King of EVO 2012
Jul10

King of EVO 2012

The uncontested meta-winner of EVO 2012 was King of Fighters XIII.  Though the other grand finals matches displayed admirable skill and a furious intensity, no other matchup delivered so thoroughly or had as much on the line. For context, the developer for KOFXIII, SNK Playmore, was seemingly inches from a long-stalled death knell.  King of Fighters XII did not receive positive reviews; the producer for the KOF series had just left a...

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GOTY 2011 – 2011′s Best Game of 2010 – Super Street Fighter 4
Dec31

GOTY 2011 – 2011′s Best Game of 2010 – Super Street Fighter 4

By this we mean the best game from 2010 after a year of hindsight, what game held up the best that we found ourselves playing a year after its launch despite a wealth of distractions.  Really what else could hold this spot?  Mortal Kombat made a valiant effort in April to dethrone it as our go-to title for fighters but to no avail.  The addition of new characters, Ultra’s, and balance tweaks give it a firm nod over its predecessor as...

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We’ll Always Have Parry: 3SO and the Future of Street Fighter
Sep01

We’ll Always Have Parry: 3SO and the Future of Street Fighter

Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike is a controversial entry in Capcom’s flagship fighting franchise.   Despite its avid fanbase, and the special place it holds in SF producer Yoshinori Ono’s heart, 3rd Strike has more than a few noteworthy detractors.  While the game is often lambasted for its egregious lack of balance, the fundamental arguments about 3rd Strike – both for and against –  center around one important feature: the parry. ...

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To Spam or Not to Spam: The Fine Art of Fireballin’
Aug09

To Spam or Not to Spam: The Fine Art of Fireballin’

If you are a spammer, you’re in good company.  Look at the comments beneath any Street Fighter match on YouTube where someone plays a character with a strong projectile game.  Someone will accuse them of spamming, without fail.  Apparently, even Daigo Umehara is guilty of spamming – as I said, good company.  Likewise, for every boy who cries “spam,” another will cry “scrub,” dismissing the first commenter because he “just doesn’t get...

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The Flashy Interview: Gootecks and Mike Ross
Jul20

The Flashy Interview: Gootecks and Mike Ross

It wasn’t so long ago that the term “eSports” referred exclusively to a fad inspired by Starcraft-crazy Koreans.  Recently, however, it seems that competitive gaming is being taken more and more seriously as an industry unto itself.  The fighting game scene provides a quintessential illustration of this phenomenon.  With the approach of EVO, players are acquiring sponsorships, and playing for high stakes that are indeed reminiscent of...

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