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5 big questions we have about EVO online and how it will work

For the first time in 20 years, Evolution will not have an offline event in the United States for its championship series and will instead be held in an online format due to the ongoing worries surrounding the coronavirus. Problem is, we don't really know anything about how it's going to work which has left the fighting game community wondering what they should be expecting of what was going to be the biggest tournament of the year.

With so many details currently left up in the air, John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero and I will be breaking down five of the biggest questions the FGC currently has about EVO online.

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Streets of Rage 4 may not be a fighting game but the amount of combos and tech possible sure make it look like one

Streets of Rage 4's announcement came out of nowhere when the game was first revealed in 2018, and now that it's finally here, the game seems to be living up to the hype built up over the 26-year hiatus.

Yes, it is technically a beat 'em up and not really a fighting game, but Streets of Rage 4's versus mode and expanded combo system are still things the FGC can appreciate as shown off in LiangHuBBB's compilation for the title featuring players like Justin Wong pulling out cool tech options.

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Update: Inside Xbox 20/20 stream now live to reveal first look at next generation titles for Series X

Update: The first Inside Xbox 20/20 stream is now live. You can watch with us in the story below.

Microsoft and Sony still appear to be on track to release their new generational leap in gaming hardware later this year, and today will likely serve as the initial real taste of what next gen will look like.

The latest Inside Xbox livestream is scheduled to take place this morning at 8 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. ET to reveal and showcase Xbox Series X titles for the first time.

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Can EVO online really work? Plus what are the best and worst Seasons of Street Fighter 5? We rate them all

Big news in the fighting game community broke this week as EVO tournament organizers reluctantly informed players and fans that EVO 2020 is no longer to scheduled to take place in Las Vegas this year.

Instead organizers will be taking the event online, a jump that many in the community can't really envision going all that smoothly. We have next to no details as to how this will be taken on, but welcome on MajinTenshinhan to discuss the potential of EVOnline.

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Defend the North 2020 cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak

It really hasn't been a good year for offline competition in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Defend the North 2020 is the latest tournament to be cancelled in order to ensure the safety of the community.

"Our team has been closely monitoring the current status of COVID-19," stated the Defend the North organizers. "Due to the health and economic standings of New York state, we have decided to cancel Defend the North 2020 as our priority is safety first."

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'No longer will I lose to players better than me... now they're in my world' — The Keef Crew's skit for online EVO 2020 has us fearing WiFi warriors

2020 is truly an unprecedented time thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tournament organizers behind events like EVO 2020 really have no choice but to transition into hosting online tournaments.

The Keef Crew recently released a skit that hilariously poked fun at the reactions of WiFi warriors when EVO 2020 was cancelled. To "keep the EVO spirit alive," we'll instead see an online tournament commence this summer.

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'All the games at EVO have had notorious online issues' - Maximilian is understandably pessimistic about EVO 2020 going online

For a few months now, Maximilian has been making a joke about how the games that make up the EVO 2020 lineup were chosen because they all suck to play online and thus EVO would be the only place where you could facilitate legitimate international competition for them.

Said joke became simultaneously funnier and sadder overnight after EVO organizers announced the official cancellation of the event and plans to transition it online.

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EVO 2020 online tournament results should be on par with the offline tournament results of the past

If you're expecting the results for EVO 2020 online to be radically different than what we've been seeing in the fighting game community through the years, think again.

For those of you who haven't been paying attention, a number of tournaments have already moved online, for the time being, due to the novel coronavirus.

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'Dude, you disconnected so I take it via DQ... sorry bro, it's over' — fighting game skit pokes fun at online tournaments

Since many offline FGC tournaments up to this point have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there's been a transition towards playing fighting games online. Still, the online fighting game experience certainly isn't without its hiccups.

Due to technicalities, the better player doesn't always win while dealing with a fighting game's netcode. Recently, Alex Jebailey, in collaboration with Justin Wong, released a hilarious skit that really highlights a circumstance that's beginning to turn into a meme.

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I really wasn't expecting this but Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Maxiboost ON is now my most anticipated fighting game of the year

Sometimes a video game sequel will come out that essentially halts all of the momentum a series may have had going for it, and others may reinvigorates the fans to once again get excited for the return of one of their favorites from the past.

I got to personally experience the latter option there last weekend with the closed network test for Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Maxiboost ON which quickly made it my most anticipated fighting game of the year.

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Update: Bad boys, rich kids, nerds, class clowns - Which fighting game lunch table would you sit at in high school?

Update: Voting in the poll has officially closed, and it seems like a lot of us would like to park our rears next to Dan Hibiki.

The fighting game community is made up of people of pretty much all age groups, nationalities and backgrounds, but there's a universal and personal aspect to the scene that helps represent us as individuals: which characters do we relate with the most?

One member in the FGC, ChefRaptor, has put together a way to help us figure out who we all identify with by posing the question of which table would you sit at in a lunch room filled with fighters forming their own cliques?

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The FGC reacts to EVO's cancellation and its transition to an online event

Just yesterday, the EVO Twitter account issued a notice that the organizers were cancelling EVO 2020. This is yet another cancellation that has occurred due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

In order to "keep the EVO spirit alive," however, it's been announced that EVO will instead be an online event this year. As one might expect, the fighting game community posted a variety of reactions to these announcements.

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EVO 2020 has been officially cancelled due to COVID-19, event will take place online this summer

The EVO Twitter has posted a message officially canceling the event this year as a result of COVID-19.

Said message also notes that players will be fully refunded, and that organizers will be holding EVO 2020 online this summer.

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The Sexy Legs meme has reached the fighting game community

There's a new meme currently sweeping the internet that takes advantage of how Twitter lines up multiple photos when shared. Deemed "The Sexy Legs" meme (at least, I think that's what it's being called), we're seeing characters, people, and other things matched up with a pair of legs in thigh-high boots that normally wouldn't make sense outside of this meme.

Well, the meme has now hit the fighting game community. Several folks on Twitter have been pairing up their own images to make some... interesting creations, and honestly, some of these are pretty great.

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Our first look at Xbox Series X gameplay is coming on May 7, here's where to watch

You can set your alarms to May 7 at 8:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 a.m. ET as that's when Xbox will be showing off the first glimpse at gameplay for the upcoming Xbox Series X console.

The news was posted via Twitter early on Thursday with the following quote attached.

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Why Wi-fi sucks for gaming; We all know someone who needs to watch this quick video from Skullgirls creator, MikeZ

Sure, maybe YOU already know that using Wi-fi for online competition is a cardinal sin in the world of gaming, but it's also safe to say that there are still many people out there who have not gotten the memo. With the recent spike in network gaming thanks to mass quarantining, the message is especially pertinent.

Skullgirls creator Mike "MikeZ" Zaimont has released a video explaining the particulars as to why not using a hardwired connection causes more turbulence in online interactions.

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Check out Taho's beautiful ladies of fighting games artwork

Fatima "Taho" Camiloza is both an artist as well as a video game developer, and so it comes as no surprise she has a knack for drawing some of our favorite fighting game characters.

While not the main focus of her portfolio we were able to round up enough images for a quick EventHubs gallery that spans five separate franchises.

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