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Immediately level up your footsies game with this whiff punish option select

You could simplify the art of fighting game footsies into a broad conceptual statement like, "hit the other character without letting them hit you," but anyone who has actually tried to do this against a competent foe knows that this is a well of seemingly infinite depth.

Such is to be expected when you're pitting two human minds against one another in a realtime puzzle-solving process that's being developed by both on the fly, and yet some people seem to have figured out how to do this more efficiently than others. Part of it is reaction time and part of it is keen observation paired with quick analysis, but a significant chunk of having a consistent footsies game is knowing the tricks of the trade.

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CEO 2020 most likely to be rescheduled to December instead of June this year

Traditionally, CEO — one of the biggest yearly fighting game tournaments — is known for taking place in June. However, the COVID-19 global pandemic is no doubt having an abnormal effect on routine in 2020.

Alex Jebailey, the tournament organizer behind CEO, has taken to Twitter and has explained his plans to hopefully reschedule CEO 2020 to December of this year instead of June.

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Street Fighter 5 director shares collection of classic Capcom posters including Street Fighter Alpha, Marvel vs. Capcom, JoJo, Red Earth and CvS

Street Fighter 5's director Takayuki Nakayama began his work with Capcom 20 years ago though it appears as though his love for the company's classic fighting game franchises dates back farther than that.

Nakayama recently shared a bunch of images of a previously unseen style guide book for Street Fighter 2's initial release, and now he appears to be dipping more into his personal collection of posters from many of Capcom's big arcade hits of the 90's.

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The Tension Gauge, Guard Cancels, and the Groove System are fighting game mechanics that Daigo likes but they probably can't fit in Street Fighter 5

RB|Daigo Umehara was recently asked about his thoughts in regards to which characters he'd like to see for Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition. Seemingly content with the roster, Daigo instead began to talk about fighting game mechanics.

Although he noted that these mechanics probably wouldn't work for Street Fighter 5 specifically, he mentioned that he was a fan of Guilty Gear's Tension Gauge, Guard Crushes, Guard Cancels, and Capcom vs. SNK 2's Groove System.

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PlayStation Big in Japan Sale brings steep discounts to the top fighting games around including recent titles like Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]

Golden Week is just about to start up in Japan, and with it comes a slew of big video game sales from developers in the major region which of course includes a healthy serving of fighting games as well.

PlayStation is now running the Big in Japan Sale to commemorate the holiday featuring hundreds of really good deals on PS4 titles with dozens available that may be of interest to the fighting game community.

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Update: Fighting game companies release iconic stages to use as video call backgrounds in games like Street Fighter, Granblue Fantasy: Versus and more

Update: Bandai Namco has also joined the chat by releasing a bunch of Soul Calibur-themed backgrounds including a handful of its newest stages and my personal favorite, the character creation screen.

The amount of people around the world that are now working from home or finishing up their classes online has grown exponentially lately due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has opened the doors to more creative environments to draw energy from.

Video calling services like Zoom allow users to swap out their background surroundings with pretty much any image. This has started a new trend of companies releasing their own official backgrounds to use including a handful in the fighting game space.

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She turned her Qanba Obsidian fightstick into a MIDI controller, played it, and got noticed by her senpai as a result

The creative minds of the fighting game community will clearly not be stifled nor slowed during this time of minimal social interaction, and if you need an example of that then look no further than AXL|KikiDeliver.

The musically-inclined gamer from Virginia turned her Qanba Obsidian into a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) controller. She then posted a video of her playing a quick beat on her homemade instrument and wound up with a shoutout from American record producer Shawn Wasabi as a result.

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North American Nintendo Switch and 3DS sale offers a plethora of deals on a plethora of Capcom titles, but you'll want to act fast

Nintendo users who are into Capcom games have a special opportunity right now to stock up on some classics for extra cheap as the North American Nintendo eShop is currently running a sale.

We first heard about this through Gameranx, and found that no less than 32 games, including two fighters as well as the Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle, are available for purchase with heavy discounts attached.

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Two players banned from EVO and other FGC events after using hateful racial and transphobic speech on social media

EVO organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar closed doors to all EVO events for two fighting game community members over the weekend after both posted hateful language on the internet.

Dalauan "LowTierGod" Sparrow and Joshua "CeroBlast" Tran received their respective bans on April 18 and April 19, the prior for transphobic speech and the latter for use of a racial slur.

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Street Fighter 2's Arcade Mode run transformed into a creative in-home workout routine with exercises based on each character and stage

The worlds of fighting games and fitness collide probably just as much as one would expect with some players also being health gurus though melding the two together is surprisingly rare.

Untechable Performance is attempting to change that, however, by creating fighting game-related workout videos and his most recent one turns Street Fighter 2's Arcade Mode run into clever exercises based around each world warrior.

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We could potentially see FGC tournaments return quicker after the coronavirus pandemic with a cellphone app that reports health status

We're still in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, but talk of how to get back to our normal lives is already starting to surface. The fighting game community has seen the first half of Capcom Pro Tour events cancelled and the entire Arc World Tour 2020 wiped out.

It's hard to imagine when and how we can get back to our prior existence, but technology is already helping to aid this process in other parts of the world.

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The Angry Video Game Nerd shows us the worst of the worst Mortal Kombat ripoffs

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, as they say, and when it comes to fighting games there's a whole lot of flattery going on. The Mortal Kombat franchise cemented itself into fighting game history with its unique combat system, realistic character models, and excessive violence, and has since become one of the major pillars of the genre.

Back when the early games were finding success in the arcades, copycats started emerging in hopes of capitalizing on the same draws that made Mortal Kombat great. The Angry Video Game Nerd recently took a trek down memory lane with some of the worst Mortal Kombat ripoffs ever made.

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Artgerm knows how to draw a good fighting game character

We in the fighting game community (especially those of us who have tethered our careers to our hobby) have seen more than a few takes on some of our genre's favorite characters, but sometimes an artist will make you feel like you're seeing these fighters for the first time.

Stanley "Artgerm" Lau is a Singaporean artist who is capable of just that. We've rounded up a selection of his works to share and see if you feel the same way.

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I gave up fiber internet and switched to cable just so I could play Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition online comfortably

The quest for a legitimate and comfortable experience playing Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition online has led me through a string of equipment upgrades and mindset changes. After trying virtually everything in my power to achieve what has felt like a fool's prospect, the final frontier was to switch my internet service provider (ISP), Frontier, for Charter Spectrum.

That's right, I gave up fiber internet for a cable internet connection, and it may surprise you to hear that my experience online has actually improved. Normally, I'd be as shocked as you are right now, but given what I've experienced and learned about my previous ISP, an improvement was pretty darn likely.

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Sony's supply of PlayStation 5s reported to be limited, but Nintendo has made this approach work many times

Some potential bad news came down today about Sony's PlayStation 5 via a report from Bloomberg.

According to sources close to the matter, Sony is limiting its initial production run — in part — because it expects the PS5's demanding specs to contribute to a high price at launch. Although the novel coronavirus was asked about, Sony is allegedly not being impacted by this from a production standpoint, only their promotional plans.

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Keiji Fujiwara, iconic voice actor for characters like Kagura in BlazBlue, Reno from Final Fantasy 7 and many other roles, passes away at 55

Legendary Japanese voice actor Keiji Fujiwara passed away on April 12, 2020 at the age of 55 due to complications from cancer according to Air Agency, the talent company he founded.

Those who primarily only play fighting games may best recognize him as the voice of Kagura Mutsuki in the BlazBlue series though his almost 30 year career featured roles in Granblue Fantasy, Super Smash Bros., Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts among dozens of others.

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Update: Jump Force Deluxe Edition coming to Nintendo Switch, Shoto Todoroki revealed first DLC for Character Pass 2 from My Hero Academia with trailer

Update: Bandai Namco has now released the official announcement trailers for Todoroki and the Switch version of Jump Force along with additional pricing and Character Pass 2 information that has been added to the original story below.

Jump Force first released over a year ago as one of the best selling Shonen Jump crossover games ever, and now it appears to be heading to a new system along with a second set of DLC content.

The latest issue of the Weekly Jump magazine in Japan reveals Jump Force Deluxe Edition will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. Character Pass 2 was also announced for all systems with the first DLC fighter as Shoto Todoroki from the My Hero Academia series.

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