Sega has been celebrating its 60th anniversary with Sonic the Hedgehog taiyaki, and now it’s announced that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Nights into Dreams can be played free on Steam. This has gotten many fans excited, but Sonic’s lead programmer, Yuji Naka, is not pleased with this.
Naka gave his thoughts on Twitter, and SoraNews24 supplied a translation.
He continued with this tweet:
Naka got responses from both people who agreed and people who disagreed. One person in agreement wrote, “I strongly agree with you. I saw they were free on Steam yesterday, but I didn’t download them. The credits were full of people who didn’t make them. Games are for gamers and creators.”
One person who disagreed wrote, “Giving away games for free doesn’t always mean the company doesn’t value them…It lets the maximum number of people play them, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s also a thank-you to fans who have been supporting the franchise for so long, and helps keep the love that particular game going.”
What do you think of Naka’s comments?
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.