Making points and clicking things #1 - GB's future & Whiskey Media, VGCW Preview, Luigi's Ballad

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Intro

Welcome to Making points and clicking things #1, a blog series which makes points regarding video games & Giant Bomb at large and provides things to click regarding -

  • Gaming
  • Films
  • Comics/Graphic Novels
  • Books
  • Anime/Manga
  • The Internet/Youtube
  • TVeeee
  • VGCW and inferior wrestling products like WWE

Basically I've pinched Patrick's Worth Reading idea because it's a great way to give things you want to be seen a push in the right direction.

PS. A new Fighting Game Community blog will go up on Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning once the EVO 2014 line-up is announced, it'll have tons of info and videos on what's been happening in the past 6 weeks of fighting games and tournaments, as have the blogs that came before it.

Making points

Games I'm playing

I am about 1 hour into both Batman: Arkham Origins and The Banner Saga and have nothing clever to say of either at the moment.

Graphic Novels I've finished reading

  1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Book 1 (Vertigo Comics) - 4/5 - Does as good of a job as it can fitting half of the book into 40 or so pages, art is good, dialogue strayed from the books a bit.
  2. Mass Effect: Redemption (Dark Horse Comics) - 2/5 - Tells the story of what happened to Commander Shepard's body between the 2 years of the Mass Effect 2 intro and the rest of the game through Liara and Feron. Characterisation of Liara and people in general in the Mass Effect universe is off, thought the art was a bit cartoony.

The future of Giant Bomb and the death of Whiskey Media

After a tumblr post by Jeff, this thread appeared in the forums which started off 3 pages of discussions/comments/bickering about Giant Bomb hiring new staff. I didn't have much doubts about Giant Bomb making money and having a future going future to begin with, but as I've been nosey about Giant Bomb's yearly budget and such since its inception I'm glad to see that the ball has begun rolling once again.

Especially since the last time this happened Whiskey Media was officially killed off AKA sold to BermanBraun who have no intention of doing anything with the name/brand and that made me sad. I originally bought into the idea of Giant Bomb leading on from Jeff's firing at GS and the Top Men jokes, but I quickly became pro-Whiskey Media, joining all 5 sites, getting to know their staffers and working hard on the Giant Bomb and Whiskey Media Wikipedia pages.

My favourite Giant Bomb content is and forever will be the 1st Big Live LIVE Show: Live! and the block party that followed. Though #TeamBrad is a close second.

Hello, I am a visual representation of screened.com and animevice.com.

So we've established that as far as I'm concerned Whiskey Media was a golden age. It's just a shame that in the premium membership, no ads money making scheme that WM went with, Comic Vine, Screened and Anime Vice didn't pull their weight in bringing in new premium members. This left Giant Bomb, supported by Tested, to hold the company on their shoulders.

Luckily both sites are still going today and even CV, AV and Screened still exist, though CV still doesn't have real on-screen presence since Sara Lima left along with her weekly news videos to do a business degree in France. AV and Screened meanwhile, well, I like to compare them to husks from Mass Effect.

Now that CBSi has finally gotten on-board with giving the right people the right opportunities (not unlike the situation that's going on in the world of WWE at the moment, more on that below), it's time for Giant Bomb to grow and expand in the ways I hoped it would do originally as a Whiskey Media Property.

FLStyle's list of people who should be hired to work on Giant Bomb

Jess McDonell of GameSpot Australia - An example of female gaming press given a shot and doing a great job
  • Video producers! If the GOTY(/all) content is going to surpass the high standard set by 2012, we've going to need more staffers so that Vinny and Drew don't have to sleep in the CBSi building just to get the videos out of the door on time. In general GB would be able to pump more content out as well.
  • People capable of covering gaming culture and interests - What does gaming culture and interests mean you ask? The Speed Run Community, the Fighting Game Community, eSports at large, shows like VGCW. There's whole new worlds out there in gaming like youtubers who the gaming "press" have completely missed and haven't reacted to. I can only imagine the money gaming sites would make if they had half as many eyes on them as some youtubers have. Maybe the answer lies in head-hunting a member of one of these communities.
  • Female gaming press - Sooner rather than later I want gaming to be accepted on the same level as music and film. The gaming industry makes more money than both combined, but the acceptance isn't there. One big step to move gaming in the right direction is to eliminate the gender equality problem. Who knows, if that can happen, maybe the race and sexual orientation problems can be solved too, and then gaming won't be behind the curve, it'll be ahead of it.

Good Tweets

Clicking Things

VGCW End Game 6 Preview

Video Game Championship Wrestling is nearly the end of Season 6 with its PPV, End Game 6 on Tuesday February 4th at 3PM PST/6PMEST/11PMGMT and so on, the matches we know about are as follows -

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  • Duke Nukem vs. Ganondorf
  • Team Snake vs. Team Phoenix
  • Ezio Auditore da Firenze vs. Dracula
  • Segata Sanshiro (C) vs Goemon - for the Casual Championship
  • GameCenter FU (C) Angry Video Game Nerd & Chief Arino vs. The Saiyans (Vegeta and Nappa) - for the Co-Op Tag Team Championship
  • Gabe Newell vs. Angry Video Game Nerd - for the VGCW Championship

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Click on for why who is facing who

Duke Nuken vs. Ganondorf has been the primary feud leading up to EG6, with Duke suffering one loss in "devastating" fashion (Bazza accidentally set the match to quick) to Ganondorf, the two have been squabbling for weeks

Team Snake vs. Team Phoenix is a leftover story from Season 4, with Phoenix seeking revenge against Snake for leaving him stuck 6 months in the past (by way of a time travelling Chaos Emerald), it hasn't gotten much air time because people have gotten a little tired of them featuring in the plot so much. Team Snake is comprised of Snake and 2 unknown partners and Team Phoenix is comprised of three different versions of Phoenix.

A glitch in an otherwise inconsequential First Blood match between Ezio and Dracula lead to Ezio reversing a move of Dracula's that caused Ezio to bleed, resulting in WWE 2K14 awarding the victory to Ezio instead. And you thought regular wrestling was dumb.

Segata has enjoyed a long reign as Casual Champion, but the John Cena-like Goemon (some like him, some hate him) has risen quite quickly since his debut.

After causing a shock in the VGCW title number 1 contender's match last week, Angry Video Game Nerd must wrestle in two matches, one as a champion, one as the challenger.

Starbomb - Luigi's Ballad (Animated by Egoraptor)

Egoraptor's animations amuse me greatly (Metal Gear Awesome and such) and he since his VGCW career has come to an end (;_;7) he's evidently turned to making a comedy supergroup called Starbomb with an album of the same name. Think The Lonely Island with a focus on video games, his has lent his animation skills to track 3, Luigi's Ballad.

I'd love this to turn into a series since things like Metal Gear Awesome seem to have ended at episode 2 when Egoraptor's sense of humour was a lot different at the time (his words). The triangle between asshole Mario, sensitive Luigi and indecisive Peach has a lot of potential for laughs and fun times.

WWE: Royal Rumble 2014 summed up in 2:51

Ironically the default image for this video is a diva (the best one), none of which featured in the 2014 Royal Rumble PPV. Fans were happy, then they raged and 20 hours later CM Punk quit the company. The WWE is either delaying the pay-off on this story for a long time or they just refuse to give the fans what they want and shove part timers down our throats. Sad times.

I salute you Matt Smith, no-one ever thought you'd live up to being The Doctor in Doctor Who after one of the best Doctors there has been (David Tennant), but you were great!

I have now linked you to episode 1 of Dragonball Z Abridged, I expect you to watch it all now.

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Why you should not let Broken Sword 5 pass you by and how it restores faith in Kickstarter

Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse - Episode 1 released on December 18th, 2013

2014 begins, and I have yet to pledge a penny to any Kickstarter project, successfully funded or not. There's a certain... uncertainty to whether the funds will eventually lead to an actual release of a crowd-funded game. But there's a large list of Kickstarter projects I have tweeted about to help get the word out about.

A handful of those, Broken Age (formerly Double Fine Adventure), Divekick, Pillars of Eternity (formerly Project Eternity) and Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse, had they been minutes away from failing, and my money could've been the difference between success or failure, I honestly can't tell you if I'd have bitten the bullet or not. As the four projects went:

  • Broken Age is the big success story of Kickstarter video games, its $3 million raised after an initial $400,000 asking amount. But development hit a snag when Tim Schafer openly admitted that he'd designed too big of a game and ran into problems regarding the game's size, budget and release date. It has yet to be released but there's nothing to suggest that it won't be eventually.
  • Divekick's total was reached but the campaign was cancelled and no money was taken (but the varying pledge rewards were still honoured, much to the dev's credit) when Dave Lang and Iron Galaxy stepped in, becoming developer and publisher. The game as a result was a much superior product and released on several platforms (and indeed is planned for even more platforms) than the planned $30,000 Kickstarter funded PC release.
  • Pillars of Eternity asked for $1.1 Million and received almost $4 Million, development is ongoing and to my knowledge there are no problems to report at this time that suggest it won't be released around the planned time and will be as good as it looks.
"Once again, Paris had shown me her dark side."

Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse - Episode 1 is the first game I've been invested in that has successfully released purely on its Kickstarter Campaign funds and development. Admittedly it has not released as a full game, but as 1 of 2 episodes (episode 2 is penned for Q1 2014 as free DLC). It cost me £15 (/$24), lasted 9 hours and I couldn't be pleased more with how it turned out.

Using 3D models on a 2D plane in the style of Broken Sword 1 and 2 has worked wonders for The Serpent's Curse. George Stobbart and Nico Collard have been brought forward a decade, meaning mobile phones and the internet, but for them the world and time-line is unchanged. The classic point and click detective work is as it should be, while maintaining an ease of use that players take for granted in this day and age.

The mystery surrounding a stolen painting, the new and old characters it uses and the questions that are asked and answered by the end of episode 1 are fitting of a studio without chains placed upon them by an action-hungry publisher. I will say that if you're not a fan of cliffhangers and expect to see this story through to the end in a few sessions within a week, you may want to consider waiting until episode 2's released and play it all as one product.

Personally, I have a back catalogue of 2013 games such as Batman: Arkham Origins, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Grand Theft Auto V that I need to play, so I have no issues with waiting for episode 2 of Broken Sword 5.

Links

Broken Sword: The Serpant's Curse on Steam

FLStyle on Twitter

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Capcom Cup 2013 (Dec 14) Preview & Curleh Mustache, USFIV dated & FGC News!

Welcome to the final FGC tournament & News blog from me for 2013! Featured news items include Ultra Street Fighter IV and Killer Instinct!

Tournaments Featured in this blog

TournamentDateLocationMain stream
North East Championships XIVDecember 6-8Philadelphia, PATeam Spooky
Curleh Mustache Battle Royale 2December 6, 7 or 8Philadelphia, PATeam Spooky
Capcom Cup 2013December 14Burlingame, CACapcom Fighters
Hadocon VDecember 15San Mateo, CAiPLAYWINNER

Capcom Cup - December 14th

Following on from Capcom's successful 25th anniversary tournament season last year Capcom are now ending this year with the first ever Capcom Cup. The most notable difference between it and EVO is the qualifier events, which serve as entries into the tournament instead of seeding events for an open entry tournament like EVO. The top 8 finalists for AE ver. 2012, UMvC3 and SFxT are as follows:

Street Fighter (1st place wins $6000, 2nd - $3000, 3rd - $1000)

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (1st place wins $3000, 2nd - $1500, 3rd - $500)

Street Fighter X Tekken (1st place wins $3000, 2nd - $1500, 3rd - $500)

North East Championships XIV featuring the Curleh Mustache Battle Royale 2 - December 6-8

NEC XIV is your last regularly scheduled weekend spanning tournament event of 2013, here's the game and stream details, check it out this weekend! -

• Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012

• Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

• Street Fighter X Tekken

• Killer Instinct

• Injustice: Gods Among Us

• Mortal Kombat 9

• Soul Calibur 5

• Tekken Tag Tournament 2

• Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate

• King of Fighters 13

• Persona 4 Arena

• Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R

Primary Stream - http://www.twitch.tv/teamsp00ky

Secondary Stream - http://www.twitch.tv/bifuteki

Injustice / Mortal Kombat Stream - http://www.twitch.tv/kombatnetwork

Anime Fighters Stream - http://www.twitch.tv/st1ckbug

Extra Stream - http://www.twitch.tv/kpbfgc

Curleh Mustache Battle Royale 2

Personally I only enjoy team tournaments when they're either Canada Cup or Curleh Mustache Battle Royales, so I'm expecting good things from this.

News

Ultra Street Fighter IV location testing under way, releases in Summer 2014

USFIV releases in June 2014 digitally and physically on PC and consoles in August 2014. The game is making the rounds across the globe, giving players the chance to test out mechanics and characters. It's been such a long time since I saw Chun-Li as a half decent character in SFIV.

Check out Street Fighter X Tekken crossover characters Rolento and Hugo.

Fighting Games hit the next-gen consoles

The PS4 and Xbox One launched last month, Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition for the PlayStation 4 has a Metacritic rating of 82/100 from 12 critics, while Killer Instinct for the Xbox One got 73/100 from 37 critics. Both make sense for each game, Injustice was already a much loved game by the gaming press and the little content KI has is considered a good start.

I'm very interested in seeing some KI tournaments and if KI will accepted into EVO 2014.

Assist Me, the final season begins!

That's it for 2013, see you soon for EVO details and the event coming out of New York, Defend the North!

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"That's broken!" Playing Divekick Part 1 - Enter Mr. N

Oh Mr. N, so fun but so limited. Or is it just me playing bad?

Mr. N is one of Divekick's sharper acute angle divekickers, with a divekicking angle of 60 degrees. He dives very high and kicks very low, a more defensive character to the crazy offence you can expect from Redacted due to the former's slower kick and the latter's much faster one.

I had already decided pre-release that I was going to main Mr. N. I like the concept of the depth outside of complexity that Divekick has and I thought that Mr. N's special moves would allow me to make big strides online and in the Giant Bomb online tournament which took place this weekend.

Marneto, his air special, allows N to float downwards very slowly. The primary use of this as any N player you've seen is to get mid-range during all the divekicking and jump high in a position that seems to suggest a positional mistake has been made, only to spring the trap when the opponent goes for what they believe will be an easy KO.

It's a very useful tool in low-level matches, especially as we're in week 1 of Divekick's release. But as I discovered, the Giant Bomb divekickers are of a different class from the week 1 players I was finding online.

Giant Bomb online tournament

"My loan moneeeeeey!"

@fluxwavez put together a good tournament, which would've been much more enjoyable had more of the sign-ups shown up when the tournament began (and had I won one of the many raffle items). On paper, I won 4 matches before being eliminated from the tournament, but only 1 of them did I play a match. My two losses where against Dr. Shoals and Stream.

I've played several Shoals players since release, and it seems like Mr. N can keep up with her and keep under her but not KO her, not with N's vertical kicking angle against Shoals extremely fast kickback. I'd never played a Stream before and have only played one other since, but I feel like with time I can take down Stream players once I know what Stream is capable of.

New technology emerges in time for the bane of my existence to crush me

I found this video that had emerged over the weekend and gave me hope that N can still find a place in upper tier lists. It also described me and what I was doing (wrong) with N exactly.

This is the advanced tech I've been hoping for, something that might make N viable beyond week 1. I had been neglecting N's ground special, GTFO and the new Marneto tech will definitely help with kick factor metre cost per Marneto use. I should point out that I'm not using the ultra responsive buttons of an expensive fight stick, I'm using L1 and R1 on my PS3 pad, but while I won't be able to go crazy like this guy does, the baiting concepts still apply.

Speed, horizontal angles and a lot of high pitch shouting

So there was an element of naive optimism this afternoon when I attempted to apply these new techniques and ran into an online army of Kung Pao players, N's worst match up in the entire game as far as I'm concerned. If a Kung Pao player plays defensively, waits it out and counters when an opportunity presents itself, there's nothing that N can do. It's like throwing yourself at a sniper from long range armed with only a pistol. Baiting means nothing to Pao players, because their kicking speed and angle means that N getting into the mid range to even attempt a bait is out of the question.

When I wasn't playing Pao players, the new techniques are making life easier, but are not changing the existing match ups. But I will push on, represent Mr. N and hopefully work something out to counter some of these crazy Divekick characters. Maybe those responsive stick buttons are the difference maker, but I like to think somehow there's still room for improvement in my game beyond reaction times of button presses.

This is how I feel Mr. N, at least in my experience, matches up with the rest of the Divekick cast at the moment. Question marks means I simply don't have the matches under my belt to give a score.

DiveKickDr. ShoalsKung PaoRedactedMarkmanJefaileyStreamS-KillThe BazUncle Sensei
4/105/103/102/105/105/108/10?/10?/106/106/10

I'm looking into Dive as another character that may suit me and without a doubt make matches against Pao and Shoals less painful. All considered my time with Mr. N and indeed Divekick has been the best £7.99 I've spent for as long as I can remember. Looking forward to match-making in Ranked to be patched though, waiting times can get quite long.

For your consideration:

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EVO 2013 Preview (July 12-14) Live from Las Vegas, 3 days, 9 fighting game championships to be decided!

It's time once again for the big one, presenting EVO 2013, where the world's best fighting game players (including a record 70 Japanese players) descend upon Las Vegas!

Official tournament games, live streams and schedule

Games (Alphabetical order)Entrants
Injustice: Gods Among Us580
Mortal Kombat 9201
Persona 4 Arena400
Street Fighter X Tekken Version. 2013545
Super Smash Bros. Melee696
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Version. 20121601
Tekken Tag Tournament 2355
The King of Fighters XIII433
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 31297

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Stream Links

http://www.twitch.tv/srkevo1/new

http://www.twitch.tv/srkevo2/new

http://www.twitch.tv/srkevo3/new

Unofficial streams

http://www.twitch.tv/irongalaxy - Divekick side event tournament and content ($5000 tournament pot)

Credit to user @davidwitten22 for researching the following:

http://www.twitch.tv/nycfurby - 7vs7 USA vs. Europe SSFIV: AE 2012 exhibition and unofficial off-stream content

http://www.twitch.tv/karastorm - Unofficially streaming Street Fighter X Tekken pools

http://www.twitch.tv/finestko - Unofficially streaming Persona 4 Arena pools

http://www.twitch.tv/iebattlegrounds - Super Street Fighter II Turbo side event tournament and content

http://www.twitch.tv/iebattlegrounds2 - Unofficially streaming Tekken Tag Tournament 2 pools and Soulcalibur V side tournament and content

http://www.twitch.tv/bibiquadium - Guilty Gear and Blaz Blue side event content

http://www.twitch.tv/Clashtournaments - Unofficially streaming Super Smash Bros. Melee pools and content

http://www.twitch.tv/vgbootcamp - Unofficially streaming Super Smash Bros. Melee pools and content

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Schedule - Subject to change where and when necessary

All times local to Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - What time is that where I live?

Streamed by Team Spooky and iPLAYWINNER!

Find the players in their respective games by checking the tournament brackets for each game

Check out the Seedings for each player from the Road to EVO season circuit results

evo2k @evo2k

"The official hash tag for Evo 2013 is #Evo2013. Let's get it trending worldwide!"

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This year, EVO will hold 9 official tournaments (which hasn't been done since EVO 2004), 4 more than last year. We say goodbye to Soulcalibur V and there's still no place for Skullgirls (but their unofficial side tournament will be supported). Also at the event in a side event capacity will be Divekick (which is looking to announce a release date soon) and Killer Instinct. Let's take a look at:

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition - Version 2012

Xian's EVO 2013 SSFIV Tier List

We are also saying goodbye to Version 2012 of SSFIV this year, as Capcom are getting ready to unveil a new version at EVO, which depending on when it's released, will be called Version 2013 or Version 2014. This is likely to be the final iteration to the game responsible for the rebirth of fighting games, with the original Street Fighter IV releasing way back in 2008 (the same year that the very website you are on now first launched).

The CEO 2013 AE 2012 champion, Xian from Singapore who plays the expert-level character Gen, recently posted what he believes to be the final tier-list going into EVO 2013.

The dominant player in the past year has been EVO 2012's champion, Seon-woo Lee AKA Infiltration from South Korea, although his Akuma has been known to have trouble against Cammy players. The biggest missing player from SSFIV this year will be the best Guile player on the planet, USA's Kevin Landon AKA Dieminion, who missed CEO 2013 and will miss EVO 2013 for undisclosed personal reasons. Previous champions Daigo Umehara and Fuudo will be attending.

Update: Kevin 'Dieminion' Landon will now be attending EVO after securing funds at the last minute.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

One man has a target on his back at EVO 2013, New York's Chris G. With his Morrigan, Doctor Doom and Vergil team, Chris G has attended all 5 of the USA Road to EVO events throughout the past 6 months, he was the champion at 4 out of the 5 (CEO 2013, UFGT9, Winter Brawl, NorCal Regionals) and runner up at the one he didn't win (SoCal Regionals).

It will be up to the likes of last year's champion Ryan Ramirez AKA Filipino Champ and other top players such as Justin Wong and Eduardo Pérez AKA PR Balrog to stop Chris G.

Injustice: Gods Among Us

Breaking News: Ed Boon has teased the reveal of new DLC characters for Injustice at EVO 2013!

Injustice was added as a last minute 9th game addition to EVO following a very successful introduction to the tournament scene. Injustice patch v1.05 is in effect so Scorpion will be weakened but players will not be kneeling before Zod. 4 DLC characters have been released for the game, Lobo, Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Scorpion and Zod.

Under the tournament rules for EVO, Zod was not released in time for players to get used to fighting as him and more importantly, against him, as well as NetherRealm Studios not having enough time to patch any glitches, should they occur. Which in the case of Zod is exactly what happened. Twice.

Look for Chris G to be a favorite again as the Mortal Kombat community attempts to prevent the Chris G's Green Arrow taking winning EVO 2013 after CEO 2013.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Melee is a Nintendo GameCube game that released in 2001, which prompts the question how it got into EVO 2013 12 years later. For the 8th EVO tournament game, a breast cancer charity donation drive was held by the EVO founders and the one that had the most money raised by its fans would go to EVO...

Melee - $94,557.81

Skullgirls - $78,365.97

After trading places several times (and initially both lead by My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic), one final effort by the Smash community pushed them far ahead of the Skullgirls community, which left Skullgirls with too big of a gap to make up.

EVO 2013 will be the largest Melee tournament in history, with 696 players competing, the 3rd highest entry numbers of all 9 games.

Best of the rest:

  • Many say (and with good cause) that Atlus's King of Fighters XIII Grand Final was the most exciting thing that happened at the entire event last year. The USA and Japanese players alike will be looking to steal the thunder of the South Korean and Mexican KOF scenes after zero players from the USA or Japan made top 8 at EVO 2012.
  • From the ashes of the original, much hated game, comes Street Fighter X Tekken Version 2013. A game 10 times better to both play and watch and surprisingly a good amount of entrants.
  • Described as the last chance for the anime fighting game scene, Persona 4 Arena will debut at EVO 2013 after winning several fighting game of the year awards from video game websites. With 400 entrants, the P4A players have done their game proud on paper.
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 also makes its debut, as the sole representative of 3D fighting games the Tekken scene has a lot to live up to following its fellow Namco Bandai game, Soulcalibur V.
  • Mortal Kombat 9 looks to end it's EVO run on a high, can Carl 'Perfect Legend' White become a 3-time MK EVO champion?

Also featuring:

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CEO 2013 Preview (June 28 - 30) plus E3 Round-up, new Divekick character, KI is not F2P & FGC News

Schedule

Friday

2PM SFxT Pools Soul Calibur V Pools Mortal Kombat Pools Skullgirls Pools

3PM AE and Marvel 3v3 Teams Single Elimination $15 per team (Signups start at 2 pm for Teams, Captain must Sign up Team with Players and Team Name 32 Team Cap)

6PM Skullgirls Final 3

6:45 PM Soul Calibur V Final 3

7:30 PM Mortal Kombat Final 3

8:30 PM Until the end of the night... CEO FighterMania!

Saturday

10am- 6pm Pools Begin for KOF/AE/Marvel/TTT2/Injustice/Divekick/Persona 4 Arena Throughout the day in 2 hour increments.

6 PM AE Semi Finals Top 32 to Top 16

6 PM TTT2 Final 4

7 PM Persona 4 Arena Final 4

8 PM Dive Kick Top 8

9 PM

UMvC3 Semi Finals

Midnight til Security kicks us out. 24 Hour Pool Party!

Sunday

10 am

Doors Open

Casuals will still be happening all day until 5pm on all available stations

Noon

Kof Final 4

1PM

Injustice Top 8

3PM

SFxT Final 4

4PM

Marvel Top 12

6PM

AE Top 16

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Links

http://www.twitch.tv/capcomfighters

http://www.twitch.tv/ceogaming

http://ceogaming.org/

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It's time for the final event on the Road to EVO 2013! Community Effort Orlando is easily the youngest of the EVO tournament circuit events, CEO 2013 marks its 4th year. Ran by Alex Jebailey, CEO has quickly risen to become one of the must-see events of the FGC calendar and now it has the backing of Capcom and Microsoft (Capcom games will be run on 360, so no infamous PS3 slow-down).

http://ceogaming.org/about has a full history of CEO.

The Boxing Ring will return as the main stage from last year. and the second spectacle will be the pro wrestling steel cage, used for CEO FighterMania on Friday night, recording off-stream matches and other shenanigans during the weekend.

If that doesn't get you fiending for CEO 2013, how about letting Yoshinori Ono try to (sort of) convince you.

Say what...?

"Hello everyone, Ono-san here! The Road to EVO tournament season has almost come to an end but you can't give up now! CEO2013 is the last Road to EVO event so you must attend and test your Street Fighter skills against the best in the world!

The tournament is in Orlando, Florida but it might not be as sunny as usual because of Alex Jebailey's big head blocking the sun!

If you can't make it to the tournament be sure to watch it live on Capcom Fighters! All Capcom games all weekend! Yeah!"

E3 Round-up

Since the last time we spoke, E3 2013 happened and while Capcom and NetherRealm had nothing new to show at the event, Microsoft revealed a new Killer Instinct (which isn't Free to Play, despite what IGN might tell you, check the Maximilian videos at the bottom for clarification), the full list of Injustice DLC has been revealed and released in the form of Lobo, Batgirl, General Zod and Scorpion, Namco sneaked out Tekken Revolution and Giant Bomb's own Jeff Gerstmann entered and lost a charity press and developers Divekick tournament on the Sony stage.

Speaking of Zod, I thought Man of Steel was pretty awesome, you should go watch it.

People seem excited for a new KI, even with only three confirmed characters, (Jago, Sabrewulf and Glacius), one crowd in particular at the ScrewAttack Gaming Convention this weekend went crazy as Rich 'Fithierich' Bantegui (who recently left Namco) to join Double Helix to work on KI, revealed KI as the final game in their Iron Man competition.

Scorpion is now out for Injustice: Gods Among Us, he seems to be quite powerful too, some are calling for his immediate ban from all tournaments until NetherRealm nerf him. The problem seems to revolve around his EX (officially "MB") Teleport Punch, which serves as a launcher. 3-time EVO World Champion (2 for MK9, 1 for DOA4) Carl 'Perfect Legend' White has a lengthy post about how Scorpion can be dealt with by players rather than the developers.

"I feel its best to block it yea its +9 on block but scorpion literally doesn’t have any mixups he can do while you are crouching and in this position. He could do a jump attack but you can hit him out of the air before he is able to hit you since you are crouching."

Carl 'Perfect Legend' White - http://theperfectlegend.com/2013/06/24/helping-you-all-deal-with-scorpion-2-0/

The Free to Play Tekken game, Tekken Revolution is out. It takes a lot of stages, UI, music and animations from Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and gives the gameplay a Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection feel, plus some special moves that help against Tekken's unique brand of rush-down (and keep down) play.

Jeff and Brad did a Quick Look and while their comments about the issues they have with the Tekken team's choice of free to play model are spot on, TR's gameplay is absolutely an easier entry into modern Tekken for people who may have not touched Tekken since 2 or 3 on the PS1 (which I assume is the target audience for this game). I would not recommend jumping straight onto Tekken Tag Tournament 2. I say try out TR if you're interested in some less complicated Tekken, what's there to lose? It's free after all.

Finally, If you missed the Divekick action during E3 as presented by Seth Killian (and indeed the new character that was revealed last Monday), check out Jeff battling on-stage using Kick and Dave Lang and Keits introducing the world to Kenny.

We still don't have a release date for Divekick yet but an announcement is coming soon, in the meantime please go to http://greenlightdivekick.com and vote YES!

I love the concept of Kenny, who copies the rest of the cast yet has his own special moves, looking forward to trying him out.

Other Random FGC-related stuff AKA the Maximilian Hour

Assist Me Season 3 Premier at EVO 2013

Maximilian clears up the misconceptions on whether Killer Instinct is actually Free to Play or not (Spoilers: It isn't).

Reaction to Mega Man announced in New Super Smash Bros.

Thanks for reading, enjoy CEO and see you at the EVO 2013 Preview blog in 2 weeks time on Monday July 8th.

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UFGT9 Preview (May 23-26) DIVEKICK comes home! Injustice goes to EVO ahead of Skullgirls and FGC News!

Well that was a pretty crazy 12 months.

BREAKING! Thursday Night Pre-show!

At 8pm (CST), the fun begins as staff and special guests are invited to witness the UFGT9 Pre-Game Show. What mysterious type of show will this be? You’ll have to tune into the LevelUp live stream to find out, but I assure you its going to be totally boss. If you want to participate in the Pre-Game show, you can sign up at the Check In area.

Confirmed for the Thursday pre-show is:

  • The unveiling of Divekick's Final Boss
  • A Divekick money match including Dave Lang!

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Links

ufgt.us

http://www.twitch.tv/leveluplive

http://www.twitch.tv/vgbootcamp

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When I did my Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament 8 preview in May 2012, barely anyone had heard of Divekick, it was merely a prototype of a fun fighting game community parody that was a joke to most, fun to the few who had played it and undoubtedly crazy to all who had laid eyes on it.

MarkMan vs. Stream

Now it's an indie darling, the toast of PAX East, a very real upcoming PS3, Vita and PC release and the one fighting game most likely to break the wall down for gamers who have neither the time or interest to learn complex combos in current games.

This specific pre-release build of Divekick that will played in the UFGT9 tournament this weekend will feature 11 characters, one of which is Stream, who's existence was revealed Monday night (May 20th) on the http://www.twitch.tv/irongalaxy channel.

Stream will join Dive, Dr. Shoals, Jefailey, Kick, Kung Pao, MarkMan, Mr. N, Redacted, The Baz and Uncle Sensei.

Of course, this being UFGT, a Road to EVO season event (sponsored by Mad Catz and Atlus), that means that all your favourite games and players will be there too, all competing for 1st place, EVO seeding points and glass trophies (not to mention the return of the always fun to watch Mystery Game Touranment). This includes the latest and last addition to the EVO line-up this year, Injustice: Gods Among Us. Off the back of a strong start to its tournament scene life, Injustice has been added as the 9th game by the EVO organisers. This is great for the growing Injustice players, not so great for the 2nd place game from the EVO 8th game breast cancer donation drive, Skullgirls.

Skullgirls itself has been in the media recently for its indiegogo campaign to raise funds for DLC characters, making itself $828,000 with an initial $150,000 goal. Following criticism for its perceived steep goal, Skullgirls was covered by Giant Bomb's own @patrickklepek who interviewed Seth Killian and Dave Lang, asking just how much does DLC cost to make?

So it's clear that Skullgirls has an extremely supportive community unto itself, it's just that these people are apparently not tournaments goers. Skullgirls never really got going and has never had the support in tournaments like Injustice has (or the backing of Ed Boon's NetherRealm Studios and its parent company Warner Bros. either).

NOTE: The current plan regarding Grand Finals at EVO 2013 is to have 2 GFs on the Friday night, 2 on the Saturday night and 5 GFs running all day Sunday, any changes and indeed which games will be on which nights will be featured on future blogs when more information becomes available.

Check out these community panels that will be at UFGT9 (off-stream) and uploaded to YouTube in the coming weeks:

Other awesome links, videos and comments fun times

Why the fighting game community hates the word eSports - by Andrew Groen for Penny Arcade

In 2005 MLG and EVO put on a joint event in Las Vegas that could have been a great way to begin the merging process. Unfortunately, EVO was allocated only a small corner of the event space despite their attendees reportedly outnumbering MLG attendees 4:1. EVO's fans were so irate that they walked over to the Halo matches and booed the players.

Leagues like MLG and the World Cyber Games developed a bad reputation for never listening to the hardcore fans. When MLG finally decided to feature fighting games again after the 2005 debacle they chose Tekken 6, a game Cannon says was already on “its last legs competitively.” The WCG pulled something similar in 2005 when they chose Dead or Alive Ultimate as their only fighting game, a game with virtually zero community interest.

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“We evolved differently, and then we sort of clashed together with Street Fighter IV, and it was just culture shock on both sides.”

Love this article, neutral, well researched and features Tom Cannon, Mike Ross and Rod "Slasher" Breslau. The 1st of 2 quality articles by Andrew Groen.

Why gamers in Asia are the world's best eSport athletes - by Andrew Groen for PC World

"Ultimately, [Capcom’s USA branch] is subservient to Capcom Japan, and they don’t really understand,” said Gutierrez. “There’s a difference in culture. The major difference in the way that it’s evolved [in America as opposed to Japan] is that in Japan they can’t really play for money."

This one is a more general competitive gaming article, but still features a lot of fighting game tournament history and features Gootecks.

Chris G and the PS3

Thanks for reading, in June I'll have a blog for CEO 2013 and in July for EVO 2013. Make sure to check out the archives of this past weekend's East Coast Throwdown which had one of the best First to 15 matches I've seen between New York's TS Fooblat (Hulk, Haggar, Wesker) vs. Santiago, Chile's KaneBlueriver (Hulk, Haggar, Sentinel).

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NorCal Regionals 2013 (26th-28th) Preview + New Divekick Characters and 1st Injustice high-profile tournament results

Time for another FGC blog and another Road to EVO major, the 3rd of the 5, NorCal Regionals!

NorCal Regionals 2013 - April 26th-28th

Disclaimer: The official NorCal Regionals 2013 trailer, with all its Hotline Miami goodness, is brought to you by Giant Bomb's own @lordofultima.

All the main EVO games will be there and joined by Divekick, which will be using the Jefailey build (see more below). All the brackets are at http://ncr11.challonge.com/ so you can check to see which pool of which game your favourite players are in.

MadCatz have offers all weekend during the event: http://www.madcatz.com/ncr-2013-fierce-fights-dynamite-deals/

Stream Schedule**

Friday*

IPLAYWINNER

10 a.m.–2 p.m. Street Fighter x Tekken

2–4 p.m. Persona 4

4–7 p.m. King of Fighters

7–9 p.m. Tekken Tag

TeamSp00ky

10 a.m.–4 p.m. Street Fighter 4 Pools

4–10 p.m. Marvel 3 Pools

Saturday*

IPLAYWINNER

10 a.m.–2 p.m Street Fighter 4 Pools

2–5 p.m. Marvel 3 Pools

5–6 p.m. Mortal Kombat Finals

6–7 p.m. Persona 4 Finals

7–8 p.m. Dead or Alive Finals

8–10 p.m. Smash Bros. Finals

TeamSp00ky

10–11 a.m. Tekken Tag Finals

11 a.m.–2 p.m. King of Fighters Finals

2–3 p.m. Divekick Finals

3–5 p.m. Street Fighter x Tekken Semis

5–8 p.m. Street Fighter 4 Semis

8 p.m.–Close Marvel 3 Semis

Sunday*

TeamSp00ky

11 a.m.–1 p.m. Street Fighter 4 T16-T8

1–3 p.m. Marvel 3 T16-T8

3–5 p.m. Street Fighter x Tekken Finals

5–8 p.m. Street Fighter 4 Finals

8 p.m.–Close Marvel 3 Finals

*All times are subject to change without notice.

**Thanks to user @reddy1124 for pointing out the stream schedule at http://iplaywinner.com/news/2013/4/28/norcal-regionals-this-weekend-stream-schedule-now-online.html

Stream links

Team Spooky: http://www.twitch.tv/teamsp00ky/new

IPlayWinner: http://www.twitch.tv/iplaywinner/new

More to be added as they become available

Speaking of Divekick...

New Divekick characters

If you haven't seen them already, I present to you Uncle Sensei and Jefailey, the latest divekickers (or dropkicker, in Jefailey's case) to be added to the Divekick line-up, as unveiled on Iron Galaxy's Divekick #eSports Hour on their Twitch page.

The Divekick #eSports Hour airs every Monday Night at 7PM PST - 9PM CST - 10PM EST - 3AM GMT, the shows are even uploaded in 5 chunks to the Iron Galaxy Youtube channel. Enter the Lang Zone!

Injustice: Gods Among Us - Civil War V results

Last weekend was Civil War V, it may have not been a Road to EVO major and the hotel venue's internet may have been awful, but Spooky and Arturo still managed to squeeze two decent streams out of 4G.

MadCatz own MarkMan said that Super Street Fighter IV: AE Version 2012's Winner's Final, Loser's Final and Grand Final at Civil War V was the most refreshing he'd seen in a long time. In the top 3 AGE NYChrisG (who won UMvC3 later on)'s Sakura won the tournament in dramatic fashion over VxG EMP Dieminion's Guile and MadCatz Team Spooky's Arturo's Dhalsim (who won SFxT version 2013 earlier on).

Arturo and Skisonic provide commentary for the Injustice Top 3

Civil War V was also the debut of Injustice: Gods Among Us in tournament play and fortunately for the spectator (maybe not the players themselves in the short-term), the Injustice pre-release testers were allowed to compete, showing early examples of high-level play. While the interactables, notorious for being unblockable played a role in the matches, the typically high-level of EMP's REO and Tom Brady and again AGE NYChrisG proved that Injustice is off to a good start in tournaments.

Injustice is not officially at EVO 2013 while MK9 has its final official tournament this year, but if this first tournament is anything to go by, it should be an easy choice to swap NetherRealm game for NetherRealm game next year at EVO 2014.

I will tell you one thing though, it's a good job Arturo and Skisonic manage to do a good job commentating these matches, because the game's music and in-game announcer are almost non-existent. Other than that, good job NetherRealm Studios.

Thanks for reading, see you next time!

Videos of interest

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Video Game Movies - TANG, Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist on Kickstarter & Mortal Kombat Legacy Season 2 Trailer

Right now, the biggest hope for live-action movies based on video games not being bargain bin quality is the Internet, two of the most promising are Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist and Mortal Kombat: Legacy.

I first became aware of these two martial artist stunt men's attempt to make a Street Fighter live action series that's actually worth watching when they put up the Street Fighter: Legacy video in 2010 on YouTube, much like Mortal Kombat Rebirth which came out the same year.

As anyone who kept up with MK Rebirth knows it led to a full show, Mortal Kombat Legacy, on the Machinima YouTube channel, which will air its 2nd season later this year, starring Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as (a different version of) Shang Tsung, as he did in the original Mortal Kombat movie.

The Mortal Kombat Rebirth and Legacy creator Kevin Tancharoen has been given the green light by Warner Bros. to reboot the Mortal Kombat Hollywood movies.

Kickstarter Link

The kickstarter for Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist has 25 days left to reach $625,000, currently the total stands at $1580, not great, but campaigns have been known to have a late surge and cross the deadline with days left.

Here's the pitch:

Just as Mortal Kombat Legacy bettered anything out of Hollywood, I know Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist will do the same (especially compared to that really bad Chun-Li film of course).

Don't take my word for it, check out these old TANG episodes by Ryan and Vinny and/or Drew.

NOTE: I was going to embed the TANG: DOA Dead Or Alive episode too, since that also stars Robin Shou, who's career apparently revolves around poor fighting game adaptations (and more recently Death Race 1, 2 and 3).

NBC Universal had other ideas and at some point had the DOA TANG episode taken down from YouTube for copyright, though I suspect the real reason is that they have a little more pride if their awful fighting game movie, which I find just hilarious.

Thanks for reading.

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Final Round XVI (March 29th-31st) Preview and PAX East FGC News Round-up

Intro

Yep, this is going to be a long one, so if you're interested in

  • Final Round XVI, its Curleh Mustache Battle Royale Exhibition run by VxG EMP (yeah that happened) IFC Yipes and the continuation of the East Coast Tekken Circuit then read on.
  • PAX East happenings ie. Divekick, Daigo, Injustice, New Super Street Fighter IV, you'll have to scroll down a bit
  • News of the biggest YouTuber of the FGC, Maximilian, you'll have to go all the way down to the bottom.

I hope blogs get Table of Contents one day, ah well, let's begin!

Final Round XVI + Curleh Mustache Battle Royale (March 29th-31st) Preview

In terms of legacy, ATL Final Round, of which this is the 16th year, is only 2nd behind EVO.

It's been a while since one of the top 5 fighting game tournaments came around and watching some of the Mad Catz action this weekend (more on that later) has me more than ready for whatever fighting games the Final Round stream by MCZ Team Spooky has to throw at me.

Final Round is not a part of Road to EVO 2013, but that's Final Round's decision.

IFC Yipes is bringing his Curleh Mustache brand of UMVC3 hype to Final Round on Friday with a Team Exhibition. Each team has 5 people and they will battle it to see who the best team in the USA is:

Team NYCTeam NorCalTeam SoCalTeam Latin America
IFC YipesFilipino ChampJustin WongNeo Karsh
Chris GPR BalrogTBATaekua
RayRayCJ ShowstopperTBAFrutsy
Noel BrownNeoTBAKaneBlueriver
MOONSChris SchmidtTBAYahiko
Team Mid-AltlanticTeam MidwestTeam Georgia
DJ HuoshenOmG iTz AndreRoach King
Unkn0wnFrankieGTooMuchDamage
MeepZeusDarius
PZPoyFootwurkSammy
RyRy (?)JDMSome Brown Kid

The East Coast Tekken Circuit continues! The winner of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 gets seeding and a free flight to East Coast Throwdown and the winner of that gets a free flight to EVO 2013. Final Round is considered the premier Tekken event, so there should be plenty of competition on display.

Schedule

http://www.twitch.tv/teamsp00ky/new

http://www.twitch.tv/funkyp/new

Friday, March 29, 2013 - Start Time: 2:00 PM

Curleh Mustache Battle Royal

Darkstalkers Resurrection Invitational

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Regional 5v5 Teams

Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v. 2012 Singles (to Top 8)

King of Fighters XIII Singles (to Top 8)

Soul Calibur 5 Singles (will finish on Friday)

Melty Blood Actress Again: Current Code Singles (will finish on Friday)

Saturday, March 30, 2013 - Start Time: 10:00 AM

King of Fighters XIII Singles (Top 8 to End)

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Singles (to Top 8)

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Singles (to Top 8)

Street Fighter x Tekken Singles (to Top 8)

Persona 4 Arena Singles (will finish on Saturday)

Mortal Kombat 9 Singles (will finish on Saturday)

Dead or Alive 5 Singles (to Top 8)

Sunday, March 31, 2013 - Start Time: 10:00 AM

All of the following will be streamed by Team Sp00ky:

09:00-11:30 - Street Fighter x Tekken Singles Top 8

11:30-01:30 - Dead or Alive 5 Singles Top 8

01:30-04:00 - Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v. 2012 Singles Top 8

04:00-07:00 - Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Singles Top 8

07:00-10:00 - Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Singles Top 8

PAX East Round-up

New patch for Super Street Fighter IV! I'm calling it, Revenge of the Character Specialists. No longer will players be stuck getting bodied by Akuma and Fei Long, hurray! Though I do hope they focus more on bringing the other characters up to Akuma and Fei Long's level rather than nerfing those two out of relevance forever.

One of the latest FGC members to be employed by Capcom, Peter 'Combofiend' Rosas, put out the call to users for submissions on what they think who be good changes to each character. Here's to a more balanced future.

The word of Divekick is spreading! Many people called it game of the show. While attendees were divekicking each other, Divekick also got a bit of stream time over at the Mad Catz booth.

Injustice got plenty of stream time on the Twitch TV's own Twitch channel, with Hector showing off new character Black Adam and some high-level play courtesy of MCZ TS Arturo and Nerdjosh. Hector revealed that the two had been visiting NetherRealm Studios quite regularly to help work on getting Injustice ready for tournament play. Hector now passes the reigns over to Ed Boon, who'll be showing off Injustice even more at GDC this week.

Maximilian announces Assist Me Season 3 and continues to be awesome in general

So Max continues to run his main fighting game channel over at http://www.youtube.com/miles923 and his Let's Play channel over at https://www.youtube.com/YoVideogames The main channel has passed over 100,000 subscribers and over 46 million views while his new Let's Play channel continues to grow with over 20,000 subs and 2 million views.

The Assist Me show is how I discovered Max and season 1, 2 and Retro Assist Me (one third Back to the Future parody, one third Assist Me story, one third Marvel vs. Capcom Origins tutorial) is some of the best stuff I've seen on the net.

Max almost managed to get stunt-man and voice behind classic Dante and Ken Masters, Reuben Langdon, to play Dante, which would have been pretty cool. Unfortunately the schedules apparently didn't line up.

Nevertheless I'm excited to see Dante help out Max, Doom and Wesker in whatever shenanigans they get up to.

Some of Max's Let's Plays that I've enjoyed watching the past 3 months include Devil May Cry 1, 2, 3, 4 and DmC and Metal Gear Rising. Sometimes he plays games that I haven't and check it out, sometimes he plays games that I myself have completed and just have fun with it. Make sure to sub to the two channels.

Or just watch these two videos, because they're funny-ass shit.

Thank you for reading, watching and hopefully not getting bored, see you next time and make sure to tune into Final Round this weekend!

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