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Why Street Fighter 5's reversal punishment mechanics are definitely not too harsh

One of the Street Fighter 5 development team's very obvious intentions was to discourage overuse of invincible reversal moves. The name of the game is to read your opponent, and random guessing with powerful attacks will get you KO'd very quickly.

The amount of risk associated with doing reversals is now very high as your opponent gets a counter hit, builds a ton of meter and can lop off a big part of your life bar.

This is a fairly drastic departure from the way things were in Street Fighter 4, and as such some may be inclined to say that the game is too unforgiving.

While it's certainly understandable that people would think this way, we'd still argue that SF5's reversal punishment system really isn't all that harsh. EG|Ricki Ortiz made a pretty clear statement about this with a recent Twitter post, which you can view after the jump.

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Somebody spliced Kendrick Lamar into EVO Moment 37...

Most of the viewers that saw Kendrick Lamar perform "Untitled 2" on The Tonight Show saw one of the leaders of today's rap scene deliver a passionate performance of his latest artistic composition, but one inspired mind saw EVO Moment 37.

During his live performance, much of Lamar's body language is communicated through his hands. The final moments of Untitled 2 build into a crescendo as Lamar's delivery suddenly grows in intensity, hand movements included.

A short while later a video popped up on GameSpot's Facebook page that sees Kendrick Lamar take the place of MCZ|Daigo's Ken in the one of the FGC's most famous sequences.

Hit the jump below to see the ridiculous mash up.

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New school vs. old school: Street Fighter 3 Third Strike artwork comparison

Street Fighter 3 Third Strike is up there among many people's favorite entry in the entire franchise, but today we wanted to look back at the artwork.

Released in 1999, Third Strike's artwork is iconic, but also Capcom worked with Stanley "ArtGerm" Lau to remake the originals in 2011, for Online Edition, which many people also had high praise for.

As such, we wanted to take a high resolution look back, and ask our readers which set they prefer.

You can find all of the pieces below, along with a poll so you can let us know which set is your favorite, the new school or old school artwork.

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KOF GCC Dubai results ft. Xiao Hai, Haitani, MadKOF, BigBird

Update: This story has been updated with results.

Hopefully you've been enjoying your Christmas, but don't let the festivities get in the way of some glorious tournament action.

This weekend, KOF GCC Dubai is taking place, and a lot of warriors have shown up to compete, including Qanba|Xiao Hai, Brawl|Haitani, MadKOF, FA|BigBird and many more.

As for the games being played, you can expect top-level competition in Ultra Street Fighter 4, King of Fighters 13, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round and Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Streaming duties are being handled by KOF GCC, KOF GCC 2, FA Hadouken and Almajlis Games. Hit the jump to check out the event in its entirety.

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Ono: Street Fighter 3 got to the point where we were making a game that was too hard for people to play

Hitting the interview that Capcom's Yoshinori Ono did with GameInformer once again, we wanted to revisit a set of statements he made about one of the most beloved entries in the franchise, Street Fighter 3.

While it's generally agreed that Street Fighter 3 Third Strike was terrific at high levels of play, more casual players didn't find as easy of a time appreciating Capcom's approach with this title.

"It's very well-known that it's a master class title," said Ono of Third Strike. "It's a masterpiece in and of itself, but the game got to a point where it was so high level, that only masters could really play each other."

Ono felt that you had to be an expert to even have a chance at playing the game — after a certain point. At the time, this created an interesting relationship with the development team and the players.

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CVS2, Rival Schools, Third Strike, MVC2 and a LOT more; this epic, blast from the past combo video features 60 different fighting games

Scrolling through our more recent posts, you may notice we're on something of a Street Fighter 5 binge. While we're absolutely loving playing, discussing and delving into the new game, a little variety is always nice.

We use the term "little" very loosely, as the video we have here for you features no less than 60 different fighting games, (yes SF5 is in there as well,) from over the years.

The nostalgia you'll get from seeing a few of these titles is reason enough to give this combo collection a watch. Take a look at this Chun-Li sequence from Tatsunoko vs. Capcom... which does over 25 billion damage:


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Hit the jump for the full video.

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NEC 16 results ft. SonicFox, Smug, RayRay, XCaliburBladez

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

While this year's Capcom Pro Tour may be over and done with, that doesn't mean the action has ended - far from it.

This weekend, NEC 16 is taking place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and it'll be featuring loads of different games for your viewing pleasure. Games featured include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Mortal Kombat X, Tekken 7, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Guilty Gear Xrd: SIGN, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Soul Calibur 5, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters 13 and Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike.

As for players attending, you can expect to see cR|SonicFox, Liquid|NuckleDu, Tempo|NYChrisG, KIG|Problem X, PIE|Smug, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, RayRay, XCaliburBladez, EG|K-Brad, RIG|Kwiggle, BT|Clockw0rk, cR|HoneyBee, YP|FilipinoMan, PAG|Cosmos, vQ|DaBuz, SRM|Hoodless TK, BE|Takumi, TSC|Sanford Kelly, FF|ElvenShadow, YOMI|ForeverKing, YOMI|REO, YOMI|Michaelangelo, D-Link|LordKnight, RIG|CrazySteady, Master, TSC|IFC Yipes, cR|Biohazard, YOMI|Slayer, Boreal|Ally, Flux, BCW|Brenttiscool, BT|MarlinPie, Madzin, BE|DoraBang, RZR|Perfect Legend, TSB|Mynus, YKWIS|GoldenBoyNeo, Ranmasama, PG|Coach Steve, UA|Tom Brady, F3|Alucard, EMP|DarthArma, CT|The Moon, Hotashi, BOTB|Marq Teddy, IGT Unkn0wn, DJ Nintendo, TS|NerdJosh, PIE|Poem, TheBeautifulDude, CoinUp|Ludovic, BIFU|SpabRog, ANBU|Sonyono, GG|SherryJenix and many more.

Streaming duties will be handled by Team Spooky, Bifuteki, FunkyP, Kombat Network, KPB Live, Nica_KO and Smash Studios.

Hit the jump to check out the event.

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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.

The FGC just can't stop incorporating Ronda Rousey into Street Fighter; check out some of our favorite Rousey/Street Fighter mash ups

Former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey has received a ton of attention from the FGC as of late, both in her victories and loss. This is evidenced by the various cross over media people have been creating.

As an example, check out these beautifully drawn illustrations by SamDelaTorre of Rousey and Cammy going at it in the Octagon.

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After her first and only loss at the hands of Holly Holm, it seemed the internet instantly exploded with Street Fighter parallels. Below we see some footage of their match spiced up with a Third Strike touch:


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Things don't stop there however, as someone has gone as far as to pay homage to this same fight in Street Fighter 4 mod video. Hit the jump to see it.

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Defend the North 2015 results ft. SonicFox, Dieminion, Snake Eyez, NuckleDu

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The deadline for gathering Capcom Pro Tour points is almost up, with Defend the North being one of the two last ranking tournaments for the season.

This event will feature a wide array of games, including Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Killer Instinct, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, King of Fighters 13, SoulCalibur 5, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Capcom vs. SNK 2 and Vampire Savior.

As for players attending, you can expect to see cR|SonicFox, YOMI|Dieminion, RB|Snake Eyez, Liquid|NuckleDu, PIE|Smug, KIG|Problem X, EG|Justin Wong, TSC|CD Jr., D-Link|LordKnight, EG|Ricki Ortiz, cR|HoneyBee, RayRay, EMP|DarthArma, cR|Biohazard, TS|Arturo Sanchez, TSC|Sanford Kelly, EMP|Hiro, TSB|Mynus, Zeus, STVG|Flocker, UM|Tyrant, YOMI|Joel, IGT Unknown, PIE|Poem, Kreymore, BIFU|SpabRog, L1|Zaferino, GG|SherryJenix and more.

Streaming duties will be handled by Team Spooky, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Bifuteki and Nica_KO.

Hit the jump to check it out.

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Absolute Battle 6 results feat. K-Brad, IFC Yipes, NuckleDu, NoelBHungry, Alucard

Updated with final results: This story has been updated with the final results for Absolute Battle 6.

Absolute Battle 6 is currently taking place in Plano, Texas, and we can expect three days of awesome fighting game action.

Games being played this weekend include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Killer Instinct, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, and Tekken Tag Tournament 2. There will also be side tournaments featuring Street Fighter 3 Third Strike, Puzzle Fighter, and more.

EG|K-Brad, TSC|IFC Yipes, Liquid|NuckleDu, RZR|Perfect Legend, GoL|Ranmasama, BP|Brolylegs, F3|Alucard, LOD|OMG Itz Andre, VGP|Chaotix, TFA|German Luger, NoelBHungry, GoldenBoyNeo, and more will be competing. Once brackets are live, they will be available over on VersusGameplay's Challonge.

Additionally, AB6 will be host to another installment in the Ultra Fight Night exhibition series. Five bouts will be played out in both Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and the main event will be Tommy Gunz vs. Crackfiend.

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

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'[Success] should broaden your focus beyond your own success' - Daigo Umehara, Justin Wong, and Seth Killian discuss Evo Moment 37 on Compete

While the names Daigo Umehara, Justin Wong, and Seth Killian are legendary to almost any fighting game player, it's always a treat to hear them discuss events of the past. On the second episode of Kotakus "Compete" series, these three pillars of the fighting game community discuss an equally legendary moment: Evo Moment 37.

For anyone unfamiliar, Evo Moment 37 was a historical moment for the fighting game community that encapsulates everything we love about these games, with Daigos Ken full parrying Justin Wongs Chun Lis super to take a clutch match after what felt like ages of tension at Evo 2004.

Justin, Daigo, and Seth discuss what things were like before the match, during, after, and what fighting games mean to them. Daigo in particular talks about what success means to him, Seth on what is loved most about fighting games, and Justin about facing the legendary Daigo Umehara, whom he hadn't met at the time.

Hit the jump to check it out.

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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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Summer Jam 9 results ft. Dieminion, SonicFox, Snake Eyez, XCaliburBladez, DaBuz

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend's biggest multi-game event is Summer Jam 9, which features a whopping 16 fighting games that we'll be covering for you this weekend.

The games featured at the event include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Killer Instinct, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, SoulCalibur 5, Skullgirls, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike and King of Fighters 13.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event, so Ultra Street Fighter 4 points are up for grabs, but it's also a qualifier for the Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Battle Royale, the finals of which are taking place at NEC in December of this year, so there's a lot at stake.

Also, a lot of high-level competitors are attending. You can expect to see Liquid|NuckleDu, cR|SonicFox, RB|Snake Eyez, PIE|Smug, Tempo|NYChrisG, MC Kwiggle, XCaliburBladez, YOMI|Dieminion, KIG|Problem X, EG|Ricki Ortiz, cR|HoneyBee, IQHQ|DaBuz, TS|LordKnight, YOMI|MIT, WFX|801 Strider, YOMI|ForeverKing, EG|K-Brad, MC Static, RZR|Perfect Legend, SweetRevenge, BX3TPL|Phenom, TSC|IFC Yipes, DJ Nintendo, YOMI|Slayer, FF|ElvenShadow, The Moon, YOMI|REO, Master, Zhu, YOMI|DJT, Flux, YOMI|Michaelangelo, KIT|Cloud805, EH|Velociraptor, CTRL|Unkn0wn, ModBot|6WX, BCW|Brenttiscool, Julio, TS|NerdJosh, IQHQ|DKWill, UM|RMZ, Cactuar, PAG|Glitch, OG|Shine and more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Team Spooky, TS|Arturo Sanchez, KombatNetwork, KPB Live, Smash Studios and Nica_KO.

Hit the jump for the live streams and stream schedule.

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