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Defend The North 2016 day 1 live stream ft. LI Joe, Sabin, NYChrisG, IFCYipes, Coach Steve, Bass, and more

Defend The North 2016 is taking place this weekend over in White Plains, New York. This East Coast event marks another Ranking event on this year's Capcom Pro Tour.

The fighting games you can expect to see this weekend include Street Fighter 5, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat XL, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Killer Instinct, Skullgirls, and Pokken Tournament.

Day 1 begins with the team tournaments, and we will be seeing players such as LI Joe, NYChrisG, F3|alucarD, IFCYipes, TS|Sabin, PG|Coach Steve, Golden Cen, UA|Bass, PAG|Pink Diamond, and more compete throughout the weekend. Because Juri's release was earlier this week, she will not be playable in the Street Fighter 5 tournament.

You can find the live stream and schedule after the jump.

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Can 'the Daigo of magic' fool Penn and Teller? Rob the Magician performs on The CW's 'Fool Us' television show using a puppy, cash, and Tic-Tac-Toe

Some of you may recognize the name Robert "Rob the Magician" Ramirez because of Gootecks and Mike Ross. Having appeared on Excellent Adventures and Cross Counter Live, the young, close-up specialist also has a background in fighting games and is the self-proclaimed Daigo of magic .

In a recent episode of The CW's "Fool Us" -- a television program that sees magicians attempting to baffle legendary magic duo Penn and Teller for a chance to perform with them in Las Vegas -- Rob the Magician appeared on stage for his own shot at fooling the two seasoned vets.

Rob's trick involves the choice between an adorable puppy and a briefcase filled with cash, and a high-stakes game of Tic-Tac-Toe.

If you don't believe Rob has a background in fighting games, listen to him drop the term "mind games" at the beginning of his act.

Can his high-level mental skills fool two of the greatest magicians to ever live? You can check out the episode after the jump to find out.

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Black Eyed Peas Vega, a cancelled comic book line, and X-Rated violence inspires the franchise's name: 7 things you didn't know about Street Fighter

Last month, ArcadeCloud put together a list of things that many Street Fighter fans may not know about the beloved game series.

These seven items and occurrences range from a failed comic book line that lasted only three issues, to some questionable design ideas back in the Street Fighter 2 days.

Though the franchise's name may seem straight forward, it was actually inspired by an extremely violent Japanese martial arts film entitled "The Street Fighter." This movie was so violent, it was the first to receive an X-Rating here in the US.

One scene in particular raised concern as the lead actor, Sonny Chiba, rips something from another man... below the belt. Other particularly violent scenes include a punch to the head that fills a man's mouth with blood.

You can check out both in the GIF below, but don't worry, the worst parts are censored.


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One thing that I was unaware of -- although it wasn't an actual part of this list -- is that one of the members of the Black Eyed Peas played Vega in the Legend of Chun-Li film. I knew there was a reason I haven't watch that movie, other than it being notoriously bad, of course.

You can check out the video list below.

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CEO 2016 results ft. Infiltration, ZeRo, Momochi, Tokido, SonicFox

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend might only have one major event going on, but it's a big one. A very, very big one. CEO 2016 is taking place, as always, in sunny Orlando, Florida, and there's a huge amount of players set to attend.

Games featured at this event will be Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Mortal Kombat X, Pokkén Tournament, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Killer Instinct and Ultra Street Fighter 4 as well as exhibitions in Tekken 7: Fated Retribution and King of Fighters 14.

Players attending include RZR|Infiltration, TSM|ZeRo, EG|Momochi, Tokido, cR|SonicFox, Liquid|Hungrybox, EG|Justin Wong, Liquid|Nairo, Mago, MJS|Haitani, GGP|Kazunoko, FOX|Mew2King, Mr. R, BST|Daigo, CBZ|Nuki, Qanba|Xiao Hai, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, FOX|Julio, PG|Filipino Champ, PG|Plup, Tempo|Westballz, dT|DaBuz, cR|HoneyBee, Tempo|Axe, EG|K-Brad, PG|Esam, KaneBlueRiver, PG|MarlinPie, Chris Tatarian, cR|Dragon, Ally, Selfless|Lucky, CLG|SFAT, Liquid|NuckleDu, RSZ|Abadango, Marn, PG|RayRay, HM|Dogura, F3|Sleep, SPY|MacD, EG|PR Balrog, HM|Eita, Secret|Poongko, RN|Alex Myers, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Melty|Will2Pac, Brenttiscool, cR|WoundCowboy, COG|Wizzrobe, IFC Yipes, TS|Arturo Sanchez, RB|Snake Eyez, NVT|Flash Metroid, UA|Jan, PIE|Smug, MTL|Hayatei, PAG|PinkDiamond, pH|Nando Tovar, Circa|LPN, Hsien Chang, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, YP|FilipinoMan, UA|Bass, Flux, Wolfkrone, WFX|801 Strider, F3|Alucard, GS|Gllty, LI Joe, Perilous|Packz, BJ Unchained, NOS|Tampa Bison, GnarlyFeats, TS|NerdJosh, DL|FourWude and many, many more.

Streaming is being handled by Capcom Fighters, CEO Gaming, VGBootCamp, MVG League, Pokkén Tournament, FunkyP, Villain904, Polarity GG and Tekken.

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Smug catches one jump and destroys his opponent; A look back at one of the most brutal Street Fighter 4 series moments ever recorded

As a bit of a "Throwback Thursday," YogaFlame24 shared a Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 clip that is truly outstanding. Deemed "the most brutal jump in Street Fighter history" by Yoga, this clip features Smug pushing the limits of Dudley's juggle potential.

This quick upload starts with Smug catching C. Viper's neutral jump. The crouching heavy kick sends her into the air, where she happens to stay for most of the round.

Smug quickly became the Dudley player to watch by showing the world the character's extended duck attack loops. With the correct spacing and quick cancels into straight or upper, Smug showed that Dudley can keep the juggles going for quite some time.

As the cherry on top, this round ends in a perfect for the Dudley player, leading us to believe that this really is one of the most brutal moments ever recorded in Street Fighter 4 history.

You can check out the clip below.

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Amazing Chun-Li, Ken, Ryu, and Amaterasu statues, Street Fighter Pop figures, and more: Check out the Capcom merch displayed on E3 2016's show floor

E3 2016 wrapped up last week, and as many of you probably know by now I was on the scene gathering intel for the team back home. During some down time, I took the opportunity to snap some photos of the awesome merchandise Capcom had on display at their booth on the show floor.

Featured for attendees to see were a number of amazing looking statues, a handful of the upcoming Funko Pop figures, and even some killer Mega Man stuff.

Since E3 isn't open to the public, I thought I'd share some of this stuff with you all! Below are just a handful of the photos to get you started, but you can check out the rest after the jump.

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Super Smash Bros. 4 beats Street Fighter 5 for top spot by nearly 100 entrants; CEO 2016's final registration numbers

CEO 2016, the next stop on the Capcom Pro Tour, is taking place this weekend in Orlando, Florida. Some of the best players on the tournament scene today will undoubtedly be competing at this premier event, especially with another coveted Capcom Cup spot on the line.

The tournament's organizer, Alex Jebailey, recently took to Twitter to share the final registration numbers per game, and the turnout looks great.

What's most interesting about these numbers, though, is the fact that Street Fighter 5 -- one of, if not, the most popular game in the fighting game community -- didn't receive the most entrants this time around. Instead, Super Smash Bros. 4 takes top honors, beating Capcom's latest fighter by 82 registrants.

Jebailey notes that 60% of this year's entrants are first-timers to CEO.

To see how many players each game pulled in, be sure to hit the jump.

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Combo Breaker 2016 results ft Justin Wong, SonicFox, Filipino Champ, Ricki Ortiz

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

One of the three Capcom Pro Tour ranking events taking place this weekend is Combo Breaker in Chicago, Illinois.

It's not just a Street Fighter 5 event, of course. Other games being played in tournament include Mortal Kombat X, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Vampire Savior, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Killer Instinct, Tekken 7, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, King of Fighters 13, Ultra Street Fighter 4 as well as the famous Mystery Game Tournament.

Players attending include EG|Justin Wong, cR|SonicFox, PG|Filipino Champ, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Rico Suave, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, cR|HoneyBee, YP|Filipinoman, EG|K-Brad, PG|Esam, PG|MarlinPie, PG|RayRay, UA|Bass, FF|ElvenShadow, UA|CD Jr., Circa|Anakin, D-Link|LordKnight, Hotashi, F3|Alucard, Perfect Legend, CT|The Moon, DJ Nintendo, Foo, TS|Arturo Sanchez, cR|Biohazard, KidViper, TXrd|FaultyDefense, UA|Noel Brown, GoldenBoyNeo, YOMI|Tyrant, WFX|801 Strider, DL|FourWude, Flux, DOT|Danke, TS|NerdJosh, Fubarduck, BIFU|Coach Steve and many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Team Spooky, BGCallisto, VGBootCamp, Tekken and Event Horizon.

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Sagat gets double teamed by two Chun-Lis, Blanka is more soccer ball than beast - check out this wild clip from Future Cops

Have you ever stopped and thought to yourself, "What if someone took Street Fighter 2 and combined it with Supercop?" Chances are, you haven't, but that didn't stop it from actually happening.

Future Cops is a 1993 film from Hong Kong that takes some "creative liberties" with iconic Street Fighter characters.

For example, in a moment when Chun-Li finds herself on the losing side of a fight with Sagat, her mother suddenly appears from the sky to assist with a Spinning Bird Kick.

If that wasn't enough, the two go on to show Sagat their "powerful stance," and knock him out complete with Street Fighter 2 sound bytes.


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Akuma battles with stretchy arms, an energy sword, and more in Maker vs. Marker 2 - another stellar stop-animation video

A few years back, we posted a very creative, stop-motion video featuring an artist's hand battling a whiteboard illustration of Akuma on our front page. The impressive animation wowed us, and up until now we had no idea there was a part two.

Uploaded a ways back, Maker vs. Marker 2 is yet another amazing experience that pits the artist against Akuma in a high-flying, fast-paced battle for supremacy.

Below is just a taste of what you can expect to see here, but be sure to hit the jump to see how the rematch unfolds.


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Toryuken 5 results ft. Justin Wong, Julio, Filipino Champ, PR Balrog

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Canada doesn't just have Super Smash Bros. action this weekend, but there's also a bunch of other games being played at the very same venue for Toryuken 5.

At this event, you can expect to see Street Fighter 5 (with Capcom Pro Tour points on the line), Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Mortaal Kombat X, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Pokkén Tournament, King of Fighters 13, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Super Street Fighter 2 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Players attending include EG|Justin Wong, FOX|Julio, PG|Filipino Champ, EG|PR Balrog, cR|HoneyBee, PG|RayRay, EG|Ricki Ortiz, EG|K-Brad, PG|MarlinPie, Flux, cR|Biohazard, YOMI|Dieminion, D-Link|LordKnight, TS|Arturo Sanchez, UA|Noel Brown, PAG|CrazyJoe, Chi-Rithy, OCV|Riceata and more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Toronto Top Tiers and Toronto Top Tiers 2.

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Stunfest 2016 results ft. Daigo, Tokido, Haitani, Mago, Kazunoko

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Stunfest is happening in Rennes, France, and it's a Premier Capcom Pro Tour event - so you know it's going to be huge.

The event houses a bunch of different games besides Street Fighter 5, though. You can expect to see tournament play in Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Ultra Street Fighter 4, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, The King of Fighters 13, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, SoulCalibur 5, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Breakers Revenge and Hokuto no Ken. There will also be a stream for casual matches and exhibitions in King of Fighters 14.

As for players attending, you can expect to see Tokido, MJS|Haitani, Mago, Kazunoko, EG|Momochi, AvM|GamerBee, RB|Daigo, MD|Luffy, RZR|Fuudo, PxP|Problem X, YP|Valmaster, RZR|Xian, Qanba|Xiao Hai, HM|Eita, LLL|MBR, HumanBomb, UM|ImStillDaDaddy, HM|Go1, RB|Bonchan, CCL, Perilous|Packz, RZR|RB, D44BAS, OR|Nuki, Melty|Will2Pac, F2K|Popi, Perilous|Afii, HM|Dogura, Melty|Cuongster, Gootecks, UM|Tyrant, Emersion, M|LordDVD, RB|Kayane, Umezono, Brick and many, many more.

Streaming is being done by Capcom Fighters and Asso3HitCombo.

Check out the action after the jump.

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Battle Arena Melbourne 8 results ft Mago, Haitani, Xian, Momochi

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Australia's finest are putting on a good show for us with Battle Arena Melbourne 8, which has tournaments in a whole bunch of different games.

At this tournament, you can expect to see high-level tournament play in Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mortal Kombat X, Tekken 7, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown and BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend.

As for players attending, you can expect to see big names such as Mago, MJS|Haitani, RZR|Xian, EG|Momochi, LLL|Mr. R, Abadango, 9B, Somniac, SL|Burnoutfighter and many many others participate for the glory.

Live streams are being handled by NewGamePlusTV, Melbourne Melee, Kaizmo, SASMelbourneSmash, Jett Smash, Googie Gaming, and ZeroX_FGC.

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Northwest Majors 8 results ft. Justin Wong, NuckleDu, Snake Eyez, Filipino Champ

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Northwest Majors 8 is happening this weekend in Des Moines, Washington, and it's stacked to the brim with the best the U.S. has to offer, for multiple fighting games.

At this event, you'll be seeing high-level gameplay of Street Fighter 5, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tekken 7, Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat X, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Project M, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Skullgirls: 2nd Encore.

As for players attending, you can expect to see EG|Justin Wong, Liquid|NuckleDu, RB|Snake Eyez, PG|Filipino Champ, EG|Ricki Ortiz, EG|PR Balrog, KaneBlueRiver, PG|RayRay, Chris Tatarian, FOX|Julio, Brenttiscool, FF|ElvenShadow, UA|Bass, ITS|Princess Ling, pH|LPN, ILHS|WayGamble, Flux, pH|Hypefiend, Jimmy J Tran, XSK Samurai, SDT|Inkognito, Hotashi, TS|NerdJosh, GOL|Ranmasama, Foo, TheBeautifulDude, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, KidViper, KillerKai, TXrd|FaultyDefense, Alex Myers, Zidane, MC|GCYoshi, GS|Gllty, KizzieKay, BJ Unchained, NWM|KyleP, DM|El Cubano Loco, Fubarduck, Nacer, Damdai, Graham Wolfe and many, many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Team Khaos, Khaos Gaming 2, Cacaw Gaming, Khaos Gaming TV, Tekken, Logichole, Seattle Tekken and Eastside Smash.

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'In the future, Akuma will be there' - Tokido says his SF5 character choice is temporary and reveals which title he prefers playing

LOOPING SHOWGAME caught up with Hajime Taniguchi, better known as Tokido, at the Red Bull Kumite last weekend for a brief interview.

Easily regarded as one of the best Street Fighter 5 players on the scene today, Tokido had some interesting things to say about the game.

As many know, Tokido is known for playing Akuma in the Street Fighter 4 series. Since the character is absent from the current Street Fighter 5 roster, the Gouki main is playing Ryu in his stead. But it seems like this is just a temporary choice despite Tokido's feeling that Ryu is very strong in this game.

"In the future, Akuma will be there," Tokido starts. "I choose Ryu, who is also a Shoto, to learn the fireballs and other special moves of this type of character."

Tokido also states which game he prefers playing -- Street Fighter 5 or its predecessor -- and gives his thoughts on his performance at Red Bull Kumite.

You can check out the interview below.

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