Closest thing to actually being there: E…

26-09-2017 Hits:3 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

KenDeep gives us a look at the tournament through an in-person video collage.The Deep Lense is a video series that gives viewers a chance to experience fighting game events through...

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Hear all the voices of Mahvel in this Ma…

26-09-2017 Hits:6 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

Vague, out-of-context spoilers galore!While not nearly as in-depth as Injustice 2‘s storied voice interactions, you can still hear what the cast of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite has to say in this...

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Jonyfraze reviews the Marvelous Customs …

26-09-2017 Hits:8 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

While customizable arcade stick options have been available for a long time in the form of custom builders, ready-made DIY stick cases have become increasingly prevalent on the market, as...

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Incorporate Lars’s Rage Drive into your …

26-09-2017 Hits:10 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

In Tekken 7 tournament play, Rage Drives tend to fall into one of two categories: either as a neutral tool or as a combo extender. This isn’t a hard-and-fast rule...

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The HyperX Cloud Alpha headset is now av…

26-09-2017 Hits:31 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

HyperX’s latest headset is shipping now.HyperX headsets have become a regular sight at fighting game tournaments, their rise in the community coinciding with their signing of Daigo Umehara to represent...

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Sector-K Games shows off latest developm…

26-09-2017 Hits:22 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

It was last at Evo 2017 that we had a major announcement from Sector-K Games on their sci-fi indie fighter Punch Planet. In the interim, the development team has been quietly toiling away...

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Don rsquo;t miss the online Brawlhalla U…

25-09-2017 Hits:29 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

US players’ big chance for Brawlhalla glory is coming up soon!The Brawlhalla US Regional Qualifiers are creeping up fast, so fans of Blue Mammoth Games’ platform fighter will want to act fast to compete...

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Gundam AGE-1 DLC coming to Gundam Versus…

25-09-2017 Hits:36 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

It wasn’t that long ago that Bandai Namco surprised us with the new DLC announcements of Phantom Gundam and Nightingale for their new arena fighter, Gundam Versus. On Sept 26th, you can add...

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Start your week with more combos in this…

25-09-2017 Hits:31 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

Even with the number of tournaments for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite taking place this past weekend, that hasn’t stopped players from pumping out content for the game. For this Monday’s round...

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Slash into Pokkén Tournament DX with Swi…

25-09-2017 Hits:38 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

The newly released Pokkén Tournament DX brought five new characters to consoles, among them the steel/bug-type Pokémon Scizor. Anyone that happened to just catch SCR 2017 this weekend may have seen sponsored...

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A new stage, music, and a ton of premium…

25-09-2017 Hits:32 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

Capcom reveals a wide variety of new outfits for the Street Fighter V roster — and some other surprises.We didn’t get any news on Zeku this past week — instead, Capcom...

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Oki concepts, team combos and one touch …

25-09-2017 Hits:48 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

It’s the first weekend of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and the tech train shows no signs of stopping. With players starting to discover one touch kills and potential counters to...

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PND|Ketchup follows Jesus through arcade…

24-09-2017 Hits:43 News FGC-Fan - avatar FGC-Fan

With all of the controversy surrounding Fight of Gods, one might find it refreshing to see it being accepted in some corners of the FGC. One particular fighting gamer who...

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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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