***UPDATE 1 – 2016-07-09 – 01:30 CEST***
I couple of hours ago, I was informed that there was more to the story of Katsuhiro Harada and his “Tekken 7” bikini joke. And, well, that sure wasn´t an exaggeration (not by far). You see, apparently Gav Murphy (IGN´s video producer) started to talk trash about “Tekken 7” and Katsuhiro Harada once he saw Harada´s bikini joke:
And what can I say? It sure seems like IGN are working really hard to bite the hand that feeds (not to mention all the Gamers who have turned their back on IGN since the post of their Feminist Frequency fluff piece). However, I´m far more concerned about what will happen to “Tekken 7” in the West. Especially since rumors has it that the game will most likely be censored outside of Japan (“problematic” games MUST be toned down, in other words. No bikini costumes for the “Tekken” fans in the West…).
I would also love to know why Japanese developers and publishers even care about what SJWs in the West thinks and demands? I mean, they are just a loud minority. Nevertheless, the sad reality is that SJWs are gatekeeping “problematic” and “offending” Japanese game titles in the West. So it´s very likely that “Tekken 7” will be censored in the West (say good-bye to the bikini costumes folks). And “if” that would be the case, then you only have three options really. Buy the censored version, don´t buy the game at all or import the Japanese version of “Tekken 7”.
So, which option will you go for? Me, I´m going to wait and see how all of this unfolds.
As a hardcore “Tekken” fan, I´ve been following the series since the original game got released back in 1995 for PS1 (I played the Japanese version). And I think it´s quite safe to say that there has always existed a very bizarre kind of humor throughout the “Tekken” series. And another thing which I also remember more than well, is the series lewd moments and content (like Anna Williams bath scene in “Tekken 2”, for example). Furthermore, I´m quite sure that the most of us (male as female) remembers the “Tekken 2” bikini calander photos as well? (I sure do :3). Any ways, my point would be this. As the nature (and the core) of the “Tekken” IP has managed to stay pretty much the same since “Tekken 1“. I was quite surprised to see that so many people got angry and upset over one single “Tekken 7” bikini joke by Katsuhiro Harada:
In the matter of fact, things got so bad that Harada decided that it would be better for him to just remove his “Tekken 7” bikini joke from Twitter altogether. As he apparently didn´t feel like he wanted to defend his joke all day long, simply because “some” people get “offended” and “triggered” by everything and nothing. And on a personal level, I think Harada was spot-on with his joke. As there is a whole lot of truth to what he said (SJWs have been a plague to the games industry for years now, demanding censorship, toned-down games and whatnot).
And if you ask me. I find this whole situation with Harada having to remove his joke from Twitter to be pretty messed up. And it actually says quite a lot about the current status of the games industry as well. Because when you can´t even make a joke about some bikinis in a video game without upsetting people so much so, that you have to delete that very joke. Then I think that we´re stuck in a very messed up situation…Well, I don´t know about you, but when I heard about this “incident”. I almost immediately came to think about Sargon of Akkad´s music video “Everything is Sexist“. And I honestly don´t understand why “some” people get some offended and triggered by digital booty either. I mean, the booty isn´t even real. And even if it was, so what? Because we all love booty right? 😉 Oh well, I bet that we´re going to see more bikini rants once “Tekken 7” hits the market in early 2017 (for Windows, PS4 and Xbox One). I just hope that the rumor about the Western version of “Tekken 7” isn´t true (the part about “Tekken 7” not having any bikini costumes). Well, time will tell.
With that said, what´s your take on this matter? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!
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Robin “V-Act” Ek
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