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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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Skullgirls beware! Beowulf brings the pain with these flashy, massively damaging tag and delayed hyper combos

The anticipation for Beowulf was pretty huge, and he hasn't disappointed as he makes his splash into Skullgirls Encore.

Today we have a video made by RemiKz showing off some of Beowulf's most damaging combos. They actually do 100% on duo team characters, and while you may not realistically spend all your resources on these types of combos in tournament play, they do represent just how hard Beowulf can hit.

If you haven't tried out the new wrestler yet, this video may persuade you to give him a spin!

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Beowulf is here! See what combos, specials and theatrics the newest member of the Skullgirls cast is capable of in this showcase video

The newest DLC character for Skullgirls Encore has finally hit consoles. Beowulf jumps into the ring with high-flying theatrics, power slams, and enough illegal chair shots to satisfy even the most hardcore of wrestling fans. Uzumakihero Gaming has put together a quick video showcasing some of the new fighter's moves, combos and costumes.

With a tip of the hat to a myriad of pop culture including fighting game favorites, comic book heroes, a Power Ranger, The Ultimate Warrior and even William Riker from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Beowulf's 25 variations costume references are hilariously on point.

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Hit the jump to see Beowulf in action.

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Epic wrestling star Beowulf makes his way onto the Skullgirls scene this Friday!

Created as a comedic echo of the Old English Epic hero, Beowulf is a retired wrestler who totes around his trusty weapon, a fold up chair. He's named it "Hurting," a clever call back to the mythical hero's sword, "Hrunting."

Beowulf will be available on PSN, the Xbox Marketplace and on Steam this Friday, 4/17. As with all Skullgirls Encore DLC, he'll be free to download for the first 3 months. Download him during that period and you get him for forever for free. After the free period he'll be $5.

Very important for 360 users: You'll need to re-download the required compatibility update once Beowulf is released as that is necessary to make him playable! That is the actual file that contains the patch update for the game.

Check out some character images below:

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Beowulf was the 5th DLC character announced for the game, and the fourth to become playable. Hit the jump to see the character trailer!

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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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Skullgirls Encore on PlayStation 4 to support cross-play with PS3 version

Fans are still eagerly awaiting the arrival of Skullgirls Encore on consoles, but luckily we have some news today that will definitely make those waiting quite happy.

Skullgirls Encore on PlayStation 4 will support cross-play with the PlayStation 3 version. Last week, Jonathan "Persona" Kim, the game's senior animator, took to Twitter and confirmed that the feature allowing players to battle opponents across both systems will indeed be included when the game drops on next-gen.

Additionally, Kim posted a quick update on the Beowulf patch, stating that it has been submitted to Sony for testing.

You can check out the tweet after the jump.

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For Mother Russia! Skullgirls project lead Mike Zaimont turns into Real Soviet Announcer for the game's first alternate voice pack

The Skullgirls Endless Beta (which comes free with the regular version of Skullgirls on Steam) was updated earlier this week.

On top of fixing a couple of bugs, this latest patch also allows Robo-Fortune's stage (work-in-progress version) to be selectable, changed the background music used for the NMO Arena stage for testing purposes, and introduces the first ever alternate voice pack for the game: Real Soviet Announcer.

Accessible only in the Endless Beta version of Skullgirls (for now), you can now swap out the game's default announcer for the Real Soviet Announcer by going into Main Menu => Options => Voice Setting. It's the third option on the Options menu.

When you do, you'll start hearing Skullgirls project lead/lead programmer/also-does-a-lot-of-other-things-guy Mike 'Mike Z' Zaimont say funny things in a Russian accent from time to time. Things like "Time to wrestle, like bear," "Be strong, like ox," "Are you crying? There's no crying in fighting games," and even "Toki wo tomare" and "Soshite toki wa ugokidasu" -- the last two are references to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

Someone made a video compiling all of the voice clips for the Real Soviet Announcer. Check it out below, and see if you're able to keep a straight face on while listening to this (I couldn't).

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Winter Brawl 9 results and stream archive ft. Smug, Snake Eyez, Ricky Ortiz, Sanford Kelly, Dieminion, RayRay, CD Jr., Yipes, Rico Suave and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, courtesy of BigEGaming, you'll be able to enjoy the action-packed Winter Brawl 9.

Among others, you can expect to see PIE|Smug, Snake Eyez, EG|Ricky Ortiz, SteamCo|Sanford Kelly, CTRL|RayRay, SteamCo|CD Jr., EG|K-Brad, SteamCo|IFC Yipes, MOR|Rico Suave, Dieminion, TS|LordKnight, BIFU|Insaynne, BT|MarlinPie and many more.

Games set to be played include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Soul Calibur 5, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken Tag Tournament, Skullgirls, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters 13, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Mortal Kombat 9, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Streaming duties are being handled by Team Spooky, Bifuteki, Kombat Network, Kick Punch Block, TS|Arturo Sanchez and Smash Studios.

You can find all the action right below.

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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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Skullgirls on Steam is $3.74 (75% off) on Steam today; Eliza DLC free to download until today on Steam, tomorrow on PSN and XBL

Update: Skullgirls has been picked to be Steam's daily deal for today. The game and all of its DLC are now available at a steep 75% discount, only for today and tomorrow. Check the image below for the exact prices:

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If you and your friends are thinking of getting into Skullgirls, there's no better time to grab the Steam version than now. If you're missing any DLC, it's a good idea to get them today too -- I just purchased Squigly, Big Band and the Color Palette DLCs; and all for less than the regular price of a single DLC character.

Our thanks to Commander_Hulk, HmpLghtng and YorKeY for letting us know about the Steam discount.

Previously: You guys like free stuff, right? Here's something free that can be yours to own in a matter of clicks: the Eliza character DLC for Skullgirls Encore.

But only if you perform those clicks today on the Steam gaming service, or by tomorrow while you're on the PSN or XBL digital store. That's because after those dates, the respective gaming stores will be reverting Eliza's price tag back up to $5.

You can download the Eliza DLC even if you don't own the game... yet. (Note: This only works on PSN and XBL)

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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:

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NEC 15 results feat. Justin Wong, ChrisG, Pepeday, Snake Eyez, Ricky Ortiz, Smug, PR Balrog, Sanford Kelly, K-Brad and more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results.

Earlier: This weekend, Big E Gaming will be hosting the 15th Northeast Championships, with tons of action lined up for the entire weekend.

Games being played at the event include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Injustice: Gods Among Us, King of Fighters 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus, Skullgirls, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, Killer Instinct, Soul Calibur 5, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, Project M and more.

As for players who will be attending, you can expect to see EG|Justin Wong, NYChrisG, /r/Kappa|Pepeday, Snake Eyez, PIE|Smug, EG|PR Balrog, SteamCo|CD Jr., EG|K-Brad, SteamCo|Sanford Kelly, MOR|Rico Suave, CTRL|RayRay, FNATIC|Perfect Legend, BE|Abegen, REO, AS|Reynald, LDA|Romance, LDA|Misterio, LDA|Luis Cha and many more.

That's not all, though. This event will also feature the Curleh Mustache Battle Royale, a team tournament featuring some of the finest Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 players around - which you definitely don't want to miss.

Hit the jump for the full action.

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Beowulf's new moves, changes to Filia and Squigly, and... a 101 on MvC2 mechanics? MikeZ covers all that on the latest Rebel Up stream

On the latest Rebel Up livestream, MikeZ shared some of the Beowulf's newly-implemented moves, as well as a few changes he and his team over at Lab Zero Games are making to Skullgirls Encore in the next update.

Interestingly, one of these changes was a fix for a bug that previously allowed you to summon an assist while push-blocking a super. After doing some research with how Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was able to prevent this bug from ever happening, MikeZ has now adopted a similar solution.

To give us a better understanding of how push-blocking and a few other less-understood tech in MvC2 worked, he's also taken a bit of time in this latest episode to demonstrate his findings.

Did you know, for instance, that it was possible to push-block something like Chun-Li's Lightning Legs Super and punish it midway with a throw or an invincible move?

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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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