Tekken director asks why Americans want Waffle House to be a stage in Tekken 8 | Gaming

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Katsuhiro Harada is a lifelong creator of fighting games, serving as director on the Tekken series since Tekken 3 and right up to the recent Tekken 8. Harada often has a lot of interesting or helpful stuff to say on social media, and is quite responsive to fans—which means people often reach out consistently with ideas, concepts, memes, and downright jokes.

Recently, Harada has been getting one request for a new Tekken stage: The American Southeast’s 24 hour a day, seven day a week diner Waffle House.

“Ok, I will only ask once about this request. Why do some communities send me requests for ‘Waffle House’? Please be sure to explain the basis for the request, including the original story, history and background. I look forward to an explanation from someone who knows more,” asked Harada on Twitter/X.

Why do people want Waffle House, Mr. Harada? Because the place has become something of an internet meme for its status as somewhere that’s pretty dang cheap, open 24 hours a day and—therefore—a place where drunk and high people get into fights. Fights with each other. With employees. With themselves.

Not that I condone this, of course, but you can find any number of internet fight videos set in a waffle house. This has been true for years, and as a bona fide American Southerner I haven’t ever seen a fistfight in a Waffle House but I know a dozen people who’ve seen some kind of conflict—though mostly folks keep it to the parking lot if something’s going to pop off.

The meme status of Waffle House fights went big time viral last year, though, when a Waffle House employee in Texas got caught on video catching a thrown…

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