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Opinion: Koei Tecmo Continues to Protect the Image of Dead or Alive
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By now most people know that Dead or Alive has been exploited by a plethora of sniveling con artists out there in the adult entertainment world, and Koei Tecmo has seemingly double downed on getting the police and courts involved with this outrageous idea that people think they can do whatever they want with characters they don't own. Koei Tecmo has "cracked down" on advertisers of adult entertainment using their characters to sell sex and now it's in the form of a body pillow that is in custody.

If we are going to do some pillow-talk here I personally feel no remorse for the individual(s) arrested for this case. Stop using DOA unethically and unauthorized as your hobby horse to get money and get a real job or career like everyone else! If you don't want to work at Koei Tecmo, use your skills with the franchises they create for proper content creations that are within the means...
Celebrity Joe Rogan Plays DOA with his Daughter & Thinks Marie Rose is Hot
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Sometimes the title says it all, but it's hard not to mention someone classified as a worldwide celebrity that thinks your game is awesome, and this is the case for Joe Rogan and Dead or Alive. Now I'm sure his daughter doesn't play competitively, but she does beat up her dad with Marie Rose! Joe Rogan went as far as to say that Marie Rose is "hot as fuck." The good news for Rogan here is that Marie Rose is eighteen years old, but the bad news for him is they are a bit far off in age. 37 years a part to be more precise.


Ivana of the DOA community posted the Tweet this morning confriming the statement from the Joe Rogan Podcast, and I personally couldn't help but chuckle at his description of the moves and character. I'm sure playing the game with his daughter is a memory he enjoys, and I found it touching myself. His daughter could have chosen a more popular fighting game like Tekken or Street...
Dead or Alive Tournament Winter 2023 Schedule
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Dead or Alive has shown some sparks of life lately, and it will be making a comeback to the offline scene to kick off a promising 2023. Outside of our regular Hoodless Weekly in North America and MIKADO Channel 4 Tournaments in Japan we haven't seen a lot of activity for our mainstay fighting series, but this looks to change next month with two huge offline tournaments for Dead or Alive 6 and appearances from classics such as Dead or Alive 2: Ultimate and Dead or Alive 3 ++ to keep you thoroughly entertained.

The biggest reveal is from Big E Gaming who announced the return of Dead or Alive 6 at Winter Brawl. Dead or Alive 6 is being featured at Winter Brawl as a main game (at this point in time) and the tournament will take place at Double Tree hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ March 18th. We will announce further details as they come to us including Registration Link, Event Time & Tournament Pools. Another big announcement is that Dead or Alive...
DOA6: Arcade Tournament Streaming from MIKADO Channel 4
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Happy Holidays! Over the past year Dead or Alive 6: Arcade has been making a comeback in Japan not only with the number of people playing, but also increased viewership and interest due to efforts of the Japanese DOA community & Mikado Channel 4 Arcade. They hosted a fun and free tournament for Intermediate and Beginners and their regular monthly tournament. Mr. Kurogane is the regular Kula Diamond player, and his professionally organized tournaments are streamed on a separate Mikado Channel.


The Mikado Game Center promotes Dead or Alive 6: Arcade on a weekly basis streaming the players that come by to show off their skills and with monthly events. They stream on YouTube and save the VODs for your viewing pleasure. We are in the process of getting names of the players that show up regularly so we...
Master Live at XBOX & Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Pre-Order Bonuses Explained
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DOA Super NINJA and Community Manager, Master streamed live from Seattle on the official XBOX channel for the promotion of Team NINJA's Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty. He will also be answering questions so it might be a good time to express those; whatever they may be. If you're interested in playing Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, please continue to read this article for the examination of pre-order DLC images and builds that will correspond with these exclusive armor pieces.


Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is coming out March 3rd of 2023 and Team NINJA has announced their pre-order packages for this masterpiece in the making. There have been many video game news giants that have posted the names of the DLC and the packages for sale, but very few that have seen or shown the images of the armor and given a detailed explanation on what they could possibly do. You may have missed the demo; you might be wondering which armor piece...
TEKKEN 8 Borrows Mechanics from the Dead or Alive Franchise
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While more recent titles from Team NINJA such as: the anticipated Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty & critically acclaimed Nioh have not seen a lot of environment gameplay it has always been at the heart of Dead or Alive since the 90s and now TEKKEN 8 is borrowing various elements from its long-term rival.

Harada has also made sure to mention early on that this mechanic is not just for visual flair but will expand the stages as well and that environments will also play a vital role in the gameplay itself like DOA always has. What other fighters can you mention that have gone out of their way to go the extra mile with visual design and scale of a level?

This sort of inspiration makes the community wonder if we will see a special guest Dead or Alive character such as Kasumi or Ryu Hayabusa someday. Fans of both series have wanted to see some type of collaboration for years and with announcements like this, we could be edging closer to that; not to say it...
Player-Made DOA6++ Gets First Update
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If you haven't already, be sure to take a look at the Dead or Alive 6 ++ Beta for Steam players, and if you have played before, update your game with the first update for completely new changes. There have been many discoveries made already by casuals and professionals alike, but this controversial take on a controversial game continues to be met with a mixed reception as it continues its beta phase. You are completely free to have your opinion, but please be respectful of one another's work and inspire @Rev_an with constructive criticism and feedback.

Anyone that liked Dead or Alive: Dimensions is in for a real treat as moves from the game continue to break into the mold of Dead or Alive 6. To me this is one of the more interesting components of Dead or Alive 6 ++. To give us elements we haven't experienced with the game before.


And this one might interest players like...
FSD Matt Ponton is First to SS Dead or Alive 2: Ultimate
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Through the Insignia client, FSD's Matt Ponton was the first person on the planet to SS the refreshed Dead or Alive 2: Ultimate leaderboard via XBOX Live on the original XBOX. Some players are making strides to beat his rank, but it only took this professional player less than two days to get the coveted SS title. Matt Ponton is no joke when it comes to the older titles of DOA and him and Rikuto are among the most dangerous men in DOA2 and DOA3 respectively.


Can you compete with his score? Watch his performance in the VOD provided and follow Ponton at Twitch for more great content. Learn more about setting up your original XBOX to LIVE at our official Insignia newspost and also read and...
Dead or Alive 2: The New 28 (Dreamcast Mod Series)
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Hello there, here's the real background history on how this all came together.

The Final, The Prequel, The Vanilla Timelines dubbed The New 42.

Wishful Mags, End The 28, Code Chronus, Action 28, All Bets Are Off, Vanilla Bonkers, 42 O'Clock, The New 42, Dive The 42, Fiction Of Life & Cursed Danger we truly are in the Prime Of This Series!

History is important, Real Knowledge is important and Archiving is also very important!

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Way way way back around beginning off 2010, there was a certain Dead or Alive 2 mod available for the Dreamcast. Little did I know about modding myself. I'd read up on who was behind this golden treasure who was behind "Ultimate Edition"? His name was Mr. Green Ranger. After tracking him down on his YouTube channel. I questioned everything I could about the game. What should we all get playable for the next big mod update! Okay he was kind enough to answer me back to all my burning questions back then.

We...
Team NINJA is Planning to Reboot Dead or Alive and NINJA Gaiden
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Some breaking news has been released today during Team NINJA's keynote at the South Korea G-Star conference by Fumihiko Yasuda that Dead or Alive and NINJA Gaiden reboots will be the future of the company after the release of Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty & Rise of Ronin. The final image presented in the breaking story has been translated by key individuals in our community including @WAZAAAAA and @Matt Ponton respectively:


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Team NINJA's Future - Reboot of Popular Series - Images of NINJA Gaiden & Dead or Alive

There is a lot of information in this story, and we will break all of it down here at Free Step Dodge, but this looks like extremely positive evidence of a future and now is probably not...
First DOA2U XBOX LIVE Online Fights in Almost 13 Years
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The Insignia client for the original XBOX released today, and because of this, Matt Ponton was able to stream the first Dead or Alive 2: Ultimate online matches to happen on the original XBOX LIVE in almost thirteen years. Ponton selected Jann Lee to fight Echo's Ayane in a yellow bar online match, and surprisingly, this faceoff seemed smooth for a yellow bar quality bout.

Please stay tuned for more quality streaming from Matt Ponton. Give him a follow at Twitch as he is streaming the game at its highest possible quality and he's also very polite and helpful for players trying to setup their consoles to the service. Remember you must first get an invite by signing up at Insignia's site. There are further instructions at their official website to help you on your quest back to this incredible Team NINJA experience.

Ponton plans on streaming more later today and/or...
Koei Tecmo Will Continue to Utilize Day 1 Game Pass for AAA Titles
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Segment Next recently released a very informative and promising article featuring head of Team NINJA president Fumihiko Yasuda that entails financial objectives of the company moving forward after the release of Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty next year. Before I even get started with this one, I would just like to state my opinion: Fumihiko Yasuda is the strongest and most interesting president Team NINJA has had since Tomonobu Itagaki. I love almost everything that comes out of this guy's mouth, and he's shown he cares about his player base maybe even more than Itagaki himself.

Koei Tecmo has also made massive improvements to how they conduct themselves, to how they treat their players and are working harder at giving them what they want. They are worth more money than they ever have been, they've...
Emery Reigns Supports DOA6++ Provides Short Install Guide
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Long-time professional DOA content creator, Emery Reigns is in full support of upgrading your purchased copy of Dead or Alive 6 to the fan-made and community driven take of Dead or Alive 6 ++. The mod is incredibly easy to install, but if you have a visual preference of learning check out his help video to get yourself upgraded!


This is a short update for everyone, but it's great to see endorsements coming out from big names of the community, and even if DOA6++ is not your cup of tea; if you've held onto DOA6 for this long you might as well peruse the patch notes and give it a shot. Update your game to Public Beta 2022.10.29 today!
DOA Player 1st to Solo Flawless Team NINJA's Gilgamesh
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Master NINJA Ryu is an Italian DOA player that organizes DOA tournaments and also specializes in other Team NINJA games such as the NINJA Gaiden franchise and Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin; Team NINJA's epic take on the classic Final Fantasy title. When Master NINJA Ryu plays a Team NINJA game, he takes aim at it and gives the game his full attention as proven with his recent achievement: being the first to defeat Team NINJA's take on Final Fantasy super boss - Gilgamesh without taking any damage at all.





This Final Fantasy title has the magic of Square and the gameplay polish of Team NINJA. DOA purists such as Destruction Bomb have gone as far to say that there are some DOA gameplay incorporations to Origin, and it shows that Team NINJA will always have a signature...
Download for Dead or Alive 6 ++ Beta
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If you're interested in playing an alternative Dead or Alive 6 on PC, you might enjoy trying out the beta for Dead or Alive 6 ++ a community project that puts the game mechanics in the hands of the fighters. This feels a lot like a DOA remix including: DOA4 stances, DOAD moves, insane damage buffs, the removal of the meter and all kinds of other possibilities that were never possible before. So far it has received strong support from Zakkurye (who already wants to do tournaments for it) and Emery Reigns is also giving DOA6 ++ some attention highlighting character changes on live stream.

Latest Dead or Alive 6 ++ Build

The latest build for DOA6 ++ is the Public Beta 2022.10.29 and now is the most important time to update and play for community feedback purposes so that players have the best...
Killy Defeats Hoodless & Wins KIT 2022
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'Kumite in Tennesse 2022' felt like a classic Dead or Alive offline tournament where the quality of matches stood out beyond anything else, but the talent, improvement of existing talent, standout new players and a grand finale that tells a story between two of the best fighters to ever play the game intensified everything. Viewership on Twitch was reassuring to people that thought DOA was completely dead in the water, engagement was certainly there in the chat and the general consensus of this tournament from the community seemed to be extremely positive. This is a great change in comparison to performances and viewership of DOA6 last year and will hopefully remain a constant as we move forward with 'Frosty Faustings' and other tournaments next year.

Winner & Loser Bracket Highlights


:mila: Memphis Legends vs Sub Boy :kokoro: :ayane:

For a while now there has been some hype circulating over what Sub...
Dead or Alive: Ultimate Online will be Revived for the original XBOX
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The original Dead or Alive: Ultimate is returning to XBOX LIVE on your original XBOX console through the free Insignia service releasing November 15th of 2022. This service will host 20 original XBOX games online at launch including mega hits such as Conker Live & Reloaded & Crimson Skies. The Insignia service is currently invitation only and you can register your email for a chance to join. We received our invitation within two days of requesting.

Insignia will always be free, and as long as your system has the current update and you are given an invitation from Insignia, it should be very easy to set yourself up to play DOAU again online on your original XBOX. Your ranking and leaderboard scores will be refreshed so the reboot of both games online can be seen as a clean slate and an equal playing field for the community.

If your XBOX system is modded you will be able to use Insignia, and there are convenient...
DOA6 Offline Fights Return to North America at Frosty Faustings XV
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After KIT 2022 Dead or Alive 6 will return to the offline scene next year at Frosty Faustings XV coming off another long hiatus. Lombard, Illinois will be the fighting grounds of this tournament and the dates to save for this event will be February 3rd-4th of 2023. You will need to purchase a Spectator Pass to compete in this tournament and you will have until mid-January to do so.

There are not a lot of DOA events at this point in time, so hopefully the community sees it as something special and will register. If enough players register that will increase the amount of stream time our game will get at professional level, and this is of course always important.

Here is the official Frosty Faustings XV registration link (once again you will only need the Spectator Pass as this is a side tournament), and the official page for...
President Fumihiko Yasuda Positive About Existing Team NINJA IPs
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Notice for the readers: this news story does not confirm Dead or Alive 7 or a new iteration of Dead or Alive 6. The story does however imply great possibility for a future.

Video Games Chronicle's latest interview with Team NINJA studios president Fumihiko Yasuda was extremely revealing about the future for existing IPs, and while he was there primarily to do a collaborative interview with Bloodborne producer Maasaki Yamagiwa, he went out of his way to allude heavily in his dialogue that he cares about existing franchises and wants to do something when the timing is right like any other project they do at Team NINJA.

President Yasuda's delivery in this interview was well-thought, well-spoken, enjoyable to read, transparent and he has the best composure for press interviews we have seen from Team NINJA in over a decade. He controlled...
The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of Bass Armstrong as told by Awesmic
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Awesmic's storytelling ability and lore videos for the Dead or Alive franchise have been a refreshing take on series content and have kept things engaging for players waiting patiently for the possibility of a new game or updated DOA6. One of his more recent videos was all about the incredible professional wrestler, Bass Armstrong, and while some overlook his character; Bass is one of the more complex fighters on the DOA roster. The relationship between father and daughter is something that's often overlooked in games, and the story between Bass & Tina tells it realistically.


To no surprise, Matt Ponton contributed to this story, and when you take a great storyteller like Awesmic and combine it with Ponton's knowledge on the character - it's going to be a complete take. The story of Bass couldn't have been told any better. Though it would be nice to know who won between Bass and Brad Wong in the Dead or Alive 4...
Koei Tecmo & Team NINJA at TGS 2022 Live-Stream
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Team NINJA has made some pretty big announcements concerning their latest games at this year's Tokyo Game Show. As expected, Dead or Alive 7 was not one of the games shown in the four plus hours of stream time. With that being said, the new Team NINJA games lead by Fumihiko Yasuda look very good and could serve as masterful time-burners for the community while we wait for another fighter. If another fighter even happens.

The first of the two new Team NINJA IPs shown is Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty (announced initially at E3) and the game might be just another Nioh for some, but it's coming to Game Pass and XBOX, a platform that has yet to get a title like Nioh from Team NINJA. They released a surprise demo for the game on Playstation 5 & XBOX Series S|X and this will be available for around a week, which makes this a great time to give your feedback on Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty to Team NINJA...

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