Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada and former Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono were earlier hilarious twitter rivals. Years ago while at Gamescom, Harada thought he was playing a prank on Ono. It seemed pretty good until he found out that Ono had outwitted him.
During a recent off-topic talk about the Tekken Director’s YouTube channelHarada told the story. “I played a prank,” he said. “And I’ve tweeted about it the whole time.”
Harada had asked Ono which hotel and which room he was staying in. “I wanted to play a prank, so of course I asked him so he wouldn’t notice.”
Then Harada wrote “Please disturb” instead of “Please do not disturb” on a card and drew a picture of a piece of feces.
His Twitter followers were most amused by the little prank. Later, over dinner, Harada told Ono about the gag to make sure he tweeted his reaction. “Ono-san had no idea I was playing a prank like that,” said Harada.
“And then the Capcom people started going pale,” he continued. The room in which the “Please Disturb” card was placed was not Ono’s room.
“When I asked his room number because Ono-san was Ono-san, he lied.” The producer had just said a random number. “He’s strangely astute when it comes to things like that,” said Harada. “He thought I was up to or would do something.”
The person However, staying in this room didn’t work for Capcom. He didn’t work for Namco. He worked for Microsoft in their US headquarters. “It happened to belong to one of the fairly high-profile executives. ”Ono-san had just said a random number, and that number happened to be the room where a very important person lived – and the room where Harada had just hung a” please disturb “sign with a poop mark on it. He even posed Street fighter IV
“You wouldn’t know I did that,” said Harada. “It looked like someone at Capcom did. So at dinner the Capcom people started making noises and went pale. ”Capcom staff ran into the room to remove the handwritten label from the doorknob and came back out of breath, Harada’s joke in hand.
“We still don’t know if Microsoft people saw the map,” said Harada. “But I think if they did they would have removed it.” The Tekken director doesn’t believe they did and notes that it was a very close decision indeed.
That’s just one Harada tells of several interesting stories. Hear them all in the following clip: