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Registrations open for EVO APAC

The EVO APAC website is now live! This website contains all the information competitors and spectators need to know concerning the EVO APAC tournament, taking place at UTS, Sydney on the weekend of 29th-30th of May, 2010.

The site includes a section documenting the OzHadou APAC qualifier series of tournaments, and complete rules for the EVO APAC event. If you’ll be competing at EVO APAC, be sure to read the rules, as these are a little different to what’s typically used at Australian tournaments.

Remember that the winner of the SSF4 tournament receives a paid flight to Las Vegas, USA to compete at EVO 2010. Just like EVO in the US, all competitors for EVO APAC MUST register online before the event. Make sure you register to avoid missing out!

Strat Talk Round-Up

Why a Honda pic? To honour Sydney's #2 player.

In my opinion, the Australian tournament scene is comprised of 3 types of players:

1) Top players who find themselves in the Grand Final of just about any tournament they enter;
2) Committed players who want to get better but don’t seem to be making as much progress as they could be; and
3) Casual players just in it for fun.

Thanks to the global popularity of SF4, there’s now a wealth of knowledge being shared online to help people improve their game. The Shoryuken front page has featured many such blog posts, all of which are useful.

Here I provide a brief look at recent strategy articles that could be helpful to players who fall into “category 2”.

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Jack and Benson on Gamespot AU’s Crosshairs with SSF4

So Jack and I were fortunate to be invited to Gamespot to have a test of Super Street Fighter 4 earlier this week and give a quick review of our opinions on the game. Pardon the scrubby gameplay, we were too excited to do anything properly :P. Also huge thanks to Randy and Dan for the invites and shameless Ozhadou plugs!!

Link to full vid below, we’re on from 22 minutes!

Crosshairs–UFC 2010 Undisputed, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Super Street Fighter IV

Reaction vs. Prediction

The front page of Shoryuken now includes a number of excellent Strategy Corner articles. A recent highlight of this series is A Quick Guide to Reaction-Based Defense by Thelo, a Canadian HDR player who made top 8 at EVO2009 and mains E.Honda.

As someone who’s playstyle favours the “down-back” position, I found this to be an excellent discussion of the difference between reaction and prediction in fighting games. Even if you prefer an offensive style of play, it helps to understand how to attack to minimise your exposure to reaction-based defense.

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