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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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What does tennis legend Serena Williams do in her spare time? She plays Street Fighter

On the lighter side of the news spectrum for today, we take a peek into the casual life of tennis superstar, Serena Williams.

The number one ranked women's singles tennis player is known the world over for her seemingly countless achievements during her professional career, but she's caught the attention of the fighting game community with a recent post on her Instagram.

Williams posted a picture of a Saturday festivity with her mother, which involves playing Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior on her handheld SupaBoy. Click the flaming tennis ball below to see her upload.

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We wish we could get some footage of Serena's play, to see if her anti airs are as good as her backhand, but the photo will have to do for now. Let us know in the comments which character you think Serena plays.

Source: Tennis World.

Photo sources: Ella Ling and Shutter Stock.

There's a giant E. Honda terrorizing Tokyo! Okay, not terrorizing... but he is an enormous mural

In Tokyo, there is a giant mural of everyone's favorite Street Fighter sumo: E. Honda.

A graffiti artist by the name of CASE -- known most for painting massive, life-like pieces on buildings -- completed another project last week in Japan. Near the Tennōzu Isle Station in Shinagawa, Tokyo, this 12-stories-high E. Honda now watches those who walk by with Hundred Hands at the ready.

Because this painting is so large, multiple photos were taken during its creation process. Below you can see the full mural, along with some progress shots.

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Via Kotaku. Photos from: pro_gress, keigofukugaki, leeannewong and b4_flight. Sent in by enkil, CaptainN2, and an anonymous reader.

Canada Cup 2015 results ft. Momochi, GamerBee, Xian, Kazunoko

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The prestigious Canada Cup is upon us again, and not only is it a huge multi-game event, but it's also a Capcom Pro Tour premier event - the last premier event, in fact, that will actually bestow CPT points upon its participants.

The event is set to hos loads of games, including Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, King of Fighters 13, Killer Instinct, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax and Skullgirls: 2nd Encore.

As for players attending, you can expect to see EG|Momochi, AvM|GamerBee, RZR|Xian, Kazunoko, RB|Bonchan, RZR|Fuudo, RB|Snake Eyez, MCZ|Tokido, MCZ|Mago, YOMI|Dieminion, EG|PR Balrog, EG|PPMD, PIE|Smug, FA|Ryan Hart, WFX|801 Strider, PG|Filipino Champ, /r/Kappa|Hagejin, /r/Kappa|Misse, /r/Kappa|KitasenjuDJ, Itabashi Zangief, EG|Justin Wong, MOV, EG|K-Brad, EG|Ricki Ortiz, YBK|801 Jayce the Ace, RayRay, IND|Pro Fluke, ESR|Gonzales, DR|StormKubo, LU|Alex Valle, CCG|Air, BCW|Brenttiscool, CCG|Chi-Rithy, TS|Arturo Sanchez, UA|Noel Brown, CT|The Moon, Boreal|Ally, GOL|Ranmasama, TL|CastBlanka, VGP|Chaotix, 12M.OCV|Riceata and more.

Streaming duties will be handled by Capcom Fighters, Canada Cup, Canada Cup 2, Canada Cup 3 and Canada Cup 4.

Hit the jump to check out the action for yourself.

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TCEG Con 2015 tournament live stream ft. Justin Wong, Ricki Ortiz, NYChrisG, Mew2King, and more

TCEG Con 2015 is currently being held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and over the course of this event we will be seeing a handful of fighting game tournaments take place.

Games being played at this convention include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Wii U, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, and Project M.

Players set to compete include EG|Justin Wong, Tempo|NYChrisG, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Mew2King, Ally, and more.

Hit the jump to check out the live streams and schedule.

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Fans are raving about this Street Fighter 5 remix of an old, familiar theme

An artist by the name of Rukunetsu has taken one of the most iconic themes in Street Fighter franchise history, and given it a bit of a modern kick.

The character select theme from Street Fighter 2 is one of those tunes that'll take you right back to earlier days of the enjoyment, frustration and nostalgia of making through Arcade Mode or finally throwing your first fireball on the Player 2 side.

Rukunetsu has taken this old theme, in all of its 16-bit goodness, and remixed it to better fit the style of the upcoming Street Fighter 5. The mash up has a lot of the community commending Rukunetsu on a job well done.

Hit the jump to give the remix a listen.

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After four, long years Arizona re-hydrates its tournament scene with the brand new 'Rewired 2015'

This guy is better at Smash Bros. using his feet than I am with my hands

From 2005-2011, Devastation was the "big deal" event for the Arizona fighting game scene. After Devastation was cancelled in 2012, The Grand Canyon State become something of a ghost town where major tournaments were concerned.

After some tireless wandering in Southern California, learning from organizers such as the famed LU|Alex Valle, Nick "F99|Driftwood" Going returned to his home state with big plans. Teaming with local Smash Bros. TO, Justin "JBVH" Bruce Van Horne, Going is bringing about his first regional tournament this November 14th-15th: Rewired 2015.

"It's hard for some players to travel, and without a tournament worthy of outsiders, many in our scene can't grow," says Going, "My goal with Rewired is to establish a yearly tournament of grand scale that will attract out of towners and give our players the chance to learn, improve and shine."

Boasting an affordable entry fee of only $15, a venue that serves free breakfast and over $1,500 in pot bonuses, Rewired looks to establish Arizona a regular stop on the North American tournament circuit. Hit the jump to see the trailer.

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Have you ever seen the inside of a Japanese arcade? Join Destructoid on a trip through a couple of these video game 'museums'

Why call them "museums?" Unlike many of the remaining video game establishments in North America, a la Dave & Buster's, Japanese arcades still retain a classic feel with the types of games they feature, and the purposes they serve.

Destructoid's Chris Carter notes that "Japanese arcades do their part in preserving the past, whether it's by way of taking care of the original cabinets or keeping games alive with other methods like the Nintendo VS. System."

So apparently it's not just about bringing in the newest, flashiest, cash guzzling version of Pac-Man. Arcade roots are important to the Japanese, and one of the most integral genres to their history is the fighting game genre.

"Of particular note is that the popularity of fighting games has seemingly never dropped. From the old school Street Fighter II Turbo machines all the way up to recent iterations, plenty of fans are lining up to get a chance to play them against a worthy foe."

There's more to the story here, as Carter continues on to note which two fighting games were the most popular. Hit the jump to see which, plus a collection of photos from inside Japanese arcades.

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Chun-Li and Kitana headed to the Octagon? Women of UFC weigh in dressed as their favorite Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat characters

A classic prelude to any big fight, the weigh in is a chance for fighters to make one last impression before going into battle. A couple of UFC fighters decided to dress up as their favorite fighting game characters at this past Friday's Invicta FC 14: Official Weigh-In.

Jinh Yu Frey and Roxanne Modafferi approached the scales on Friday as Chun-Li and Kitana respectively. These two really go all out, as Frey sports Chun's trademark spiked bracelets, and Modafferi sports a pair of Kitana's trademark fans.

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Frey and Modafferi certainly spiced up with weigh-in, bringing something new to the table. You can see the full video below the jump, there's even a Wonder Woman costume in the mix.

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Double KO Summer Event results feat. Luffy, Valmaster, Ryan Hart, Problem X, Gagapa

Updated with final results: We've added results from the final day of the Double KO Summer Event into this story.

This weekend a highly stacked tournament is slated to take place in Rouen, France called Double KO, starting at 3pm UTC on Saturday. It features a number of games, but will have a ton of high ranking competition coming in from all over Europe and elsewhere.

The fighting games featured in this tournament include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Tekken Tag 2, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Windjammers, Guilty Gear Xrd, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Wii U, King of Fighters 13, and Soul Calibur 5.

Players slated to show up to this event are MD|Luffy, GL|Valmaster, FA|Ryan Hart, KIG|Problem X, Gagapa, Melty|Cuongster, Melty|Will2Pac, UM|RMZ, Misterio and many more.

Hit the jump to see the event.

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Combofiend's R. Mika scores a devastating perfect, Xian's cat bodies his PS4, and more - Funny and Cool Moments ep. 91

LiangHuBBB returns today with another episode of Funny and Cool Moments. Coming in at the 91st episode in the series, this installment features some truly epic clips.

Games you'll find here include Street Fighter 5, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat X, Street Fighter 2, Dead or Alive 5, and more.

At the beginning of the video, we are greeted with an incredible clip of Combofiend's R. Mika in Street Fighter 5. Using some intricate combos and a corner reset, Combo manages to devastate his opponent with a quick perfect. You can check it out in the GIF below.

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There are other great moments here, including RZR|Xian's cat shutting off his PS4 during a match, Killer Instinct's Rash getting his speeder bike stuck to him, Mike Ross falling victim to ToolAssisted again, and more.

Check out the video after the jump.

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The World Warriors are SO free - Watch Dragon Ball Z's Goku take out the Street Fighter 2 cast with absolute ease

Dragon Ball Z vs. Street Fighter is a cross up that people (including myself; I am people too) have been wanting to see for ages. Though we don't have any official fighting title to sit down and play, today we are granted a look at what that match up might look like.

Nabil from GamebillStudio sent us a truly epic animated video that pits DBZ's Goku against the Street Fighter 2 cast. Ryu can shoot energy from his hands, and so can Goku; totally even match up, right? Well...

For those who have never seen Dragon Ball Z, the Z Warriors are equipped with power that is far, far beyond the average human. While Street Fighter 2 is equipped with a number of worthy foes, they probably wouldn't be any sort of match for a DBZ fighter, let alone Goku. This is definitely reflected in the video, as Goku takes out each World Warrior with ease.

If you don't have enough time to watch the video, below is just a preview of what to expect.

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Hit the jump to check out Dragon Ball Z's Goku put a hurt on the Street Fighter 2 cast.

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Sagat shows his artistic pose, Ryu deals out pamphlets and Ken goes caveman - Ridiculous Street Fighter 2 art makes our imagination run wild

Updated: We had initially listed this artwork as originating from GamePro magazine, but it actually came from the SNES Street Fighter 2 game manual, and then was featured in GamePro. The creator of the artwork was not credited, so they remain unknown.

Just when this seasoned EventHubs writer thought that he'd seen it all, taken a picture and gotten the T-Shirt, our site's owner Catalyst showed me something that will be forever imprinted upon my memory.

Old school Street Fighter players might remember these - they are images from a GamePro Strategy Guide for Street Fighter 2: Champion Edition, and while the characters weren't as established back then as they are now, most of these look bizarre even when compared to the standards back in the early '90s.

While there are a few that don't look particularly off, such as Dhalsim and Balrog, there are very odd instances, such as Ryu, who comes off as a petition guy out in the city, trying to get you to sign whatever cause he is supporting. Also, this Ken will be haunting my dreams forever.

I now invite you to share my fate. Check out all the GamePro illustrations after the jump.

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Get your groove on with 'Synth Fighters' by Console Crusaders - This album's a total ear drum beat-down

Have you ever wanted to hear your favorite Street Fighter 2 tracks completely remade, piece by piece, with 90's era synthesizers and electronic instruments, with each track being done by a different artist? If that's the case, today is your lucky day.

Console Crusaders, a group under 30th Floor Records, has compiled a commemorative album of completely reworked Street Fighter 2 songs, for every song in the game. All of the tracks can be listened to for free, and are truly out of this world.

Each piece uses a clever mixture of synthesizers, electronic drums, game sound accents, and other instruments to make each piece truly come alive, in a way that makes me ask why this wasn't done sooner.

Support for this project contributes to their next one, a Mortal Kombat compilation titled 'Synthality'. Be sure to give all of the tracks a listen on the album's Bandcamp page, which also contains links for all of the respective artists that worked on this project.

Tip submitted by Bender411.

Source: Synth Fighters on Bandcamp

Street Fighter goes to court with a copy cat, then does battle with its toughest rival: Mortal Kombat; see chapter 4 of Polygon's SF 2 history report

A few days back, we took a look at some of the early obstacles in the life of Street Fighter 2. Today, we're continuing to dig through Polygon's SF 2 history report.

Though it may be as simple as a bit of light reading to us now, the rocky journey that Street Fighter has undergone is incredibly important to the status of competitive fighting games today.

Had any one of the numerous issues not been addressed properly, or simply been too much for the game to handle, the FGC would look a lot differently right now. As if it weren't hard enough to create a game that was both fun and interesting enough to retain fans, even more obstacles arose once SF2 was off the ground.

For instance, check out some of these images of "Fighter's History." Then hit the jump to read about how Capcom tried to deal with the hordes of copycats.

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