Why You Should Care About The King of Fighters Series

Why You Should Care About The King of Fighters Series
Date Published: 17 June, 2020

One of the most storied fighting game franchises to date—The King of Fighters has held an important role as a fighting game staple in the FGC for decades. The series has continued to add to its remarkable legacy with its impressive showcase of character diversity, gameplay innovation, and arguably one of the most respected communities in all of fighting games.

Approaching nearly 30 years of fighting game excellence, consistency at the top should be enough of a reason to have faith in The King of Fighters series, however, in the case which that is not enough, there are plenty of other ways The King of Fighters can win one over. Continue reading “Why You Should Care About The King of Fighters Series”

The State of the FGC in 2020

The State of the FGC in 2020
Date Published: 29 May, 2020

The year 2020 for the Fighting Game Community (FGC) is ironically a year that saw factors that led to both forward progress with regards to game theory, as well as an impediment to the competitive landscape.

There is often a theme in the FGC within any given year, be it the feeling of the guard changing in 2017 or the presence of esports in 2019. However, while only being halfway through the year 2020, it is already comprised of multiple major themes that have to be taken note of.

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What Happened to Tekken 7?

What Happened to Tekken 7?
Date Published: 17 April, 2020

Tekken 7 has been a fighting game community (FGC) darling practically since its initial arcade reveal in early 2015. The game came at a time when the FGC was going through quite a transition, and seemingly capitalized on the old idiom “In the right place, at the right time.”

However, over five years post its arcade introduction, the game has gone through a multitude of changes. It has declared numerous champions of contrasting walks of life, it has invigorated the 3-D fighting game space once again, and perhaps most importantly, it has been a major player in the postmodern era of fighting games.

Yet, despite its major contribution to the FGC, the current narrative around Tekken 7 is drastically different from what it was just merely three years ago, with its 2017 home console release. Therefore, as we stand here in the early months of the year 2020 we must ask, “What happened to Tekken 7?” Continue reading “What Happened to Tekken 7?”

Korean Etokki Omni Black | Pros and Cons

Korean Etokki Omni Black | Pros and Cons
Date Published: 10 April, 2020

The Etokki Omni is the arcade stick I have been loyal to since early 2017, therefore, three years post purchase of this fight stick, it is time to go over the pros and cons of this fighting game peripheral, as well as who could benefit from it.

After nearly 4 years using the Qanba Q2 Pro – White, I had decided to make the switch over to a Korean style arcade stick—the Etokki Omni. The reason for the change in peripheral was due to the anticipated release of Tekken 7, and the inability to execute at optimal efficiency with a Japanese style level. Continue reading “Korean Etokki Omni Black | Pros and Cons”

Akatsuki vs Yuzuriha | Fighting Game Match-Ups

Akatsuki vs Yuzuriha | Fighting Game Match-Ups
Date Published: 22 March, 2020

The Under Night In-Birth match-up between the wandering super soldier; Akatsuki and the self-appointed vigilante; Yuzuriha is one of the most intriguing match-ups in fighting games, as it’s both even on paper, but far from even in action. Continue reading “Akatsuki vs Yuzuriha | Fighting Game Match-Ups”

What is a Cross-Up? | Fighting Games 101

What is a Cross-Up? | Fighting Games 101
Date Published: 21 March, 2020

Often confused with the term Mix-Up, the fighting game term; Cross-Up is a term used frequently in the FGC, as it’s a tactic many fighting games, especially the traditional 2-D and anime genres utilize as a part of their offensive structure.

The term “Cross-Up” refers to a situation where it is more difficult for the players’ opponent to determine whether or not they must block left or right. However, the distinguishing difference between the term “Mix-Up” and “Cross-Up” has to do with the axis’ they implement. Continue reading “What is a Cross-Up? | Fighting Games 101”

What is a Mix-Up? | Fighting Games 101

What is a Mix-Up? | Fighting Games 101
Date Published: 19 February, 2020

Fighting games like many other genres in the video game space, use specific vocabulary and even some slang to identify certain aspects unique to the genre, and although I did cover some more popular and generic terms in Fighting Games 101 – FGC Terminology and Slang, it didn’t even scratch the surface of the FGC’s wide vocabulary.

One of the more commonly used terms in fighting games, are the two combined words, “Mix-Up”, and by definition it is known as a strategy or technique of making one’s attack difficult to predict. It is a strategy that primarily involves the use of low attacks, overhead attacks, throw attacks. Continue reading “What is a Mix-Up? | Fighting Games 101”

Why I Love Persona 4 Arena’s Elizabeth

Why I Love Persona 4 Arena’s Elizabeth
Date Published: 25 December, 2019

Soft spoken, calm, yet, always finds the humor in either the most benign or tense situations. The lethal elevator attendant—Elizabeth, is arguably one of the most likable characters in the Persona universe.

In a complex nature of being both so inquisitive of the things transpiring around her, yet still maintaining an air of mystery with regards to her own personal narrative, the always captivating Elizabeth is anything but ordinary. Continue reading “Why I Love Persona 4 Arena’s Elizabeth”

Why I Love Akatsuki Blitzkampf’s Akatsuki

Why I Love Akatsuki Blitzkampf’s Akatsuki
Date Published: 24 December, 2019

Disciplined would be an understatement when describing what Akatsuki Blitzkampf‘s Akatsuki is really all about. He is a mysterious, yet methodical figure, who exudes the aura that only a few do in the world of fighting games posses, and that is of a leader’s.

Exemplified both in his fighting nature, as well as in his overall demeanor, Akatsuki is the true definition of a martial arts trained soldier, he is diligent and practical with his fighting style, and pragmatic with the handling of his opponents. Continue reading “Why I Love Akatsuki Blitzkampf’s Akatsuki”

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