Tekken director fed up with avoiding possible offenses with his characters
Katsuhiro Harada is the main face of the Tekken series, a name recognized among the fighting game community and one of the most communicative creators of video games.
Through Twitter, Harada talks daily with his fans and in addition to constant complaints, he occasionally receives requests and demonstrations of support for his work.
Recently, Harada was praised by a fan who also left him a request, a character of Viking origin in Tekken, something that triggered a pertinent response from him.
The Japanese creator confessed that nowadays it is necessary to be very careful with the characters that are created because we live in an era in which a simple outfit can offend someone.
However, he says he is tired of thinking about what people are going to say about what he creates.
“I would like to challenge myself in a design with this theme. However, we are at a time when the challenge is very high,” said Harada.
“There are people who complain about character design, saying, ‘This is stereotype!‘”
Harada added that even the smallest detail could be criticized and become an offense to someone, resulting in controversy and attacks on his creativity.
“Individual identity will become homogenized. Perhaps everyone in the world should only wear T-shirts and denim hunts. Sweaters must be clean, with nothing on them. If there is a design, it can offend someone, right?“
“I am very tired of trying to avoid causing possible harm,” concluded Harada.
Harada has previously commented on this issue and shared his concerns about current trends and how creativity is increasingly subject to fear certain reactions – especially after the revelation of some Tekken 7 characters, such as Julia.
The individual (or culture) identity will become homogenized. Perhaps everyone around the world should just wear T-shirts and jeans. The shirts should be plain, with nothing on it. If there is a design, it could offend someone somewhere, right? (Continue) https://t.co/ZjBlLSpKos
– Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN) March 5, 2019 Manage cookie settings