So here we are again. In all honesty; I believed that the Bayonetta 2 debacle would've been the peak of this entitlement culture that is so prevalent in gaming these days but I couldn't have been more mistaken. I've always tended to forget about the strange situation that gamers often find themselves in when it comes to the games that they love or profess to love. I saw enough hate for Bayonetta 2 (a game that would've been cancelled without Nintendo's assistance.) to make me realise that there is an insidious, entitlement culture that has seeped though the gaming community.
The biggest problem that has afflicted gaming ever since the 90s has been the fanboy. You know the kind that owns all of their favourite company's consoles and belittle the competition on a daily basis. I see that type of devotion as akin to supporting a sports team, as one tends to wrap their own self-esteem or self-worth over how well a sports team, company, game series performs. When things are going good, things are great. When things are going bad, we project our own anger and insecurities at the competition because we refuse to admit that there may be flaws, mistakes and problems that should be remedied.
I look at the various comments made on N4G, on Neogaf and I laugh at all the self-righteous indignation and resentment that seems to have been generated by a mass of sentimentalists who wear the mask that they only have the developer's best interests at heart. Well, allow me to put this into perspective for the eternally offended. The Nintendo and Atlus deal hasn't happened and it might not even happen at all which makes all this "controversy" ridiculously amusing to me. It's almost as if the very idea of Nintendo acquiring a much-respected studio is so reprehensible because Nintendo will censor them and ruin them. I mean look at what happened with Bayonetta 2? Oh right. Nothing happened with Bayonetta 2. What about that excellent RPG company Monolith Soft? Have they created a Super Mario RPG: Babby edition recently? Of course not because Nintendo already have capable teams that can already do that type of thing if they wished to. I also sincerely doubt that if Nintendo were to acquire Atlus and it's assets that they would interfere or sabotage any Atlus games because it wouldn't make much sense to mess with a winning formula. Monolith Soft has done perfectly fine since Nintendo took them over; so why can't Atlus?
Let's be realistic here for a second. What if Microsoft bought them? Would that be a far better alternative than a company like Nintendo taking over? I mean they don't make games for babbies and they did a fantastic job with Rare and have clearly shown how to properly run a once-wonderful studio into the ground. Would that be far more acceptable? Or better yet; what about if nobody bought Atlus and they simply ceased to make games altogether? For some people, it is a better alternative for that to happen than for Atlus exclusively making games for a Nintendo console. I think I could say with a great amount of certainty that if Sony were in talks over Atlus; there would be nowhere near the amount of butthurt Barrys over such an acquisition and we all know why. Nintendo does not hold any great level of respect with the "hardcore" audience and that is of no great surprise due to the lack of 3rd party support that they've suffered since the SNES days. Even the term "hardcore gamer" is laughable on the face of it because console gaming has always been decidedly casual. Anyone who has ever had to figure out how to use a DOS prompt to run a game in the good old days will understand what I mean when I say that while others may be aghast at what I've just written. The truth is the truth and there is no getting around it.
There is no such thing as a hardcore gamer. Only gamers with inflated egos and low self-esteem term themselves in such a way, as if to give themselves a status that warrants some kind of preferential treatment. We term ourselves whatever we please to give ourselves a sense of identity or a sense of belonging to something worthwhile because we become so easily attached to the people and the things around us, not truly knowing ourselves nor being honest with ourselves, as if we live in a fog of deception which is entirely our own making. People should also realise that Nintendo have been doing their best to change their image to cater to gamers of all ages. Whether or not Nintendo buy Atlus and their assets is up in the air at the moment but even if they do; any self-respecting gamer should be glad that this talented studio may be granted a reprieve to create whatever games they wish to. But let this also be known. Just because you're a fan of a company doesn't mean that you are entitled to their output or that they should follow what you have to say. Asking for a proper ending to a series or demanding bugs or glitches be fixed is not equivalent to asking a developer to be multi-platform or not to be bought over by a company that you dislike. It's not as if they'll have much choice in the matter anyway because they'll just be put up for sale with little to no input on who buys them.
I perceive that there will be a huge amount of death threats sent to Atlus if they were to go with Nintendo. The immaturity that is currently present within the gaming community does not bode well for the future of games in general, as a medium cannot fully mature unless the audience themselves have matured and that will never happen for a long while yet. Unfortunately, the more measured responses to this news have been overshadowed by a glut of whiny, entitled manchildren who cannot bear the very idea of Nintendo taking over a "beloved" company like Atlus. I look forward to the internet rage spike that may occur if the Nintendo/Atlus thing comes to fruition. So much wailing and gnashing of teeth will be unprecedented and I will stand back and mock them, ridicule them at every turn and put them on academic probation.
As Izanami from Persona 4 once said; "Your anxiety causes you to see only what you want to see and believe only what you wish to believe." If you cannot abide Atlus appearing on a Nintendo console; don't buy the console and miss out on the games. If it appears on a Sony PS4 and you can't abide Atlus appearing solely on Sony platforms; don't buy their products. Although, I sincerely doubt that would be a particular problem for a number of people on this site; I sincerely doubt that there would be any outcry of any sort if Sony were to buy Atlus.
Ah well. I look forward to the future and what it will have in store for us all. It will be most interesting to see what lies in store and I hope that Atlus will be allowed the freedom to do what they want regardless of whomever buys them.
At least they would still be in business.