Chief producer of Tekken the Katsuhiro Harada series released a new episode of its talk show, Harada’s Bar. This week’s guest was a multimedia personality and former Hudson Soft CEO Takahashi Meijin. The two discussed industry inclusion and diversity, public scrutiny and parents who have used games as a scapegoat in the past.
Around 10:30 a.m. from the Harada’s Bar video below, Meijin and Harada discussed the current climate of the video game industry and industry from a social perspective. Both men mentioned how parents and society use games as a scapegoat for every problem. Mejin even joked about the blog he wrote, “You blame video games for everything.”
Harada said the current topic in the industry is inclusion and diversity not only in terms of performance in the game, but also in terms of development staff. Specifically for Harada, he said that the theme of the relationship between the sexes of the characters often appears in his games. Mejin said this kind of control is a good thing for the industry. He explained that the society that wants these standards in games is indicative that the industry matters to a great extent. Mejin said that if the public did not look at video games, it would mean that no one is interested in the industry.
Finally, Harada began a study by a North American university that measured players’ brain activity. By recording heat signatures in the brain, the study found that players were very mentally active in games where they were challenged. Harada said fighting games are great for this, as the gameplay constantly stimulates the brain during matches with other players.
Harada’s Bar releases new episodes weekly on its YouTube channel. Katsuhiro Harada had guests ranging from sports players to the father of the PlayStation.