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How did Morrigan become arguably more popular than the franchise she's from? Nostalgic Gamer's enticing recount of her history is an eye opener

Darkstalkers is not usually amongst the first titles we think of when we think of fighting games, and that might be something of a tragedy.

The incredibly rich, incredibly interesting character backgrounds that have stemmed from this franchise are widely and unfortunately unheard by many simply because more commercially successful titles elbow out Darkstalkers' time in the spotlight.

One character from the series has broken free, in a sense, and made appearances in a number of other titles. Morrigan Aensland is a sexy succubus that has arguably become more popular than the franchise she hails from.

The Nostalgic Gamer takes a quick trip through Morrigan's history, both within canon and legacy, to help us better know this fascinating character. Hit the jump below to meet Morrigan in a way you probably never have before.

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TCEG Con 2015 tournament live stream ft. Justin Wong, Ricki Ortiz, NYChrisG, Mew2King, and more

TCEG Con 2015 is currently being held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and over the course of this event we will be seeing a handful of fighting game tournaments take place.

Games being played at this convention include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Wii U, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, and Project M.

Players set to compete include EG|Justin Wong, Tempo|NYChrisG, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Mew2King, Ally, and more.

Hit the jump to check out the live streams and schedule.

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The time I played 'Vanilla Street Fighter 4 2012'

Now, I know you might be thinking, "But, DreamKing... There is no such thing as Vanilla Street Fighter 4 2012!" Well, gather 'round, my friends, for I will tell you the tale of me not only laying eyes on the mysterious game, but actually playing it!

I recently took a trip down to a local indoor swap meet in search of exotic video game treasures and, truth be told, a new phone case. Though I did eventually acquire said case, what I stumbled upon when on my way out of the establishment was far more incredible.

To my surprise, this run-of-the-mill swap meet had a functioning Street Fighter 4 arcade cabinet sitting by the exit. Naturally, I raced over to it so I could get in a few games before heading home, however, this machine was extraordinary for a number of reasons.

Right off the bat, I noticed that this version wasn't one of the official installments of the Street Fighter 4 series. As many know, the series goes as follows: Street Fighter 4 (referred to as Vanilla), Super Street Fighter 4, Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition, Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012, and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

No, this was a seemingly bootleg version of Arcade Edition called Vanilla Street Fighter 4 2012! (A title I made up based on the game's logo.)

Vanilla Street Fighter 4 2012 images image #1 Vanilla Street Fighter 4 2012 images image #2

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Have you ever seen the inside of a Japanese arcade? Join Destructoid on a trip through a couple of these video game 'museums'

Why call them "museums?" Unlike many of the remaining video game establishments in North America, a la Dave & Buster's, Japanese arcades still retain a classic feel with the types of games they feature, and the purposes they serve.

Destructoid's Chris Carter notes that "Japanese arcades do their part in preserving the past, whether it's by way of taking care of the original cabinets or keeping games alive with other methods like the Nintendo VS. System."

So apparently it's not just about bringing in the newest, flashiest, cash guzzling version of Pac-Man. Arcade roots are important to the Japanese, and one of the most integral genres to their history is the fighting game genre.

"Of particular note is that the popularity of fighting games has seemingly never dropped. From the old school Street Fighter II Turbo machines all the way up to recent iterations, plenty of fans are lining up to get a chance to play them against a worthy foe."

There's more to the story here, as Carter continues on to note which two fighting games were the most popular. Hit the jump to see which, plus a collection of photos from inside Japanese arcades.

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Udon's Director of Publishing wants to know which Capcom fighting game you'd like to see in the next Udon comic; see BornFree's Q&A with Matt Moylan

Udon's Director of Publishing, Matt Moylan, one of the few privy to the Street Fighter 5 initial roster, takes some time to answer fan questions during an online interview with BornFree.

Moylan actually kicks off the interview with a question of his own, asking fans to leave their opinions as to which Capcom fighting game should be featured in the next Udon comic. From Dark Stalkers to Final Fight, there are plenty of titles that'd translate nicely into comic form.

Moylan then answers a handful of interesting fan questions, ranging from hypothetical showdowns to explanations of seemingly contradictory Street Fighter story lines.

He also touches on a bit of theory on Charlie's story in Street Fighter 5, and how he's made it into the game alive. Hit the jump below to see the video.

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Learn about R. Mika's roots as Capcom UK goes over her story and style from Alpha 3 in episode eight of The World Warriors: 'Over the Rainbow'

What exactly is all the hype about? To many an 09er, Rainbow Mika is fairly uncharted territory on the Street Fighter map. She was first seen in the Alpha series, which was way back in 1998, and hasn't seen daylight in a Street Fighter title since.

In their World Warrior series, Capcom UK has devoted their eighth episode to Mika, going over her story line from Street Fighter Alpha 3, and showing off game play from years past.

Mika's flamboyant personality lends itself perfectly to her loud and boisterous professional wrestling fight style. She actually idolizes fellow wrestler Zangief, and is in turn idolized by the luchador chef, El Fuerte. Her bright and bubbly personality is actually meant to contrast fellow Alpha 3 character Karin.

Hit the jump to see the video.

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Alberta Beatdown 5 live stream ft. Nairo, Mr. R, Denti, BigD, Alphicans and more

There's a lot of action going on elsewhere this weekend, but Canada sure isn't sleeping, either. This weekend, we've got Alberta Beatdown 5 going on, with a heavy Super Smash Bros. Wii U presence, including top players such as Liquid|Nairo, LLL|Mr. R, TLOC|Denti, TEG|BigD, TEG|Alphicans and many more.

It's not all about Super Smash Bros. Wii U, though. The tournament's main lineup of games includes Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project M as well. The event will also feature sid tournaments for Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-.

Streaming duties are being handled by Edmonton Gamers, SSB University and DasHype.

Hit the jump to check out the live streams and schedule for the event.

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Yoshinori Ono will be featured as a character in Capcom's upcoming Dragon's Dogma Online

If there's one thing everyone in the FGC can agree on, it's that we've all fantasized about fighting dragons with Ono. Apparently Capcom was happy to oblige, as the executive producer for both Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter 5 will be getting his own Pawn in Dragon Dogma Online.

Alongside Sony Computer Entertainment President, Atsushi Morita, Yoshinori Ono will be represented in role playing/hack and slash action game. The Pawns will be non playable characters that will aid the player in their various quests throughout the course of their adventure.

You can see images of the in-game Ono figure below:

Ono: Dragon Hunter image #1 Ono: Dragon Hunter image #2
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So... what do you think? Dragon's Dogma Online comes out in Japan on August 31 for PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3.

Source: Siliconera.

Ai-Eye's art is so inspiring that it made its way into Udon's Capcom Fighting Tribute

Ai-eye is a Japanese artist with a love for fighting games. Looking through her galleries, we've nabbed a few samples of her work that we found particularly interesting.

Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, Marvel vs. Capcom and other titles are represented in her work. She actually created two images, which you can see after the jump, that have successfully won spots in Udon's upcoming Capcom Fighting Tribute book.

Ai-Eye image #1 Ai-Eye image #2 Ai-Eye image #3 Ai-Eye image #4 Ai-Eye image #5
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Hit the jump to see more of ai-eye's art.

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Haitani becomes newest member of BrawL eSports

Tatsuya Haitani -- more commonly known as simply "Haitani" -- has joined the BrawL eSports team.

BrawL eSports, much like other competitive teams, focuses on League of Legends, but has also expanded its roster by delving into Hearthstone and Call of Duty, among other games. The team expands further with the addition of Haitani.

This explosive player is mostly known for his Makoto in the Street Fighter 4 series, and is regarded as one of the five Japanese gods of fighting games. Some recent accomplishments include 4th place at the first Capcom Cup in 2013, going undefeated in Vampire Savior at EVO 2012 - 2015 and more.

Though we haven't seen much of Haitani in Ultra Street Fighter 4, hopefully that will change with his new sponsorship.

You can check out the official announcement trailer below.

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NESiCAxLive now in the United States at Round 1 in California, more locations potentially receiving it

Though it's been quite a long time since we talked about NESiCAxLive, an arcade board that allows the legitimate downloading of countless games and updates onto a single unit digitally, we can finally report that a unit has come to the United States.

The first unit is at Round 1, an arcade in Los Angeles, California (Puente Hills). This could have an enormous impact on the arcade scene in the United States, mixing cost effective convenience for business owners with a huge library of titles for players.

In the announcement tweet by Round 1, they ask that people come by and show interest, with NESiCAxLive units only being able to grow in distribution if they're amply supported by the community. Here's the tweet in question:

If this is something you are interested in, tweet our to Round 1 and let them know, or go to the venue yourself and support it! Perhaps we'll be seeing a lot more of NESiCAxLive in the US soon.

Tip submitted by Shinebox.

Source: Round 1 USA

EVO 2015 results feat. Daigo, Momochi, Luffy, Mago, Xian

Update: This story has been updated with final results for EVO 2015.

EVO 2015 is finally upon us, so hopefully you've cleared your entire weekend and are ready for some serious fighting game action.

This year's main lineup will feature Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Tekken 7, Killer Instinct and Persona 4: Arena Ultimax. If none of these games tickle your fancy, though, don't worry - there are more side tournaments than you could ever hope for. For full details, check out our EVO 2015 spectator guide.

As for notable players, there are more than we could even attempt to count. Safe to say, if it's a player name you know, they're most likely there. Just in case, though, make sure to check out the EVO Player Locator to check for your favorite players.

Streaming duties for the main tournament will be covered on SRKEvo1, Capcom Fighters, SRKEvo2, SRKEvo3, SRKEvo4, SRKEvo5, SRKEvo6 and SRKEvo7.

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When is Ultra Street Fighter 4? Who should I look out for in Mortal Kombat X? EventHubs has you covered with our EVO 2015 spectator guide

EVO 2015 is here! The largest fighting game event of the year kicks off tomorrow, and with seven live streams, 9 main games, and thousands of players, one might be wondering how and where to find everything.

Tonight, we have put together a beginner's guide to EVO of sorts in hopes that we can make your viewing experience this weekend that much easier.

Contained in this story is information on all nine of the main games, where and when they are streaming, and which players to look out for. Of course, there are a plethora of amazing players competing this weekend, but we chose a handful that we felt newcomers watching EVO for the first time might have fun looking out for.

Additionally, we've included information on the various side tournament set to take place at the event.

There is a ton of info here, so hit that jump and get ready for EVO 2015!

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BAS reveals his top tiers for both individual characters and full teams in CvS2; side tournament at EVO 2015 announced

One of the greatest Capcom vs SNK 2 players in the world, Ryo "D44BAS" Yoshida, has released a tier list documenting the absolute strongest characters and teams in the 14 year old title.

In his tier list, BAS documents how and why specific teams, like A-Groove Sakura, Bison, Blanka, are amongst the best in the cast. In BAS' opinion, the aforementioned team actually has no disadvantageous match ups, and have answers for virtually every situation.

Additionally, there will be a CvS2 side tournament at EVO this year, run by BAS himself. You'll find the full tier list below. BAS did not include ratio and order as factors in the tiers because he felt it would be too complicated. His basis for an easy-to-use character is "one button anti-air, easy combos, and fast roll (if applicable.)"

Hit the jump to see the side tournament info, and a video of BAS in action.

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'He's the grandfather of Street Fighter to me'—Clip from upcoming FGC documentary explores the massive influence of Alex Valle

Main purpose of Street Fighter 5's beta is to test out online infrastructure; Sony key in assisting with cross platform play

"He's the grandfather of Street Fighter to me," Justin Wong states in black and white. Alex Valle is a household name for almost any FGC fan, but many aren't aware of just how grand his legacy really is. At a time where the U.S. didn't have a scene that could compete internationally, he was one of the few that stood above the rest of his counterparts.

Beyond just being a strong player, his community building efforts weren't rivaled until years later when Alex Jebailey would step forward to create Community Effort Orlando.

Fortunately, this upcoming documentary by Shankar Tablada, titled The Fighting Game Community, makes sure to give due time to one of the greatest trailblazers of our scene. Also, in case you missed it, check out the first trailer for it here.

Check out the clip below for today's history lesson.

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