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Major fighting game event delayed after player passes away at venue

Tragic news from Monterrey, Mexico this afternoon as we have reports of the death of one of the players attending Thunderstruck V.

Details are scarce as of right now, and the identity of the deceased has not yet been released.

The player was said to be there for the Guilty Gear competition. As a result the tournament has been suspended and all participants have been asked to leave the venue area.

Thunderstruck is a Capcom Pro Tour event, and the Street Fighter 5 tournament is currently down to the final eight competitors. There is no news as of now as to whether or not the rest of the event will be played.

Our deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of this fellow fighting game community member.

We'll continue to update this story as any new information becomes available.

Overwatch director faults player toxicity for slowing content development; how fighting game players are familiar with this concept

Games are meant to be fun, right? That's why we tend to play them after all.

Sometimes though, people can really ruin your experience. Anybody who's ever played any online game ever already knows this.

It doesn't really matter which genre we're talking about here. Be it first person shooters or fighters, it's something we typically see all too frequently.

In the case of Overwatch, Blizzard's first person shooter, the director has recently indicated that he attributes the slowing down of new content development to toxic players. Rather than creating new maps, heroes, and animated shorts, they are dedicated a number of resources towards regulating people's behaviors.

"I wish we could take the time we put into having reporting on console and have put that toward a match history system or a replay system instead," Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan said. "It was the exact same people that had to work on both, who got re-routed to work on the other. The bad behavior is not just ruining the experience for one another, but the bad behavior’s also making the game progress—in terms of development—at a much slower rate."

Only just this year did fans of Street Fighter 5 see something similar to this. A number of new systems were implemented that punish rage quitters into the game.

What if these features were never needed though? Would we be seeing new content in Street Fighter 5 if not for the necessity of punishing these type of players?

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From Baiken to Robert Garcia: KarenG's epic fighting game cosplay continues to wow us

If you've attended any major fighting game event in recent times, you might have spotted this cosplayer joining in on the fun. KarenG has been taking on the role of characters from our favorite fighting franchises for some time now, and throughout the year has showcased her work at several large-scale tournaments.

Today, we're taking a look at some of Karen's latest cosplay photos shared on social media.

Featured in this gallery we have representation from several different game series. You'll find Baiken from Guilty Gear, Guy from Street Fighter, King of Fighters' Robert Garcia, and several others.

Sprinkled in with her new photos we have some of our favorite photos from Karen. This includes her Street Fighter 5 Ken, Chun-Li, and Laura.

We have included a handful of images below to get you started. Be sure to hit the jump for even more.

If you'd like to see more of Karen, you can find her on Twitter, Twitch, and Patreon.

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Nemo's unbelievable comeback, pizza proves stronger than a machine gun, and Jyobin goes nuts in Street Fighter 5: Funny & Cool Moments ep. 103

LiangHuBBB returns with another installment in the Funny & Cool Moments series. Today marks the 103rd episode.

If you've never watched one of these compilations, basically the name of the series says it all. You'll find numerous funny and cool clips from all sorts of different fighting games, ranging from perfects to player outbursts.

This episode includes a bit of Dragon Ball FighterZ to start, showcases some awesome combos from Arika's unnamed fighting game, and features a whole lot of Jyobin going crazy in Street Fighter 5.

We also have an intense battle between two Tekken 7 players who try to out-zone each other by using their customization items of choice: a machine gun and a pizza.

To start, though, check out this epic Tekken 7 failure. You will find the full video after the jump.


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Nintendo Direct live stream starting at 3 p.m. PDT; will we see a new Smash Bros. announcement?

We're just minutes away from almost 45 minutes worth of exciting new announcements from one of the most iconic gaming companies of all time: Nintendo.

Super Mario Odyssey is expected to be the main attraction today, but we'll also be getting information on upcoming titles and developments for both the Nintendo Switch and 3DS.

While we're not all that sure that we'll be getting any fighting game news directly, today does mark the three year anniversary date for the release of Super Smash Bros. 3DS in Japan.

Super Smash creator Masahiro Sakurai is known for timing his announcements and reveals, as seen with some of the character reveals for Smash Wii-U.

Punch-Out!!'s Little Mac's reveal was done on February 13th, 2014, which coincided with the 30 year anniversary of Punch-Out!!'s North American release date.

Watch with us via the live stream embed below, and let's see what exciting news Nintendo has in store for us today.

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Is the concept of guest characters getting out of hand in fighting games?

Not too long ago, we saw the announcement of what fighterswill be joining Injustice 2 via Fighter Pack #2. These characters are Black Manta, Raiden, and Hellboy.

Raiden and Hellboy will be joining Sub-Zero as the game's guests. This makes a total of three guests altogether so far.

A lot of people had some things to say about the number of guest characters that have been appearing in fighters these days as a result of this announcement. This is a trend that's been going on for quite a long time now.

Tekken 7, for example, has Street Fighter's Akuma and will be getting Geese Howard from Fatal Fury later down the road. Mortal Kombat X had Jason, Predator, Leatherface, and the Alien. This has also been a tradition for the Soul Calibur series ever since the second game.

Given, it certainly makes sense that NetherRealm Studios would want to push more guest fighters. Ed Boon has stated several times that these type of combatants tend to sell the most in their fighters.

Obviously these type of characters are popular which would explain why they keep getting pushed into fighting games. There are those that believe resources and characters slots are being taken up as a result of these roster additions.

The History Behind the Warrior YouTube channel has given some insight on the pros and cons of this concept. Check it out after the jump.

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How accurate are tournaments in revealing the best players? Core-A Gaming on event formats, policies and effectiveness

While we'll sometimes see a round robin or single elimination event, the fighting game community has grown to expect the standard of a double elimination tournament. But why exactly?

In the latest from Core-A Gaming, Gerald takes a more nuanced look at what tournament format means in terms of assessing who the best players truly are.

Though they surely serve multiple purposes, tournaments' central goals are to reveal who the absolute strongest players are in as objective a way as possible.

Plenty of measures go into achieving this goal, but there are still a handful of variables that can affect outcomes and perhaps lead to a less qualified player becoming the victor.

Perhaps a perfect world would see a massive round robin event, wherein everyone played everyone, but such a setting is very much unrealistic in terms of time and resources. Balancing time, resources and skill assessment, we've concluded that the double elimination format is most efficient, though it too needs further regulation.

Join Core-A as they try to better clarify what it means to establish the best, as well as take a look at the additional excitements and potential potholes that come with tournament play.

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DreamHack Montreal's Street Fighter 5 stage recreates Vega's classic backdrop in real life

DreamHack Montreal is going down in Quebec, Canada this weekend. Players are currently in attendance and upon checking out what the venue holds have stumbled onto something truly awesome.

The tournament's Street Fighter 5 stage replicates Vega's classic Street Fighter 2 backdrop.

Not only are there barrels holding up the monitors the players will be using to compete, but you'll also find the trademark cage in the background.

Several competitors are sharing photos of the awesome replica over on Twitter. The gallery below consists of pictures from Kreymore, FOX|Justin Wong, and Alex Jebailey.

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SaneFox gives a few fighting game characters makeovers, and the results are pretty great

SaneFox is an artist from the Dominican Republic with a fairly bold approach.

Fox draws some fighting game favorites, but they take a few liberties with characters' faces, often imagining them at a slightly different age or in a different style than what we're used to seeing.

Goku, for instance, looks as though he could be in high school, while Vegeta looks a lot more Caucasian than normal.

It's one thing to be able to replicate, but a whole other to take liberties with faces and be successful. Check out the gallery we've put together and let us know what you think of SaneFox's artwork.

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Here's the first Street Fighter 5 Menat cosplay we've seen, and it's fantastic

From the moment she was first revealed, Menat quickly became a fan-favorite in Street Fighter 5. It usually doesn't take long for someone to create a cosplay of new, fan-favorite characters, and that someone has come.

RinnieRiot has put together the first Menat cosplay we've seen, and boy, is it fantastic. Modeled after the character's alternate Battle costume, this portrayal of Menat comes replete with crystal sphere.

Rinnie shared how she created the crystal ball over on Twitter, so if you're looking to fashion one for a cosplay of your own, be sure to check it out.

This isn't RinnieRiot's first rodeo when it comes to cosplay. Over the span of her career, she has put together numerous other costumes including several related to fighting games.

Featured here you will not only find Street Fighter 5's Menat, but also Lucky Chloe and Nina from Tekken 7, Mai from King of Fighters, and Kasumi from the Dead or Alive series.

You can find more of RinnieRiot on Twitch, Facebook, Instagram, and Patreon.

Below are just a handful of photos to get you started. Hit the jump for even more.

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Fighting Game Community kicks off fundraiser to help victims of Hurricane Irma

The fighting game community is taking a brief break from beating up on each other to join in the pursuit of a common cause: helping out the victims of Hurricane Irma.

Texas is still dealing with the disastrous effects of Hurricane Harvey, which destroyed hundreds of thousands of buildings and displaced more than 30,000 people, and already Florida is preparing for a potentially even worse experience as a result of Irma.

Southern California player Chris Tatarian has put together a donation page for the FGC to offer up their monetary support. It will be open from September 6th through September 13th, and is aims to raise at least $10,000.

This will be promoted this evening on both the Wednesday Night Fights and Next Level Battle Circuit streams so as to reach as many people as possible.

If you'd like to contribute, please head over to Tiltify to donate. If you could also help spread the word by sharing and retweeting on Twitter, that would also be a great help.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by these natural disasters.

Panzer's fighting game artwork features outstanding depictions of classic Capcom characters

Yesterday, we shared more Menat fan art from all around the web. One of the artists featured was Panzer, and today we'll be taking a closer look at some of his other work.

Residing in France, this creator has contributed work to Udon projects, including the recent Street Fighter and Friends Swimsuit Special. Though his work extends beyond fighting games, the content produced within the fighting vein is top notch.

In this gallery, you will find characters from Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, and Rival Schools. Additionally, we have a handful of Marvel vs. Capcom-related pieces for you to check out.

Below are just some of the art pieces to get you started. Hit the jump for more, and be sure to visit Panzer's DeviantArt page for even more of his amazing work.

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Did you know Guile's Sonic Boom in Street Fighter isn't just another impossible video game move? It actually makes sense scientifically

Fighting games are often home to combatants that are capable of some pretty spectacular, and frankly, unbelievable things. Shooting fire balls from their hands, flying off of walls, and leaping high into the air to pile drive the opponent are just some of the things we see in our favorite games, but we know that most of this stuff would be impossible to do in real life.

There is one move, however, that can actually be explained through science and isn't quite as far-fetched as you might think. Guile's Sonic Boom in Street Fighter actually makes sense when you take a closer look at what exactly is going on.

Nerdist's Because Science with Kyle Hill recently delved deeper into how the trademark special move actually works. We learn that its existence and utilization is actually plausible, though it takes an unnatural amount of strength and speed to perform.

In order for Guile to pull off his Sonic Boom, his fist has to travel faster than the speed of sound. The curved motion he uses allows him to create what scientists call a "super boom," and though this wouldn't hurt the opponent that much, they would certainly feel it.

The amount of force required to punch at such speeds would likely tear a normal person's arm off. But Guile is no normal man...

For the full, detailed explanation be sure to check out the video below.

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These arcade sofas could provide the comfort needed for optimal gameplay while playing fighting games

Comfort is important for getting optimal gameplay. I would say this is especially true for fighting games.

Apparently there exists something called "arcade sofas." Just as you might imagine, these are sofas constructed in the vein of an arcade cabinet.

The measurements of these things are 125 cm x 110 cm x 150 cm. They weigh 55 kg.

We see a various themes on the these cabinets. A few examples include Street Fighter, King of Fighters, Dragon Ball Z, and others.

Of course, these aesthetics are not limited to just fighting games. The main draw is more about the structure of these sofas.

Here's a small sample of them. Check them out:

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Wait... Mario is no longer a plumber? His official profile states that he was one 'a long time ago...'

For those of us who grew up playing Mario's games, we've always recognized him as a plumber. This despite the fact that he pretty much does everything aside from plumbing.

Given, we would never actually want to see a game regarding Mario's plumbing adventures... Still, it was always something we just imagined that he did while outside of the games.

Apparently not. As pointed out by Kotaku, Mario is only listed as being a plumber "a long time ago..."

This comes directly from Mario's official profile, which is in Japanese. Here is the full translation of that little snippet, according to Kotaku:

All around sporty, whether it’s tennis or baseball, soccer or car racing, he does everything cool. As a matter of fact, he also seems to have worked as a plumber a long time ago...

Surprising, isn't it? Still, it looks as though he takes that experience as a plumber with him being that he is able to traverse the warp pipes so well. It's even how his intro portrays him entering a battle in Smash Bros.

What do you make of this? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comment section. Also, you'll want to check out the full Kotaku article too.

Heihachi is rich, agents recount the disbelief of frame data, Tokido's bean boozled face, and more - August Bannerhubs

Another month has come to an end. I'm sure you all know what that means...

It's another opportunity to celebrate some of our favorite banners for the month of August. We got 37 of them for you this time.

There were certainly a lot of opportunities for the community to create new memes this month. We were sure to take advantage of those when we could.

Also, the new character Menat came out so there are a couple of banners dedicated to her. Most of these banners are pretty goofy, as you might expect.

As always, we have links back to the stories for these particular banners in case you missed them the first time. Just like the banners, these are fun stories.

See you next month for the next iteration of BannerHubs.

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Falcoon Master draws Third Strike, King of Fighters and other characters

Time for a splash of simple today as we check out an all black and white gallery from Falcoon_Master.

Our selection from Falcoon's portfolio features Street Fighter characters from various chapters in the franchise's history, but boasts just as many SNK combatants.

Most of these are pretty straightforward, though Falcoon does have a bit of extra fun when he puts a Spongebob Squarepants shirt on Vice from KOF.

As always, please share your reactions to this work in the comment section. Let us know which pieces spoke to or garnered the most reaction from you, and feel free to comment on any that weren't your favorites as well.

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