I have this compulsion to do whatever I can to support “the little guy”. Not in some noble “I supported Rudy before it was cool” sort of way, my efforts are a bit more…absurd.
While the net worth of a company like Atlus, XSeed and Aksys may be more than I make from a decade’s worth of work, I can’t help but see them as this little fish in a big, dirty, scummy pond. I put this idea in my head that every game may be their last, that if I don’t buy it day one and extol its virtues I could be held responsible for their downfall. And when these companies are the only few willing to publish the Japanese games I crave, another day with XSeed in the world is a blessed one.
This isn’t a selfless act of course. I’m also saving myself the trouble of tracking down a copy of Raronee’s Love Fest Plus: Limited Edition in six months for a cost triple that of its original release, or worse yet, but it digitally. Ewwwwwww.
If you’re thinking I’m a weak person with far too loose a wallet, I couldn’t argue against that. But I have made strides! Conception II had all the trappings to appeal to my sensitivies; published by Atlus, made in Japan, and just the slightest hint of This may not have made it over so you better thank us with dollars. But, I didn’t pull the trigger. I realized that I didn’t need it, that one less dungeon crawler in my life wasn’t going to kill me.
But like a youthful Paula Abdul, for every two steps forward I end up another two steps back. One Piece: Unlimited World Red released just this past Tuesday, and before that is point in time it existed far, far off my radar, floating somewhere between Call of Duty: Whatever and Dragon Ball: Charge Fest. But damn my curiosity! The GAF thread revealed it to be developed by Ganbarion, the studio behind the lovely Pandora’s Tower (and Wii Fit U no less). So now I find myself enjoying a game where it’s biggest draw means nothing to me.
I suppose in this time of AAA or bust, I don’t want to see the latter. We’ve lost too many great developers this past generation, and I’ll do what little I can to make it clear that Yes, we want to strip secret vampires in the streets of Japan, and we want to see more of it!