April 15, 2024

Nobody likes loss of life threats or in any other case intimidating remarks that threaten violence. Such feedback are callous, dehumanizing, pointless, unproductive, and do nothing for anybody. Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada made that expressly clear, telling people to not ask him for shit if all they’re going to do is ship warning photographs.

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Harada has been related to Bandai Namco’s long-running 3D combating recreation franchise since its 1994 inception, beginning out as a voice actor for characters like Bruce Lee-clone Marshall Legislation and roboninja Yoshimitsu earlier than turning into a director of Tekken 3 and government producer of Tekken 6. Now Tekken 8 is on the horizon, with Harada serving because the director of the upcoming brawl-em-up. Forward of its nonetheless unannounced launch, the final installment made an look at this yr’s Evolution Championship Collection (EVO) match. It was an enormous occasion, the largest the competitors has seen to this point, crammed with heartfelt moments and melting equipment. However not lengthy after its conclusion, which got here with its justifiable share of game-related bulletins, Harada allegedly discovered himself on the receiving finish of some actually pointless threats of violence.

Harada: Threatening builders leads nowhere good

Harada tweeted on August 9 a screenshot of somebody saying they’ll hit him “with a burning hammer” if longtime Tekken capoeira fighter Eddy Gordo doesn’t seem in Tekken 8. See, though the sport’s not out but, a leaked roster has led people to imagine the sport shall be lacking varied characters, Eddy being one in all them. Different mainstays that aren’t on the purported record embrace the aforementioned Yoshimitsu, fairly boy boxer Steve, and demon hottie Satan Jin, which if true, is a bummer. However once more, the sport doesn’t also have a launch date but, and the information is unconfirmed. That hasn’t stopped people from saying they’ll damage Harada.

“When folks make these foolish threats,” Harada mentioned on X (previously Twitter), “I and everybody [in the fighting game community suffers] the next losses.”

The primary “loss,” he wrote, is that due to these threats of violence, occasion organizers overreact and enhance safety, which raises each working prices and attendee anxiousness. If the menace is unhealthy sufficient, the occasion will even ask Harada to cancel his look. One other is that “firm founders, board members, and legal professionals” dislike intimidation techniques, and should in the end immediate them to cancel the inclusion of an asked-for character who was beforehand deliberate to seem.

“By fanatics behaving excessively, repeating these phrases and actions, or Faux data and hoaxes, or Threats, the motivation of the event workers will lower quickly,” Harada mentioned in conclusion. “And consequently, the requests of fanatics shall be removed from being realized.”

In the long run, Harada summarized his level saliently with a single quote retweet, referencing a t-shirt he as soon as infamously wore to a Tekken match:

“Don’t ask me for shit,” he wrote.

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Kotaku reached out to Bandai Namco and Harada for remark.


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