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Virtual-On creator Juro Watari has left Sega. On Twitter, Watari revealed that he left the company late last month but added that future plans were not yet decided. The first Virtual-On game was released in the mid-1990s and went on to spawn several sequels. 

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Spartanjohn113
Spartanjohn113

I remember playing Virtual-On at a random mini-arcade in Auburn Hills. A twin-stick mech fighter was mind blowing experience to a 10-year-old. Years later, I tracked down the Sega Saturn twin-stick to play the Dreamcast version. It’s one of my favorite niche accessories and the design just screams early 90's sci-fi in the best possible way.

(picture from https://www.thedreamcastjunkyard.co.uk/2008/07/some-new-controller-bits-and-bobs.html)