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Kumite in Texas 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Kumite in Texas 2019 is happening this weekend in Arlington, Texas.

Players attending this event include Disrupt|Shadow20z, Jimmy J Tran, AXL|XCaliburBladez, MrKwiggle, BDG|NG-Obscure, PG|Speedkicks, FSD|Rikuto, Killy Delorean, Co-D|H0oDLeSs, UYU|Deoxys, Coosco, KoDee, Trungy, ElectrifiedMann, Shinblade, Lil Majin, CrazySteady, UGS|BlackMoonRisingX, DS|Shirdel, Disrupt|Joonya20z and many more.

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Fighting games should be designed to be fun first, balance and accessibility can follow after; Maximilian talks game design, his career, and more

We're back with the second half of BornFree's EVO interview with Maximilian as the two YouTubers chat all things fighting games.

Max has a bunch to share when it comes to the evolution of his craft, detailing some of the histories behind such endeavors as ASSIST ME!, Rate the Super, Boss Rage, and Real Talk. He also goes a bit into the woes of being a full-time content creator, such as how he usually finds himself burned out at least once a year, questioning if he really wants to continue the grind.

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'Killer Instinct needs to be brought back for next generation consoles' - Maximilian has a serious plea for Microsoft

Microsoft's 2013 reboot of Killer Instinct was, in many ways, a massive success, but there are many who feel that while the title did well, it could have soared even higher. Given the majorly impressive work developers proved capable of, there's certainly an argument to be made that we should give the franchise yet another entry and see how it fares.

Maximilian has produced a video articulating some of the reasons why KI was such a great experience, and why it should come back with a new installment in the next generation of consoles.

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Someone is driving around in an awesome Killer Instinct-themed car right now

There are those who love certain fighting games and those who love certain fighting games. What we have here is very likely the work of someone in the latter category.

Twitter user mewmewalamode shared a couple of photos on Twitter this week of a parked car decked out with the Killer Instinct (2013) logo, as well as the franchise's classic robot combatant, Fulgore.

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Steam's epic Summer Sale features huge savings on big fighting game titles like Mortal Kombat 11, Soul Calibur 6, Dragon Ball FighterZ and dozens more

The biggest PC gaming sale of the year is finally upon us with the Steam Summer Sale which may prove to be one of the best times ever to pick up some fighting games for cheap.

There are over 50 different titles and their DLC currently discounted until July 9 including some of the largest titles of the past few years like Mortal Kombat 11, Soul Calibur 6 and so much more.

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Combo Breaker 2019 results

Updates: This story has been updated with final results.

There's a giant fighting game event happening this weekend St. Charles, Illinois. Basically any fighting game you'd be interested in will be featured, and has a high number of entrants here.

For just a sampling of the talent present at this event, you can expect to see FOX|SonicFox, REC|Punk, Rohto|Tokido, Mouz|Problem X, RB|Gachikun, JDCR, Rangchu, ROX|Knee, CO|Go1, Teresa, Dragon, CYG|Fuudo, Victrix|Momochi, CYG|Daigo, UYU|LowHigh, EG|NYChrisG, NRG|HookGangGod, RB|Anakin, PG|MarlinPie, CO|Dogura, ROX|Chanel, LostSoul, Linkorz, UYU|Jeondding, BC|Tachikawa, NASR|AngryBird, BC|ApologyMan, BjornSonOfBear, 1UP|PepperySplash, KOA|Sandman, UYU|CherryBerryMango, DR Gross, END|Scar, AN|KizzieKay, Flux, DJT, Noble|Semiij, NASR|TekkenMaster, DF|Saiyne, AXL|Boom, Supernoon, SSNO|KojiKOG, Hotashi and CATPION|Deb but of course many, many more as well, because there are far too many huge players to name even a fraction.

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Texas Showdown 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend has a big event taking place in Houston, Texas and it's featuring a ton of different fighting games.

Some of the notable players set to attend include Mouz|Problem X, RB|Anakin, EG|NYChrisG, FOX|NuckleDu, NRG|HookGangGod, Teresa, LostSoul, CJ Truth, Rise|Smug, PG|MarlinPie, W2W|Toi, CoolKid93, 1UP|PepperySplash, END|Shine, BjornSonOfBear, TGS|CeroBlast, Supernoon, Tempo|Alex Myers, AN|KizzieKay, NG|Obscure, FOX|Dekillsage, EQNX|Brian_F, Denial|JB, Crescent|Doza, Terrence, WG|Abegen, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Rise|K-Brad, Danslip, TGS|ElChakotay and of course many more.

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From M. Bison to Geese Howard, who are the 10 most intimidating and best villains in fighting game history?

Fighting game final bosses are among the most iconic and memorable among all genres of video games because they represent — especially in the arcade era — the highest mountain you had to climb over to reach the top against computer players that would do everything in their power, including breaking the game, to destroy you and force you to spend another quarter.

Many of them have a number of design choices in common. They have the color red worked into their primary or secondary color schemes, they want to control / destroy the world, or they may simply want to acquire the best of every fighting style via assimilation. There are a number of them that have stood the test of time amongst their peers, however — we don't exactly hear too many people clamoring about Azazel from Tekken 6 or Ultron Sigma.

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Frosty Faustings XI results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Frosty Faustings XI is taking place this weekend — or to be more specific, this Friday and Saturday — in Illinois.

This is a pretty huge event with more than 1200 entrants total, so the competition is going to be off the charts for several of the games present.

Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate both have over 200 entrants, while BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and the event's Mystery Tournament all have over 100 entrants each.

Besides these titles, you can also expect tournament play to be streamed for Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Vampire Savior (Darkstalkers), Windjammers, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, Pokkén Tournament DX, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Melty Blood: Actress Again Current Code, Super Sailor Moon S, Fighting EX Layer, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Killer Instinct.

Players set to attend include NuckleDu, REC|Punk, NRG|HookGangGod, LostSoul, UYU|Cloud805, EG|NYChrisG, BC|LordKnight, 1UP|PepperySplash, PG|MarlinPie, Teresa, Disrupt|Shadow20z, BjornSonOfBear, FF|ElvenShadow, Jona, FOX|Dekillsage, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Mr. K, Hotashi, NRG|Supernoon, Brian_F, Disrupt|Joonya20z, BxA|Blaze, ITS|ShinBlade, ITS|Mak, UYU|BeautifulDude, Foo, JodyThaGreat and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at BG Callisto, Low Kick Tournaments, Team Spooky, Will English IV, rs Blackrose and Unrivaled Tournaments.

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Kumite in Tennessee 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

We've just barely entered the new year, and we already have a slew of events upon us.

Kumite in Tennessee is one of them, and as you'd expect, it's taking place in Tennessee — more specifically, Franklin, Tennessee.

With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Tekken 7 both having over 100 entrants, and Soul Calibur 6, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition all being above 50 entrants each, respectively, this is going to be a pretty loaded event.

The games being played besides the aforementioned five are BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat XL, King of Fighters 14, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Killer Instinct and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

Some of the notable players attending include Lil Majin, Disrupt|Shadow20z, BC|Biohazard, CuddleCore, SB|JB, W2W|KnowKami, Neon, Pokchop, BC|HoneyBee, MnT|Trungy, SperoGin, KoDee, TS|Arturo Sanchez and of course many more beyond that.

Streaming is being done at Team Spooky, VG Boot Camp, NYC Furby, HXC Gaming Events and TNEA Live.

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NEC 19 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

NEC 19 is taking place this weekend in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

This event is hosting a ton of different games, with the most entered one being Soul Calibur 6 at over 250 participants, meaning that stakes are going to be very high for everyone involved.

Besides this, the event will also be hosting tournaments for Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Dead or Alive 5: Last Round and Pokkén Tournament DX.

Some of the notable names showing up include FOX|SonicFox, Dragon, PAG|Grover, BxA|PartyWolf, Saiyne, Linkorz, UGS|XCaliburBladez, MrKwiggle, Flux, PG|MarlinPie, W2W|KnowKami, FSD|Rikuto and KPB|JDR, though there are obviously many more as well.

There are several other games not listed on the main stream schedule as well that may have side streams such as Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Killer Instinct and Injustice 2, so make sure to check around if those are being streamed separately if you're interested.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Funky P, Bros Calamity, KPB Live and TSB Blaze.

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Magion's art will pull you in and send your eyes for a wonderful ride

All we know about this artist is that their handle is "Magion" and they have some pretty great fighting game art.

The first image in our gallery here is very cartoon like in nature, but as you'll see immediately afterwards Magion is also very skilled over on the more realistic side of the spectrum.

Android 18's gaze captures us where we sit, and Vegeta's cotton candy swirl of Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (did I get that right?) hair commands our attention before raining beams of energy send us down to the rest of the image.

The piece featuring a beaten down Chun-Li at the hands of Cammy not only tells us a captivating story but also showcases a wonderful grasp of visual depth as we start with the extreme close up of Chun's bracelet in the bottom right and the focus shifts gradually farther back as we move up and to the left.

Throw in a sketch of Akuma fighting Kratos from God of War and you have yourself an artist that can seemingly hit you from just about every artistic angle.

Give the gallery a look through here and let us know your thoughts. If you'd like to see more from the artist you can view their NSFW Deviant Art page.

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Kumite in Texas / Low Tier City 6 results

Updated with final results: This story has been updated with the results from Kumite in Texas / Low Tier City 6.

This weekend, we're seeing two events kind of come together as one, as Kumite in Texas and Low Tier City 6 will be running their events together in the same area.

They still have their own titles and streams, but the venue seems to be shared and will be housing a ton of different fighting game players in various games.

Notable players attending for Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. 4, by far the biggest games at the event, include Liquid|Hungrybox, Alliance|Armada, C9|Mango, TSM|Leffen, Tweek, GRV|Dabuz, DIG|Lucky, ALG|n0ne, BSD|Elegant, DIG|HugS, EMG|Mistake, Balance|Syrox, Cosmos, CaptainZack, PG|Esam, Alliance|Android, Samsora, PG|MVD and many more.

That doesn't mean that those are the only games at the event, though. There will also be tournament play in Project M, Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Super Smash Bros. 64, Icons: Combat Arena, Rivals of Aether, Injustice 2, Mortal Kombat XL, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Killer Instinct and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

With Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. 4 being at over 300 and over 200 entrants respectively, though, that's where the brunt of the action will be happening.

Streaming is being done at Tourney Locator, Tourney Locator 2, YouTube Tourney Locator, PandaxGaming and PandaxGaming 2.

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Damn... these 'reasons' why people don't play certain fighting games are brutal and really funny

Name any fighting game, any one that ever existed, and you've undoubtedly heard someone give their "reasons" for not playing it or why it's no good.

Whether it be too noob friendly or wasn't released on the right console, people love to complain about things in the fighting game community. All of us do it, whether we're willing to admit it or not. (Menat's standing heavy punch is cheap and totally unfair!)

Reddit user XXXCheckmate recently put together a graphic that lists some of the most common complaints about many of today's most popular fighting games. They're brutal, funny as hell, and a very accurate depiction of the stuff you'll come across online and in real life.

Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Injustice 2, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, none of these games are safe from the ax, and they're all included here.

"Top 8 is all the same," "F U N C T I O N S," "half the roster is Goku," are among some of the classic complaints we see regularly. I also have to give it up for "no Testament, no invest-ament," because that's pretty darn good.

At the end of the day, it's all in good fun. Everyone is still going to play the games they love, despite the criticism. Unless it's that one Sailor Moon fighting game, then everyone is going to play it because it's perfect...

The weekend is almost here, so relax a little and read over these funny complaints to share a laugh with us.

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The original Killer Instinct didn't have throws because they were banned in some arcades during the early Street Fighter 2 era

It is no secret that back in the Street Fighter 2 days throws were considered "cheap." With a strong arcade presence and players all around the world trying to learn the ins and outs of what is considered the most legendary fighting game series to ever launch, competitors took some time to understand the meta and the proper way to play the game.

You've probably heard stories of players way back when complaining about being thrown in Street Fighter 2. Due to the damage output of a successful throw and some players' lack of knowledge of how to stop them, this core game mechanic was banned at many arcade establishments back in the early 1990s.

Arcade-goers could still physically pull off these maneuvers, and those that were brave enough to do so were often met with "cheap!" accusations or demands for a free hit/throw in return from the "victim." In more extreme cases, players who went for throws or won games with them would have to give up a quarter to their opponent, and there are even tales of real life altercations stemming from throws. No joke.

While "no-throws" wasn't the standard for every establishment, it was enforced at the historic Sunnyvale Golfland arcade in Northern California. This happens to be the arcade that Partner Creative Director at Microsoft Studios, Ken Lobb, and Design Director & eSports Lead for Killer Instinct, James Goddard, would frequent back during the Street Fighter 2 era.

During yesterday's Microsoft Studios Live show stream, Lobb and Goddard gave some insight into the current installment in the Killer instinct franchise. In the midst of their discussion, we were also given some backstory on how the two met and more interesting bits of KI history.

When talking about their Street Fighter 2 experience at the arcade together. Lobb shared a fun fact. Apparently, the original Killer Instinct title did not have a throw mechanic because of the perception of Street Fighter 2's throws and their ban at arcades.

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Updated: Possible Killer Instinct Season 4 inbound? Microsoft Studios is holding a live steam next week that 'you'll want to tune into'

Updated 11:03 a.m. PDT, Mon. July 23, 2018: The Killer Instinct Twitter account has confirmed that no big announcements related to the game are slated for the live stream tomorrow. We also learned that Partner Creative Director at Microsoft Studios and creator of the Killer Instinct series Ken Lobb, as well as Design Director & eSports Lead for Killer Instinct, James "DJames" Goddard, will be guests on the show.

Earlier: Killer Instinct Season 3 saw its release back in March 2016. The Xbox One reboot of Rare's classic fighting franchise was well received in the fighting game community, and continues to have a dedicated competitive scene to this day.

Once the game's third season wrapped up, fans were left wanting more. But with a roster totaling 29 characters — with guests like Battletoads' Rash, Halo's Arbiter, and Gears of War's General RAAM even entering the battle — several new modes added, and all kinds of unlockable colors and accessories, it seemed as though it was time for developers Iron Galaxy and Microsoft Studios to move on.

It's been a while since we've heard of any new developments on the Killer Instinct front, however, the game's official Twitter account sent out an interesting tweet this week.

Apparently, Microsoft Studios will be holding a live stream on July 24th that is set to focus on Killer Instinct. The next episode of the Microsoft Studios Live show will feature KI and is expected to kick off at 12 p.m. PDT / 3 p.m. EDT that day.

"Hey KI fans, save the date and time: You'll want to tune into the next @MSStudiosBlog #MicrosoftStudiosLIVE Show on Tuesday July 24th at 12:00pm Pacific! This episode is all about your favorite fighting game and has some killer guests lined up!" the tweet reads.

The Microsoft Studios Live show is one where Microsoft games are showcased and we see discussions with these games' developers. Considering Killer Instinct has been on the market for over five years now, it's certainly interesting to see it as a feature on the show.


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CEO 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

CEO 2018 is upon us, and there are a ton of games being played at the event.

With over 3000 people attending, there's barely any point in listing all the notable players you might see, but if you want a closer look at who's showing up, make sure to check our tournament preview from yesterday.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour Premier event for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition at the Capcom Pro Tour, a Master event for the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour, a Master event for the Tekken World Tour and a Premier event for the Injustice 2 Pro Series.

Besides these games, the event will also be hosting Super Smash Bros. 4, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters 14 and Capcom vs. SNK 2.

On top of this, the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be playable at the event, so there's likely to be ample gameplay from that extremely hyped game, and there will also be exhibition events for the upcoming Soul Calibur 6 and the recently released Fighting EX Layer.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken, CEO Gaming, Team Spooky, VG Boot Camp, NetherRealm, Data FGC, Polarity GG and Villain904.

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