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Lab Zero's situation with PayPal now rectified, account no longer frozen

Lab Zero's situation with PayPal now rectified, account no longer frozen Ravidrath over at Lab Zero games went ahead and posted an update on NeoGAF about the situation with PayPal freezing their account. Although $35,000 is still being held as collateral, PayPal has since lifted the restrictions on the account and Lab Zero can return to paying their employees.

Check out what Ravidrath had to say below.

Paypal has lifted the restrictions on our account. They're still holding the $35,000 "as collateral," but I'm hopeful that the CFPB complaint I filed will help release that, too. Most importantly, though, the restriction on Instant Transfers has been lifted so I can get back to paying our people.

Also, the guy said "I've been hearing a lot of things from other departments... did you mention this on Twitter or something?"

Sounds like some of our fans took it upon themselves to complain to Paypal. Not sure if that helped or not, but definitely appreciate the support. And good to know that I can count on our awesome community to nuke our contact's Inbox should it never come to that. :)

Thanks to Ravidrath for the update. Via NeoGAF.

Skullgirls 3rd DLC character vote round 3 concluded - final 4 chosen: Aeon, Annie, Eliza and Minette remain

The third round of voting for the 3rd Skullgirls DLC character has now concluded. The results are now narrowed down to the final 4 and have been posted up on the official Skullgirls Facebook page.

For more information on the voting process and quick breakdowns for each character, you can check out Lab Zero's post here.

Below are the top 4 characters chosen in alphabetical order.

Aeon
Annie
Eliza
Minette

The final round of voting will begin tomorrow night. Which of the remaining 4 characters is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

Tip sent by HooliganComboFTW, lvk96 and an anonymous submitter.

Lab Zero's PayPal account frozen due to fear of chargebacks - will not delay content as a result

Lab Zero's PayPal account frozen due to fear of chargebacks - will not delay content as a result Ravidrath over at Lab Zero Games has been quite active lately on the NeoGAF forums. Throughout multiple posts he shared that PayPal has currently frozen Lab Zero's account with them due to the fear of chargebacks.

It seems as though PayPal is worried that if Lab Zero does not deliver what they promised from their recent Kick Starter campaign, those who donated will demand their money back. Check out one of the posts from Ravidrath below.

I don't understand... why? Is this seriously because people wanted their money back when their voted character didn't make it into the final rounds of voting?

I think it's sketchy, but their logic sort of makes sense.

Basically, they are terrified of chargebacks. If we spend all the money and don't deliver and everyone chargebacks, Paypal is concerned they will be on the line for it. So they are effectively treating it as a loan. I mean, the guy flat-out said, "Until the threat of chargebacks has passed, Paypal is effectively financing your development."

They also asked if we're good for the $700,000 if something goes wrong. I said "No," because, well... we're not? The whole point of crowdfunding is to give us the money to develop stuff, not take out a loan.

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Texas Showdown results, battle logs and stream archive - featuring Xian, Justin Wong, ChrisG, Alex Valle

Texas Showdown results, battle logs and stream archive - featuring Xian, Justin Wong, ChrisG, Alex Valle Updated with final results: This story has been updated with the final results for Texas Showdown 2013.

Texas Showdown featured Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition 2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken v2013, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 as well as many other titles.

Notable players in attendance included: EG|Justin Wong, AGE|NYChrisG, DM|Xian, LU|Alex Valle, AGE|Romance, EMP|Kor and more.

For a ton more information regarding the event, check out our full preview.

Hit the jump for the stream and full coverage of the event.

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Skullgirls 3rd DLC character vote round 2 concluded - top 8 chosen

Skullgirls 3rd DLC character vote round 2 concluded - top 8 chosen The second round of voting for the 3rd Skullgirls DLC character has now concluded. The results are now narrowed down to the top 8 and have been posted up on the official Skullgirls Facebook page.

For more information on the voting process and quick breakdowns for each character, you can check out Lab Zero's post here.

Below are the top 8 characters chosen in alphabetical order.

Aeon
Annie
Beowulf
Eliza
Isaac
Minette
Panzerfaust
Stanley

According to the Skullgirls Facebook page, round 3 of the voting process will begin tonight.

Tip sent by thomaslight and an anonymous reader.

Skullgirls 3rd DLC character vote round 1 concluded - top 16 chosen

Skullgirls 3rd DLC character vote round 1 concluded - top 16 chosen The first round of voting for the 3rd Skullgirls DLC character has now concluded. The top 16 results have been chosen and posted up on the official Skullgirls Facebook page.

For more information on the voting process and quick breakdowns for each character, you can check out Lab Zero's post here.

Below are the top 16 characters chosen in alphabetical order. Hit the jump to check out the rest.

Aeon
Annie
B. Dahlia
Beowulf
Brain Drain
Eliza
Feng
Isaac

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Updated: Skullgirls' new bonus stage River King Casino nearly complete

Updated: The Skullgirls Facebook has posted an updated image of the stage and noted that it is now nearly complete.

To reward everyone's effort in raising money for the Skullgirls Crowdfunding, the Lab Zero team opted to add an all new bonus stage to Skullgirls. This is completely independent and has no correlation with any other stage or story mode goals.

This stage being titled the River King Casino, below is the refined sketch of the initial idea along with a rough color of it give a better sense of what the stage will look like.


Click images for larger versions

Images via the Skullgirls' Facebook page, sent in by HooliganComboFTW.

Skullgirls' April Fools Day DLC character ZONE-tan

Skullgirls' new animator, ZONE, released an April Fools Day joke yesterday, where a new DLC character would be added to the game. This character was named ZONE-tan and from what was released looked to be in some sort of working order.

ZONE has released some images along with an extremely NSFW preview of her soundpack on his Tumblr.

Lab Zero have already been extremely generous, adding an homage to my Filia flash into the 1.01 patch, saying that they may consider a ZONE-tan Squigly palette and allowing me to have ZONE-tan as a background character in one of the new stages for the Patron Saints’ OCs. I don’t want to attempt to shoehorn any of my content into the game where it would have the potential to taint the wonderful universe that Alex has developed, I already feel that they have done way more than enough.


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Skullgirls mystery DLC character vote has started

Skullgirls mystery DLC character vote has started The Skullgirls Crowdfunding funded 5 DLC characters and two of those were mystery characters that fans would be able to vote on.

According to the Skullgirls official Facebook, e-mails have gone out to everyone who donated as the first character vote has started.

• Four rounds of voting
• 1st round: All characters, 3 votes
• 2nd round: Top 16 from 1st round, 3 votes
• 3rd round: Top 8 from 2nd round, 3 votes
• 4th round: Top 3 from 3rd round, 1 vote

Haven't decided on who you'll vote for? Check out Lab Zero's character concepts

Prototypes and demonstrations for potential DLC characters in Skullgirls

The SkullgirlsGame YouTube channel uploaded videos showing off quick prototypes of several candidates for the potential 3rd DLC character in Skullgirls. These demonstrations are performed using characters already in the game but you can see that the techniques being done are quite different.

Below each video is a brief description from Lab Zero Games about the character and explains what exactly is going on.

Scythana: One of Scythana's proposed mechanics is interacting with KO'd bodies. In this example, she picks up Filia and whacks the opponent with her. Holding Filia gives Scythana's standing Hard Punch much more range and a ground bounce, allowing her to combo into an attack she normally couldn't.

In a real version of this, there would be substantially more Scythana could do, such as gaining access to completely new attacks or throwing the body. Additionally, she can pick up her own teammates after they are KO'd.

Hit the jump for more.

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Updated: Skullgirls's second mystery DLC character getting stage and story mode - Crowdfunding finished with 5 DLC characters funded

Important update: The Skullgirls Facebook updated noting that one of their character development line items had evaporated, which gave them an $40,000. They will be using this money to create a story mode and a new stage for the second mystery character.

Non-disclosure agreements with the powers that be prevent me from getting too specific, but in the last week one of our character development line items has evaporated, meaning we’ve got an additional $40,000 to play with.

Naturally we’ll be using your extra money to give the 2nd fan-selected Mysterious Character a stage and story mode.

Updated: The Crowdfunding just ended with $825,000 raised. Five DLC characters have been funded including Squigly, Big Band, Robo-Fortune and two mystery characters which fans will be able to vote on.

In under 24 hours the Crowdfunding for Skullgirls DLC has reached it's initial goal of $150,000 and is currently up to $196,000. This confirms that Squigly will get a her full DLC including a stage and a story mode. Now the next goal is for $375,000 which will get Big Band, who will be the game's first male character in the game.

Below are images of the characters fans will be able to vote on.

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Skullgirls' new stage Glass Canopy, Isaac's time-travel mechanics demonstration

Not long ago the Skullgirls team added some more Patron Saints to their perk system on the Crowdfunding page. Anyone who claims this perk will work with the team to put them or their character in a stage. Fans were wondering where these new NPC's would hang out, so they released an image of the new stage Glass Canopy.


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Additionally, Isaac was announced as the 29th mystery character. Isaac is a time-traveling archaeologist and Mike Z put together a quick demonstration of the time-travel mechanic using Cerebella.

Via Skullgirls official Facebook.

Skullgirls 1.01 Xbox 360 patch file size issues resolved - same problem will not reoccur in Squigly update

Skullgirls 1.01 Xbox 360 patch file size issues resolved - same problem will not reoccur in Squigly update The folks over at GameZone recently conducted an interview with Peter Bartholow, the chief executive of Lab Zero games to discuss all things Skullgirls. Bartholow touches on a multitude of subjects such as the Indiegogo Kickstarter, the inclusion of Skullgirls' first male character, the future of the game and more.

Earlier this year, we learned that one of the reasons the 1.01 Slightly Different Edition patch has not made its way to Xbox 360 is due to the update's file size being too large. Bartholow states that these issues have since been resolved and the current hold up for this patch is of bureaucratic nature.

He also mentions that this file size issue will not be happening again with the future update that adds Squigly to the game.

Below is a snip from the article to get you started.

GZ: Speaking of patches, how is the XBLA patch coming along? Are you still trying to make that a possibility despite the file size?

Bartholow: The file size issue has been resolved thanks to some clever coding by Mike and the help of Microsoft’s developer support. The current hang-up is a bureaucratic one, and hopefully we’ll have a breakthrough on that shortly.

And for people concerned about this happening again on the next Xbox 360 patch, the one containing Squigly, don’t worry — these issues shouldn’t arise again now that we’ve worked them out once.

Tip by CarlitoKeyes.

Rough time frame given for DLC characters Squigly and Big Band in Skullgirls

Rough time frame given for DLC characters Squigly and Big Band in Skullgirls In response to a question about the release of DLC characters, the Skullgirls Twitter gave a rough time frame we can expect both Squigly and Big Band to be released.

Squigly should be out with the PC version, console around the same time or shortly after. Big Band 3-4 months after that.

Back in January, Autumn Games were in the final stages of signing an agreement with Marvelous AQL to fund the PC version of the game. It was also noted that they expect the project to take around four months to complete.

Lab Zero to give MLP project Skullgirls engine if $725,000 mark is reached, Skullgirls linux port in the making

Lab Zero to give MLP project Skullgirls engine if $725,000 mark is reached, Skullgirls linux port in the making Lab Zero has recently added a new goal to their Indiegogo campaign. If they can pass the $725,000 mark in the remaining 11 days of their campaign, they will give Mane6 their fighting game engine for free.

Mane6 are the developers behind My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic which was recently cancelled by Hasbro due to copyright infringement. The fighting game engine would be used for the current project that is being developed which is not the cancelled project, but a slightly different game that is being led by one of the creators of My Little Pony.

In other news, Mike Z recently announced that a Linux port for Skullgirls is currently in the making.

The Skullgirls team also said on Twitter that the beta release of the PC version should be out in June, followed by the final release in July.

Via Destructoid, tips sent by Nago, Teohkaka, and Gailim.


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