Gaming communities... "Like this page to show your support". "Join the cause to bring <insert game here> to <insert country here>". Facebook has given gamers a stage to show their love and support for unreleased/cancelled games. The question is... do the companies care? Read on to hear about some current initiatives and successes of the vocal minority.
Many of you may have heard about Operation Rainfall . It is a fan-driven campaign that recently had some success in the gaming industry. They wanted three games released in the U.S. and now two of them are on their way . So it gets gamers to think... if we yell loud enough will someone hear us and actually give us what we want? In Operation Rainfall's case, the answer is "yes".
So one group was successful... can anyone else replicate their success? If you are a frequent visitor to LGOD you may have read about Capcom teasing the 3DS community with a game called Mega Man Legends 3. Tease is the proper term because the minute Keiji Inafune left they pulled the plug on the development and provided ridiculous reasons such as "the game was not up to the standards they have envisioned". Maybe it was true, but with Mega Man's mass exodus from the gaming world, one can't seem to think that Capcom is putting the Blue Bomber on a hiatus. That got some gamers upset. A game that they were anticipating was pulled out right from under them without any real justification. What's a gamer to do in this situation? In the past, if a game wasn't released after it was announced it would just fade away into oblivion and would never be heard from again. Games like Disaster: Day of Crisis and Project H.A.M.M.E.R. But now with the power of Facebook, gamers don't just get angry... they get organized.
One group in particular really wants Mega Man Legends 3 released so they formed the Facebook community " 100,000 Strong for Bringing Back Mega Man Legends 3 ". Even though the community is currently shy of its 100,000 goal, it has brought folks from all over the world together in hopes of seeing the Blue Bomber in portable 3D for the first time ever. The question is, what is Capcom's real reason for canceling the game and can any number of fans change their mind? My thought is that it can't hurt to try... and hey finding other people with the same common interest is a welcome side-effect.
So no matter whose side you're on or whether you care about any of these games, you got to feel good that gamers can gather around a cause and make an impact on whether a game is released or not. This is a fairly new concept in the gaming world so it makes you wonder. If gamers ask for a game to be released, the company releases it and no one buys it, does this affect future campaigns? If no one buys Xenoblade Chronicles, will Nintendo do gamers anymore favors? If Xenoblade Chronicles is successful, will Capcom give into their fans to try to replicate that success? Do I have to support and buy all the games that people campaign for so I might get a game released that I want in the future? There is an age old saying that should be inserted here... be careful what you wish for . We all want games to come out but if we ask for too many and not enough people buy them, companies might stop doing us favors. But you can't help to support the games you love... so in the meantime keep on doing what you're doing Internet.