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Offline James

A question to make you feel old
« on: November 08, 2014, 06:50:39 AM »
If Shenmue was released today, set 13 years in the past as it was originally, what impression would a 2001 version of Yokosuka make compared with the 1986 version we got in 1999?

It was the year the world met Shrek and Harry Potter on the big screen, and started using Wikipedia, Windows XP, and iPod music players.

But if it was also the year Ryo Hazuki set forth on his quest for answers and revenge, what differences would there be, and would they be for the better or worse?

Does 2001 seem as long ago today as '86 did when Shenmue came out? Would it still seem quaint and nostalgic or practically modern day?

Offline Son ALA

Re: A question to make you feel old
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2014, 06:48:11 PM »
Funny cuz the era did feel different thanks to technology too.

Calling master chen would be easier in 2001. Ine-san would page you 911 when you were late. You would have a freaking dreamcast in hour house! It would be so meta cuz the raffle grand prize would be shenmue, then you could play shenmue while playing shenmue [wheres xzibit when you need him?]

Imagine a 2nd arcade? YOU arcade would be the same since it would be considered the old run down place but then there would be a modern arcade with house of the dead, modern out runs, virtua fighter.

Other than that... i still see it being the same as long as it took place in the same location. Camera phones sucked back then too and they were rare. If Shenmue took place now, Ryo would go on gree and see vids of the black car,  run the plates and impale lan di with a fork lift just in time to watch prime time tv.

Offline jameswalker85

Re: A question to make you feel old
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2014, 10:44:17 PM »
You would have a freaking dreamcast in hour house!


Ryo had a Saturn in his house, which was from the generation before the one we entered with the Dreamcast. So, even in 2001, he'd probably have had a PS3, 360 or Wii (which would have been great. I'm picturing Fuku-san playing Wii Sports).


I like the thought of the arcade being more up to date. Maybe there would the ability to buy new outfits on Dobuita street, and unlock specific ones (such as dock worker's uniform) along the way; that t-shirt must stink by now. Having an MP3 player would be interesting, especially if you can listen to music in the background while continuing to move around.


The thought of Ryo having a cellphone doesn't sit right with me, though. Being able to just pull it out and speed dial someone feels less satisfying that having to manually dial every digit of the number on one of the only three available phones in the game.

Offline The Hazuki Legacy

Re: A question to make you feel old
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2014, 07:32:20 AM »
Personally I think the time gap would only improve Shenmue, for somebody playing for the first time. I remember playing it first when it came out and thinking that 1980s was a strange time period to set the game, as it wasn't so long ago. But now, the game is set nearly 30 years ago, which adds to the allure. Particularly because so many people are in love with the 80s now.


I'm not so sure that a Shenmue set in 2001 would feel much different to one set in 2014. Times haven't changed all that much in my opinion, in these past 13 years.

Offline Son ALA

Re: A question to make you feel old
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2014, 07:47:40 PM »
You're right about the console...it probably would just be the previous system of whoever makes the game. I like the idea of different clothing items but i would like everything customizable, dock suit, dojo suit, house suit when youre home after 8pm and then you have to change if you want to leave the house.