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Nickelodeon characters become Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster in awesome crossover poster from SpongeBob SquarePants artist

The cast of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the stars of Nickelodeon's cartoon shows each have their own major fan bases and very high levels of popularity. From the Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda crew to Ren and Stimpy and the Rugrats, these two companies house some of the most widely recognized characters in entertainment.

So what happens when you bring Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Nickelodeon together? Apparently, you get this awesome art piece that sees popular Nickelodeon characters filling the shoes of Smash Ultimate's playable roster.

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Fighting game community GoFundMe aims to support those combating fires in Amazon rainforest

You've likely seen or heard about the fires currently burning in the Amazon rainforest as they've been making quite a few headlines in recent days, and a California fighting game community member has started a GoFundMe campaign to try to help out.

Sierra Danielle hails from Fresno and is trying to raise funds to send to Amazon Watch, an entity that focuses on helping the preservation of the Amazon's ecological systems.

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Brian F: Online for fighting games is trash and prevents people from practicing as hard as other tier 1 eSports games

We've recently been discussing an apparent dip in Street Fighter 5's netcode quality, but conversations have begun drifting away from a direct focus on SF5 and more toward the general (rough) relationship between the fighting game genre and online play.

EQNX|Brian F recently posted a tweet in response to a statement by CLG|Tafo regarding the amount of practice that is required for tier 1 eSports competitors. Brian's message points a finger toward fighting game developers in general, calling for them to up their netcode standards... to put it nicely.

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What happens to losers in this industry? Daigo shares three paths that players take when they're failing to get wins

Most everyone who enters the competitive fighting game scene does so with that little hope in the back of their heart that their's will be a story of ultimate success, but the truth of the matter is that a lot more drop out than take home gold medals.

This isn't an easy subject to discuss, but it's a very real and pertinent one for those in the FGC. CYG|Daigo Umehara is one of the most qualified people in the world to talk on such a subject, and thanks to FGC Translated, we get to hear what he has to say.

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Sony might be looking at multiplatform publishing from first-party studios in the next console generation

Most Street Fighter fans are more likely to own a PlayStation 4 over an Xbox One. This is probably in thanks to the fact that Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition is exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and PC. Sony did, after all, assist with the development costs.

It appears as though this practice may end up going away in the future with the PlayStation 5. In a recent interview with Bloomberg (via Forbes), Shawn Layden of Sony's Worldwide Studios hinted that some first party titles may be made available on other consoles.

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MrTopTenList gives out his top 10 evil doppelgangers in fighting games

For every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction. That is the law of nature. We see most fighting games have a main character then a clone or doppelganger who is evil.

In the same vein, for every hero, there's always a villain. How many times does a fighting game story succeed where there is only a protagonist and no antagonist?

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Spider-Man being removed from the Marvel Cinematic Universe due to disagreements between Disney and Sony, what could this mean for fighting games?

It's being reported that Spider-Man will no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Disney and Sony are not able to come to a financing agreement. Disney has apparently asked for a 50/50 co-financing for future Spider-Man films between the two studios in which Sony counter-proposed giving Disney only 5% of box office revenue from a movie's first day of release.

Although Sony owns the rights over Spider-Man movies, Homecoming and Far From Home were both produced by Kevin Feige of Marvel Studios and they were part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Could this situation also have an impact on Spider-Man's presence and impact in future video games?

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How fighting game events grow from 10 to 10,000 attendees; Core-A sits down with Alex Jebailey, Rick 'The Hadou' Thiher, and Tom Cannon

Massive events like EVO, CEO, and Combo Breaker wow us again and again as they push the limits of fighting game tournament success with bigger and better iterations year after year.

Many of us have seen small events and gatherings start up and perhaps even gain some notable traction, but the majority of them seem to inevitably pitter out at some point. What's the difference between tournaments like the aforementioned heavy-hitters and so many ill-fated others? Core-A Gaming explores what it takes to succeed in this avenue in their latest video.

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D-Piddy went around EVO 2019 asking players to name fighting game characters from each mainstage game, can you guess them all?

EVO 2019 will go down as one of if not the biggest years ever for the long-running event drawing in thousands of players, viewers, artists, cosplayers and so many more from the fighting game community at large.

While content creator D-Piddy is most well known for his Deadpool and other cosplay videos on YouTube, he's also been active in the FGC for a number of years now working with companies like Arc System Works and others. He took part in EVO 2019 where he asked attendees to name fighting game characters from memory with some very entertaining responses.

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Southern Nevada Health District warns that those who attended EVO 2019 may have been exposed to the measles

It's common enough to come back from an event with some kind of bug or virus that the community has come up with a handful of play on words disease names for yearly fighting game majors, and it's possible that this year's "EVOla" will manifest with measles symptoms.

The Southern Nevada Health District issued a bulletin on Thursday stating that a single case of the measles has been confirmed and that the infected individual was present at various locations around the Mandalay Bay and Luxor hotels from Aug 1-6.

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He was homeless at age 18, won a trip to Japan, and became the Ryan Hart we know now; hear Hart's inspiring story in this BornFree interview

He currently holds no less than four Guinness World Records and is one of the greatest multi-fighting game players to have ever competed, but Ryan Hart's story and approach to his passion is just as intriguing as his impressive resume or seeing him on the sticks in realtime.

Hart sat down with BornFree at EVO this year to share some of that story as the two engaged in an in-depth chat covering topics such as Street Fighter 5's Sagat, Hart's humble beginnings, integral moments during his fighting game journey, and plenty more.

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New characters bring new life to Street Fighter 5, sexual assault accusations hit the FGC, Street Fighter 6 predictions, and Rose players are liars

We're back with this week's episode of the EventHubs Podcast and while we're excited to finally have some thoroughly positive reports on the status of Street Fighter 5, another rain cloud has made its way into our atmosphere.

Sexual assault allegations have begun springing up in alarmingly high numbers in our community this week as both parties on both the victim and victimizer fronts have come forward with allegations/confessions.

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Leah 'Gllty' Hayes banned indefinitely from Capcom events for violating player code of conduct

Capcom has just announced the ban of professional Street Fighter player Leah "Gllty" Hayes from their events following recent violations of their player code of conduct. The ban will be in effect for any Capcom owned and/or operated events, and will stay in place until further notice.

Over the course of the week, several members of the fighting game community have come forward to share their stories of harassment and sexual assault. Among the people mentioned was Hayes, who took to Twitter herself to admit to some of her wrongdoings.

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'I've given up on seeing Viper in Street Fighter 5' - Sherryjenix talks SF5, getting Arslan Ash to EVO, the Women of the FGC EVO panel, and more

One of the more recognizable faces in fighting games today, VP|Sherryjenix sat down with BornFree at EVO this year to talk a whole lot about fighting games.

Sherry has garnered more and more notoriety through her consistent traveling to events, appearances on eSports productions such as ELEAGUE's The Challenger and the upcoming Street Fighter League Season 2, and her community work through her eFight Pass program.

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How not to lose to weaker players; Capcom Cup champion, Gachikun, shares his fighting game secrets and strategies

We've all been there before... when it's clear that an opponent is not nearly as mindful or practiced in a fighting game you're playing, but somehow seems to be guessing their way to getting the one up on you over and over again.

The frustration sets in, the bad decisions increase, and the positive feedback loop ensures a swift trip straight to a KO. For those of us who could use a refresher on how to combat this, the reigning Capcom Cup champion, RB|Gachikun, has a bit of advice translated into English thanks to FGC Translated.

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Fighting games should be designed to be fun first, balance and accessibility can follow after; Maximilian talks game design, his career, and more

We're back with the second half of BornFree's EVO interview with Maximilian as the two YouTubers chat all things fighting games.

Max has a bunch to share when it comes to the evolution of his craft, detailing some of the histories behind such endeavors as ASSIST ME!, Rate the Super, Boss Rage, and Real Talk. He also goes a bit into the woes of being a full-time content creator, such as how he usually finds himself burned out at least once a year, questioning if he really wants to continue the grind.

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Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft will be required to disclose loot box odds on products that use them soon

Loot boxes in video games have seen an increase in popularity in recent times as downloadable content, frequent updates, and free-to-play models have become staples in the industry. Being able to slap down your cash for a chance at scoring exclusive items, colors, costumes, and the like is an enticing concept, but with their implementation also quickly comes concern.

When it comes to using real money for loot boxes, things can get dicey very quickly, and gaming companies continue to try and put policies into place that benefit everyone involved. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) recently announced that three major companies — Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony — have all committed to new policies that require them to divulge loot box odds on any products that use them going forward.

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