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Dana White is close to securing a private island to host Ultimate Fighting Champion... and it feels all too familiar for fighting game fans

What a strange year 2020 is turning out to be. Because of the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), many events within and outside the FGC are being canceled for the sake of public health.

It goes without saying that physical sports are among those that are taking a hit as a result. The Ultimate Fighting Championship is a prime example of a celebrated event that is unable to take place as a gathering of too many people at one place would prove to be too risky.

According to TMZ, Dana White, president of the UFC, is incredibly close to securing a deal that would allow the organization to host matches on a private island. This is a theme that sounds far too familiar to fighting game fans...

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The PlayStation 5 wireless controller has been revealed

Sony has revealed the "DualSense," the new wireless controller for the upcoming PlayStation 5. This controller is sporting the colors of white, black, and blue thanks to the light bar.

Like with previous PlayStation console controllers, the face buttons consist of an X, square, triangle, and circle. There's also a control pad, a left analog stick, a right analog stick, a PS button, and a touch pad.

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Perfectly Cut Fighting Games has immediately become one of the best pages to follow for hilarious clips and shenanigans the genre has to offer

The evolution of humor on the internet has led us to the point where creating cliffhangers through editing out resolutions has become some of the most riveting and funny video content around with explosions of popularity around pages like Perfectly Cut Screams.

Now, the fighting game community has its own centralized place to find these bite-sized clips that represent our tournament culture, online experiences, satisfying comeuppance and other goofy stuff that we have put up with in the aptly named Perfectly Cut Fighting Games page on Twitter.

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Click Burgundy's fighting game art remains timely with new reveals while also being timeless and stunning

Click Burgundy is a Japanese artist we've featured a number of times now on this website for their particular taste in fighting game characters along with the talent to create portraits that would look nice framed on just about anyone's wall.

If you're not a follower of their's already, which you probably should be if you're on here, you'd be quick to notice that many of Click Burgundy's pieces are accompanied by announcements or happenings related to the characters — so it's also a good way to remind ourselves of recent events in art form.

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What makes a fighting game character select screen great... or terrible?

It's probably Marvel vs. Capcom 2 that holds the title for most memorable character select screen in fighting games, but why exactly is that? The most apparent answer has to be the infinitely catchy music with the ridiculously repetitive single "Gonna take you for a ride" lyric, but there's definitely more to it than that.

In his latest video venture Stumblebee delves into this topic to try to better appreciate the art of constructing a character select screen as well as to answer the question of what makes one better than another.

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Burn a boatload of calories from home with these three arcade stick exercises from Untechable Performance

COVID quarantining has made getting to the gym an impossibility for most everyone over the last few weeks, and the inclination to sit around and snack at home has more than likely started to affect more than a few of our waistlines.

For those of us who've been meaning to start working out from home but haven't actually started doing so, perhaps a creative approach that incorporates video game peripherals is the push we need. If you feel you fall into that category, Mr. Angel Bagz of Untechable Performance has just the thing you're looking for.

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The Capcom vs. SNK 2 character select screen recreated in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Fighting game community members continue to enjoy their island life in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. With further exploration and advancement in the game comes new ways to make customized items and designs.

Twitter user dividebyhiro has recreated the character select screen from a very popular, fan-favorite fighting game. Now you can post up the entire Capcom vs. SNK 2 character select screen on your wall in the game.

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Arika teases Prayer to Death as their new April Fool's game, Fighting EX Layer receives limited update on Steam

We're now three years out from when Arika first teased on April Fool's Day what would end up becoming Fighting EX Layer, and it appears the team is back at their old ways once again.

Yesterday, the developers teased a video unrelated to FEXL set to release at midnight on April 1 in Japan which has since been made live to "announce" Prayer to Death though there's not a ton of details about what it is or if it is indeed a real project.

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Fighting game legend Justin Wong created a 'Pogchamp room' in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

I haven't played a single second of any Animal Crossing games, but have had them described to me by friends who have as "a more fun version of real life activities." This is usually communicated with a small pinch of admitted guilt, but judging by the immense success of the recent Animal Crossing: New Horizons title, it seems very much worth the price tag and hours of investment.

That sense of control that comes with games that offer such high levels of personal customization is more alluring than we may first think, and the fact that the stakes of these IRL mimicries are so low frees us almost entirely from the fears of long term consequences.

It's from that amateur psychological analysis of why people love Animal Crossing so damn much that I garner enough significance in Justin Wong's "Pogchamp room" creation to share it with you today.

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Here's how you can make your Animal Crossing: New Horizons villager into Menat from Street Fighter 5

Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch is all the rage and all the cool kids are doing it! The latest installment in the life-simulator is very popular right now, with several people in the fighting game community delving into it — myself included.

With the vast level of customization options not only from home decorating but designs you can draw out yourself and wear, fans everywhere are creating some really interesting and awesome things. Twitter user MilkTeaTiff has created a design that allows you to dress up your villager like Menat from Street Fighter 5.

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Combo Breaker 2020 has been canceled due to COVID-19

Yet another major fighting game community event has announced cancellation for this season as Rick "TheHadou" Thiher and his team have officially announced that Combo Breaker 2020 will no longer be taking place.

This comes as a direct result of the effects of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). The event was supposed to take place May 22-24 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, IL. An update as to the particulars of the situation, refund policies, and more has been provided by organizers.

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'You win one match and then leave, you don't let someone get a rematch... we about to rematch you in real life' — Keef Crew's one-and-done skit

It's often said that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's online systems encourage a "quitter mentality." As someone who frequently plays online, this is definitely a point I feel inclined to agree with.

To maximize GSP (which only matters for getting into Elite Smash), players are essentially encouraged to leave after beating an opponent once. The "one-and-done," so to speak. The idea is that you don't want to give the other player the opportunity to get the download.

Recently, The Keef Crew uploaded a video that highlights a skit of what happens when a one-and-done online player faces a situation that they simply can't leave from... even if they wanted to.

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Teaching fencing with fighting games? Pro fencers create tutorial using concepts and terms from Super Smash Bros.

Those of us who have spent ample time working in restaurants know all too well the faux pas of calling out "CORNER!" and using similar work terms via force of habit while outside of the workplace. Having now spent over 10 years in the active fighting game community, I dare admit that I've called my fiancé out for using "option selects" while debating where we'll eat or what we'll watch on Netflix.

It seems it's almost impossible to keep the day to day lingo used in the various avenues of our lives from peeking through into others, and that's not always a bad thing. In fact, a pair of professional fencers, Joseph and Eli Schenkel, have put together a fencing tutorial video in which they use concepts and terms from fighting games to get a few points across.

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Watch Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Isabelle adorably sing the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate theme, Doom, and other popular tunes

It feels as though everyone is playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons right now — everyone except me. While I do intend on picking it up soon, I have not been able to escape the flood of content that is being shared across social media.

Those who have played any of the main Animal Crossing games know that you can set a custom tune for your town / island, and in New Horizons, Isabelle will actually sing you a preview whenever you set a new one. Fans have been hard at work adding popular songs to their islands, including the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate theme, and Isabelle's little vocalization of each is freakin' adorable.

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Morry Evans' brilliant art will make you fall in love with Chun-Li all over again

We've got a feast for your eyes today as we share the incomparable work of Morry Evans, a freelance artist with absolutely top notch skills.

Evans' favorite fighting game character to draw is very evidently the Strongest Woman in the World, Chun-Li, but he also offers a captivating Cammy, a stellar Morrigan, and a few others from around the genre.

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Original Nintendo Switch units are being sold out everywhere due to restocking difficulties

If you're in the market for a new Nintendo Switch, then difficult times await you. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to create turmoil throughout the world, Nintendo Switch units are being sold out everywhere as it is proving difficult to resupply due to a stock shortage.

"Nintendo Switch hardware is selling out at various retail locations in the U.S., but more systems are on the way," Nintendo told GameSpot. "We apologize for any inconvenience."

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LPN shows how the fighting game community is getting creative during the coronavirus quarantine

The news has been spotted with some pretty hefty rainclouds lately, but we have a comedic ray of sunshine to share with you thanks to competitive fighting game player Long "LPN" Nguyen.

The NorCal street fighter posted a video Friday morning showing how he's been passing the time: trying to master a strange hybrid of the bottle cap kick challenge and a snooty wine pour. His skills have ascended to the degree that he is now unequivocally unmatched.

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