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Thank you everyone for the kind words.
We have received an unimaginable amount of press over this. Most good, some bad. There are some places that seem to think we took food from the mouths of the kids and gave the money instead to the game.
We were made aware of this place a few minutes ago. My brother decided to respond to these people.. This is just one of several places giving us bad press.
All the outside money we receive goes to the kids. All advertising costs come from my brother and I. We have spent plenty of money in advertising over the years but none has ever got us the exposure we have received now. All the advertising we did in the past only got to western parts of China, now we have been getting attention not just in ALL of China, but globally. The best part is the money we spent didn't go to some large marketing corporation but to Shenmue and dinner with Y'S. It was the smartest decision we ever made.
We have been getting ton's of gaming sites in China trying to interview us. We have been on the news in Guilin (5M people). Even Eurogamer.net posted our story on Twitter a few minutes ago.
I'm having a hard time with the criticism, frankly. I have only had the intention of helping the school. I wish people would look at this and think about giving of their time and energy to helping others but some people only live to hate and criticize. If people are thinking we are spending our money unwisely, let's hear what they are doing to help the world and what better ways they are spending their money on charity...
I wish I would have avoided listing my requests. They were no more than day dreams. It really doesn't matter if Yu does anything for us or not. I don't want him to feel we are forcing this on him. We wanted to get people interested in the school and get more people involved in being teachers. Donations aren't even that important at the moment. We have local organizations that donate some and the attention we have been getting will encourage them to donate more.
Some people have accused us of doing this for fame yet no one even knows our real names. My brother has posted in a few places on Facebook so some people know him now but I have remained anonymous. I like it that way. :D
I need to clear things up. I'm surprised to read the comments but I can see that the article doesn't explain this. We receive donations and that money always goes directly to rent, books, cafeteria, housekeeping, etc. Some will go to advertsing costs but a majority of advertising comes right out our pocket and it's always about $30,000 a year. Because Shenmue was our inspiration we decided to pledge our own money (not donated money), to Shenmue III. The recognition we received in the last few weeks is more than $30,000 got us last year. In the world of branding It was honestly a no brainer. What's better click-ads online or a dinner with Yu Suzuki?
Eurogamer: One thing our readers care a lot about is getting the full value of any triple-A game they purchase. Will there be any kind of micro-transactions or in-game purchase system?
PR: Again, we're not talking about any DLC. Just what we're showing at E3.
Eurogamer: Micro-transactions aren't really DLC... They'll be in the game from day one, if they are in there.
PR: We're not talking about that today.
Eurogamer: Hopefully they don't die. I'll be upset if they die.
Ingvarsdottir: [Laughs] We won't make you upset.
These are not Nvidia graphics card-specific issues, the spokesperson added, but PC-specific issues.
Once again look past the fact its for Shenmue 3 and look at the business practice being employed.
Shenmue 1 had a lot of detail in its relatively small locations. I was hoping they would go down that route.
well, given that you've apparently watched most of his back catalogue, apparently there's money to be made in dross? :)
i bet significantly more people have watched bloodrayne than fitzcarraldo. that's the world we live in.
the benefits are nice. More variety and a more rewarding experience with friends.