Author Topic: #TakeMyMoneySoE: Or, a campaign to get SoE to localise games  (Read 2570 times)

Offline Overlord

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#TakeMyMoneySoE: Or, a campaign to get SoE to localise games
« on: April 15, 2016, 01:29:06 pm »
(crosspost from Sonic Retro: Hi! http://forums.sonicretro.org/index.php?showtopic=35407 )

https://twitter.com/SEGA_Europe

This is Sega Europe. They do things like localise games from Japanese and release them in the UK, Germany, France, Australia, etc.

Oh, did I say localise games? Old hat. Their current job is to say "no information at this time" to any questions on Twitter. Over and over and over again. This is a shame, because SoE used to be the best Sega division, and SoA has rather cheekily stolen this title in the last couple of years.

The only reason I can think of for them doing this (other than just tormenting the audience, and I can't see this as a logical business decision), is that they don't think they'll make any money on a release. That the translation won't get them sales, and that they need some incentive or something.

Right. They want some incentive? Let's bloody GIVE them an incentive! If the only thing they're going to listen to is cold hard cash, I think we can do that.

Here's the plan:

1) Get some bank notes, how much a game'd cost in your local currency. This is an SoE focused effort so we're looking at pounds, Euros, Australian or New Zealand dollars (though if any Yanks want to join in, I don't see the harm in a few dollarbux posts either!)

2) Write the name of a game SoE has yet to make any sort of plans for in Europe, but that already came out in the US, on a sheet of A4 paper in nice readable letters.

3) Take a photo of these two things and post it on Twitter to @SEGA_Europe, with the hashtag #TakeMyMoneySoE somewhere in the tweet.

I think we'll be most effective if we do one game at a time, and I'm going to crosspost this to a few places. How about we start with a nice simple and obvious one? SEGA 3D Classics Collection. Here's a tweet I made earlier:

https://twitter.com/Overlord_public/status/721039532293013504

This game would cost £30, €40, or $60AUD? - if anyone here's using Krona or Swiss Francs or whatever, please feel free to work out your equivalent amount and hop onboard the money train. Do whatever you want with the notes once you've taken the picture, you don't need to specifically ear-mark it for the relevant game right now - but if it DOES result in them releasing the relevant game, then you'd better be planning on buying it or this only ends up being a one-shot deal and we lose any future power we might have had.

The whole point of this idea is to make Sega Europe realise just how much cash they're losing by constantly refusing to localise anything - and because a lot of the output is for the damn 3DS, we have no way of importing it (alright, yes, homebrew region-ignoring hax, but that carries its own risks). Maybe if they can physically SEE what they're losing, they might bloody DO something about it.
« Last Edit: April 15, 2016, 01:46:46 pm by Overlord »
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Offline Barry the Nomad

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Re: #TakeMyMoneySoE: Or, a campaign to get SoE to localise games
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2016, 01:36:38 pm »
I'm all for this! A positive way to show SEGA Europe what fans want. Just tweeted a link to this post. Hope it does some good.

Offline FlareHabanero

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Re: #TakeMyMoneySoE: Or, a campaign to get SoE to localise games
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2016, 05:54:24 pm »
I just want a public statement clarifying why exactly the SEGA of Europe branch is slogging behind. Some sort of localization team problem behind the scenes? Licencing problems? Budget problems? Anything at all?

Offline Team Andromeda

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Re: #TakeMyMoneySoE: Or, a campaign to get SoE to localise games
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2016, 02:17:17 am »
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I'm all for this! A positive way to show SEGA Europe what fans want. Just tweeted a link to this post. Hope it does some good.


It's pretty sad that SEGA Europe can't work out that its fans would like SEGA 3D Classics Collection or 7th Dragon and so on . SEGA Europe seem to have gone back to their lame pathetic 32 bit and DC days . Its not like they ever have much to translate given SEGA Japan lame output of late either. 
« Last Edit: April 17, 2016, 03:10:20 am by Team Andromeda »
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Offline TimmiT

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Re: #TakeMyMoneySoE: Or, a campaign to get SoE to localise games
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2016, 02:25:49 pm »
SEGA Europe has responded on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/SEGA_Europe/status/721300588932239361
https://twitter.com/SEGA_Europe/status/721299955093266432

Not really a confirmation of that the games will be released in Europe, but they are looking into it and are listening. So all the more reason to continue this campaign.

Offline Centrale

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Re: #TakeMyMoneySoE: Or, a campaign to get SoE to localise games
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2016, 08:08:15 pm »
I'll see what I can do.