A quick search of your own posting history reveals how naughty, or nice, you've been this season. Whatever the case may be, and however you choose to celebrate, on behalf of the staff here I'd like to extend to you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, etc, etc. In the spirit of giving, may you continue to hand out fresh cans of virtual whoop ass, and be prepared to receive your own!
Take advantage of this One-Day Special and pick up Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, discounted at 75% on Xbox Live Arcade. That equates to roughly $4, depending on your local currency and would make an ideal gift for any Fighting Game enthusiast yet to jump on board!
Here's a recent interview with creator of Virtua Fighter "Mr. Yu Suzuki" / Former SEGA-AM2 Head. Yu Suzuki is still an advisor to SEGA while he's running his own studio called YS NET. It's done by a special magazine that is affiliated with Famitsu of Japan.
To commemorate the 20 years of Virtua Fighter, Sega has started a new website - http://vf20th.sega.jp/ From the first blog post of the site (rough translation) - "20 years have passed since the release of Virtua Fighter. Thank you very much to our fans." This special site will be sequentially updated to celebrate this milestone, looking back at every step of the path to present day. From AM2's website and Famitsu's article, the anniversary site will subsequently give a glimpse to the development of the games in the series along with tournament history, something for both new and old fans.
Update: Article edited to reflect the discussion to be more retrospective. On December 26th, 2013, 7:30 PM JST, the Kurokawa School hosted by Fumio Kurokawa will feature a round table discussion called “Virtua Fighter, Twenty Years Later" (“バーチャファイター/20年後の未来”). Discussion about this event have already started here. We will update this thread with more information as they come. Below is a rough translation of some portions of an article from Famitsu:
The Kurokawa School series are group discussions on topics looking back at video game entertainment history and looking positively in the present day future.
Note: The first part is a translation of Kame's VF5FS Beginner's Blog Post by Modelah. The 'Attacks from Stance' section was written by @VFnumbers, with 'moves that will keep you in stance' added by Modelah.
Years playing Lei-Fei: 11 (note: as of June 2012)
Years as a fighting game cameraman: 2
Lei's Characteristics, Strengths and Weaknesses "Use your unique stances to bring opponents to their knees!"
Lei has 7 unique stances at his disposal, far more than any other character. With a wide range of attacks from these stances the Lei player can create a variety of offensive and defensive patterns to suit his or her playstyle.