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Welcome to the zachd.com Marvel vs Capcom 2 archives. As "king" of my local scrubby arcade back in 2002, I thought I was pretty good. Then I played Rattana, one of the guys who'd been to Evo, at an arcade further away and got destroyed. I wondered how much more there was to know about this game. I remembered reading Tips and Tricks magazine and hearing about the legendary Alex Valle and Ricky Ortiz, but all I knew about them were their names and pictures. How did they play? How did great players play? A friend of a friend had a VHS tape of awesomeness, but I never saw it. So when I started playing semi-seriously, I made it a bigpoint to try to help share my experience with others: to build knowledge and community. I started to collect and mirror footage from others around the world via file-sharing software on the old Go-For-Broke DirectConnect hub. Eventually I started traveling around the country myself, filming various major tournaments and sharing that footage, setting up this site when Go-For-Broke died. YouTube's inexorable march eventually destroyed almost every other site, but this site remains to help mirror the tons of content others and myself produced over the years.

This site contains well over 500GB of match videos and combo videos from around the world. Some are excellent, some are terrible, but the opportunity is here for you to learn from and enjoy over a decade of one of the best games ever made. This site can be hard to navigate through: the links on the left and the search engine are probably the most valuable places to start and should direct you to good stuff.

These days MvC2 is now mostly a side game at tournaments, but does have a good following online on XBLA and PSN. I personally still play on XBLA, but really only casually: it's hard to get really high-level Marvel when the game is always a couple frames behind. But it's still a helluva game, and it's been a helluva journey.

Please enjoy the site.

Peace,
Preppy
PS: Rattana is still way better than me. But I did beat him in a tourney once: you have to start somewhere.


* About links at top: logos courtesy of those sites, Magnetro, Master Chibi, and Diego. If you have a better logo, please let me know. If you want a link down in the Links section, let me know. I'll probably write a rotating link bar when I get a chance, or at least scroll it or something interesting.

 

 

 

Other stuff:
Please do not put stuff I recorded up on YouTube. That is a commercial site and I do not support it. The entire point of this FREE site is to let you guys grab great quality footage. I have my own YouTube account and if I want to put stuff up there, I could. But I don't usually want to, so please don't do that for me. If I see you do that without asking, I will have your content removed. So again: please don't. If you want me to put something up on YouTube, please ask me and I'll see about it. :)

Tourneys
Tourney announcements are made on SRK here. Check to see if there's one upcoming in your area.

Unlock All MvC2 Characters
The official CapCom document on how to unlock all characters on US MvC2 arcade board is here (my easier summary of it is found here. (Obot pointed me to the Japanese codes here - big thumbs up for that reference.)) Text write-up of the Japanese steps.

How to play the files back:
WMV files can be played back most easily using Windows Media Player, although other players play them too. Most of these files use the WMV9 video codec. There's info on getting the right WMV9 pack for your player here if you need it. If you're on a Mac, the Flip4Mac plug-in should be what you want.
If it uses AVI, I typically ensure that the file includes the name of the codec in the filename. Most AVI codecs are still under development/not ready for prime time, so I REALLY prefer not to use AVI for any reason. I've just seen too many (quite literally millions, as I work in multimedia for a living) of systems crashing due to bad AVI codecs.

Further links:
Gaming: Shoryuken. The granddaddy of fighting game sites.
Gaming: SRK Radio by Bunkei. New goodness.
Videos: GoForBroke News. Well maintained list of what's new in the video world.
Art: Street Fighter Galleries. Good stuff.
Gaming/Videos: Denjin Video. These guys definitely helped build my early interest in Marvel. Not updated in a long while.
Videos: comboVideos.com. They've really trimmed back the ads on their site, which is great. Dead now.
Videos: Carnevil is sharing random MvC2 footage.
Gaming/Videos: Speed Demos Archive: non-tool assisted gaming speed runs.
Videos/etc: ComboAdictos. Mexican game fans.
Gaming/Videos: Chile fighting site. With pointers to videos. (Not updated since 2011.)

I am willing to host any interesting footage of MvC2 that people want to throw my way. I figure this is a way I can give back to the community, as it has provided me with a lot of fun and a lot of great friends. It is easiest to send me the files via AIM (ONLY AIM, fake AIM clients won't work) as a RAR or ZIP of all the files, or send me a URL to download it from YouSendIt or that sort of thing.

As regards combo videos, here are "my" rules for hosted combo videos (as suggested by combo video experts):

  • In-game sound if you want it, no sound if you want none. But for sure not controller noise only.
  • Non-annoying choice of music.
  • Nothing rollable if it's a "how to play this character for use in actual matches" video.
  • Before you start a combo you're filming, DO NOTHING for at least 2 seconds. Same when you (finally) complete a combo. Use that time to fade or whatever between cuts, but cut off those 2 second pauses so that the combos flow nicely. NO MOVEMENT before or after.
  • NO TAUNTS afterwards.
  • If a super is ending your combo, don't let it finish and wait for the combo counter to go away while you do nothing. Cut it off during the super or right after, and continue the video.
  • DO NOT show all 3 AHVBs if you are Cable, unless there is a reason to. Generally unless you're going to do some follow-up, there's no reason to show all the super anyways.
  • Make sure you know the audience your video is for. Useful stuff only if "how to play".
  • Progressive scan end product only. If we can see the interlacing, it's going to look horrible.

    Capturing: To minimize the scanline (very important since the black scanline is soooo annoying), set your shutter speed manually to the highest value or turn off steady-cam: one of those should fix it.
    I use a tripod to get the steady shot. The downside is that you can't move as easily to get a shot of the player's faces, but ... I think it's worth it, since you avoid CrazyCam and nobody bumps you when you have a tripod. If you're hand-filming, people jostle you all over the place. Plus at ECC9, the tripod let me raise the camera over people's heads easily for filming, letting me film stuff I could not otherwise have had a clean shot on.

    I capture the videos to my computer via a IEEE 1394 (firewire) connection. Very much worth it, and a surprisingly easy process. Average total time spent is about 2.5 hours or so per hour of tape, with an hour of that simply being getting the video captured onto the computer in the first place (much faster if you use a hard drive based camcorder). If it's interesting Marvel footage, I may be willing to encode it for you.

    I would also heartily recommend a camera backpack. They're too bulky to really be stolen easily, so it provides me a handy place to keep everything in (the camera, tripod, batteries, tapes, back-up switches and buttons, brackets, etc) that I'm not likely to forget and that I feel fairly secure about. I use a TamRac CyberPack 8 and adore it, even if it is a zillion dollars.

    I also can't recommend enough the biggest possible battery for your camera, and having at least 3 extra tapes beyond what you think you'll need. I went with BP-535 (which lasts me through the tourney), and use at least two tapes every tourney, even when I'm not taping much. One big battery saves you the hassle of swapping out batteries and worrying about charging each one in preparation for the next tourney. Spending the money here is really worth it, more so than on almost any other accessory, I think.

    Tiers
    A lot of new players don't know the tiers. Marvel is a pretty complex game, but this very handy Frame Attack Data page does divide up the tiers almost perfectly. I realize that most people these days actually haven't seen top quality play of the non Top 4 characters, but ... yeah, those tiers are really accurate.

    Donations
    If you want to help support the site (currently it's $20/month to run after I switched to the much more reasonable DreamHost), donations are appreciated and will be used for the Shoryuken/Marvel cause:
    Don't sweat it, though: this site is up because it's how I can help, and I'm glad to run it for y'all. If you do want to donate, like $5/$10 would be great, and anything else is kinda too much. I do this for you anyways: I don't want people to feel obligated here. It's just meant to be a way to give back to the cool people I've met over the years.