In my last post I mentioned that I am currently taking a research class, where I learn about methods in conducting research and where I start a project on my own. Because October was such a busy, nerve-wrecking month, I admittedly have fallen behind in gathering data. So to catch up, I'll just say it.
I'm doing online ethnographic research on the Megami Tensei fanbase. In plain man's speak, I'm studying the people who play games in the MegaTen franchise. What games do they generally enjoy playing? What do they enjoy about MegaTen? How did they get introduced to the franchise? Why is MegaTen's popularity growing outside of Japan? What games helped to spread MegaTen love and why?
If you say Persona 4 Dancing All Night as an answer to every single question, I'm gonna smack you.
... As a proud Vita owner, I refuse to buy this... THING.
I have heard so many things on various sites from so many people that it's hard to keep track of a general consensus on what the fans like. Since some fans have been gaming far longer than I, whatever I may say on my own would be laughable. Thanks why I want to talk to other fans, who all have their own experiences, personalities, and interests that may differentiate them from others. I might never know what the face of the fans may be like if I don't ask around and talk to fans.
|I hate this pic. I hate this pic. I hate this pic. I hate this pic.|
Or maybe I was an oddball who happened to find a few nice people in the community. I will never know unless I look deeper and do some damn research.
|WHAT?! EASY MODO, YOU BAKA! COVER EVERYTHING |
RELATED TO MEGATEN, YOU CASUAL SCUM!
Simply put, there is far too much I won't be able to realistically tackle in a few months for one class. I may have more research opportunities in the next few semesters, so I'm willing to keep this project alive.
My objective at this point is to understand why MegaTen is played, discussed, and loved. The reasons keep changing as new games are released and older ones age. One series once considered a beloved masterpiece may end up being despised later on. The Persona frenzy might die down if another series has its time in the sun. At this point, I know the results I'll get now may change later. Still, I will watch as this franchise grows and runs into some rough spots. I'm a part of this fanbase too, and I ain't going anywhere.
Yet. If such a thing existed, I might destroy all copies of Persona 3 as an apology for feeding the cash cow.
I'm still in the data collecting phase, such as visiting forums, reading articles, and listening to podcasts. I have also made a survey for anyone interested in participating. If you're a MegaTen fan who doesn't help me with this research, I'll make sure a demon possesses you while you sleep. ^_^
...And no one ate dinner that night.
Ah, priceless. XD
Someone else is free to attempt academic research on the SMT vs Persona, hardcore vs casual warfare. I've got enough on my plate for the time being.
PS - I'm shocked how very few to nonexistent survey responses have mentioned anything dealing with waifus and husbandos. Someone might be disappointed about that.