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'I never dreamed 20 years ago that the scene would get to this level, for good or bad' - Arturo Sanchez reflects on nearly two decades of FGC growth

Arturo "TS|Sabin" Sanchez has been in the fighting game community for almost two decades, that's longer than some top players (such as Capcom Cup champion Rise|MenaRD) have been alive.

Spending most of his time working from behind the technical side of the stream, Sanchez has observed a lot over the last 20 years. He's seen his fair share of games come and go, trends rise and fall, ideas explored and forsaken and overall interest wax and wane.

The veteran community member from New York spoke with Cross Counter TV at Capcom Cup back in December, talking about the evolution and growth of the FGC.

I never thought it'd get to this point, I always thought 64-man and 128-man brackets were the pinnacle. And like, it would never get any bigger than that... I get proven wrong consistently every year and I'm happy for that," he says.

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Here's Falke's full theme in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

Everyone's favorite Street Fighter data miner, X-Kira, has posted the upcoming character Falke's full theme in Arcade Edition.

We also just got hold of the recently announced Blanka's theme, so hearing (who we assume will be) the next DLC character's music is an unexpected treat.

In looking through the initial reaction comments on YouTube, it seems as though fans are being taken on nostalgic trips to older sound tracks from entirely different franchises after listening to Falke's BGM.

Already we've seen comparisons to Final Fantasy, Tekken, Namco X Capcom and the 1998 survival horror game for PlayStation: Parasite Eve.

Call me crazy, but it somehow takes me back to the Coral Capers underwater level in Donkey Kong Country. The tempo is definitely faster in Falke's theme, and things don't stay tranquil for too long, but still there are bits and pieces that send me back to that aquatic stage with the amazing Rare track.

Give it a listen and let us know what you think (and whatever other game it will inevitably remind you of) in the comments.

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Gameplay footage of Blake Belladonna in BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

Today's three new DLC characters has been the talk of the town for the upcoming BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, but that wasn't all we were made privy to.

We also got our first look at Blake Belladonna's gameplay, as the RWBY character got a good three to four minutes of stream time.

Blake's most notable ability is her Semblance, which enables her the power to create clones of herself that can server various purposes. Cross Tag Battle was sure to take full advantage of this, granting her access to multiple variations of said clones.

We also get to view her basic attacks, specials and movements as ArcSys representatives show off the basics for this RWBY protagonist.

Below is a one minute clip from the showcase that highlights her gunfire special attack as well as a few other techniques that cause her to zip about as she fights.

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Every gamer's dream relationship; Momochi and Choco Blanka share the story of how they fell in love

With the foundations of our community built on kicks, punches and competition, the closest we often get to the more mushy stuff is a kiss of death fatality. Every so often though, the FGC produces a heartwarming story like that between Echo Fox's Momochi and Choco Blanka.

The Japanese couple was engaged back in 2015, and has since officially tied the knot. Given the niche nature of fighting games, many members in the scene have significant others that acknowledge their partner's passions, but don't necessarily actively participate.

Momo and Choco have found themselves in the beautiful, yet uncommon, situation wherein video games not only brought them to one another, but continue to be a prominent part of their professional lives together.

These two have been an item for quite a few years now, but Echo Fox's new video gives us an all new look into the details of how they met as well as how their relationship thrives, in part, because of their shared love for fighting games.

Momochi is one of the most fearsome and calculated competitors (just look at his stone cold game face while he's playing) in the entire Street Fighter scene, while Choco Blanka has a smile and demeanor so heartwarming they melt the salt we have for her favorite character.

Hear, in their own words, the tale of how these two came to be the FGC's cutest couple in the video below.

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Did you know Dragon Ball FighterZ is the most recent of nearly 70 Dragon Ball video games from over the years?

Dragon Ball FighterZ has taken the fighting game community by storm, and has players from virtually all sub genres of fighting games flocking together to blast each other with Kamehamehas.

As the first Dragon Ball game that's been acknowledged as competitively viable by the FGC, DBFZ is naturally getting a ton of acknowledgement. Be that as it may, FighterZ is actually the 66th in a massive line of Dragon Ball games (not including some of the DB card games).

Video Games Evolution has gone back and taken a brief look at the 65 Dragon Ball video games over the past 30+ years to give us an idea of just how long we've been playing.

Some of these are indeed fighting games, while others appear to venture to other ends of the gaming spectrum as we see some examples of Dragon Ball RPGs, side scrollers and plenty more.

One of the bigger takeaways here: although DBFZ does incorporate the happenings of the more recent Dragon Ball Super, the various sagas of Dragon Ball Z have been highlighted repeatedly since 1986, and still garner interest even now in 2018.

Continue on to see the video, get a blast from the past and start feeling old.

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Blanka's full theme for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition is now online; take a listen

Blanka and his plush story costume have been the talk of the town this week in the Street Fighter world after his grand reveal.

This past weekend we got a taste of the green beast's and Falke's character themes for the game, and now it appears we can now listen to the full song of the former character.

Like the rest of the World Warriors, Blanka's theme is a new arrangement of his classic Street Fighter 2 theme featuring some newly added palm-muted guitar and mix of percussion with string instruments.

The track seems to prove the previous leak of the two DLC characters' themes legit, so it's also safe to assume that Falke will indeed be the next DLC character for SF5:AE.

Blanka and his goofy costume are set to release later this month on February 20.

Check out Blanka's full theme below along with Falke's 45 second preview.

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Will Injustice 2 receive even more DLC in the future? And if so, how could they possibly outdo the Ninja Turtles? Let's have a look at NRS history

When it comes to NetherRealm Software and DLC, it's become a bit of a tradition that we end up getting more than we bargained for in the beginning.

Back in the first Injustice game, we were promised four DLC characters, which we got shortly after launch in Lobo, Batgirl, Scorpion and General Zod.

However, later on Ed Boon announced that because of the huge fan support, they'd decided to put more DLC in anyway, and fan favorites Martian Manhunter and Zatanna were both added to the game.

Similarily, with Mortal Kombat X we were originally told that we'd get the Kombat Pack for the game which included Jason Voorhees, Tremor, Tanya and Predator.

Later that same year, it turned out that we would be getting a second Kombat Pack, which ended up including Bo Rai Cho, Triborg, Leatherface and Alien.

With Injustice 2 out and having gotten steady DLC support both in the form of beloved DC characters and surprise guests, can we expect to get yet another surprise push later on this year? And if so, how do you top the freaking Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Well, let's talk about that a bit and see how likely any extra DLC might be, as well as who we might see in it.

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ArcSys details pricing for Japanese versions of BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle and its DLC

Arc System Works have been catching some flak for their DLC structure in their upcoming game BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle. The game is set to launch with 20 characters in the main roster with 20 more being added in with DLC.

Today ArcSys detailed their pricing structure for the game and its DLC in Japan as well as released a new trailer showcasing their first character pack featuring Platinum the Trinity from BlazBlue, Kanji Tatsumi from Persona 4, and Orie from Under Night In-Birth.

The standard retail version of the crossover game will cost 6264 yen (~59 USD) while its digital counterpart will cost 5800 yen (~55 USD), via Famitsu. For comparison the price of Dragon Ball FighterZ is 8208 yen (~77 USD) on the Japanese PlayStation Store.

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Big 10 college football team shows love to Street Fighter 2 in new training video

Rutgers University is referred to as the "Birthplace of College Football" for holding the first ever intercollegiate football game all the way back in 1869 beating the College of New Jersey 6-4. I guess those were the days before touchdowns.

In a training video posted on their Twitter account, the New Jersey college pays homage to the birthplace of fighting games, Street Fighter 2.

Whoever edited the video knows their stuff and put in some work for this video showing a lot of love for the classic fighter. They use the game's intro music, character select theme, Guile's theme and even character sound effects during their "battles."

The Scarlet Knights' players get their own character select screen with the university's signature red as the background and the state of New Jersey in place of the world map featured in the Capcom Classic. They even have a random select.

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Kanji Tatsumi, Platinum the Trinity and Orie announced as DLC characters for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

Arc System Works dropped a new trailer for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle showing off three more of its planned DLC characters.

Platinum the Trinity from the BlazBlue series, Orie from Under Night In-Birth, and Kanji Tatsumi from Persona 4 are set to be the next characters in the crossover game's roster.

The sets of characters are seemingly going to be released in packs of three with the aforementioned characters making up the first round of paid DLC according to Famitsu though this first pack will be free for those that pre-order the game or purchase first print copies, via Siliconera.

There are six volumes shown for DLC sets that do not include the previously announced Yang and Blake from RWBY as free DLC.

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How to maintain a healthy community for fighting games

This is the final piece of a 3-part series on community building. Community building is a complex and difficult balance of many moving parts, so I’ve sought the wisdom of community leaders from the Street Fighter 2:ST, Skullgirls, and Smash scenes and distilled them into three key components.

In the previous pieces we’ve covered organizing the community and getting the scene seen.

Here we’ll talk about how to maintain a healthy community and what we can do to help ourselves and others by being in community.

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How strong are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Injustice 2? Vote now on our tiers page, then check out moves, combos and more in our roundup

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are making waves in the Injustice 2 scene as the game's latest (and perhaps most anticipated) DLC characters chop, whack, smack and stab their way through the competition.

Our tiers page for Injustice 2 has been updated with all four newcomers, and is now just waiting for you to jump in and vote on how strong each one is.

We've also created individual moves pages for Leo, Raph, Don and Mikey so that those learning how to use them can do so with ease.

Once you've gotten the basics down, you can check out the collection of videos we've rounded up that highlight combos for each and every one of the turtles.

You'll also get to see how all of this is implemented as BC|HoneyBee braves the online realm and faces off against various foes in ranked matches.

If you're playing the Turtles at all, we've got you covered with everything you'll want to know to get off the ground. Continue on for the video roundup.

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'In my estimation, Daigo didn't know much about Menat... to be honest I was very lucky' - Infiltration on winning EVO Japan, AE and his future

As he stated himself, Seon-woo "Infiltration" Lee had a rocky 2017 in terms of competitive Street Fighter, but to say that people forgot about him is probably a bit of a stretch.

The South Korean powerhouse player took yet another EVO championship down late last month when came in first at EVO Japan. He has since uploaded a special video to his personal YouTube channel wherein he addresses common questions about his performance.

Not only did the multiple time EVO winner take EVO Japan, he did so using Menat and Juri, two characters that rarely heard of in discussions of Street Fighter 5's upper tier echelon. He details how he approached using these two:

"It is helpful to think about how to lead a match with these characters before you play. If you are the kind of person who likes to play very slowly and carefully, then I'd recommend them. But if not, I wouldn't."

He also speaks on his feelings about Arcade Edition in general, his match with the one and only CYG|Daigo Umehara, and plenty more.

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'I can't hit Hit because every time I hit Hit I GET HIT!' - The Keef Crew shares a ton of hilarious things Dragon Ball FighterZ players say

Coming off a pretty successful video poking fun at the fact that Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is not on the EVO 2018 lineup, The Keef Crew is back with another comedic take on yet another trend in the FGC: things Dragon Ball FighterZ players say.

Given DBFZ's very short life span thus far, its scene has been going through the ever revolving feelings and pangs of a young game. This is actually a two-part series thus far, as the Crew came out with a similar video two weeks back.

From the trials of playing online to the revelations that come from playing against characters like Android 16 and Kid Buu, the production trio hits the nail on the head more than a few times as they echo the sentiments so many of us have felt over the last few weeks.

Give the shorts a watch and then let us know in the comments which one-liners were your favorites, especially if you've found yourself yelling them to friends or at your monitor at home.

We'd also like to take a quick moment to welcome any and all Xenoverse players with open arms... we're very happy to play DBFZ with you.

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Vesper breaks down Blanka's frame data and moves for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition in new video

Blanka has been getting a lot of attention during his birthday week especially for his plush story mode costume that is making its rounds around the net as we speak.

Yesterday, we released our own character breakdown of the green beast featuring clips from the Winner Stays On stream detailing his special moves and more, but today VesperArcade has released his own breakdown video digging deeper into Blanka's normals and frame data along with all of the above.

For the most part Blanka seems fairly standard in his stats and overall properties with the usual 1000 health and stun. He does not have a three frame attack, as both of his crouching lights come out in four; he does feature an invincible reversal with his EX upwards Blanka Ball though.

The plush nightmare's Backstep Roll, aka Rainbow Roll, seems like it could be one of his best tools to keep the pressure on since it is plus on block, can be combo'd on hit and while his EX roll doesn't normally cross up, during V-Trigger 1 it will.

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Five things you probably didn't know about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

With the official release of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Injustice 2 yesterday, fans who purchased Fighter Pack #3 or one of the higher tiered versions of the game are now able to jump into battle with their turtle of choice.

Most fans know key facts about the gang: they love pizza, they're ninjas (obviously), their sensei is a rat (literally). However, there are a plethora of other interesting things about the turtles that some might not be as familiar with.

Last week, History Behind The Warrior whipped up a video that runs through five facts about the turtles that you might know.

One of the items on the lists runs through the TMNT's origin story, which we discussed earlier this week. For those unaware, the turtles started out as a joke, ultimately parodying Marvel's Daredevil.

We also learn what the inspiration for The Shredder was, and that Raphael actually became The Shredder at one point.

Check out the video below, and let us know which facts you knew / didn't know in the comments!

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2018 will be the first year in EVO history where Capcom only has one game on the main lineup - Let's look at EVO history and its potential future

Ever since the EVO 2018 lineup was revealed last week, there's been a lot of talk about the games present and the games that aren't present.

Don't worry, this isn't another "Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite isn't at EVO" article, but the fact that it isn't actually made me think of something that I don't think a lot of people realize, namely that this will be the first EVO where Capcom have only one title on the main stage.

I've done a full compilation of what titles were featured at each EVO event that's been hosted, which you can find further down, and it's interesting to see that for quite a few years, this was an all-Capcom event, which is far from the truth today.

This must of course be partly attributed to two facts in conjunction - the first being that fighting games have really taken off on the grand stage as eSports has grown as an industry, and the genre itself is much bigger today than it was back in the day.

The other fact is that Capcom simply do not make as many fighting games anymore, so it would be difficult to stack the entire event with Capcom games even if the organizers had actually wanted to.

Whatever the case, continue below for a full listing of the featured games at EVO throughout the years, and then let's delve further in what this could mean for the future.

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