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Smug discusses who he's playing in Street Fighter 5, which characters look the scariest, how to sharpen your game and more in this BornFree interview

Just last weekend, 10 titans from the East Coast gathered to participate in the King of New York round robin, Ultra Street Fighter 4 send off tournament.

When the dust settled, PIE|Smug emerged as royalty with a convincing 9-1 record. YouTuber and Street Fighter enthusiast Mark "BornFree" Sheridan was able to catch up with the young champ for an interview.

Smug shared his thoughts on an array of topics ranging from his Street Fighter 5 impressions to how he feels about Ultra Street Fighter 4 not being at EVO this year.

He also gives a bit of advice on how newer players can better their game as they enter the fray. You'll catch the full interview below.

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Ono: A normal development time used to be six months, we had 20 people working on a game

Discussing things that have changed at Capcom through the years, Yoshinori Ono reminisced about how game development at the company worked previously.

"It gets into sensitive stuff talking about the past, how things are now, and if one is better than the other," said Ono.

"A good narrative in terms of what my experience was: when I started at Capcom, a normal development cycle was six months from the very beginning of development to the [end].

"[Now] it's not uncommon for a team to be built with 100, 150, and even up to 500 people working on a single game.

"Back in time with Capcom, it was normal to have just a twenty person team. What was neat about that time was... I came from the sound team, but I felt that I was able to express my opinions very freely within this tight-knit group of people," Yoshinori said.

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'Personally, I think [Cody] is the strongest character in the game' - Sasaki talks his USF4 character choice, SF5 prospects, traveling abroad and more

Note: This interview was conducted in Japanese and subsequently translated by the interviewer.

We're very committed here at EventHubs to bringing you as many interviews with top players as possible. As such, we've reached out to one of Japan's top Street Fighter 4 players that our readers might not be all too familiar with.

This time around, we've interviewed Sasaki, Japan's top Cody player, who has been a mainstay in the Topanga B League for as long as four years.

In our interview, Sasaki talks about Cody's strength as a character, fighting game history, training regime and more.

MajinTenshinhan: Why did you start using Cody in the Street Fighter 4 series?

Sasaki: I used to play Ken. When Street Fighter 4 became Super Street Fighter 4, Ken's EX Shoryuken became weaker, and I thought "Man, that's boring" and decided to switch characters.

I've always gravitated towards characters that I think look cool, so I instantly chose Cody. I had no idea about how he played or how good or bad he was.

Hit the jump to check out the rest of the interview.

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Street Fighter 5's menu interface was designed to 'keep everyone in tune with the community' - Ono talks about the importance of the FGC

In a recent interview with VentureBeat, Ono discussed the topic of the fighting game community as one of the talking points, and how it's influenced the way they think about the development of Street Fighter 5.

He notes that this is something they learned during the lifetime of Street Fighter 4, and one way they started incorporating this into their overall plans was to launch the Capcom Cup.

Ono: As far as what we learned from Street Fighter IV, one thing was that Street Fighter is not just what exists in the content of the game. There’s this whole separate world of esports and the fighting game community.

Now we have the Capcom Cup, which is part of that whole esports strategy.

After the jump, you can see more of Ono's statements, regarding how they went about implementing more community-mindedness in Street Fighter 5.

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Throws have longer startup, different teching properties and can be counter-hit during startup - Learn all you need about throws in SF5

A lot of people joined the scene with the release of Street Fighter 4, and thus they may not be accustomed to just how different the intricacies of a fighting game can become when throw properties are adjusted.

If you go into Street Fighter 5 with a SF4 mentality, it's likely you'll end up frustrated with getting counterhit and not being able to tech when you believe you did. Therefore, this video from Nevillebamshew is an absolute must for anyone who wants to get serious with Street Fighter 5 - it details exactly how throws work, and in each step notes how that's different or similar to SF4.

Hit the jump to check out this informative video.

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Will Smug be able to help Gootecks and Mike Ross to their first (and only) undefeated streak on Excellent Adventures?

In eight years of Excellent Adventures, Gootecks, Mike Ross and their various guests have never managed a perfect win record in a four-episode segement. PIE|Smug is the final guest for Street Fighter 4, and the trio is trying their hardest to go out with just one clean sweep.

If there's one player that could help the team go undefeated online, it's Smug. The gang tries to keep the mood light enough, but tension builds with every dropped combo and missed punish.

To add to the anxiety, the ever confident Smug feels it's not enough to simply win, but that he must also do so in style. In one match, he allows his opponent to live so that he can attempt an unblockable set up. The result is none too good...


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It's now or never that we'll see an Excellent Adventures flawless victory for SF4, and the team has to hold out for just three more episodes. Hit the jump to see how they do in episode 97: Rated T for Teen.

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'Fighting games aren't all about logic because they happen in real time' - Daigo talks the FGC, being a pro gamer and playing drunk

The most celebrated fighting game player of all time, MCZ|Daigo Umehara, rarely gives much glance into his personality outside of his amazing play and ever-stoic presence.

Japan FM Network radio station is conducting a special two-part interview with The Beast, asking him his opinions on plenty of FGC topics ranging from his fighting game roots to his perception of other players.

We start with a bit of backstory from Daigo's past.

JFN: We hear that you had a talent for videogames since you were a kid. Were you good at all genres since the beginning?

Daigo: Not really, maybe just better than my friends. I started off from Mario [like any other kid] and I was 'the kid who loved videogames' in my classroom. I wasn't that good at Mario though. Actually, I'm not that good at other genres aside from fighting games.

Hit the jump for more.

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Hitler hilariously reacts to the EVO 2016 lineup...

Street Fighter 5 is taking the main event slot at EVO this year, and Ultra Street Fighter 4 has been completely retired from the line up.

A good portion of the community is still feeling the shock of suddenly no longer having the game that was widely responsible for bringing the FGC into the current boom in which it finds itself.

In a playful expression of said shock, Northern California's Buddy "Mom's Spaghetti" Matthews has created a new Der Untergang meme, themed around USF4's absence at EVO.

If you haven't seen the meme, it involves altering the subtitles in a scene wherein Adolf Hitler angrily rants as he realizes World War II is all but lost for the Axis. Instead of cursing his generals, Hitler hilariously screams about how upset he is that USF4 is not at EVO.

Hit the jump to see the video.

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The King of New York results ft. Smug, Dieminion, K-Brad, Sanford Kelly

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, The King of New York will be taking place ... Well, where else? New York City, of course.

This will be a 10-man round robin tournament, with 7 players already qualified for the A League - PIE|Smug, YOMI|Dieminion, EG|K-Brad, TSC|Sanford Kelly, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Zeus and OG|RLBS.

The round robin is taking place on Sunday, while on Saturday there will be qualifier for the last 3 spots, which has entrants such as Liquid|NuckleDu, OG|Shine, DCB|AfterDeath, PxG|Integra, CoinUp|Ludovic and DFW|TommyGunz vying for those last few spots. The qualifier is played in a Swiss format, so there will be a lot of matches to enjoy.

Streaming duties are being handled by TS|Arturo Sanchez.

What are you waiting for? Hit the jump and enjoy the show.

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EventHubs 2015 top 50 Ultra Street Fighter 4 players 1-10 - it all comes to an end

Our top 50 Ultra Street Fighter 4 players of 2015 list comes to a close tonight, and with it the final panel we'll be doing for this past year.

A gigantic shout out goes to all of our panel members for their efforts on behalf of the Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and of course USF4 communities, as they made our lists more dynamic and interesting.

This has also been an intense process for our staff, as the resources to pull off four separate top 50 panels was extremely taxing, but we wanted to take the time to spotlight the players in our community who did great things in 2015.

Even if you don't agree with every placing, we hope you enjoyed reading through the breakdowns. If you did, please give our panel members a big shout out for their work.

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'Winning and losing doesn't matter, try to learn as much as you can' - Viscant explains the mentality behind leveling up in time for Street Fighter 5

Over on BrokenTier's webpage, former EVO champion Jay "BT|Viscant" Snyder has published a blog post where he details for players, both new and old, good ways to get into Street Fighter 5 and advance as a player.

He starts off by detailing the learning process, and how to best make sure that your playtime is actually garnering results. Here's a snippet to get you started.

To start with, winning and losing doesn't matter. If you go in trying to beat Infiltration's win streak record from the third beta, you're doing this wrong. The goal is to try and learn as much as you can about the game and to get ready for when the game releases.

Hit the jump for some more of BT|Viscant's insight.

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Capcom Pro Tour 2016 begins with Cannes Winter Clash at the end of February

Details have been scarce thus far regarding the upcoming Capcom Pro Tour, but it was announced today that Capcom Pro Tour 2016 will start at the same time, and at the same place, as the tour did last year.

Capcom Pro Tour 2016 will start off at Cannes Winter Clash, taking place from February 26th to February 28th in Cannes, France.

While this is one of the first Street Fighter 5 events, the tournament will also be hosting Ultra Street Fighter 4, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- and King of Fighters 13.

You can find a trailer for the event itself below.

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EventHubs 2015 top 50 Ultra Street Fighter 4 players 11-20 - Fuudo, Sako, Luffy, Valmaster, NuckleDu and Snake Eyez hit the top 20

We're almost at the end of our top 50 of 2015 list for Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Today we cover the latter portion of the top 20, featuring players like RZR|Fuudo, HORI|Sako, Luffy, YP|Valmaster, Liquid|NuckleDu and RB|Snake Eyez.

We only have the top 10 left to reveal tomorrow, so feel free to take a stab at which order you think the remaining players will show up at in the comments.

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Trash talk and winning are the most important parts for a good FGC villain - Latest Core-A Gaming video analyzes what makes good heel players

Most compelling stories need an interesting villain to keep the audiences' attention. That's not just the case with stories, though, reality is much the same way - without a villain to go against the hero, the conflict won't have as much payoff.

The fighting game community is no different, and whether you love them or hate them, it's hard to deny that heel personalities, "villains" so to speak, are a fairly large part of many competitive fighting games.

In their latest video, Core-A Gaming analyze what makes a good villain, drawing from well-known FGC examples such as TSM|Leffen and PG|Filipino Champ, but it's not just huge names. The video also delves into BOTB|TommyGunz, and what helps or hurts his chances as a good villain.

There's a lot of interesting stuff in this video, so if you want to hear some reasoning for why heels are good for the scene, just want to relive some very cocky moments, or perhaps even grab some pointers to start channeling your inner villain person,a hit the jump and check it out.

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EventHubs 2015 top 50 Ultra Street Fighter 4 players 21-30 - crossing halfway mark with 801 Strider, Pepeday, Smug, Dieminion and Itazan

We cross the halfway mark today for our top 50 Ultra Street Fighter 4 list of 2015, running down the 21st through 30th placements.

WFX|801 Strider, FGC|Pepeday, PIE|Smug, YOMI|Dieminion and Itabashi Zangief all find spots in this range.

Unlike past years, we invited a number of top players to participate on the panel for 2015 voting.

Along with today's listing, you can find a rundown of who participated on the panel below, along with links to previous entries.

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