How Japan’s earthquake changed its developers

At the 2011 Tokyo Game Show, Jeremy Parish, Thierry Nguyen, and I scheduled interviews with developers who had been affected by the 2010 Tohoku earthquake in an effort to see how things had changed a year later. Most were more open than we anticipated. Kazuhiro Harada discussed a scene with a drowning character that his team changed in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Hirokazu Tanaka showed hard hats purchased for his office working on Pokemon games, and Kazuma Kujo opened up about the post-earthquake cancelation of his Disaster Report series.

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