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#TakeMyMoneySoE: Or, a campaign to get Sega Europe to localise games

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.

dosh_kingHere’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 (or is about to in the very near future) 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. How about we start with a nice simple and obvious one? SEGA 3D Classics Collection. Here’s a tweet I made earlier:

This game would cost £30, €40, or $60AUD? If you use another currency like Swedish krona or Swiss francs or whatever, please feel free to work out your equivalent amount and hop on-board 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.

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    People tried this with getting Christian Whitehead the go-ahead to release Sonic 3 & Knuckles for iOS & Android after all his Sega contacts got axed – during the bloodletting. No replies either.

    If Sonic 3 Remastered didn’t get momentum inside Sega, I doubt anything south of that will.

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      The goal of this is a bit more realistic than that of Sonic 3 Remastered. :V

      There are possibly legal issues holding up Sonic 3 Remastered from happening, also localising games would cheaper than remastering one. Especially localising a collection of games.

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        Not to mention Europe already has most of the games on the collection in digital form on the Nintendo eShop. What exactly would be the holdup?

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    Austria, not Australia….

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      Actually, both! Australia is in the Europe region when it comes to game distribution, they’re just the most extreme example of it. Other countries like this include South Africa and the Middle East, you just don’t hear of them often because most of the outliers are so tiny. Austria, being part of the EU, will just get the German translations.

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    The cynical bastard in me is really hoping this doesn’t set a precident for shitty companies to purposefully not localize games so they can get fans to crowdsource a localization and inevitably overcharge it.

    I’m all for this, I just hope my fears are wrong / don’t happen… often :V

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    What is that first image from? Is that Beetlejuice?

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