Archive for February, 2010

CV Spotlight: joo’s MvC2 Combo Collection

February 28th, 2010 5 comments

Well, it’s finally out. The entire joo MvC2 masterpiece collection can be downloaded in massive DVD ISO format from Magnetro’s website. What else is there to say? Go watch it!

If you somehow still don’t know what this is about, it’s a series of 130 Marvel vs Capcom 2 combos containing the best material joo (the undisputed best MvC2 combo maestro of forever) could assemble, recorded over a five-year period. Apart from the initial trailer unveiled fourteen months ago, you can also watch an overview of the project in the following recent previews.

Joo’s Combo Collection Trailer | Disclaimer

It’s hard to explain how big of a deal this is, so i won’t even try. Just take my word for it that when it comes to combos, joo ranks up there with the absolute best ever. And this is probably a once-in-a-lifetime event for him. I mean, i seriously doubt he has another one of these left in him. It’d be a shame to miss it if you have any interest in combos at all.

While you’re waiting for it to download (or waiting for the official u2b version to be uploaded), check out this informative and entertaining strategy video by Magnetro and onReload.

MvC2 – Shenanigans+

It focuses on everyone’s favorite rushdown team of MSP, but highlights the oft-neglected Psylocke first. I wouldn’t mind seeing some Psylocke/Magneto/Storm teams at Evo, dash sweeping their way to victory.

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Street Fighter Footsies Handbook, Epilogue

February 27th, 2010 29 comments

What should you do when a veteran player is outguessing you at every turn? It’s happened to everyone, where every last thing you do gets hit. Your every medium-range poke gets swept, your every long-range move gets stuffed, and doing nothing opens you up to pressure.

The answer is obvious: block. Sometimes when they’ve got your number, just block. They’re totally playing by your rhythm, so don’t make any moves for a second until they don’t know how to read you anymore.

When you block, don’t do it out of fear. Do it to wait them out. Do it to take away their momentum. Do it to figure out their methods. Do it to plan your next move.

The key here is that there are only two ways to beat someone who’s good at footsies:
1) Outthink them and do everything they’re doing, except better.
2) Work out some alternative strategies to avoid that dangerous zone entirely.

Otherwise you have no chance of winning. Playing footsies to survive is simply delaying an inevitable loss. Skilled opponents can sense indecisive reluctance and press the advantage. Give 100% effort to footsies or don’t play footsies at all.

The easiest person to play footsies against is that intermediate player who hasn’t quite given up on footsies, but doesn’t play footsies to win. He doesn’t move around much, he doesn’t keep track of long-term patterns, and he plays almost exclusively on a reactionary level. He’s not trying to get you to do anything specific; he’s simply reacting to where you’re standing. He doesn’t think his footsies are good enough to help him win whole matches. He’s being lazy.

Playing footsies with that casual mindset is the mental equivalent of being backed into a permanent corner. If you’re hesitant and uncertain, then your wins will come from luck and your losses will be inexorably fitting.

Do not, under any circumstances, allow your opponent to get inside your head and dictate your gameplan. If your best poke gets beaten by a fluke counter, get over it. Don’t let it startle you. Sure, losing 10% life sucks, but you’ll survive it. What you won’t survive is allowing one exchange to convince you to stop using your best button for the rest of the round. Giving up on moves only does one thing – it reduces your options.

If you get swept, that means you were outsmarted. It doesn’t necessarily mean your opponent is smarter than you and it doesn’t have to mean that you’ll get outsmarted again. Remember: Sweep is 10% damage. You will get back up.

Rule #5: Forget about winning or losing. Go all out or don’t even bother.

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Trivia Quiz 02 Solutions

February 26th, 2010 12 comments

Last month’s CPS2 trivia challenge got six responses – a 500% increase over its predecessor! Pretty dang sweet, kind of.

As promised, here’s the complete answer sheet. If you haven’t had an opportunity to look through the questions yet, now’s the time to go back and do it. Click the link above if you want to avoid spoilers, or continue reading for the solution key.

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Weekly Screenshot: Laser Lower Half Removal

February 25th, 2010 31 comments

Whoever comes up with the best title picks the game highlighted in the next few screenshots. As always, the rules are one entry per person and i’ll choose my favorite on Monday.


VH2 Huitzil’s PPP ES Plasma Beam charges up as Anakaris’ air Pharaoh Decoration hovers over Huitzil’s Ray of Doom replica beams. Since Vampire Hunter 2 was only released in Japanese arcades, Huitzil is addressed by his alternate name – Phobos.

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Technical Q&A Session

February 23rd, 2010 95 comments

Well, i don’t have anything to talk about today and the Lakers are losing right now which doesn’t help matters, so … anyone got any questions for me?

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