Why should I play Tekken 7? A passionate competitor joins the EventHubs Podcast to help explain why this game is growing like crazy

EventHubs Podcast special episode

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • August 19, 2019 at 11:06 a.m. PDT

We're doing a little something special this week with a little bonus episode of the EventHubs Podcast. It's no secret that we focus a lot on Street Fighter, but we've been getting some requests to delve into Tekken a bit more and so I thought it might be fun to have a chat with someone who is particularly enthusiastic and knowledgable about T7.

Enter Arizona's own Shaun "Shaundude" Oyakawa. I don't think I've ever met anyone as excited about Tekken as Shaun has been over the last few years, and as a former radio show host, I figured he'd be the man for the job.

Though he got into the fighting game community via Street Fighter, Shaundude has found Tekken to be his main passion. In my decade or so of being in the competitive fighting game scene, I've seen very few grown as fast and efficiently in knowledge and ability as Shaun.

Tekken 7 has been on an undeniable rise in popularity and there's got to be a reason for that. Shaun gives us the rundown on why this game is particularly rewarding, fun to play, and exceptionally fun to watch.

The two of us sit down with the simple goal of exploring why this game is captivating more and more people, and to see if he can't convince me to give it a real try myself.

If you're a new Tekken player looking for some inspiration, a curious potential Tekken player looking for some motivation, a seasoned Tekken veteran looking for some perspective, or a bored fighting game fan looking for something to do, give out chat a listen and let us know what you think.

Timestamps

00:00 - Introductions
03:30 - Falling in love with Tekken
07:36 - What's setting Tekken 7 apart?
10:13 - What Tekken 7 offers new players
17:48 - What's the most fun thing to do in the game?
22:20 - Why is Tekken so easy/enticing to watch as a fighting game?
27:40 - Who are some of the best players to watch?
30:40 - How often does the better player win?
34:46 - The competitive narratives are incredible right now
39:31 - How Street Fighter players can especially appreciate Tekken
45:27 - How stressful is Tekken? "When you lose the ignorance"
47:34 - What's more fun? Tekken or Street Fighter?
53:14 - How often does the better player win?

Editor's note: We've noticed the timestamps appear to change depending on the medium you're using to listen. The ones above may place you a few seconds before when each respective topic actually comes up.

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