I was once told a great urban myth about Sega's greatest visionary, Yu Suzuki, and one of his greatest games, Virtua Fighter. When Tomonobu Itagaki was designing the first Dead or Alive (which ran on Sega's Model 2 hardware), he got Yu Suzuki drunk in an attempt to extract the secrets that made Virtua Fighter so glorious. The legend goes that the AM2 boss spilled the beans, but only half of them. Suzuki kept the most important info to himself and Dead or Alive's fighting system was doomed to an eternal fourth-tier status below Sega and Namco's 3D fighters, despite adhering to the three-button control mandate and a rock/paper/scissors structure that seemed to be Virtua Fighter's key to excellence.
Full hardware backwards compatibility vs. partial hardware vs. software emulation as we witness PS2 VF4 running on three different PlayStation 3s.
Online gaming may be all the rage these days, but it seems not everyone's convinced that it is indeed The Future.