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First-time champions, roaring crowds, and tears of joy - a closer look at EVO 2014's two most emotional victories

EVO 2014 was undoubtedly one of the most emotional events of the year, and quite possibly, ever. We witnessed numerous public displays of emotion as players expressed their anger, exultation, and even sorrow due to the outcomes of their matches.

Two of the most memorable EVO moments were birthed from the conclusion of the Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma and Killer Instinct tournaments, as the grand champions of each game, Garireo and RM|CD Jr. respectively, openly expressed their elation with literal tears of joy.

Many of the viewers in attendance and watching from the comfort of home reacted to these incredible victories with applause. Others, those who may not have truly grasped the amount of dedication and time these players put in to achieve their goal, responded with mockery.

Vince Ingenito, IGN's resident fighting game expert, was in attendance that day and experienced the passion first-hand. He has since put together an excellent piece that analyzes the reasons behind these champions' initial reactions to victory.

Poison, Sub-Zero, Cyclops, female versions of Aquaman and Thor, Spencer, and more: Fighting game cosplay from San Diego Comic-Con 2014

With San Diego Comic-Con 2014 having concluded this past Sunday, there have been a slew of photos of cosplayers doing what they do best at conventions and expos. Luckily, today we have a great assortment of fighting game related cosplay for you all to check out.

In this image gallery you will find many familiar characters portrayed, including Poison, C. Viper, Cyclops, Ryu, Cammy, Wonder Woman, and even female versions of Aquaman and Thor. Below are just some of the images, but for even more be sure to continue reading.

Updated: Full-length cinematic trailer added, Lars confirmed for Tekken 7 - more details from Comic-Con

With the Tekken panel currently taking place at San Diego Comic-Con, Polygon has reported some of the first details about the upcoming Bandai Namco title.

According to series producer Katsuhiro Harada, Tekken 7 will have a "very detailed background story," and will conclude the Mishima clan saga.

Additionally, this installment will answer old Tekken mysteries such as why Heihachi is trying to kill his grandson, why Hiehachi threw Kazuya off of a cliff, who Devil Jin is and others.

Not only that, but Maximilian is also in attendance and has reported that Lars will be in the game. You can find the tweets below.

Street Fighter: World Warrior, the sequel to Assassin's Fist, announced at San Diego Comic-Con; Chun-Li, Sagat, Guile and more set to appear

The team behind the live-action Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist series has just announced that there is a sequel in the works.

Deemed "Street Fighter: World Warrior," the new series is currently in development and is set for late 2015/early 2016 launch time.

According to director Joey Ansah, the new series will introduce more characters from the Street Fighter universe, and will be larger-scale production than Assassin's Fist.

"The scale of World Warrior is much larger, picking up where Assassin's Fist left off as we follow Ryu and Ken on their 'Musha Shugyo' (warrior's pilgrimage)," said Ansah. "The Shadaloo criminal cartel will be introduced, led by the extremely dangerous M.Bison, which will naturally lead into the World Warrior tournament… and we all know what this means - fan favourites Guile, Chun-li, Sagat and Co. will be playing a big part!"

'Eduardo sat in his chair for a good five minutes, hunched over and put his hands over his head' – Evil Geniuses reflect on Evolution 2014

Here is an interesting fact: Evil Geniuses have placed in the top 8 of Evolution no less than 16 times since the team's inception in 2010.

You would think a team posting such high results would be satisfied, especially when you consider they had five top 8 placements this year alone. On the contrary, Evil Geniuses still consider Evolution 2014's performance a "struggle."

Hit the jump to read more and view a list of their Evolution top 8 placements.

Snake Eyez: 'Rose is top 10, probably #7 or #6; Zangief is like #20, but can fight some of the top tiers' - the best 'Gief plays USF4 ranked matches

Yesterday, arguably the best Zangief player in the world, Snake Eyez, took to his personal stream in order to run some Ultra Street Fighter 4 ranked matches. During his broadcast, the exceptional 'Gief player talked a little bit about where he feels a couple of characters rank among the rest of the pack -- specifically Rose and his main, Zangief.

"What rank would I place Rose? Maybe somewhere in top 10," Snake Eyez says. He goes on to state that among the best characters in the game, she would probably place at around #7 or #6.

Continuing with the character ratings, Snake Eyez takes a shot at placing his own main, Zangief, on the ranking list. "'Gief is probably 20th, or something like that; he just happens to be able to fight some of the top tier characters pretty well."

The grappler player mentions that Rose also shares the ability to combat some of the top tier fighters, especially Fei Long.

Below you will find the archive which is packed with excellent footage of Snake's Zangief in action.

Nuki was disgusted by 15-year-old Daigo's lame Guile in SF2 at first: New manga series depicts The Beast's teenage years, appearances by Xian, Tokido

When Nuki first met MCZ|Daigo, the latter had been a new kid on the block in the arcade that Nuki frequented.

The year was 1996. Although both Nuki and Daigo were both 15 at the time, Nuki had already been a familiar face in his local arcade scene. He was known not only for his amazing ability to rack up humongous win streaks, but also for being a nice guy in general.

Despite his friendly disposition, however, when Nuki first saw Daigo in the arcades, he didn't even bother walking up to talk to him. He was too disgusted by the lame way that Daigo had been playing Guile in SF2 to want to, the first chapter of "Umehara Fighting Gamers", a new manga series based on The Beast's teenage years, reveals.

Although it's entirely in Japanese, you can read Umehara Fighting Gamers for free in a "Shuukan Georgia" smartphone app that's available on the iTunes and Google Play app stores.

The first two chapters, which came out today, not only features Daigo and Nuki in their teenage years; MCZ|Tokido and RZR|Xian also made cameo appearances in a brief introduction of the FGC to readers.

Check out their mugs in the images below, as well as a concise summary of what the first two chapters covered after the jump.



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Daigo attending special tournament to honor 10th anniversary of EVO moment #37, event organized by Super Arcade

The official Super Arcade Twitter account has announced today that they will be holding a special event this November to celebrate the 10th anniversary of EVO moment #37. In order to properly pay homage, the tournament will be held where the legendary Daigo parry took place -- Cal Poly Pomona's Ursa Major Hall.

Not only that, but The Beast himself, MCZ|Daigo Umehara, along with his sponsor, Mad Catz, are confirmed to be in attendance.

The tournament is set to take place on November 21-23, and Super Arcade has stated that we can expect to learn more about this special event very soon.

If for some reason you have never seen the incredible Daigo parry against EG|Justin Wong in Street Fighter 3 Third Strike, you can check it out below.

Hugo has a different kind of pass-through glitch: Light punches completely whiff on crouching Poison after body splash in Ultra Street Fighter 4

It seems that Poison's wonky hurtbox strikes again. We were recently sent a video in which Hugo's crouching light punch passes through Poison after a Body Splash in Ultra Street Fighter 4.

When Hugo hits a cross up Body Splash on a crouching Poison, both his crouching and standing light punches will actually go right through her, causing the attack to completely whiff.

This isn't the first time we've seen strange properties come as a result of this strange hurtbox, as earlier this week we reported on an odd bug that allows Poison to completely avoid low attacks when she transitions from a crouching state to a standing position.

Capcom's own Peter "Combofiend" Rosas informed EventHubs that the is company is aware of the aforementioned bug and is currently working on a fix, so hopefully our story here will get the word out to them about this new glitch discovery.

Below you can check out Hugo's light punch pass-through glitch.

FG gods Daigo and Sako captain their own teams of 3 in a ft-to-5 Ultra Street Fighter 4 set, 42" Toshiba Regza TVs are on the line

Capcom Japan has posted today the third in a series of four promotional videos for Ultra Street Fighter 4 that feature some of Japan's finest players on as guests.

The first two instalments featured exhibition matches between MCZ|Daigo and Hori|Sako, but this time around, a total of six top players make their appearance -- MCZ|Daigo, Hori|Sako, Bonchan, Kazunoko, MCZ|Mago and RZR|Itabashi Zangief. The players are split into two teams of three each, competing against one another in a first-to-5 set with special rules.

And these guys are not just playing for fun, either. This is no exhibition match, ladies and gentlemen -- three sets of brand new 42" Toshiba Regza TVs are on the line here, which the members of the winning team will walk away with.

Which team will emerge victorious? MCZ|Daigo, Kazunoko and RZR|Itazan? Or Hori|Sako, Bonchan and MCZ|Mago?

Tekken 7's PC release possibly leaked by Amazon

Today an image has been floating around of Amazon.co.uk showing Tekken 7 listed for PC release. While the image itself looks fairly legitimate and has been reported on by a number of news sources, it should be noted that when we were unable to locate the product on Europe's Amazon. Also, the image leaves out the exact web address, instead displaying only a lowercase "tekken 7" in the search bar.

Nonetheless, here's the original image making its rounds around Twitter to help you decide whether it's another major hint or simply a grab for attention.


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Image source: Chris Thomason via Aris's Twitter.

Target combo into Super beats Zangief's EX Running Grab, devastating mix-ups, comebacks, perfects, and more: This USF4 Dudley reel sure is stylish

Mr. Kimokoan, known for putting a ton of flashy maneuvers into his Dudley play, recently posted an Ultra Street Fighter 4 highlight compilation of his gentleman boxer putting in work.

There are some excellent clips here that really do a stellar job of showing what Dudley is all about. Reading Zangief's EX Running Grab and countering with target combo xx Super isn't the only slick moment you'll find here, as there are numerous perfects, comebacks, huge-damage combos, and more.

Check it out below and let us know what you think!

C. Viper and Sakura engage in a slug fest, Cody shatters the glass, and everyone is corrupted by the Dark Hadou? Street Fighter art from UDON

Tonight we end our news day with a great Street Fighter artwork gallery from the incomparable UDON crew.

Below you will find art pieces featuring many fan-favorite characters illustrated by various UDON artists. C. Viper and Sakura engage in a heated battle, Ryu and Ken spar, and multiple characters get corrupted by the Dark Hadou; there's plenty to see here, so be sure to hit the jump for even more awesome artwork.

Which were your favorite EVO moments this year? - Maximilian's top 5 hype moments at EVO 2014

This year's EVO was undoubtedly one of the craziest yet. From crowd favorites and former champions getting eliminated early in Ultra Street Fighter 4, to the insane comebacks, and real men shedding manly tears, it's been one helluva ride for anyone who's a fan of fighting games.

But which EVO moments were your favorite this year? Which moments brought in the most hype? Which ones made time stop, overloaded your senses, or otherwise made you yell a cheer or jeer out loud as you watched the tournament happen, through the streams, from the comforts of wherever you were at?

Maximilian has made a video recapping his top five hype moments for EVO 2014, across all of the games featured.

Regardless if you were a stream monster who caught all the action over the entire EVO weekend, or if you only tuned in to the streams to watch the parts of the tournament you cared about, it's worth taking a bit of time to list your favorite moments over EVO weekend, and see how your list compares with Maximilian's.

'I don't mind playing top tier, but don't like them in UMvC3' - Justin Wong talks EVO win, top 5 characters, and more in EventHubs exclusive interview

EVO 2014 has wrapped up, and finally, the crowd favourite EG|Justin Wong has won 1st place in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

While Justin has taken several tournaments in the game with his signature team of Wolverine, Storm and Akuma, that EVO title has always been just out of reach for the veteran fighting game master.

We caught up with Justin in the wake of EVO 2014, and asked him a few questions about what it feels like to be the champ. Here's a snippet to get you started.

MajinTenshinhan: Last year, you did an amazing run through top 8 of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, but fell short in the end against RG|Flocker, who took home the gold. Since then, people have been very vocal about you bringing the hype to Marvel, so all eyes were definitely on you this year, even moreso given your prestigious history with the game's predecessor. How does it feel playing on the big stage, knowing that you have so many people out there rooting specifically for you?

EG|Justin Wong: It felt really good, just because making it back on the stage for top 8 of a Marvel vs. Capcom game gave me hope, and hope for everyone else. I wanted to win really bad, and I didn't want to let people down again.

You can find the rest of Justin's answers below.


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