The Pre-Beat Tribe Cup 2015 is scheduled to take place in Japan this coming Wednesday 29 April 2015. This popular 5-on-5 team tournament is unique in the fact that the majority of teams are "character" based, and there are currently around 56 teams registered (or 280 players). It's scheduled to start at 11:00 AM Tokyo time at e-sports in Akihabara, and live stream details will be posted as soon as they're known.
If you live in Europe, Sony is having a huge sale for their fighting game titles on PSN, including VF! You can grab the digital downloads of Virtua Fighter 2, Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, and Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown Complete Edition, all from 50% to 70% off!
Virtua Fighter has been going from strength to strength in the city of Toronto, and after a stellar showing at CECC earlier this year, Virtua Fighter is an Official Side Tournament at Toryuken IV! Scheduled for May 15-17 2015 with official prizes from SEGA!
Have you ever felt that your reactions are too slow? Or that you can't keep up with the speed and flow of the game? We often tend to blame ourselves and write the problem off as due to bad genes or old age. However, this 2012 blog article, titled Reaction Speeds in Gaming by Kayin, shows the actual cause is more than likely a mental issue, rather than physical one, and can be overcome with a change in the way you think. (potentially NSFW language)
Sunday, 22 March 2015 sees the 2015 Newton Cup take place in Japan. This 5-on-5 team based tournament has roughly 30 teams currently registered with many notable players stacking up in some formidable teams! The action looks scheduled to start at 12:00 PM (midday) Tokyo time, and is expected to be streamed live on the Game Newton Nico Nico channel.
From Japan Today article Fans mourn Sega's exit from console video game market, news that "Sega Sammy Holdings, the parent company that now controls one-time video gaming pioneer Sega, is looking to seriously overhaul its structure and business operations, [...] but one of the first steps seems to be Sega ditching the console video game business to focus on what it considers the areas of biggest growth, mobile and online PC games." What this means for the arcade business and for the home VFer, remains to be seen.
In September 2014, a Japanese VF2 Tournament - Virtua Grand Prix V - was held online on the PS3. Footage from this tournament is available on YouTube and is worth checking out if you have around 45 minutes to kill. For some this may be a trip down memory lane, and others it might shed some new light on how this old game was once played. Either way, when compared to the version we all play today, it shows just how far we've come!