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'Real Talk: Fighting Games Are Not Easy' – Why Max tells us something most of us already know in his latest video

Fighting games are not easy. There's a sentence most of us that have felt the wrath of a professional player can answer with an exaggerated "no duh". So why has Max released a video to a mostly initiated crowd with a statement almost everyone would roll their eyes at?

When we want to bring our friends into a fighting game, we're often asked broad questions that don't have simple answers. Our cousin Jimmy comes up to us with his Xbox 360 controller and asks, "How do I get good?" Moments later, another friend who's been playing for a year is in a character crises. He wonders aloud, "How do I get better?" These two questions require totally different answers.

Considering even the average '09er (someone that started fighting games with the release of Street Fighter 4) has had almost six years of experience with the game, Street Fighter and other fighting games can be extremely intimidating to the beginning player.

With that said, I don't agree with every solution Max offers here (telling a new E. Honda player to pick up Ken so he can get some fiery dragon punches without at least touching on the idea that you're left wide open after the attack); however, this will still be some of the best advice for helping new players. While Max takes a lot of flak for some possible over-the-top acting, he is often a loud reminder that, more important than their being hard, fighting games are fun.

To remind yourself and others of this, watch his "Real Talk" video below.

10 piece acapella perfectly replicates Marvel vs Capcom 2's unique soundtrack, including its opening, character select screen, and the clown stage

Step aside, Smooth McGroove. Singer and songwriter Mr. Dooves has decided to tackle the beloved soundtrack of Marvel vs Capcom 2.

From the very start of the Capcom logo all the way through a fight, this acapella doesn't miss a beat. Even the announcer and "whooshing" effects are there as the game zooms into the character select screen. These are not easy songs to recreate acoustically, so it's rather entertaining what Mr. Dooves has managed to do using his own voice.

Watch the video below to let his this cover take you for a ride.

New 60fps Dead or Alive 5 Last Round videos: Sparks fly, Phase 4, Bayman, Gen Fu and Elliot's new costumes shown

Now that we're just about a week or so away from Dead or Alive 5 Last Round's final new character reveal, Koei Tecmo Games America has saw it fit to release two new 60fps videos from the game to whet our appetite.

One of the two new videos feature a fight between Phase 4 and Bayman, which is kind of funny because they're both clones of two older characters, Kasumi and Leon, respectively one is a clone of Kasumi, while the other has a clone (Leon).

The other video pits DOA4 newcomer Elliot against his master Gen Fu. And they're all sporting new costumes privy to to this next-gen installment to the DOA franchise.

The videos also show off some of the new stage particle effects not seen in DOA5 Ultimate. Just look at those sparks fly between Elliot and Gen Fu... no, wait, I didn't mean to say that the two have a Batman-and-Robin relationship going on, but... never mind.

Invisible Orchid causes a petrified firecat to rise from the ground, Valle gets caught in the Gen infinite, and more: Funny and Cool Moments #88

LiangHuBBB returns on the first day of the new year with a brand new installment of the Funny and Cool Moments series.

This episode marks the 88th in the series, and much like the previous 87 videos we have many more interesting clips here to enjoy.

Now, I know what you're thinking... "DreamKing! What the Hell are you talking about in that headline?!" Well, one of the clips in this compilation shows a glitched out Killer Instinct match in which an invisible Orchid battles against another in a mirror match. Every time the vanished fighter goes for an Uppercat, you can see a stiff model of her fire cat rise up from beneath the floor.

I can't really explain it any better than that, so be sure to check out the GIF below to see what I mean.

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There are clips from a number of other games featured in this episode, including some interesting Omega Edition glitches, some Capcom vs. SNK 2 goodness, and much more. You can check out Funny and Cool Moments #88 after the jump.

This is how assists in anime fighter Nitroplus Blasters: Heroines Infinite Duel work - direct-feed videos from location test

Over the weekend, the first location tests for Examu's Nitroplus Blasters: Heroines Infinite Duel arcade fighting game was held over in Japan. Like we previously reported, the new anime fighter has players picking a single point character and two assists.

While they were at the location tests, Dengeki Online was able to capture some direct-feed footage of the game in action, giving us a good look at the way battles play out in this new title from the makers behind the Arcana Hearts series.

Unlike the assists in Marvel vs. Capcom or The King of Fighters 99, it looks like when assist characters are summoned into play, depending on the character, they could perform either a simple special move, or a more devastating super attack.

One such super shown in the videos involve an assist character (the one you see in the banner image) conjuring a healing circle that lasts for a good number of seconds while she releases a pack of killer bees into the skies -- the bees subsequently start attacking in a swarm, serving as an anti-air move.

The assists vary in terms of start-up speed, duration and damage potential. And it appears that to balance things out, each has a different charge or cooldown time, so players will have to pick between powerful assist characters, or ones whom they can summon more frequently.

Sarah Bryant and Christie's new Dead or Alive 5 Last Round costumes shown off in new trailer; list of free DOA5/DOA5U DLC included on disc

Over the Christmas break, Koei Tecmo America released a new 1080p 60fps gameplay trailer for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round that shows off new costumes for Sarah Bryant and Christie, as well as some very nice fire sparks stage effects.

On top of the trailer, they've also announced a list of DOA5 and DOA5U DLC packs that will come included on the disc for the PS4, XB1 and PC versions of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round:

(Note: the PS3 and X360 versions of DOA5LR are being rolled out as a free update to existing owners of DOA5U; although we suspect that if you were to purchase a digital copy of DOA5LR on the PS3 or X360, it will also come with all of the DLC packs listed).

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Check out the Sarah vs. Christie trailer below.

Ultra Street Fighter 4 40% off, Skullgirls 66% off, Dive Kick, Injustice, KOF13 discounts - 2014 Steam Holiday Sale

The PC version of Ultra Street Fighter 4 is the current daily deal over at the 2014 Steam Holiday Sale. For the next 42 hours or so (at the time this post goes live), you can grab a digital copy of the full game, the digital upgrade kit for SSF4, and selected DLC at a whopping 40%.

Prices after the discount are as follows in the image below:

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To cash in on the deal, head over to the game's page on Steam now. This deal is only good for December 24 and 25.

Apart from USF4, a number of other fighting games are also on discount, as follows:

DOA5 roundup: Last Round PS4 vs. PS3 side-by-side 'physics' comparison, Christmas costumes screenshots, gravure mode trailer

It's Christmas Eve today. Merry Christmas, everyone!

To start the day off, since we haven't posted anything on the Dead or Alive series for a while now, we thought we'd take a quick look at a bunch of news items concerning Dead or Alive 5 Last Round and DOA5 Ultimate.

First up, here's a look at the DOA5U Christmas costumes that Koei Tecmo Games released earlier this month. This year, it looks like the Christmas costumes DLC are a tad bit more risque than previously. For instance, it looks like NyoTengu is cosplaying as a Christmas present... that you can't unwrap.

Rumor: New Virtua Fighter game is in the works, according to the guy who leaked Final Fantasy 15's name & platform change before E3 2013

If NeoGAF user and an alleged insider in the Japanese video games industry Verendus is to be believed, Sega may be making announcements next year for a new Virtua Fighter, as well as a PlayStation-exclusive title that's not a fighting game.

Verendus is perhaps best known for getting Final Fantasy XV's (formerly Final Fantasy Versus XIII) name and platform change right before it was officially announced at E3 2013. He was also able to confirm that From Software and Sony had been collaborating on a "Demon Souls 2" or "Project Beast" way before Bloodborne was announced.

The rumor monger has posted a fairly long list of rumors, hinting at a bunch of secret projects he claims Sega, Konami, Square Enix, and other developers are working on.

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It's the 20th anniversary of Versus Series! Celebrate with IzumojinX's amazing combo video spanning from X-Men COTA to MVC 2!

It was back on December 21st 1994 that X-Men: Children of the Atom dropped in arcades. This would be the first of the Versus Series that would go on to include games like X-men vs. Street Fighter and Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

While Children of the Atom was preceded by Street Fighter 2 Turbo and Darkstalkers, it was the first to implement a combo system that included lengthy, air combos. It also featured a crumbling stage mechanic wherein combatants would fall into entirely new areas to continue the fight.

We see features like these as mainstays in fighting games today. While X-Men COTA may not be the first game we think of when we talk about the history of the Versus Series games, it certainly laid the framework for the greatness that would follow.

The series would go on to include Marvel Superheroes (1995), X-Men vs. Street Fighter (1996), Marvel Superheroes vs. Street Fighter (1997), Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Superheroes (1998), and Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (2000).

In honor of the 20-year anniversary of X-Men: COTA and the start of this series, IzumojinX has compiled a combo video featuring these titles. Whether you've played the games before or not, you can still appreciate the sheer ridiculousness of some of these combos.

Hit the jump and pay your respects to the Versus Series!

It's no longer a 2.5D fighting game, but JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven is indeed being developed at CyberConnect2

Here's a little bit of sad news for fans of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fighting games, regardless if it's the 90s Capcom fighter you love, or the more recent All-Star Battle game made by CyberConnect2, the folks behind the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm series and Asura's Wrath.

Earlier this week we reported that a new JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven tag battle fighting game is in the works. According to the early magazine scan, however, it was said that the game will heavily feature battles on 3D environments, which may mean that the new title may be a departure from the 2.5D fighter that All-Star Battle was.

It was hard to tell since technically JJBA: All-Star Battle featured fights in 3D environments as well, although all of the fighting action was locked to a 2D plane, not unlike Street Fighter. The hope that it would remain a 2.5D fighter lingered.

Until this weekend, that is. A playable demo of Eyes of Heaven was unveiled at Jump Fiesta in Japan this weekend, along with a new trailer that clearly shows that the new game will in fact not be a 2.5D title. It's looking more like a Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm game now.

I guess that means this will probably be the very last time you'll see any mention of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven here on EventHubs.

It's your LAST CHANCE to download Marvel Vs Capcom Origins before it's removed from Xbox 360 and PS3... Get it while you still can!

On Thursday, Combofiend announced on Capcom Unity that Marvel Vs. Capcom unity would soon be no longer available for download on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

MvC Origins came out following Iron Galaxy's Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike: Online Edition.

Capcom hasn't gone into reasoning as to why they're pulling this title, but it seems to be something of a trend. They've removed other titles including the Deadpool game only six months after it was launched.

The following dates mark the final days this game will be available for download.

- PSN (US): DEC 23, 2014
- PSN (EU): DEC 23, 2014
- XBLA (GLOBAL): DEC 31, 2014
Any MvC fans will want to be sure they've downloaded Origins before it's gone forever.

You can see the original post by Combofiend here. Source: Capcom Unity.

Thank you to GOGZero, BornReady, EVIL_MECHANICK, shinwar, HooliganComboFTW, nightmaresteam, Shinkuu_Kikoken, Exclusive23 and icejohn for the tips.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven PS4/PS3 tag battle fighting game announced, downloadable demo to come soon

A new JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fighting game is in the works over at Bandai Namco Games, the latest issue of am unnamed Japanese games magazine (likely to be Weekly Shonen Jump) is revealing this week.

Entitled "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven", the new fighter is said to be a tag battle game where the action will take place on 3D stages. What isn't mentioned specifically is if this new title is a sequel to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle (also published by Bandai Namco Games but developed over at Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm maker CyberConnect 2).

Although the visuals in this new game, as you'll see in the leaked scan below, appears to be highly similar to those of All-Star Battle, the text itself makes no reference to JJBA:ASB. Given that the gameplay in All-Star Battle is locked to a 2D plane, like in a traditional fighting game, Eyes of Heaven may or may not be an attempt to take the series in another direction.

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An anime fighter with 1 point character & 2 assists - Nitroplus Blasters ft. Saber (Fate/Stay Night), Super Sonico announced for arcades in Japan

Step aside, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax. You're no longer the only anime cross-over fighting game to be based on a point-character-and-assists system popularized by games like Marvel vs. Capcom and The King of Fighters 2000.

There's a new anime fighter being developed over at Examu -- the makers behind the Arcana Heart series -- that features a multitude of anime heroines from Nitroplus intellectual properties for you to select from, including Saber from Fate/Stay Night and Super Sonico from SoniComi.

The game is entitled Nitroplus Blasters: Heroines Infinite Duel, and judging from the screenshots in these magazine scans, it appears that players will be fighting with a team comprising a single point character and two assist partners. This particular mechanic is referred to as the "Select System" within the game.

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Gameplay trailer for Street Fighter 5, high resolution screen shots, cover art and more

Updated: We've added high resolution screen shots, cover art and more images into this story.

Street Fighter 5 has been officially announced. Capcom has stated that they have partnered with PlayStation to create Street Fighter 5, and it will be forever exclusive on the console.

Street Fighter 5 will also contain cross platform play between PC and PS4.

Fortunately, not only did PlayStation Experience show the announcement trailer, but a full gameplay trailer showing off new and dynamic features of the game as well. Though these new elements have not been explained, you can see clearly see new elements and ideas placed into Capcom's newest fighting game.

Those watching or attending Capcom Cup will have even more to celebrate, as more information and a playable demonstration will be available during the tournament next weekend.

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Watch the announcement and gameplay trailers below.

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