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Red Focus fails, amazing resets, and Abel puts on... Vega's mask? LiangHuBBB's Funny and Cool Moments 85 ft. Ultra Street Fighter 4, KI, and more

LiangHuBBB is back with another episode of his long-running Funny and Cool Moments compilation video series. And this time, the compilation features moments from Ultra Street Fighter 4 -- a first for the video series -- on top of the usual suspects.

In LiangHuBBB's Funny and Cool Moments 85, we not only get to see some amazing resets, god-like parrying in SF3: 3rd Strike, and numerous examples of glitches, but also some very interesting Red Focus fails.

Early on in the clip, for instance, we see two examples of the Red Focus Attack at work: one in which Chun-Li tries to fully absorb all of the hits in Zangief's Double Lariat special move, but fails to survive it; and another instance where Ryu fully absorbs his opponent's Shinku Hadouken and Metsu Hadouken moves back-to-back, and somehow survives.

Kuroda (Q) takes on Tominaga (Makoto) in a 1st-to-10 in Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike; talks about his training regimen, inspired by baseball legend

Weekly Playboy News has published a new entry in their "Kuroda Throws Down the Gauntlet" special interview column.

In this week's entry, Kuroda goes head-to-head with Makoto maestro Tominaga in a first-to-10 with his main man, Q -- the character with which he started learning the game with, as he marveled and was influenced by top 3S player Riki's style of play.

In the interview part of the column, Kuroda also talks about his humble beginnings in Capcom's 1999 fighter, and the training he put himself through to develop his reflexes.

"In the beginning, my reflexes and ability to be in the zone, were not quite there yet," Kuroda says.

"For instance, in 3rd Strike Dudley has this Dart Short overhead that I'd always get hit by simply because I couldn't react fast enough to switch from a crouching block stance, to a standing one. As Dart Short's start-up is 13F (approximately 0.21 seconds), it is actually very possible to react to it consistently.

"Also, even if I did manage to block Dudley's overhead correctly, I would oftentimes be caught not knowing what to do after that. As it took all of my concentration to react to that 13F move, I often did not had the reactions to input something after blocking it right.

"And that's when I saw it, on a TV screen -- a 1968 baseball match where legendary pitcher Yutaka Enatsu faced off against batter Sadaharu Oh/Wang Zhenzhi."

Although Kuroda was not a fan of baseball, that particular baseball match would end up inspiring him and completely changing the way he thought about fighting games.

Find out why -- accompanied by the vs. Tominaga first-to-10 match videos -- after the break.

'Kuroda Throws Down the Gauntlet' Weekly Playboy News columns go over the top 3S player's beginnings, tracks his progress in Ultra Street Fighter 4

Before we even go into what these "Kuroda Throws Down the Gauntlet" columns are about, we should probably shed some light on what "Weekly Playboy News" actually is, first.

In Japan, publishing giant Shueisha owns the rights to the Playboy namesake, which they use to put out a weekly men's magazine -- Weekly Playboy -- that is really quite different in nature to the US publication of the same name.

And while the Weekly Playboy magazine is nonetheless naughty in nature, and does feature nudity, its Web presence, Weekly Playboy News, is more of a lifestyle and entertainment portal featuring content that is a little more well-rounded, and a tad bit more safer for work (though not a lot more).

Recently, the Weekly Playboy News portal has been running a series of columns where they interview Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike legend Kuroda, whom they're calling an "urban legend" amongst fighting gamers, on how he got his start in the game.

Three parts of the irregularly-published column has surfaced so far. And each one has Kuroda square off against a top fighting gamer (which explains the column's title), in either 3S or Ultra Street Fighter 4, on top of profiling Kuroda's past through interview snippets.

Hit the jump to read our brief, translated notes on Kuroda's humble beginnings as a fighting games player, and to watch Kuroda take on top players such as Vanawo (3S) and Eita (USF4) in first-to-10 sets.

Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist now available on Machinima, watch all 12 episodes at your leisure

It's been a long wait, but it's finally here. Who would've thought, a few years ago when it first appeared, that one really cool YouTube video would spawn a whole miniseries chronicling the journey of Ryu and Ken? Not this writer, at least.

But the time is here, and all episodes are now available. Hit the jump to check out the official livestream showing all of the episodes in a row, as well as a link to where you can watch them in your own time, as you please.

Daigo was 'disappointed' when he won Japan's national tournament for Street Fighter 2 at age 15, talks about 1998 match against Alex Valle on radio

Last month, MCZ|Daigo was invited to be a guest on NHK1's radio show, Suppin Interview.

While on the show, Daigo answered questions submitted by listeners, and also talked about a number of topics with the radio show's hosts -- one of which being his thoughts at the time when he became a national Street Fighter champion at the age of 15, and the world champion at 17.

Female radio host: How did you feel when you became the national champion when you were 15? You must have been thrilled!

Daigo: Hmmm... I can't really say that I felt that way.

Find out why -- as well as Daigo's thoughts going into the match with Alex Valle in 1998 -- after the jump.

Triple threat: Tiers launched for Street Fighter 3 Third Strike, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo and HD Remix

Keeping with our tier progression, we've rolled out our next listings for three games. Street Fighter 3 Third Strike, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo and Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix.

In the case of SSF2T, we've added spots for all of the "Old" characters, e.g. the SSF2 version of these fighters in SSF2T.

In both the SF2 games, we've omitted Akuma from our tier lists, as he's banned in tournament play.

If you're knowledgeable about these games, please head on in and vote on the match ups.

Tiers for Street Fighter 3 Third Strike
Tiers for Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo
Tiers for Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix

Northwest Majors VI results, stream archive and battle logs ft. Tokido, K-Brad, PR Balrog, FChamp, NuckleDu, Nemo, Abegen & more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results for multiple games.

Northwest Majors VI kicks off today from Des Moines, Washington, and the event will run all the way through the weekend. This major tournament is the next stop on the Capcom Pro Tour, and a plethora of different games will be competed in, including Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 13, Injustice: Gods Among Us, and more.

As with any major, many top-level players are expected to compete. MCZ|Tokido, EG|K-Brad, EG|PR Balrog, RG|Filipino Champ, EMP|NuckleDu, BT|Clockw0rk, AS|Reynald, BE|Nemo, BE|Abegen, BE|KaneBlueRiver, MMG|Apologyman, EMP|Mew2King, Bokkin, Bronson Tran, Mr. Naps, JustFramesJames, and many more are set to take part in this event.

Northwest Majors VI marks the first stateside event where the public can try out Ultra Street Fighter 4's Decapre. A USF4 location test will be running throughout the weekend, so anyone in attendance can get their hands on the upcoming update.

A first-to-10 King of Fighters 13 exhibition is set to take place between Tokido and Reynald, along with other side events.

Hit the jump to check out the live streams.

NorCal Regionals 2014 results, stream archive and battle logs ft. Justin Wong, PR Balrog, K-Brad, Infiltration, Filipino Champ, Ricky Ortiz and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results for all days of NorCal Regionals 2014.

The second premier event of Capcom Pro Tour is finally upon us, namely NorCal Regionals 2014, and the lineup is stacked.

Games set to headline the event include Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Killer Instinct and King of Fighters 13.

There's no shortage of top players, either. Big names expected to attend the event include EG|Justin Wong, EG|PR Balrog, EG|K-Brad, Infiltration, RG|Filipino Champ, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Mike Ross, AS|Reynald, BE|KaneBlueRiver and many, many more.

Stream duties are being handled by Team Spooky, CapcomFighters, iPlaywinner and NYCFurby.

Hit the jump to check out the live stream and event schedule.

Texas Showdown 2014 results, battle logs and stream archives ft. Justin Wong, PR Balrog, ChrisG, K-Brad, Noel Brown, and more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results for Texas Showdown 2014.

Texas Showdown 2014 kicks off today in Houston, Texas, and will run from April 4 - 6. A myriad of games will be played this weekend, and this tournament marks the next stop of the Capcom Pro Tour 2014.

EG|Justin Wong, EG|PR Balrog, EG|K-Brad, GG|NYChrisG, UVG|Noel Brown, MLSwear, AB|Joe Love, AB|Nashfan. AB|Chaotix, WTHamad, and more are expected to compete this weekend.

Additionally, Ultra Street Fighter 4 will be available at the event for public testing. A special USF4 exhibition will also be taking place on Sunday, before the Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 finals.

If you'd like to follow along with the matches, you can find the brackets over on the Texas Showdown Challonge page.

Hit the jump to check out the live streams.

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.

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.

Low tier hero: YSB's Hugo brings the hype in this SF3 3s match highlight compilation

Hugo is often regarded as a low tier character in Street Fighter 3 Third Strike, but in the hands of Japan's YSB, he's made the big man look quite formidable.

A new highlight package showcasing YSB's amazing match play was recently put online. This is a shade under three minutes long, and features some epic parry, combo and setup moments.

If you even remotely like SF3 3s, you should definitely watch this clip, after the break.

Nuki, the last of Japan's five fighting game gods, returning to the craft? Signs point towards yes, video featuring Nuki's Chun-Li vs. Uryo's Cody

To people who've been in the fighting game community for a long time, the concept of Japan's five gods is hardly forgotten. Back in the era before Street Fighter 4, there were five players in Japan whose skills were simply seen as so exceptional, they were a cut above the rest of the competition.

Four out of these five so-called gods, MCZ|Daigo Umehara, MCZ|Tokido, HORI|Sako and Haitani, went on to produce strong results in the Street Fighter 4 series, as well. But one of them never embraced the new game properly, and is relatively unknown to new audiences, compared to the other four. But that might all be about to change.

Recent activity suggests that Nuki may well be throwing his hat into the ring. After receiving large vocal support from his fans, Nuki has begun playing regular Street Fighter 4 sessions online and at arcades and made declarations that he's returning to fighting games and might possibly be aiming for EVO.

Perhaps the most telling tidbit, though, is that on the 3rd of March, Nuki's Player Points in online Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition v2012, were at 2800. A mere week later, his PP had risen to above 4000.

Hit the jump for some more information, as well as a highlight video featuring Nuki's signature Chun-Li going up against Uryo's... Cody?!

Tokido knows how to nail a slam dunk - Funny and Cool Moments Episode 83 shows crazy Sean shenanigans, unbelievable game bugs and more

As always, you can count of LiangHuBBB to bring content to the people.

Today, we have a new installment of his Funny and Cool Moments series, showcasing things such as MCZ|Tokido's masterful Sean play in 3rd Strike, game-breaking bugs all over the place and the reason why Guy wears Nike sneakers.

Hit the jump to check it out.

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R patch now live on PSN, SF3 3S OE and MvCO updates hitting Xbox 360 tomorrow - check out the patch notes here

Some of the digital download fighting games on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are receiving / have received long awaited updates this week.

First up, the Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R patch is currently live on PlayStation Network. This includes improvements to ranked match searches, bug fixes, and more. You can find a list of full patch notes after the jump.

Additionally, the Street Fighter 3 Third Strike Online Edition update #3, that which is already live on PSN, will be available for download on Xbox 360 tomorrow, March 6. You'll find a list of what comes along with this update here.

Lastly, the Marvel vs. Capcom Origins update is also set to become available on Xbox 360 tomorrow, and this patch improves matchmaking, along with other miscellaneous fixes.

Hit the jump for the Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R patch notes.


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