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Check out the first look at a Street Fighter 5 Charlie statue, Oro statue complete with turtle, and much more

BornFree has uploaded a preview for all the worldwide Street Fighter statues currently in development. There's a lot more of them than you might have thought.

While some of these are still pending approval from Capcom, almost all of them are gorgeous. Seeing Oro rendered as a statue with his turtle is wonderful. Also, the Evil Ryu statue featuring his alternative costume with long hair is refreshing. It's rare that we get to actually view statues wearing any outfit other than their primary ones, so it's a treat to see these designers take risks.

Particularly exciting is the first look at Charlie. He will make his display appearance at the Capcom Booth at SDCC this year. Despite being a work that's in progress, the model itself looks outstanding.

Fortunately, BornFree appears as passionate as the designers, and he goes into detail discussing his thoughts on each one.

I've grabbed images of a few that stood out to me. There's plenty more, though, so make sure to watch the video after you've checked out the my selections.

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Stunfest 2015 results Daigo, Momochi, Xian, Bonchan, Luffy, Ryan Hart, Infiltration, Kazunoko, GamerBee, Tokido, Fuudo, Mago, Poongko

Updated: Day 2 results have been added to this story.

Earlier: A new premiere event is upon us, and this time it's Stunfest, taking place in Rennes, France. Most of Europe's heavy hitters will be in attendance, but that's not all - there's a huge influx of Asian players looking to grab that Capcom Cup spot and the prize money for themselves.

At the event, you can expect to see MCZ|Daigo, EG|Momochi, RZR|Xian, Bonchan, MD|Luffy, FA|Ryan Hart, /r/Kappa|Infiltration, Kazunoko, AvM|GamerBee, MCZ|Tokido, RZR|Fuudo, MCZ|Mago, /r/Kappa|Poongko, D44|BAS, GL|Valmaster, IND|Pro Fluke, Gagapa, YBK|Santarouman, /r/Kappa|Ebi, Eita, RF, BX3|Veggey and more.

As for games, you can expect to see not only Ultra Street Fighter 4, but also Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, Mortal Kombat X, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Soul Calibur 5, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Capcom vs. SNK 2 and Breakers Revenge.

Ultra Street Fighter 4 will of course be streamed on CapcomFighters. The English language stream for the rest of the event is being handled by ArmsHouse.

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Start your combos with throws in SF3!? Paolomiragli shows off some incredible looking tech that begins with the humble grab

Paolomiragli on YouTube has uploaded a series of wild SF3 combo videos. While the Street Fighter 3 series has long seemed to lend itself to hype footage, it's still amazing what new tech can be discovered. Many of these are highly impractical or improbable in a real fight, but to start off every combo with a throw is astonishing.

We've particularly zeroed in on one video that highlights the bunch. If you like this set, it's highly suggested that you watch the whole bunch.

Check out this unique combo video below.

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'Street Fighter IV is a garish, sloppy eyesore with sub-par animation' - artist Blake Reynolds discusses video games' departure from pixel art

Before we even start, there's an easy trap to fall into here and I want to clarify things right away so as to avoid it. This article does not argue that lower resolution or 2D graphics are superior to their high-res 3D counterparts, or that Street Fighter 3 has better art simply because it is "pixelated." Moving on...

Blake Reynolds, an artist who works for Dinofarm Games, has written a thoughtful piece that touches on the evolution of video game art over the years. Specifically, he examines how we've gone from "pixelated" and two dimensional to our beloved 1080p in three dimensions.

Reynolds attempts to topple the somewhat ignorant and popular generalization that "pixelated art is behind the times and ultimately, not as impressive as higher-res art." He takes a look at these animations of Chun-Li from Third Strike and Street Fighter 4:

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He goes on to state "SFIII’s animation is orders of magnitude better than SFIV’s. It’s not even close..." hit the jump to see his argument, and to get a better understanding of the incredible process that is pixel art.

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Taunting is only cool if you don't get knocked out while doing it; check out 'Skill Not Included,' a comical collection of Third Strike bloopers

EPsilon933 has compiled a few of their most ridiculous moments whilst playing Third Strike online.

Just after watching a few replays, it's become pretty apparent that EPsilon is the type of player who will repeat the same move or gimmick just to get into an opponent's head. The outcomes vary, but sometimes work in a hilarious fashion.

Then again, sometimes such an approach will simply make you look like a fool. Take a look at these clips below as examples:

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You can see the video after the jump.

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Texas Showdown 2015 results ft. Infiltration, Justin Wong, ChrisG, Snake Eyez, K-Brad, NuckleDu, Ricki Ortiz, RayRay, KaneBlueRiver and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results and a stream archive.

This weekend, there'll be tons of high-level fighting game action courtesy of Texas' prime fighting game event, Texas Showdown 2015.

On the tournament's schedule, we can find Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Killer Instinct, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike and Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo. There will also be a Tekken 7 stream going on for the majority of the event.

As for players showing up, you can expect the likes of Infiltration, EG|Justin Wong, Tempo|NYChrisG, Snake Eyez, EG|K-Brad, Liquid|NuckleDu, EG|Ricki Ortiz, CTRL|RayRay, BE|KaneBlueRiver, 801 Strider, CCG|Air, Hsien Chang and many more. Streaming duties will be handled by LevelUp Live, PandaxGaming, BeastChan23 and Texas Melee.

This event also has a new installment of Ultra Fight Night Exhibitions, which is detailed towards the bottom of our story.

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Character portraits, in-game action and emotional snap shots, Danusko's displays his artistic versatility with these fighting game-based drawings

We delve into the depths of Deviant Art yet again to bring you another fighting gamer's unique interpretations of some of his favorite characters from the genre.

Danusko, Dan for short, has a variety of illustrations. Some drawings are bubbly character portraits, while others depicting a single scene from which a story might surround. These are particularly interesting as they set different moods and prompt the viewer to fill in gaps.

Most of his art is rooted in Street Fighter 3, but he also features King of Fighters, Tekken and Killer Instinct. Take a look at a few below:

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These magnificent Street Fighter illustrations from Kandoken vary in style but are all pleasing to the eye

One of the most enthralling aspects of art is in the fact that no matter how many times you've seen someone's drawing of Ryu throwing a Hadouken or Ken performing an uppercut, as Kens seem to love to do, anyone and everyone who is willing to take the time to put their interpretation on paper offers something new and different.

Today we're featuring a selection from Steven, Kandoken, Mack, an artist who has been obviously working at his craft for some time now.

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7-hit juggles, double K.O. comebacks and stuns for days - The magnificence of PinoAB7, maybe the world's best Necro, captured in this highlight reel

If you're anything like me, you love Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike. But no matter how much you love it, sometimes it's hard to get excited for match footage of characters who have been highly represented in tournaments for the last 10 years, or more, like Chun-Li, Yun, Ken and Dudley.

The greatest cure for top tier fatigue is to take a look at the low tier warriors gracing such a spectacular game. In this case, the Necro master, PinoAB7. In this video, you'll see incredible hit-confirms, seemingly never-ending juggles, well-calculated trades and, most importantly, more stuns than you can shake a stick at.

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These beautiful Street Fighter busts and sculptures from RGM501 belong on your mantel! See Dudley, Ryu, Oro and more

Hey Street Fighter players, want to decorate your home with some tasteful Street Fighter artwork? Look no further than rgm501's DeviantArt page.

Imagine how classy your living room would feel as you walk in wearing your smoking jacket and monocle with this Dudley bust sitting above your fireplace:

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There's something beautiful when someone is able to synthesize their artistic hobbies, and rgm501 has combined their passion for fighting games with their love of sculpture.

Click the jump to see more sculptures including Evil Ryu, Oro, and Ryu.

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Kim gets frozen in air, Xian tries the 'dash, dash, dash, dash' strategy, and more: Funny and Cool Moments ep. 89

LiangHuBBB returns with week with a brand new installment of his Funny and Cool Moments series.

In this episode, games such as Ultra Street Fighter 4, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Killer Instinct, Street Fighter 4 Third Strike, King of Fighters 13, and many others are featured.

There are a number of awesome, and frankly, odd moments included here. Be on the look out for the weird KoF13 glitch that leaves airborne, RZR|Xian attempting multiple dashes, then command throw with Makoto, and plenty of other great clips.

For Funny and Cool Moments episode 87, hit the jump.

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NorCal Regionals 2015 results feat. Daigo, Momochi, Bonchan, Infiltration, Kazunoko, Fuudo, Justin Wong, GamerBee and more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results..

NorCal Regionals 2015 is upon us, and as a premiere Capcom Pro Tour event, you can bet there's a lot of competition present.

It's not all about Capcom though, as the event features tournaments in tons of games. This weekend, you'll be able to enjoy high-level matches of Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters 13, Project M, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike.

There's also Tekken 7 being streamed from the event, so if you're excited to see what this new game has in store for you, make sure to check it out.

As for names expected to show up, the list is beyond impressive - you can expect to see MCZ|Daigo, EG|Momochi, Bonchan, /r/Kappa|Infiltration, Kazunoko, RZR|Fuudo, EG|Justin Wong, Tempo|NYChrisG, AvM|GamerBee, Snake Eyez, EG|PR Balrog, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Filipino Champ, EG|K-Brad, /r/Kappa|Poongko, Liquid|NuckleDu, /r/Kappa|EX Pugera, Chris Tatarian, Filipinoman, Brentt, EH|Velociraptor, CCG|Air, CCG|Chi-Rithy, pH|Hoodaman, pH|LPN, Hsien Chang, MMD|Alex Myers and more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Capcom Fighters, Team Spooky, iPlayWinner and Showdown Smash.

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Check out these Street Fighter stages you can visit in real life for cheap

How big of a Street Fighter fan are you? It's a question we often ask ourselves in the mirror between brushing our teeth and trimming off the beard we wish Ryu would have in Street Fighter 5. Are you enough of a fan to put off actual work or chores for Street Fighter? Oh yeah. Big enough to claim you could take on Justin Wong if you had more time to practice? Easy. How about travel the world to visit the actual locations of Street Fighter stages?

Almost everyone initiated in the world of Street Fighter knows that it takes many of its characters from actual fighters in history (with great exaggeration, mind you). It should also come as little surprise that many of the iconic stages from the franchise closely resemble actual locations.

This wouldn't be such exciting news, but GameSpot has taken the time to actually calculate how much it would cost you to tour or stay at many of these backdrops (15 of them to be exact). As it turns out, many of them are pretty cheap. We've picked out a few from the list that seem to hold the best bang for their buck.

To get started on your world tour, continue reading below.

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Haitani Kumite in Street Fighter 3: Watch 1 of Japan's 5 fighting game gods unleash Makoto's destructive force in 3rd Strike

It's been a while since we've seen Haitani, one of Japan's five esteemed fighting game gods, make an appearance at a tournament -- not since the Tokaigi Game Party Japan exhibitions, I believe.

I suppose Haitani doesn't plan to make a bid for the $500,000 prize pool at Capcom Pro Tour this year. Maybe he'll change his mind sometime down the road this year, but if you were hoping to catch him in action and you don't mind if the game involved isn't Ultra Street Fighter 4, then you're in luck.

Recently Haitani made an appearance at a Kyoto A-Cho arcade special event on February 22, where one of the headlining activities was a Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike kumite session with him, in which you can not only see Haitani beasting, but a lot of other high-level players strutting their stuff.

The Haitani kumite session has finally made its way to YouTube; check it out below.

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Latest episode of Capcom's The World Warriors dives into the history of everyone's favorite female ninja from Street Fighter 3

The world tournament in Street Fighter 4 might mean a chance to test personal strength for most fighters, but it holds an entirely different purpose for Ibuki, Capcom's female ninja added in Street Fighter 3.

Much like Dudley, don't expect a deep and intricate plot initially, though her background becomes more complicated and complex in Street Fighter 3. In the last canonical series, she is tasked with trying to get the "G file", a secret document detailing the creation of Twelve and Necro.

To find out more about Ibuki, check out episode 04 of Capcom's The World Warriors below.

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