Geese Howard has suddenly appeared on th…

18-11-2017 Hits:42 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

Did someone at Microsoft press “publish” too early? It would appear so: Geese Howard has suddenly appeared on Microsoft.com’s website, and has a release date of listed as November 29th, 11:00...

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Learn to escape Fox’s Shine combos in Su…

18-11-2017 Hits:53 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

Very few things in Super Smash Bros. Melee hurt harder than a Fox Shine combo. Obviously Jigglypuff Rest confirms hurt far worse, but a well-executed Shine combo can have a similar effect.For...

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ApocryphicV’s latest Tekken 7 guide teac…

18-11-2017 Hits:43 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

It has been about six months since Tekken 7 released for consoles, and I think that might be enough time for Claudio players to get hop-kicks out of their system...

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Win swiftly and stylishly with AutoMatto…

18-11-2017 Hits:44 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

Street Fighter scientist AutoMattock recently shared a reasonably strong throw loop with ex-Bushinryu master Old Zeku. The throw loop did have a particular weakness though: 3 frame jabs spoiled the potential of it’s...

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Data East fighter Karnov’s Revenge has b…

18-11-2017 Hits:45 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

With people in full-blown nostalgia mode with fighters lately, we are seeing ports coming out more frequently on modern consoles. This week is no exception — as the Data East fighter...

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Japanese Gundam Versus players are getti…

18-11-2017 Hits:40 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

Continuing its schedule of post-launch content for the arena brawler, Bandai Namco have announced two more Mobile Suits that will be joining the already-extensive Gundam Versus roster. AGE-2 Gundam from...

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The DreamHack Smash Championship returns…

18-11-2017 Hits:42 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

Back for another year of top-flight Super Smash Bros. Melee competition, DreamHack have opened registration for DreamHack Winter’s Smash Championship. Acting as the perfect stage for Europe’s top Melee players...

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Capcom Cup 2017 Player Analysis: Will Ve…

17-11-2017 Hits:32 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

GFuel’s Hyungsuk “Verloren” Kong first made his appearance in Street Fighter V on Korea’s Street Fighter Crash last year. He ultimately finished with a 2-2 record, beating only Shinji840 and...

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Watch top tier Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 act…

17-11-2017 Hits:37 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

The last weekend marked some excellent competition for the anime scene. Team St1ckbug organized “Yabai Invasion,” a special event for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and other games, inviting top competitors...

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Watch this weekend’s Capcom Pro Tour Nor…

17-11-2017 Hits:41 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

Don’t miss any of the action going down in Boston at the Capcom Pro Tour NA Regional Finals![embedded content]The best Street Fighter V players — and their fans — from across...

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Here are all the changes in the version …

17-11-2017 Hits:25 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

Alongside adding new fighter Misango, ARMS‘ version 4.0 update also adds a new mode and a number of balance changes. For those interested in these changes, Nintendo has finally released...

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The SRK Rollback: Best of November 10-16…

17-11-2017 Hits:22 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

Welcome to the Rollback: a frame-by-frame look back at our past week’s most notable news — and our favorite SRK articles — from November 10 to November 16, 2017!Zavian “mushin_Z” Sildra, Editor-in-Chief:Frame...

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Gordeau, Yukiko Amagi, and Azrael rip in…

17-11-2017 Hits:29 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

After teasing a new Persona 4 Arena combatant entering the fray earlier this week, Arc System Works has revealed the latest trio of fighters heading to the upcoming BlazBlue Cross...

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Reuters profiles the rise of modder Ben Heck and his freelance career

Ben Heck, the modder who is well known for creating the Xbox 360 lap-top and the one handed Xbox 360 controller has received a glowing article from news agency Reuters. The article follows how the 32 year-old gained such a presence in the hardware modding scene and has managed to turn it into a freelance career. Unsurprisingly, Ben himself has little time to actually play games.
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Better known as Ben Heck, the 32-year-old Wisconsin native has attained legendary status among "modders", hobbyists who tinker with video-game hardware to make it do things the original designers never intended.

Technology Web sites enthusiastically track Heckendorn's latest projects, which are marked by workmanship that makes the finished products look they rolled off a factory line instead of a basement workbench.

"That's the American way, right? Start in your basement, garage, or whatever. You're supposed to get out of it someday, but I still have to listen to my clothes drier sometimes," Heckendorn said in an interview.

Heckendorn got his start eight years ago when he decided to fool around with an old Atari 2600 -- the classic console that popularized home gaming when it launched in 1977 -- and ended up reincarnating it as a handheld device.

"I was shocked, I didn't think anyone would care about it but they did," Heckendorn said.

In fact, they cared so much they began offering Heckendorn hefty amounts of cash to transform their cherished game devices into one-of-a-kind collectibles.

"Ben Heck is basically the best. His mods are as professional as the stuff you can get at Best Buy. That's what makes him stand out from the other basement tinkerers," said Adam Frucci.
News Source: Reuters

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