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Offline Team Yu

Happy anniversary, Sega...
« on: September 13, 2014, 11:59:48 PM »

It's been a week of anniversaries for Sega, with the Dreamcast launching 15 years ago in North America, and Shenmue II releasing 13 years ago in Japan. And after all this time, the demand for Shenmue III persists.

Proving itself a far cry from the company that won many gamers' hearts in the 1990s, the Sega of today continues to shove its fingers in its ears when it comes to the ongoing #SaveShenmue campaign, in which abandoned customers appeal for an ending to the series that was left on a cliffhanger in September 2001.

Meanwhile, the director and chief producer of Namco's Tekken series, Katsuhiro Harada, has addressed pleas from Xenosaga fans for an HD collection of the company's role-playing franchise. In a post shared via Twitter (, Harada points out that proving there's a market for Xenosaga requires messages from lots of different people, not lots of messages from the same few people.

This is why we keep stressing the importance of SPREADING THE WORD about the #SaveShenmue Tweetathon, getting more people involved instead of relying on the same fans continually spamming the powers that be. If the targets of these messages keep seeing the same people tweeting them again and again, it becomes harder for them to appreciate the number of unique tweeters inbetween. They may come away with the impression that it's just the same small group flooding their @mentions list, even if that's not the case.

Harada (who shares a mutual respect with Shenmue and Virtua Fighter creator Yu Suzuki: should be applauded for doing what Sega never has, by actually acknowledging the eagerness of fans for a product that remains missing from release schedules. Not everyone may like the picture he paints of the uphill struggle facing those who desire a Xenosaga HD collection, but his advice is constructive, encouraging, and most of all refreshing. And in the absence of any official word from Sega, it is also the most reliable indication of what is required from Shenmue fans to get our own favorite series onto modern gaming formats.

So please take this timely inspiration from one of Yu Suzuki's peers as guidance on how to strengthen our campaign. Don't just wait until the 3rd of each month and then tweet the living hell out of Sega and the console makers. Use this time inbetween those events to venture forth and introduce other gamers to the cause, so that together your tweets will speak louder than the same quantity from one person. Spread the word, and be heard on the 3rd.

Happy anniversary, Sega. May we, the fans, never have to mourn another.

Offline jameswalker85

Re: Happy anniversary, Sega...
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2014, 04:33:34 PM »
Well said! *nods in agreement*