Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada gets into it with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fans after being tagged in character request meme Twitter thread

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • October 18, 2019 at 8:20 a.m. PDT

Fans have been making requests to game developers as far back as we can remember. With the hyper-connected world we live in now, thanks to social media, the cries for "put my favorite character in" are far more frequent and far louder than ever, and not a day goes by where companies aren't hit with at least one.

In a thread on Twitter where fans were discussing an Avengers: Endgame meme centered around Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — a DLC character request meme, essentially — one user tagged the accounts of Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada and Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai. After a massive amount of activity in the thread and numerous notifications undoubtedly being sent the developers' way, Harada responded with several tweets and apparently blocked several Smash Ultimate accounts.

"You guys are a spammer," Harada wrote in response to the thread. "I talk with Mr.Sakurai & BandaiNamco's Smash development team so that your request will NOT be approved as much as possible. And *Muted* bye."

The meme at the heart of everything features a depiction of a scene from the film where the entirety of the Avengers go up against Thanos' army. In place of Captain America is Sakurai, and the fighters emerging from the portals are characters that fans want in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate such as Tekken's Heihachi, Greymon from Digimon, Crash Bandicoot, and several others.

Harada followed up his initial tweet by saying that those who spam him and Mr. Sakurai with requests are hampering the work of Bandai Namco's Smash Bros. Ultimate development team.

"Just One Tweet is enough for request. DO NOT SPAMMING to us. Developers don't negotiate with Spammer and terrorists," Harada said.

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Harada's decision to block several "For Smash" accounts — Twitter pages devoted to promoting the prospect of seeing specific characters join the game as DLC — was met with a bevy of responses. Some apologized for things getting out of hand, while others asked Harada not to punish those he tagged in his tweet because they weren't actually the ones who tagged him initially.

One of the accounts muted by Harada, called "@SoraForSmash," put out a statement apologizing to Harada and Sakurai, explaining what happened from their end of things.

"For the record: I never personally spammed Harada with requests for Sora being in Smash," SoraForSmash's statement begins. They go on to explain that the meme thread started out as a simple conversation among fellow accounts, but at some point another user tagged Harada, Sakurai, Ubisoft, Bandai Namco, Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe — which went unnoticed by those involved.

"I never meant for any harm and I want to sincerely apologize to Sakurai, Harada, and you on behalf of the entire #ForSmash Twitter community if our tweets have been a bother or considered spam," SoraForSmash wrote. "I never meant for that to happen and going forward I will be more careful about who is getting tagged in the posts I comment on and make sure to keep my obsession between my own circle of friends."

Harada spent a few hours replying to people on Twitter last night, and though a lot of frustration was expressed on his part the Tekken developer did take some time to let fans know that his words aren't targeted at everyone.

"99.999% of gamers will not be spammers. So the minority will not make the image worse."
— Katsuhiro Harada.

"We listen and value opinions, requests and feedback," Harada said. "However, spam due to a large amount of tagging and replying interferes with normal communication, I always listen to opinions, but spam and tagging are not welcome. It ’s simple.

"99.999% of gamers will not be spammers. So the minority will not make the image worse. However, the spammer's voice is sometimes misunderstood as a majority in the internet community, or the voice looks loud. This is a kind of noise and very annoying," Harada concluded.

While this might seem like a small spat between a game developer and a few Twitter accounts, "Harada" is trending on Twitter (at the time of writing this). There are currently 6,223 tweets about the topic and counting.

Photo credit — Katsuhiro Harada.

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