Recently, there have been a slew of GG vids showing a collection of the best moments and craziest combos done in GG matches. They’re pretty cool, and I’m surprised this idea hasn’t been visited upon earlier. Although, it does make me feel like the game really is dying down even more in Japan. You can see the videos after the cut.

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2 new pages

I have added two new pages to the site under the Guilty Gear section. One is Funny Stuff, which is a variety of entertaining Guilty Gear videos ranging from parodies to hilarious match videos. The other is Notable Japanese Players, which is a list of the best Japanese players for each character that show up the most in videos. This is not representative of who the true best Japanese players are, since videos only capture a small fraction of the player base. However, I hope it will be helpful for people in searching for skilled players of various characters in videos.

New direction

The 2010 Guilty Gear video section has now been brought up to date with all the direct downloadable a-cho batch vids that were available. The 10/1 ranbat will be the last a-cho ranbat that will be on this site, since a-cho is now putting all ranbat vids on their zero3japan Youtube account. This is actually pretty good, since the .wmvs that they used to always provide were in low quality, while the zero3japan vids are pretty good quality.

In addition, the purpose of this site has changed. Originally, we wanted Norematch to be a site to archive all the GG match videos that I liked, and provide them for direct download. Eventually, it turned into a site that would completely archive all of the a-cho releases for direct DL. These days, it is very rare for match videos to be direct downloadable, as using video streaming services like Youtube and Nicovideo has proven to be much more convenient, and community oriented. So the new direction of this site will be to archive and link to all notable and major Japanese Guilty Gear tournaments. Whether it be the annual a-cho GG cup, or the multitude of special events that are held around Tougeki time, they will all be linked here. The idea is to have a centralized source of the highest level play of Guilty Gear in videos, as I know from personal experience that while it’s very easy to find match videos online, it’s sometimes hard to find match videos with a good level of play.

GG is done

The Guilty Gear section is finally fully restored! The 2010 video page has been created and brought up to date, and I edited the 2009 page so that Youtube playlists are directly linked now instead of embedding them. Should be a lot more convenient to watch the videos this way.

Even more GG

Aaaaaaand the Guilty Gear videos from 2009 have been added. This video page is easily the biggest out of all of them, with lots of Nicovideo and Youtube links so give it some time to load before trying to scroll.

2009 was a pretty pivotal year for Guilty Gear. For one, the player base of the game took a hit all around the world with the release of BlazBlue in early 2009. Gamechariot, one of the most well known Japanese arcade websites, stopped including GG in their downloadable video sections later in the year. The arcade Tokyo Ranking Fighters(TRF) in Nakano, mainly known for its Hokuto no Ken players, moved its GG commentary team and its players to Takadanobaba Mikado. TRF Guilty Gear for the most part was pretty low to average level by Japanese standards, but the commentary team consisting of Jonio(Johnny), Adam(Slayer) and HAWK/Hoku(Sol) was very well known. Takadanobaba Mikado would then become the main center of the GG scene, hosting 3on3 tournaments every Wednesday.

2009 was also a special year for GG to me as well, since it was the year that Woshige and Shonen finally won Tougeki.