Legends of Aria Journal #2

It’s been a little longer than a fortnight since I last wrote about my journey through Legends of Aria. In that time, I’ve become a competent and well-armed rogue, no longer the lame sitting duck for beasts and thieves who first ventured outside Pyros Landing.

LiangHuBBB shares the best Funny & Cool Moments from 2018 in episode 110 of this long-running series

LiangHuBBB is back with a special edition of their Funny & Cool Moments video series: Episode 110 goes through the entire year on 2018 and covers some of the best — and funniest — fighting game moments that they’ve seen in 2018.

The video below covers a lot of games — including those that are current for 2018, as well as a number of classics. Alongside moments from games like Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, and Fighting EX Layer, we have stuff from old stalwarts such as Street Fighter II, Capcom vs. SNK 2, and even Sailor Moon S. In a way, this video helps demonstrate the breadth of games that the community was playing this past year. Enjoy — and here’s to another great year coming in 2019!

Source: LiangHuBBB

Activision-Blizzard CFO Fired for ‘Causes Unrelated to the Company’s Financial Reporting’

Nasdaq.com is reporting that Activision-Blizzard Chief Financial Officer Spencer Neumann has been fired “for cause unrelated to the Company’s financial reporting or disclosure controls and procedures”. At the time of this writing, Neumann is on paid leave pending an appeal of the decision to remove him from his position. In the interim, former CFO Dennis Durkin will be acting CFO and will regain the position permanently if Neumann’s firing stands.

The Pinnacle 2018 results

This past weekend, Richmond, British Columbia looked to send 2018 out with a bang of fighting game action, as they hosted The Pinnacle 2018. Many of the Great White North’s finest — as well as a vacationing Echo Fox|Justin Wong — turned up to do battle in titles such as Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7, SoulCalibur VI, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st], Ultra Street Fighter IV, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, and BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

Results

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

1. TGS|Captain L (Kirby, Pichu, Jigglypuff)
2. CACAW|Big D (King Dedede, Peach)
3. EAA|SFU Len (Dark Pit)
4. SpamCop (Mario)
5. KoL|Konga (Donkey Kong)
5. TEG|Aphicans (Young Link)
7. Pandarian (Pokémon Trainer)
7. Grade (Mewtwo, Wolf)
9. TGS|Locus (Ridley)
9. StaySafe|DADS Machu (Lucina)
9. Focus (R.O.B.)
9. Lemmon (Inkling, Lucina)
13. Yaya (Mr. Game & Watch, Richter)
13. Semifer
13. LetsTickle (Inkling)
13. Suites|Shoghi (Ike)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate [Doubles]

1. Lemmon (Inkling) & LetsTickle (Lucina)
2. Duwang (Mario) & StaySafe|DADS Machu (Lucina, R.O.B.)
3. Grade (Wolf) & SpamCop (Mario)
4. Firefly (Yoshi) & CACAW|Big D (King Dedede)
5. TravishVII (Young Link, Palutena) & Suites|Shoghi (Ike)
5. 2ManyCooks & Exodia
7. TGS|Captain L & TGS|Locus (Ridley)
7. Pandarian (Pokémon Trainer) & Irakaz

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Tekken 7

1. ????|Binchang (Craig Marduk)
2. HelpMePractice (Leo Klisen, Lars Alexandersson)
3. j[0]nch009 (Asuka Kazama)
4. JPineda (Hwoarang)
5. moring12 (Jin Kazama)
5. Once You Goku Black (Bryan Fury)
7. Id (Craig Marduk, Hwoarang)
7. BattleLounge|Ishida (Hwoarang)

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Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition

1. FOX|Justin Wong (Karin Kanzuki, Falke, Kage)
2. UTGS|CeroBlast (Ken)
3. Bruce (Balrog)
4. KyleP (Laura)
5. Tofu (Ibuki)
5. Noodle (Cammy)
7. Rebel FGC Buffer (Cody)
7. ShadesBR (Urien)

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Dragon Ball FighterZ

1. HitBox|ZomBmu (Kid Buu/Bardock/Goku Black)
2. KyleP (Kid Buu/Gotenks/Tien)
3. SLAM (Cooler/Android 17/Yamcha)
4. shadycambo (Beerus/Adult Gohan/Kid Buu)
5. Suplex+ (Broly/Vegeta/Tien)
5. Tabachuchi (Adult Gohan/Kid Buu/Super Saiyan Goku)
7. w0terbay
7. Kasiski

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BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

1. LTL (Ruby Rose/Gordeau)
2. HitBox|ZomBmu (Orie/Es)
3. ALEXANDER (Gordeau/Nu-13)
4. Oracle (Jin Kisaragi/Gordeau)
5. HanazakariWkend|Psykotik (Es/Waldstein)
5. Yaya
7. Belsol
7. EFGC|Tronner (Carmine/Waldstein)

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Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2

1. WindGodDude (Sin Kiske)
2. Dragon Install Vince (Sol Badguy)
3. Sioh (Venom)
4. Pehonic (Elphelt Valentine)
5. Surgeon (Zato-1)
5. Shizhee (Elphelt Valentine)
7. Memo (Baiken)
7. Festival (Ky Kiske)

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SoulCalibur VI

1. Slash Copy I (Mitsurugi)
2. bibbbianna (Seong Mi-Na)
3. GolgiApp (Siegfried)
4. Cadence (Nightmare)
5. Rooter McGavin (Siegfried)
5. Doc
7. Zedd (Xianghua)
7. SpamCop

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Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]

1. HanazakariWkend|Psykotik (Orie, Seth)
2. WindGodDude (Seth)
3. Drunk Suika Ibuki (Vatista)
4. SLAM (Hilda)
5. Tauroneo (Waldstein)
5. Aria (Phonon)
7. JiveTurkey (Linne)
7. WongTime (Byakuya)

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Super Smash Bros. Melee

1. Leaf|EdgeLuca (Fox)
2. Very Bad
3. Big Money|Elliot
4. was.png|SEKHU (Fox)
5. Fauxhebro
5. LAGr|Shon
7. SoVa|SuckerPunch
7. Bear|Mikey

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Ultra Street Fighter IV

1. FOX|Justin Wong
2. HiHiPuffyAmiYumiGuy
3. Kaleo
4. Shorjewken
5. Noodle
5. BBC|emo-san
7. Sway
7. Mikral_Lee

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BlazBlue: Central Fiction

1. HanazakariWkend|Psykotik (Carl Clover)
2. Aoshi (Hibki Kohaku)
3. Slash Copy I (Es)
4. VSB|Nekusonozaki (Ragna The Bloodedge)
5. Jive Turkey (Platinum The Trinity)
5. LTL (Ragna The Bloodedge)
7. DFGC|Just Dylan
7. Doc (Noel Vermillion)

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Super Street Fighter II Turbo

1. FOX|Justin Wong (O. Sagat)
2. 369 Family Man Nick
3. Tony Da Tiger
4. PB_Geki
5. BionicFraud
5. Shorjewken
7. Noodle
7. FinalFlash

Sources: Canadian Joysticks; The Gaming Stadium; Mountainside Games

Three decades of action: UNDISPUTED STREET FIGHTER: A 30th ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE is a heavy-hitting tribute to the series we love

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Street Fighter has come a long way in thirty years, and it’s been a good year to look back and see where it came from.

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition is naturally in the center spotlight — and going into its fourth year, its shaky launch and a myriad of nagging issues continue to haunt it, leaving the community perpetually comparing it to its Ultra Street Fighter IV predecessor or waiting for Capcom to cut and run to some sort of Street Fighter VI, or both. But, after a tease at classic representation with Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers kicked off Capcom’s nod to Street Fighter’s 30th anniversary — and it started to look like the fans were the only ones to mark the occasion with a worthy tribute — Capcom brought us the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection.

Regardless of any minor quibbles (not to mention that the 30th anniversary kind of got stretched over two years…), it can’t be denied that this multi-platform collection brought the near-entirety of Street Fighter’s arcade legacy to players all over again, and stands as a firm reminder of the series’ rich legacy of style, creativity, and great gameplay. Looking at these games now really does feel like walking through a museum of classic game design — and brings much of the current issues with SFV into even sharper relief, even as we can see how SFV still draws from the better aspects of these games.

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Whether intentional or a happy coincidence, the perfect companion piece for the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection arrived a number of months prior to that compilation’s release: the massive art book UNDISPUTED STREET FIGHTER: A 30th ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE. While Capcom’s software bundle contains its own nice in-game museum that details many design aspects of those titles, Dynamite’s hardcover tribute — penned by Steve Hendershot — covers many more things that Capcom’s own collection overlooks, and brings that history all the way up to the series’ present state.

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While many hardcore fans and collectors have undoubtedly grabbed this gorgeous book already; those that haven’t yet are missing out on what may be the most comprehensive look at both Street Fighter and how the fighting game community has grown and developed around it. The 300-page hardcover is chock-full of promotional and behind-scenes artwork. It progressively focuses on the game’s rise in the arcades and its explosion into pop culture and mainstream media and mechandise — from Final Fight and Hard Times through the game’s battle in arcades on both sides of the Pacific, to Street Fighter IV‘s big comeback and later Street Fighter V, all peppered with tidbits from designers, organizers, and players. Look for Daigo Umehara, John Choi, Justin Wong, James Chen, Seth Killian, Brolylegs, and many more, as the book explores both the game and the people that have played a part in its community.

As we move into a new year of Street Fighter in 2019, I think it’s important to look at where Street Fighter came from and remember that no matter where the series is going — for good or bad — it has a fantastic three decades behind it, and that foundation isn’t going away. Be it through Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection or FightCade, and community events and circuits like Super Turbo Revival, Jazzy Circuit, Cooperation Cup… there are so many ways to keep enjoying this series and the many different games in it. UNDISPUTED STREET FIGHTER: A 30th ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE helps remind us of this. Keep playing what you love, because after 30 years, there’s a lot of Street Fighter to go around.

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UNDISPUTED STREET FIGHTER: A 30th ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE is available now from Amazon.com, in both regular hardcoverDeluxe, and digital Kindle editions.