No, Inafune Did Not Say "It's Better Than Nothing" - UPDATE

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No, Inafune Did Not Say "It's Better Than Nothing" - UPDATE

Lost in translation.

Update: After having the clip viewed by an independent translator, it appears that the translator in the video added his own commentary at the end of Inafune's response, without indicating that he was no longer translating for Inafune. We deeply regret this error. The original story can still be viewed below.

Original: In a now archived Mighty No. 9 countdown livestream, Keiji Inafune joined other members of the Comcept team to chat about the crowdfunded spiritual successor to Mega Man and field some questions. It's no secret that Mighty No. 9 had a rough development, plagued by multiple delays and increasingly frustrated Kickstarter backers. When the most recent release date was revealed - it's today, by the way - many braced for another delay. However the game is here, and according to Inafune, "it's better than nothing."

"The reality is they put everything into making this game," Inafune said through a translator, Comcept's Ben Judd. "They didn't try to microtransaction it out, they didn't try to DLC it out for extra money. They put it all in."

"So, for now, this is what you see and what you get, for the Mighty No. 9 world," he continued. "But, again, we can hope that if things go well, there'll be sequels. Because I'll tell you what, I'm not getting my 2D side-scrolling fill. And at the end of the day, even if it's not perfect, it's better than nothing. At least, that's my opinion."

Earlier this month, Inafune was already discussing a sequel, saying that says that development on a sequel is "already in our minds," with the mindset of "we'll do it even if it doesn't sell."

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Thanks. Can we get nothing instead?

Better than nothing? Sold! I can not stop throwing money at the screen right now.
When the developer of the game himself says that the game is "better than nothing", then there's no way I am not buying something that must be THAT good.

Anyway, the game DID have DLC, didn't it? Laura.K's review mentioned the only standout level and boss fight was it. Naughty Inafune, naughty. *Bats head with rolled up newspaper* You didn't attend those PR 101 lessons, did you?

"it's better than nothing."

That's reassuring. Bet the PR team high fived at the end.

You see that argument only works if the product cost nothing Mr. Inafune. When people pay 4 million dollars for something that honestly looks like it could have cost 40 thousand to create then there is a big problem.

That is probably a "lost in translation" thing. Japanese has plenty of turns of phrase which are entirely positive, but when literally translated have negative connotations in English. A big part of it stems from seeking to be unassertive in the language used, so it comes across as wishy-washy to our ears whereas a Japanese would simply hear it as a positive opinion.

(The giggles in class when my friend realised "you're not ugly" is a perfectly acceptable thing to say to a girl, whereas "you're beautiful" is rude...)

"Its better than nothing."

That's the sign that you didn't even try. I'm hoping he crashes and burns for this level of dicking of his fan. Because he doesn't deserve any money if he keeps pulling shit like that.

I'd like a sequel. A sequel would allow for development to be a lot smoother.

Honestly, the overzealous kickstarter stretch goals are what led to this game's flunk.

Wow, Inafune. Wow.

Way to have faith in your product. Way to not give any confidence in it.

Speaking as a backer, the way you said that in such a patronizing way makes me kind of hope that the sales figures make you cry like an anime fan in an overused meme.

"It's better than nothing!"

I bet that's really reassuring to the Kickstarter backers that are probably crying like anime fans on prom night.

It's really not. I thought the ads were obnoxious, then I watched people play the game. It's somehow more obnoxious.

I disagree Mr. Inafune. Nothing wouldn't have continued the degradation of a classic platformer.

This game's marketing never ceases to amaze me. First the "anime fan on prom night" thing, then this.

Well apparently the $4,000,000 from kickstarter backers wasn't spent on PR or media coaching.

How stupid to have to be to make a comment like this. It's basically just saying "I know it's crap but it's what you've got so stop complaining... oh and make sure you buy it so that we can make sequels which could actually be good".

Wow. With such positive reassurances like that, I bet the financial department will be crying like an anime fan on prom night.

Sounds like the man is extremely confident in his final product.

Man, what a shit show.

Given the marketing this shows what Publishers are intended for. An ad campaign that appears to alienate a portion of its audience. The ad strikes as if it were made by a non-professional PR firm, or at least not a Video Game Publisher PR Firm focusing on Anime-ish titles. If this were a Sports game trying to appeal to the Bro demographic then the ad works just fine, but since this is a Mega-Man clone, and there is lots of Mega-Man anime it would be foolish to offend the free advertising Otaku.

Inafune should have had more of a script, or at least pre-planned lines to say why someone should buy the game. A publisher would have vetted this, and informed him that even though Modesty is considered a virtue in English, but Better than Nothing isn't positive in English. Better than Nothing is used to explain moldy bread when I've been starving for days.

Saying "It's not as good as the best Mega-Man game, and that it's a good starting point to make more like the First Mega Man Game." would at least maintain the modesty, and not come accost as bad food when I'm starving.

I mean, I know you gave us 4 million dollars on kickstarter and pissed you off in several ways, but guys, come on, be thankful that you got anything! Yeah, fuck you sir

Its saying "yeah you paid us a shitload of cash, so we shit a load on you in return. better than nothing. Fund us again please!"

Man everybody's already said the things I was going to say. I'm crying like an anime fan on prom night. Which is to say not at all, because there's no reason to think an anime fan wouldn't be able to get a date for prom, or would even care about it in the first place.

MatthewTheDark:
"Its better than nothing."

That's the sign that you didn't even try. I'm hoping he crashes and burns for this level of dicking of his fan. Because he doesn't deserve any money if he keeps pulling shit like that.

No, it's not a sign that they didn't even try. It's a sign that they tried but failed to meet their expectations.

I somehow think this is actually a mis-translation or there is something lost in the translation. I seriously doubt he meant it the way English speakers mean it when they say something like that. I think that people were way too sensitive about that anime fan thing when the trailer first released. Part of me thinks so called "geek culture" has actually lost a lot of self awareness with it's apparent popularity.

I'm also tired of seeing people whine about Kickstarters not going exactly as planned. I mean, how dumb are you, it's a risk. I have been burned, I'm not sitting here boiling about pissed at everything the team that worked on it did. Grow up. Also, everyone needs to stop acting they paid $4Million dollars for the game. How about we don't all sit here and pretend to know what game development is actually like for just one second.

Give Obsidian $4M and they give us Pillars of Eternity, whereas these guys create a sub-par platformer that even they cant get enthused about!

Guess which company i'm more likely to throw money at for another game?

Cartographer:
That is probably a "lost in translation" thing. Japanese has plenty of turns of phrase which are entirely positive, but when literally translated have negative connotations in English. A big part of it stems from seeking to be unassertive in the language used, so it comes across as wishy-washy to our ears whereas a Japanese would simply hear it as a positive opinion.

(The giggles in class when my friend realised "you're not ugly" is a perfectly acceptable thing to say to a girl, whereas "you're beautiful" is rude...)

Shhhhh, stop being so reasonable, clearly we should all overreact and overblow another tiny little (potentially completely imagined) infraction committed by this game dev. The development of this game hasn't been a big enough shit-show yet, we gotta get those last few negative news posts trending before a couple of weeks pass and the game drifts from a talking point to barely remembered blip in history.

Seriously, the internet needs to calm its tits on this thing. Disclaimer: I've never played a mega-man game, didn't back this, and have no intention of playing it, but the gaming fandom have been complete gibbering howler monkeys at the whole thing. 'Oh no, they hired a woman as community manager and she's clearly going to change the game in a variety of ways we hate, because that's what community managers do'. 'Oh no, the trailer had a joke at anime fan's expense, and despite the fact it was from a company that obviously like anime, given they tried to kickstart one, and the fact that we will regularly decry those hated 'SJW's' for being offended too easily, we will shit a brick, and yell about our hurt feelings, with no sense of irony whatsoever'.

I mean the game does look pretty terrible, and it hasn't reviewed well, but that almost seems like it's what gamers wanted at this point, so their bitching and moaning could be vindicated.

But would you still offer refunds?
Of course I'm keeping

Cartographer:
That is probably a "lost in translation" thing. Japanese has plenty of turns of phrase which are entirely positive, but when literally translated have negative connotations in English. A big part of it stems from seeking to be unassertive in the language used, so it comes across as wishy-washy to our ears whereas a Japanese would simply hear it as a positive opinion.

(The giggles in class when my friend realised "you're not ugly" is a perfectly acceptable thing to say to a girl, whereas "you're beautiful" is rude...)

in mind. Also that's cross-gender interaction for you.

Quellist:
Give Obsidian $4M and they give us Pillars of Eternity, whereas these guys create a sub-par platformer that even they cant get enthused about!

Guess which company i'm more likely to throw money at for another game?

So does that mean everybody here would donate $10-20 million to a totallynotnewvegassequel?

Considering a lot of backers codes aren't working, the DLC codes are wrong, and oh! My personal favorite, the WiiU backers are getting their systems bricked by it, no, I would say nothing would be a step up.

Correction: apparently the WiiU systems are locking up forcing a hard reset, not bricking. Still, There hasn't been a system release yet without major problems going on.

Well. That's the kind of stirring, heartfelt, emotionally-charged speech that gets the team committing suicide en masse.

And, yes, yes, I know- translation. But unless the translator is totally failing at their job, it's hard not to see that last sentence as mixed expectations at best. As "At least we finally got something out the door, and it is unquestionably videogame-shaped."

Even for people as famously self-deprecating as the Japanese, that's pitching low ball.

LegendaryGamer0:
So does that mean everybody here would donate $10-20 million to a totallynotnewvegassequel?

Dunno about that but i'd donate heavily KOTOR 3 if Obsidian were behind it.

Quellist:

Dunno about that but i'd donate heavily KOTOR 3 if Obsidian were behind it.

A good idea but we both know how EA is about good ideas.

LordLundar:
Considering a lot of backers codes aren't working, the DLC codes are wrong, and oh! My personal favorite, the WiiU backers are getting their systems bricked by it, no, I would say nothing would be a step up.

Does anyone know how much money is left from the donations? Because I think the Wii U backers are going to be getting their money back either willingly on the part of Inafune or in a court of law.

RJ Dalton:
Man everybody's already said the things I was going to say. I'm crying like an anime fan on prom night. Which is to say not at all, because there's no reason to think an anime fan wouldn't be able to get a date for prom, or would even care about it in the first place.

I know I didnt. I went to Bennigans instead.

LegendaryGamer0:

LordLundar:
Considering a lot of backers codes aren't working, the DLC codes are wrong, and oh! My personal favorite, the WiiU backers are getting their systems bricked by it, no, I would say nothing would be a step up.

Does anyone know how much money is left from the donations? Because I think the Wii U backers are going to be getting their money back either willingly on the part of Inafune or in a court of law.

Looks like I had to do a correction. The systems aren't being bricked, just locked up forcing a hard reset. Still pretty bad for a game that was declared to be ready to be shipped last year.

LordLundar:

Looks like I had to do a correction. The systems aren't being bricked, just locked up forcing a hard reset. Still pretty bad for a game that was declared to be ready to be shipped last year.

Oh. Still pretty bad though, but not the total pit of hell that would have been total bricking.

Also looking at your join date, you totally should have posted in the "oldest active users" thread a while back!

So many hateful posts over one comment... that was mentioned live... and translated. Am I missing something?

There has to be something lost in translation here.

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