Vita owners have a lot to be upset about. I wrote on Sony’s Vita efforts earlier this week, bemoaning their attempts at masking a new peripheral as a benefit to their handheld.
Purported to be an accident (but so crushing that it’s hard to believe so), Sony’s PlayStation blog published a story with the headline “Final Fantasy Type-0 Coming to PS Vita”. Within the hour, Sony recognized the error, and swapped “Vita” for “PS4″.
All this anger and vitriol has resulted in a Twitter campaign, with supporters using the #NOVITANOBUY hashtag. There’s a Change.org petition as well, which at this point is nearly 1000 signatures strong.
What I’m having trouble with is this movement’s message. Not only am I not clear of what they aren’t buying (PS4s, Xbox Ones, the game altogether?), I think the tone behind it all is far too aggressive.
It wasn’t long ago that the #Miiquality argument took over our social networks and message boards. The original intent was to show Nintendo the gay community’s displeasure with the lack of same sex marriages in Tomodachi Life. While some supporters refused to buy the game, the original intent was to have Nintendo acknowledge their cause, which in the end is just what happened.
What’s happening with Final Fantasy Type-0 is too threatening to gain much traction. While I understand the value of “speaking with your wallet”, this all just seems too dramatic. As I said, it’s unclear who the target is, as there’s no “central command”, no guiding force. The hashtag is so much of an attack, that there’s no real response or argument to have. It’s either “give us what we want, or go to hell”.
I’d love Sony to take the Vita more seriously, but there’s other ways to go about this. #VitaNeedsGames could be just as strong a movement, and leaves room for discussion.
We’ll see how this plays out, and maybe I’ll be wrong and gamers will get what they want. I don’t think it’s ever wrong to make your voice heard, but tone and intent are paramount.