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Punk says heckler overstepped bounds during Street Fighter 5 top eight at Combo Breaker, Capcom's Michael Martin responds

With three Capcom Pro Tour 2019 Premier event victories and more than double the points of second place Rohto|Tokido, Victor "REC|Punk" Woodley is far and away the strongest Street Fighter 5 player in the world right now. His most recent win over the weekend at Combo Breaker, however, came with a bit of drama thanks to an unruly fan.

While tearing through the Street Fighter 5 top eight bracket on Sunday, Punk was heckled by an audience member who made a habit of flipping off the current CPT leader from his nearby place in the crowd.

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Daigo's 'Gafro' Hitbox controller raises tournament legality concerns for Combo Breaker 2019, Capcom makes official statement on the matter

CYG|Daigo Umehara has been practicing Street Fighter 5 on a different style of Hitbox controller as of late in preparation for Combo Breaker 2019. The way in which the controller prioritizes inputs might give the player an advantage over the approved peripherals of the Capcom Pro Tour, and thus is raising concerns about this particular hitbox's tournament legality.

Capcom has since taken to Twitter to make an official statement on the matter leading into Combo Breaker 2019 — which begins today.

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How to do revenge mechanics right: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's Space Stone

Especially since CYG|Daigo Umehara shared a few brief thoughts on the matter with regards to a Street Fighter 6, the fighting game community has nudged the evergreen topic of revenge mechanics more towards the front of the communal conversation.

Revenge mechanic implementation has become a particularly sticky subject because of how hard it is to balance them. You want to give losing players an opportunity to come back for a big fireworks finish, but you don't want to make their means of doing so so strong that it becomes the focal point of basic strategy. I do not envy developers that are tasked with walking this tightrope, but I do want to point out a particular revenge mechanic that I think serves its purposes well: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's Space Stone.

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The new Terminator: Dark Fate trailer further convinces me that Terminator is joining Mortal Kombat 11 as DLC

Mortal Kombat 11 has six DLC characters en route with its Kombat Pack, and so far we only know the identity of one. Long-time Mortal Kombat boss Shang Tsung will be returning to the battlefield at some point, but who are the other five contenders that remain?

Over the past few months, there have been rumors that Terminator will be joining Mortal Kombat 11 as a DLC fighter. The first official trailer for the upcoming movie Terminator: Dark Fate was released today, and the trailer itself, along with the film's release date, have me considering those rumors more closely. Potential Mortal Kombat 11 spoilers ahead.

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Daigo doesn't want revenge mechanics in Street Fighter 6, but they're probably here to stay post SF4 and SF5 success; why Rashid makes our blood boil

Despite extremely rocky beginnings Street Fighter 5 has finally made it to a respectable 3.1 million units sold. This marks a passing of a certain benchmark of success, especially when you take into account how much money Capcom has surely made from the game's DLC sales.

Given this success, we'd be surprised to see Capcom make too drastic of changes heading into Street Fighter 6, but CYG|Daigo recently voiced that he is hoping for a very particular type of change that would take us back to before the Street Fighter 4 era. We don't think it's going to happen.

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Sony: PlayStation 4 will be 'the engine of engagement and profitability for the next 3 years'

Sony has not been shy about sharing details on the yet to be released next generation console in the PlayStation series, and came forward in a corporate strategy presentation on Tuesday with even more information.

During the presentation Sony showed off how much more powerful the forthcoming PlayStation 5 will be compared to the current PlayStation 4 Pro. They achieved this by depicting a side by side comparison as both processors loaded up a single image. Where the PS4 Pro took just over eight seconds to do this, the PS5 took just under one.

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Sony reveals just how insanely fast load times may be on the next PlayStation in new video comparing to PS4

The next PlayStation era is on the horizon, and it appears as though we've gotten our first real-time demonstration of one of the next generation — likely PlayStation 5 — console's potentially most impactful new features from a technical standpoint.

At Sony's IR Day 2019 corporate strategy meeting presentation, the company revealed a new video today that was meant to demonstrate the capabilities of the next gen PlayStation by putting its prospective loading times side-by-side with the PlayStation 4 Pro for 2018's Marvel's Spider-Man. The results appear to speak for themselves.

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This 48-page attendee handbook is just one of the many reasons why Combo Breaker continues to raise the bar for fighting game events

Rick "The Hadou" Thiher and his team of tournament organizers have continued to wow and impress both attendees and live stream audiences alike with a yearly event that seems to somehow push the envelope with each and every trip around the sun: Combo Breaker.

Combo Breaker quickly rose above status of "just another FGC major" a few years back when the community took notice of exceptionally high standards in production value, organization, timeliness, and many other acknowledgements along similar lines. One such small touch that gives CB its unique identity is the fact that those in attendance receive a special handbook that outlines what to expect, and enables them to better plan their weekend. This year it's 48 pages long.

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More handshakes between Microsoft and Sony as plans for cloud-based collaboration are initiated

For many years in the world of gaming Sony and Microsoft have widely been on opposite sides of the arena, both offering very similar experiences to the same gamers but traditionally existing in a "never the twain shall meet" sort of atmosphere.

As video game technology has evolved the general landscape, more and more consumers have begun pleading for these two industry titans to form enough of a relationship to make cross-play between PlayStation and Xbox a reality. A huge step in that direction was taken on Thursday.

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Black Mirror season 5 trailer features glimpse at Street Fighter-like fight scene

A new season of the critically acclaimed Netflix series Black Mirror is on route and a trailer for the upcoming fifth season was released earlier this week. If you're unfamiliar, this science fiction show takes a close examination of modern technology and provides viewers a look into where things could go if society continues to advance — often times with a scenario that's more grim than anything.

In the new Black Mirror trailer, we get a glimpse at the three new stories that are inbound, and one of them appears to feature a fighting game scenario that seems to be akin to Street Fighter.

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This Tekken 7 PC mod transforms The Walking Dead's Negan into Star Wars' Darth Vader

Alright, this is just flat out awesome. Someone created a PC mod in Tekken 7 that turns DLC fighter The Walking Dead's Negan into Darth Vader. Worlds are colliding in the best possible way.

With this transformation, Negan's trusty barbwired baseball bat Lucille becomes the trademark red lightsaber of the Sith, and Vader even comes equipped with his own voice clips!

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Street Fighter, Mega Man, and more join the Sega Genesis Mini games library

Much like the NES Classic, Super Nintendo Classic, and PlayStation Classic, Sega is releasing their own retro bundle console using their most famous system. The Sega Genesis Mini aims to bring 40 classic games from the platform back and package them all into one place for the ultimate nostalgia trip.

So far, the full line up of games has not yet been revealed for the mini console, however, today Sega did unveil 10 more titles set to be included in the Sega Genesis Mini.

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Two for $99.99 game vouchers now available for paid Nintendo Switch Online members

Earlier today, the Nintendo Direct for Super Mario Maker 2 aired which explained a lot of information about the upcoming title. Although there wasn't any news for fighting game enthusiasts, Nintendo did bring mention to a deal that might be interesting.

It was revealed that paid Nintendo Switch Online members can take advantage of a special offer. Two games can be purchased for the price of $99.99.

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The Nintendo Switch has already surpassed the PlayStation 4's lifetime sales in Japan

Famitsu has reported that the Nintendo Switch's sales so far in Japan have exceeded the PlayStation 4's lifetime sales in the country. It seems that Nintendo's latest console continues to be a massive hit.

Notably, the Nintendo Switch was able to overtake Sony's console in just 114 weeks on the market. This is especially impressive considering that the PlayStation 4 was present in the market for 272 weeks.

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NuckleDu wants to personally sponsor 3 players to go to EVO 2019

Du "FOX|NuckleDu" Dang has found great success in the professional world of Street Fighter 5 after winning the first Capcom Cup for the game in 2016, but he has not forgotten his roots and ties to the community at large.

In 2018, NuckleDu sponsored a few lucky / talented players to go to EVO last year on his dime, and now Du is stepping up to provide assistance for players hopeful to make it to EVO 2019 but lack the means to go otherwise.

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Write about Super Smash Bros. and other fighting games for a living by joining the EventHubs team

Update: The application is now closed.

Earlier: We’re currently looking for a full-time 40 hour per week reporter to join our tight knit team.

This employment opportunity will involve writing stories, managing the EventHubs front page and communicating regularly with the fighting game community.

Application for this position opens today, April 30, 2019 and closes in three weeks, on May 21st at 11:59 p.m. PST.

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Nintendo Direct stream coming May 15 focused around Super Mario Maker 2

We're less than a month away from E3, but it appears as though some video game companies want to start things early with reveal streams before we even get to the big event in June.

Nintendo announced today that they'll be holding a Nintendo Direct stream focused around the previously revealed Super Mario Maker 2 on May 15 at 3 p.m. PDT / 6 p.m. EDT.

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