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EVO for beginners, as explained by Seth Killian

EVO for beginners, as explained by Seth Killian The Evolution Fighting Game tournament is set to kick off on July 17, and to give an idea of what to expect, Seth Killian has written up a handy article on the PlayStation Blog to walk you through the event.

EVO pits some of the best fighting game players on the planet head to head with each other every year. It's an awesome tournament and great fun for the whole community, so if you're interested at all, this is definitely worth reading over.

Here's a little snip from the article.

One of my other favorite things about EVO is that unlike most “pro gaming” events, EVO is an open tournament. By “open,” I mean that anybody can just walk in off the street and take their shot against the best players in the world.

You don’t have to jump through any hoops or join a silly league — if you’ve got the skills, you can step up to the plate take your shot. All of the EVO directors grew up playing in the arcades, where skills talked, and BS walked.

EVO grew straight out of our desire to preserve that electric spirit of live arcade competitions, and — just like our old arcades — anyone can walk in, put their quarter up, and prove that they’ve got the skills to be the best.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 announcement coming soon

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 announcement coming soon Capcom employees Seth Killian and Christian Svensson were hitting the Unity Boards hard recently, they cover Marvel vs. Capcom 2's release date, HD Remix on the PC, SFIV on the PC and XBox 360 Arcade support. Lot's of interesting stuff, here are their comments.

Capcom, when is Marvel vs. Capcom 2 coming out on XBLA/PSN?

Sven: I could be wrong, but I believe MS will be saying something "today" (Wednesday) about this.

[Later on...] Turns out, I'm wrong (I got updated this afternoon). You'll hear something from us VERY soon though.

Will Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix ever come to PC?

Seth: It's an interesting question. No plans at the moment, but to be honest, I couldn't tell you why not.

Let me investigate.

Sven: We had selected Street Fighter 4 as our foray into PC fighting games. Even with a couple of days sales, we're still not sure how it's going to do. It's an experiment of sorts.

The tech for HD Remix doesn't yet have a PC basis and it would be rather expensive to port the tech to PC, then port the game.

I have two computers in my house and only one PC SF4. Can I use the CD-key to go online with both?

Sven: I could be wrong, but only one of those accounts linked to the key can be an online-capable account I believe.

What's up with the PC SFIV hackers who have their Battle Points at 999,999?

Seth: Just as an FYI, I saw some correspondence between Capcom and Microsoft about exactly this just yesterday. They are actively investigating how it's happening and it sounds like they're forming the action plan on how to fix it.

Why does Capcom not support XBox 360 Arcade more often? How come you don't just port more titles over from the PS1 and Dreamcast? Porting is easy to do.

Sven: Actually, I believe you'll find us to be among the most prolific of third parties on XBLA: SF2: Hyper Fighting, Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix, Rocketmen & Uranus expansion, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3, 1942: Joint Strike, Age of Booty, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix, Flock and Marvel vs. Capcom 2. And more on the way not yet announced.

As for porting PS1, PS2 and Dreamcast titles over, you make it sound like it's simple. Every project is millions of dollars and 14 to 18 months of effort. These are not trivial projects. They require planning and lots of resources.

Is Street Fighter IV coming to the Nintendo DS?

Seth: Sorry, there are no plans for SFIV on DS right now.

On the subject of HD Remix on the PC, it's interesting that Capcom is saying that SFIV is an experiment of sorts. I imagine if SF4 does extremely well, you'll see HD Remix also on the PC, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

Street Fighter 4 is a MUCH more mass market game, and while SSF2T HD Remix sold very well, it's hard to see it making its way to the PC unless Capcom felt like it was going to be a major success.

Play Street Fighter 2: Championship Edition for free

Play Street Fighter 2: Championship Edition for free Street Fighter 2: Championship Edition has made its way online as a playable Flash title. All you should need to give this a go is a web browser and a current release of Adobe Flash. GameTap posted this application, so it looks like it's OK with Capcom.

The game is completely free to play, plus it's based off of the arcade release, so all of your combos and moves should work just like you remember them. It doesn't play that bad for only being able to use a keyboard, although you might need a pretty nice computer to get it to run quickly.

This isn't going to replace any of the newer titles that have multiplayer support, but it's fun to play a few rounds to take a trip down memory lane.

Hori to release new joysticks this October

Hori to release new joysticks this October Before Mad Catz and Capcom teamed up to release the FightSticks, Hori was largely considered to be one of the best companies you could buy a joystick from, if you didn't want to go the custom route.

Hori recently announced that they would be releasing two new joysticks this October for the XBox 360 and PlayStation 3, adding some new products to their Real Arcade Pro line.

The XBox 360 Real Arcade Pro EX-SE is a stick built with Seimitsu parts. While Sanwa has generally been the standard for most players, Seimitsu parts have gathered a good amount of followers as well, because their sticks have a different feel, and some people swear by them. You can grab one of these for $139.99 on October 19, 2009.

Also there will be a PlayStation 3 version for $119.99, released on the same day, but this will instead use Sanwa parts, the same as you'd find in the Mad Catz Tournament Edition FightStick.

Both of these are priced for a bit under what you would pay for a Tournament Edition stick, so if you're looking to find a quality alternative you should check out both of these products when they're released in October.

Learn about the Tatsunoko characters in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom

Learn about the Tatsunoko characters in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Infendo.com has a good write up showing a healthy portion of the background stories for the Tatsunoko characters in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom.

While you might be familiar with a character are two, generally the Tatsunoko cast are not household names outside of Japan, so this article includes images and short videos that will help you get a bit more acquainted with these 11 fighters. Here's a rip from the page.

A mysterious stone known as Skull Stone is split into pieces and scattered across the planet. The stone is said to have the power to reveal the location of the largest deposit of gold in the world.

This legend has entranced the trio of comedic villains the “Doronbo Gang” to persue the stones for the fame, power, and wealth it is said to bring.

However, their hunt for the Skull Stone is not as easy as they imagined, mainly due to the faulty information they receive from their leader, and from the persuit of a righteous duo “Yatterman”.

New Japanese Street Fighter 4 aftermath trailer for Sakura

The official Japanese Street Fighter IV site posted a new Aftermath trailer, this time focusing on Sakura after the events of the Street Fighter 2 tournament. The spoken dialogue is Japanese.
Considering Capcom has went through the trouble of making Aftermath trailers for C. Viper and Chun Li, it's a reasonable assumption we'll see something bigger come from this than just trailers.

Possibilities include a new anime movie, but since Capcom hasn't announced anything yet though, this is all just speculation. But I can't help but wonder if they might try to coincide a new anime movie with the heavily rumored 2nd version of Street Fighter IV.

Thanks to Yasir for the note.

Ryu Street Fighter 4 tutorial videos

Spotted over on IPlayWinner.com, that Mickey D has a handful of great tutorial videos on how to play Ryu better, and he's also posted other movies that have general tips about the game.

The videos range from showing how to space properly, which anti-air moves to use to how to hit confirm.

This is definitely helpful material if you're not familiar and practiced at these concepts. Here's one of the clips.

PC Street Fighter 4 released, sells out on Wal-Mart.com

PC Street Fighter 4 released, sells out on Wal-Mart.com The PC version of Street Fighter IV has officially been released today. You can find it at major retail outlets as well as digital distribution sites like Steam and Impulse Driven.

The game is currently sold out on Wal-Mart.com. While this shouldn't be an issue for people looking to get their hands on the title, because it's available as a digital download, this is potentially really good news for PC fighting game fans.

Most computer gamers can probably count on one hand the number of quality fighting games that have been released on the PC in the last 5 years, or even longer. The market for fighting games has been something that a lot of console game makers have completely ignored — for a long time.

But if this early sell out at a major retail outlet is any indication, it's a very strong showing for the potential consumers that are out there, and hopefully this will get Capcom, and other companies, thinking about releasing their titles on the PC in the future.

Kudos to Tom for the heads up on this.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 strategies, images and new trailer for Hulk, Zangief

Also Capcom added in some more video strategies for Marvel vs. Capcom 2, here's links to the videos Capcom has posted so far. They also included some new screen shots along with additional artwork.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2: Zangief vs. The Incredible Hulk artwork Marvel vs. Capcom 2: Zangief artwork Marvel vs. Capcom 2: Incredible Hulk artwork Marvel vs. Capcom 2: Incredible Hulk moves list Marvel vs. Capcom 2: Zangief moves list Marvel vs. Capcom 2: Screen capture #1 Marvel vs. Capcom 2: Screen capture #2 Marvel vs. Capcom 2: Screen capture #3 Marvel vs. Capcom 2: Screen capture #4 Marvel vs. Capcom 2: Screen capture #5 Marvel vs. Capcom 2: Screen capture #6
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You can find two more pieces of artwork over on Capcom-Unity.com.

Fighting game cosplayers at the 2009 Anime Expo

Kramez over on Capcom-Unity uploaded a bunch of images of cosplayers from this year's Anime Expo.

Here's some from the gallery that are fighting game related.

Cosplay picture #1    Cosplay picture #2    Cosplay picture #3    Cosplay picture #4    Cosplay picture #5

Cosplay picture #6    Cosplay picture #7    Cosplay picture #8    Cosplay picture #9    Cosplay picture #10
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Any costumes you really like out of the bunch? Leave a comment with what you think below.

Street Fighter 4 rivals conversation transcript

Street Fighter 4 rivals conversation transcript Cent208 took about 12 hours transcribing the rival conversations the characters in Street Fighter 4 have with each other.

There's some interesting things in here — if you're into the Street Fighter story line — including that Abel knew might have known Charlie (Nash) previously, although some people think his comments might be a reference to Seth.

While there aren't any heavy hitting revelations, it's worth glancing over to see a little more background on the fighters if you haven't followed their full storylines since the game came out.

Again a big thanks goes out to Cent208 for doing the heavy lifting here. Spending 12 hours transcribing this for the community was a great effort, so if you comment, please give him a shout out for putting in all of that time.

Street Fighter 4 install limit, European Marvel vs. Capcom 2 release date, more stuff

Street Fighter 4 install limit, European Marvel vs. Capcom 2 release date, more stuff Various Capcom employees were hitting the Unity Boards recently to answer questions from the fans. They cover a few questions on the PC release of SFIV and Marvel vs. Capcom 2's re-release.

Do you have to activate Street Fighter IV on the PC to see if it works? I want to see if it runs OK on my laptop, and I don't want to waste an activation on it if it doesn't work. — Tom

Sven: No... but you won't be able to play online or save a game (unlock anything) without it being activated.

I was just wondering if the release date for Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is the same for Europe as it is for the North American release? — CartooN

JimmyRey: I can tell you that Europe will be releasing on the same day as everyone else. That day should be announced very soon.

Will the re-release of MvC2 support trophies and achievements?

Sven: Of course.

In the PC SFIV options menu, turning down the background music all of the way doesn't completely mute the soundtrack, it just turns down the volume a ways. Could you guys fix this?

Sven: I'll report this to the team on Monday and see what they say.

HD version of 'I Got Next' fighting game documentary

HD version of 'I Got Next' fighting game documentary The High Definition 720p version of the I Got Next fighting game documentary is out now, via a Mininova torrent release.

The file is a somewhat hefty 2.37 gigabyte download, but the quality is much better than the live stream copy you can still grab from UFragTV.

This is the "short cut" of the the movie, which has a run time just a bit over 45 minutes. A longer version is set to be released around winter 2009 and will include footage from this year's Evolution Fighting Game championships.

Also you can find a standard definition version of the documentary here, which weighs in at 671 megabytes.

Street Fighter 4 console timing test video

CigarBob uploaded a video to YouTube showing Street Fighter 4 running side by side on the PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.

This was done because a number of people have said the timing is different on the console machines, and while this is kind of true, the difference would be almost impossible to detect in a real world scenario.
Here's what CigarBob had to say on the matter:

At 50 seconds on the clock, the systems were off by only 1 frame on my 30 frames per second camera. For every 50 in game seconds the XBox 360 will be two frames ahead of the PlayStation 3.

New Street Fighter 4 wallpaper artwork

The official Japanese SF4 blog was updated today celebrating the release of the game on the PC in Japan. They also uploaded some new wallpaper artwork, here's a selection of their offerings.

Chun Li artwork #4, Street Fighter 4 Crimson Viper artwork #4, Street Fighter 4 Ryu artwork #4, Street Fighter 4
Chun Li artwork #5, Street Fighter 4 El Fuerte artwork #4, Street Fighter 4 Ken (and Ryu) artwork #4, Street Fighter 4 Click images for larger versions

You can find smaller versions of this artwork, plus a few more zipped up copies over on their site.

Capcom and Mad Catz's surprise revealed, kinda

Seth Killian posted a couple of teaser images of the Mad Catz/Capcom team up product that was previously hinted at.

Teaser look at a new product from Mad Catz and Capcom #1 Teaser look at a new product from Mad Catz and Capcom #2
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It's difficult to tell exactly what this is from the images, but you can clearly see an R1 button here, showing that this is for a PlayStation. It also looks like a 'lollipop' balltop joystick with Sanwa styled buttons.

Seth also comments that this will be a very limited edition product.

Considering Mad Catz only planned on originally having 5,000 Tournament Edition sticks made, it wouldn't be too surprising to see them do an actual limited edition TE stick, with special artwork, colored buttons and things along those lines.

For the time being we've dubbed it the Mad Catz Special Turbo Tournament Edition FightStick, which we hope ends up being the actual name of the product since it's so ridiculously long.

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars screen shots

Capcom released more screen shots of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars today, here they are:

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Wii screen shot #1 Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Wii screen shot #2 Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Wii screen shot #3
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Wii screen shot #4 Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Wii screen shot #5 Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Wii screen shot #6
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