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$15 DLC coming to PS3, 360, and PC
[Update: Added a video of the panel. There will be new costumes and stages added with this update as well, plus an arcade version will be coming out in Japan.] [Update #2: Capcom-Unity has announced a disc-based version of t...

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EVO 2013

EVO 2013: Day-one streams, schedules, and more

This is gonna be crazy!
Jul 12
// Chris Carter
[Update: Today's winners are listed below.] This year, EVO is going to be insane. I know people say that annually, but really, EVO 2013 has smashed previous attendance records with a whopping 3,538 competitors and 6,097 tour...
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Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights: EVO 2013 GET HYPE FIGHTANS

Play games with the Dtoid community!
Jul 12
// Mr Andy Dixon
Welcome to another exciting edition of Dtoid's Friday Night Fights! EVO 2013 is this weekend, and the Dtoid crew will be watching it live at Dear Mom in San Francisco tomorrow. Come on down and join the fun! If you're not in ...
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Nintendo and Evo

Nintendo wanted to shut down Smash Bros at Evo entirely

You can't watch what doesn't happen!
Jul 12
// Steven Hansen
A couple days ago, Nintendo ruffled some tail feathers when it tried to ban Evo 2013, the world's largest fighting game tournament, from streaming its Super Smash Bros. Melee finals. This IP controlling move echoed Nintendo's...
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Evo 2013 numbers

Getting hype: Evo 2013 boasts record attendance

Plus, come watch the finals with Destructoid this Sunday in San Francisco!
Jul 12
// Steven Hansen
Evo 2013 has recently been in the news after Nintendo banned the world's biggest fighting game tournament from streaming Super Smash Bros. Melee after fans raised almost $100,000 for breast cancer research to get the game inc...
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News on Injustice DLC

New Injustice DLC character trailer to premiere at EVO

Who's on first?
Jul 10
// Steven Hansen
Last week, NetherRealm creative director Ed Boon assured us that General Zod wouldn't be the last character added to the DC Comics fighter Injustice: Gods Among Us despite being the last of the first planned batch of fighters...
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Nintendo Evo uh oh
[Update: There's a petition to convince Nintendo to allow Melee back in the Evo stream. Sign it if you're feeling proactive!] [Update #2: Nintendo has reversed its decision! They're now allowing Melee to stream at Evo this ye...

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Injustice added to EVO 2013's official lineup

A surprising but welcome late addition
May 08
// Allistair Pinsof
After fans of NetherRealm's Injustice made noise about it not being part of EVO 2013's eight-game lineup, the fighting game tournament will now feature the excellent DC Universe fighter, according to EVO lead organizer Joey &...
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Dtoid Memories

Dtoid Memories: Look ma, I'm a games journalist!

Promoted from our Community Blogs!
Mar 15
// Jesse Cortez
[Destructoid turns seven this Saturday, and all month long Dtoiders have been sharing their favorite memories from their time in the community over in our Cblogs. Here's a wonderful story from former Dtoid staffer Jesse "Tact...
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Skullgirls at Evo

Skullgirls will have an Evo side tournament

Top eight will be streamed
Feb 05
// Patrick Hancock
As a way of saying thanks for raising over $78,000 in the Evo charity drive for breast cancer research, Evo will be helping out Skullgirls at this year's tournament. Skullgirls will get its own dedicated equipment t...
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Skullgirls' first DLC character is called Squigly

Squigly Squigly Squigly Squigly Squigly
Feb 02
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
While I'm happy to see Super Smash Bros. Melee finally appear in a major tournament, it does suck for some of the other games I was routing for. Specifically, Skullgirls. I met MikeZ, the developer of Skullgirls, a couple of ...
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EVO 2k13

Super Smash Bros. Melee will be the eighth EVO game

Registration for EVO now open too
Feb 01
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The EVO charity drive has raised an amazing $225,744 for breast cancer research. Yay! And the game that brought in the most donations to become the eight game that will be played in the tournament? Super Smash Bros. Melee for...

EVO 2012: Results, highlights, and a bittersweet farewell

Jul 09 // Allistair Pinsof
Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition 1. WW|Infiltration (Akuma)2. AVM|GamerBee (Adon)3. CVPR|PR Balrog (Balrog)4. eLive|Xiaohai (Cammy)5. MCZ|Daigo (Ryu)5. HumanBomb (Sakura)7. BT|Dieminion (Guile)7. TH|Poongko (Seth) Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 1.|Filipino Champ (Magneto, Dormammu, Dr. Doom | Others)2. LXG|Infrit (Spencer, Nova, Sentinel)3. FC|NYChrisG (Akuma, Dr. Doom, Morrigan | Others)4.|Combofiend (Nova, Spencer, Hawkeye | Others)5. TA|Frutsy (MODOK, Captain America, Taskmaster)5. Flocker (Zero, Hawkeye, Vergil | Others) 7. EG|Justin Wong (Wolverine, Storm, Akuma | Others)7. Y2J (Wolverine, Spencer, Magneto) King of Fighters XIII 1. CafeID|MadKOF (Duo Lon, Chin, Kim)2. IGL|Bala (Billy, Takuma, Shen | Others)3. CafeID|Verna (Duo Lon, Shen, Kim | Others)4. CafeID|Guts (EX Iori, Saiki, Shen | Others)5. vVv|Romance (King, Benimaru, Yuri | Others)5. CafeID|Lacid (Kyo, Ash, Kim)7. AS|Reynald (Mr. Karate, Benimaru, Kim)7. Yang Yao Ren (Mr. Karate, Hwa, Mature) Mortal Kombat 9 1. EMP|Perfect Legend (Kung Lao)2. vVv|CD Jr. (Kabal, Jax, Rain)3. Pig of the Hut (Kenshi, Mileena)4. IGL|Mit (Johnny Cage, Reptile, Scorpion, Stryker)5. CoCo|4EverKing (Sonya, Kung Lao, Kenshi)5. EGP|XBlades (Lui Kang)7. EGP|Tyrant (Jax)7. CoCo|M2Dave (Freddy) Soul Calibur V 1. Shining Decopon (Tira)2. Shen Chan (Cervantes)3. Something-Unique (Pyrrha)4. Woahhzz (Patroklos A)5. CRNA|Ruka (Patroklos)5. Xephukai (Astaroth, Patroklos)7. Kamaage (Mitsurugi)7. CafeID|Kura (Patroklos) [Results via EventHubs] Highlights [embed]230955:44321:0[/embed] UMVC3 - TTC Noah vs DevilSepiroth [embed]230955:44322:0[/embed] SSFIVAE - Justin Wong vs Hsien Chang (Quarter Finals) [embed]230955:44323:0[/embed] UMVC3 - ComboFiend vs KaneBlueRiver [embed]230955:44325:0[/embed] SSFIVAE - PR Balrog vs RZR Fuudo [embed]230955:44326:0[/embed] VF5 - RZR Itazan vs Shironuko (Grand Final) [embed]230955:44327:0[/embed]  SCV - Shining Decopon vs Shen Chan (Grand Final) [embed]230955:44328:0[/embed] SSFIVAE - Gamerbee vs. Daigo Umehara (Quarter Finals) [embed]230955:44329:0[/embed] SSFIVAE - Dieminion vs Fuudo (Quarter Finals) [embed]230955:44330:0[/embed] KOFXIII - Bala vs. MadKOF (Grand Final) [embed]230955:44331:0[/embed] MK9 - KN EMP PerfectLegend  vs vVv Nos CD JR (Grand Final) [Thanks to CoruptAI125 and I Palindrome I for suggesting highlight clips]

Some major players were steamrolled, some new champions were crowned, and lots of salt was poured on the ever passionate EVO fans. For the first time ever, I watched EVO day 3 stream from beginning to end and enjoyed watching...


15 minutes of Injustice gameplay footage: Poor Flash!

Jul 08
// Allistair Pinsof
Watch Flash get his ass beat by Superman, in this lengthy EVO gameplay demo of NetherRealm's upcoming DC superhero fighter Injustice: Gods Among Us. This demo is very similar to the one I saw at E3. However, I actually got h...

EVO 2012: Day Three

Jul 08
// Allistair Pinsof
Does you back hurt from being hunched over your computer all weekend? Have been you drunk since Friday afternoon? Are you ready top-tier MODOK play? If you answered "yes" to all three, then you can only be in the right place....

EVO 2012: Day Two *Updated with winners details*

Jul 08
// Allistair Pinsof
Upset Poongko is upset. After some tense SSFIVAE matches last night, today will be a bit more mellow with Mortal Kombat 9 and King of Fighters XIII semifinals. But, don't you worry, the trash talking and hype will come again ...

EVO 2012: Day One *Updated with winners details*

Jul 07
// Allistair Pinsof
Hey, guys: EVO is here. Join us in the chat, while we watch the Soul Calibur V and Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition semifinals.

Heihachi and Sony mascot added to PlayStation All-Stars

Jul 06
// Allistair Pinsof
Tekken's Heihachi and Sony's Japanese feline mascot Toro Inoue are the latest additions to PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale's roster. Alongside a lengthy EVO exhibition of these two new characters, a new stage was shown o...

A quick guide to popular fighting game people and jargon

Jul 06 // Patrick Hancock
Important People This list is a quick "who's who" of the fighting game world. There are a ton of people who are probably worth mentioning, but I'm keeping it to the short list. These are the folks who will likely have the most commotion around them during the bigger tournaments like EVO.  Alex Valle - Alex is probably the oldest on this list, playing in the old arcades before these other young whippersnappers could say "Shoryuken." He has, as far as I know, always stuck with Ryu and continues to impress. Never count him out because of his age; if anything, he has the most experience!  Daigo Umehara, aka "The Beast" - Daigo is often regarded as one of the best Street Fighter players in the world. He hails from Japan and is perhaps best known for performing "Evo Moment #37." If you haven't seen that video by now, go watch it immediately. He has a ton of accolades under his belt and you can just about always expect to see him in the finals.  Fuudo - Last year's winner of SFIV at EVO. He played Fei Long, thought to be the best character at the time, and won pretty convincingly with a 3-0 over Latif. Fei Long has since been nerfed, so it'll be interesting to see if he sticks with the character or moves on.  Gootecks (twitter)  - The other half of Mike Ross (see below) and also works for Cross Counter TV. He stepped down from his position back in March, but just recently came back into the fighting game community. Known for playing Balrog (Boxer) in Street Fighter IV.  James Chen (twitter) - One of the two best commentators in the community. His knowledge of the SFIV series is perhaps unmatched by anyone else. He has an inexplicable ability to detail what just happened and why it didn't happen another way. Combines with Ultra David (see below) to form Ultra Chen, an unstoppable commentating machine.  Justin Wong (twitter) - An overall great player. He has an innate ability to become great at any fighting game he sets out to play. He didn't manage to crack the top ten in SFIV at EVO last year, but his Adon and Rufus play is top notch. One of the most well-known US players on the scene.  Latif - The underdog that took second place at last year's EVO in SFIV while playing C. Viper. He eliminated Tokido, Daigo, and Poongko in order to get into the grand finals, accruing perhaps the most powerful "defeat list" I've ever seen.  Mike Ross (twitter) - Perhaps most famous for his "Adventures of Mike Ross and Gootecks" series, Mike Ross is often a fan favorite. He currently works for Cross Counter TV. Known for playing E.Honda in Street Fighter IV. I'd highly recommend checking out the documentary about him, FOCUS, over on the G4 website. Whenever you see someone giving him a nickname like Mike "The Machine" Ross, it's an ongoing joke that literally anything and everything can be his nickname.  Poongko (twitter) - Poongko made a huge splash at last year's EVO with his incredibly Seth play in Super Street Fighter IV. He pulled off a Perfect round against Daigo and eventually knocked him down into the loser's bracket. Seth is a very risky character to use, so his return into the top 10 isn't as concrete as with other players, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him back.  Tokido aka The MurderFace - Best known for his Akuma play, Tokido is an extremely good player from Japan. Perhaps my favorite Tokido moment is from this video at the end, in which he wins a match and stands in front of the projector screen so the Akuma symbol lands on his back. So cool!  Tom Brady (twitter) - One of the best Mortal Kombat players out there. He's been a large influence on the MK9 scene since its inception and makes a good player and commentator for the game. He knows just about every move property there is within Mortal Kombat 9.  Ultra David (twitter) - The other of the two best commentators in the community. When combined with James Chen (see above), they create the most intelligent and well-versed commentating team possible. Known to use lesser-played characters like Dan or Hakan. Always looks professional. Jargon and Colloquialisms The following is a list of vocabulary words you may encounter when watching fighting game streams. This by no means covers every word you'll encounter, but this is a great start and should adequately prepare you moving forward. Bodied (verb) - When someone gets bodied, it means that they are being absolutely dominated in the match. Justin Wong just got bodied by Daigo, two Perfects! Combo (noun) - String of continuous moves that connect together with no time in between for the opponent to escape. That was a 60-hit combo!! DHC (noun) - Delayed Hyper Combo. In team games like the Marvel vs. Capcom series, this is caused by triggering one character's Hyper Combo, and while it is still occurring the player inputs the motion for another character's Hyper, allowing them to come out and take the first character's place, along with performing their Hyper Combo. Dropped Combo (noun) - When a player mistimes their combo input, allowing their opponent to escape or block. I can't believe Poongko dropped that combo, he usually nails it! Empty Jump (noun) - Jumping and landing without using a move in the air. Often used as a surprise, since the opponent will often expect a move to come out in the air. That empty jump into a throw just caught his opponent off guard. Exposed (verb) - When a player, usually one of high skill level, loses very convincingly. Usually uttered as an insult. Daigo just lost to a scrub! EXPOSED! FGC (noun) - Fighting Game Community. Footsies (noun) - A series of pokes and counter pokes while both characters move back and forth, each testing their opponent and getting an idea of how good they are at spacing. Free (adjective) - Easy to beat; A "free" victory. Man, that Rose player was so free. I got two Perfects against them! Hype (noun) - Excitement. So much hype surrounded this matchup! Hype (verb) - Excited. GET HYPE! Link (noun) - In Street Fighter IV, linking is another way to combo. Comboing one move into another after the move is finished animating is called a link. Regular combos often involve cancelling one move animation into another, instead of waiting for it to finish like in links. (thanks to DaRabidDuckie for the correction! I have been EXPOSED!) He dropped his combo because it's hard to do that one-frame link. OCV (noun) - One Character Victory. When a team of players wins without their first member ever having to switch out. I can't believe Team Evil Geniuses just OCV'd! Option Select (noun) - Most fighting games allow for the player to quickly input motions that technically allow for two moves to potentially come out. If the first move won't connect, the second inputted move will come out. The most basic example is also called crouch-teching, accomplished by holding block and tapping throw as you block each move. If their attack connects, you will block; if they drop their combo and mess up the timing, your throw will come out. OTG (adjective) - Off the Ground. A move property that will pop the opponent up from the ground, allowing the combo to continue. He can use his Super Combo into an OTG and then continue to do damage. Poke (noun) - A single button, usually long-range move that players will use in order to keep their spacing. Can often lead into a combo. Pringles (adjective) - Awesome; amazing. See: this infamous video. (Note: This entire video is often quoted during matches) That shit is so Pringles! Runback (noun) - Another word for rematch. Often combined with salty for the term "salty runback." Let's get a runback with that Hakan player, he was good! Salty (adjective) - Referring to the salt in ones tears, someone who is "salty" is angry from a recent loss. Man, Mike Ross sure is salty after that loss to Ryu. Spacing (noun)­ - The distance between the two characters. Most players know how close they need to be for specific moves to connect and will be constantly moving in and out of a certain range. Justin Wong's spacing has been superb this entire match. SPD (noun) - Short for Spinning Pile Driver, one of Zangeif's moves. Another way to say 360 motion. Can you SPD from that distance? SPD (verb) - Performing a 360 motion with the controller. He just got SPD'd! Stream Monster (noun) - People who tune in to watch fighting game streams and mostly complain about how poor the competitors are performing, implying they could do better when we all know they can't. Those stream monsters sure are hungry tonight! Tiger Knee Motion (verb) - A shortcut for a specific controller input. Instead of jumping and then inputting a Shoryuken motion, a tiger knee motion can be performed, completing both the jump and Shoryuken input in one motion. Reference to Sagat's Tiger Knee move. See: tutorial video.  Is it possible to tiger-knee that move? Zoning (verb) - Zoning is accomplished by launching as many projectiles as possible to keep the opponent at bay. Arthur's zoning is just too strong for Haggar to get in without assists. As I mentioned, there will likely be more words and people that you don't recognize which are still absent from this list, but this should let you feel way more comfortable while watching the fighting game streams. You can even start using them yourselves and start to fit in more! If there are any important words you feel I've missed feel free to add them into the comments!

EVO 2012 is right around the corner and if you're planning on tuning in, it's easy to get lost in much of the jargon and colloquialisms thrown around on the Internet streams. What the heck is a DHC? Why does that guy keep tal...


PlayStation All-Stars release date, pre-order bonuses

Jul 06
// Kyle MacGregor
EVO is upon us and even Sony is getting hype. On the eve of this weekend's festivities the platform holder has some major announcements for their forthcoming fighting game, detailing both PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale's...

RTX vs EVO: Only one weekend gaming convention can win

Jul 06
// Allistair Pinsof
If watching fighting game streams coming out of EVO isn't your thing, perhaps Destructoid's RTX event coverage this weekend will be more to your liking. RTX, or Rooster Teeth Expo, is shaping up to be the PAX of the South and...

EVO begins tomorrow! Join Dtoid for live chat and bears

Jul 05
// Allistair Pinsof
EVO, the world's premier fighting game tournament, begins tomorrow and will leave our ass black and blue by the time it ends on Sunday night. Remember that thing we did last year where we sat around talking about people who w...

KOF XIII debuts at EVO, Atlus bringing Persona 4 Arena

Jul 05
// Kyle MacGregor
EVO 2012 is this weekend, but I'm sure you already knew that. We're counting the hours here at Destructoid and -- hold on. Wait a minute. Just one more second. It's time to GET HYPE! Atlus is already amped for the festivities...

I Wanna Be the Guy: Gaiden to melt brains at EVO 2012

Jul 01
// Tony Ponce
Oh, sh*t. While discussing the Indie Showcase at the upcoming EVO, we failed to mention another little surprise that will be making an appearance. During the July 5 pre-show at 10 PM PST, I Wanna Be the Guy: Gaiden will be p...

EVO 2012's Indie Showcase includes SpyParty and more

Jun 26
// Jordan Devore
Independent games are coming to EVO 2012! And, rather predictably, not everyone is cool with that fact. This year's fighting game tournament will have an Indie Showcase with titles "chosen on the basis of their skill-based an...

King of Fighters XIII gets a patch and a price reduction

Jan 31
// Jordan Devore
A patch that primarily focuses on improving the online functionality in The King of Fighters XIII is now live for PlayStation Network and will soon be available on Xbox Live. Here's what it does: Ranked match filtering allow...

Hands-on with Parasoul from Skullgirls

Aug 18 // Jesse Cortez
One of the first things I noticed about Parasoul is that her umbrella allows for a pretty large range on her weak attacks, allowing for decent poking game to start combos from a distance. While her umbrella allows for ranged normals, her long legs give her the ability to stomp opponents in the air, similar to Seth from Super Street Fighter IV. Unlike other characters in the game, her throws keep characters close to her, which allow for combo opportunities off of them. Her special moves can be divided into two types. The first involves the use of her umbrella, which releases napalm grenades that travel in an arc dictated by how long you hold the button down. If you played as Cable from Marvel vs. Capcom 2, you should be familiar with this system. What I found interesting is that the Skullgirls team used EVO as a play-test and actually changed how these grenades worked based on what they saw at the convention. Therefore, the way to set off these grenades is still under development, but it's impressive that they are relying on actual gamer play-testing to decide on the final move set. The second type of special moves relies on the fact that Parasoul is in command of the kingdom's military. I found these moves to be the most interesting in that each different button press calls out a soldier on the screen to serve a certain function. One soldier serves the purpose of blocking projectiles, one serves as a grab that takes your opponent to the other side of the screen, and the third is basically a soldier that acts as a Roman Cancel from Guilty Gear X, allowing to cancel the recovery of any move upon input. Mike Z was able to show me how this specific move allows for very interesting combo opportunities. I was able to check out two of her supers, one of which is a sniper shot that hits wherever the opponent is. This super leaves the opponent in a crumple stun that can be comboed off of, but if missed, has a long cooldown that leaves you wide open to attack. The second, her level 3, is reminiscent of B. B. Hood's Super in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 in that her soldiers come out with their guns to pump lead into your enemy. As with other level 3s in the game, it has invincibility on startup and isn't prone to damage scaling, so it's an ideal way to end a combo for maximum damage. My time with Parasoul was interesting in that I could see that she had a decent ranged game with the napalm grenades, but also lots of ways to be technical with cancels and stomping in the air. I came away impressed with the fact that the Skullgirls team is definitely drawing on what they enjoy from many other fighting games and incorporating them into very unique characters. If you are a fan of fighting games, I would definitely pay attention to this game because it's shaping up to be a great one, due to come out sometime later this year.

If you are a fan of fighting games, odds are that Skullgirls is on your radar. Developed by Reverge Labs, this upcoming game features gorgeous 2D graphics and a fighting game engine developed by tournament fighter Mike "Mike ...


Watch this emotional EVO 2011 'Moments' video

Aug 09
// Jordan Devore
This is a different kind of video. Rather than show the virtual fights of EVO, Richard Li puts the emphasis on the same great moments as they happened off screen. It's about the players, and the community. For anyone that ac...

EVO 2011 smashes online viewership records

Aug 05
// Alex Sargeant
EVO Championship Series 2011 has ended on a particularly high note this year. The event was streamed online to more than two million viewers over the course of three days, destroying previous known records of a competitive ga...

For my last scheduled interview at Evo2k11, I spoke briefly with the associate producer of Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition, Derek Neal. We discussed the lengths that Capcom went to in order to make sure th...

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