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Why showing emotional moments is important for fighting game eSports

It seemed so easy... and yet it was hard to see whether there would be an end to it. First at NCR, first at Dreamhack, first at West Coast Warzone, and then three more first place finishes after that leading up to the biggest event of the season.

The big smile from Victor "PG|Punk" Woodley was something we were all used to seeing by then. Yet, it wasn't his smile that was most notable from him at EVO. It was a scene of celebration from the crowd, and everyone seemed happy. Lights all followed the champion of Evolution 2017 as confetti rained down; blue, purple, and gold, in a shimmering rainbow.

The camera panned towards one person who stood out in stark contrast to the joyous occasion. A pained expression on his face and tears that streamed down. It was Punk.

That sadness wouldn't last for long. It would soon be replaced by something else. Determination. Punk was now a man on a mission and he let everyone know it. "I'm coming for you Tokido," he would go on to promise in more than one interview.

He said the same thing at Red Bull Battle Grounds this past weekend when he took the North American Regional Finals, the very place where his year of domination had begun the previous year.

What is so compelling about Punk's story is the passion he displays at every tournament. Those tears at EVO were a moment that I won't soon forget, and I'm not the only one. Even people outside the FGC recognized that passion. Professional wrestler (and Woodley's personal favorite) CM Punk put out this video after seeing how down Punk was after his loss at EVO.

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Like Zeku? You'll love z0mbiraptor's fighting game art

We're bringing you yet another artist and avid fan of fighting games today as we highlight z0mbieraptor and his wonderful artwork today.

The New York based artist has a special affinity for ninjas, so it comes as little surprise to see plenty of images of Street Fighter's Zeku as well as Strider Hiryu in his portfolio.

We actually have reason to speculate that Zeku and Laura have the potential to bea little more than friendly, and we see this potential fleshed out in a few of these.

Z0mbiraptor also gives some love to characters from Tekken, Darkstalkers and even Street Fighter EX in the selection we've chosen.

Check out the art, let us know which were your personal favorites and why, and (most importantly) give us your predictions on how long Zeku and Laura will last.

I personally give it six months. Celebrity relationships never last.

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'Thank you for giving me a second lease on life' - Justin Wong and Alex Myers share tear-jerking sentiments about why they're thankful for the FGC

The fighting game community is known for gravitating a bit toward the ragtag end of the spectrum with high octane play, pop offs, trash talk and pride. While we welcome the exciting culture with open arms, we have a softer side that peeks out from time to time.

For many in the gaming world, video games provided escapes for less than ideal living situations and darker places. For many in the FGC, it was local arcades or other communal gathering places that players found their second homes.

We find ourselves in Thanksgiving week, but some aren't waiting for the pre-meal, once-around-the-table lists of things they're thankful for to share sentimental stories about what the FGC has done for them.

Tempo|Alex Myers took a moment out of his weekend trip to Boston to post a short video detailing rough times and community that helped him through them.

FOX|Justin Wong soon followed in suit to also share the incredible opportunity, feeling of encouragement and sense of family that our one of a kind community provided him with during a rather dire period in his life.

Give these quick videos a watch and then feel free to share any stories of thankfulness the FGC has brought to you. Seeing as we have a few more days, we may follow up more of these should other players choose to open up with more heartwarming personal recountings.

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$100 off PlayStation 4 consoles, $90 off Xbox One consoles, MvCI for $39.99, and more: Here are some of 2017's best Black Friday gaming deals

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and with it comes Black Friday -- that time of year where retailers slash prices for a very limited time.

In the spirit of the holiday, we have decided to round up some of the best video game deals (pertaining to fighting games, of course) so that you can be sure to get the jump on the low prices.

This story features a list of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One console bundles, and fighting games. If you haven't picked up one of the current-gen consoles, these deals may help you out.

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More wonderful fighting game art from Potemkin

We're back with a few more pieces from Socrates "PotemkinBuster" Mota's fairly extensive fighting game art gallery.

The Spanish artist comes at us today with a wide breadth of styles in his work, as we see both realistic and cartoon-ish art, as well as drawings that attempt to both adhere and venture away from the source material.

Potemkin uses color sparingly, but effectively in his Street Fighter 4 sketch featuring Akuma, Ryu and Gouken. Sakura and M. Bison also get the sketch treatment to varying degrees of detail.

We have two takes on Cammy White, with the first being a vibrant toon and the second looking like she may be straight out of a stylized film.

One of the more emotional pieces sees Zero having straight up murdered Mega Man, which is probably more or less the usual case when it comes to Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

Please tell us your favorites, and if you like these, be sure to check out our first gallery from this artist.

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Week in review: Ninja Turtles, Noctis Lucis Caelum, and Gotenks character announcements, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite patch, and lots of leaks

Another week, another batch of exciting things happening in the fighting game community. This time, we got a large number of announcements that occurred.

Though EventHubs posts several stories a day, not everyone gets a chance to check them out. So, here we have a recap for anyone who might have missed anything.

Today we're going to take a look back at some of the big headlines that went up on our front page from November 10th through today (November 17th).

We saw character announcements for Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Injustice 2. Even beyond that, some potential leaks have also been reported for a variety of fighting games.

Links for the original stories have been provided, so be sure to get the full scoop by clicking through each.

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Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition and more confirmed to be playable at the PlayStation Experience 2017

Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition is set to release on January 16, 2018. As a result of this, most of us have probably been expecting to see it playable during the PlayStation Experience 2017 on December 9th and 10th.

We now have official confirmation that the new version of the game will indeed be playable at this big event. It is one of the games listed at being there on the PlayStation website.

This is very likely to include the upcoming balance changes for Season 3. Notes about adjustments to the entire cast is quite probable.

Don't forget about the new V-Triggers that each fighter will be able to choose from. So far, we've only seen a few images of some of the newest V-Triggers.

Finally, we'll also probably see the main mode in action. If this occurs, then we can get an idea of how its pacing will go.

We are sure to also receive word of a surprise or two. Be on the lookout.

After the jump, you can find a list of developers and games that will be at the event. Those relevant to fighting games have been bolded.

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Are certain DLC policies in fighting games doing more in the way of helping or hurting?

Paying more money than the initial asking price isn't something new to fighting games. The nature of games like Street Fighter, Tekken, and others, is that they evolve over time. It's more exciting to play something competitive when it evolves with the scene.

With evolution comes a price tag. Downloadable additions are becoming more and more common in recent times. Just how common? Well, almost every big fighting game title has some sort of DLC. If you were to purchase all the DLC Street Fighter 5 currently has to offer, it'd all add up to $149.92.

Tekken 7 has a Season Pass, a character only available through DLC, and a costume pack, which add up to around $40 extra. Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator has 11 DLC and an upgrade to REV 2, a $65.88 total. Injustice 2 has an Ultimate Pack for $39.99, two Fighter Packs for $19.99, or the ability to buy individual characters for $5.99 a piece.

Even older games like Street Fighter X Tekken had a ton of DLC, 61 items in total, for a total price of $86.39.

It's fair to say that DLC must be working well for these companies considering how much they utilize it. In fact, there are a few examples of companies, outside fighting games, that have laid bare exactly how much they profit.

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Evil Sakura, buff Wario, contemplative Sagat... PotemkinBuster's fighting game art is sure to impress

Socrates "PotemkinBuster" Mota is an artist that hails from the Dominican Republic, and that has a special knack for capturing the essence of fighting game characters.

We've rounded up a few of Mota's pieces in today's showcase that includes mainly Street Fighter characters, but also welcomes guests from three or four other major franchises as well.

Rarely do we see these fighters in their traditional forms, as Potemkin tends to like to put just a bit of his own spin and interpretation into his drawings.

The evil/violent versions of Ryu, Ken and Sakura is probably my personal favorite, though I have to give a nod to buff Wario as well.

Some of these are fully colored and fleshed out pieces, while others remain as sketches, perhaps to be continued at some future time.

After you look over this selection, let us know which were your favorites and if you'd like to see more from Potemkin in the near future.

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Should top players be allowed early access to fighting games given the current eSports landscape?

There's been quite a bit of buzz surrounding a few images that appear to depict an upcoming build of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, that allegedly contain future DLC characters as well as a re-balance for the existing roster.

Seeing as this content is not on disc for data miners to hack into, these images suggest that Ryan "SPY|Filipino Champ" Ramirez was given the updated form of MvCI by Capcom.

The intuitive guess is that this was done for testing purposes, seeing as Ramirez is amongst the most qualified people on the planet to try out new content and scan for issues, but considering that he's also a competitor attending tournaments that offer thousands of dollars in cash prizes, the situation can quickly become questionable.

This is sure to bring about community discussion on policy when it comes to granting top players special, advanced access to a game or an update. It's something of a muddy situation in that there's no real law or authority to definitively dictate what a developer's approach should entail.

There's likely going to be a portion of the community that condemns this practice as well as a portion that finds it permissible. Seeing as the current eSports movement is allowing competitive fighting games to grow to all new heights, the community should probably have a pretty in-depth discussion to decide where to stand.

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SNK sees large increase in sales and profits, according to latest financial report

It seems that things are looking way up for SNK right now.

The company recently shared their latest financial report in the Official Gazette's latest publication, and Siliconera reports that the numbers are very strong.

The financial statement notes that SNK's sales hit 4.281 billion yen from August 2016 to July 2017. This is up from the 3.203 billion yen the company saw during the same period last year.

SNK's ordinary income for this period was 1.986 billion yen, another increase over last year's 1.317 billion yen.

The largest increase, however, came from their net profit. According to the financial statement, this number comes in at a staggering 3.105 billion yen for the aforementioned term, which is a major change from the 558 million yen the prior year.

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Nintendo says eSports is a core part of their thought process in statement to investors

Nintendo recently released an investor's report that revealed their interest in the eSports scene. Question 13 of the report asked about Nintendo's opinions of eSports and their "efforts going forward in relation to these activities."

In particular, they've noted that it has "been part of [their] core thinking in creating games at Nintendo, and [they] intend to continue creating games along these lines." It is pointed out that they are aware of the consumer interest surrounding the genre.

There is reason to believe that Nintendo are interested in pursuing ways of increasing their role in eSports. According to them, "they've been thinking a lot about quite what kind of reward would make winners happy" when they observed that champs tend to receive compensation.

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What makes a fighting game character overpowered?

The topic of broken and overpowered characters will permeate competitive fighting game conversation likely for as long as fighting games exist.

People are often motivated by emotions of frustration as they lose over and over again to tactics and techniques perceived as strong to the point of being unfair or cheap, but sometimes characters can indeed be so good that they begin to detract from a game's enjoyment levels.

TrueUnderDawgGaming has produced a video in which they discuss what exactly it means for a character to be overpowered, noting that the terms "overpowered" and "broken" mean two different things despite the fact that they're often used interchangeably.

The message here is overarching through all of fighting games, but TUDG focuses specifically on characters from Injustice 2 to illustrate their points.

Even if you've been around this community for a while, and have had lengthy conversations about character strength, the perspectives and details pointed out here will likely give you something new to think about.

Be sure to list off some of the fighting game characters that have given you the most grief over the years in the comments after you've finished watching.

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I don't think I'll ever get tired of theCHAMBA's fighting game artwork

If you've never heard of Jeffery "theCHAMBA" Cruz, you're missing out.

Chances are you've seen his artwork across the numerous UDON products he's contributed to. Or perhaps you've seen some of the awesome commissions he's done at various events.

Whatever the case may be, today we're taking another look at some of the amazing fighting game pieces Cruz has produced.

There are several different franchises represented here, including Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, and even Fatal Fury. You'll also find a piece that is a direct tribute to the Marvel vs. Capcom series, but replaced with Overwatch.

TheCHAMBA handles personal commissions, so if you're interested in that or just want to see more of his work, hit the above link.

Below are just a few images to get you started, but hit the jump for more.

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Week in review: X-Men and Fantastic Four rights might be acquired by Disney, Capcom Cup details, and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite ships 900,000 units

Another week, another batch of exciting things happening in the fighting game community.

Though EventHubs posts several stories a day, not everyone gets a chance to check them out. So, here we have a recap for anyone who might have missed anything.

Today we're going to take a look back at some of the big headlines that went up on our front page from November 3rd through today (November 10th).

From a potential deal between 20th Century Fox and Disney to an amazing Street Fighter 5 set between two legends, there's quite a bit to dig into.

We have provided links to the original stories here, so be sure to get the full scoop by clicking through each.

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Maximilian receives the Street Fighter 30th anniversary edition chest and arcade stick

You might recall a little while back that Alex Valle received a chest filled with goodies. This was thanks to the efforts of Razer, Red Bull, and Capcom Fighters.

Some of these goodies are exceptionally rare. Like the chest itself and the arcade stick that lies inside. There were only ten of them made.

They also come with Red Bull drinks that have codes inside. With these codes, you can unlock in-game costumes for Street Fighter 5.

It appears as though Maximilian was one of those ten people who were selected to receive these goodies. He did it while on stream for his viewers.

This video has been uploaded to YouTube. Like Alex Valle, he received a passport with his own face on it (on the body of Street Fighter's Alex).

The people who has been reported to have gotten one of these are Ono, Daigo, Snake Eyez, Bonchan, Luffy, Alex Valle, Jebailey, MarkMan, and Maximilian. That makes a total of nine -- there's still one left out there...

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X-Men and Fantastic Four rights might be headed to Disney - could we finally see these characters in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite?

According to CNBC, 21st Century Fox has been in talks with Disney to sell off most of its company. It wouldn't be all of Fox as they would keep their properties that are focused around news and sports.

It is noted that the two companies are not talking at this particular moment, but conversations about this has been ongoing for the last few weeks.

CNBC states that Fox is willing to engage in these talks as the senior management believes that their media attention is of immediate importance. This will allow the company to focus entirely on news and sports.

While it has been reported by Bloomberg that the talks are "dead," it is possible that the conversation could resume. It's still possible that this could happen.

This could mean that Disney would gain movie rights to X-Men and the Fantastic Four. If this should happen, then it would certainly be important for Disney to promote these characters and franchises.

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