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Defend the North 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend has Defend the North 2018 taking place in White Plains, New York.

It's going to be a pretty big event, with a ton of different fighting games being played, including having the status as a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Besides this, the tournament will also be hosting Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. 4, Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Pokkén Tournament DX, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Fighting EX Layer, King of Fighters 14, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Injustice 2, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

Players attending the event include NuckleDu, EG|NYChrisG, Rise|Smug, Rise|MenaRD, FOX|Punk, PG|SKD, CYG|Chris Tatarian, PG|Nakkiel, Rise|Caba, Tempo|Alex Myers, WBG|CJ Truth, OG|Shine, GAM|DR Ray, Idom and many, many more.

The event has over 150 entrants for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, over 100 for Dragon Ball FighterZ and over 50 each for Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, so there's bound to be a lot of hype matches incoming.

Streaming is being done at Team Spooky, Hitbox Arena, House of 3000, KPB Live, Official SM, TSB Blaze and Mutant Xperience.

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Ryu is looking pretty spry for turning 54 years old; let's take a look back at the icon's visual history to celebrate his birthday

Street Fighter's official timeline is a bit of a mess — which may also be a bit of an understatement — though according to Capcom the fighting game titles appear to be set in the 80s and 90s, so we'll just need to ignore all of the futuristic technology in Street Fighter 4 and 5.

Today is July 21st which means that it's also Ryu's birthday, and he is officially listed as being born in 1964 making him a quite surprising 54 years old this time around. To celebrate, let's take a look at the world warrior's visual history from the original Street Fighter all the way to Marvel vs. Capcom: Inifnite — though he also has a new gig currently going as a Power Ranger.

Ryu first appeared in the original Street Fighter in 1987 — sporting red shoes which never really made a comeback — alongside the likes of other Street Fighter icons Ken and Sagat.

The student of Gouken and rival to many fighters has been playable in almost more games than we can count, so we have compiled a brief visual history taking a look at how Ryu's portrait design has evolved through Capcom's fighting games including crossovers like Marvel vs. Capcom and Street Fighter x Tekken.

Our image below features 27 of Ryu's appearances across every Street Fighter title, sequel, versus fighting game and more. We get a better chance to look at how his design has changed over three decades and made his way from two-dimensions to three.

Street Fighter 4 happened to celebrate its 10th birthday earlier this week as well, and Sagat also turned 63 years old at the start of this month. You can take a look at Ryu's 31-year history below.

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Street Fighter 5's G deemed 'The Fool' on 30th anniversary tarot cards; Rose, C. Viper, Oro, Elena, and more also featured

The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection saw its release stateside back in May, but unfortunately had its launch in Japan delayed. Last night, Capcom announced that the assortment of 12 classic Street Fighter titles will become available overseas on October 25th, 2018.

Not only will this version of the game that brings legendary entries from the Street Fighter 2 series, Street Fighter 3, and even Street Fighter Alpha back into living rooms be seeing the addition of its Japanese text and versions of the titles, but it'll also come with a couple of awesome collector's editions. One of the extra goodies among those special purchase options is a set of Street Fighter tarot cards that has the fighting game community excited — and rightfully so.

These tarot cards feature different characters across the 30 years of Street Fighter games, each with their own title relative to the character slapped across the front such as "Death" or "The Hermit." What's most interesting about these cards is the fact that one of them prominently features Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's upcoming DLC character, G.

We still know very little about the mysterious, gold-marked newcomer. However, G's tarot card sees him playing the role of "The Fool."

This might be a hint at what kind of personality we can expect from the president-looking contender. Perhaps he'll err more on the side of a jokester rather than an ultra-serious character like Urien or M. Bison. We recently ran through the various theories about who or what G is in Street Fighter 5, and you can check them out here.

These tarot cards also feature other characters that we haven't seen return in the latest Street Fighter title like Street Fighter Alpha's Rose and Rolento, Street Fighter 3 Third Strike's Elena and Oro, and Street Fighter 4's C. Viper. The initial look at the cards was a small image, but the gallery below is higher-res and will give you a good look at what you can expect.

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Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection International release information along with special limited editions for Japan revealed

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection came to most of the world at the end of May, but the Japanese release was delayed to make it suit its native market by adding in the original versions and Japanese text though we now know when that version is going to release.

Capcom announced today that Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection will be releasing in Japan on October 25, 2018 and will come with the original Japanese titles — including the Street Fighter Zero games instead of Street Fighter Alpha.

There will also be a couple limited edition versions of the International version exclusive to the E-Capcom online store in Japan that include some pretty awesome bonuses for the Street Fighter collectors out there.

The Complete Edition will come with a special framed artwork from Bengus depicting Ryu and the rest of the world warriors' fists along with a special set of Street Fighter tarot cards, a special card from Capcom designer Hina Nana and replacement covers to change the box art to that of any of the 12 titles included in the collection — you can have a PS4 version of Third Strike if you like.

This limited Complete Edition will be available for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch versions of the collection and cost 24,880 yen or around $220 USD. An Arcana Edition including the game, tarot card set and covers is also available for 8,500 yen or $75.

While the main titles on the International collection will be in Japanese, their online counterparts will remain the standard English versions so everyone can play together. You can take a look at the special artwork, tarot cards and exchangeable covers in the gallery below.

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Yun gives new meaning to the term 'hat trick' in Street Fighter 3: Second Impact

Yun is recognized as one of the poster boys and most recognizable characters for the Street Fighter 3 series of games, even outside of being among the top tier characters in Third Strike for his style, animation and possibly his resemblance to a certain Gundam character.

The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection came out in May (unless you live in Japan) bringing with it 12 classic Street Fighter titles to the modern era including all three of the games from th Street Fighter 3 series.

A Twitter user by the name of FlashG recently uploaded a clip showing off how to easily get a perfect score using Yun for Sean's level 5 basketball parry Bonus Stage in the oft overlooked Street Fighter 3: Second Impact plus the special goody you receive for performing such a feat.

Yun's taunt in the game sees him spin his signature cap around his finger, and as it turns out, the hat has enough of a hit box to knock away all 20 of Sean's balls that get tossed his way with ease giving him a perfect score of a cool 160,000 bonus towards his arcade run.

For getting the perfect score on the Bonus Stage, it appears as though the game will go into your character's Super Art animation to celebrate your supposedly difficult accomplishments.

You can take a look at FlashG's full clip of the Bonus Stage below, and let us know what your favorite tidbit or small detail about these classic Street Fighter games is in the comments section after the jump.


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Visual history of Sagat takes a look at 30 years of designs for the Street Fighter icon

Today marks Sagat's 63rd birthday if we go by his character bio which states that he was born on July 2nd, 1955, so now is as good of a time as ever to take a look at how Sagat's design and demeanor have evolved over the series' 30-year history.

Sagat is one of the few characters that has appeared in every Street Fighter series of games except for 3 and one of the even fewer that have stuck around since the original Street Fighter game.

His journey has seen him become the "Emperor of Muay Thai" and final boss of the original Street Fighter, getting scarred by Ryu leaving a personal hatred towards him and working for Shadaloo as one of M. Bison's generals to helping free Ryu from Bison's mind control, leaving Shadaloo and looking to better himself and his expression through his fighting.

Standing at over seven-feet tall, Sagat is always an intimidating figure which many of his designs put emphasis on with either a look of smugness, arrogance or just pure rage. His appearance in more recent titles show him much more stern and serious, but much less angry than he once was.

We don't know how exactly Sagat will look in-game in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, but we do get to see him battling Ryu in the game's new opening cinematic with his traditional gear though his DLC image appears to add a bit more to his design.

You can take a look at the full gallery below for his appearances in Street Fighter titles along with crossovers like Capcom vs. SNK. Be sure to let us know which version of the Emperor of Muay Thai is your favorite down in the comments section.

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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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Over 3,000 attendees, 4 major tours represented, 14 tournament titles and more - here's what you can look forward to from CEO 2018 this weekend

This weekend, we'll all be able to tune in to CEO 2018, one fo the biggest fighting game events of the year, typically held annually in June.

Not only is it a Premier Event for the Capcom Pro Tour, Master Event for the Tekken World Tour and a Premier Event for the Injustice 2 Pro Series, but it'll also be the inaugural event of the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour, kicking off a competitive circuit for one of the most popular fighting games around.

Besides this, a bunch of other titles are also being played at the event, so let's take a look at what we've got to look forward to this weekend.

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Arkham Digital Fighting Tournament results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, another Tekken World Tour event is taking place.

This time, the stage of battle moves to Barcelona for the Arkham Digital Fighting Tournament.

Although Tekken 7 is the main event, there will also be tournament play in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, King of Fighters 14, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

Players competing in the event include CGG|Tissuemon, Crazy|SuperAkouma, UYU|Fergus, DG|KaneAndTrench, SNG|Blackbeard, DG|Asim, Exeed|Ghirlanda, DG|RooKang, 4G|DevilKazuya, DG|ThePhantom, FS|Tenshimitsu, Cyrox and many more.

Almost 100 players have gathered to get those Tekken World Tour points to reach the finals later this year, so it'll be exciting who gets the gold in the end.

Streaming is being done at Arkham Team and Arkham Team TV 2.

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Desk recreates EVO moment #37 simultaneously in two different games, uses a finger skateboard to KO, and more in new combo video

At this point, I'm pretty sure Desk is just showing off... and I think I speak for everyone when I say that's absolutely okay.

The consistent combo creator seemingly ups the ante with each video he puts out, putting together more intricate sequences and stipulations for himself. Earlier this year, we saw Desk release a combo video featuring him unable to use his right hand due to injury.

This time, the focus of Desk's video is "trick shots." Essentially, instead of coming up with the most intricate combos he can find in-game, Desk sets up in-real-life scenarios that would make performing anything in Street Fighter 5, Ultra Street Fighter 4, and Street Fighter 3 Third Strike difficult for the average person.

There are a lot of one-handed sequences to see here, which has become par for the course with Desk as of late. However, many of the clips here feature Desk doing something completely different with the other hand, such as spinning a drum stick and even loading a game into a Sega Dreamcast (because why not?).

You just haven't seen a full Chun-Li super parry in Street Fighter 5 until you've seen it closed out with a big flip with a Tech Deck mini skateboard to land the KO. And speaking of parries, this video includes a recreation of EVO moment #37 in Street Fighter 5 and Street Fighter 3 Third Strike simultaneously: the left hand for Street Fighter 3 and the right for Street Fighter 5.

Below is a quick clip to get you started. Be sure to catch Desk's full video after the jump.


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Alex Valle is taking souls from online players in the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection like quarters at the arcades

Alex Valle is a very well-known name in the fighting game community. He was an extremely dominant player back during the era of Street Fighter 2 and the arcade scene.

His best character has always been Ryu in these type of fighting games. Despite this, he certainly has the fundamentals to play any of the available characters.

You can certainly imagine what it might be like to face off against a player of Alex Valle's caliber in online matches of the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection. Sometimes you just can't triumph over experience.

WuahWuahMan has uploaded a video that showcases Alex Valle's recent shenanigans during his streams. Needless to say, it isn't pretty for the opponents.

During the matches, Alex Valle reminisces about taking quarters at the laundromat. Meanwhile, he's essentially taking people's souls by crushing any hopes that they had in the matches themselves.

Beware of some NSFW language. Alex Valle was able to score a number of perfects in his battles.


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Capcom announces 'various improvements' are on the way for Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection has been out just over a week now, and it appears that work on a patch to fix some of its issues is already underway.

Capcom announced via their Street Fighter Twitter account that they are currently working on 'various improvements' to the title and that is more "detailed information coming soon."

A large amount of the criticism raised for the collection of 12 Street Fighter titles relates to issues with the online mode's overall lack of options and bugs.

Currently, a bug exists in the collection's lobby system that prevents some players from readying up and starting their matches. There also are not options to filter online matches by connection strength or any parameters at this time making online play feel like luck-of-the-draw to some.

In our review for the anniversary collection, we also note that there are no options for double-blind character selection or for banning Akuma Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo online.

You can check out Capcom's full statement below, and let us know what you'd like to see in the patch in the comments section after the jump.


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A tale of parries and changes: Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection's Street Fighter 3 retrospective video

In honor of the recently released Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, Capcom is releasing a retrospective video series narrated by prominent FGC member and commentator, James Chen, focusing this time on the initially controversial and highly impactful Street Fighter 3 series.

Street Fighter 3: New Generation drastically changed things up in February of 1997 by including only Ryu and Ken from the previous titles with the eight others in the base roster being completely new characters poising the American mixed-grappler, Alex, as the new lead character.

New Generation added the ability to pick from multiple Super Arts before a match, forward and backwards dashing, as well as its most famous addition to the series, the parry system, which rewarded players for taking risks based on their reads of the opponents.

Second Impact followed later that same year in September of 1997 and included the new fighters Urien and Hugo lending their size and stature to the games subtitle, Giant Attack. This game added another staple of Street Fighter moving forward, the EX Special moves, leading to the meter management strategy which has carried over to today.

A little under two years later, Street Fighter 3: Third Strike hit the arcades in May of 1999 with the roster expanding further to 19 fighters including Chun Li, Akuma (officially as he was a secret character in Second Impact), Q, Makoto, Remy and Twelve. The title also reintroduced the car breaking bonus stage from SF2 along with the coveted ranking system that would grade your performance after matches.

You can check out the full James Chen-narrated video after the jump to make the nostalgia-filled dive or learn about one of the most influential series in fighting games.

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'The biggest challenge that Street Fighter faced was after the launch of Street Fighter 3' - Matt Dahlgren in the new 30th Anniversary SF documentary

With the release of Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, the fighting game community is taking a special look back over the last 30 years to remember how and why it got to where it stands today.

Newer players are experiencing both the hype and salt of games previous while seasoned veterans are getting to relive the glory of some of the community's most epic memories to date.

Street Fighter has released a three part documentary to further detail the goings on (both good and bad) of the franchise's journey to present day.

This first episode focuses on earlier times as the groundwork was laid for later chapters. Matt Dhalgren, who spent nearly 10 years with Capcom, speaks on perhaps the franchise's roughest point:

"I think the biggest challenge that Street Fighter faced was after the launch of Street Fighter 3," he explains. "They pushed it into a very futuristic concept and a lot of the characters on there didn't have fighting styles that people could really resonate with. They hardcore fighting game community still embraced it.

"Some of the greatest moments in fighting game history come from Street Fighter 3, but I think that since it didn't have that original essence of The World Warrior it was difficult for that game to catch on on a mainstream level."

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Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is delayed until Fall 2018 in Japan, releasing under a slightly different title

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection released yesterday, May 29th, in most territories around the world, but those wishing to play the classic games on the latest consoles will have to wait a while longer in Capcom's home country of Japan.

The publisher announced back in March that the collection would be delayed in Japan from its original release date to a "to-be-announced" point in time that they have now made a little more specific.

The longtime Street Fighter producer Tomoaki Ayano made a post on the company's official website stating that they are looking to launch the title in Japan in Fall 2018 under the name Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection International.

"We apologize for the trouble this may have caused to those of you who were looking forward to it," said Ayano in the post according to Siliconera. "But please wait a little longer for additional new information besides the release period."

When the game was announced in December 2017, it was revealed that the 30th Anniversary Collection would only feature the English versions of the classic Street Fighter titles meaning there would be no Japanese versions, titles, texts or voices. Fans in the region reportedly weren't too happy with the decision according to a report from Siliconera

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Third Strike reported to have one extra frame of input lag on PlayStation 4 Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection

According to the findings of Nigel "Noodalls" Woodall, who specializing in input lag and programmable stick testing, there's about one frame of additional input lag on the PlayStation 4 version of the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection version of Third Strike.

The average input lag for 3S on PS4 came out to be 59.3 milliseconds, which is equal to roughly 3.56 frames. Compare this to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions (which respectively clocked in with 42.7 and 47.7 millisecond delays) and we observe about a one frame difference.

Though we haven't seen direct testing for all 12 titles in the Anniversary Collection, this single frame delay should be the case for all of them. This is still about as close to "arcade perfect" as we can expect given the circumstances.

While this isn't technically ideal, it is expected given the fact that emulation requires around one extra frame for buffering. Read on for more in-depth stats on the matter.

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Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is now available

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is now officially available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam celebrating over three decades of the most storied fighting game franchise.

This collection comes with 12 classic arcade Street Fighter titles: Street Fighter, Street Fighter 2, Street Fighter 2: Championship Edition, Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter 2, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter 3, Street Fighter 3: 2nd Impact and Street Fighter 3: Third Strike.

Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Street Fighter 3: Third Strike come with new online modes with ranked matches, online lobbies and leaderboards allowing players to play through Arcade Mode while waiting for online matches.

The four games with online features also come with new training modes that come with the ability to turn on damage displays, input displays and record dummy controls among other features. Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection also comes with an in-depth Museum Mode with never before seen concept art, early design documents, cancelled games, a music player, interactive timeline and more.

For those picking up the collection, we have move lists, tiers and more available for Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter 3: Third Strike (with additional strategy guides for learning the game) with links after the jump.

You can check out launch screenshots from the title's various games and modes below and the launch trailer after the jump. Our thoughts and final review for the SF 30th Anniversary Collection can be found here.

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