Virtua Fighter 5: Passionately Addicted

IGN interviews the Aussie VF champion.

Have you ever loved a game so much that you went out of your way to uncover every square inch, unlock every secret and master each challenge - no matter how mundane and minute? That is the kind of passionate addiction that Mike Abdow succumbs to each day. And what is the game that deals in such overwhelming addiction?

Virtua Fighter 5. And, in fact, the entire series. Mike is a master - a true champion player - a professional competitor in Virtua Fighter on a world-level. His mastery of the game extends to intimate knowledge of every character in the roster, virtually every move the characters can perform, the time it takes to deliver each blow, the best countering moves, and subtle twitch moves that only someone who lives and breathes Virtua Fighter could ever possibly appreciate, let alone properly understand.

IGN sat down with him over a session of Virtua Fighter 5 to discuss the finer points of being a tournament-level gamer, the death of the arcade and the rise of lounge room gaming.

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