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X-News Week #64 (January 7th-13th, 2019)

America

  • The guys from Free Play in Texas are running a big 2vs2 tournament as part of their Tuesday Night Fights, with JoshC as a guest visiting from New York. Unfortunately, we weren’t on time to publish this before Tuesday so we’ll post the results and more details from last night in the next week’s report. Bracket | Stream
  • We have been missing the ranking battle run in Brazil since they use facebook live video and it’s not in our radar. Players from Argentina have also joined in some of the sessions and the commentators in the videos speak in both Spanish and Portuguese. Even known south american specialists in CE, like Klebim Balrog, is joining the raking battle to give ST a chance. Stream list
  • We also have been missing the streams the crew in Mexico does on facebook with well known players from that area. Stream list
  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #110 weekly event with RemoMD Dictator and x64 Honda in the finals. Bracket | Video

Japan

  • FT10 from the KomonoMichi Series. Kaneko Guile vs. AFO Blanka.
  • FT5 at Space Shuttle arcade (Chubu). Hakase Dhalsim (visiting from Tokyo) vs Yondaime Old Sagat.
  • The Nagata Shogatsu Special from the recent New Years Eve has been posted with many known players in it, including some players who were visiting from the Taiwan community.
  • Game Spot Versus weekly team tournament (Kanto). East vs West format. Kawamata Ryu and Yakitori Old Hawk as team captains. Yakitori with yet another incredible performance. Also with Fran Boxer from Italy (aka Fran3s) as a guest who apparently participated in the last 4Fox tournament as well. Annotations in video description. [source: GSV youtube channel]
  • Game Newton Ooyama special team tournament (Kanto). Team tournament with the presence of some inactive players showing up, like Shiki Boxer and Inomata Hawk, one of the best Hawks from the late 2000s and the player who discovered the Sako tick (there used to be two Inomata Hawk players so we hope we are talking about the right one). Update: We have been told this is his little brother “Inomata Ototo” and not the one we were referring to. Annotations in video description. [source: Ooyama nico channel]
  • North vs South weekly team tournament #112 from the HL-SEGA arcade (Kansai). Kusumondo Honda and Shogatsu Old Honda face each other in the decisive match. Player name annotations on screen both in Japanese and English. [source: Shogatsu’s youtube channel – live stream every Monday night – Japan time)]
  • North vs South New Years Eve special team tournament #111 from the HL-SEGA arcade (Kansai). Otochun ChunLi and Aniken Ken face each other in the decisive match. During the tournament you can see some unusual picks like Otochun Old Ken, Aniken Old Ken or Aniken Boxer. Player name annotations on screen in Japanese but translated them in English in the description for reference. [source: Shogatsu’s youtube channel – live stream every Monday night – Japan time)]
  • Special monthly 3vs3 at Game Spot Versus (Kanto) with plenty of OCVs throughout the tournament. Annotations in video description. [source: GSV twitch channel]
  • Game Daytona Shiki weekly tournament (Kanto). With their usual “winner stays on” format. There are always 2 laps. This week’s final is between Isaji Old Cammy and Hide ChunLi. You would be surprised how far you can get with the worst character of the game played by a Cammy specialist. Annotations in video description. [source: Daytona twitch channel – live stream on Friday nights (Japan time)]
  • Playland F1R tournament (Tohoku). From the remote arcade in the very far north of Japan. January 4 edition (no annotations) | December 28 special tournament (annotations in video description). [source: Playland twitch channel]
  • More footage from Japanese arcades we weren’t aware of. This time coming from an arcade at Kanazawa at the very north of the central area (Chubu). They run a tournament 3 weeks ago but they don’t have any frequent ST even there. Name players are written in Japanese on screen. There is a top player in the video named Roku ロク (Honda). He used to play big tournaments a few years ago but now he is only playing locally. Japanese players consider him one of the top Hondas in Japan along with Kusumondo and Shogatsu. Nakamu Honda uses his name sometimes as an homage (he uses his color as well which makes it very confusing).

Europe

  • The big MixUp tournament will take place on April 20-21 in Lyon, with 2X as one of the tournaments. The guys behind it just announced registration will start on January 20. Website
  • Next tournament at Extra Life Cafe in Paris will be on January 20. Although it’s still not confirmed whether or not they will stream it. More info

Asia

Others

  • Undamned finally released yet another game-changing product for CPS2 owners. InfiniKey is now available through Paradise Arcade Shop in the US, Video Game Perfection in the UK or SeekNet in Australia.
  • If you are in Japan these days please visit Akihabara Radio Hall Store. They have a lot of SF2 and ST collectibles and products (old and new). The event is called Street Fighter Champion Exhibition II and will be open from January 11 to 27. More info

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X-News Week #63 (December 31st, 2018-January 6th, 2019)

America

  • One of the tournaments of the 2 old 2 furious Series has been announced for March 23-24 in Cincinnati, Ohio. There will be other retro game tournaments as well. The guys from Team Spooky are behind it. Info and registration
  • BAS has announced the 4 games of the event he is organizing called ONE (OGs Never End). It will be in Las Vegas on March 9-10.

Japan

  • Yakotori Old Hawk vs various at Game Spot Versus (Kanto). Video. Annotations in video description. [source: GSV youtube channel]
  • Nemo kumite at Game Spot Versus (Kanto). Video. Annotations in video description. [source: GSV youtube channel]
  • FTX of Shu Ken vs Tomoza Dictator rescued from 2015 (never published before). Video. [source: GSV youtube channel]
  • Game Daytona Shiki weekly tournament (Kanto). This week with a special round robin format. Annotations in video description. [source: Daytona twitch channel – live stream on Friday nights (Japan time)]
  • Playland F1R tournament (Tohoku). From the remote arcade in the very far north of Japan. No annotations. [source: Playland twitch channel]
  • Amipara Technoland arcade (Chugoku) in the very west of Japan have posted all the tournaments of the last 3 months at once. October (tournament with Teppei Guile as guest | East vs West special). November (tournament | East vs West special). December (tournament | East vs West special). Player names in video description. [source: Amipara nico channel]
  • We have been missing for more than a year the streams of an arcade called Magical Yu (or something like that) located in Kobe (Kansai). However, most of their streams are just from the free play sessions. About a dozen of them are from actual tournaments or special events. You can look them up in this playlist (in reverse chronological order) either by translating the titles or checking which streams have commentators. Some of them have top players from Osaka as guests like Kusumondo and Teppei. Kenta-kobe is a frequent player in the arcade.

Europe

Others

  • Singapore weekly tournament. This week with a special kumite of Emperor. Annotations in video description. Video

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The oddities of the double KO in ST

Design Changes

Double KOs in Street Fighter have existed since SF1. Deciding what happens in such an event has changed over time for different reasons. Here is a quick summary of its evolution (note that double time-outs are also treated as double KOs except for one particular case in SF3):

  • SF1: No victories awarded for double KOs. If a double KO occurs in the 3rd round and the score is 0-0 or 1-1, then it’s game over for both players (draw game). However, if the score is 1-0 (or 0-1), then the player with that single victory will win the match.
  • SF2 World Warrior: No victories awarded for double KOs. The game will keep going until someone reaches two victories. If no one has reached two victories by the end of the 9th round, then a 10th round (also called final round) is played as sudden death. In order to do that, the game sets the score to 1-1 at the beginning of the 10th round regardless of what the score was at that moment. Another double KO in that last round would mean game over for both players (draw game).
  • SF2 CE/HF/NC/ST and SF Alpha: No victories are awarded for double KOs. If no one reached two victories by the end of the 3rd round, then a 4th round (also called final round) is played as sudden death. In order to do that, the game sets the score to 1-1 at the beginning of the 4th round regardless of what the score was at that moment. Another double KO in that last round would mean game over for both players (draw game).
  • SF3, SF4 and SF5: Victories are awarded to both players for double KOs. The decisive round is always the 3rd round (also called final round). If a double KO occurs in the final round with an even score (1-1), then it’s game over for both players (draw game). Example: SF4 Daigo vs Justin exhibition 2010.

The “judgment” experiment

SF3 is the only version where Capcom tried a judgment system to pick a winner in certain double KO situations. The judgment system will only be used for double KOs in the final round with an even score (1-1) or double time-outs in any round. Otherwise, a victory is given to each player similarly to how it works in SF4 and SF5.

In theory, the judgment system chooses the winner based on some sort of performance parameters of the match. But some say it’s actually random. Example: SF3 Ricky Ortiz vs Daigo 2003.

The small difference that messed it all up

There is no perfect logic solution for double KO situations that would please everyone. The solutions in SF1, SF3, SF4 and SF5 can lead to some funny situations where a player gets a match victory even if he had won only one round for instance.

One could say that in SF2 and SF Alpha, the solutions are even “worse” than the other versions since you get more odd situations. The main reason behind it is that the score of the final round is forced to be 1-1. The easier way to explain this is by looking at the following examples:

1 – The meaningless round

If you get double KO both in the first and the second round, then the third round will start with no victories on either side. What happens in that third round doesn’t matter since the 4th and final round will be set to 1-1 either way. You can see an example in the following weekly tournament in Japan where Shino Honda and Nakajima Honda just mess around in the 3rd round knowing there is really no point playing it. (minute 47:00)

The format of the tournament is a “Winner Stays On” type with a final playoff between those who got the most consecutive wins. Surprisingly, they ALSO get a double KO in the final round so both players lose.

2 – The undeserved victory

Let’s review what happens in the following video between Afro Legends (Boxer) and Alex Wolfe (Dhalsim) (minute 3:42). Afro Legends wins the first round (1-0), then a double KO occurs in the 2nd round, and another one in the 3rd round. At that moment, the score is still 1-0. But in the 4th round (sudden death round), the game forces the score to be 1-1. At 4:31, Seth Killian says “And notice that Dhalsim has got a round for free even though he hasn’t won”. In the final round, Afro Legends wins so the final score is 2-1.

3 – The unfair aftermath

In the previous example Afro Legends wins both the 1st and the 4th round to have a final score of 2-1 in his favor. However, let’s imagine that Alex Wolfe had been able to win that 4th round. Then the winner of the match would have been him with a final score of 1-2. If you do the math, both Afro Legends and Alex would win one round each. But Alex would be the winner for having taken that last sudden death which one could argue is an unfair outcome.

What to do in a draw match

When the game considers that it’s game over for both players, then you can say it’s a draw game with no winners. However, depending on the context, the outcome of the match can be different for every situation. Some examples are:

  • Exhibition match: The match is usually considered a draw.
  • Online ranked match: Both players lose some points (some people have reported that only the player with a higher rank does).
  • Team battle: Both players lose. And the next person on each team take over.
  • Tournament bracket: The match has to be played again. For example, the following video where RenoMD and Rakanishu have a double KO in both the third round and the final round (minute 3:08:11).

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X-News Week #62 (December 24th-30th, 2018)

America

  • Silentscope posted a video where he beats the CPU with T. Hawk and then improvises a quick tutorial about the execution of some of the character moves like the sako tick.
  • Fromo and Shotosallday had another recorded offline session which will be soon uploaded to youtube. Stream recording
  • Rockman (aka MegamanX) had a session on 30AE where he explains some strategies with Zangief. Stream recording

Japan

  • 4FOX major took place last weekend at Game Newton arcade. 4vs4 format (2 ww + 1 new challenger + 1 boss). Videos: QualifiersPools | Offsteam Pools Losers (no sound) | Finals (with post event exhibition at 3:10:55). Annotations in video description. The event had some inactive players coming back like Taira dictator.
  • Pre-4FOX event. East vs West team battle format. Kanto vs 6 Perfectures. Video. Annotations in video description. Amazing performance from Nakamu Blanka.
  • Game Spot Versus weekly team tournament (Kanto). East vs West format. Yakitori Old Hawk and Kotaka Shoten Guile as team captains. Crazy performances in the final matches. Annotations in video description. [source: GSV youtube channel]
  • North vs South weekly team tournament #110 from the HL-SEGA arcade (Kansai). KKY Dhalsim and Murasaki Dictator face each other in the decisive match. Due to technical difficulties the image is in black and white. Player name annotations on screen both in Japanese and English. [source: Shogatsu’s youtube channel – live stream every Monday night – Japan time)]
  • Game Daytona Shiki weekly tournament (Kanto). With their usual “winner stays on” format. There are always 2 laps. This week’s final is between Nullpoga Old Ken and Kawasim Zangief. Annotations in video description. [source: Daytona twitch channel – live stream on Friday nights (Japan time)]
  • Ko-Hatsu arcade (Kansai) posted their first random 2on2 format tournament. With some top players from Osaka like Otochun, Gunze, Mori, Aniken, KKY, etc. Annotations posted in the first video comment.
  • Playland F1R tournament (Tohoku). From the remote arcade in the very far north of Japan. No annotations. [source: Playland twitch channel]

Europe

  • Last tournament at Extra Life Cafe in Paris had a final between Zagi ChunLi and Bazoukha Boxer. Unfortunately, there are no videos of the event. Bracket

Others

  • Someone posted a tweet in Japanese about an SF2 side tournament at EVO Japan, but the details are not very clear.
  • Someone posted about a project of a metal case for the CPS2, still a work in progress.
  • Singapore weekly tournament. This week with a special kumite of TFO FeiLong who also attended the 4FOX major in Japan. Annotations in video description. Video

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X-News Week #61 (December 17th-23rd, 2018)

America

  • Combo Breaker, one of the biggest tournaments in 2018, is open now for registration of 2019. A collaboration between 2Old2Furious and Paradise Arcade Shop among others. Teaser | Registration | Info
  • Latest TNF stream from Free Play Richardson (Texas)
  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #109 weekly event with RemoMD Dictator and Rakanishu Blanka in the finals, with a very unusual double KO in the 4th round (minute 3:09:12) which forced them to rerun the final. Bracket | Video

Japan

Europe

  • Two videos of the special tournaments of Road to 2XMas (run by the French discord) have been posted to youtube. Full list

Others

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X-News Week #60 (December 10th-16th, 2018)

America

  • Capcom run an ST exhibition as part of their Capcom Pro Tour final event. Two of the old school legends, Alex Valle and John Choi as well as two of the current masters, AfroLegends and Damdai faced each other in a Round Robin format and an FT3 final to decide the winner. Video
  • The guys from Free Play in Texas have confirmed that will have 5 top Japanese invites for their big tournament in 2019 called WWFG (aka Spring Series). Remember it will be on April 12-14.
  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #108 weekly event with x64 and Dbostick in the finals. Bracket | Video
  • Toronto Top Tiers weekly tournament with a final between Unessential ChunLi and Atari Guile. Video | Brackets

Japan

Europe

  • Reminder that Rival Scenes event will be hosting a 3vs3 ST tournament in Leeds (UK) on January 19-20. More details
  • Road to 2XMas online series had their final tournament this week. Final between Soon Claw and DonYann Ken. Stream
  • Extra Life Cafe in Paris will be running another tournament on December 22nd. More info

Others

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X-News Week #59 (December 3rd-9th, 2018)

America

  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #107 weekly event with ScuzBucket and RenoMD in the finals. Bracket | Video
  • Long Sets and Danisen Preview (twitch) run at Super Turbo Richardson in Texas last week.
  • Latest monthly Norcal Crabattle session with ST included. Stream (ST starts at 2:15:00) | Bracket
  • Toronto Top Tiers weekly tournament with a final between Unessential and Pestro. Video | Brackets

Japan

Europe

  • The guys from Navarcade in Spain announced the dates of the Fightcade Offline Festival 2019.
  • BatCade at Strasbourg (France) is closing this week and organized a farewell tournament with 51 players showing up. The final was between Zarghatt ChunLi and Milanea Honda. Video of the final (facebook link) | Bracket

Others

  • BobSagat and his infinite creativity made a video where ST characters swap their moves. You will have to see to believe it.
  • Mikado owner was interviewed (in Japanese) where he talks among other things the take over of the Ikebukuro’s Ramble Plaza arcade and the situation of the arcades in Japan.
  • Sanwa announced a version of a removable stick that doesn’t require changing the hardware characteristics you are used to. Hopefully, Seimitsu might build something similar too.
  • Alex Valle made a proposal on twitter where he encourages FGC scenes around the world to make a video and send it to him.
  • The guys at Gfinity posted a short film with some guys ‘entering’ the SF2 game.
  • Singapore weekly tournament. East vs West format. Annotations in video description.

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X-News Week #58 (November 26th-December 2nd, 2018)

America

  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #106 weekly event with Scuzbucket and RenoMD in the finals. Bracket | Video
  • A re-upload of a tournament held in early 2018 in NY at GameOn (RIP). Annotations in video description.
  • Tuttle’s Super Turbo Tournament in Minnesota with Mr Bob visiting from Japan as guest. Video | Brackets
  • IFixMachine in NY announced they will be closing this week. Tweet

Japan

Europe

  • Tournament at RetroBarcelona 2018 with 54 players and Angel Killah visiting from France. Final between Marcade Honda and Pof Boxer. Video | Bracket
  • AGS-Automatic Video Game Booth in the Toulouse Gameshow challenged visitors at ST (in cabinet). Teaser (In French)

Others

  • Someone took the mini astro city toy and added an LCD screen to run ST in it. The smallest running cabinet setup you will probably see.
  • Singapore meetups. East vs West format. Annotations in video description. November 31 | November 26

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X-News Week #57 (November 19th-25th, 2018)

America

  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #105 weekly event with x64 and renoMD in the finals. Bracket | Video
  • Annual ST tournament at Paradise Arcade shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the visit from Japan of Bob Huynh (aka Mr Bob). Annotations in video description. VideoBrackets

Japan

Europe

  • Sunday Face Off monthly tournament in the UK. Unfortunately with no videos. Bracket

Others

  • Capcom posted an interview to the original SF2 developers.sf2 developers.
  • BobSagat posted a fancy anti-Claw tech to perform with Hawk.
  • We have been missing out on the videos posted from an arcade in Singapore. They post weekly team tournaments with annotations in the video description.

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1 Year of X-News. Super Turbo around the world 2017-2018

1 year: October 23rd, 2017 – October 28th, 2018

My motivation

X-News started on October 30 2017, just after Canada Cup 2017. My first goal with such publication was to connect the several small scenes of the game that many times miss each other news and have no clue what’s going on at the other side of the ocean. Still, English publications are not very accessible to the Japanese community but I already heard some players who follow us and praise the effort.

A side effect of having this publication is that compilations like this can be done relatively easy. Unfortunately, we know how twitch archive works so many links were broken and had to be fixed, if possible. We strongly encourage all TOs to back up all tournament footage to youtube. Also, don’t start a youtube channel if you are not planning to keep it accessible ‘forever’.

The structure of the X-News has been always the same: America, Japan, Europe and Others sections. A bullet list format but with a small summary so you know what the content behind the links is. Player names always in bold. If there are youtube videos that are accessible (instead of twitch or niconico) then the links to the original sources are also posted. We are going to break all these rules in this special post though.

Before going with the annual summary I want to specially thank XGamerz and the mysterious owner of the SSF2T channel (we only know he is from Brazil) for their constant work of keeping all the information organized and available for the community. Thanks to the TOs in Japan for allowing us to re-post their content, prioritizing accessibility over copyright. Thanks Kuroppi for making STRevival the home of the X-News. Needless to say, thanks to all the TOs and contributors around the world for sending me information about their events and for posting them mainly on facebook which makes my work less complicated. Also, thanks Papasi, just because.

Warning to mobile users: open youtube links below with the browser instead of the youtube app. Otherwise some links with search filters and direct timestamps won’t work.

Links marked with [JCC] have James Chen commentary.

 

Best News of the year

Old school legends showing up to tournaments

AfroLegends coming back from retirement since 2014

Other great facts

Worst News of the year

Japanese arcades closing:

  • Yokohama’s Mat Mouse arcade in Tokyo (staff now works at Bigmouth arcade).
  • Ikebukuro’s Ramble Plaza in Tokyo (Update: apparently Mikado owns the arcade now so it was an owner change only).
  • Amuseum Kusatsu Game Center located between Osaka and Nagoya.

 

Capcom being more active than other years

 

Majors around the world

Other majors

Majors in Japan

Other special events in Japan

Online tournaments

Weekly events

Monthly events

Other streamed gatherings – irregular

FTX series

Kumites

 

Documentaries related to Super Turbo

Interviews

 

Community projects

Hardware projects

 

Combo videos and compilations

Tutorials

Articles

Final Note

Several years in the past had plenty of memorable events, like in 2014 when it was the 20th anniversary of the game, but nobody put those facts together and not many people remember the many things that happened. I didn’t want that to happen again.

I hope these publications give a better perspective to the pessimists about the many things that are going on with ST which is far from dead, as they say.

Our community and numbers can’t be compared to modern e-sport communities but having a smaller community has also advantages. We are strongly bound to the arcade hardware and a generation from the 90s so we don’t know how much longer this will last so let’s enjoy every bit of it in the meantime.

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