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Confessions of a childhood Tekken fan: What does Tekken mean to you?

If you consider yourself a fan of the much loved fighting game franchise, the game will mean something to you on some level.

Confessions of a childhood Tekken fan: What does Tekken mean to you?

There are so many factors that play a huge part in Tekken’s success – innovative combat, diverse character rosters, and interesting story lines. But when it comes to gaming on a personal level, what is it about Tekken that makes it so special? Is it simply down to the features and mechanics of the game, or does it run deeper than that?

Gaming has been a major hobby of mine for the best part of two decades now, and Tekken has been my favorite game for as long as I can remember. Some of my most cherished  childhood memories are of playing Tekken with friends and family.

I was introduced to Tekken when my parents bought it for their PlayStation 1 way back when the first game debuted. I was young so I never really understood the game, but I thought that the characters looked cool, and the fighting was awesome! My parents would let me watch them play it, and I’d even play a few matches with them sometimes.

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A letter Zoe wrote her mother at the age of 4. “To mom. I love you very much and Iove you playing the PlayStation, because I like it when they are fighting. Love, Zoe.”

I’ll never forget the first time I played the game. I went straight to Nina. I have no idea why I was drawn to her, but ever since then she’s been my main for every installment. Throughout my childhood I continued to play Tekken, purchasing every installment from the franchise, and even though I had a generous library of games, I’d always find myself returning to Tekken. The fact that I have so many amazing memories which involve Tekken from my childhood right through to adulthood, is one of the main reasons it means so much to me, and why the game will always remain a firm favorite.

Tekken means different things to different people. Some have made professional careers out of the game by playing competitively in tournaments around the world, while others enjoy Tekken on a more casual basis. We see some fans dedicating their spare time cosplaying as Tekken characters and creating their own artwork, while other players dedicate websites, YouTube channels, and social media fan sites to the game.

Whether Tekken currently plays a big or small part in your life, if you consider yourself a fan of the much loved fighting game franchise, the game will mean something to you on some level.

What does Tekken mean to you?

Advocate of the Tekken community and self-proclaimed Queen of the Iron Fist Tournament, gaming has been a main hobby of Zoë's since she was a kid. Her favorite genres are fighting and action/adventure. Her other passions include football (soccer - Liverpool FC to be exact!), fashion, music, and eating far too much pizza! Lastly, one name for you - Nina Williams.

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