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Capcom has a big balance problem in Street Fighter 5

The Capcom Pro Tour 2021 season is well underway, but already we're seeing some big time patterns emerge when it comes to character usage.

This leads us to strongly consider Street Fighter 5's balance with regards to these three fighters, (Urien, Cammy, and M. Bison) as it seems competitive players may have too obvious a route to success through these avatars. This is a problem if you want your eSports game not to become boring and repetitive for fans.

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Does NetherRealm Studios' reasoning for changing Mortal Kombat costumes hold up? True Under Dawg has his doubts

Mortal Kombat, a franchise that's been aimed at mature audiences since day one, has consistently and conclusively earned 17+ ratings for its trademark propensity for copious amounts of blood and gore. While development studio NetherRealm Studios has only pushed the violence envelope with 2019's Mortal Kombat 11, they have conspicuously toned their approach down in one other arena: female sexuality.

As is the case when video game creators too heavily alter most any aspect of established characters, more than a few fans have expressed distaste for the migration away from the more scantily-clad versions of combatants like Mileena, Kitana, and Jade. Mortal Kombat 11 art director, Steve Beran, addressed this in an interview with Polygon during the game's release month with a few statements on the matter.

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Vegeta's powerful new transformation finally revealed in Dragon Ball Super's manga

While Goku ended up receiving just about every transformation and variant fans could ask for in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Vegeta still has a few available options left, and he's apparently just added another to that list.

Early manga scans of the upcoming chapter of Dragon Ball Super's manga have appeared online, which reveals the appearance of Vegeta's newest powered up state that may truly go beyond the Super Saiyans. Spoilers for Dragon Ball Super chapter 74 and Granolah the Survivor Saga ahead.

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Justin Wong lists his top 5 fighting games of all time, includes Street Fighter 5

With tons of amazing tournament performances across a myriad of titles and more Evo victories than anyone else on the planet, (by a wide margin) Justin Wong has most certainly carved out a place for himself in the fighting game hall of fame.

As one of the genre's most legendary players, his words and opinions carry quite a bit of weight in the community, and he's very recently shared his thoughts in terms of the top 5 fighting games of all time.

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Punk pops off after defeating iDom in major Street Fighter 5 tournament and gets so hype his mom joins in

The Capcom Pro Tour 2021 North America East Street Fighter 5 tournament concluded just yesterday. Though there were only a little over 100 players competing for one of those elusive Capcom Cup 2021 qualifier slots, there were some big names competing at this event, which included the likes of iDom, PG|Punk, Rise|Smug, END|Shine, DR Mandrake, BC|Arturo Sanchez, UYU|Kami, MetroM, THG|Ludovic and many more.

Eventually, iDom and Punk, two of the top seeded players of the entire event, ran into one another in grand finals. Despite Punk's success throughout the history of competitive Street Fighter 5, iDom had become quite the obstacle for Punk in recent times. Based on the results of their previous recent encounters in bracket, iDom was probably the expected winner in most spectators' minds.

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Goldlewis Dickinson announced as Guilty Gear Strive's first DLC character releasing July 27

Fans were left wondering who the first DLC character of Guilty Gear Strive would end up being from its vast world to pick from, and today is finally the big day — quite literally.

Arc System Works announced tonight they've chosen Goldlewis Dickinson to kick off Strive's first Season Pass, and he'll be here fairly soon.

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The Steam Deck is Valve's new handheld gaming device for PC games

From mods to breadth of libraries and processing power potential, PC users in the gaming world have plenty to boast about when compared to their console counterparts... save for in one area: handhelds.

Valve is looking to level the playing field in the portable arena, however, as they've just revealed the coming Steam Deck, a handheld device not unlike Nintendo's Switch that essentially allows players to take their entire Steam library on the go.

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Yoshinori Ono laments failing to bring Darkstalkers back, tweets out that he still wants Capcom to make it happen

This year's Comic Con marked the 10 year anniversary of when Capcom famously told fans via teaser video that its Darkstalkers fighting game franchise was not dead. Amid a foggy, moonlit graveyard with Street Fighter 4 era and style graphics we saw the bony fingers of Lord Raptor emerge from the ground and clasp his trademark guitar before seeing what looked to be a promise of an all new Darkstalkers entry. It never did happen.

We're now just a few weeks shy of the one year anniversary of Yoshinori Ono's departure from Capcom, and the Head Producer for Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter 5 tweeted a few words about Darkstalkers (a franchise he was especially fond of) that seem to put a bit of an onus on the company he worked with for nearly 30 years to bring the dead franchise back to life.

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Why people still rage quit even when penalties are involved

In briefly covering the topic of rage quitting in a few recent episodes I've noticed, both in myself and from listener feedback, that there's a particularly strong reaction and interest for it that seems to delve beyond surface levels.

It's simple enough to understand why someone would dodge online losses when there's no penalty involved, but what about when a game takes more points away for quitting early than if you simply accepted the loss? What about when rage quitting also means you'll be placed in future matches with other rage quitters, or have your match up wait times extended? I've done a bit of research in the psychological realm to come to something of an answer.

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Mortal Kombat 11 reaches over 12 million copies sold as franchise hits incredible milestone, Ed Boon says thank you

Mortal Kombat 11 has seen three full iterations of the game released since its initial launch on April 23, 2019. After numerous updates, 12 DLC characters, new game mechanics, and much more, the game has hit a very impressive sales milestone.

WB Games has announced this morning that Mortal Kombat 11 has achieved over 12 million units sold worldwide. On top of that, the Mortal Kombat franchise as a whole has surpassed 73 million console units sold to date.

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Nickelodeon All Star Brawl: 6 characters we want to see make the roster

Nintendo revealed a new fighting game this week in the form of Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, a platform fighter similar to the Super Smash Bros. franchise that features Nick Toons from over the last few decades.

The matter of fact potential for this venture is already through the roof as characters like Spongebob Squarepants, Helga G. Pataki from Hey Arnold, the Ninja Turtles, Lincoln Loud, and others are sure to attract audiences from all over the gaming spectrum. Though the 15 revealed roster members are already hype, we have a handful more that we'd be very excited to see.

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Goldlewis Dickinson shares a big design flaw with one of Guilty Gear Strive's other newcomers

Goldlewis Dickinson finally stepped out of the office and onto the battlefield this week with his reveal as the first DLC character for Guilty Gear Strive, which has split players between being super pumped to give the big guy a try and those who don't really seem to care much for him.

One thing most people can probably agree on, however, is that the secretary of absolute defense is fairly unique design-wise, but in that regard Dickinson shares a fairly major flaw that was previously lobbed at another of Strive's new fighters.

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Posted box art for Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl appeared to leak new characters before being taken down

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl was revealed as an upcoming platform brawler just yesterday. Although the game is slated for a Fall 2021 release window, 14 characters have already been unveiled — Michelangelo, Lincoln Loud, Powered Toast Man, Sandy Cheeks, Patrick Star, Oblina, Nigel Thornberry, Lucy, SpongeBob SquarePants, Helga, Reptar, Zim, Danny Phantom and Leonardo.

It's already been confirmed that more characters will be playable in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl beyond this initial 14 by GameMill Entertainment, the publisher for the game. Seemingly by accident, the box art for the game was posted on Target which appears to leak the identities of a few more characters for the upcoming fighter before promptly being replaced by a less revealing box art image. Be advised that potential spoilers lie ahead.

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King of Dinosaurs announced for The King of Fighters 15

New trailers for The King of Fighters 15 typically always release on a Wednesday, but it seems like we got an early present this week.

SNK announced King of Dinosaurs will indeed be returning to the ring with the latest gameplay reveal.

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First Guilty Gear Strive DLC character to be officially revealed next Tuesday, sales surpass 500k units

The team over at Arc System Works announced Thursday via Twitter that they'll be announcing the first DLC character for the recently released Guilty Gear Strive next Tuesday, July 20 at 6 p.m. PT.

Along with this wonderful news, the developers also shared that Strive has surpassed 500,000 units sold since its release back on June 11. Time has surely been flying by as we're now nearing the next big GGS reveal.

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