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Classical instrument for classic characters - Beautiful piano covers of Cammy's Theme and Ryu's Theme from YouTube user Ali F

Video game music in general has a lot of very impressive compositions, and it wouldn't be a stretch to say that the music tracks we've been hearing are a large reason why we keep coming back to our good old favourite games.

In that spirit, YouTube user Ali F has made covers of classic Street Fighter themes for Cammy and Ryu.

The first video is a tribute to the Swedish player HoG|Popi, who is a good friend of the video creator. Hit the jump to check them both out.

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Ryu and Ken take the 8-mile route with a rap battle in new animated music video from EgoRaptor, whose rhymes will out-hado the others?

Please note that the following video contains language that is NSFW and that viewer discretion is advised.

EgoRaptor has made quite the name for himself in various internet communities throughout the years, but he never ceases to impress.

His latest video, produced with the help of Spazkidin3d, shows a rap battle between a Ryu full of attitude and a somewhat meeker Ken.

Hit the jump to check it out.

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Bringing an old concept into the modern age - Kickstarter project to revitialize Super Arcade

If you're anything like me, you love that good old arcade feel. Especially for fighting game enthusiasts, game centers like these are generally something to hold very dear.

Arcades have been closing left and right during the last few years, but one of them still stands strong. Super Arcade in Walnut, California is one of the very few such places that is still running, but it might not be viable to do so much longer unless some changes are put in place.

Mike Watson, the owner of Super Arcade, has started a new Kickstarter project, where you can help to build Super Arcade into the palace of fighting games that everyone would love for it to be.

Hit the jump to see the Kickstarter video, and more details on how to assist.

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SoCal Regionals 2014 results, stream archive ft. Infiltration, Justin Wong, Gamerbee, ChrisG, Wao, Michael-tan, PR Balrog & more

Story updated with final results: We've updated this story with final results from SCR 2014, including battle logs and other notes, plus stream archives. Hit the jump to view them.

SoCal Regionals 2014 is kicking off today, and will be running from February 28 - March 2 in Irvine, California. This event is going to be huge with 20 tournament games, and a slew of amazing players in attendance.

Players expected to compete include Infiltration, EG|Justin Wong, AVM|Gamerbee, NYChrisG, EG|PR Balrog, Filipino Champ, FNEX|K-Brad, Wao, YBK|Michael-tan, CCG|Chi-Rithy, EG|fLoE, Knives, CTRL|RayRay, MMG|ApologyMan, BT|Angelic, EMP|NuckleDu, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Snake Eyez, NGL|Chris, iPeru, NGL|Marq Teddy, FRQ|Filipin0man, Damdai, and many others.

Additionally, SCR will be holding an Ultra Street Fighter 4 location test that is open to attendees. A special exhibition is also taking place this weekend, featuring Infiltration, EG|Justin Wong, EG|PR Balrog, AVM|Gamerbee, Chris King, Snake Eyez, Wao, and YBK|Michael-tan.

Hit the jump to check out the results, battle logs, event schedule and more.

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16 reasons to love and 15 reasons to hate Chun-Li - New list from ScrewAttack details the best and worst points for the First Lady of fighting games

Love her or hate her, it's hard to deny that Chun-Li is a very large part of the success of Street Fighter. Widely regarded as one of the most iconic fighting game characters, and quite possibly the most iconic female fighting game character, most, if not all, fighting game players have a personal relation to Chun-Li.

But what are your views on Chun-Li based on, exactly? In case you've forgotten, ScrewAttack are here to help you out with two different top lists. First, we have the top 16 reasons to love Chun-Li, promptly followed by the top 15 reasons to hate Chun-Li.

Hit the jump to achieve enlightenment.

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Think your internet connection is laggy? Try playing Street Fighter 2 Rainbow Edition with chat commands

A new movement has sprung up based around the idea of playing video games via the Twitch chat channel. One would think this would work a lot better with a title that didn't require precise movement and reactions — but that might take the fun out of this concept as well.

Twitch Fights Itself has been launched, allowing you to play Street Fighter 2: Rainbow Edition via the chat interface, where commands like 1up, 1down, 1left, 1hp are interpreted as in-game inputs.

This is quite the interesting experience, as the chat commands are fairly delayed from the on-screen action you see, and managing to land a single hit can be quite the feat. Still, if you want to see what this puppy looks like, you can find video below.

Be warned: The action here is about as exciting as watching a TV test pattern, but if you want to see this unique creation in motion, you can hit the jump for an archive of one of the sessions.

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EX special moves and Ultras made their first appearance in Street Fighter: The Movie, the game; Alpha Counters were also included

If you've managed to get some hands-on time with any of the Street Fighter games that were released after the SF2 series, then chances are you've run into EX special moves, Alpha Counters, and Ultras at some point or another. These game mechanics are used very often in modern Street Fighter titles, and Capcom / Namco's recent crossover fighter, Street Fighter X Tekken, actually incorporated a form of all three into its gameplay.

Each of the aforementioned game mechanics has its respective game where it was originally introduced: Street Fighter Alpha (Alpha Counters), EX special moves (Street Fighter 3), and Ultras (Street Fighter 4). Or so we thought...

It may surprise you to hear that these concepts weren't actually brand new by the time those titles were officially released. A game that is only spoken about in hush tones throughout the Street Fighter community actually included these mechanics before or at around the same time as the 3 titles mentioned above.

That's right. Street Fighter: The Movie, the game, had EX special moves, and its own form of Alpha Counters and Ultras. Hit the jump, and we'll tell you all about it.

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Early entrance numbers for SoCal Regionals 2014 by game - SSF4 AE v2012, UMvC3, Smash, BlazBlue and more

We checked with Level|Up to find out what the early registration numbers are for the SoCal Regionals 2014, by game. With 20 titles in the lineup, we thought it'd be interesting to see which games have attracted the most players so far.

Also, an influx of users is expected to flood in a week before registration ends, on February 23, so it's highly advised that you sign up now, or risk not being able to compete in the games you wish to play — as registration is capped.

The caps for SSF4 AE v2012, UMvC3 and SSBM are 256 players. KoF13, BBCP and soon Injustice will be capped at 128, so if you're interested in signing up for any of these games, you should hit the SoCal Regionals website before the brackets fill up.

Hit the jump to see the breakdown.

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Author: If Street Fighter 2 didn't come around, Street Fighter 1 would have been more of a success

Matt Leone spent a year talking to all sorts of people involved in the creation of Street Fighter 2, and the resulting article he posted on Polygon is exceptional.

He also circled back with one of his fellow Polygon staffers who helped create the article to recap details, and provide more insight into some things that were somewhat glossed over in the piece.

For starters, Leone states that if Street Fighter 2 hadn't come out, SF1 would have been more of a success, as it was around that time that the 6 button configuration had been adopted in the original, and the game was starting to be played more.

Hit the jump to read a bit more, and see the video interview.

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Capcom asked for Final Fight 2, but got SF2 instead; Dhalsim's character design inspired by Jojo's Bizarre Adventure - an oral history of the series

The Street Fighter 2 success story is one that has been told countless times over the years, and one many may already be familiar with. In order to get a more first-hand telling of it, however, Polygon has put together an incredible oral history of SF2 in which they tracked down over 20 former Capcom employees and business partners, and asked them to recall their experiences in their own words.

This article includes quotes from members of the original team that worked on Street Fighter 2, discusses the origin of the classic title, the accidental creation of combos, glitches, console versions, and much more.

Polygon's piece is broken up into 5 different chapters, and includes a section of artwork as well. We've highlighted only some of the interesting bits of information you'll find in the write up, so hit the jump to get started.

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Ryu theme, FADC, Ken theme! Ben Chan plays both tunes, side-by-side, and they mesh beautifully together

Are you a fan of the Street Fighter stage themes? (I mean, come on, who isn't?) If you answered yes to that question, you may want to take a look at the following video. The violinist YouTuber Ben Chan sent us round three in his Street Fighter theme covers, and this one focuses on the poster children of the franchise.

Putting an interesting twist on this particular video, Ben plays both Ryu and Ken's stage themes, side-by-side, creating a wonderful medley. Despite what you may think, these two tracks actually sound great when played simultaneously.

In case you missed them, you can check out Ben's violin covers of Guile's, and Chun-Li's theme by clicking each link.

Hit the jump to see his latest Street Fighter themed video. (See what I did there?)

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LiangHuBBB's 'Best of' Comeback Compilation series returns after a 2-year hiatus, almost 40 minutes of glorious comebacks from various games

LiangHuBBB's videos have become very popular ever since he began making them several years ago.

While his most popular work was Funny & Cool Moments, where he gathers a bunch of strange and funny happenings from various matches in fighting games, he also has a series called Comeback Compilation, where comebacks from various games were displayed, and popularized the Guile Theme as a comeback tune.

Have you been aching for more of these comeback compilations? Well, then you're in luck - because now it's back, with Comeback Compilation Episode 38, which is also the first "Best of" Comeback Compilation in 2 years.

Hit the jump to check it out.

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Chun's got Lightning Legs, and Ben's fingers may be even faster! - Ben Chan returns with a sensational violin cover of Chun-Li's theme

After dazzling us with his epic rendition of Guile's theme, Ben Chan has sent us yet another one of his violin performances.

This time around, Chan takes a crack at Chun-Li's Street Fighter 2 theme. If you thought Chun's legs were fast, wait until you see this guy's fingers!

Ben's Chun-Li cover is beautiful, and possibly even more epic than his previous video.

Hit the jump to check it out.

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'I don't care what critics say, violin is a beautiful thing!' - epic cover of Guile theme played on violin

BenChanViolin performed and recorded a truly epic sounding version of Guile's theme, and posted it over on his YouTube page.

If you haven't guessed by the headline, and / or teaser image, Ben's cover comes in the form of a violin tune.

Keeping it short and sweet, we see that Guile's theme really does go with everything, including classical-sounding violin play.

Go home and be a musician, man! Hit the jump to check out this epic Guile theme cover.

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30 ways Ryu can combo into Ultra, 4 counter breakers end a match, and tons of glitches - LiangHuBBB's Funny and Cool Moments #82

LiangHuBBB returns with episode #82 in his Funny and Cool Moments series.

In this installment, you'll find interesting clips from games such as Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Killer Instinct, Street Fighter X Tekken, Persona 4 Arena, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Soul Calibur 5, and plenty of others.

Hit the jump to check out LiangHuBBB's latest Funny and Cool Moments video.

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