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'How were we supposed to defend our turf if we weren't even playing the same game as internationals?' - 801 Strider on American Street Fighter

Gustavo "801 Strider" Romero has been turning heads in recent months with his impressive Abel play.

Things seemed to start with his 2-0 defeat of EG|Momochi at NorCal Regionals in April. Strider followed up by scoring an impressive second place finish, beating the likes of MCZ|Daigo Umehara, EG|PR Balrog, MCZ|Mago, YOMI|Dieminion and more in the process, at CEO just last month.

Strider was kind enough to take some time out of his day to do an interview with us, discussing his training regimen, his view of the community and why he feels he's been able to make things work so well with a character that most others can't.

Raptor: First off, congratulations on your recent strong performances. You've been a relevant name for some time now, but now you're hitting top 8 in incredibly stacked tournaments, what's changed?

Strider: Thanks! As for what's changed, I feel that I've just been getting better as a player with each passing tournament. I make it a mission to study my losses and figure out any weakness in my play to then improve it. That, plus I'm very comfortable in a tournament setting now.

Hit the jump for the full interview.

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Visual effects upgrades, default colors 11 and 12 unlocked, and more: Ultra Street Fighter 4 v1.04 patch now live on PlayStation 4

Another update has been made to the PlayStation 4 version of Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Today, players are being prompted to download a 484MB patch bringing the game up to v.1.04. This patch makes improvements to the VFX, unlocks the default colors 11 and 12, addresses a number of audio issues, and more.

You can check out the full list of patch notes below.

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If images aren't your thing, you can check out a list of the patch notes after the jump.

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PC mods: Street Fighter 2 stages make their way into Ultra Street Fighter 4, check out Ken's, Ryu's, Dhalsim's, and more here

Since the release of Street Fighter 4 back in 2008, players have requested that Capcom release a DLC stage pack that recreated classic stages from Street Fighter 2. Though the life of Ultra Street Fighter 4 DLC is more than likely coming to an end soon (with Street Fighter 5 already on the way), the chances of us seeing such content is probably pretty slim. That is, unless, we don't take into account PC mods.

PC Best Mods has uploaded footage of some truly epic USF4 PC mods. Instead of character alterations, this time around we get to see fresh backdrops for the fighters to engage in battle upon.

As you may have guessed, these stage mods were created to bring players a touch of nostalgia. Below you will find a handful of images showing off Ryu, Dhalsim, and Ken's SF2 stages in USF4.

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Images don't do them enough justice, so be sure to check out the video after the jump. You'll also find SF2 stages for Guile, Vega, and E. Honda,

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Capcom explains pro tour rule change, feels Street Fighter 5 is going to be a huge milestone for fighting games

Capcom explains pro tour rule change, feels Street Fighter 5 is going to be a huge milestone for fighting games

While we covered Street Fighter 5 extensively in our discussion with Capcom at E3 2015, I also wanted to get their thoughts on how the pro tour was playing out, including the rule change where 5th place finishers at premiere events wouldn't be awarded a spot in the Capcom Cup, if the 1st through 4th placers had already won automatic bids.

"The intention of premiere events is that you have to be a champion, or get a very notable placement. If you placed 5th, it won’t be an automatic spot," Capcom's Matt Dahlgren told us.

"We felt that was a good place to draw the line, because we would have to do some sort of playoff between the two 5th place finishers, which isn't the most exciting way of handling that situation," he added.

"I think a better approach is opening up a new spot for someone who was more consistent throughout the entirety of the tour."

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Has the U.S. finally reached Japan's level in Ultra Street Fighter 4? EventHubs Round Table discusses Kazunoko's CEO interview

After his win at CEO 2015, Ryota "Kazunoko" Inoue said in an interview that he feels the United States Ultra Street Fighter 4 scene has caught up to Japan's scene in terms of skill. This sparked an active debate across social media and internally here at EventHubs, so we decided to address a handful of questions regarding precisely that topic.

Has the U.S. risen up to Japan's level? And where do other regions stack up? We tackle both of these questions and more in today's Round Table.

As always, please feel free to jump into the comments section of this story and provide your own answers to our questions.

Hit the jump to get started!

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ActionJackRYU takes out 801 Strider, the number one ranked Balrog and others in this Olympic Gaming Spotlight

We're back with another Olympic Gaming Spotlight, this time around we're taking a look at ActionJackRYU as he mows through the competition of the online world.

Using Ryu, one of the most commonly played characters in Street Fighter 4, means you're rarely going to show opponents something that they haven't already seen. ActionJack resorts to fundamentals to take on some of the top online players.

Watch as he fights 801 Strider's Abel number one-ranked Abel, Quinterog's number one-ranked Balrog and a collection of other top players from Xbox Live.

Hit the jump below to see the video.

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Next Level Battle Circuit #128 results ft. Shine, Smug, Zeus, Hiro and more

Next Level Battle Circuit #128 results ft. Shine, Smug, Zeus, Hiro and more Updated: This story has been updated with results and a stream archive.

Earlier: It's Wednesday once again, so it's time for some great fighting game action from The Next Level in Brooklyn, New York.

The games being played tonight include Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Mortal Kombat X.

Brackets are available on The Next Level Challonge site. Hit the jump for the live stream.

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'I'm here to body Xbox Live!' - Xian joins Gootecks and Mike Ross for episode 71 of Excellent Adventures

Yet another episode of Excellent Adventures comes to us, with Mike Ross and Gootecks being joined by RZR|Xian. They share a ton of friendly banter while playing their typical matches against opponents, with golden moments like Xian claiming he can be fancy, or "mash like Americans do".

This episode is full of fun, high level gameplay and fantastic conversation about competitive Street Fighter, and Street Fighter 4 in general. There's also another golden moment of Mike Ross trying to battle through heavy lag, while absolutely refusing to quit. This episode is certainly one you wouldn't want to miss, with a ton of moments that make you laugh out loud in true "Excellent Adventures" fashion. Also included is a teaser for their upcoming episodes, already available on their website, featuring EG|Ricki Ortiz, and EG|K-Brad.

Hit the jump to check out the episode in full.

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Double KO compilation ft. Justin Wong, Gootecks, Smug, Pepeday, and more shows one of the rarest moments in competition

Though it is incredibly rare, Youtube user The BEAST has made a compilation of Double KOs in high level Street Fighter 4 tournament play from all manner of events, making for an excellent piece of footage for anyone looking for some excitement.

Said footage showcases players such as Kazunoko, Liquid|NuckleDu, EG|Justin Wong, PIE|Smug, EG|PR Balrog, MCZ|Tokido, and many others landing themselves in double KO situations, making for some awe-inspiring plays and quick decisions. Double KOs have brought glory, disappointment, and endless excitement throughout the years, and they live up to that standard still in this montage.

Hit the jump to check out the compilation.

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No balance patches currently planned for Ultra Street Fighter 4, blood and gore will likely prevent a crossover with Mortal Kombat

No balance patches currently planned for Ultra Street Fighter 4, blood and gore will likely prevent a crossover with Mortal Kombat

Rounding out our discussion with Capcom at E3 2015, we asked if there were any plans for additional Ultra Street Fighter 4 balance patches.

"At this moment in time, there isn't any," Peter 'Combofiend' Rosas told us.

"The possibility may exist after Capcom Cup, but right now we're fine with the balance," he continued.

Capcom added that this is the most balanced version of Street Fighter 4 that has ever existed.

"It's really hard to tweak a game that the community has told us is the most balanced," Rosas said.

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TOPANGA Charity Cup 5 results ft. Daigo, Momochi, NEMO, Mago, Bonchan, Kazunoko, Tokido and many more

With over 1,100 people in the tournament itself, the fifth TOPANAGA Charity Cup was held today in Japan. Notable players including MCZ|Daigo Umehara, MCZ|Mago, EG|Momochi, RZR|Xian, Bonchan, RZR|Fuudo, Poongko, FA|Ryan Hart, EG|Justin Wong, Kazunoko, BT|NEMO, MCZ|Tokido, HORI|Sako and quite a few others participated in the 5v5 team event.

This time around, players weren't fighting for Pro Tour points or even a prize pool. All entry fees and contributions were donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society. The tournament played out on Niconico Live, so it was not as readily available to viewers accustomed to using Twitch.

You can hit the jump below to see the tournament results.

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r/Kappa Salty Suite footage from CEO 2015 - Watch EX Pugera, Alex Myers, Sabin, FourWude, and more show off their skills

The r/Kappa Salty Suite matches from CEO 2015 has finally been uploaded to Youtube, giving us even more fantastic gameplay footage to indulge in from the event.

This Ultra Street Fighter 4 footage contains heavy hitters such as Alex Myers, EX Pugera, TS|Sabin, FourWude, and more trading blows in some really entertaining exhibition matches.

Hit the jump to check out some of the footage.

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'He's the grandfather of Street Fighter to me'—Clip from upcoming FGC documentary explores the massive influence of Alex Valle

Main purpose of Street Fighter 5's beta is to test out online infrastructure; Sony key in assisting with cross platform play

"He's the grandfather of Street Fighter to me," Justin Wong states in black and white. Alex Valle is a household name for almost any FGC fan, but many aren't aware of just how grand his legacy really is. At a time where the U.S. didn't have a scene that could compete internationally, he was one of the few that stood above the rest of his counterparts.

Beyond just being a strong player, his community building efforts weren't rivaled until years later when Alex Jebailey would step forward to create Community Effort Orlando.

Fortunately, this upcoming documentary by Shankar Tablada, titled The Fighting Game Community, makes sure to give due time to one of the greatest trailblazers of our scene. Also, in case you missed it, check out the first trailer for it here.

Check out the clip below for today's history lesson.

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Bracket Reset #26 results ft. Problem X, Andreas, Hurricane237, Tyrant, Flawless Deku, Packz, Afii and more

Bracket Reset #26 results ft. Problem X, Andreas, Hurricane237, Tyrant, Flawless Deku, Packz, Afii and more London's representing as usual this week, with Bracket Reset #26 going live on UnequalledMedia's Twitch stream.

At this Ultra Street Fighter 4 event, you can expect to see KIG|Problem X, WSO|Andreas, BTM|Hurricane237, UM|Tyrant, Flawless Deku, Packz, Affi and more.

Hit the jump to check out the action.

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Cammy's evolution since her inception - check out how the Killer Bee has changed from Street Fighter 2 to Street Fighter 5

The official Street Fighter Twitter account has released another Street Fighter 5 trading card this time for Cammy.

Much like Birdie's card from yesterday, we get to see how the character has evolved since her first appearance. This card gives a comparative look at Cammy in Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter 4, and Street Fighter 5.

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We'll be sure to update our story once her Vine card goes live.

Which iteration of Cammy is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Street Fighter on Twitter.

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