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Desk travels through 30+ years of infinite combo history in 30+ different fighting games

Infinite combos aren't exactly healthy for a fighting game, but they do offer up a unique sense of novelty that comes from feeling like you're breaking all the rules and having the power to do so.

The one and only combo maestro, Desk, recently just released his latest project traveling through over 30 years of history for infinite combos and just as many different titles.

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Evo 2023 announcements recap, from A.K.I. and Azucena to the brand new Fatal Fury title, Killer Instinct lives and so much more

Boy, what a crazy weekend that was. Evo 2023 provided us fighting game fans some of the best action we've seen in years out of the competition, but that's not all that was there.

It feels like this year's Evo had potentially more announcements and reveals than ever before, and it would have been easy to miss out on some of them by looking away from the screen for more than a few minutes.

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Evo 2023 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The long-awaited event of the year for a lot of fighting gamers is back again this year with Evo 2023 and as usual it'll be taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

Notable players are far too plentiful to even list, but with the massive amount of entrants it's safe to assume that if the player you're looking for mains any of the main titles for the event, they'll be there playing it. Be sure to also check out our documented character usage stats for Street Fighter 6 as well as the rest of the games for Evo 2023.

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Killer Instinct to receive big 10th anniversary update this Fall

It's wild to think that Killer Instinct made its grand return a full 10 years ago, and it seems like the story of the game is not quite done yet.

Following the KI exhibition at Evo 2023, Iron Galaxy and Microsoft announced Killer Instinct is going to be receiving a substantial 10th anniversary update to the game.

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Battle Arena Melbourne 13 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Battle Arena Melbourne 13 has returned to grace us with some top level tournament action and as the name might've tipped you off to, it'll be taking place in Melbourne, Australia.

Notable players competing at the event include DRX|Knee, VARREL|Rangchu, KDF|Ulsan, Talon|Book, THY|Chikurin, DRX|Chanel, NASR|Latif, VARREL|Pinya, eF|DanielMado, DRX|Infested, DH|Jeondding, RIOT|ROF, Somniac, GoldieNextDoor, Tweed|Saf and many more.

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Combo Breaker 2023 results

Updated: This story has been updated with final results.

One of the biggest fighting game events in the world is back in 2023 and the grand tournament, which is of course Combo Breaker 2023, will be taking place in Schaumburg, Illinois, U.S.A.

Notable players set to attend include RB|Arslan Ash, DRX|Knee, TSM|Leffen, XSET|iDom, TempestNYC, Twis|Slash, Liquid|Dabuz, VARREL|Rangchu, RR|Mono, THY|Chikurin, RB|Anakin, AR|Wero Asamiya, TBH|Seis Mx, Talon|Book, ScrawtVermillion, Kkokkoma, ZomBmu, BIG|Sephiblack, Proton|Coach Steve, DRX|Chanel, TUE|Shadow20z, Joey Fury, CRaZY|SuperAkouma, RB|CuddleCore, CATPION|Daymendou, Falcon|Ghirlanda, Buscar Luz, Shuaboo, JPV|Axenstar, PAR|Aarondamac, PAG|Monarch, Psykotik, ONI|NBNHMR, Nitro Knight, BC|Jonathan Tene, Moist|Hotashi, Solstice, Zando, Umisho, Tommy2step, Zane and many more.

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Newly translated magazine shows first Guilty Gear was going to use the same graphics as Donkey Kong Country and Killer Instinct

Arc System Works revolutionized how 3D models could appear in 2D fighting games with Guilty Gear Xrd, but it looks like the company had some similar plans in mind since the very beginning.

Sol Radguy recently went back and translated a Japanese magazine article from 1995, which shows off that the original Guilty Gear was planning to use the same graphics system that powered Donkey Kong Country and Killer Instinct.

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Justin Wong crafts tier list ranking all of his competitive fighting game mains from Storm to Menat and far beyond

There's maybe a handful of people in the world who can claim they have the competitive pedigree and results that Justin Wong has, and many of the characters he's mained over his career have become iconic in their own right too, for better or worse.

The fighting game legend recently crafted a new tier list to rank how strong he believes each of his main picks are / were from Marvel vs. Capcom to Street Fighter and far beyond.

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Ed Boon highlights Mortal Kombat vs. Killer Instinct fan art and then jokingly 'konfirms' it

It's been over a year since NetherRealm Studios announced the completion of post-launch content for Mortal Kombat 11. As such, they've since moved on to their next project.

The entirety of 2022 is now behind us, and we've barely received any word about what NetherRealm Studios is working on. Rumors indicate that it could be Mortal Kombat 12, Injustice 3 or even something involving Disney's Marvel IP.

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Update: Killer Instinct character and content access restored, Microsoft releases statement

Update: Microsoft has now released a statement claiming they have released a fix to restore Killer Instinct's characters and content to players. You can find the full statement in the story below.

It's been a somewhat rough few months lately considering a hacker completely crippled the game's online modes recently, and now this is going down for some reason.

Players who've logged onto Killer Instinct over the past few days are running into the severe issue of none of their characters or purchased content being accessible in the title, which basically renders it unplayable.

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New spectator and more beta mode revealed for Arcade 1Up Killer Instinct cabinets

After a few days of waiting on a mysterious countdown, video game developer Code Mystics has revealed some new features for the Arcade 1Up Killer Instinct cabinet.

Code Mystics' KI Spectating (and more) Beta will allow users to track their online stats in both of the KI titles the KI A1U cab offers (Killer Instinct, Killer Instinct 2) and will allow for players to spectate and queue for matches, along with a few other new perks.

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A Killer Instinct countdown timer to an announcement has appeared online from Code Mystics

Avid Killer Instinct fans have spent years patiently waiting for the series to return, and it looks like something is about to drop.

Code Mystics have launched a countdown on their website for some sort of Killer Instinct related announcement as well as posting an apparent teaser to their social media.

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Complete Black Friday 2022 fighting game shopping guide

Update: Our Black Friday fighting game shopping guide has been updated to include the long list of deals available now in the Steam Autumn Sale.

The biggest shopping week of the year is now bearing down on us like a festive wild boar, bringing with it many of the best sales and deals you can find.

Considering there's too many stores and online retailers to keep track of, we've put together a complete Black Friday shopping guide for fighting game fans full of deep discounts and cheer.

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Update: Killer Instinct's online services restored after hacker took them down

Update: Microsoft has already stepped in and resolved Killer Instinct's online issues. You can find their latest statement on the fix added to the original story below.

Those attempting to go back and play some good ol' Killer Instinct the past few days have run into an unexpected situation — they can't play the main online mode at all.

The Killer Instinct community is currently reporting a hacker has allegedly broken the game's online ranked modes, rendering them completely unusable.

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Streamer gathers full scans of every English Super Nintendo game manual ever including some great classic fighting game ones

People may not think much of game manuals these days, but back when a lot of us were growing up these little instruction booklets that came included with each game were crucial to our experience. Today, those same manuals serve little to no purpose on the information front thanks to the vastness of the internet, but their value comes in the form of historical significance and the incredible amount of nostalgia they provide.

A streamer by the name of Peebs recently completed an absolutely daunting feat in gathering scans for every single English game manual released for the Super Nintendo. The vault of scans is now available online in its entirety, and within it, there are some truly amazing fighting game booklets to look over.

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Fighting game references we've spotted in Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course

After initially being announced back in 2019, then being delayed all the way to 2022, Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course is finally here. Cuphead, Mugman, and new character Ms. Chalice take on a gang of new enemies in a far away land to try and gather ingredients for a very special recipe.

Not only is Cuphead a fantastic game, but the developers are big time fighting game fans and littered some boss fights in the original game with clear references to Street Fighter and other classic titles. It seems like the Moldenhauer brothers may have added some more fighting game references into the new expansion, and now that we've got some time in with the latest DLC here are some of the potential ones we've spotted so far. Spoilers ahead.

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CEO 2022 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend will be seeing the grand return of one of the biggest offline majors, namely CEO 2022 which is taking place in Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.A.

There are far too many notable players attending to list them all, but here's just a mere sample of who's going to be there — PG|Punk, Intel|Razzo, XSET|iDom, PG|Plup, TSM|Tweek, DUSG|Gen, RB|Anakin, TMG|Tamago, Moist|Hotashi, CGL|K7 Showoff, NYChrisG, Talon|Book, Liquid|Hungrybox, BMS|Wawa, PGW|Ren, Justin Wong, Liquid|Riddles, Bandits|MenaRD, TxC|ViolentKain, Rise|Nitro, RR|Mono, AR|Wero Asamiya, RYO, Liquid|Dabuz, VGIA|Shanks, Bandits|Caba, DUSG|Rangchu, Exceed|Solstice, Smug, Pako, BC|ApologyMan, Nephew, Hive|LegendaryyPred, Shadow20z, TxC|Khriz, PG|KizzieKay, PG|HookGangGod, ScrawtVermillion, END|Shine, Buscar Luz, Kasuga, EMGG|Justakid, PAR|FlashMetroid, Mundank, LZR|Hayatei, CRaZY|SuperAkouma, PG|MarlinPie, MEGA|ArnKratos, CLG|Brian_F, DEUS|Incendiate, Monarch, DUSG|Pinya, Damdai, ElChakotay, RayRay, YARUCREW|Macho, BAN|Sonix, Zomba, Gosain, END|Shine, OmegaXcn, Shuaboo, Paragon|Myran, MVD, MuteAce, DZ|Jonathan Tene, BC|LordKnight, TS1|Cookye, VIEJOS|Gandido, PartyWolf, Jake, PG|Marss, JakeyTheSnakey, Jram, Spiral|Krudo, Arlieth and more.

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