If you haven't been keeping up with the community in Discord
, allow me to take a moment to update you on recent events.
Back on the day Puyo Puyo Chronicles was announced, Tucker and the other folks on the discord server started a Twitter hashtag called #PuyoChroniclesForTheWest
, and we all united to spam the heck out of @sam_mullen
. (Sam Mullen is the localization producer for SEGA US, and John Hardin is PR). This effort was pretty successful, because the two of them playfully replied back to us.
(Disclaimer: the existence of this tweet does not
confirm a localization)
I heard something interesting recently from a SEGAbits guy who's met internal SEGA staff before. Once SEGA learns about a fan community, they actually do
continue to keep an eye on fans. Basically: while it's important that we keep spreading the word about Puyo on social media, SEGA has definitely noticed us
, so you don't need to keep spamming them with beggar-like tweets.
Instead, let's focus on giving SEGA hard
evidence that Puyo Puyo is worth localizing overseas. Here's my suggestions:
- Start a local scene
Let's take some notes from the fighting game scene. While our online tournaments are nice, games truly gain momentum once people start playing the games seriously at meetups IRL. Names get attached to faces, and icons are born.
If you live near a popular arcade or gaming bar, don't pass up that blessing. Message the venue on Facebook or Twitter to buy a copy of Puyo Puyo Tetris, or bring a copy of the game yourself.
I'm going to try to start a local Puyo scene in Atlanta, so stay tuned.
- Contact important people on social media
As I said before, SEGA has already noticed our community, so spamming SEGA staff won't achieve more than we already have. Instead, you should focus on convincing influential people in the gaming community to give #PuyoChroniclesForTheWest a signal boost.
Find some folks who are important in the Fighting Game or JRPG scene, and link them our tweet.
- Join the Discord chatroom
There's usually ~80 online members on the discord server now.
The discord server is THE place to talk about gameplay, fan art, Puyo Quest, and Puyo Puyo Chronicles.
We have loads of fun on there so don't miss out: https://discord.gg/0k41S8ARwvVkuAVf
- Fight in the Beginners Tournaments
We will continue to do Beginners Tournaments every month for the rest of the year.
I know playing Puyo Puyo can be scary as a beginner. But just know that by participating, you're contributing massively to our community; you're one more person who wants Puyo to thrive as an eSport.
Keep an eye on our news for more updates on tournaments.
- Come to Anime Weekend Atlanta 2016!
Tucker, PhantasmaPlumes, and I will be hosting a Puyo panel at AWA this year. Let's meetup and play Puyo! You could win some prizes too, like a Sig charagumin.
That's all guys. Let me know if you have some serious ideas about making Puyo's localization happen. Let's make the dream happen!