the origin of bad games

This article frustrated me when I saw it today on IGN. Regarding the Chrono Trigger games, Shinji Hashimoto (VP of Square-Enix) said the franchise hasn’t sold well enough to justify developing new titles. When told fans are anxious to see more games, he said:

“That’s not what the sales tell me! … If people want a sequel, they should buy more!”

There are two games in the series, and they’re both over 9 years old! The reason sales aren’t high is because you’ve sold us the same game three times! Chrono Trigger was a simply amazing game. It’s either my number one or number two spot for my favorite game of all time, but I’m sorry, I’m not going to buy it again. I’ve already bought it twice (SNES and Playstation). I’ve also bought Chrono Cross twice (I lost my first copy).

If Square-Enix keeps thinking like this, I have a feeling that Final Fantasy will become like the next Madden that just keeps getting rehashed every year, and frankly, it’s already pretty close to that. You’re making videogames people! I know it’s about money to you, but it’s about fun to your fans. Why should we buy Chrono Trigger again?

June 8, 2009 at 11:22 am

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