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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!

Via Siliconera. Sent in by Exclusive23, CaptainHowdy, Blackoshinomi, OrochiRion, matthumphrey04, Shinkuu_Kikoken, and lonedragon.

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.

Hit the jump to check out the full action.

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Check out these Street Fighter stages you can visit in real life for cheap

How big of a Street Fighter fan are you? It's a question we often ask ourselves in the mirror between brushing our teeth and trimming off the beard we wish Ryu would have in Street Fighter 5. Are you enough of a fan to put off actual work or chores for Street Fighter? Oh yeah. Big enough to claim you could take on Justin Wong if you had more time to practice? Easy. How about travel the world to visit the actual locations of Street Fighter stages?

Almost everyone initiated in the world of Street Fighter knows that it takes many of its characters from actual fighters in history (with great exaggeration, mind you). It should also come as little surprise that many of the iconic stages from the franchise closely resemble actual locations.

This wouldn't be such exciting news, but GameSpot has taken the time to actually calculate how much it would cost you to tour or stay at many of these backdrops (15 of them to be exact). As it turns out, many of them are pretty cheap. We've picked out a few from the list that seem to hold the best bang for their buck.

To get started on your world tour, continue reading below.

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Amazing LP fights Ryu in real-life, imagines what pay-to-win Street Fighter would be like

You've already seen the Amazing LP take on numerous The King of Fighters characters in a fight in real-life.

Now watch him go up against Ryu from Street Fighter. The previous time he was able to take on about a dozen different KOF characters. Since he's that formidable, surely he'd have no problem knocking Ryu out, right?

There's just one problem here: this isn't regular Street Fighter that the Amazing LP is playing. It's a version of Street Fighter from a parallel universe -- a universe in which Capcom has made the series pay-to-win.

How will the fight go? Find out in the special effects video below.

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Capcom UK delves into Rose's backstory: 60fps Street Fighter Alpha series footage of her soul power in action

The Street Fighter series has got some 27 years -- and a whole lot of fighting game releases -- under its belt.

With so many titles in the franchise, it can be a little hard to keep track of the characters' backstories from the video games. Especially since players only get a glimpse into their backstories mostly through the endings for each character in the single-player arcade mode -- which a lot of players don't really bother completing anyway as the whole point of the game is to fight against other players.

That's where Capcom UK's latest video series comes in.

Today, Capcom UK community manager Matthew Edwards has kicked off the first episode in a bi-weekly "The World Warrior" video series that delves into the backstories of various Street Fighter characters' across the numerous games.

This first episode puts the spotlight on Rose, revealing quite a bit of trivia on the character (can you guess which other Street Fighter character rescued her, damsel-in-distress style, not once but twice during the Alpha series?).

It also features some silky smooth 60fps gameplay footage of Rose in action during her Alpha days, in case you don't quite remember what she looks like back when Street Fighter games were still rendered in anime pixelated sprites.

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Guile's theme goes within Skullgirls - Big Band belts out the Street Fighter BGM, Sakura Wars theme on trumpet

As the saying goes: "Guile's theme goes with anything."

So why not within Skullgirls? The fighting game even lets you pull out a trumpet and actually play the tune mid-match. And, as you'll witness in the video below from Japanese Skullgirls fan KST (who previously performed Bugler's Holiday and the Super Mario Bros. theme with Big Band), the trumpet is the perfect instrument to perform Guile's theme with.

The real question we should be asking here is why it's taken someone this long to attempt it. This is just genius at work.

To top it off, KST also performs a part of the theme song for the hit anime show Sakurai Wars (Geki! Teikoku Kagekidan) with Big Band -- and this time, he's doing it in the middle of an actual combo that ends up killing his opponent.

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Mortal Kombat for $8, $16 Ultra Street Fighter 4 & BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma deals - PlayStation 20th Anniversary Sale

Today's January 13 -- the day that Sony officially launches their PlayStation Now game streaming service. If you have a PS4, you can head on over to the PSN store later today to claim a 7-day trial that will allow you to play the PS3 version of Ultra Street Fighter 4 on your PS4 through the service.

But that's not all Sony's got prepared for today. As it turns out, today is also the start of a week-long PlayStation 20th Anniversary Sale, that will see over 60 games on multiple PS platforms go on discounts as deep as 60% (75% if you're a PS Plus subscriber) -- including some fighting games -- from now till January 19.

Most notably, Mortal Kombat for the PS3 or PS Vita is only $10 during the sale period ($8 if you're a PS Plus subscriber), while Ultra Street Fighter 4 (PS3) and both the PS3 and PS Vita versions of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma can be yours to own for $20 ($16 for PS Plus members). Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max (PSP/PS Vita) is also on discount, priced at $5.99 ($4.99 for PS Plus members).

Here's the full list of titles on sale for the respective PlayStation platforms:

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What are you looking to pick up?

Source: PlayStation Blog via Markman

Tom and Jerry animations were used as reference when designing Darkstalkers - this retrospective is packed with interesting info

The Nostalgic Gamer returns with an amazing retrospective detailing the origins and lifespan of one of our favorite fighting franchises -- Darkstalkers.

In this hour-long spectacle, we learn about how the series came to fruition, how it evolved into the different iterations we've grown to love over the years, and much more.

There are a slew of interesting bits of information here, so if you're looking to up your Darkstalkers knowledge, or just want to impress your friends at the next FGC party, you won't want to miss this one.

Did you know that the designers used animations from Tom and Jerry, Hanna Barbera, and even the color schemes found in Disney cartoons as references for the Darkstalkers sprites? I sure didn't! Also, keep an eye out for the early concept artwork depicting designs for Demitri, Victor, and other characters shown at around 4 minutes in. It's truly awesome to see what they creators had in mind in the early stages of development.

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