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Violence in Video Games

On 20 April 1999, something happened which rocked the world. Two young lads known as Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, entered Columbine High School at about 11.10 a.m, armed with an assortment of weapons, with the intention of killing as many people as they possibly could. Within an hour, the pair had killed 13 people and injured 21 others, with three people getting injured escaping. They then turned their weapons on themselves. After the event, many reasons surfaced why they had done such a dreadful act, and I was reminded of this recently when writing some recent articles. One theory stated was that the killers were spurred on by listening to heavy metal music and by playing violent video games, which I would like to explore here.

Realism at it's most...realistic.

My first ever games console was a Super Nintendo. While I didn’t have a big game collection, I did have a few different genres, which included shoot ‘em ups and beat ‘em ups. A few years later, my SNES got replaced by a PlayStation. I owned a fair few violent games for this. Doom, Alien Trilogy, Tekken, Tekken 2, Tekken 3, Soul Blade, Quake 2, GTA and GTA 2 to name a few. When I upgraded to a PS2, the pattern continued. And so with this generation of consoles, with probably half my current game collection having an age rating of 15 and over. I should also mention that I have listened to heavy metal all my life. I am also a former soldier, capable of handling a weapon. I have, however, never killed anyone. I have never played Borderlands and wondered what it feels like to really shoot someone in the face. I have never played Soul Blade and wondered what it feels like to hit someone with a sword. I have never played GTA and wondered what it feels like to steal a car.

Development On Tekken X Street Fighter At “Zero Percent”

Looking forward to Tekken X Street Fighter? Well don’t hold your breath for it because according to Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada the development of the game is at “zero percent”.

It’s not all bad though as it’s about “five percent” in his mind.

“Currently, the development of Tekken x Street Fighter is at zero percent. It’s developing about five percent in my head,” he said.

At this moment in time it would seem that the focus of Tekken developers is on Tekken Tag 2.

“I was really busy and also SF x Tekken and the Tekken x SF were not originally in the line-up. We were also working on Tekken Tag Tournament 2 at that time, so we haven’t got on the development of Tekken x Street Fighter. But Tag 2 is nearly finished, so when I get back from Paris, I plan to start working on that game.”

Harada has also asked Twitter users to tweet him suggestions for the game. Follow him @harada_tekken to make your voice heard.

Katsuhiro Harada talks a little about Tekken X Street Fight in the video interview below. Skip to the nine minute mark if that’s all you want to listen to.