MORTAL KOMBAT Soul Calibur V The King of Fighters XIII
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If you are not traveling to MLG or NorCal Regionals this weekend, there are a few gamestop stores that are hosting sfxt tournaments. I believe the entry is free and the prizes are not very good. However, it is a chance to compete. ALSO, YOU MUST SIGN UP IN ADVANCE IN PERSON AT THE STORE YOU WISH TO PLAY AT.
Update: I called almost every store and met a lot of friction. A few stores said that we needed to sign up in person and there was a chance that it may be canceled. However, the Macedonia store run by Josh Weigland, is running it on 360 and allowing the using of fight sticks. I would encourage you to head to his store. Also, you do not need to sign up in person and can show up on Saturday. Personally, I see this as an opportunity to compete and don't really care about the prizes. Hope to see you there.
Click the link for more details. All tournaments will be this Saturday, March 24th, at 2pm.
Namco released full patch notes for the upcoming SoulCalibur V patch. The fuzzy guard option select "bug" will be fixed, along with a ton of tweaks to moves for nearly all the characters. It seems like most of these adjustments are nerfs, but we'll see how it all plays out when the patch gets released on March 21.
It's been a while, hasn't it?
Although Console Combat has been undergoing an extended hiatus, we've been searching for a venue that will help us better accomodate the players. It's the community that helps us keep this thing going, after all! However, we at the Northeast Ohio fighting game community have not stopped in our efforts to compete with other scenes across the country!
When this was initially brought up at our weeklies, I thought this was some sort of joke. But hell, you guys were not lying! This man is actually putting out a book!
Titled "The Power to keep on Winning"
Release date April 2
This book covers everything about Daigo Umehara as the world's top professional gamer and his philosophy on life rather more than just videogames. This books is for anyone that wants to know about Daigo's way of thinking, like...
Euro Gamer recently posted an article comparing SFxT's performance on the 360 vs ps3. Our community technical consultant, Rob Khonsu and i208.net, read it over and have a few things to say about it. Here is an sample:
" The major difference between the two versions again is V-Sync. Meaning that if the entire frame is not done by the
time it needs to be shown the 360 will just show what it has (screen tearing) and the PS3 will just trash the frame
and move onto the next. As consistent with past Capcom games it seems to offer a much better experience on
the Xbox 360. "
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I know it'll come as a surprise to kotaku, etc., but most of us who play fighting games actually aren't huge pieces of shit. After that touching moment (in the video posted), there was a fundraiser for ShinBlanka. He and a lot of other people were real deeply moved by the compassion that was demonstrated this and other times. Those include when Chris Hu's house Burning Down fundraiser, the japanese tsunami relief, and several other I don't recall.
Kusoru! I was not familiar with what this man had done in the past in this scene, but when a man has the tenacity to travel from Japan all the way to Atlanta, GA to play videogames. I can't help but cheer for the man! It also helped that his name translates to "Sh*t Sol". This is a man who instantly called for my attention!
A friend told me that his usual moniker is Ahegao Joe and despite a strong showing here, he's the weakest of the 5 kusoge gods. It's like Fist of the North Star except instead of using different ways of killing dudes, they have different styles of elegantly trolling people at fighting games. This is a group of players, I can love!
As an old salty man in the world of videogames. I've had slight suspicion when on the debut of this Street Fighter X Tekken, Capcom began heavily promoting the PS3 version of the game with near no attention being paid to the x360. Capcom is so sleazy it is nothing less than genius, this statement is right from their own blog.
Fortunately (or not so), Capcom has finally confirmed that all the DLC content that we will be paying for in the future is already on the retail disc! On top of it all Sony awarded Capcom an enormous MoneyHat in order to make their systems have exclusivity of the extra DOZEN characters locked away exclusively for their Vita platform. Do know that the Sony Vita is a handheld game system that no respectable player is able to use for competitve play. For the next six months, a full quarter of the cast is locked way with no way to access them through not-so nefarious means. The gimmick behind the Vita exclusivity is that if you buy the Vita version, they all magically transfer into the PS3 version and cross play back and forth. The X360 Version really was completely shafted in this regard!
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I have done my best to not be informed of what's going on and I have failed. I'm sorry.
This is a bit of a response to this article on Kotaku. It primarily details the fallout of what happened on Cross Assault and shuffling blame around.
While Aris has admittedly gone way over the line (and should have been reigned in WAY more by the people producing the show, who all should have seen this behavior coming from MILES away. Anyone in the community could and most of us have never even met the man). I can't help but be aggravated towards the people outside the community screaming that assimilating into the Greater E-Sports Prosperity Sphere is the only way to sanitize and legitimize the scene.
No, it is not!
Sexism, racism, and homophobia are not, and should not ever be a part of the fighting community at large, no matter what Aris says. However, at the same time, that should not mean that the only way to purge those elements from the scene is going full-on E-Sports.
Giant Bomb has a pretty good summary of the debacle that is happening in regards to this Cross Assault reality show that is supposed to showcase both Capcom's new fighting game and the spirit of the community surrounding it.
It's a total quagmire.
It's also really disturbing how much Capcom waited to act upon learning of the happenings of the reality show they are sponsoring.
For those that want to see some of the highlights regarding what led up to the incident there is a link to a video at the end of this article. Keep in mind that the video only highlights Day One.
The talent this field brought was very very strong. Several top players who have been in the top 8 and top 16 of several majors including DRS/THTB, M2Dave, Forever King, et cetera. Click the below link for the match vids.
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In a tournament that featured many top players from the midwest, and argueable the best in the midwest (OMG its Andre) the results can speak for themselves. In a surprising upset, OMG its Andre loses in the opening round to sketch. After finishing 2-2, Andre was knocked out of the losers side by The Blacktastic and his stellar Captain America play. Unfortunately these matches were all off stream. The day before this event, OMG its Andre finished 2nd at Frosty Faustings. See the full archive at Console Combats twitch tv page here. Click the below link for a bunch of match videos.
In one of the most anticipated tournaments at Proving Grounds, SSF4 AE v.2012 did not disappoint. Digital Battleground's alucarD did not drop a match until the grandfinals. Competitors from PA, OH, MI, and IN were in attendence. Top 8 included a wide range of characters from Dhalsim, Boxer, Ryu, Dictator et cetera. Some high quality play on display. Hit the below link for details. See the full archive at Console Combat's twitch tv site here.
Proving Grounds brought out some very solid KOF players from the Midwest region. The game is being hailed by many top players as an incredibly solid game. This is a game that has been gaining a lot of momentum since its release. Hit the below link to see the match videos. The entire archive can be viewed at our twitch tv channel here.
Console Combat's PROVING GROUND RESULTS!
January 2012 in Cleveland, OH
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