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CEO 2015 preview - Your resource for the big event this weekend, including players, games, schedules, and streams

CEO 2015 is upon us this weekend, and a ton of information has been made available for tournament go-ers and spectators alike to take advantage of.

The tournament is featuring an incredible amount of players, including EG|Justin Wong, EG|PR_Balrog, MCZ|Daigo Umehara, MCZ|Tokido, RZR|Fuudo, MVG|Mew2King, Liquid|Hungrybox, Liquid|Knuckledu, Steam Co.|Yipes, YOMI|Michaelangelo, Kazunoko, Velociraptor, Tryken, and countless others in all sorts of head to head competition.

For such a large amount of players, a large amount of games is expected. These include the main event titles (Smash Bros. for Wii U, Smash Bros. Melee, USF4, MKX, UMvC3, Xrd, P4AU, KI, TTT2, and Divekick) as well as a bevy of side titles like Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, Def Jam: Fight for New York, Windjammers, Soul Calibur 3, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Capcom versus SNK 2, and a lot more, including Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7.

Hit the jump to check out all you'll need to know for this weekend.

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Poll: Which old school Street Fighter title had the best balance?

A little ways back, we asked our users which version of Street Fighter 4 had the best balance, with Ultra Street Fighter 4 winning by a large margin.

Today we wanted to open up a new poll for every old school entry in the franchise, running from Street Fighter 2 (1991) all the way through Street Fighter 3 Third Strike (1999), to find out which version our readers thought had the best character balance overall.

The poll includes all major releases from Capcom in the Street Fighter series, before SF4, but doesn't include the Vs. or EX titles.

You can find the early results below, along with a spot where you can cast your vote.

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Updated: New Street Fighter 5 Vine clip shows Charlie target combo, check out the evolution of Nash over the years

Updated: The official Street Fighter Vine account uploaded Charlie's Street Fighter 5 "trading card" video. In it, we get see Charlie's throw, his Flash Kick, and what appears to be a new target combo. You can find the Vine after the jump.

Earlier: The official Street Fighter Twitter account continues to share nuggets of Street Fighter 5 goodness. Today, we don't have new footage, however, we do get to see how Charlie (Nash) has evolved since his inception.

An image showing the different iterations of Charlie from each Street Fighter title he appeared in was posted on Twitter earlier today, and it's quite interesting to see how much the flash kicking warrior has changed.

The most notable changes include the new scars and seemingly robotic sections built into his skin and the alternate color of his vest.

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Which version of Charlie is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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Combo Breaker 2015 results, stream archive feat. Justin Wong, NuckleDu, Ricki Ortiz, K-Brad, CD Jr., SonicFox, Air, Arturo & more

Story updated with final results: We've updated this story with the final results for Combo Breaker 2015.

Combo Breaker 2015 is taking place this weekend, and it's got a ton of games, and a ton of competitors.

Players you can expect to take part in the event include EG|Justin Wong, Liquid|NuckleDu, EG|Ricki Ortiz, EG|K-Brad, TSC|CD Jr., cR|SonicFox, ZeRo, CCG|Air, BE|KaneBlueRiver, TS|Arturo Sanchez, EMP|KDZ, KIT|ForeverKing, REO, MOR|Rico Suave, HitBox|Tyrant, Wolfkrone, STB|Shujinkydink, EMP|DarthArma, VGP|Tom Brady, FF|ElvenShadow, Pig of the Hut, BT|Viscant, BananaKen, JRosa, TS|NerdJosh, KidViper and more.

As for games, you can expect to see Mortal Kombat X, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Killer Instinct, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, Skullgirls Encore, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, King of Fighters 13, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Divekick, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Lethal League and a special mystery game tournament.

There are also a bunch of retro tournaments, featuring classic games such as Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and Vampire Savior.

Streaming duties are being handled by Team Spooky, VGBootCamp, BGCallisto and Galloping Ghost Arcade. There will also be an after-hours stream, featured on EG Justin Wong's stream.

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Stunfest 2015 results Daigo, Momochi, Xian, Bonchan, Luffy, Ryan Hart, Infiltration, Kazunoko, GamerBee, Tokido, Fuudo, Mago, Poongko

Updated: Day 2 results have been added to this story.

Earlier: A new premiere event is upon us, and this time it's Stunfest, taking place in Rennes, France. Most of Europe's heavy hitters will be in attendance, but that's not all - there's a huge influx of Asian players looking to grab that Capcom Cup spot and the prize money for themselves.

At the event, you can expect to see MCZ|Daigo, EG|Momochi, RZR|Xian, Bonchan, MD|Luffy, FA|Ryan Hart, /r/Kappa|Infiltration, Kazunoko, AvM|GamerBee, MCZ|Tokido, RZR|Fuudo, MCZ|Mago, /r/Kappa|Poongko, D44|BAS, GL|Valmaster, IND|Pro Fluke, Gagapa, YBK|Santarouman, /r/Kappa|Ebi, Eita, RF, BX3|Veggey and more.

As for games, you can expect to see not only Ultra Street Fighter 4, but also Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, Mortal Kombat X, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Soul Calibur 5, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Capcom vs. SNK 2 and Breakers Revenge.

Ultra Street Fighter 4 will of course be streamed on CapcomFighters. The English language stream for the rest of the event is being handled by ArmsHouse.

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Karin was hidden in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, gore was removed from Street Fighter Alpha 3 and more

There's so much stuff hidden in the files of Street Fighter series and vs. Capcom titles that it would be impossible to cover it all in this story, but one of the more interesting tidbits is that Karin was actually partially created in the Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter arcade game.

While Karin's head looks like the one that debuted in Street Fighter Alpha 3, you can see her body is actually almost identical to Sakura's sprite, except for the boots.

Karin hidden in MSHvSF, gore removed from SFA3 image #1

That's not all, as some gore was censored out of SFA3, Zangief had a backflip in Alpha 2 and there were some... unique hidden characters in some of the vs. games, you can see our rundown below.

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Capcom Publisher Weekend means USF4 is free to play on PC until Sunday, on sale for $14.99 along with a plethora of other titles

It's currently the Capcom Publisher Weekend on Steam. If you've ever wanted to try Ultra Street Fighter 4 for PC, now is your chance. For the weekend, the game will be completely free to play. If you decide you like it, you can purchase the full game for $14.99 or the digital upgrade for $7.49.

Why get the PC version of USF4? For one, you can enjoy the multitude of mods for your game. Do you want Karin to be in Street Fighter 4? Turn Sakura into Karin with a drop of a file. Do you want to make the entire user interface of your game resemble Capcom vs SNK 2? You can.

Furthermore, despite a rocky start to the game due to various netcode problems, Steam and Capcom have managed to resolve majority of the issues through various patches. If you feel skeptical, however, this is a great chance to try it out for yourself. Even the SSFIV:AE All-in Costume Pack is on sale for $7.49.

Ultra Street Fighter 4 joins a variety of other Capcom titles. While they're not all specific to fighting games, I've saved you some time by including the full sale list below.

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A chance to work for Shadowloo, a glorious music career, and tons of air kicks: Learn all about Dee Jay in The World Warriors ep. 5

Capcom UK continues their World Warriors series -- a series in which the back-story of Street Fighter characters is detailed -- with episode 5. Today's installment focuses on everyone's favorite kickboxing musician, Dee Jay.

Not only are we walked through Dee Jay's story and motivation for fighting across each Street Fighter title he appeared in, but we're also given interesting facts about him. Did you know that Dee Jay is one of the few characters designed by an American artist? Neither did I!

What makes this video even better is the fact that there are bits of gameplay footage scattered throughout that sometimes show off interesting combos and/or useful techniques.

If you find yourself wondering how Dee Jay fits into Street Fighter lore or just want to know more about him, be sure to catch episode 5 of The World Warriors below.

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Who are the top five British Capcom characters? Capcom UK reps tell us their favourites, most of whom are from fighting games

You might be hard-pressed to recall even a handful of names of British Capcom characters, but the game development company actually has created quite a few heros that hail from the United Kingdom.

For a bit of fun, community managers Neil Gortz and Matthew Edwards discussed and created a list of the characters they are most proud of as citizens of the UK.

While not everyone on the list is from a fighting game, the majority of them are. The number one spot is actually quite a surprise. Unless you're a die hard fan of the game she's from, you'll probably never guess who it is.

Hit the jump to see the video.

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'Stay hungry to fight hungry!' Going to your first tournament? Gootecks gives 5 tips to make your debut the best it can be

With the Capcom Pro Tour oiled up with $500,000, and a growing arsenal of popular games such as Mortal Kombat X attracting new players to majors, maybe you think it's about time to go out and test your might--and you should! Going to a tournament can be an extremely rewarding experience where you'll make friendships, memories, and rivalries that will last you a lifetime.

But tournaments can be confusing and disheartening if you're not equipped with the right ideas and approaches. That's why CC|Gootecks has offered up 5 tips for you to keep in mind when you go to your first tournament. It should be noted that this advice is useful to more than those that have never gone; maybe you went to your first tournament already, but the experience didn't play out the way you hoped it would.

Some of the advice is logical but often not thought about. Tip number 2 demands that you "eat light throughout the day." With tournaments comes fast food and any other greasy meal that's quick to put you into a digestive coma. Across from my first CEO was a Popeyes Chicken, and too many players (myself included) were running back and forth between the tournament with combo meals full of fried everything. Gootecks suggests keeping to fruits, vegetables, and nuts during the tournament.

To get all 5 of this tournament veteran's tips, check out the video below.

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Capcom director wants a new Rival Schools title, already has ideas in mind

While there are currently no plans of a new Rival Schools game being developed (that we know of), that hasn't stopped Capcom director Hideaki Itsuno from formulating some new ideas for the franchise.

At the Nico Nico Chokaigi event this past weekend, a few of Capcom's developers discussed their recent projects. During this segment at the Capcom booth, the devs answered several questions written on cards.

When asked what kind of game they'd like to make in the future, Itsuno replied, "I’d like to make a new fighting game," Famitsu reports.

Itsuno spotted a demand for a new Rival Schools game from a user on Nico Nico Live and had something quite interesting to say. “I’ve already thought of a new story, so please send your requests to Capcom!"

Although he is currently working on Capcom titles such as Dragon's Dogma and Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, it looks like Itsuno -- who co-directed Rival Schools: United by Fate on the original PlayStation console -- hasn't completely forgotten about Rival Schools.

Would you like to see a Rival Schools revival? Let us know in the comments below!

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Northwest Majors 7 results ft. Justin Wong, ChrisG, PR Balrog, Ogawa, Ricky Ortiz, Filipino Champ, Dogura, KojiKOG, Air, Cloud805, KBR and more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results and battle logs.

Earlier: This weekend, we're being treated to an awesome viewing experience in the form of Northwest Majors, taking place in Seattle, Washington.

The event features a huge load of games, including Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, Project M, Super Smash Bros. 64, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, Skullgirls: Encore, Darkstalkers 3 and Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R.

As for players attending, you can expect to see EG|Justin Wong, Tempo|NYChrisG, EG|PR Balrog, NeoGAF|Ogawa, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Filipino Champ, NeoGAF|Dogura, NeoGAF|KojiKOG, CCG|Air, pH|Hoodaman, KIT|Cloud805, BE|KaneBlueRiver, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Brentt, Alex Myers and more. Streaming duties are being handled by Team Khaos, Khaos Gaming 2, LogicHole, 62-Bit Gaming and Seattle Tekken.

What are you waiting for? The live streams and schedule can be found right below.

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Zangief's 10-hit Lariat, SF3 Ryu blasts SF4 Ken with an unblockable Shinkuu Hadouken - Street Fighter Battle Combination gameplay explained

A little ways back, Capcom Online Games' Street Fighter Battle Combination (SFBC) mobile game app came out on the Android platform.

Unfortunately, this portable curiosity is region-locked -- meaning, you need to own a Japanese Android device to download it, or use some kind of workaround for it -- so not very many of us have had the opportunity to play it, much less understand how it's supposed to work.

Fortunately, since the game's release, a number of YouTubers have been making some videos showing off how its gameplay.

As you'll see in the videos below, SFBC is essentially a turn-based Street Fighter RPG that reuses some of the assets from SF4 and SF3 (and possibly other titles in the future, too).

Some creative liberties have been taken with the fighters' move sets. For instance, Zangief can now perform a 10-hit Lariat attack:

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A more in-depth look at the game after the jump.

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Kim gets frozen in air, Xian tries the 'dash, dash, dash, dash' strategy, and more: Funny and Cool Moments ep. 89

LiangHuBBB returns with week with a brand new installment of his Funny and Cool Moments series.

In this episode, games such as Ultra Street Fighter 4, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Killer Instinct, Street Fighter 4 Third Strike, King of Fighters 13, and many others are featured.

There are a number of awesome, and frankly, odd moments included here. Be on the look out for the weird KoF13 glitch that leaves airborne, RZR|Xian attempting multiple dashes, then command throw with Makoto, and plenty of other great clips.

For Funny and Cool Moments episode 87, hit the jump.

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NorCal Regionals 2015 results feat. Daigo, Momochi, Bonchan, Infiltration, Kazunoko, Fuudo, Justin Wong, GamerBee and more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results..

NorCal Regionals 2015 is upon us, and as a premiere Capcom Pro Tour event, you can bet there's a lot of competition present.

It's not all about Capcom though, as the event features tournaments in tons of games. This weekend, you'll be able to enjoy high-level matches of Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters 13, Project M, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike.

There's also Tekken 7 being streamed from the event, so if you're excited to see what this new game has in store for you, make sure to check it out.

As for names expected to show up, the list is beyond impressive - you can expect to see MCZ|Daigo, EG|Momochi, Bonchan, /r/Kappa|Infiltration, Kazunoko, RZR|Fuudo, EG|Justin Wong, Tempo|NYChrisG, AvM|GamerBee, Snake Eyez, EG|PR Balrog, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Filipino Champ, EG|K-Brad, /r/Kappa|Poongko, Liquid|NuckleDu, /r/Kappa|EX Pugera, Chris Tatarian, Filipinoman, Brentt, EH|Velociraptor, CCG|Air, CCG|Chi-Rithy, pH|Hoodaman, pH|LPN, Hsien Chang, MMD|Alex Myers and more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Capcom Fighters, Team Spooky, iPlayWinner and Showdown Smash.

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