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Offline The Hazuki Legacy

A Push for a Shenmue Steam Port
« on: August 03, 2014, 01:05:09 AM »
Tomorrow I'll be tweeting asking SEGA to consider porting Shenmue to Steam, as they have done with some of their other titles. I'm asking you all to do the same.


Recently, SEGA have added more features to some of their Steam games such as achievements and trading cards (http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=866135), which shows that they are getting a decent revenue from the digital download avenue. They recently also claimed that "package games" (physical media) sales were down and they believe that particular market to be "softening" (http://www.gamespot.com/articles/sega-profits-halved-as-market-for-package-games-so/1100-6421432/), while their apps and such were still selling strong. After announcing that, it seems strange that they would pour extra money into Steam ports, unless those ports are bringing them decent profits.


They've been very friendly with Steam so far, releasing a total of 332 games, DLCs and packages to the digital distribution platform. Steam takes a smaller cut of the profits than XBLA for example (I'm not 100% sure about that, but I believe it's true), and Steam digital downloads are more popular than console digital downloads at this moment in time. Moreover, as Shenmue was developed on a system that was Windows-based, it seems like porting it for Windows might be less costly than making it run on PS4 or X1 architecture.


A lot of this is conjecture, but either way, a Steam version of Shenmue would certainly be popular. Steam has a massive, rapidly increasing user base who love retro games. Many Steam players don't get about graphics, they care about inventiveness, story and gameplay. It is my opinion that a great deal of Steam users would pick up Shenmue purely to see what all the fuss is about. Additionally, as we are a devoted community, we would ensure that the front page reviews were all positive, to encourage more purchases of the game.


It seems like a profitable possibility for SEGA to port Shenmue to Steam, and it could be exactly what the series needs in order to increase our fanbase and ensure that SEGA opens their eyes to the potential of Shenmue 3. I'll be tweeting to SEGA, Steam, SEGA communities and gaming media outlets with the pleas to port Shenmue to Steam, and I'd love it if as many of you as possible could do the same.
« Last Edit: August 03, 2014, 10:31:59 PM by The Hazuki Legacy »

Offline jameswalker85

Re: A Push for a Shenmue Steam Port
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2014, 03:34:42 AM »
I shall certainly be tweeting #ShenmueForSteam tomorrow. In fact, I think I'll work on a number of related pics while I'm in a Photoshop mood. I'll post them here when I'm done. :)

Offline James

Re: A Push for a Shenmue Steam Port
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2014, 04:04:49 AM »
It's a good idea to bring Steam into the equation, but I think using extra hashtags for things like this will always run the risk of underselling the support that the overall campaign has. Put yourself in the shoes of someone at Steam, skimming over all the tweets you receive in a day when your mouse happens to hover over one like this:

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It makes perfect sense to put Shenmue 1 & 2 on Steam! #SaveShenmue #ShenmueForSteam

Now as a Steam employee, if you're going to click on either of those hashtags it's going to be the one that specifically mentions your platform. But when you do, you're only going to see a subsection of all the tweets that you'd see if you clicked #SaveShenmue, because that's the main hashtag that everyone supporting the campaign will be using. Those other tweets that aren't included in #ShenmueForSteam search results or don't even mention Steam at all are still relevant for demonstrating the demand for Shenmue, which would be persuasive to the folks at Steam if they saw them.


So if you're going to specifically request Shenmue on Steam I support that, but I encourage you to do so without adding extra, inevitably less-used hashtags to the mix, so as not to risk distracting your targets away from the depth of support we've already built around the all-encompassing #SaveShenmue.

Offline The Hazuki Legacy

Re: A Push for a Shenmue Steam Port
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2014, 04:06:55 AM »
Agreed, James. Good points.

Offline Guppy

Re: A Push for a Shenmue Steam Port
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2014, 09:50:53 PM »
Slap wrist. Im also a sucker for mixing hashtags on tweet feeds

Offline jameswalker85

Re: A Push for a Shenmue Steam Port
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2014, 09:56:57 PM »
Fair enough. But I'll still tweet this image. :P



Offline jameswalker85

Re: A Push for a Shenmue Steam Port
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2014, 10:00:31 PM »
Just realised I forgot to credit Riken92. I'll fix that. :)

Offline Shenmue Stare

Re: A Push for a Shenmue Steam Port
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2014, 10:36:41 PM »
Good stuff, Walker Shenmue Ranger!

Offline The Hazuki Legacy

Re: A Push for a Shenmue Steam Port
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2014, 10:44:42 PM »
Tweeted that image! Can anyone list a few Twitter accounts that might be good to tweet to in regard to this? I'm thinking SEGA, porting devs, Steam, but most importantly lots and lots of gaming media sites.

@steam_games
@gamespot
@IGN
@hiphopgamer