3:45 AM by Reno
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Katagiri's Blog #69

Hey everyone, this is D.K.

Since the Final Showdown location test started, we've been receiving many demands from people that they want to see more videos, so to answer our fans, we've put together this special video, please take a look!

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VF5 Final Showdown Trailer #2

Around the 30 second mark of the video, you'll see that Jacky's Middle Spin Kick (b, f+K+G) is blocked by Sarah, but Jacky's kick is actually stopped by the block. For those who have played Virtua Fighter for a long time, there's no doubt they'll notice that and think "That's just like Virtua Fighter 3!", but we're...
1:19 AM by Reno
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First Final Showdown Location Test Announced
Sega has announced that starting today, VF5 Final Showdown will be on test in the following locations until July 7th (Wednesday)

Ikebukuro GIGO
Club Sega Akihabara
Club Sega Shinjuku West Exit

After the location test is finished, the game will continue to be on play at the Shinjuku location only. This news is troubling because Sega has only been holding location tests in the Tokyo area (the most popular area for VF) for the past several years, and has not given the rest of the country a chance to play the game, which is the complete opposite of what Capcom, Examu and other companies have done with their recent releases.

I will be in Tokyo at the end of July, so any gameplay movies and impressions will have to wait until then. Fortunately, there should be some gameplay videos floating around starting tomorrow, so be on the lookout for them in the usual places.

11:44 AM by Reno
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Twitter Support for Final Showdown!

Sega has announced on the official Virtua Fighter page that the upcoming Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown will be officially supporting Twitter, making it the first arcade game in Japan to make use of the popular service. Twitter has been extremely popular in Japan, with 16% of Japanese internet users using the service, and has recently dethroned the popular mixi as the #1 service in the country.

By creating a Twitter account and linking it to your VF.net account (via PC or cellphone), your Twitter account will be automatically updated when you are playing. Also, if you are viewing VF.net and look up a certain player, you can automatically add them to your Twitter following list if they have a Twitter account registered and visible (of course, you can set it to invisible if you wish). Not only that, but since you can look up recent players you’ve encountered with VF.net already,...
3:37 PM by Myke
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Virtua Dojo Movie Database

Kamaage of vfdojo.net has worked very hard at providing the VF community with a database of VF5R competition and tournament matches! With this excellent resource you can search for your favourite player by their Ring Name in English!

For more information, check out the Virtua Dojo Movie Database thread.

Official link » vfdojo.net Movie Database
3:32 PM by Myke
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On the 19th of May 2010 Kamaage received an official reply in the mail from SEGA in regards to our petition to port the latest version of Virtua Fighter to console.

For a translation of SEGA's reply, head over to the SEGA Replies to the Console Petition thread.
1:59 PM by Myke
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VF5FS Coming Soon!

Announced in the developer diary on the Official Virtua Fighter Site was a further look into the upcoming release of Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, likely to be hitting Japanese game centers very soon.

This diary entry includes a demo VF5FS movie, broadcast on SEGA's YouTube channel, which showcases many new moves and gameplay elements.

The question on everyone's lips is, of course, will this see light of day on a console? Here's hoping!

» Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Discussion
4:25 PM by Myke
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Thank You VFDC!

This is an official two-part thankyou message to all members of VFDC.

The Console Petition
Firstly, thank you to all members that assisted with the Console Petition. You'll be pleased to hear that VFDC, combined with kamaage's contribution from vfdojo.net, produced a petition exceeding 500 pages!

As a sign of thanks, kamaage enlisted Homestay Akira's help to provide some pointers to the community on how one can improve in VF. In what hopefully turns out to be an ongoing series, Chapter 1 in Homestay Akira's Virtua Education is titled The Road to Becoming Strong. Check it out!

The Gift
Last, but not least, I want to personally thank everyone involved for the wonderful gift and donation sent to me recently. I...