Fight Your Rival: Episode 5!

Welcome to episode 5 of Fight Your Rival! This week, we talk about the recent partnership between CBS, MLG, and Twitch.tv, talk about even more Tekken Tag Tournament 2 console features, and even do some time travel to 94! What are we doing there? You’ll just have to watch!

Skullgirls Releasing on XBLA April 11th, PSN Release Date Pending

After being delayed from its Fall 2011 release window and tagged as having an “Early 2012″ release date for what feels like forever now, Reverge Labs’ Ravidrath revealed that 2d tag fighter Skullgirls will finally be hitting the Xbox Live Marketplace on April 11th for 1200 Microsoft Points. The developers expect the Playstation Network release to be around the same time, and are just waiting on confirmation from Sony. This is incredibly exciting news, as the community has been waiting for this game since it first started being teased over a year ago.

Source: http://shoryuken.com/2012/03/31/skullgirls-set-to-drop-on-xbla-april-11th-psn-release-date-still-pending/

Who’s pumped?

Gootecks Announces Departure From Cross Counter

On tonight’s episode of Cross Counter Live, Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez announced his hiatus from Cross Counter and Cross Counter Live. The 3rd Strike/SF4 player has become somewhat of a media celebrity in the FGC over the past few years, and said that his departure was due to “external factors.” He announced that while he is pursuing other ventures, he will still do some work for the CC team behind the scenes. Gootecks proceeeded to give a short list of “thank you”s, as well as a final “fuck you” to his detractors.

How do you think Cross Counter will hold up without the Gootecks/Mike Ross dynamic? Do you see anyone taking his place?

Chinatown Fair to Reopen?

While shooting some extra footage for their documentary Arcade: The Last Night at Chinatown Fair, filmmakers Kurt Vincent and Owen Strock discovered that the historic downtown game center may be rising from its grave. While original Chinatown owner Henry Cen is keeping busy with Next Level, Vincent and Strock met a man named Lonnie who was moving the old games back in and is believed to be taking over the arcade. This is HUGE news for NYC fighting game fans, as some of today’s top players were bred at Chinatown Fair. We will be sure to keep a close eye on any future developments regarding Chinatown’s reopening.

You can read the filmmakers’ full statement below:

This is a still frame from footage we shot on March 14, 2012.  Owen Strock and I were shooting b-roll for the movie around Chinatown Fair when we noticed the security gate at 8 Mott Street raised.  Earlier in the week, Sam, the previous owner of Chinatown Fair, told me someone was re-opening the arcade.  But you hear a lot of things.  I wasn’t sure how likely it was happening.  Now we know.  A group of men were moving some of the old games back inside.  One of the men introduced himself as Lonnie.  He told me they were hired to move in the games and empty the trash that remained inside.  I spoke with Henry Cen, co-owner of Next Level and integral part of the old Chinatown Fair, and he told me a guy named Lonnie was reopening the arcade at 8 Mott Street.  I am guessing the Lonnie I met is the Lonnie reopening the arcade.  It’s interesting to note that if this is the same Lonnie, it isn’t the first time he has been involved with a beloved NYC institution.  Lonnie told me he used to bartend at his uncle’s place, Max’s Kansas City.

I love how the story of Chinatown Fair keeps going.  I suspect it will never truly end.

-Kurt