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How long does it take to cook up the entire storylines of Killer Instinct or Skullgirls? The LORE YouTube channel manages each in about one minute

Maybe you wanted to learn Killer Instinct or Skullgirls, but were too intimidated by their lore. Have no fear, as Maker.TV has gone and made bite-size videos to catch you up to speed in about a minute.

Fighting games have a somewhat notorious reputation for convoluted or simply silly plot elements. Fortunately, these videos do not stray away from reminding you of how ridiculous these plots can get.

Check below to get yourself up to speed on both games in a total of two minutes.

This is true music we're making - Big Band plays Bugler's Holiday, other songs with his trumpet in Skullgirls Encore

Skullgirls is a fighting game known for some of the most soulful BGMs in the genre's history, no doubt thanks to its excellent composing credits which include Michiru Yamane of Castlevania and other Konami game music's fame.

But did you know that, with the addition of Big Band to the game's roster, developer Lab Zero Games has effectively given players a means to play entire songs in the middle of a match (or, more likely, training mode) through by having the character pull out his trumpet with medium punch, and then hitting the right buttons at the right time?

The process is incredibly difficult if you were to try and do it organically (i.e. without tool-assistance). But if you were to write down the inputs and do it as a tool-assisted video, the results can be quite impressive -- such as the efforts of Japanese Skullgirls player KST, which you can listen to below.

Relive the hype, the salt, and the tears: EVO 2014 grand finals sets for all games now available

IGN has uploaded each and every one of the grand finals sets from EVO 2014.

Included in our story are the final bouts for Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma, and Killer Instinct. IGN has the remainder of the grand finals sets over on their site, including side tournaments, so be sure to check them out.

In case you happened to miss them, you can find the EVO 2014 results and battle logs here on EventHubs.

Relive the hype, the salt, and the tears from this year's EVO!

Skullgirls Encore headed to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita - will include all DLC characters, stages, and more

Lab Zero CEO Peter Bartholow has announced this morning via the PlayStation Blog that Skullgirls Encore will be getting a PlayStation 4 and PS Vita release.

Both versions of the game will be complete, including all of the DLC characters, stages, and story funded by Lab Zero’s Indiegogo campaign. Additionally, we'll be seeing “All Play” multiplayer lobbies and an extensive art gallery, according to Bartholow.


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More information will be divulged once the PS4 and PS Vita versions draw closer to launch. Be sure to hit the link below for concept sketches of the two upcoming Skullgirls Encore characters: Beowulf and Robo-Fortune.

Source: PlayStation Blog.

Big Band parries Cerebella into oblivion, 100% combos, and more: This may be the greatest Skullgirls Encore combo video we've seen yet

Earlier today we were sent a truly amazing Skulgirls Encore combo video that showcases some of the greatest sequences we've ever seen in the game.

This compilation is a collaborative project, featuring a handful of excellent combo wizards. Each combo in this video utilizes a team of characters, and there are a number of creative concepts included here such as touch of death combos, juggles using Peacock's bombs and Squigly's Squigly Battle Opera super, crazy DHCs, and much more.

For those of you who aren't into watching intros, you may want to skip to about 2:00 into the video to begin catching all of the action. Below you will find "FrAcTaL," the Skullgirls Encore combo music video.

Skullgirls Encore pot bonus at EVO 2014 now at $5,000, courtesy of Autumn Games and Lab Zero Games; Eliza's voice actress announced, played on stream

If you're planning to attend EVO 2014 to compete in any of the multitude of excellent fighting games on the line-up this year, you may want to think about signing up for the Skullgirls Encore side tournament as well.

Because publisher Autumn Games and developer Lab Zero Games have just issued to the FGC 5,000 good reasons for doing so.

Autumn Games announced this week that they're donating an additional $1,500 to the tournament pot at EVO 2014 for Skullgirls Encore, on top of the $1,000 they previously pledged, for a total of $2,500 from them -- and that's not all.

Not wanting to be outdone by their publisher, Skullgirls Encore developer Lab Zero Games have also decided to match Autumn Games's generous donation dollar-for-dollar.

The money for Lab Zero Games's donation comes out of the proceeds made from selling Skullgirls merchandise on Eighty Sixed Clothing. The Skullgirls Encore developer emphasizes that none of it is from the Indiegogo campaign funds.

As a result, the pot bonus for Skullgirls Encore at EVO 2014 has suddenly ballooned from $1,000 to $5,000 in one fell swoop.

Apart from the Skullgirls Encore EVO 2014 pot bonus announcements, Lab Zero Games also announced the voice actors for upcoming DLC character Eliza and her supporting minions. They also showed off the new character's moves live on stream.

Hit the jump for the full details and to watch the stream archive.

Did you miss UFGT10 this past weekend? Catch the full top 8 matches for SSF4 AE v2012, KI, BBCP, KOF13, P4A, and GGXXAC+R here

UFGT10 took place in Chicago this past weekend, and the event was home to a slew of great matches between top-notch competitors.

Today we have the full top 8 matches for Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters 13, Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma, Persona 4 Arena, Skullgirls, and Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R.

Ryan Hart, EG|Justin Wong, Wolfkrone, EG|K-Brad, LU|Alex Valle, Banana Ken, and many others can be found duking it out here, so be sure to check out all of the action after the jump.

If you can't wait and immediately want to know who won, you can check out our UFGT10 results.

How blind gamers can play Skullgirls - video shows tools those without sight can use to play this fighting game

Playing video games if you're unable to see is sometimes a feat that's impossible, but two gamers have managed to pull this off, navigating menus and such to get into the matches and play each other at Skullgirls.

The key is using a built in option in the PC version of Skullgirls, which reads out loud the menus and things that are selected on screen. This can be enabled by using the -useclipboard command line option.

It also adds some sounds for things that don't normally have sounds, like recovering from hitstun.

These two players, who could not see, showed how this could be done, turning down things like the music, and listening to the characters talk and fight sounds to play a legitimate match.

This is a pretty inspiring video, as it shows that people can overcome their disabilities and still enjoy the awesomeness that is fighting games.

You can find the footage after the break.

Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament 10 results, stream archive, battle logs ft. Justin Wong, ChrisG, Mike Ross, PR Balrog, Ryan Hart, KBR and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results for multiple games.

Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament 10 kicks off today over in Chicago, Illinois, and will run throughout the entire weekend.

We can expect some great fighting game action at this event, as titles such as Ultra Street Fighter 4, Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Project M, and many more will be competed in.

Players participating in the tournament include EG|Justin Wong, GG|NYChrisG, Mike Ross, EG|Ricky Ortiz, EG|PR Balrog, Ryan Hart, FNATIC|Perfect Legend, LU|Alex Valle, CJ Truth, CORN|Sethlolol, CTRL|RayRay, CCG|Air, 801 Strider, BE|KaneBlueRiver, and many, many others.

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

Tiers for Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Skullgirls and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom launched

We've launched the final set of tiers for assist-based fighting games today. Here are links to each of the new sections.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2
Skullgirls
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom

With this addition, Skullgirl's Fukua now has a stats page and is selectable in people's profiles. You can also use our Fight Tracker to find other players using this character to schedule match ups.

Our Fight Tracker of course works with all of the games/characters we've just launched as well, along with many other titles.

Instead of these new tier listings using match-up-based scores, this uses a unique rating system to more accurately reflect how tiers for assist games work, and it's explained in detail here.

We'll be launching the remaining sections for match-up based fighting games going forward now, because all of the assist-based games are now live.

General news roundup: Skullgirls' Fukua now available, King of Fighters 13 100% combos, 14 fancy Pandora combos in SFxT and more

Quite a bit of news/tech has been sent to us this past week, so instead of posting a bunch of rapid fire stories, we thought we'd round it all up in one spot for everyone to check out. This week's general roundup features Skullgirls Encore, Street Fighter X Tekken, King of Fighters 13, Injustice: Gods Among Us, and Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate.

First up, Skullgirls Encore added some new content via an automatic update. Players on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC now have full, playable access to Fukua, the Filia clone that was originally intended to merely be an April Fool's joke.

Fukua's story mode has been added, along with two new stages: The Glass Canopy and Nightmare Crest. Several bug fixes and balance changes have also been implemented.

Editor's note: Fukua can be found by moving the cursor to the right of Big Band on the character select screen. Her portrait will not be visible until you hover over her.

Hit the jump for more fighting game news/tech.

General news roundup: Skullgirls Encore free for PS Plus members in May, Injustice Joker guide, KoF13 Kyo combos, discounted games, and more

Today we have a giant news roundup for you to check out that is packed with combo videos, game deals, tutorials, and more.

First up, the official PlayStation blog has revealed that Skullgirls Encore will be featured as a free title for PlayStation Plus members, beginning next month. Those who hold the monthly subscription will gain access to the game, free of charge, which normally retails for $14.99 USD.

Encore includes an enormous amount of game/character tweaks, two new DLC fighters: Squigly and Big Band, new stages, colors, and more.

Additionally, numerous titles are now on sale for up to 50% off due to PlayStation's Golden Week sale launching today. Among the different games, everyone can purchase Soul Calibur 5 for only $9.99 USD (normally $19.99). If you're a PlayStation Plus member, however, you'll get an additional 25% off, meaning you can snag SC5 for only $5.

Hit the jump for more news.

Skullgirls Encore, Squigly, and Big Band now available on Xbox 360

Skullgirls fans who play primarily on Xbox, rejoice. It seems that Lab Zero and Microsoft have now officially released Skullgirls Encore, the update that adds a slew of game changes, on Xbox 360 in North America. Encore is free to anyone who already owns the original Skullgirls download, and for new buyers, the game will run you $14.99 USD.

Not only can 360 users download the update, but both DLC characters, Squigly and Big Band, are also live. You can download both fighters, free of charge, for the first 3 months of their release.

You'll have to download the compatibility update, (or re-download it), before you can begin playing Encore. The update comes in at a file size of 823MB, while the DLC characters are a little over 100KB each.

Some have reported that last week's title update may have to be deleted before downloading the new content, so if you're experiencing any trouble, be sure to zap that file.

Source: The official Skullgirls Facebook page. Tips sent in by Taizuku and Oroku_Saki.

Skullgirls Encore's Big Band available today on PlayStation 3 and Steam, free for a limited time

Skullgirls Encore is receiving its second DLC character today. Big Band, the giant, instrument wielding warrior, can now be downloaded on Steam, and will hit PlayStation 3 later today.

This new fighter will be available as a free download for a limited time, so be sure to act now. Some additional content new to Skullgirls Encore will also become available today, including a brand new stage, character tutorials, and story mode.

Content prices will increases once the promo period concludes.

You can check out the Skullgirls Encore Big Band announcement trailer after the jump.

It's the year of the clone characters: Skullgirls Encore introduces Fukua, the fully-playable Filia clone

Lab Zero truly does believe in taking an April Fool's joke to the extreme. This year, they have unveiled a "brand new" fighter to the Skullgirls Encore universe: a Filia clone named Fukua.

The trailer released for this new fighter may look eerily familiar, (if you tuned into Final Round 17 last month), and shows off what she is capable of. Although this character has been revealed in jest, the beauty of it all is, she is actually fully playable on PC.

Fukua may reuse some of the animations that Filia has, however, she does have some unique moves and color palettes. Below are some screenshots to get you started.


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Hit the jump to view her trailer and move list.


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