“Shenmue was a financial flop because they made the most expensive video game ever for a failing console with a small installed base. Yet they still managed to sell over a million copies. For any other game that would’ve been a success.”— the user “orient” over at NeoGAF. Just read that comment and loved its logicalness: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=95583592&postcount=292
The second #SaveShenmue Tweetathon of 2014 is now in the books, and once again you were louder than ever before, reaching an audience of almost 4 million followers with your public appeals for the long-overdue continuation of Ryo Hazuki’s adventure.
"#SaveShenmue and help a generation of trapped souls move on," pleaded @cubanjrisbrill, referencing the limbo in which fans have found themselves since the cliffhanger ending of Shenmue II. "I’ve been waiting over 12 years now," bared @fayextaylor.
"You can’t see it, but right now I’m throwing money at you," @MacellaroCory told Sega and the big three console makers, any of whom could cash in on the demand for closure. "Game companies of the world! Somebody please do the right thing and #SaveShenmue. We’ll love you forever!!" attested @amgamil.
"They asked Yu to ‘make a masterpiece’. He made one. They let it die. Save Shenmue!" summarized @Mooncalfian, with @D347H_1NC stating, "For 13 years a hole has grown in our hearts and for Suzuki-san as well. This legend deserves better."
"The longer you hold out, the more people you alienate," @RetroGamesColl warned the license holders, while @steeldead asked Sega and the big three, "How many tweetathons do you need to #SaveShenmue?!?"
For those keeping score at home, the Tweetathon tally so far is 24. We’ve been doing this for precisely two years now, and as the stats demonstrate, there’s simply no stopping the growth of this movement.
"Loving the fact that it’s not only me who wants to look for more sailors," rejoiced @ascully. "God damn it I totally forgot again, =[" lamented @pirate992006, who could really benefit from using http://TeamYu.net/recipe to auto-tweet every month without relying on memory…
In fact, go ahead and do it now - before you forget. We’ll be right here when you’re done…
"Why is #SaveShenmue trending?" asked @JonGryphon, who must have caught a localised flood of tweets in Toronto, because the hashtag doesn’t appear to have trended worldwide. But with your help it will, if you spread the word to be heard on the 3rd. Add a badge to your profile pic (http://twb.ly/150pKh7) and take every opportunity to promote the campaign, as we seek to recruit more and more people to fight side by side with their fellow gamers for the redemption of Yu Suzuki and the conclusion of an influential classic.
"Never give up, never say die, and never hesitate to do what is right. Fight for your dreams and fight for what makes you happy," advised @MrBryanFigueroa. And we can’t put it any better than that.
The next event takes place on March 3rd, in the shadow of GDC ‘14 later that month, an occasion with great significance to Shenmue fans no matter what is, or isn’t, announced to the world: www.thunderclap.it/projects/8602-saveshenmue-march-3rd
Huge thanks to everybody for your tremendous support, including those whose creative works we’ve shared in recent posts, and here’s to breaking more records on March 3rd. Team Yu needs YOU to #SaveShenmue!