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He took out an entire team of killers on his own, playing Zangief: When Snake Eyez reverse OCV'd team NorCal at SCR 2014 - FGC Throwback Thursday

Since competitive fighting games have reached higher levels of popularity as of late, and we have a slew of fresh players who just recently joined the scene, we thought it'd be fun to relive some amazing moments in FGC history by way of "Throwback Thursday."

With so many potential moments to choose from, we are calling upon you, the EventHubs reader, to help us choose what throwback should get posted next. To participate, either link up a classic moment in FGC history below in our comments section, or send it out on Twitter and use the hashtag "#FGCTBT."

Each week, we'll select one throwback to highlight, and will give you a shout out in our story. This week's #FGCTBT comes to us courtesy of Wintry!

Let's look back at the time RB|Snake Eyez single-handedly defeated a team of incredible players. At SoCal Regionals 2014, a Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition 5v5 event took place in which a handful of the best SoCal players went up against a team comprised of NorCal's finest.

Things weren't looking good for SoCal, as they were down to their final player and he needed to take out all five of NorCal's competitors in order to win the whole thing. That player was Snake Eyez, and he did just that, further putting himself on the map as one of the best Zangief players to ever compete in the Street Fighter 4 series.

Snake Eyez's play was so amazing, we had to include two highlights because we just couldn't decide on one or the other. Check them out below to get started.


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Visual history of Ken shows how the fiery shoto has changed across tons of fighting games

Last time, we took a look out how the first fighting female of Street Fighter, Chun-Li, evolved over the years. Today, let's check out how Ken's appearance has transformed throughout the plethora of games he's been in.

To document how his look has changed over the years, we rounded up several pieces of artwork starting from the first Street Fighter all the way up to Street Fighter 4. We even threw in Ken's appearance in Street Fighter 2010, even though it's technically not a fighting game.

Ken's design is a fairly simple one. Though artists have depicted him differently over the years, the main alteration we see is the addition made to his hair length. His largest overhaul can be seen in Street Fighter 5, where his appearance kept some of its core features, but made some large tweaks.

You can check out the gallery below.

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Street Fighter 5 penalizes player when server disconnects before match; takes 1,000 LP and serves with 24 hour ban

Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify the situation taking place in the footage.

Updated: Another example of this rage quit punishment bug occurring has been added to our story in which a player's match fails to load, though they remain connected to the server.

There has been a lot of talk recently of players being wrongfully punished by Street Fighter 5's new system that aims to deal with rage quitters. A number of reports have claimed that points have been deducted and a ban has been served to players who were the victims of rage quits -- not the offender -- but we haven't seen any concrete proof of this happening.

Seimo Godios has uploaded footage showing a 24 hour ban and the loss of 1,000 LP when the server disconnects before a casual match starts.

As we see in the video, Street Fighter 5 considers the pre-fight and post-fight screen as actually being in a match. When the server disconnects, the player attempts to log back in. After a couple of tries, the login is successful, but they are served with the new rage quit punishment.

This is the first time we have seen actual footage of something like this happening, and though it wasn't a traditional rage quit, we now see that the system can indeed punish players when they haven't actually quit a match early.

You can catch the video below.

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Capcom tried to distance itself from SF3 with Street Fighter 4, bring back SF2's players - did they succeed?

It's interesting to look back at old interviews to check out statements developers made, and if they were able to follow through on their intentions.

Street Fighter 2, from a sales perspective, has been the pinnacle of the series, and it's not much of a surprise that Capcom tried to bring back as much of that nostalgia as possible with SF4, but it raises the question — did they succeed?

"We're trying to re-open the fighting genre to people who haven't played it in a while," Capcom's Yoshinori Ono said back in early 2008.

Street Fighter 4 was being tested in arcades at the time, and didn't look like the game you may remember. Here's a visual.


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He didn't even use SPD: When Alex Valle overcame a terrible match up and defeated Bonchan at EVO 2015 - FGC Throwback Thursday

Since competitive fighting games have reached higher levels of popularity as of late, and we have a slew of fresh players who just recently joined the scene, we thought it'd be fun to relive some amazing moments in FGC history by way of "Throwback Thursday."

With so many potential moments to choose from, we are calling upon you, the EventHubs reader, to help us choose what throwback should get posted next. To participate, either link up a classic moment in FGC history below in our comments section, or send it out on Twitter and use the hashtag "#FGCTBT."

Each week, we'll select one throwback to highlight, and will give you a shout out in our story. This week's #FGCTBT comes to us courtesy of bagel_bytez!

During the Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament at EVO last year, LU|Alex Valle found himself going up against RB|Bonchan in pools.

Though everyone expected to see Valle turn to his trademark Ryu and engage the exceptional Sagat player in a battle filled with fireballs and uppercuts, he shocked everyone watching when he decided to stick to his guns and roll with Hugo.


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'Go home and be a family man' - This metal cover of Guile's theme with lyrics added on totally knocked our socks off

Well, isn't this a nice treat. A bunch of musicians from Brazil have teamed up together to bring us something truly amazing - a metal Guile's Theme cover, but contrary to most other covers out there, this one has lyrics added on to it, and five members working in unison to bring the utmost level of hype and burning American pride to the song.

This video brings together Celso Alves on vocals, Fábio Lima on classical/lead guitar, Vítor Monticelli on bass, Gilson Naspolini on drums and Nando Moura on lead guitar to bring us a truly epic version of one of Street Fighter's most celebrated musical pieces.

Check out this extravagant cover below.

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Visual history of Chun-Li explores her appearances in tons of fighting games

Ever since Chun-Li made her debut appearance in Street Fighter 2, Capcom has been including her in a considerable amount of titles through the years.

To help document how her look has changed through the years, we've included various pieces of artwork starting from Street Fighter 2, working all the way up to Street Fighter 4.

While Chun-Li's core look has stayed intact, for the most part, the style and approach artists have taken with the character have definitely evolved. Check out our gallery below.

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Cammy scouts for her next challenge, Samus takes aim, and pin-up Harley Quinn: Jason Laboy's fighting game cosplay gallery

Our friend Jason Laboy has been building up quite the photography portfolio for some time now. A major part of his repertoire consists of attending various conventions and snapping shots of the best cosplayers he can find.

So, today we thought we'd share some of the work he's produced throughout the past year, as well as a handful of our personal favorites. In this gallery, we have characters from franchises such as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, as well as warriors we've seen in games like Injustice, Marvel vs. Capcom, and Super Smash Bros.

Below are just a handful to get you started, but be sure to hit the jump to view the everything.

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Insane damage, unblockables and... Elena: Damn! The Street Fighter 4 series had some real BS in it

The Street Fighter 4 series is easily one of the most successful titles in fighting game history. Known for reviving the franchise and helping pave the road for the modern era of competition, Street Fighter 4 and all of its updates hold a very special place in our hearts.

Having said that, if you've been playing since day 1, you have probably noticed that there were some... ridiculous things to pop up throughout the years. And if your first big fighting game was Street Fighter 5, well... you're in for a treat.

Today we're going to highlight some of the craziness that plagued players in the Street Fighter 4 series.

Akuma's RH loop

Vanilla Sagat players know this loop all too well. Back in the day, Akuma could link his far standing heavy kick into standing jab, then rinse and repeat for a high damage / high stun combo that had amazing corner carry.

This was a staple in Akuma play, and although it worked on some of the other large characters in the game, it was mainly used on Sagat. By the end of this article, you might feel that Vanilla Sagat deserved it, though...


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Wild Dhalsim limb punishes, immense corner pressure, and much more; YogaFlame24 takes a look back at Smug's Dudley in this compilation

If you were to take a moment to list the strongest Dudley players that Street Fighter 4 had to offer over the years, Smug should definitely be one of the first to come to mind.

YogaFlame24 put together a compilation video recently highlighting some very strong online play from Smug. Other top players and online warriors alike found themselves up against a quite imposing flurry of blows.

Smug's confidence really shines through his playstyle; he knows that all it takes is one good hit to get the momentum going. Once he's in close, he piles on the pressure until his opponent cracks:


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Daigo's book 'The Will to Keep Winning' now available in English on Amazon Kindle

Back in 2012, the most famous fighting game player of them all, BST|Daigo Umehara published a book back in his homeland of Japan.

Before this year, it hasn't been available in English, and even then, it's only been in very limited supply.

However, now, you can rejoice, because the English language-version of the book has been officially released on Amazon Kindle. If you're itching to learn more about what keeps BST|Daigo so consistent, go buy it right away.

Banner image courtesy of Stephanie Lindgren. Story source: Daigo's Twitter.

Popo can take care of himself, Takuma topples an entire team, and much more - The Beast's new video has some of the best comebacks of all time

Stealing a victory from an opponent when you're on the brink of death is one of the most emotionally charged moments in fighting games. It's hard to find a moment more tense than operating on a sliver of life; every decision is make or break.

The BEAST has put together a compilation of moments that express that tension. The video features some of the most impressive comeback plays in a wide variety of different games.

For example, in this match, IGL|Bala found himself with his back to the wall. With only Takuma left to defend his tournament life, he manages to pull off a reverse OCV against CafeID|Mad KoF.


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Defend The North 2016 results ft. ChrisG, Julio, LI Joe, Flash

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

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 NYChrisG, FOX|Julio, LI Joe, NVT|Flash, EG|K-Brad, EG|Ricki Ortiz, F3|alucarD, PIE|Smug, RN|Alex Myers, IFC Yipes, TS|Arturo Sanchez, 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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Sonic Boom 2016 results ft. Haitani, MOV, Luffy, Problem X

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, we've got a Capcom Pro Tour event taking place in Madrid, Spain.

It's not just Street Fighter 5, though, the tournament also features Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike.

Players attending include, but are not limited to, MJS|Haitani, MOV, RB|Luffy, PxP|Problem X, Melty|Will2Pac, AWS|CCL, FA|Ryan Hart, PRLS|Packz, MD|MisterCrimson, PRLS|Afii, Rize|Cobelcog, UM|ImStillDaDaddy, Fasoll and Melty|Gen1us.

Streaming duties are being handled by MotokenTeam and SaltyPlayground.

Check out the full action below.

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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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