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Street Fighter ban: Bandai Namco prohibited workers from playing Street Fighter because it was so popular within their company

If you think you're addicted to Street Fighter, to the point where it greatly interferes with your productivity — you apparently have some high profile people in the same boat.

While Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada didn't give many specifics, it's not a stretch to assume that the bosses at the company weren't too thrilled with their employees spending a lot of time playing Street Fighter.

The game became so popular at their corporation, that it lead to it being prohibited company-wide.

"On the Tekken team, we play all sorts of fighting games, and Street Fighter is so popular we even enacted a company-wide ban on it at one point," noted Harada in an interview with Famtisu, translated by Source Gaming.

"We just simply love Street Fighter," added Harada.

In this instance, it sounds like people were loving it a bit too much.

Photo by Nelo Hotsuma, tip submitted by Nightmaresteam.

LSD simulator? Dhalsim music video may be more than you can handle

Granted, I've never actually tried LSD, but I assume that this music video by Joysound Channel might do a fairly decent job in simulating the process.

Using sampled voices of Dhalsim from Street Fighter 2, this segment features a catchy tune with some seriously intense visuals which may be a bit more than some of you can handle.

Here's a gif showing you a small portion of the video, in case you don't believe me.

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If you dare, you can find the entire thing below. If seizures are an issue for you, it might be good to skip this clip.

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Poongko takes 80% health in one hit, Angry Scar makes focus attack whiff, and Infiltration's SF5 beta glitches: LiangHuBBB's Funny and Cool Moments

LiangHuBBB returns with another installment of Funny and Cool Moments. This is the 93rd episode in the series and does a great job of living up to its name.

A plethora of games are featured in this episode including Street Fighter 5, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Mortal Kombat X, Street Fighter 3 Third Strike, and more.

Some of our favorite moments include /r/Kappa|Poongko landing a huge Turnaround Punch, Sagat's Angry Scar causing a focus attack to whiff for the win, and RZR|Infiltration's Street Fighter 5 beta restricting him from moving while his opponent delivers a beat down.

You can check out the former two moments in the GIFs below.

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Hit the jump for the full video.

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This may be the worst button layout for a Street Fighter 2 arcade machine you'll ever see

Get your quarters ready, because I think I speak for everyone reading this article when I say — if you saw a machine like this, you'd just have to get in a few sets.

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This has to be the single worst button layout I've ever seen for a Street Fighter 2 machine, as it looks like it would be easy to get the wrong inputs while playing.

Also, with how far apart the punch and kick buttons are, doing some combos might prove to be a challenge.

This machine looks very dirty, so you'd probably want a tetanus shot after you were done, but some would call that a fair trade to try this out.

And shout outs to the rolled up piece of newspaper, which is either keeping part of the arcade unit together, or is just something no one bothered to clean up.

From blahjedi on Reddit.

Three supers juggle R. Mika, crazy Tatsu loops cause a quick KO, and more: This Ken combo retrospective takes us from Street Fighter 1 to Alpha

We see combo montages for modern fighting games pretty much everyday here at EventHubs. But it's rare that we're sent a compilation featuring classic games that still manages to impress.

FightersEvo began a Street Fighter combo retrospective series yesterday with part one featuring Ken. In it, we see sequences starting with the very first Street Fighter title, moving its way into the Street Fighter 2 series, and ending off with the Alpha games.

Below is just one of the combos you'll see here. Note the awesome DP after super.

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You'll find much more in the retrospective, including a sick juggle combo on R. Mika that uses three supers, Tatsu loops on Sagat that score the KO really fast, and more.

Hit the jump to check it out.

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A Kanye West enters the ring! Hip-hop artist releases new track featuring Street Fighter 2 samples

Last we heard of Kanye West, he was trying out Street Fighter 5 at E3. Today, however, the hip-hop artist exhibits his fighting game fandom with a new track.

The song, entitled "Facts," starts off with a 30 second vocal intro before launching into the first Street Fighter sample: "Perfect!"

Scattered throughout the rest of the song we hear other audio clips from Street Fighter 2, including the "you" from "you win," the latter half of Guile's "Sonic Boom," and even a "Yoga Flame."

Warning: Some of the lyrics in this song may be deemed offensive, and we've included links to the clean and explicit versions in this story. Needless to say, the latter is NSFW.

Hit the jump to check out Facts by Kanye West.

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Yoshinori Ono explains how he got into Street Fighter, the first character he ever used and his road to becoming the franchise's Executive Producer

Many of us know Street Fighter 4 and 5's Executive Producer, Yoshinori Ono, from his regular public appearances, charging gleefully around stages and ballroom floors with his tiny Blanka figurine, laughing and taking pictures with fans.

Ono's seemingly carefree and whimsical antics are incredibly misleading, because behind the more childlike exterior is quite possibly the hardest working individual in the Street Fighter world.

In an interview with Wire, Ono goes in-depth about his career with Street Fighter and Capcom. From an onlooker, to a sound designer, all the way up to becoming the Executive Producer of one of the best-selling video game franchises in history.

Hit the jump below to hear Ono's story.

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Think you know who will win Capcom Cup? Participate in UltraChen's fantasy bracket contest for your chance at some cool prizes

We're just two days away from Capcom Cup 2015, and it feels like that in every other FGC conversation you'll be sure to hear predictions for Capcom Cup matches. UltraDavid and James Chen have partnered with Mad Catz and Maxoplata to create a fantasy bracket contest.

With 32 of the the year's strongest competitors all under one roof, predicting won't be easy, but the ones with the closest predictions will win themselves some nice prizes.

There's a Chun-Li Street Fighter V TE2 Arcade Fight stick for first place, a Tritton Pro+ headset for second place, and a Tritton Kunai headset for third place. The contest is free to enter, and you can see all the details over at UltraChenTV.

You can do some recon on the players in the tournament by checking out UltraChen's individual player break downs on Capcom Fighters. Image source: SRK.

WWE superstars Xavier Woods and The Miz go at it in Street Fighter 2 Championship Edition, and the pop offs are real

Xavier Woods, a.k.a. Ausin Creed, continues his video game-based YouTube series with a special Street Fighter episode.

This episode features fellow WWE superstar The Miz in a Street Fighter 2 Championship Edition exhibition. As is always the case with anything WWE, smack talking, salt and pop offs are in no short supply when these two face off.

Woods makes a special effort to point out that they've upgraded to using Mad Catz TE 2 fight sticks, and even makes a direct shout out to Gootecks and Mike Ross just a few minutes in.

You may recall seeing the WWE star on a few episodes of Excellent Adventures back in July and August.

Hit the jump to watch the video and find out who wins the CE exhibition.

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The original Street Fighter themes have never sounded better; Street Fighter II The Definitive Soundtrack is here

The music from Street Fighter 2 has been restored and remastered, and is now available for fans to get their hands on.

Brave Wave has compiled all of our favorite themes, along with a few sound clips, into one, big nostalgic package. They've included versions from both World Warrior and Super Turbo, so you'll get to hear a bit of the evolution of the music.

Below you'll find Ryu and, of course, Guile's themes to sample:

Unfortunately, the vinyls are all sold out, but you can still purchase the special three disc set, or download the soundtrack digitally. Head over to Brave Wave's store to see all the details, and make a purchase.

Source: Capcom Unity.

This guy got his dad to reenact the win poses from Street Fighter 2, and his Dhalsim dance is top tier

A Los Angeles comedian by the name of Nick Luciano has decided to let his dad do all the work.

In a series of videos, Nick has gotten his father to reenact win poses and/or taunts from various fighting game casts. Today he runs through most of the characters in Street Fighter 2.

Nick's dad surely wins the "trying your best" award, even if not all of his impersonations are spot on. This doesn't reign true however, for Mr. Luciano's Dhalsim dance. Perhaps the most elaborate of the poses, Nick's dad really puts his heart into this one:

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Hit the jump to see the full video.

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What would happen if you were Shoryukened in real life? The answer is... pretty gross

VSauce3 is back with another video combining science with fighting games, this time analyzing the effects of a Shoryuken on a human head.

Done somewhat in the spirit of Myth Busters, Sauce delves into the mathematics and physics behind one of Street Fighter's most iconic moves.

Using a human-like dummy, recall Spike TV's Deadliest Warrior, Sauce recreates a Dragon Punch in real life. The video offers all the scientific explanation and theory, but if you're just here for the action, you can see it below.

Note that there's some gore involved, so it may be a bit NSFW.

Hit the jump for the full video.

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Ronda Rousey is a total buzzkill in Street Fighter 2

Forget Akuma, Ronda Rousey is the one you have to watch out for in Street Fighter 2.

The Kicker has created a video depicting what it'd be like to have Ronda in the classic fighter. The bottom line? She's OP.

Known for her absolute dominance in the UFC Octagon, Rousey is one of the most celebrated fighters in the company's history. She currently boasts the Bantamweight championship, as well as an undefeated record.

We take a comical look at some bouts between Ronda and few poor saps on the ST roster unlucky enough to have to fight her. Hit the jump to see the video.

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Dragons, trolls, samurai and M. Bison? Classic Street Fighter characters are invading Blood Brothers 2

Three classic Street Fighters are making their way into DeNA’s mobile RPG: Blood Brothers 2.

Ryu, Chun-Li and M. Bison will be featured in the strategic battle game as they fight off tons of mythical creatures to level up their abilities. Here's a snippet from the game's story line,

"M. Bison has inadvertently opened a portal from Earth to the Blood Brothers’ world of Arnashia. Seizing the opportunity, M. Bison hatches a plan to bring the most powerful entities from Arnashia back to Earth to fight alongside him.

The Blood Brothers have another idea–they open their own portal, sucking in Street Fighter’s Ryu who awakes to find legions of unspeakable creatures."

Here are a few images of the Street Fighters re-imagined for Blood Brothers.

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'One of my first tournaments was EVO... and I won' - 'Cultivation' season 1 premieres with Snake Eyez's rise to prominence

Red Bull has debuted the first episode of a new series entitled Cultivation. These videos will tell the stories of different professional eSports players and follow their journey to success.

The first season will focus on Red Bull's own Darryl “Snake Eyez” Lewis, known best for his amazing Zangief in Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Below is a quick summary from the official Cultivation press release.

Darryl “Snake Eyez” Lewis is not only the best up and coming Street Fighter player in North America, he’s also the best Zangief player in the world. The core of Cultivation’s narrative revolves around Darryl’s humble beginnings and his choice to play video games professionally as an outlet.

After a devastating loss at the hands of MCZ|Daigo Umehara at 2015’s Evolution Championship Series (EVO), Darryl realized he needed to level up his skill set if he wanted to achieve his dreams of being the best player in the World. To do that, Darryl would need to travel to Japan and train with the Japanese players who currently sit atop the Street Fighter rankings.

The first season of Cultivation tells the story of Darryl’s journey over five episodes slated to appear weekly on Red Bull TV. Episode One “The Call to Adventure” debuting today focuses on Darryl’s early life growing up in Compton, what drove him to choose a life of a professional eSports athlete, and why Zangief – an uncommon character choice in most professional competition – is Snake Eyez’s fighter of choice.

Hit the jump to check out a release schedule for the rest of the season, along with episode 1.

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