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Lucky Chloe

Harada was joking, Lucky Chloe is still in Tekken 7


Kanzen
Jan 05
// Chris Carter
Recently, Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada announced that an idol-themed character named Lucky Chloe would be making it into Tekken 7. People complained, and Harada noted that instead, US fans would get a Chuck Norris-ty...
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Tekken 7

Tekken 7 producer reveals Shaheen, a Middle Eastern fighter


He looks like he's from Soul Calibur
Jan 01
// Chris Carter
Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada has announced a brand new fighter for Tekken 7 -- Shaheen. He's a newcomer to the series, and happens to be Middle Eastern. His creation was hinted earlier this year, and was spurred by Ha...
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Hahahahaha

Tekken 7 lead annoyed you don't like the catgirl so she's Asia/Europe-exclusive


'Hello small world. I'll make muscular & skinhead character for you'
Dec 09
// Steven Hansen
Yesterday, Tekken 7 revealed a new character with cat ears and a Japanese pop idol aesthetic designed by Fire Emblem: Awakening and No More Heroes character artist Yusuke Kozaki. Our own Destructoid's...
KAWAII~~~ photo
KAWAII~~~

Nya! Good god, Tekken 7's Lucky Chloe is anime as hell


Kawaii new character
Dec 08
// Steven Hansen
I have a strong urge to get very, very good at Tekken 7 and just piss off (mostly western) players by beating them endlessly with this stupid cat girl. 
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Tekken

This Tekken 20th anniversary video brings me back


Fond memories of volleyball
Dec 08
// Chris Carter
I still remember the first time I played Tekken. I never really got into Virtua Fighter until the fourth iteration, but as soon as Tekken was available on the first PlayStation, I was obsessed. Over the years I enj...
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Virtual reality

Shake your head 'yes' to this footage of the Tekken team's Project Morpheus game


Summer Lesson
Dec 02
// Jordan Devore
"What did you do this summer?" I always hated that first-day-back-at-school question. Perhaps the children of the future can answer, "Well, the heat outside made me fell all melty so I just stayed indoors all summer and hung...
Tekken 7 photo
Tekken 7

Tekken 7 shows off Claudio and Katarina


Arcade opening
Nov 12
// Chris Carter
I've always had a soft spot for Tekken. Although the name doesn't carry as much weight these days, I still get excited at the prospect of playing as Yoshimitsu or another classic character while I pick up the new systems. Ba...
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Pokkén Tournament

Pokémon fighting game coming to arcades first for 'the challenge'


Arcades are like training mode for fighting games
Oct 18
// Jonathan Holmes
The announcement of Pokkén Tournament came as a surprise to most of us. We knew some sort of Pokémon fighter was coming, but the news that Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada was in charge was an awe...
Pokkén Tournament photo
Pokkén Tournament

Bandai Namco is making Pokkén Tournament with older fans in mind


Did you ever secretly play Pokémon?
Oct 16
// Jordan Devore
I get the sinking feeling it'll be a good long while before we get our hands on Pokkén Tournament, Bandai Namco's Pokémon fighting game for arcades (and probably Wii U). Until then, here's another quote about th...
Summer Lesson photo
Summer Lesson

Tekken team working on Morpheus game for PS4


Summer Lesson, a 'communication game'
Sep 01
// Steven Hansen
Along with the Pokemon fighting game Pokken Tournament, Katsuhiro Harada and the Tekken team are working on a game for Sony's virtual reality hat Morpheus. Summer Lesson is a PS4 game billed as a "communication game." We'll bring you more, hands and eyes on time in a couple weeks at Tokyo Game Show.
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Pokkén Tournament

Namco's Pokémon fighter won't have Tekken characters


Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada responds to fans
Aug 26
// Steven Hansen
The Pokémon Company announced Pokkén Tournament today, a fighting game developed by Bandai Namco and the Tekken team. Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada responded to Twitter questions...
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Pokkén Tournament coming to arcades in 2015
The Pokémon Company just announced Pokkén Tournament, a fighting game developed by Bandai Namco and the Tekken team. The announcement came via livestream, with The Pokémon Company presiden...

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Tekken X Street Fighter

Namco: Tekken X Street Fighter isn't canceled, so please relax


It just doesn't sound like it's happening any time soon either
Jul 27
// Kyle MacGregor
Tekken X Street Fighter is still a thing that's happening, according to statements issued by Bandai Namco producer Katsuhiro Harada at this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con. The crossover fighting game is "still in developm...
Tekkon-kinkreet photo
Tekkon-kinkreet

Tekken 7 extended trailer is twice as overdramatic


I love Heihachi...and he loves me
Jul 25
// Steven Hansen
I can't believe Liam Neeson has already made seven of these. There was a trailer for this recently, but this Comic-Con trailer is twice and long, therefore twice as good. You can say, "It's not about the length of the trailer, it's how you use it" all you like, but it's a half truth.  Also, please never say Heihachi again.
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Also, Raiden gets even more annoying moves
For whatever reason, AOL accidentally let the cat out of the bag about Tekken 7, which is going to be running on Unreal Engine 4, and now we have a big ol' trailer for the game. Meanwhile, in a different game about guys with dumb hair hitting each other, Raiden has been revealed for Mortal Kombat X, and he seems to have a very loose understanding of what thunder can and can't block out.

EVO 2014 recap: Here's who won

Jul 14 // Jordan Devore
Ultra Street Fighter IV [embed]278083:54883:0[/embed] Grand Final: Louffy vs. Bonchan 1. MD|Luffy (Rose) 2. Bonchan (Sagat) 3. RZR|Fuudo (Fei Long) 4. RG|Snake Eyez (Zangief) 5. RZR|Gackt (Fei Long) 5. EG|Ricky Ortiz (Rufus, Rolento) 7. EG|Momochi (Ken, Juri) 7. HORI|Sako (Ibuki, Evil Ryu, Elena, Gen) Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 [embed]278083:54885:0[/embed] Grand Final: Justin Wong vs. Chris G 1. EG|Justin Wong (Wolverine, Storm, Akuma) 2. GG|NYChrisG (Morrigan, Dr. Doom, Vergil | Others) 3. RG|Filipino Champ (Magneto, Dormammu, Dr. Doom | Others) 4. CTRL|RayRay (Magneto, Dr. Doom, Sentinel) 5. RG|Flocker (Zero, Vergil, Hawkeye | Others) 5. Jan (Hulk, Shuma-Gorath, Haggar | Others) 7. MRN|Marn (Zero, Vergil, Strider) 7. BIFU|Insaynne (Nova, Spencer, Dr. Doom) Super Smash Bros. Melee [embed]278083:54884:0[/embed] Grand Final: Mango vs. Hungrybox 1. C9|Mango (Falco, Fox) 2. Crs|Hungrybox (Jigglypuff, Fox, Falco) 3. EMP|Armada (Peach, Young Link) 4. EG|PPMD (Falco, Marth) 5. EMP|Mew2King (Marth, Sheik) 5. MOR|Axe (Pikachu) 7. Fly Amanita (Ice Climbers) 7. GC|Silent Wolf (Fox) Killer Instinct [embed]278083:54886:0[/embed] Grand Final: CDJR vs. Rico Suave 1. RM|CD Jr. (Sadira) 2. RG|Rico Suave (Thunder, Glacius, Jago, Sabrewulf, Fulgore) 3. EG|Justin Wong (Sabrewulf) 4. Gutter Magic (Thunder) 5. TSwagg (Sadira) 5. IC|MyGod88 (Sabrewulf) 7. Pretty E (Orchid) 7. Mr. Grimmmz (Jago) BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma [embed]278083:54892:0[/embed] Grand Final: Garireo vs. Dogura 1. Garireo (Litchi) 2. Dogura (Azrael) 3. BE|DoraBang (Bang) 4. Yoshiki (v-13-) 5. Tiku (Tager) 5. N-O (Rachel) 7. Tochigin (Azrael) 7. SG (Litchi) The King of Fighters XIII [embed]278083:54887:0[/embed] Grand Final: Xiao Hai vs. Tokido 1. Qanba|Xiao Hai (EX Iori, Mr. Karate, Kim) 2. MCZ|Tokido (EX Iori, Chin, Mr. Karate) 3. LDA|ET (Clark, Mr. Karate, EX Iori | Others) 4. CafeID|MadKOF (Duo Lon, Daimon, Kim) 5. Woo (King, Takuma, Kim) 5. TC|Yoshi (EX Kyo, Benimaru, Shen | Others) 7. VGM|Misterio (Yuri, Saiki, King) 7. TC|Chris KOF (Duo Lon, Iori, Shen) Injustice: Gods Among Us [embed]278083:54888:0[/embed] Grand Final: Pig of the Hut vs. Sonic Fox 1. RG|Sonic Fox (Batgirl) 2. AK|Pig of the Hut (Zod) 3. IC|Mit88 (Deathstroke, Batgirl, Aquaman) 4. GGA|PimPimJim (Hawkgirl, Raven, Shazam) 5. EMPR|Noobe (Doomsday) 5. IC|DJT88 (Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, Doomsday) 7. GGA|16-bit (Catwoman) 7. FRQ|Emperor Theo (Aquaman) Tekken Tag Tournament 2 [embed]278083:54889:0[/embed] Grand Final: JDCR vs. Gen 1. Twitch|JDCR (Heihachi, Armor King) 2. Twitch|Gen Kids (Bob, Leo) 3. BE|Ao (Alisa, Miguel) 4. Jimmy J Tran (Bryan, Dragunov) 5. ATL|HOA (JACK-6, P-JACK) 5. Inkognito (Bryan, Bob) 7. JustFrameJames (Marshall Law, Yoshimitsu) 7. BMNS-13 (Hwoarang, Baek) Mortal Kombat 9 [embed]278083:54890:0[/embed] Grand Final: Sonic Fox vs. DAB 1. RG|Sonic Fox (Sonya Blade) 2. IC|DAB88 (Liu Kang, Jax, Johnny Cage) 3. IC|DJT88 (Cyrax) 4. FNATIC|Perfect Legend (Kung Lao, Raiden) 5. GGA|16-bit (Kitana) 5. KIT|Forever King (Kung Lao, Kabal, Freddy Kreuger) 7. RM|CD Jr. (Jax, Kung Lao) 7. IC|WoundCowboy88 (Shang Tsung) Persona 4: Arena [embed]278083:54891:0[/embed] Grand Final: Lord Knight vs. Ho-chan 1. TS|Lord Knight (Mitsuru) 2. Ho-chan (Yukiko) 3. BrkrDv (Teddie) 4. Rath (Mitsuru) 5. Dacidbro (Akihiko) 5. Lode Knight (Chie) 7. BananaKen (Shadow Labrys) 7. Pain (Aigis) X-Mania's three-on-three Super Street Fighter II Turbo tournament [embed]278083:54897:0[/embed] 1. Team M3 - TMF (Zangief) - Mattsun (Ken) - Mao (Vega) 2. Team Japan2 - Noguchi (Vega) - Kurahashi (Ryu) - Hanashi (Fei Long) 3. Team Special Forces - Ganelon (Vega) - AfroLegends (Balrog) - Damdai (O. Ryu) EVO 2014 results [Event Hubs]  Other highlights (post yours in the comments!) Pikachu destruction (skip to 6:21) [embed]278083:54894:0[/embed] Filipino Champ's comeback against ApologyMan (skip to 12:20). [embed]278083:54893:0[/embed] Sako special (skip to 8:00) [embed]278083:54895:0[/embed]
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The grand finals and other notable moments
And just like that, another EVO has come and gone. What a weekend. Despite not playing fighting games much myself, I'll never miss watching the year's big tournament. The audience's energy, the drama that unfolds on stage -- ...

Tekken 7 photo
Tekken 7

Here's the Tekken 7 trailer we've all been waiting for


Unreal Engine 4, eh?
Jul 14
// Brittany Vincent
It's about time we get another Tekken game. Despite the fact that my last true favorite Tekken game was Tekken 3 with Hwoarang, Eddy, and Jin, the official Tekken 7 trailer still has me sufficiently excited. However, bizarre...
Tekken 7 photo
Tekken 7

Report: Bandai Namco will announce Tekken 7 today


Supposedly powered by Unreal Engine 4
Jul 13
// Kyle MacGregor
Bandai Namco apparently just announced Tekken 7, according to an IGN report released via AOL. Katsuhiro Harada, the producer behind the long-running fighting game series, has an announcement planned for later today ...
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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 added to EVO 2014 lineup


3D fighter back in the tournament
Apr 04
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
EVO co-founder Joey Cuellar made a special presentation on iPlayWinner revealing that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will be part of this year's EVO lineup. Bandai Namco Games is also joining the event has a primary sponsor for the ...
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No new Tekken movie

The live-action Tekken prequel is not happening after all


Tekken advantage of
Jan 15
// Steven Hansen
A couple days ago, we heard word of a new live-action Tekken film that would serve as a prequel to the last live-action movie. This movie is not happening, Joystiq reports. Actor Kane Kosugi, reported to star in the film, ann...
New Tekken movie photo
New Tekken movie

Tekken movie gets a prequel: Tekken - A Man Called X


Don't X'pect much
Jan 13
// Steven Hansen
There's another Tekken movie coming out, Cinema Today reports. Inexplicably, it's a prequel to the Tekken movie that came out in 2009 that no one cared about. Just start over. No one would care. I was going to mention fond me...
Tekken photo
Tekken

We may see two new games in 2014 from Tekken director


Katsuhiro Harada chats about his work
Jan 01
// Chris Carter
Tekken is still chugging along, and director Katsuhiro Harada recently had a chat with 4Gamer to clarify where he stands on the series . Although he's mostly been working on F2P in 2012, he also noted that, everything up...
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Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday Deal: Ni No Kuni for $9.99


Slew of deals over at the Namco Bandai Shop
Dec 01
// Wesley Ruscher
If you haven't had your fill of Black Friday deals, then Namco Bandai might just have a few more to keep you busy over the long winter drought. Over at their CLUB NAMCO store, a few deals are currently running and are good th...
New Tekken character photo
New Tekken character

Female Vampire wins Tekken Revolution character poll


Muscle Pac-Man was almost a choice
Jul 22
// Chris Carter
Remember that poll that would decide the next brand new character in the Tekken franchise? Well it looks like we have a winner -- the Female Vampire. Right behind her were the "Female Tekken Force" character, and Shin Kamiya,...

EVO 2013: Results, highlights, and all the hype

Jul 15 // Wesley Ruscher
Street Fighter IV Arcade: (Top 8 of 1,601 participants) 1. DM|Xian (Gen)2. MCZ|Tokido (Akuma)3. Infiltration (Akuma, Hakan)4. EG|PR Balrog (Balrog)5. Haitani (Makoto)5. HORI|Sako (Ibuki, Evil Ryu)7. AvM|GamerBee (Adon)7. MCZ|Daigo (Ryu) Grand Finals: DM Xian v. MCZ Tokido [embed]258133:49585:0[/embed] Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3: (Top 8 of 1,297 participants) 1. EMP|Flocker (Zero, Vergil, Hawkeye)2. EG|Justin Wong (Wolverine, Storm, Akuma | Others)3. Angelic (Wolverine, Dormammu, Shuma-Gorath)4. Cloud805 (Zero, Vergil, Dante)5. AGE|NYChrisG (Morrigan, Dr. Doom, Vergil | Others)5. coL|Filipino Champ (Magneto, Dormammu, Dr. Doom | Others)7. ATX|Zak (Zero, Vergil, Dante)7. Ranmasama (Haggar, Dormammu, Magneto) Grand Finals: EMP Flocker v. EG Justin Wong [part 1] [embed]258133:49587:0[/embed] [part 2] [embed]258133:49588:0[/embed] Super Smash Bros. Melee: (Top 8 of 696 participants) 1. Mango (Fox, Falco)2. Wobblez (Ice Climbers)3. CT|Hungrybox (Jigglypuff)4. Armada (Peach)5. EMP|Mew2King (Fox, Sheik, Marth)5. VGBC|Dr.PeePee (Falco)7. Ice (Sheik)7. Shroomed (Dr. Mario) Grand Finals: Mango v. Wobblez [embed]258133:49590:0[/embed] Injustice: Gods Among Us: (Top 8 of 582 participants)  1. EMP|KDZ (Superman)2. Crazy DJT 88 (Green Lantern, Doomsday)3. AGE|NYChrisG (Green Arrow, Black Adam)4. EGP|MFSlayer (Superman, Wonder Woman)5. RDK|Godspeed (Black Adam, Aquaman)5. EMPR_Theo (Superman)7. EG|PR Balrog (Killer Frost)7. EMP|REO (Batman) Grand Finals: EMP KDZ v. Crazy DJT 88 [embed]258133:49589:0[/embed] Street Fighter X Tekken: (Top 8 of 545 participants) 1. Infiltration (Jin, Alisa)2. EG|Justin Wong (Hwoarang, Chun-Li)3. MOV (Law, Nina | Law, Cammy)4. LU|Alex Valle (Yoshimitsu, Lars)5. CafeID|Poongko (Nina, Kazuya | Ryu, Kazuya)5. SCE|TZA (Chun-Li, Law)7. Esuta (Law, King | Bob, Law)7. KS|Jibbo (Jin, Sagat) Grand Finals: Infiltration v EG Justin Wong [embed]258133:49595:0[/embed] King of Fighters XII: (Top 8 of 433 participants) 1. AS|Reynald (EX Kyo, Benimaru, Kim | Others)2. Hee San Woo (Ryo, Takuma, Kim | Others)3. CafeID|MadKOF (King, Shen, Kim | Others)4. MCZ|Tokido (EX Iori, Mr. Karate, Kim)5. DM|Xian (EX Iori, EX Kyo, Mr. Karate | Others)5. CafeID|Verna (Kim, Duo Lon, Mr. Karate | Others)7. Fox (Ryo, Mr. Karate, Chin | Others)7. AGE|Romance (King, Yuri, Benimaru) Grand Finals: AS Reynald v. Hee San Woo [part 1] [embed]258133:49591:0[/embed] [part2] [embed]258133:49592:0[/embed] [part 3] [embed]258133:49593:0[/embed] Persona 4 Arena: (Top 8 of 400 participants) 1. Yume (Aigis)2. LordKnight (Mitsuru)3. BananaKen (Shadow Labrys)4. BrkrDave (Teddie)5. Stunedge (Yukiko)5. Die-chan (Mitsuru)7. Spark (Teddie)7. Domi (Akihiko) Grand Finals: Yume v. LordKnight [embed]258133:49594:0[/embed] Tekken Tag Tournament 2: (Top 8 of 355 participants) 1. CafeID|Knee (Lars, Devil Jin | Bruce, Devil Jin)2. Eightarc|Bronson Tran (Ogre, Jinpachi)3. AGE|Stringbean (Alisa, Bob)4. CafeID|Nin (Marduk, Steve)5. MoneyInc|Kayyal (Armor King, King)5. AGE|JustFrameJames (Yoshimitsu, Marshall Law | Hwoarang, Marshall Law)7. MoneyInc|EddieBoyMang (Christie, Eddy)7. Eightarc|Mateo (JACK-6, Feng | Bob, Slim Bob) Grand Finals: CafeID Knee v. Eightarc Bronson [part 1] [embed]258133:49597:0[/embed] [part 2] [embed]258133:49596:0[/embed] Mortal Kombat 9: (Top 8 of 233 participants) 1. Crazy DJT 88 (Cyrax)2. EMP|REO (Kabal)3. My God 88 (Sonya Blade, Liu Kang)4. Forever King 88 (Kung Lao)5. GGA|16-Bit (Kitana)5. FNATIC|Perfect Legend (Kabal, Kung Lao)7. Wound Cowboy 88 (Shang Tsung)7. DetroitBallin (Kabal) Grand Finals: Crazy DJT 88 v. EMP REO [embed]258133:49598:0[/embed] Results and entrance numbers [EventHubs] My favorite matches (aside from the epic Grand Finals) in no particular order. Justin Wong sends Filipino Champ to the loser's bracket in UMvC3 [embed]258133:49599:0[/embed] PR Balrog upsets Infiltration in Semi Finals of Super Street Fighter IV Arcade [embed]258133:49600:0[/embed] Massive group hug at the end of the Skullgirls final [embed]258133:49601:0[/embed]  Biggest troll moment of EVO 2013. Xbox One gets booed by crowd before Killer Instinct demonstration. [embed]258133:49602:0[/embed]  Congrats to all the winners and thanks for all the memories. Can't wait for next year. Feel free to share your favorite moments below. So hype!
EVO 2013 photo
Villains defeated and new heroes crowned
Another year, another Evolution Championship Series under wraps. This year's premiere fighting game tournament was by far the biggest to date boasting over 3,000 participants from over 30 countries, stretching across nine of ...

Original Tekken character photo
Original Tekken character

Harada holds poll for new characters in Tekken Revolution


Lots of female options
Jul 12
// Chris Carter
In case you haven't heard, Namco Bandai released a free-to-play version of Tekken on the PlayStation 3 called Tekken Revolution. Producer Katsuhiro Harada recently checked in with fans, and noted that due to the game's popula...

In defense of boobies

Apr 25 // Vito Gesualdi
It’s the same realm of harmless fantasy that inspired my fourteen-year-old self to rewind the shower scene from Starship Troopers a few hundred times, or spurned me to save up an absurd amount of money for Chie’s maid outfit in Persona 4 Golden. A cheap erotic thrill which in no way influences my attitudes towards actual women. This would be the weirdest crossover ever. I bring this up because of the recent controversy surrounding Vanillaware’s upcoming hack-n-slash Dragon’s Crown, a game whose female characters possess some rather obvious assets. The game’s brazen character art inspired a news post by Kotaku writer Jason Schreier, who jokingly accused it of having a fourteen-year-old for a character designer. The insinuation, of course, was that only a teenage boy could design something so blatantly over-sexualized, scribbling his depictions of Amazonian fantasy women in a dark corner of the middle-school cafeteria. I personally found this joke both lazy and offensive, diminishing the abilities of character designer George Kamitani and missing the obvious elements of parody evident in the art style. See, unlike our fourteen-year-old strawman, Kamitani’s seems entirely aware that his absurd depictions of the female form are beyond even the realm of fantasy, which seems to be the point. The game’s art is obvious satire, taking the already unrealistic anatomies laid out by fantasy art masters like Frazetta, and cranking them to 11. The fact that his characters are being compared by critics to the outdated fantasy heroines of yesteryear is precisely what makes them such a brilliant homage. Frazetta - the reason fantasy women don't know about armor. While we could easily get sidetracked regarding Kamitani’s arguably offensive reply to Schreier, it did force the writer to elaborate on his particular criticisms of the game’s art style, an eye-rolling attempt to demonize Dragon’s Crown simply due to its attempts to titillate.  Says Schreier: “Why complain? Because it's embarrassing. Because I wouldn't want to be seen playing it in public. Because I love Japanese games and Japanese RPGs and I don't want them to perpetuate the ugly "boys' club" mentality that has pervaded gaming for almost three decades now.” For Schreier to make the point that he’s embarrassed by this game, or that he wouldn’t want to be seen playing it in public seems bizarre, insinuating that games shouldn’t offer material which might be offensive to certain audiences. No, I wouldn’t play Dragon’s Crown with most of my female friends, nor would I invite them over to watch the latest Girls Gone Wild release. Though the game doesn’t appeal to all sensibilities, why should we expect it to? It's kind of like arguing for more family-friendly porno stores. Though the gaming industry should be taking efforts to attract a more mainstream audience, this is something that requires a diversification of offerings, not simply doing away with potentially-offensive outliers. This is similar to how Citizen Kane can be rented from the same video store as Dangerous Dongs Down Under Vol. 5. Same media, though the latter is kept in that roped-off section in the back (which given the niche appeal of Dragon’s Crown is probably where it belongs as well). Meanwhile, regarding the “boy’s club” complaint, it is worth admitting that the gaming industry is definitely lacking in strong portrayals of women. However, I take special exception to Schreier’s claim that media does not exist in a vacuum. His argument is that while Dragon’s Crown alone is not cause for concern, because it contributes to a growing selection of games which fail to portray women maturely, it should be considered part of a larger problem and decried as such. This thinking is wholly unreasonable, burdening creators with restrictions on what sorts of characters are “acceptable.” The creators of Dragon’s Crown do not owe us effective female characters, nor are their elaborate cartoonish fantasies something that could be considered morally unsound. It’s a simple stylistic choice, and though the game fails to provide the positive-gender portrayals the industry needs, looking for such things in your silly arcade hack-and-slash is honestly absurd. You might as well complain about how the game unfairly stereotypes dragons. While some accuse Dragon’s Crown and similar games of “holding the industry back,” it seems they have a different idea of what direction the industry needs to head in. I personally don’t believe every game need to include fleshed-out characters and plotlines, that I can sometimes be content to simply hit bad guys until they fall down. I even think it’s okay to show players some boobs, even if there’s about as much character development contained within them as in those pornographic movies I’m so fond of. Now admittedly, there is an obvious sexism problem within the gaming industry, with some still believing it’s appropriate to display women-objects at our “professional” events, or for news outlets to publish booth-babe photo spreads. However, to try and hold individual games responsible for this culture is entirely misguided. Yes, these games are often male power-fantasies, though that’s not a problem in and of itself (even if the fantasy involves large-breasted women). Few games seem truly malicious in their sexualization of women, and are guilty of nothing more than providing some cheap (and often lazy) thrills. The real problem is when these cheap thrills are interpreted incorrectly by the audience, potentially contributing to an unhealthy attitude towards women. Though again, the solution is not to outlaw titillation, but simply to broaden the realm of media, giving people more exposure to how actual women both look and act. However this will still leave room for the occasional science-fiction shower scene, or RPGs which let you dress up your characters like little dolls. We don’t need such harmless sexual depictions to disappear entirely, just for them to be balanced out by the mature characterizations the industry obviously needs. More of this please. Point is, Dragon's Crown has boobs. I can both enjoy them while simultaneously hoping for more realistic depictions of women in gaming. You can too.
Keeping Games Sexy photo
Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the fantasy
Let me preface this article by stating a few simple facts. I am a young, white, American male who consumes vast amounts of pornography. As such, I am occasionally drawn to depictions of the female form which are perhaps outsi...

Tekken photo
Tekken

Tekken helped this MMA fighter learn some moves


KO'd
Apr 16
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Uriah Hall is a rising middleweight MMA fighter and part of his success can be attributed to, of all things, Tekken. This latest episode of Vice's Fightland follows Uriah as he describes how Tekken helped with his training. ...

Review: Tekken Card Tournament

Apr 10 // Chris Carter
Tekken Card Tournament (Android, iPad, iPhone [reviewed on iPhone 5], PC)Developer: Namco BandaiPublisher: Namco BandaiReleased: April 4, 2013MSRP: Free-to-play (Microtransactions, $0.99-$99.99 for currency to buy cards and boosters) After booting up TCT for the first time, you'll have the opportunity to select one of the limited characters on offer (Panda, Nina, Yoshimitsu, Xiaoyu, Lili, Kazuya, Law, and Paul), all of who feature a different deck and playstyle. Then you can basically jump into combat after a short tutorial and pick up on the game almost instantantly. Simply put, there are three options every single turn: Focus, Strike, and Block. Focus draws a card into your hand, Strike plays all your cards in your hand (for damage), and Block nullifies the first two cards in an opponent's hand. As you might imagine, drawing cards is completely random, so there is some luck involved, but choosing when to draw, play, or block cards can mean the difference between a win and a loss. Essentially, it's a more intricate version of rock paper scissors. That's not really a bad thing, mind you. Just don't expect a whole lot at first until you develop your deck and reach the more nuanced ability cards (such as cards that deal instant high damage but give your opponents free cards). [embed]250857:48031:0[/embed] A 10-second time limit for each turn keeps play fast and frantic, and the actual cards signify real moves from the franchise, which flow very well into cool-looking combos. Like most contemporary mobile games, there's a level system that slowly unlocks new content, like higher offline difficulties or new card options. Faithful visuals compliment the game, and like Uncharted: Fight for Fortune, you don't really need to be a fan of the franchise to enjoy the core gameplay (though it does help). As polished as the game is visually however, the utterly lazy menu translations don't really do any favors. Okay, so the game is simple, is pretty fun to play, and has a single- and multiplayer component. So what's the bad news? Well, as you could tell from the big red "free" flag listed above, the game has microtransactions -- and lots of them -- Yoshimitsu's Robin Hood mantra be damned. Like most IAP titles, there are two forms of currency: coins (in-game) and credits (real-life cash). You mostly have to pay credits for packs, but gold can be earned more freely, which you can use to buy individual cards, of which there are a total of 191 cards (at this current time). You can also randomly earn cards through play, but the issue here is that they're for a random character. Your cards may actually be spread out over multiple fighters, which never allows you to really develop one good deck for quite some time. Although you can sell cards off for more scratch, often the sell value is astronomically low, as in one-fourth of the entire value of the card. When you reach level four, you can fuse cards together, but it's a bit of a grind to even get there, given that you will struggle at times with a basic set if you refuse to shell out a decent amount of dough. What really grinds my gears is that I encountered multiple drops when playing online, compounded by the fact that the servers as a whole have been taken down for extended periods to deal with fan demand. If you're going to ask players to spend tons of cash to truly enjoy your game, at least allow them to play online consistently and progress a little more quickly. If people lose interest, why are they going to continue paying you in the first place? For the sake of science, I tested the game both on and offline, and let's just say you do not want to ever play the game offline. Comically, it seems as if you have to constantly be connected (most likely to suggestively sell you stuff at every turn) to earn rewards for a fight, even if it's offline against a CPU. This screen I captured and posted just below hilariously highlights both the inability to earn offline rewards and the poor translation. If you're actually interested despite the constant paywalls, the good news is there will be physical cards this Summer with QR codes to add to your digital deck. If you're a card game fan like myself, finding a group of people to play this with in a social gathering and getting free digital cards may be more enticing than ponying up for microtransactions. But again, that isn't available yet. In many ways, Tekken Card Tournament is a shame, because it's actually a decent, simple little card game. If someone laid a real-life starter deck in front of me, I'd actually play it for an extended period of time, but as it stands, it's not worth slogging through the mictrotransaction and "energy" nonsense to do it.
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Rock, paper, pay me
For something that came out of nowhere, Tekken Card Tournament is actually a decent if simplistic little card game. As you're locked in card combat, fighter avatars will jostle about on screen just like the core games with a ...

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Apr 04
// Jordan Devore
When word about Tekken Card Tournament first got out, it seemed to me like it could easily have been a quick side project for Namco Bandai. I didn't expect it to get this kind of treatment -- just look at the embedded t...

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