detailed in latest SF5 profiles

Moving further with the playable Street Fighter 5 cast, we have Ken Masters being detailed in the latest CFN post.

This isn't just about the Ken we know and love, though, but we're also seeing the alternate universe Violent Ken from the SNK vs. Capcom series being explained. Check out the Ken images below.

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You can find Ken's full profile below.

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Bobby 'Lil Loco' Garcia passes away, Jordan 'Vienna Hotdog' Bryan hospitalized after EVO-bound highway accident

Two members of the Southern California fighting game community were involved in a traffic accident on Interstate 15 near Baker, CA early Friday morning.

Bobby "Lil Loco" Garcia and Jordan "Vienna Hotdog" Bryan were on their way to participate in EVO 2016 when their Toyota Camry collided with a parked tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer had pulled to the shoulder of the road to assist with a previous accident that occurred minutes earlier when an Acura rear-ended a BMW. Authorities found the driver of the Acura to be under the influence, and arrested him on site.

Garcia passed away at the scene, and Bryan was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition. Bryan sustained multiple injuries, but according to his GoFundMe page, is now in stable condition.

There are currently two active donation pages running, one to help with Garcia's funeral fund and the other for Bryan's medical expenses.

It's with great regret we bring this news forward. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of those affected by this this tragic accident.

Source: Desert Dispatch. Images from Garcia and Bryan's Facebook pages.

Are Zangief and King of Dinosaurs secretly the same character? A comparison of move sets yields some stunning results

The King of Fighters 14 demo has been available for about a day now on PlayStation 4, and players have already begun excitedly excavating the upcoming game.

Amidst the exploration, more than a few have noticed some surprising similarities between a certain dinosaur-themed character and Street Fighter 5's Zangief. Many of KoD's normals appear nearly carbon copies of Zangief's SF5 normals.

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In actuality, King of Dinosaurs has plenty of variation from the Russian wrestler, but does indeed seem to share more than a few techniques with the SF5 iteration of Zangief. You'll see them all in the video below.

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Cammy is, for sure, better than Ken - Brenttiscool explains why Ken isn't top five on the latest Excellent Adventures

SoCal's Brentiscool joins Mike and Gootecks on their Excellent Adventure. Being a third of the Ken "trinity", Brentt is one of the most familiar players when it comes to breaking the character down.

Though our hosts pretty strongly disagree, Brentt does not feel Ken is all that great of a character. He places Mr. Masters around 8th overall on the roster, and has a lot of reasons to back up his claim.

The trio takes things online, and Brentt plays both his Ken and Cammy. Give his tier order a listen, and let us know if you agree more with him or Mike Ross in the comments.

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Juri crosses you up with her fireballs? Check out this interesting tech for Street Fighter 5's latest addition

Juri was just released this week, so obviously there's still a lot to be found with her. One of the most recent discoveries is this bunch of setups, where Juri can make her fireballs cross her opponent up, and ElChakotay also managed to find setups for this on quick rise as well.

If you're curious as to how this works exactly and what Juri can choose to do in these given situations, look no further than the videos below.

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'You have to think quickly, and some players use what they can come up with the quickest' - Combofiend on anti-airs in Street Fighter 5

The risk/reward ratio for anti airs in Street Fighter 5 has been subject to scrutiny from some members of the community. At this point, many feel as though things are tilted a bit too much in favor of the player jumping in.

Yesterday's Capcom panel offered attendees a shot to ask the developers themselves, and an inquiring mind brought up the issue. Capcom's Peter "Combofiend" Rosas stepped up to speak his piece on the matter.

"Better anti-air is more timing specific, and in effect more risky, so the reward is a lot higher," Combofiend says. He cites Ryu's standing heavy kick as an example; using the move to anti air is definitely tougher than something like a dragon punch, but netting a crush counter leads to more damage opportunity.

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Ultradavid - I don't want to see the FGC become like League of Legends, where one company has too much power

If you have any sort of vested interest in the fighting game community, then you more than likely have come across UltraDavid at some point by now.

A tenured member of the FGC, David has made a name for himself as a host/commentator to the level that some would call him the "American voice of Street Fighter." Daily Dot's very own Steve Jurek caught up with him for an interview a couple of weeks ago at CEO.

When asked about his comfort level in regards to his voice within the FGC, David responds: "Not just in this context, but I feel like sometimes it's thrust upon me to have responsibilities like that...I don't want to have it be that I'm some exclusive representative."

David goes on to state that he'd like to also hear different voices be heard, noting that there are many perspectives outside of his own that should be heard.

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Get ready for tomorrow's Street Fighter 5 update with this Juri roundup and new shots of Laura, Cammy and Ibuki in their beach attire

We're a little over 24 hours away from Juri's official Street Fighter 5 arrival, (the game's servers will actually be down for an estimated eight hour window tomorrow) and so we're getting the hype started with a roundup.

We've included part one of TheRedGambit's very extensive Juri tutorial along with a few more Comic-Con matches from RN|Alex Myers. See the ins and outs of the character, then see her in action before you get your hands on her tomorrow.

We've also found some new images of Laura, Cammy and Ibuki's summer costumes over at Capcom Japan. These summer costumes will also drop during tomorrow's update:

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NYChrisG wins first EVO Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 championship

NYChrisG is now an EVO Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 champion.

Despite holding down the most dominant run in UMvC3 history, being nearly unbeatable for a long span of time, one mountain Christopher Gonzalez had never climbed was an EVO championship, until now.

Gonzalez was knocked into the losers bracket by NB|DualKevin in the top 16, and proceeded to make an extremely clutch run through top level competition to take 1st place.

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Yoshinori Ono has a 'coincidental' meeting with Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima at Comic-Con

Today is the final day of the San Diego's Comic-Con 2016, and Street Fighter 5's Executive Producer, Yoshinori Ono, and his Blanka have been making the rounds meeting faces new and old.

Earlier today Ono posted a photo on his Twitter with a particular Comic-Con attendee along with a caption that, when paired with this individual, made our imaginations run wild:

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'I tried copying Tokido, but I was unable to do it' - Daigo breaks down his epic EVO 2016 set with Tokido

At EVO 2016, two of the strongest competitors to ever play Street Fighter faced off in a Ryu mirror match.

RB|Daigo and Tokido were most certainly both in the conversation about who would take the entire tourney, but found themselves facing off on day two of the event. Though the battle was close, Tokido would end up taking it.

Along with RZR|Fuudo and MOV, Daigo sat down on his recent broadcast of Daigo The BeasTV to break down this exciting bout. The three came to an interesting conclusion as to why Tokido won, one that might not be apparent to the untrained eye.

First off however, here is perhaps the most tense part of their match, wherein Tokido nearly makes a comeback to send Daigo home in the second game:

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LI Joe stands as America's last hope in Street Fighter 5 at EVO 2016

It should come as no surprise that EVO 2016 is the biggest tournament that Street Fighter 5 has seen thus far; over 5000 players came to Las Vegas hungry for the title. After the grueling process of whittling that number down to just 8 players, LI Joe ended up being the only American representative left in the tournament.

Joe's road to top 8 was paved with a ton of killers, and he managed to excel while other American players started to drop like flies around him.

During Top 32, Joe found himself pitted against BxA|Squall and his Necalli. Up until that point, Squall was looking quite strong, but Joe's Nash put him down 2-0. Afterward, Fuudo was up to face him. Although he managed to hold his own, Fuudo's Mika sent Joe to losers.

There was no rest for the wicked, as Joe had to step right back up to the stage to face Kazunoko to hold on to his tournament life. To the surprise of many, a clutch hit confirm nets Joe the upset victory, and his spot in the top 8.

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