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Namco Boss Harada Fires Back At Demanding Tekken Fans

Some say it's just consumers asking for something. ...others say there's a whole lot of whining going on.

One veteran developer is done with avid Tekken fans constantly asking for original voice actors and audio samples from the franchise's 18-year history to be included in the upcoming and anticipated Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

That developer is Namco Bandai head man Katsuhiro Harada, who was finally forced to speak out, explaining why it's illogical and unreasonable to use the audio from the original PlayStation productions. Obviously, his tolerance level is a little strained:

"I have something I want to say to the people who spam me with requests to 'switch back (or bring back) to the voice actors used previously... I believe that, before whining and complaining about everything, you need practice at taking a step back and analyzing things objectively. And also at being an adult.

The Tekken series has continued for 17 years. The development environment, as well as the environment in which you all play games, has changed. There are so many characters, and we can't keep using the same voice actors every time, for a variety of reasons."

Harada did say that TTT2 fighters that "comply with some requests" will be revealed, but he won't be dealing with those who continue to be hostile and demanding. In fact, some of that attitude must've rubbed off on the boss man, who finishes his lengthy blog post as follows:

"I can't continue to engage the negative ones that, without knowing what you are talking about, or even thinking about what you are saying, blindly repeat 'bring back, bring back, bring back…' After this lengthy explanation, I will be quite surprised if there are still people who still don't get it. Thanks for understanding or not understanding. Whatever."

Not being a huge Tekken fan myself, I refrain from comment. But unreasonable and attitude-laden gamer complaints do seem to be an ongoing trend in this generation...either the immaturity level is rising or the immature few are really making the rest of us look bad.

Related Game(s): Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Tags: tekken tag tournament 2, tekken tag tournament, ttt2, namco

6/26/2012 9:04:59 PM John Shepard

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Comments (20 posts)

LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 10:01:18 PM
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Not being a huge Tekken fan myself, I will force on all of you my opinion on this.

I find it hilarious that there are people complaining about the voice work to the point that the developer of the game had to release a statement laced with "FFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!". It's a fighting game, big deal!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 10:09:35 PM

I find it hilarious that people rage out of control if Japanese voices aren't included in games.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 10:12:57 PM

I agree, as much J-pop that I listen to I've yet to be able to stand Japanese voice work in my videogames. It usually comes across far too over the top to take serious IMO.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 10:08:46 PM
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So mix in the old samples and make them options, what a baby.

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Nas Is Like
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 10:12:25 PM
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lol @ the "Whatever" at the end, that just topped it off for me.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 11:05:06 PM

"Whatevs" would have been even better :)

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Temjin001
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 11:09:23 PM
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I just want someone to tell me why Heihachi (my favorite fighter) looks like a queer now. Answers?

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VampDeLeon
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 11:37:52 PM

It's a throwback to his original look in Tekken 1 and 2

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YashaZz
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 11:54:05 PM

My soul cries with you, Temjin.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 1:03:07 AM

do throwbacks include a full head of hair?
I want old baldy!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 11:50:43 PM
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Am I the only one who enjoyed the CG movie?

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 12:33:54 AM

You might be the only one that watched it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 1:12:59 AM

haha

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berserk
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 8:32:51 AM

No , i liked it too , nothing special but just like the tekken movie it was still fun to watch .

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YashaZz
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 11:54:53 PM
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Cool. I'll just wait for Tekken 7.

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eLLeJuss
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 12:39:41 AM
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lol! He fed the trolls. Good man though. speaks the truth

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Kall555
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 1:47:27 AM
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Good man that Harada is. His twitter was flooded with cries for Kunimitsu, Michelle & Angel & the fans got what they wanted.

When voice over work is an issue for a fighting game,you know the fans are getting way too carried away. TTT2 as of right now could be the best Tekken since Tekken 3. It's got all the fan fave characters, the tag team mechanic which was much loved & full CG movies for all characters. That has gotta be alot of CG movies right there. All this needs now is a solid customization set & this game will be complete imo.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 2:12:02 AM
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There are far bigger issues with modern Tekken than the soundtrack (Juggling and it's anime appeal within the last 2 games.) But I have to admire him for telling back at the fans, after the ME3 fiasco it's got to the point where they need to be told quite frankly.

No, I really do have great respect for him for this. Fans should not have the right to bully developers over the internet like they have been this gen. The internet game them and they have abused it. Of course that does not stand for every gamer nor anyone on here from what I have seen, but let's be honest you look at the boards on IGN, it's easy to see why people look down on the gaming community.

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___________
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 5:54:15 AM
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ill never understand why some are so picky with voice acting!
like the complaints that the guy who stars sam fisher is not staring him in blacklist.
and the sh*t hit the fan!
as ubisoft said the guys a old man now you cant have him leaping across the mo-cap studio!
i couldent care less what my characters sound like, as long as they have the same personality and feel like the characters i could not care less!

like the backlash when sucker punch revealed coles new look.
like really?
your crying me a river because the guy looks different?
or dantes new due.
i could understand if they changed the personality and characteristics of the character, but the look and sound jesus f*cking christ get a life!
drives me nuts how people cry over spilt milk these days!
like michael iornside not playing sam fisher is like the biggest tragedy ever befallen the world!

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saintaqua
Saturday, June 30, 2012 @ 9:25:52 PM
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I agree with him. Making reasonable requests is good but demanding this and that without any consideration is stupid and immature.
I meet people who say they'll refuse to buy a game because the original voice actors aren't present or if it's a remake because they fixed translation errors.
Just make me a good game is all I ask. By the way...Soul Calibur 5 is a perfect example of how NOT to make a game for consoles. That story mode was terrible. And I will stand by that until it's fixed. Though I won't hold my breath.

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