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Why oppressive top tier characters are a terrible thing for fighting games

"Well, someone has to be #1," is a phrase I see thrown around a lot in fighting game community circles. People enjoy simplistic explanations for things in life, because who doesn't like easy solutions to complex problems?

Issues arise when a simple explanation doesn't tell enough of the story. One of these instances is overall character strength in fighting games.

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Here's what you get when you combine Cujo Kate's stunning cosplays with Chris Bahn's beautiful photography

There are many reasons why one might attend a fighting game major event, but capturing the spirit and making memories are easily amongst the most important. The two people that we're highlighting in this post specialize in doing just that.

Chris Bahn has become one of the most recognizable names in fighting game photography today, and for good reason. He's honed his craft and continued to level up his photo skills over the years so that we can remember our favorite moments in the best (sometimes slightly altered in post to better bring out the color in our eyes) light.

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r/StreetFighter is sending players to EVO 2019 and needs your help deciding who will go

Time flies and it just so happens that we're suddenly less than two months away from the big fighting game dance in Las Vegas: EVO. Players from all over the world will be in attendance as they clash and spar in their favorite fighting games, but Vegas is expensive and not everyone can afford to take the time off and shell out all the pretty pennies it takes to make this happen.

r/StreetFighter is rallying their sub community together to send a person or two out to EVO 2019, but could use your input in deciding who actually goes.

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'Making the game easy benefits no one' - Momochi on the delicate balance between bringing in new fighting game players while still appeasing veterans

During a recent Street Fighter 5 streaming session, celebrated Japanese fighting game player Victrix|Momochi offered a few words on the struggle developers currently find themselves in as they attempt to simultaneously grow the niche genre and appease long time fans.

The unforgiving nature of fighters makes for a natural barrier of entry that tends to be more intense than many other types of games, and developers have made clear attempts to minimize said barrier via strategies such as making stronger comeback mechanics and lowering execution requirements. Momochi actually thinks that difficulty is not actually what's keeping newcomers from sticking around, and that making things easier isn't an efficient solution.

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Where were all of the fighting game announcements at E3 2019 and will they be coming back?

E3 has now wrapped up another year as the biggest video gaming event in the world, but all of the reveals and announcements probably felt a bit lacking for the hardcore fighting game fans when compared to previous showings.

The biggest FGC-related reveals we did receive were of course Banjo-Kazooie and Dragon Quest Hero's announcement for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate along with Rimururu joining Samurai Shodown and Bleeding Edge coming from Ninja Theory, but where was everything else?

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Fighting game dads: most are either evil, deadbeats, adoptive, or some combination of the aforementioned

Heihachi. Goku. Shao Kahn. Geese Howard. What do all these guys have in common? They are some of the more recognized names in various FGC games, but also some of the worst fathers.

Guile’s also in that group. This dude is always telling everyone else to go be with family, but he himself never is. *Cough* deadbeat.

It's Father's Day, so let's take some time to look at the parenting skills of some of the greatest characters to have appeared in a fighting game.

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Arcade modes, story-telling, trials, custom creation tools, and more — Stumblebee reviews how single player content in fighting games have evolved

Fighting games are most typically known for their competitive multiplayer modes. However, it's definitely important not to neglect the single player content.

This doesn't necessarily mean just having an arcade or story mode present in the game. This can also include features like a trial mode, training, unlockables, custom character creators, and more.

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Hori and Capcom team up to bring a new and classic set of Street Fighter arcade sticks to the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo's Switch console has a strong line up of fighting games from Ultra Street Fighter 2 to Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and most recently with Mortal Kombat 11 — and that's all before Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The ability to come across quality arcade sticks for the platform natively have been a bit harder to come by, however.

Hori and Capcom have teamed up to bring some new Street Fighter-branded fight sticks to the Switch featuring art from Third and the classic cabinets for SF2 in their full-sized Real Arcade Pro and the more portable Fighting Stick Mini.

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Battling bulldozers, a Les Misérables fighter, THAT Star Wars game, and more; seven incredibly weird fighting games that actually exist

It's fairly well documented that in days after Street Fighter 2's booming success, a great many copycats flooded the fighting game market in hopes to make a quick buck. Most quickly faded into obscurity, but some were so out of left field that they give us the gift of entertainment as we marvel at their mere existence.

OusideXbox has rounded up seven such titles from the less explored annals of fighting game history, and has graciously shared them with us in one of their videos.

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Justin Wong will be sponsoring five players for CEO 2019

Victrix|Justin has decided on five players to send to CEO 2019. They will compete across different games that will be featured at the supermajor and sport the tag JWONG for the event.

Those selected are usually players who haven’t had that big break yet, but show the potential to take it to the next level. This year’s selections are LostSoul, Princess Slim, taji256, Waz, and Zaferino.

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Lag spike means you forfeit the round, idea for ranked play in future fighting games

We've all had the experience before, you're playing online, and having a good set — and all of a sudden — the game slows down to a few frames a minute and characters start to teleport all over the screen.

Lag spikes are terrible, and typically compromise the integrity of an online set, as the game stutters and jitters around. I have an idea I'd like to see implemented to help alleviate this issue.

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Update: Nintendo Direct for E3 2019 live stream, Super Smash Bros. reveal inbound

Update: Nintendo's E3 Direct stream is now live. Come watch it with us after the jump.

The big conferences for E3 2019 are winding down, but not before the last console maker takes the metaphorical internet stage to reveal what's coming up and what's coming out to their systems in the near future.

Nintendo will be holding their E3 Nintendo Direct stream beginning at 9 a.m. PDT / 12 p.m. EDT where the company is set to make a number of announcements including the next DLC fighter joining the ranks of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Nintendo lawyers reportedly put a stop to big E3 leaker for 'misappropriation of trade secrets'

E3 is the biggest time of year for those looking forward to new video game announcements, but early leaks also run rampant online in the days and weeks leading up to the event — as we saw happen with Bandai Namco this year.

One such leaker, a Twitter user going by the name of Sabi, was reportedly called and emailed by a lawyer representing Nintendo to threaten them with potential legal action if they continued with their plans to out the company's E3 Direct information set to take place later this morning.

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Tomorrow's Nintendo E3 2019 Direct presentation will run for around 40 minutes

Tomorrow is the big day for Nintendo and Super Smash Bros. fans alike. At 9:00 a.m. PDT / 12:00 p.m. EDT, Nintendo will begin their Direct presentation.

Masahiro Sakurai has already confirmed that a newcomer will be announced for the Fighters Pass during this segment. "As for me, I'll be continuing my work on the next DLC fighter, and more information regarding that will be shared in the Nintendo Direct for E3 2019," said Sakurai.

Needless to say, there's a lot to be excited about. Recently, Nintendo has provided confirmation about the length the presentation.

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Project Scarlett console details revealed by Microsoft in E3 2019 trailer

Near the conclusion of Microsoft's E3 2019 press conference, details about Microsoft's next console. For now, it is being referred to as "Project Scarlett."

This new console will be launching during the Holiday season of 2020. Along with it, the latest entry in the Halo series, "Halo Infinite," will also be made available as one of the console's first exclusive titles.

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Microsoft Xbox E3 press conference live stream now live

Update: Stream is now live.

Earlier:Microsoft is getting ready to kick off E3 in a big way for the console makers where they're gearing up to show 14 upcoming Xbox exclusive titles and perhaps our first taste of the next generation of video games.

The Xbox press conference is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. PDT / 4 p.m. EDT where the new game announcements and information is set to roll on for nearly two hours — including some likely fighting game news.

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What fighting game-related announcements are we likely to see at E3 2019?

E3 may have officially kicked off yesterday with EA's announcements, but today marks the true beginning for most of us interested in fighting games with Microsoft's conference coming at 1 p.m. PDT.

We already know at least one big reveal is coming soon, but let's take a look at the other upcoming and currently available fighters that may have a presence at the big event this year.

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