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Smug discusses who he's playing in Street Fighter 5, which characters look the scariest, how to sharpen your game and more in this BornFree interview

Just last weekend, 10 titans from the East Coast gathered to participate in the King of New York round robin, Ultra Street Fighter 4 send off tournament.

When the dust settled, PIE|Smug emerged as royalty with a convincing 9-1 record. YouTuber and Street Fighter enthusiast Mark "BornFree" Sheridan was able to catch up with the young champ for an interview.

Smug shared his thoughts on an array of topics ranging from his Street Fighter 5 impressions to how he feels about Ultra Street Fighter 4 not being at EVO this year.

He also gives a bit of advice on how newer players can better their game as they enter the fray. You'll catch the full interview below.

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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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Winning ranked matches rewards you with Fight Money in Street Fighter 5, leveling up a character offers bonus as well

Capcom's Matt Dalhgren recently told Venture Beat that Street Fighter 5 will offer a plethora of ways to earn Fight Money.

"Players are going to be able to earn Fight Money through playing single-player content that’s available. If you complete any of the character stories, you’ll earn Fight Money. If you complete survival mode with different characters, you’ll earn Fight Money.

"If you level up individual characters, every time you reach a new level, you’ll get some Fight Money," he said.

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Street Fighter 5 season pass comes with a premium costume for every DLC character

The Street Fighter 5 season pass comes with a premium costume for all six initial DLC characters, Alex, Balrog, Guile, Ibuki, Juri and Urien.

It appears Capcom is looking to get these characters going with additional accessories right off the bat.

The season pass is available for sale on the PlayStation 4 store right now for $29.99 USD. Here's a screen shot.


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PS4 avatars for Chun-Li, M. Bison an Ryu are also included in the bundle.

Note: Images in the banner are concept artwork for Street Fighter 4.

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Street Fighter 5 alt. costume color gallery for Chun-Li, Cammy, R. Mika, Ryu and Rashid

X-Kira on the NeoFighters forums has done some high quality captures of Street Fighter 5's new alternative costumes, featuring Chun-Li, Cammy, R. Mika, Ryu and Rashid.

If you're planning on picking up these costumes, this is a great way to see how the various color options will look in game.

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Side-by-side comparison of King of Fighters 14's graphics shows how they've changed from last month's trailer to the newest one

Perhaps the biggest talking point of all concerning King of Fighters 14 is its graphics. Traditionally a 2d series, King of Fighters 13 has been hailed by many as one of the best-looking fighting games ever made.

As such, many were jarred by the sudden change to 3D models in King of Fighters 14, and the comparatively low quality of said models. However, with each trailer we've seen, the graphics have been tweaked quite a bit, and this latest video shows how much has changed from the Playstation Expo trailer released last month to the newest trailer released this week.

In the banner of this story, you can see that the models have become more expressive, and that the lighting has been changed almost entirely, and the video contains more example scenes than the one above. It also contains a side-by-side comparison of the move animations from King of Fighters 13 to King of Fighters 14 for a bunch of the characters. Hit the jump to check it out

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Mad Catz CEO and other execs leave company

We in the fighting game community know Mad Catz fairly exclusively for its fight stick and controller production, and while Street Fighter 5's release is sure to see a sales boom in that avenue, the company as a whole seems to be going through some turmoil as of late.

In a recent article by GameSpot we learn that three of Mad Catz's head names have resigned in a fairly short span of time.

"The company announced a handful of changes to its management team and board of directors. Mad Catz president and CEO Darren Richardson has resigned from the company, effective immediately," reports GameSpot journalist Eddie Makuch.

"Additionally, Thomas Brown (chairman of the board of directors and a member of the board's audit committee) resigned on Friday, February 5... Further still, Whitney Peterson (Mad Catz senior vice president of business affairs, general counsel, and corporate secretary) has resigned."

Mad Catz will be reporting their earnings for the most recent financial period tomorrow, February 9th.

At this point we don't know how much, if any, the impact will be on the FGC's side of things, but we're hoping for the best as Mad Catz is a company that contributes so much to our community.

Moves listings for Street Fighter 5's launch version

We've updated our Street Fighter 5 moves database page on EventHubs with the listings for the launch version of the game.

We will continue to update these listings as things change over time.

Our tech staff has put a number of improvements into play here, and you can now see variations and follow up attacks on the index pages.

These improvements are site wide for all games in our moves DB, not just Street Fighter 5.

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EventHubs 2015 top 50 Ultra Street Fighter 4 players 11-20 - Fuudo, Sako, Luffy, Valmaster, NuckleDu and Snake Eyez hit the top 20

We're almost at the end of our top 50 of 2015 list for Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Today we cover the latter portion of the top 20, featuring players like RZR|Fuudo, HORI|Sako, Luffy, YP|Valmaster, Liquid|NuckleDu and RB|Snake Eyez.

We only have the top 10 left to reveal tomorrow, so feel free to take a stab at which order you think the remaining players will show up at in the comments.

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Preview of Prima's Street Fighter 5 guide book

Prima has released a preview of their upcoming official Street Fighter 5 guide book.

This 400+ guide has frame data for every character, combos, character strategy sections and a bonus artwork section.

Prima will also being offering a mobile-friendly eGuide, which has all of the content from the print version, plus a web companion.

This eGuide will be updated to include frame data, game changes for the first season of DLC, for up to one year after the game comes out. You can pre-order the guide here.

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The guide will be available on Feb. 16, 2016, the same day the game launches. Also, we'll have a review of the guide posted in the future as well.

Capcom created fake character art for Zen due to buzz on the internet, female version of Blanka

When a character leak list for Street Fighter 5 hit the internet, it created quite a stir, as there was a fighter included named "Zen", who of course didn't end up in the final roster.

This internet buzz actually got back to Capcom, and so they decided to have fun with the concept by creating another character from India.

"I thought it was funny when a character called 'Zen' started blowing up all over the internet, so I created this Indian guy called Zen. He won't be in the game," Capcom Japan wrote.

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Hitler hilariously reacts to the EVO 2016 lineup...

Street Fighter 5 is taking the main event slot at EVO this year, and Ultra Street Fighter 4 has been completely retired from the line up.

A good portion of the community is still feeling the shock of suddenly no longer having the game that was widely responsible for bringing the FGC into the current boom in which it finds itself.

In a playful expression of said shock, Northern California's Buddy "Mom's Spaghetti" Matthews has created a new Der Untergang meme, themed around USF4's absence at EVO.

If you haven't seen the meme, it involves altering the subtitles in a scene wherein Adolf Hitler angrily rants as he realizes World War II is all but lost for the Axis. Instead of cursing his generals, Hitler hilariously screams about how upset he is that USF4 is not at EVO.

Hit the jump to see the video.

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Street Fighter 5's cast shows off their snazzy director's edition colors

Capcom Japan has released new media of the director's edition colors for Street Fighter 5, for the entire launch cast.

While these colors have currently only been confirmed for the special edition in Japan, it seems like they'll become available at some point for gamers in other regions with time, as it's content ripe to be unlockables.

We've grabbed some images from the video, you can find more below, along with the clip itself.

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F.A.N.G.'s poison cloud passes through projectiles, and he has several multi-hitting moves - Check out some new gameplay of SF5's latest character

We got our first look at F.A.N.G. back at Capcom Cup almost two months ago, but he hasn't been part of any of the beta tests, so not many people have had a chance to actually play the character first-hand, and there isn't that much footage available of him.

Luckily, one of Capcom Japan's YouTube channels has uploaded a new video showing some gameplay footage of the character going up against Nash. In this video, you can see that F.A.N.G.'s poison projectile goes straight through opponent's projectiles, making his poisonous capabilities all the more devastating. You can see this in the gif below.


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Besides this, F.A.N.G. also has a variety of multi-hitting moves, meaning that super armor is probably not the best counter against him either. Hit the jump to check out the full match.

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Might we yet see Akuma appear in Street Fighter 5? Harada and Ono urge fans not to jump to conclusions based on Tekken 7: Fated Retribution

Akuma is easily one of the most recognizable characters when it comes to Street Fighter, and was in 3rd place worldwide when Capcom asked players what characters they'd like to see in future Street Fighter games.

Therefore, it has come as a shock to many that the raging demon of fighting games is absent in the latest new entry, Street Fighter 5. Not only that, but we saw him pop up last month in an entirely different game series.

Based not only on this, but also the reveal of Street Fighter 5's full starting roster and the 6 initial characters that will be appearing as DLC, it would seem that Akuma fans might just have to switch franchises if they want to play their favorite character. However, Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada spoke in a recent interview, and urged fans not to take everything at face value.

Harada: The one thing I feel like we did that caused you a lot of trouble was that Akuma hasn’t appeared in SFV, as of now. So fans thought, “Akuma’s not appearing in SFV because he’s appearing in Tekken 7.” I’m just going to use this opportunity to say, that’s not necessarily the case!

Harada wasn't the only one to speak, as Street Fighter series producer Yoshinoro Ono also chimed in on the subject. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

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