Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we didn’t have to resort to operations with any kind of opposition to be heard by people who make things to pass the time? Now I don’t care much for politics, but when people resort to protesting, it seems to me that democracy has fallen short. Good thing gaming is not a democracy. But that anyone still thinks so needs to check if they can present only partial support for a product or company by buying only part of a product. Voting with your wallet is a completely broken and impossible concept because we can’t choose to reward good game design and punish bad business practices at the same time (at least not legally). The “THOUSANDS" of regular gamers represented by Operation Rainfall should be millions, because that’s how many gamers matter. Unfortunately for them, their ideology is that of a special interest, overinflated sense of importance and all.
In an ideal democracy (there you go using that word again), everyone’s word matters equally. Because Operation Rainfall’s members are the ones writing paper letters and going on the media and thinking that video games are more worth their attention than anything else that could benefit from such actions, they think they should be rewarded over those who see through their self-serving campaigns. And they are, with more opportunities to feed into something that countless other games never had and never will. They tell people to go buy specific games and gain from their months of hard work, but they implicitly suggest to those who do to say Operation Rainfall sent them. If they really cared about localization of high-profile games that according to them are unfairly denied chances in English localization, they wouldn’t put so much effort into making a name for themselves first. But Exy, if they don’t have a notable media presence, how are they supposed to effect any change in the industry? Instead of working within the current system to give thousands of people a label, they ought to be trying to break it so that the games of their choosing should not have to be spoken for like children begging for a limited-release toy. Do they really care about Nintendo’s well-being, trying to get them off their laurels so they can let niche gamers stop making begging videos, or are they just trying to become Nintendo’s guardian angels as far as the headlines are concerned and look good while doing it?
The answer is on you. As you can see from my meandering train of thought above, I wanted to stop doing this long ago, but myopic activists like the one linked just won’t let me put it to rest. I really don’t want this blog to become a single-target soapbox. I didn’t name it after a play on a 3DS title so I could take potshots solely at a Nintendo-centric organization.
[Update May 6 2012] It appears that the post this responds to no longer exists. Does this mean I win? Pity I decided against quoting it here.