My recent return to regularly playing Tekken again has been incredibly rewarding and fun. So much so in fact, it's made me wonder when or why I ever stopped. Frankly though, that's a much less interesting discussion than what I hope this one will be: What drew you into playing Tekken in the first place and when did it happen?
The exact timing for me is a little fuzzy, but I distinctly remember being under the age mentioned on the back of the box of Tekken 2 when I played it for the very first time. Someone who worked at my junior school as a Teacher's Assistant was seriously one of the coolest people on the planet - she had a PlayStation and would talk about it and the games she'd play. Once my parents got me a PlayStation of my own in the summer of 1998, this TA would lend me games to play after school to take home and on one fateful day, that game was Tekken 2.
From that awesome intro movie, to great menu sound effects, then Yoshimitsu's iconic theme music (he was my first opponent the Arcade Mode pitted me against) I was in awe... I'd picked Law and didn't have the slightest idea what I was doing (something that hasn't really changed for me 21 years later)! Hearing the words"You Win" became something of an obsession and felt indescribably satisfying... That is, until I didn't. Kazuya Mishima or "the man with electric fists" was my nemesis for what felt like hours. I'll never forget pressing X to continue and then being mortified that it didn't work and the countdown was getting faster with every press. Yes folks, my first Game Over was entirely self-inflicted. Getting back to Kazuya was simple enough... but beating him was anything but. Little did I know, there was another side to him... Devil.
I'll be honest, I never beat him the first night of playing. Instead, I ejected the disc after a number of attempts, put it back in the case, the case in my schoolbag and I returned the game to the TA who lent it to me the very next day. "You didn't like it?" she asked. To which I replied: "No, this is yours and after school today I'm buying my own copy, thanks for letting me borrow it - the game is AWESOME!". I played Tekken 2 most days after school right up until the release of Tekken 3. There were many notable moments in this period of time. I did finally beat Devil then tried to sing along to the beautiful Credits song even though I don't understand a word of Japanise! And of course, who could forget the speed and craziness of Baek Doo San's kicks - he was who you unlocked in Tekken 2 after beating Arcade Mode with Law and those two were my Tag team in both Tekken Tag 1 & 2.
I have remained a passionate Tekken fan ever since: owning every game, unlocking every character ending movie across all games, getting every achievement/trophy in Tekken 6 & 7. These days, I try to make time to play Tekken 7 every day with hopes to learn, improve and connect with others who also love to play.
I hope you've enjoyed reading what is my origin story into Tekken and am excited to read any that you might like to share. Suffice to say Tekken has had such a massive impact on my life throughout it and I look forward to making it an even bigger part of my life in the future.
This post was edited by portessa (2020-08-03 10:41, 1 month ago)