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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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