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Harada: Tekken 7's input lag was reduced by 2 frames, but people didn't notice; more reductions coming within the year

It's no secret that Tekken 7 has been somewhat infamous for having some of the highest amount of input lag for modern fighters. It had about 7.7 frames of latency... at least, it did previously.

During the Tekken World Tour Finals event, Harada stood up in front of the crowd with a translator, Tekken designer Michael Murray. There were a number of interesting things said about this issue that has been plaguing Tekken 7.

"Before asking [Epic's Unreal Engine team] to cooperate, we first actually eliminated two frames of input lag on our side -- and you guys didn't notice!" said Harada through his translator. This would mean that the input lag has been reduced to 5.7 frames.

Of course, it doesn't just stop them. Previously it's been brought up that more reductions have also been incorporated from the engine side thanks to Epic Games.

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Infiltration, MOV, XSK_Samurai, Alex Myers, Nemo, LPN, and more are already signed up for the Capcom Cup 2017 Last Chance Qualifier

It's been announced over at Capcom Unity that the Capcom Cup 2017 Last Chance Qualifier registration is now live. This is certainly one of the most important tournaments for the Capcom Pro Tour.

Whoever wins this tournament will be given a guaranteed spot on the Capcom Cup. A number of players are gunning for this final spot, so there's definitely a lot on the line here.

Players that are already signed up include GRPT|MOV, GRPT|Infiltration, XsK_Samurai, Tempo|Alex Myers, AW|Nemo, LPN, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Infused|Imstilldadaddy, and stormKUBO. Remember that players that are already qualified are not allowed to compete in this tournament.

In other words, there will be no participants that are only there for the sake of gatekeeping. All the competitors mentioned above are currently not qualified.

Among these contenders, only one of them can potentially qualify at this point. It's hard to imagine seeing a big tournament like Capcom Cup without a number of these individuals.

So which competitors are not allowed to compete at the Last Chance Qualifier? Let's take a look...

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Call an exorcist, Tokido's Raging Demon montage is scary good

With an EVO win this year, amongst numerous other shining points on his resume, FOX|Tokido has clearly established himself as the strongest Street Fighter 5 Akuma player in the world.

Set ups, footsies and all around expertise have propelled Tokido to this status, but Akuma still has his trademark Raging Demon in his arsenal, and The Murderface makes sure to take full advantage of this devastating attack.

XusesGB has gone through the painstaking process of scanning hours of match footage to seek out some of Tokido's most jaw dropping uses of the Raging Demon, and shares them now with us all.

Even though you know it's coming, watching this learned player set up and execute some of these will surely make you shuffle in your seat out of sheer surprise.

It isn't just a collection of unsuspecting scrubs that Tokido catches either. All players in this montage are Master ranked online, and include the likes of DNG|Itabashi Zangief, GRPT|Haitani, Mago and others.

Here's a quick clip of a Demon from one of Tokido's recent bouts with fellow Japanese god CYG|Daigo Umehara:

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Saint's amazing double perfect, Speedkicks makes a killer Rage Art read, intense comebacks, and more: Tekken World Tour Finals highlights

Yesterday, we saw the conclusion of the Tekken World Tour take place.

This tournament featured 16 of the world's best Tekken players slugging it out after months of competing. With $50,000 on the line. you can only imagine the level of dedication we'll be seeing here.

As we normally do with hype events, tonight we're going to take a look at some of our favorite moments from finals day.

Players showcased in these highlights include FOX|Saint, FOX|JDCR, Qudans, PG|Speedkicks, Yamasa|Nobi, NCSS|Jimmy J Tran, and more.

We kick off our highlights with an exceptional whiff punish.

In group 4, Nobi's Dragunov took on Jimmy J Tran's Bryan in an exciting bout. On the verge of losing the game, Nobi pulled off a clutch whiff punish using his character's back swing blow attack, leading to a quick juggle combo and the round victory.

To close out that same set, the two players brought it down to the wire, leaving everyone on the edge of their seats.

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Desk gives Street Fighter 5 a Street Fighter 2-style overhaul, and it's the best thing you'll see all day

In fighting games, fans love seeing callbacks to past titles in the series. Some of the best and most recent examples of this are the Street Fighter 2 remake stages found in Street Fighter 5.

Combo video creator Desk has taken this idea to a whole new level. Today, we have a Street Fighter 5 compilation that is injected with heavy influences from the game that put the franchise on the map.

According to Desk, this project started out as a simple mission to create a remix for Karin's theme in response to the recently released classic themes DLC. The remix was meant to sound as though it would appear in Street Fighter 2.

This remix eventually evolved into what we see here. The combo video features custom menus and HUD, made by Desk, as well as sound effects ripped straight from the Street Fighter 2: World Warriors ROM.

The presentation in this video is excellent, and it is supplemented by the stylish combos Desk pulls off throughout.

I can only hope that this inspires Capcom to create a full-fledged Street Fighter 2 theme for Street Fighter 5.

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Tekken World Tour Finals results ft. JDCR, Saint, Qudans, Noroma, Speedkicks

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The end of the Tekken World Tour 2017 is finally upon us, and the strongest players from across the world are gathered.

This is the culmination of months of competition, so everyone who's earned their spot in this 16-man event has worked hard to get here.

And why shouldn't the road be hard? With $50,000 in prize money up for grabs, we're going to go ahead and quote the upcoming guest character Geese Howard by saying "Whining fools begone!"

The players who have made it this far are FOX|JDCR, FOX|Saint, Qudans, COOASGAMES|Noroma, PG|Speedkicks, NCSS|Jimmy J Tran, Yamasa|Nobi, ROX|Knee, Anakin, CGG|Tissuemon, Circa|JoeyFury, CKT|Blackbeard, UYU|Princess Ling, Crazy|SuperAkouma, DG|KaneAndTrench and TDG|Fergus, but only one will remain in the end.

The event will begin with a group stage, and lead from there into a final top 8 bracket, so there'll be plenty of matches to enjoy.

What are you waiting for? Tune in to Tekken and let the good times roll.

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Noctis Lucis Caelum from Final Fantasy 15 announced for Tekken 7

At the Tekken World Tour Finals today, Harada had promised there would be an announcement.

Well, he delivered.

Right before the Top 8 of the tour's finals were set to start, we were treated to a trailer from Harada himself.

In this trailer, we got to see that none other than Noctis Lucis Caelum, the main character from Square-Enix's recent Final Fantasy 15, will be joining the cast of Tekken 7... Oh, and he's buddies with Lars.

He brings a Final Fantasy 15 stage along with him, and a bunch of flashy moves any Final Fantasy fan is sure to love. In the trailer, you can see him wield all of the royal weapons he has at his disposal in the original game, as well as magic in the form of Fire, Blizzard and Thunder, to boot.

Although the video shows some fishing action, it's probably safe to say this won't actually be part of your Tekken matches in the future.

Here's a bunch of images from the trailer.

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Whose accomplishments are greater in Injustice 2? SonicFox's quantity of 1st places or Dragon's big tournament wins like EVO?

Every fighting game needs their share of professional players. Among these professionals, only one can truly say they are the best in the world.

FOX|SonicFox is a player that can make that claim for Injustice 2. In fact, his reign of domination is quite noteworthy from other games.

He made his appearance upon the scene towards the end of the first Injustice's lifespan. Throughout the course of Mortal Kombat X, he was basically the undisputed best.

Now onto Injustice 2, his been taking tournament after tournament. In terms of just the quantity of tournaments, his title is safe. But...

ALG|Dragon has achieved a number of accomplishments in Injustice 2 that not even SonicFox has. Big wins like EVO and Eleague are hard to contest.

Perhaps the best player in the world is the one who is able to succeed in the tournaments that have the most amount of pressure. If that's the case, then maybe it's Dragon who is currently the best in the world.

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Are Laura and Zeku flirting? Their victory quotes to one another leave a lot to speculation...

Street Fighter 5 fans may have noticed Zeku's unique method of giving a victory quote. He speaks in Haiku -- typically non-rhyming poems that consist of five, seven, then five syllable phrases.

Zeku has been available for players to use since October 24th. Many victories and losses have been achieved with this fighter since then.

Of course, what he says to other characters aren't the only interesting pieces of dialogue added with his inclusion into the game. These characters also have a few things to say to Zeku when he's defeated.

In particular, the quotes between Zeku and Laura are somewhat interesting. It's certainly not something one would expect to see...

Laura appears to be behaving in a flirty manner with Zeku. More so with his older form than his younger self. Specifically she mentions that she thinks older men are "sexy."

Meanwhile, Zeku apparently thinks of Laura as a "dangerous temptress." Have a look for yourself:

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Did you know: Marvel vs. Capcom was originally conceived because Marvel wanted to get exposure for their characters to people in Japan

It all started 21 years ago in 1996 when X-Men vs. Street Fighter hit arcades.

Comic characters didn't have nearly the public acknowledgement they do today, and Marvel wasn't the media powerhouse it would eventually grow into. Fighting games, on the other hand, had recently become all the rage.

Games like Street Fighter 2 and Moral Kombat had players taking extra trips to convenience stores and laundromats if they weren't close enough to a legitimate arcade, and home consoles had others inviting friends over for more domestic bouts.

Street Fighter and X-Men though? Sure, it's cool, but why? In reading through Capcom's latest Development Report, we get our answer.

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Street Fighter PC mods: Alice from King of Fighters, Emma Frost from X-Men, and Ann Takamaki from Persona 5

PC Best Mods is back with another set of costume mods for Street Fighter 5. Like previous batches, the costumes highlighted here transform fighters in the game into someone else entirely.

THEJAMK has developed an Alice skin for Karin. Alice if another fighter that hails from the King of Fighters franchise.

Kolin has also been modded to look like Emma Frost from the X-Men series. This mod actually makes a lot of sense considering Kolin's affinity for frost and ice.

Given, Emma Frost's mutant abilities actually have nothing to do with the elements, ice or otherwise. This costume was created by Khaledantar666.

Finally, we have an Ann Takamaki costume from Persona 5. Once again, this mod was created by Khaledantar666.

The combatant chosen to make this look work is Karin once again. Hit the jump below to check out the videos showcasing these mods.

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Tier lists: What they are, what they aren't and how to better understand them

One of the main things I worked to prove in my earlier article about how a game's balance affects its competitive potential was that tiers are inherently fluid, and shift with a game's lifespan as more discoveries and developments are made by players.

Now that the nature of tiers has been established, we need to advance to the next step - how to actually understand what tiers mean.

It might sound absurd at first that someone who is plugged in to competitive fighting games might not understand what tiers mean, but it's actually not so far-fetched in reality. I think most people who play competitive fighting games know tier lists, but knowing tier lists and understanding them are not at all the same thing.

There will be a lot of ground to cover here, and I will be bolding several central points related to understanding tier lists, but there are two points in particular that are extra important. These two points will be at the beginning and at the very end of this piece.

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So Saturday Night Live did a skit on eSports last night; nods to Sonic Fox, Mortal Kombat and other fighting game notables

While there was no shortage of routine political jabs and comical commentary on the seemingly dime a dozen Hollywood sex scandals that have been popping up as of late, last night's episode of Saturday Night Live also featured an eSports skit.

Not only did it venture into competitive gaming territory for a full five minutes, writers chose to focus specifically on fighting games as we saw the world championship finals of "Death Fight 12," an obvious spoof of Mortal Kombat XL.

The premise sees player Pwn Donkey take on Sonic Goon, likely a nod to Dominique "FOX|SonicFox" Mclean, in the quarter finals of their eSports event mirroring TBS' Eleague.

The central joke seemed to be aimed more at general than fighting game-centric audiences, which makes sense given the show's fan base, as Pwn Donkey wrestles with choosing a character to use.

We'll let you be the judge as to whether or not this was laugh-worthy, but seeing the reach of eSports make it to a main stream entity like SNL is an encouraging marker of growth in the public eye.

Check out the skit in the video below and let us know your reactions to both the comedy and the basic fact that SNL chose to do this skit in the comments section.

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Brussels Challenge Road to EVO Japan results ft. Takamura, Will2Pac, Brick, WhiteBl4ck, Nightcross

Brussels Challenge Road to EVO Japan took place today.

As the name suggests, this was a tournament part of a qualifying series where the winner can get their trip to EVO Japan paid for.

This wasn't just a Street Fighter 5 event, but also featured Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and King of Fighters 14 being played.

Players attending included Epsilon|Takamura, Millénium|Will2Pac, Epsilon|Brick, CDV|WhiteBl4ck, Epsilon|Nightcross, Epsilon|Keftaroz and more.

Streaming was done at Brussels Challenge.

You can find full results for the event below.

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Demographics of Capcom Cup: Which countries have the most representation in this Pro Tour's year end finale?

We're coming up to the end of the Capcom Pro Tour and the lists of attendants are coming in. Keep in mind that there is still Red Bull and the Last Chance Qualifier. So there will be one more participant for sure, perhaps two.

That said, we do know for certain the identities of 30 participants. Given that we now know most of the who, why don't we take a little look at the where?

The Pro Tour extends its reach to four major regions of the world: North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. It has given spotlight to players and scenes that may otherwise not get a chance to show off their mettle, and has globalized Street Fighter competition in a way we've never seen before.

The demographics for the Capcom Cup are pretty wide, (there are participants from no less than 11 different countries that will be attending) but when we take a look towards the top of the list something becomes clear: Japan is tearing things up.

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EventHubs readers want Makoto in Street Fighter 5 more than they want Dudley? Here are the results of our Third Strike character poll

Update: This story has been updated with final results. You can view them after the jump below.

Let's now consider the characters that debuted in Street Fighter 3. Originally, it was planned for there to not be any returning characters so the game's cast is mostly made up of newcomers.

Since then, a lot of these characters have become fan favorites. Despite this, there have been very few opportunities for many of these characters to appear in other games beyond Street Fighter 3.

As of right now, we only have Alex, Urien, and Ibuki in Street Fighter 5. There's still plenty of room for other Street Fighter 3 characters.

There are still many fan favorites that exist like Dudley. He definitely offers a different style from Balrog.

I'd honestly be surprised if I didn't see characters like Oro or Q at the top of the list. Given, the results of previous polls were different than how I expected.

Hit the jump below to check out the poll. Note that you'll be able to vote up six times in this particular poll.

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'I hope they nerf [Necalli] so I get forced to switch [characters]' - Phenom on changes he'd like to see to SF5, how he picks his characters and more

Capcom Cup 2017 is drawing closer by the day, and a lot of top level players are ready to test their skills against eachother at the grand event.

In an effort to build hype for this, we've decided to reach out to the qualified Capcom Cup players, and will be bringing you interviews with as many as possible of the players set to participate in the event.

Next up is the young prodigy from Norway, BX3|Phenom. In this interview, he talks about his character selection process, making it work while living in a non-competitive area and how Street Fighter 4 players can adapt to Street Fighter 5.

Here's a snippet to get you started.

MajinTenshinhan: In Street Fighter 4, you used M. Bison almost exclusively. While you've been sticking with Necalli for most of Street Fighter 5, we have seen you pick M. Bison here and there, and you've even been using Guile from time to time lately.

What do you look at in a character, gameplaywise, when you decide to pick them up, and are there any more characters you think we might see you bring out in tournament any time soon?

BX3|Phenom: I try to pick a character based on how good I feel they fit the meta. In Season 1, I played M. Bison at first and had success, but he was extremely weak back then, so I started playing my secondary, Necalli, as my main.

Right now, I don't feel the need to switch away from Necalli, but I play other characters just for fun, mainly because Necalli is boring.

I hope they nerf him so I get forced to switch, but right now, I'm good.

Continue below for the full interview.

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