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Rebuilding the FGC from these dark times and processing what's happened

The dam has broken when it comes to allegations of sexual misconduct in the fighting game community and thus we've entered into perhaps the darkest days the FGC has ever seen over the course of its near three-decade existence.

Given virtually everyone is experiencing these trying times together, we felt it may be a good idea to highlight the eventual positives that are inevitably coming down the pike as we refine and evolve our community in a better direction.

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Chickens, penguins, and a big-headed tournament organizer: Here are 7 joke fighting game characters that are way stronger than they seem

Most major fighting game series have their own joke characters. These warriors a typically goofy and weak by design, making them unpopular with serious players who are trying to get wins.

But every now and then one of these joke characters is actually much stronger than they initially appear. Outside Xbox recently put together a video that lists seven of these goofballs that are actually worthy adversaries.

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I badly needed to be reminded of why I love fighting games, and I found answers in my past

There are a million reasons why I've fallen in love with fighting games through the years, and decided to devote a large portion of my life to covering them. And I badly needed to be reminded why recently.

What's happening in the fighting game community is what we need. Predators being outed and removed. There's no place for people in our community doing horrific things to someone. The message has been said very clear — we can not and will not stand for people being abused.

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Microsoft also reportedly interested in purchasing Warner Bros. gaming division and NetherRealm Studios

Reports began circulating last month that AT&T may be looking to offload the entirety of Warner Bros.' video game development division with a few prospective buyers interested though now there's apparently one more big player added to the list of hopefuls.

Microsoft is also reportedly looking into a WB Interactive acquisition according to The Information which could see the likes of NetherRealm Studios shift hands once again.

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Xbox Series X first-party games showcase set for July 23

Microsoft is preparing to throw their next-gen hat in the ring later this month with a big showcase. If you're waiting to see first-party games on the Xbox Series X, be sure to mark your calendars for July 23.

The official Xbox Twitter account tweeted out an announcement this morning stating that the Xbox Games Showcase will be airing at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET.

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Nintendo might someday explore more effective ways of conveying new game content and announcements in the future instead of Nintendo Directs

The announcements for Nintendo Directs are typically a cause for excitement among Nintendo fans. Several times a year, players get the chance to hear about news for upcoming games and content.

During the 80th General Shareholders Meeting Q&A from Nintendo, Nintendo President Furukawa dabbled with the idea that Nintendo might someday explore a more effective way for unveiling these announcements instead of using Nintendo Directs.

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EVO 2020 Online canceled, Joey Cuellar removed as CEO

Organizers for EVO Online 2020 announced via Twitter Thursday evening the cancellation of their event.

This follows numerous statements from previously prospect attendees declaring decisions to no longer participate in the event after EVO CEO and co-founder, Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar, was accused of sexual misconduct.

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Capcom and NetherRealm Studios withdraw from EVO Online 2020

Capcom and NetherRealm Studios have announced they'll be withdrawing from EVO 2020 Online.

This comes after EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar was placed on administrative leave from the event following allegations of misconduct.

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NBA 2K21 will be priced $10 more on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X which may set a trend for the next generation of consoles

While nobody quite yet knows when the next console generation will begin later this year, we are learning more about the games that will be coming alongside the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

Take-Two Interactive revealed a bunch of new information about their upcoming NBA 2K21 title including the fact that the game will be $10 more expensive to purchase for next gen systems.

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NRG Esports severs ties with Super Smash Bros. player Nairo after allegations of performing sexual acts with a minor

Sponsor NRG Esports announced this morning the organization has severed ties with pro Super Smash Bros. player Nairoby "Nairo" Quezada following allegations of performing sexual acts with a minor.

Both NRG and Nairo have released statements regarding the termination and situation regarding the accusations.

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Joey 'Mr. Wizard' Cuellar placed on administrative leave by EVO staff following accusations of misconduct by a community member

EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar has been placed on administrative leave following accusations of misconduct. The company's official Twitter account has released a statement addressing the situation.

According to EVO, a third party investigation into the accusations will be conducted.

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Hammering down the elusive Street Fighter 5 Season 5 tier list and dating advice for the fighting game community

There are two things the fighting game community can't seem to fully wrap their minds around: Street Fighter 5's fifth season tier list and how to talk to people we're interested in without being super creepy.

While Catalyst and I surely don't have all the answers in either field we've got enough research and life experience under our belts to offer some commentary on both that may be worth listening to.

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Bandai Namco presenting Play Anime Live event later this month which may likely be where the next Dragon Ball FighterZ DLC character will be announced

With the cancellation of E3 2020, developers and publishers have branched out to hold their own digital showcase events to announce upcoming video games, and we can add another to that list now.

Bandai Namco announced they will present their own event titled Play Anime Live later this month which may very well be the place Dragon Ball FighterZ players may learn who the next character joining Season 3 will be.

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EVO Online 2020 entrant numbers and a 'REALLY AWESOME next-level prize' from PlayStation and other prizes revealed

MrWiz, a tournament organizer for EVO Online 2020, has revealed the entrant numbers for the upcoming online event. Notably, there will three separate tournaments based on what region players are competing in.

Skullgirls ended up with the highest number of players overall as there are 1,249 registered to compete in North America. Notably, Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath, and Them's Fightin' Herds also managed to exceed 1,000 entrants each in just the North American region.

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Street Fighter: Duel receives new trailer with a digitized Yoshinori Ono presenting as part of Tencent's game conference

Street Fighter as a franchise is no stranger to the realm of spin-offs in other media and genres especially since the boom of the mobile gaming market over the past decade.

Tencent's annual games conference took place earlier today where the company showed off dozens of titles including Street Fighter: Duel with a digitized CG Yoshinori Ono showing up to present more about it.

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When NOT to optimize your combos - BrianF explains when and why you don't always want to go for max damage

So much time and effort is spent trying to figure out how to squeak out the most damage from every touch you score in fighting games that it's easy to start missing the forest for the trees.

Yes, most of the time you do want to take as much of your opponent's life bar as possible when you have the chance, but efficiency still reigns supreme and there are plenty of instances wherein you very well may want to save your meter instead of eeking out a few extra damage points.

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We could stare at Raiko's fighting game art all day long

We had to sift through quite a few images to find enough fighting game characters for a gallery, but we aren't complaining in the least as the top-notch artistic abilities of Sean "Raiko" Tay make virtually every one of his pieces a joy to look at.

The Singaporean artist's style tends to be on the softer side with lower lighting, yet forgoes seemingly zero details as every glance at each of his images seems to reveal something we had missed previously.

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