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  1. Dr. Hates

    The Heart's Filthy Lesson--a banes romance fanfic

    I. The whiskey burned its way down the back of banes' throat, coming to rest in a ball of slow, pleasing warmth radiating from his stomach and suffusing his whole body with a glow that all too briefly took his mind away from the near-empty bar in which he sat. "Again," he croaked lazily...
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    Guest Speech: Bibulus on Commentary

    Time for another guest column, kids! I’ve had some family obligations crop up recently, as well as a dire need to make some deadlines with my other writing, so Hate Speech is going intermittent for a while. I’ll still be posting articles from time to time, but, in addition to that, keep your eye...
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    Under-used moves

    It's quiet in here. To fix that, I'd like to start a discussion about Cervantes' tools beyond things like 1AB and 3B. I've been growing increasingly fond of 1BB. It's safe if you do both, and it's NC. Once you establish it, it opens up 1B->throw or 1B->1AB. What about you guys? What...
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    Hate Speech: The Hype Train Derails; Countless Injured...

    When I first sat down to write this week’s column I had something rather different in mind than what you’ll see here. I’d been called out and challenged to list my grievances with certain community issues, events, and so on. It was to be my own version of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses...
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    Guest Speech: Soraky On the SCV World Championship

    Soraky, a former fellow Norcal player and current Las Vegas local, was lucky enough to be in attendance at the SCV World Championship last Tuesday. When he subsequently informed me that he was interested in sharing his thoughts on the experience, I happily agreed to turn over this week's column...
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    REMINDER: SC5 World Championship TONIGHT

    The time is almost upon us! Tonight, starting at 7pm Pacific (10pm Eastern), eight of the world's best SOULCALIBUR V players will be squaring off for over $10,000 in prizes. Be sure to check it out live, courtesy of Team Spooky. Details and brackets after the break SOULCALIBUR V World...
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    Hate Speech: In Praise of Cheapness

    I wrote a little while ago about some big-picture stuff regarding throws, and the responses to that column got me thinking about some of the other things that really piss people off, like ring outs, time outs, backdashing, turtling, spamming the same moves over and over, and so on. As I...
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    Hate Speech War Report: Our Own March Madness

    MLG and NCR falling on the same late-March weekend spiked the salt level here at 8wayrun.com to the point where it became comparable to the Dead Sea, but that was hardly the whole story. In fact, the most interesting result of MLG’s cartoonishly evil attempt to undermine SCV, the fighting game...
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    Hate Speech: PATCH NOTE APOCALYPSE

    I came across Namco’s official patch notes while sorting through the “incoming” pile here at the Hate Speech News Desk, so this week I’m setting aside my regularly scheduled diatribe in favor of the hot-button issue. Of course, this may also be my last column ever, too. Like many of you, I took...
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    Hate Speech War Report: Final Round XV

    Final Round XV took place on March 3rd and 4th in Atlanta, Georgia, and clocked in at a truly impressive 254 entrants. The tournament itself had numerous ups and downs, a few surprises, and an overall level of play that was truly impressive for a game so early in its life-cycle. FRXV also...
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    Essential Just Guards

    Hey kids. I'd like to use this thread to compile a list of moves and strings which, as the title indicates, constitute essential just guards for high-level play. If we can note all such moves and string here, it'd provide a valuable resource for those of us looking to practice most effectively...
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    Hate Speech: Stop Playing (Mindgames) With Yourself

    We’re closing in on the one month mark and things are going pretty strong. Local tourneys abound (I’ve participated in four already), we just finished a very exciting Winter Brawl tournament, and next weekend is the much anticipated Final Round. Thanks to all these opportunities to get out and...
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    Hate Speech: QS4G Is Basically Satan

    I have a confession to make. I’ve been breaking one of my own rules by refusing to share the existence of Quick Step~4G (hereafter known as QS4G or step guard) or any related tech, despite having known about it for a while. This wasn’t some pathetic attempt to maintain a marginal unfair...
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    Hate Speech: Throw-Tier Heroes

    It’s hard to find two words in the English language more satisfying when heard together than “grapple whore,” at least when they’re squeaked your way, via the magic of the Internet, from the lips of a pre-pubescent neighborhood champ quivering with the sort of rage that only comes from having...
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    Hate Speech: When Worlds Collide (Revisited)

    There’s nothing in this world more loathsome and repugnant than a flip-flopper. As we are reminded in every national election cycle, true leaders never change their minds, and they’re never, ever wrong. And I, of course, am a true leader, so please keep that in mind this week as we take another...
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    Hate Speech: The Review

    Well kids, the wait is finally just about over. SOULCALIBUR V officially hits stores tomorrow, so it’s time to go out, grab a copy, and start practicing. Well, almost. For those of you not living near incompetent Wal-Marts or shady mom & pop establishments willing to break street date, you still...
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    Hate Speech: SOULCALIBUR V Party Special Report

    It has been a tumultuous week here at the Hate Speech offices, beginning with Idlemind’s abduction by an insidious cabal of communist sympathizers looking to undermine the work we’ve been doing here in the name of freedom. That’s my pet theory, at least. When last I saw him, I was lugging cases...
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    Hate Speech: Come to the Dark Side

    I don’t remember my first tournament. I can deduce a few things about it, however: it was sometime in 2002, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and I probably went out like a scrub. My second tournament sticks more clearly in my mind. A veteran local loudmouth didn’t take me seriously enough, and I pulled out a...
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    Hate Speech: Hands On

    Last Saturday began quite typically for me. I passed most of the day in a park near my apartment, enjoying the mild northern California winter and altogether being excruciatingly wholesome. It was not to last, however. My usual routine of smelling flowers, writing poetry, and being kind to...
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    Hate Speech: Algol Nudes Surface, Scandal Ensues

    Welcome back to another standard edition of Hate Speech, what is fast becoming the source for fuzzy wuzzy let’s-hold-hands-around-the-campfire communitarian schlock. It’s not that I want to be a positive person—I don’t. My tiny, black heart pumps nothing but the condensed syrup of scorn and...