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New stage in Skullgirls displays different banners depending on the characters picked, Beowulf's new moves shown off on Salty! stream

On the latest Salty! weekly Skullgirls live stream, Lab Zero Games showed off the first revision for the Beowulf's Ring stage, which has a pretty cool dynamic element to it: the banners in the background changes to show whichever characters you and your opponent pick in each match.

Other than the new stage, a newer build of the Beowulf character was also shown off, now that most of his normal and special moves have been animated.

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PS3 fight sticks compatible on the PS4!? Next-gen Skullgirls release will have joystick backwards compatibility via custom USB driver

If you are looking at purchasing Skullgirls on PlayStation 4, but didn't want to shell out another $200+ for a console exclusive fight stick, then you're in luck. The next-gen release of Skullgirls will be compatible with PS3 fight sticks by way of a custom USB driver.

Not only is Lab Zero making this cross-compatibility possible, but the company has stated that they will allow other developers to use their PS4 driver in their titles for free. This means we could potentially see PS3 fight sticks used on Sony's next-gen console for more competitive fighting games in the future.

Although Sony is not directly supporting this new software, it was developed by someone who knows a thing or two about the platform. A Naughty Dog programmer named John "Cowboy" Bellomy stepped in to create the driver in his free time because the project "sounded neat," according to Lab Zero.

The following is a statement from Lab Zero's CEO Peter Bartholow, courtesy of Polygon.

Any stick that reads as a Generic USB GamePad or Joystick will work. This covers MadCatz TEs, which are the majority of what the fighting game community uses right now, as well as many other smaller brands and custom options such as the GodLike Controls' Cthulhu boards.

With all the different custom sticks out there, we won't be able to test everything ourselves. So we'll be building out the compatibility list through public testing and listing it online, so people know what will work beforehand.

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Using Dr. Doom's Molecular Shield and her own blood to achieve victory? Eliza combo videos celebrate her release for Skullgirls today

When Skullgirls ran its Kickstarter to add Squigly last year, a community driven funding pushed the goal to new heights and even more characters. Continuing to be on point with meeting the expectations of its fans, Lab Zero Games has continued to deliver its promised features and characters to the title.

While Squigly and Big Band were guaranteed through funding, Eliza had to be chosen via a fan vote between 32 characters. Along with Beowulf, she became an addition to the game.

Inspired by characters like A.B.A from Guilty Gear and Jedah from Darkstalkers, Eliza's morbid style uses such weapons as her own blood and skin to bury her opponents.

With her release on PC and PS3 today, we've decided to share some fantastic combo videos to get you inspired.

Check below to watch Eliza blood sacrifice herself to victory.

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The Art of Fighting 2014 tournament final results, archive ft. Justin Wong, Ricky Ortiz, Angelic and more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results and a stream archive for finals day.

Earlier: The Art of Fighting 2014 charity event stream experienced some technical difficulties earlier today when they tried to kick things off -- but it's all been resolved now, and they're coming to you live from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Kicking things off on the stream is some Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament action.

Check out the stream below. All proceeds from the event goes to charity, so do support the stream and event in any way you can.

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Annual charity event 'The Art of Fighting' returns this Friday - art gallery/fighting game tournament ft. Justin Wong, Ricky Ortiz, Angelic

The Art of Fighting returns this year and will be hosted at the Metropolis Comic Art Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Kicking off this Friday September 26th, AoF is a three-day event that will begin with a fighting game related art gallery/sale, featuring UDON's Chamba, Genzoman, Edwin Huang, and Omar Dogan; Skullgirls' Alex Ahad and Sara Talmadge; Bastion's Jen Zee; comic artists such as Mateus Santolouco, Matt Slay, and Sara Richard; cosplayer Yaya Han; and many more.

The fun doesn't stop there, though. New Mexico's largest fighting game tournament will take place on Saturday, in which eight different games will be played. Special guests include EG|Justin Wong, EG|Ricky Ortiz, BT|Angelic, and more. "Saturday Night Hype" -- exhibition series including a Southwest Team Battle and an "East vs. West" Albuquerque grudge match -- is scheduled for Saturday as well, so be sure to catch all of the action over on NM-ISM.

This annual celebration doubles as a fundraiser for children and families affect by Congenital Heart Defects, or CHDs. All proceeds from the event will go to the following charities: March of Dimes and Save Babies Through Screening Foundation. Last year, The Art of Fighting raised over $4,000 for these two organizations, who have since gone on to raise awareness and pass CHD-related legislature in New Mexico.

You can check out The Art of Fighting's official trailer, along with an event schedule below.

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GUTS 3 results, stream archive feat. K-Brad, Smug, NuckleDu, Sanford Kelly, Noel Brown, Flux and Insaynne

Updated with results from finals' day: We're adding finals' day results from GUTS 3 into this story. Keeping checking back as the tournament progresses for more.

GUTS 3 is kicking off today from the Foxwoods in Ledyard, Connecticut, and we can expect some great fighting game action to take place at this three-day event. This particular tournament will double as a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event.

Games being played include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Brawl, Project M, Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat 9, Skullgirls, Soul Calibur 5, and more.

EG|K-Brad, MOR|Rico Suave, bTri|NuckleDu, CTRL|RayRay,CTRL|Flux, BIFU|Insayyne, TS|Sabin, Zaferino, SteamCo|CD Jr., PIE|Smug, Lil Evil, and more are expected to compete. Additionally, there will be a 5v5 exhibition match taking place tomorrow night, and you can find the flyer below.

Hit the jump to view the live streams and weekend schedule.

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Summer Jam 8 results, stream archive feat. ChrisG, Ricky Ortiz, K-Brad, Sanford Kelly, CD Jr., Smug and more

Updated with final results: We've added the final results for Summer Jam 8 into this story. Check them out below.

Summer Jam 8 kicks off today, and is streaming live from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

A slew of games will be played at this event, including Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, King of Fighters 13, Killer Instinct, Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project M, Injustice: Gods Among Us, and many others.

We can also expect to see some exceptional talent in attendance. Players such as GG|NYChris G, EG|Ricky Ortiz, EG|K-Brad, SteamCo|Sanford Kelly, SteamCo|CD Jr., PIE|Smug, KIT|Cloud 805, bTri|NuckleDu, BIFU|Coach Steve, CTRL|RayRay, CCG|Chi-Rithy, RG|SonicFox, CT|Zero, and more are set to compete. Brackets for this major tournament can be found over on Challonge.

Today will focus primarily on team tournament action, and singles events/exhibitions will be taking place over the course of the weekend.

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Weekend tournament preview: Summer Jam 8 and Shadowloo Showdown V ft. Gamerbee, ChrisG, Latif, Ryan Hart, Ricky Ortiz, Armada, and more

The next few days will be host to two major fighting game events that are sure to bring the hype.

Summer Jam 8, taking place on the east coast, will be held this Friday-Sunday. Shadowloo Showdown V, which is being held in Australia, will also run this weekend.

A ton of games are set to be competed in, including Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Injustice, Killer Instinct, and much more. AVMGamerbee, GG|NYChrisG, Latif, DIGRyan Hart, EG|Ricky Ortiz, EMP|Armada, and many, many others are expected to compete, so you'll definitely want to tune in.

Below you will find a full breakdown of both events, including event schedules, stream information, and more.

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Get Skullgirls Encore (PC) for under $4 for one-day only; The King of Fighters 20th anniversary sale launched

The weekend is almost here!

If you're thinking of spending this weekend checking out some new fighting games different from the ones you normally play, and don't already own Skullgirls or any of the KOF smartphone titles, then consider yourself in luck!

For today only, the PC version of Skullgirls Encore can be yours for the low, low price of $3.74.

From now till August 26, SNK Playmore has also temporarily reduced the price of all iPhone and Android KOF games to $0.99.

Check out the full details of both deals below.

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Beowulf's in-game premier, Eliza bringing out a skeleton to fight, and Big Band combos galore: Check out the latest Skullgirls action

When Skullgirls originally ran its Kickstarter to back DLC character Squigly, the dedicated community managed to bring the team home enough to support a total of five new characters.

As the journey of development continues, we've rounded up a couple videos to give you a look into the game's progress. In the first, you can see Beowulf's in-game premier along with an in-depth detailing of Eliza.

The second video contains the most recently released character, Big Band, dishing out some magnificent combos.

Check below to see what's going on in Mike Z's love letter to fighting games.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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