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Voice actor for Ken Masters and Devil May Cry's Dante uninjured but nearly killed in car robbery attempt

So first off, please note that Reuben Langdon is completely uninjured from this incident. He came very close to being killed in a car robbery attempt.

A video was posted on Steve Copeland's Facebook that had the two reviewing the damage done to their vehicle. From what they are able to discern, they were shot at six times during the incident while filming a documentary in Guatemala — a country with one of the highest murder rates in the world.

Notably, the chair that Langdon was sitting in has a bullet hole in it. During the intense situation, Langdon thought he had been shot in the back but ended up being very lucky.

The two also mentioned that a gun might've been pointed directly at Langdon's head at one point. Somehow, they managed to escape the shooting without any injuries.

Reuben Langdon is the voice actor for Dante in Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, Devil May Cry 4, Devil May Cry 5, and Ken Masters in Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 5, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He has also done motion capture work for Chris Redfield in Resident Evil Code: Veronica, Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6.

"The message we’re bringing forward is both ancient and from the future" wrote Steve Copeland in a Facebook post. "Now is the time when we come together as one human family to restore our shared home, regenerate and see peace materialize on earth. Some people don’t want this [to] happen, but it’s predestined and will happen regardless of their attempts to keep it from happening."

It seems Langdon had a bit of a sense of humor about the situation as he declares that he was "glad" that he "had [his] bulletproof coffee this morning."

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EVO Japan 2019 stream cuts feed after lewd display during Dead or Alive 6 presentation, staff apologizes

During the EVO Japan 2019 live stream earlier this morning, a stage presentation for Dead or Alive 6 was interrupted after a lewd scene in-game was broadcast resulting in the live feed being cut by the tournament's organizers.

Koei Tecmo's upcoming 3D fighting title saw a demonstration at EVO Japan that aimed to give fans a glimpse at the product and gameplay ahead of its March 1st release date. With Dead or Alive 6 producer Yohei Shimbori on stage, as well as two female hosts, the show was cut short when the game's camera feature was used to display a moment that was overtly sexual in nature.

A couple of minutes after the incident aired on EVO Japan's main English broadcast, the stream went down. The EVO staff apologized for the events that transpired on social media, as well as on the tournament stream when it returned.

"The DOA ad that aired on our stream does not reflect the core values of EVO or the FGC," wrote EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar in a since deleted tweet. "We ended the stream temporarily to protect the integrity of the brand. We sincerely apologize to our fans."

EVO's Head of Business Development, Mark "MarkMan" Julio, also took to the stream to apologize for what took place on the EVO Japan broadcast. "I just want to get on stream and apologize on behalf of Triple Perfect and EVO Championship Series," Julio started.

"The stuff that was on stream just recently from one of our partners that were showcasing their recent title that is going to be coming out does not reflect the content and intention of EVO. So we do apologize if we offended anyone during the broadcast," he concluded.

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These Street Fighter 5 Valentine's Day cards will surely show that special someone how much you care

If you're looking to show that special someone just how much you care this Valentine's Day, nothing says "I love you" quite like a little Street Fighter 5!

After taking a look around for some fresh fighting game-related Valentine's Day cards to share with you today, we thought it might be fun to change things up this year and create our very own.

Take some time in between your Street Fighter 5 sets with your significant other to send them a sweet "Let's play footsies!" card featuring the first female of fighting games, Chun-Li!

If you're looking for something with a bit more oomph, look no further than Urien's standing heavy punch. It is guaranteed to let them know how big of a crush you've got on them.

But if eloquent speech isn't your forte, perhaps Abigail's simple "Vroom! Vroooom!" expression of love might be your best bet. However, sending anyone Blanka's "infinite love" card will surely be a home run — especially if they've been hit by the infinite before...

Anyway, happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Have fun with these silly Street Fighter 5 cards, and tell us what your Street Fighter 5 Valentine's Day card would say in the comments below.

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Nintendo Direct now live

Update: The Nintendo Direct is now live.

Earlier: Just yesterday, we learned that Nintendo will be hosting one of their classic Directs today. This will take place at 2:00 p.m. PST / 5:00 p.m. EST on YouTube and Twitch.

The program is said to last roughly 35 minutes. We know for a fact that we'll be receiving information about the upcoming Fire Emblem: Three Houses title for the Nintendo Switch.

Of course, some of us are hoping to see some new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate announcements during the Nintendo Direct. There are predictions out there that suggest we might see Joker's gameplay for the first time.

Players already have access to the Piranha Plant who served as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's first post-launch character. Rumors and speculation suggest that Square Enix will be receiving another representative to fight alongside (or against) Cloud Strife.

Even outside of the Piranha Plant and Joker, we know that there will be at least four additional fighters scheduled to join the roster before February 2020. Each character that's present in the Fighter's Pass (does not include the Piranha Plant) will come with a character, a stage, and music.

Of course, there's a possibility we may receive news about other fighting games other than Super Smash Bros. Mortal Kombat 11 is notably coming to the Nintendo Switch on April 23, 2019.

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Waluigi is decimating everyone in Nintendo's Valentine's Day poll right now with a nearly 1 million-vote lead

Have you ever asked yourself "what Nintendo character would I want to be my Valentine?" No? Me neither...

But if you have, Nintendo is currently running a poll that lets you vote for which of their characters (and characters that appear on their platforms) you'd send a Valentine's Day card to. Though it's a little ridiculous, I suppose it's just a little fun before the holiday this Thursday.

Nintendo allows fans to select one of 12 different characters for their Valentine here. Mario, Peach, Luigi, Yoshi, Pikachu, Wario, Waluigi, Animal Crossing's Isabelle, Link, Zelda, Kirby, and Jibanyan from Yo-kai Watch are all on the table here.

While you might think classic Super Mario Bros. princess, Peach, or cutesy Super Smash Bros. Ultimate newcomer Isabelle would be the front-runners here, there's one character who is currently decimating the competition. That character, of course, is Waluigi.

At the time of writing this, Waluigi has a staggering 1,249,888 votes. The #2 placer is Isabelle with 321,528, giving Waluigi a lead of almost one million votes.

Waluigi's recent popularity cannot be denied as fans were crushed when he did not make it into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a playable character — he remained an Assist Trophy. Still, Nintendo is aware of the high demand as Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime addressed the matter back in November, saying that polls pushing for the character won't influence DLC choices that have already been made.

Because of Waluigi's unfortunate situation, the internet has created countless memes of the purple Luigi doppelganger, have petitioned for Waluigi to get his own element on the periodic table, and even inspired our own story of characters that should be added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate before him. Waluigi's crazy lead in the poll is probably a result of a lot of fans doing it for the meme, which isn't surprising in this day and age.

Memes aside, who did you vote for in Nintendo's Valentine's Day poll? (Come on, I know you voted...)

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Nintendo Direct stream coming February 13 focusing on Fire Emblem: Three Houses and other Switch titles

Nintendo announced today that their next Direct stream will be coming in the very near future and is scheduled to take place on February 13 beginning at 2 p.m. PST / 5 p.m. EST.

Programming is said to last for roughly 35 minutes where we'll learn more info on Switch titles including new details for the upcoming Fire Emblem: Three Houses which is set for a 2019 release and will be the first mainline game on a home console since 2007.

We do not have information regarding the Direct's full line-up, but Super Smash Bros. Ultimate news has a good chance of showing up during the event considering where the game currently sits.

Persona 5's Joker was announced as the first DLC character as a part of Smash Ultimate's Fighters Pass over two months ago though we have yet to see any gameplay for him or even know what the masked vigilante looks like in the title.

Piranha Plant has been available in Ultimate for almost two weeks now, and we first saw its gameplay trailer revealed almost three months before the fighter was officially available. Isabelle was also announced for the title at the end of a general Direct stream though her reveal was connected to a new Animal Crossing game coming to the Switch too.

There have been rumors and rumblings of Erdrick from Dragon Quest also joining the Smash roster following Joker, but a new mainline Fire Emblem game could mean another representative for the series that already has over a half dozen featured in Ultimate. You can take a look at Nintendo's full announcement below.

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'The world has changed, but E3 hasn't necessarily changed with it' - Sony's Shawn Layden on why the company is skipping E3 2019

It was back in November of last year that we first caught wind that Sony would not be attending the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2019, which, at the time felt like a somewhat unfathomable happening.

How is it that one of the three giants of video gaming would be skipping the premier trade event for the video game industry? As Bob Dylan once said, "The times they are a-changin'" and Sony feels that E3 just isn't keeping up with those changin' times... at least, not in a way that suits Sony's purposes.

Shawn Layden is the head of the company's 13 development studios, and recently sat down with C|Net to further articulate the motivation behind the major decision to not appear at E3 this coming June.

According to Layden, the reason the company is bowing out of the world's most notable video game trade show is twofold, and revolves around both retailers and journalists.

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Capcom has an insane amount of their best video game music on Spotify right now — soundtracks for Street Fighter, Mega Man, and more

Capcom has some of the most iconic music in video games among their library. From classic 8-bit Mega Man tunes to widely recognized tracks like Street Fighter 2 Guile's theme, the company has had some truly fantastic music featured in many of their games.

Earlier today, Twitter user _watsu pointed out that there is an absolute ton of great Capcom songs on Spotify right now courtesy of Capcom Sound Team. Apparently, these tracks were available in the past, were taken down for a while, but now are back for your listening pleasure.

What we have here is close to a "you name it, they got it" situation, as there has to be over 1,000 songs here, easy. Included are original soundtracks for several main entries in the Street Fighter series, a slew of Mega Man games, Monster Hunter, Okami, Ace Attorney, Devil May Cry, and more.

On top of the OSTs, you'll also find numerous arrangement albums and remixes. There's so much to listen to hear, it's going to take you ages to get through it all — if that's what you plan on doing.

Unfortunately, there are some large omissions such as music from the Versus series. I was really hoping to rock some Marvel vs. Capcom 2 jams here, but what is included is definitely no slouch on its own.

Just a bit of warning, a lot of the track and album names are written in Japanese, so it might take some time to navigate. However, each album comes with a picture that will let you know exactly what game you're checking out.

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Professional Tekken player Kazuaki 'BKC' Tsukagoshi has passed away

It is with heavy hearts that we report the loss of professional Tekken player Kazuaki "BKC" Tsukagoshi who passed away over the weekend.

The Namco Sugamo arcade — an establishment where BKC was employed — shared the unfortunate news yesterday morning on their Twitter account. They released a series of statements, and translated versions of them can be found here courtesy of StealthGaijin on Twitter.

According to their report, Tsukagoshi was discovered deceased by his family on the morning of February 9th, 2019, after he did not come down for breakfast. He intended to compete at the Strong Style Japan tournament that took place in in Tokyo, Japan this past weekend, as he had told his family about it the day before his passing.

BKC was a sponsored Tekken player, representing Walker Gaming. He was most well-known for playing Bryan Fury, and in recent times competed in Tekken 7 at major events such as EVO 2018 (tied for 49th) and Strong Style 6 (tied for 5th).

Numerous members of the fighting game community took to social media to share their condolences for BKC, including Walker Gaming and the official Tekken Twitter page.

Losing a member of our FGC family is never easy. Our thoughts go out to BKC, his family, and friends.

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Via Avoiding The Puddle. Photo source: BKC on Twitter.

Lunar New Year Steam sale is discounting fighting games like Street Fighter 5, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, and more until February 11th

Steam appears to be hosting a "Lunar New Year Sale" that is discounting many titles — fighting games included. Keep in mind that this sale will be ongoing until February 11th.

Street Fighter 5 and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition can be purchased for $7.99 and $19.99 respectively. Although you can update Street Fighter 5 to Arcade Edition for free, the more expensive version comes with the first and second season passes valued at $4.99 and $13.39 during this sale. Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Deluxe also comes with the third season pass for $39.48.

Dragon Ball FighterZ, the FighterZ Edition, and Ultimate Edition can be acquired for $23.99, $37.99, and $43.98. Remember that Jiren and Videl will later be joined by Dragon Ball Super Broly, Super Saiyan Blue Gogeta, and two other unknown fighters in the second season.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Basic Edition or the Deluxe Edition can be added to your library for $37.49 or $52.49 respectively.

The Lunar sale also mentions that by spending $30 or more on qualifying purchases will give you an additional $5 discount. "During Steam’s Lunar New Year Sale, qualifying purchases over $30.00 will receive an automatic discount of $5.00."

Just remember to take advantage of this before February 11th at 10:00 a.m. PST / 1:00 p.m. EST

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Ono won't be at EVO Japan next weekend, chances of a big reveal might have just gotten worse

Earlier today, Yoshinori Ono revealed that he has finished his tasks with the Capcom eSports team in the U.S. Notably this was done while on the West Coast.

Ono noted that he will be back in Japan by this weekend. Despite this, he will not be able to attend EVO Japan.

Considering that Ono is typically front and center when it comes to many new information regarding fighters like Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, this appears to have reduced the chances of a big announcement next weekend.

This doesn't necessarily guarantee that there won't be any sort of reveal. It's been about 54 days since Kage was unveiled and made playable without any word about the next fighter.

Capcom has mentioned previously that they are "doing things differently" with Season 4. Aside from the fact that there's no season pass for 2019, we don't exactly know what this means yet.

Interestingly enough, Ono mentioned "various circumstances" as the reason for his absence. Obviously he didn't go into detail about this.

EVO Japan will begin on the weekend of February 15th. It's worth mentioning that this event isn't actually part of the Capcom Pro Tour.

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Why solid characters don't make the cut in Street Fighter 5, NetherRealm's Kombat Kast sets them apart, Hungrybox gets undeserved hate and more

We're back with episode 37 of the EventHubs Podcast and a roundup of some of the recent happenings inside the fighting game community.

We've had a good bit of new developments on the Mortal Kombat front as NRS held its first official Kombat Kast on Tuesday. We cover some of the particulars of Kabal and D'Vorah's reveals, and discuss how strongly the development company has been performing with its public relations as of late.

From there we jump into the world of Capcom as the 2019 Pro Tour has been announced and the quarterly IR Report has been released.

Catalyst and I point out some notable changes on this year's CPT, and then delve into the odd fact that the IR Report speaks so much about the company's dealings in eSports, yet doesn't bring up the one game that is actually considered their main eSport title: Street Fighter 5.

We welcome Dakota "DarkHorse" Hills to the cast as he offers some of his thoughts on the gaming console timeline, cross-play, SF5's possible transition into a free to play title and, most importantly, Ultra Instinct Shaggy.

Finally we chat about RB|Luffy's fairly controversial SF5 character carry tier chart as we try to figure out the balance between broken and solid fighting game avatars.

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Three familiar faces have teamed up with Victrix Pro as Sherry Nahn, Alex Myers and Justin Wong reveal new sponsorships

A breath of fresh air amidst the numerous recent stories involving fighting game players and their sponsors parting ways, Victrix Pro has revealed that they are now in partnership with Alex Myers, Sherry Nahn and Justin Wong.

Victrix is currently best known for its line of gaming headsets, but that very well may soon be changing as we're nearing the release of the all new Victrix Pro AF fight stick.

I've actually been fortunate to have gotten my hands on one of these, and have been using it exclusively since EVO 2018. As expressed in our Pro FS review, this new stick quite possibly could be a standard setter for fighting game controllers in 2019.

At this time we still don't officially know when the public will be able to get their hands on these $350 pieces of hardware, but tagged onto the end of Victrix's Twitter reveal from earlier today is the line "(Next announcement: fight stick release date.)"

The company actually shares sponsorship space with each of the aforementioned players, as Nahn is currently simultaneously with eSports Ecosystem, Myers with Tempo Storm and Wong with Gaming Stadium CS.

Check out the top notch photos of the new team, taken by Oreeeo, with their new sticks for the 2019 season in the gallery below.

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Microsoft continues to delve into cross-platform ventures as Xbox Live support heads to Android, iOS and Nintendo Switch

No, it doesn't mean you'll be able to play Halo on your Switch... at least not yet. What it does mean is that Microsoft is branching out and perhaps laying the foundations for such a happening in the not too distant future.

While perusing the Game Developers Conference 2019 schedule, the folks over at Windows Central realized that Microsoft is preparing to show a new cross-platform venture.

"Now Xbox Live is about to get MUCH bigger. Xbox Live is expanding from 400M gaming devices and a reach to over 68M active players to over 2B devices with the release of our new cross-platform XDK," said Microsoft.

"Get a first look at the SDK to enable game developers to connect players between iOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft Store on Windows PCs."

This essentially means that players should soon be able to view and interact with their Xbox Live friends lists, achievements, chats and features of that nature to other platforms.

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Capcom's latest financial report says Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection performed well in 2018, makes no direct mention of Street Fighter 5

Capcom reports strong performances from titles such as Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, Mega Man 11, and Monster Hunter World in their latest financial report.

Detailing sales information from the nine month period ending December 31, 2018, the company announced an increase in its net sales to 61,270 million yen (about 557 million USD) across its overall business results (up 28.3% year-over-year).

As one might expect, Monster Hunter World continued to thrive after its incredible performance in the previous fiscal year. Capcom reports that this title has surpassed 10 million units shipped, which is a first for any single title in the company's history.

In its digital market, Capcom cites Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection and Mega Man 11 as strong performers in the latter half of 2018. Coupled with the growth of "high-margin catalog titles," Capcom saw its highest profit levels for the end of a third quarter in the company's history.

Back in July 2018, Capcom stated that Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection "outperformed expectations." Its solid performance was even more impressive when considering the fact that the game was not yet available in Japan at the time and had only been out for about two months.

Interestingly enough, Capcom's mainstay fighting title, Street Fighter 5, gets no direct mention in this latest financial report.

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Capcom is the best reviewed publisher of 2018 based on Metacritic scores

2018 was apparently a very big win for Capcom. Metacritic has dubbed Capcom the best reviewed publisher of 2018.

Most notably, Monster Hunter: World was released in 2018. As of this moment, this title is Capcom's highest selling game ever. As you might expect, it was considered to be Capcom's best overall release with a score of 90.

It has also been noted that Capcom has released 30 new products in 2018. 14 of them were apparently "distinct titles." As a result, the 40 year company's average metascore sits at the top with a value of 79.3.

As we all know, the Arcade Edition update for Street Fighter 5 was also released in 2018. It actually scored above Capcom's average metascore by reaching a rating of 87.

This is a significant improvement compared to Street Fighter 5's original metascore of 77 back in 2016.

It's also worth noting that Bandai Namco's Dragon Ball FighterZ also had a score of 87, but the company was eighth overall. While Metacritic called Nintendo the fourth best publisher for 2018, its Super Smash Bros. Ultimate title had a very impressive score of 93.

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Microsoft's Super Bowl LIII ad focuses only on the Xbox Adaptive Controller, and will most certainly tug at your heart strings

Microsoft hasn't had a commercial in the Super Bowl for four years, but that'll be changing this Sunday when the big game between the Rams and the Patriots plays out.

The multinational tech giant isn't showcasing some huge new enterprise in their computer software, a new upgrade for the Android or even a new gaming console; Microsoft is showcasing a new Xbox controller that doesn't actually cater to most people.

The Adaptive Controller rolled out in September of last year, and is geared toward gamers with limited mobility. It features two large buttons, a D-pad, 21 ports and tons of customizable re-mapping options.

The ad Microsoft is gearing up to show is already making the rounds on social media, and features a few children with various physical conditions who all share a passion for gaming. The combination of seeing nine and a half year old Owen (who loves video games, his friends, his family and again video games) happily participating with friends, his parents barely holding back tears as they talk about him and the soft piano music in the background will surely bring a tear to your eye.

The Fighting Game Community has seen its fair share of special needs gamers as competitors like Brolylegs and BlindWarriorSven have wowed us more than a few times with their skills and dedication, though the former has already stated on Twitter that he has the Adaptive Controller already.

Check out a few stills of the Adaptive Controller here, then grab a tissue box then proceed down beyond the jump to watch the full version of the ad (we'll likely just be seeing a 30 second edit on TV Sunday) and let us know how hard the feels hit in the comments.

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