Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada has hit out at negative fan feedback for Tekken Tag Tournament 2, slamming the "whining and complaining" fans who "blindly repeat" voice actor requests for the game "without knowing what [they] are talking about".
His advice is that the whole bunch of them need to learn to practice being an adult.
"I have something I want to say to the people who spam me with requests to 'switch back(or Bring back) to the voice actors used previously'," began Harada, in a rather lengthy, visibly irritated tweet.
"I believe that, before whining and complaining about everything, you need practice at taking a step back and analyzing things objectively. And also at being an adult.
"First, the voice you were listening to was 16 years ago, during the PlayStation period. The current generation of consoles are totally different in how they play back sound; both software-wise, and the internal circuitry.
"The playback program is different, as well as the sound effects added; reverb and 5.1 are examples of this. The comrpression rate, as well as the sound rate, is different today. Are you playing games on the same TV you used 16 years ago? What about your speakers? Headphones? They are all the same as 16 years ago? I wonder if it will sound like the same voice as 16 years ago, even with that data.
"Also, you are assuming the voice actors themselves can reproduce the voice the recorded 16 years ago? Many voice actors decline work because their voice has changed since the original role, some have even retired. Sometimes they won't accept, even if we ask.
The recording studio and the equipment they use is also different. With all of this in mind, you still thing it is possible to recreate these voices?"
Harada noted that he himself had provided the voice work for Marshal and Forest Law for 15 years, but that he simply wasn't able to do that any more and so they had to get a new voice actor to fulfil those roles for Tekken 6.
Other fans, he says, simply can't tell what's changed and what hasn't.
"For example," he continues. "Brian's laugh is the actual data from Tekken 3. As fans have requested, we've kept using the original, adapting the data recorded 16 years ago to be used on the PS2, and then PS3.
"Even so, some people said it is a different voice in Tekken 6 than the original.
"It can't be helped they might think that. As explained above, even though the master data is the same, all of the equipment used in adapting it has completely changed. That said, it isn't a good idea to try to reccreate the older recording environment because then the data sounds heavily compressed, with noise. More than that, it would sound out of place next to the voice data of the newer characters.
"WHAT? You say some of the voices sound like they haven't changed at all?
"I guess you didn't notice that the development team has re-recorded them, but made efforts for it to sound as close as possible to the original. And you probably didn't even notice.
"Do you know that all of the voice work for a character is not always done by just one voice actor? Using Brian as an example, the laugh you guys love so much uses the original data from Tekken 3, but the short kiai voice uses a different voice actor, and the 'come on!' voice also uses a different voice actor. A lot of other characters also use different voice actors for the spoken lines and for the shouts."
Harada stated that he will always try and consider fan feedback, that he listens intently, and that there's free DLC on its way that complies with a number of the fan requests he's been receiving. However, he said that the negative spammers will no longer be listened to.
"I still have some characters left to be revealed that comply with some of your requests, even "bringing back" several others," he went on. "Even so, none of them are paid DLC. I will continue to sincerely comply with fan requests.
"However, I can't continue to engage the negative ones that, without knowing what you are talking about, or even thinking about what you are saying, blindly repeat 'bring back, bring back, bring back...'
"After this lengthy explanation, I will be quite surprised if there are still people who still don't get it."
"Thanks for understanding or not understanding. Whatever."