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Update on the Mad Catz TE sticks and backorders

Update on the Mad Catz TE sticks and backorders A handful of people have received their Mad Catz Tournament Edition FightSticks or have gotten an email letting them know it's on the way.

But it seems like the vast majority of the community who ordered one have been stuck in limbo, not really knowing if they'll get a stick any time soon.

Capcom V.P. Christian Svensson jumped on the Unity Boards to clarify what's going on with the Mad Catz sticks.

I know for a fact we (the Capcom Store) have FAR more orders than we have sticks. Mad Catz will be getting us more in the next couple weeks and we hope to have all outstanding orders met.

We appreciate your patience as the situation is pretty much the same with every retailer on those items.

As Christian says, this is a problem that's not just affecting people who bought their stick at the Capcom Store, but basically every place that had these up for sale online.

Mad Catz is producing more Tournament Edition sticks and estimates on when those will be available range from 2 to 6 weeks, but if you'll actually get one close to the release of SFIV seems to be a roll of the dice at this point.

Videos of Gen's two fighting styles in SFIV

Videos of Gen's two fighting styles in SFIV Official Japanese SF4 website was updated today with two videos of Gen in Street Fighter 4.

He's fighting Chun Li in both clips, and each one shows him using a different fighting style. If you'd like to know a bit more about Gen's moves and back story, stop by his Street Fighter 4 character guide page.

Street Fighter IV release party recap

Street Fighter IV release party recap Capcom-Unity user BigMex posted a recap of the Street Fighter IV release party that was held yesterday in L.A.

He's got a bunch of pictures of the event and some of the cast from the upcoming SF movie were on hand and a ton of Capcom employees.

All and all, looked like a lot of fun.

Surprisingly good SFIV basics video by IGN

IGN slapped together a surprisingly decent basics guide to Street Fighter IV. If you've actively followed the game, you're probably not going to learn anything here, but if you're new it's worth checking out.
Their execution of Ken's Kara Throw is the ultimate lesson in FAIL though.

And if you want to go further, make sure you look at our SFIV strategy guide here on EventHubs.com.

Read the first six pages of the SFIV comic

Read the first six pages of the SFIV comic UDON Entertainment has uploaded the first 6 pages of their Street Fighter IV comic to the web.

You get to check out a fight between Birdie and Abel.

For those of you who don't know, Udon is the team that did the artwork for Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix, and has a bunch of SF comics.

Early word on Street Fighter 4's net code is very good

Early word on Street Fighter 4's net code is very good The SRK user Maximilian Masters posted two videos up to YouTube this morning showing him playing online against someone in Japan.

Watching the clips you can see the action is basically lagless, and judging from what Max said, the netcode sounds outstanding considering these two players have the Pacific Ocean in between them.

While online gaming may never be perfect, this is looking damn good.

Street Fighter 4 Online Play: Video 1 | Video 2 |

Custom Street Fighter arcade machines

Custom Street Fighter arcade machines

DreamArcades.com is building custom arcade cabinets that come with a handful of Street Fighter games.

These will set you back either $1,699 to $2,499 depending on the size of monitor you choose.

Console machine not included though, but you do get Hyper Street Fighter II - Anniversary Edition, Street Fighter III - 3rd Strike and Street Fighter IV.

While this is out of the price and space range for most players, it's still fun to look at.

Ranking system and 'puller' detection for Street Fighter 4

Ranking system and 'puller' detection for Street Fighter 4 If someone pulls during an online match of Street Fighter 4 they will be given a loss according to Capcom Community Manager, Seth Killian.

It also looks like the online ranking system should be good to go from the start. This taken from a recent post on the Unity Boards.

How will the ranking system in Street Fighter 4 will differ from the HD Remix ranking system?

Seth: A few notes:

• The SFIV rankings are totally unrelated to the SF HD Remix ranking system. They were developed independently, so there's no reason to think that issues with one should affect the other.

• SFIV does include code to determine who the "puller" was, and should give the puller a loss, with nothing being awarded to the winner.

• Most of the issues around someone disconnecting are not directly controllable by Capcom, and are more closely related to the first-party online infrastructure. Capcom has actually led the way in pushing for more improvements in "puller detection" code, and I believe the first time anything like that was implemented was for our original release of SF Hyper Fighting on X360.

More tournament matches from Japanese competition

More tournament matches from Japanese competition Official Street Fighter 4 website was updated with another set of matches from the quarter finals of the national Japanese tournament held awhile back.

This set features a terrific Crimson Viper player and more of Iyo's Dhalsim.

Collector's Edition buyers will get 'Brawler' costumes

Collector's Edition buyers will get 'Brawler' pack costumes

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Enop80 over on Shoryuken.com captured an image of a Street Fighter IV Collector's Edition promo item and on the side you can clearly see that the game comes with the Brawler's Pack of alternative costumes.

The Brawler pack includes the costumes of Zangief, E.Honda, Rufus, El Fuerte, and Abel and it's set to be released on February 17, 2009 to the general public.

If you'd like to see all of the alternative costumes for SF4, just go here.

A few people were disappointed with the Brawlers pack being packaged with the Collector's Edition and Seth Killian responded to their complaints on the Unity Boards.

Seth: I'm sorry people feel disappointed in the "brawlers."

I do think the CE is a good package overall, and people were very excited about the package before they had any idea about the DLC, so I do find it a little strange that getting something extra (but not exactly what you wished it would be) would actually cause people to reverse their feelings. I personally voted for a different pack to be included, but sometimes things aren't that simple.

Is the DLC "under-handed"? Although I work for Capcom now, even as a life-long SF fan, I don't understand these feelings. The DLC you see on almost EVERY other game limits the player-base. If you don't want to pay for the DLC, you are not getting the same great experience, and won't be able to play with your friends (FPS map packs, Soul Calibur's DLC characters, etc.). I'm very proud that SFIV has not taken this road, and gives you the entire game, all the modes, all the moves, and all the characters as the BASE package.

The DLC that does actually affect the game is also free (expanded online rankings, matchmaking, and match recording stuff). I have to think that for anyone that's actually into Street Fighter, that stuff matters a lot more than El Fuerte's chef hat.

If you do want El Fuerte's hat, however, yes, Capcom is asking you for 80 cents. That is indeed Capcom trying to make money. That we're in business to make money cannot possibly surprise anyone. Where your voice comes in is whether we can make money while ALSO recognizing fans' voices and providing them great experiences. Listening to the fans has been a big priority for SFIV throughout its entire development (from bringing back the franchise in the first place, to playtesting with fans, to letting them pick characters to include, and even putting their faces in the game). The Collector's Edition in particular has a lot of solid fan service.

CE aside, you get everything relevant to the game for free. If you're a big SF fan, the DLC is a chance to go the extra mile for some non-essential goofiness and support one of your favorite franchises. By supporting Capcom and making SFIV a success, you are supporting the production of future SF games. If SFIV is not a success, the odds of making more games like this get pretty slim. If supporting the SF franchise in this way or just getting the zany alternate costumes is not important to you, there is no pressure to buy it whatsoever -- you are still playing the same great game as everybody else.

I'm not telling anybody anything they don't already know, I guess I'm just looking for a little perspective here. I'm proud of the SFIV package, and VERY proud of the decision not to nerf gameplay with DLC. The bottom line is that SFIV is a potentially epic game -- angry discussions about 80-cent hats do not embiggen us all.

3D Street Fighter models

3D Street Fighter models Spotted on Capcom-Unity that several members of Gameartisans.org have put together some nice 3D models of various Street Fighter characters.

You should absolutely check out these 3D renders of Guile, and if you're thirsty for more, stop by this thread to see some additional pieces.

Although the rest of the images aren't as good as the Guile render, still worth looking at if you're into SF artwork.

Hardcore modification video for the TE FightStick

Hardcore modification video for the TE FightStick If you've ever wanted to see how exactly you can modify a Tournament Edition FightStick, look no further than this set of tutorial videos by ShinJN from Shoryuken.com.

This series of 8 clips shows ShinJN taking apart the joystick, how to add in your own artwork or replace various parts.

The videos are a little dry, but if you're looking for a great tutorial on how to modify your stick, I don't think you'll find a better one any where.

GameStop offers trade in special for Street Fighter IV

GameStop offers trade in special for Street Fighter IV If you're short on money and have some extra games lying around, you can trade them in at your local GameStop for an additional 20% store credit towards the purchase of Street Fighter IV.

Offer is only good until Feb. 22, 2009 and you MUST use the store credit towards the purchase of the game.

If you'd like to scope out more details, just hit GameStop's weekly deals page here.

Also word on the street is Game Crazy is offering this same deal, kudos to Robbie for the heads up.

Tournament Stick mock up and artwork template

Kyle Kargov has created a nifty artwork and mock up template (14.1 megabyte .rar file) for the Mad Catz Tournament Edition FightStick.

This requires Photoshop and a basic understanding of how to use it. The template files are all .psds, and the package includes instructions to make the process easier. If you've ever wanted to play around with various button/stick colors and artwork combinations without having to commit to anything — this is the way to do it. It's painless and fun.

Here's a mock up Kyle made of a Crimson Viper stick using the .psd template files.

Custom Crimson Viper Tournament Edition FightStick mock up Custom Akuma Viper Tournament Edition FightStick mock up Custom Rufus Viper Tournament Edition FightStick mock up
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If you create something nice with this, please share it with everyone by adding a link to the image in the comments.

Dee Jay HD Remix strategy guide updated

Dee Jay HD Remix strategy guide updated We've made heavy revisions to the Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix Dee Jay strategy guide here on EventHubs.com.

Inside you'll find detailed instructions on how to use his new and improved Machine Gun Punch and Dread Kicks along with several notes on how to fight against some of the individual characters.

Dee Jay is an excellent character in HD Remix, and for some reason he still doesn't seem to be picked all that often by players. If you've wanted to learn how to play him, this guide should help you take your skills to the next level.

Updated: FightPads available at stores, TE sticks shipping

Updated: FightPads available at stores, TE sticks shipping Some Mad Catz Street Fighter 4 FightPads have started showing up in a few stores in San Diego and other areas. They were originally spotted by a Capcom-Unity member on this post.

Also a few people have said the Tournament Edition sticks they ordered from GameStop have started to ship. The estimate arrival date for these lucky people is said to be about Feb. 9th or 10th.

Thanks to Dominic for the original heads up.