In all honesty, the vastly improved treatment of the DQ fanbase can possibly bolster sales for their other products. When you treat a large sum of people like outcasts simply because they are not your biggest group, your reputation will suffer. Let's pretend there were only 100,000 DQ fans in the US (though in reality likely far more)- that's 100,000 more people bringing down your reputation in addition to the larger fanbases being pissed at you. Its the snowball effect.
If you need to sell 10,000,000 copies to break even, you don't want people you essentially abused possibly costing you the sale of,let's pick a random number and say, 500,000 copies. That 5% loss could easily break you.
Making nice with us was wise. Let's say every DQ fan now pays heed to the company and finds more titles they like. Would you like to sell several hundred thounsand more copies of various non-DQ products? Would you like those people to do a little word of mouth with their friends?
SE finally learned the following:
1) You can't piss off your big fan bases with crappy quality. DQ aside, the FF14 fiasco and such really burned their core American fanbase.
2) Thanks to the Phil Rogers blog essentially blowing up in their face with no sheep coming out to play, they learned their consumers are not fools. They were expecting sheeple to type FF and KH so they could act like heroes. 85% of the posts were angry DQ fans.
3) Don't blame a series for not selling well when your own ineptitude of marketing is to blame.
4) Your company will gain more respect by putting out quality for all fans. If you only seek to sell mega-multi-million hits, your board of directors likely suffers from narcissistic personality disorder. At the rate SE was going, employee insurance rates were bound to skyrocket due to a dire need of mind altering prescriptions and mandated group therapy sessions.
Bottom line: be reasonable with DQ, don't drop another half-assed FF game, and remember that the KH folks are not ignorant children just because they like a game with Disney characters.
I really hate to play devil's advocate here, but FF15 is a mainline title in that series that, internationally, people have waited years for. It is also a fresh release in terms of treating right the FF fanbase, which has been unhappy for quite some time.
DQ Builders is a spin off and a localization of a title that they've already profited from in its Japanese release. If this was DQ 11, a major main series title, I'd be more irked.
However, their cover photo is DQ builders, so I don't think they're playing dumb to the series like they used to. The thing here is FF15 has been a very hot topic for a few years now. If they mess that up, they'll suffer in both the Japanese market on top of the rest of the world.
Probably my most off-putting thing about country is the fake, twangy accent. Stop that. As sad as this is, it's more "authentic" to some of the audience than that stuff.
Although more "American" than country, I discovered this band on a blind listen and they're pretty awesome.
I see what you mean by "American". Rural but not deliberately twangy.
If you get right down to it, country is a melding of American folk, blues and Western. The rare Hank Williams recording of San Antonio Rose illustrates this well. It is basically the music of rural America, regardless of region. However, what sets apart the guys like Hank from the Blake Sheltons is the same thing that sets apart the Doors from Justin Beiber. You need to do more than put on an act or pretend you're putting your heart into it- you need to approach the music with full passion.
Again I reference "Weary Blues From Waitin' ". That song was in fact a demo recording, and so much heart was put into the performance that it was eventually overdubbed and included in a greatest hits compilation. Personally, I much prefer Hank with a guitar alone: it gives insight to the man and what he felt. Slide guitars only take away from the desolate intensity.
I should also add that my Dad was born in 1931 (I was born in 1979 when he was 47), and I heard a lot of the stuff from earlier- try Hank Snow, Johnny Horton, early Johnny Cash, little Jimmy Dickens, etc. My folks had old LPs from the 50s. To him, Waylon Jennings post-clean shaven was "new fangled".
Think of it this way- people will still likely be listening to rock and roll gods like Zepplin and the Beatles long after our grandkids are dead and gone. Yes, after our grandkids are gone. Time can whither away a lot of things, but quality and heart are not among them.
I think a lot of the then DW regulars knew each other and visited different sites.
James Gray's Dragon-Warrior.com, Dustin's DQ Shrine, Endwin's Alefgard, Erdrick's Dragon Quest/Dragon Warrior News Network, Woodus's Dragon's Den.
I visited all of them, although I participated more in Dragon-Warrior.com at first, then at Endwin's message boards (which were meant to be a unified point for many sites), and then here.
Got a couple of "Dwaine posts" in response to some of them, but I quickly learned his sense of humor
How did you do it? It's been years and I still haven't learned it.
Once you get it, you can't help but smile at it. How can you not laugh with a guy whose interests are dark haired women and breakfast foods? Hard not to think of Ron Swanson tossing vegan bacon in the trash and asking for more.
I actually found this site at the college library when I was a student at New England Culinary Institute. That was Summer of '97. At the time, my interest in video games did not exist. I was about a career. Anyway, I searched Dragon Warrior for the heck of it. I didn't really go through the site at all, but I knew of it.
When I turned 21 in 2000, I began realizing that although cooking was a job I liked, I didn't want to be one of those "food 24-7, 90 hour a week" people. I had originally put DQ in the past, since I didn't want to deal with not getting games. That year I somehow beat FF7 (which I begrugdingly accepted as the closest i could ever get to the series I loved) all while bar hopping, working up to 14 hours a day as a cook, partying with friends and a mess of stuff. It remains my most cherished year for many reasons. I was also introduced to emulation that year, so I was able to accept that the batteries in my NES games were likely dead.
Anyway, in 2001 I hit a rut year and wound up in a bad relationship, missing DQ7. I was still drinking heavily with friends until 4 or five in the morning. The year after, I wound up bouncing around and spending the next several years on the Lost Highway.
In 2004 I met my oldest son's mother. By the start of the following year, I was going for custody. I had to sober up, and eventually I wound up with full legal custody. My folks allowed me to stay with them for a long spell thanks to my ex not showing to court and losing all custodial time. In 2006, I bought a PS2 for the release of DQ8.
I met and married my current wife in 2007. After we moved into our place I discovered Youtube. Then came 2008. For the first time, I decided to actually look at a video of DQ5. In my frustration, I did a Google search and found the fan translation. After discovering multiple versions of the DQ6 ROM, I finally joined the Den to get info. I sent a message about them to Woodus, who graciously replied.to me although I was new. In fact, I never truly introduced myself to everyone. I knew this was a cool spot since I was simply invited to talk.
So I found this place 11 years before joining. I would've been here sooner if not for poor life decisions. But then again, my early to mid twenties were a wild ride, so maybe it all panned out for the best.
And in case anyone wonders what going dow the Lost highway is:
This was actually a cover of a song written by Leon Payne, but Hank sang it like he was ripping pages from his diary. I truly felt this way a lot back in the day.
If you haven't had sex yet, it's not a huge deal, except the anticipation. Though as a guy, blue ball syndrome gets much worse into your 20's, and more frequent. Heck I was a virgin until 27, by choice as well. Eventually I just said f-it to the notion of waiting until marriage.
If you have, well, then you'd know it changes your whole dynamic after having sex for the first time. Your body and brain chemistry alters to desire sex a great deal more than you ever did prior. It also means you channel that energy more effectively into other avenues, and is one reason some people hold off on sex to function in other ways...however withholding for an extended period causes a certain frustration and anxiety. This eventually builds and causes all sorts of problems, such as irrational anger, and actually enhances psychological issues and physiological issues. It's also intriguing to note that someone who has sex doesn't actually...LOSE energy, as so many myths love to claim, in fact it actually builds up even more energy...I find anyway. 12 hours of sex...we're both tired, we rest for 2 hours, bam, whomever the girl is and I are energized and ready to handle anything...and eat about 1/10th the food I'd eat otherwise, and that lasts about 48 hours so long as we're around one another (meaning if I want to go out, have fun, or stay in and have a marathon of a sort...yeah, that's definitely possible), and 12~24 if I have to go to work. I also find I focus better after the fact. Though that only works when with a girl, and seems to be tied to emotional bonds, the stronger they are, the more energy you both end up having, at least in my experience. Alone, no, it only triggers the other element of having sex: release of sexual frustration, and all the problems that go along with it.
Thus it's an old adage, and a great way to poke fun at someone who seems irrationally snitty, angry, or grumpy...especially when it's usually the case.
Of course if you're in a relationship and your lady isn't putting out...time to move on. No relationship can handle sexual suppression, and it's actually damaging to the psyche, soul, and sense of bond both have with one another. Case in point...the best and most meaningful relationships, even in their old age still do it, and yes, they do it more than once a week. I've met a few couples like that. Spry, happy, spunky, never bitter, and always child-like in the amount of curiosity and energy they possess. Unlike their opposite, the near defunct and dead couples who simply stopped, and become bitter, resentful, aggressive, and grumpy, and often shake canes at people, call the police for the most minor of disturbances, and you find their kids hate themselves, hate their parents, and their grand children are druggies one stop from death's door, all simply due to their grandparents being idiots about the nature of reality and how to stay a happy couple. Yeah, I serious, sex and happiness, in a relationship, is EVERYTHING. They're intrinsically tied.
Wilhelm Reich figured this out ages ago as well, that most of the anger, frustration, and mental disturbances occur because of built up sexual frustration. I should point out he's the only therapist with a 100% breakthrough rate, even if his methods and motives were questionable, he at least hit on a key element missing in the lives of so many people. However it's deeper than that, one must then learn about the deeper self, the hidden elements of self, then learn to define oneself as you wish to...but that's another story, because that frustration can be channeled into very disturbing, disgusting, and horrific ways, and that only an individual can fix, but first the trigger must be addressed, then the history buried deep in the mind that led to that sexually frustrated life, which is often something the parents did or did not do...and then addressing your own darkness created by you as a result of these compounded problems.
Anyway, far more information than you probably dreamed of, lol. TMI guy strikes again!
Now a quote of wisdom:
"You people that don't smoke, what do you do when you finish (deleted)ing, eat jelly beans?"- Redd Foxx.
"The Lord created the fart, then put a smell in it so the deaf could enjoy it!"- also Redd Foxx