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So, I'm very close to publishing a second book. But I'm not there yet because I've run into some issues with Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). One "solution" to my problem suggested that I needed to raise my book price in certain markets so that the royalties amount could also cover the printing cost. This was something I really, REALLY did not want to do. I'm not really in it for the money, I just like writing and want to share my stories...and make at least a little extra cash on the side. But as the total cost for my 500-page novel got closer and closer to $25 American, I began to think "I love my book and think I'm a good writer, but who in their right mind is going to pay $25 for a self-published book? Even a good one?" So my question for you readers in the AJSA Community is, would you? To me, that's quite an investment unless you're already familiar with the author and believe their work is worth it. If I wasn't familiar with the author, no, I don't think I would pay that much. Fortunately, it looks like pricing was not the problem, and I brought it back down to $17.49 (which is about $0.30 above the absolute minimum price Amazon will let me set). Stay tuned for a shameless ad when I do eventually get it published.
Hey everyone, I made a post yesterday that went into ranting, and included an abundance of profanity. For those of you that were offended, I apologize. It was just the accumulation of the nasty trends in gaming, and my rage boiled over after what I felt was something that turned into a raging mess over nothing, and revealed how this whole SJWs vs Anti SJWs. I am referring to the recent announcement that the new DOA will not be coming out in the west. Let me rephrase that, there is an english version (not sure if they mean it is subbed or dubbed), but it will not be available for purchase domestically. However, it can still be imported, courtesy of Play Asia. In fact, it seems that people are still confused over who said what. A community manager from Tecmo said that there are no plans to release the game in the west in fear of backlash. Tecmo responded soon after saying that the community manager's words does not reflect their business plans. Not only that, it was Play Asia that explicitly blamed it on SJWs. To me, this proved how SJW has become a buzz term in the gaming community. I am still confused over what an SJW is since it seems people call anyone with dissenting opinions one. If they are referring to the overzealous people with a compulsive obsession to censor everything, then I agree that they should be stopped. However, when listening to the actual complaints of these radical SJWs, it seemed to me that they equate criticism with censorship. This is why I saw this as a marketing ploy. I barely heard the game talked about until now, and the Play Asia's social media and customer numbers went up. One can say that it was a natural thing since they do imports. However, in their tweet they basically said how they like breasts (not exact wording), and that the complainers can screw off. Seemed like a deliberate way to spark controversy to me. For all the talk of censorship from what I see, these "SJWs" have little power. How long have we been hearing the media talking about violence and sex in video games? I am speaking from an American view, so my arguments may fall flat for some. Still, after the news media stirred up controversy regarding Hatred, all eyes were on the game. And guess what? The sales went through the roof. Look at GTA V. It went on to become the best selling game of all time. Both of these games are heavily talked about, and neither was banned or censored in America due to SJWs. Let me go even further. Senran Kagura, a game with perhaps even more fanservice, released this year. I do not recall any feathers being ruffled then. Maybe its because it is not well known, or maybe its because of other factors. I do not know. These "SJWs" are seen by the entirety of the entertainment industry as simply a vocal minority. Dead or Alive has been criticized by reviewers before, with them decrying the game as sexist. I do not want to make such a broad assumption, but considering that it is Team Ninja, the devs who did partial work on the highly divisive Metroid: Other M, maybe they have a point. In my opinion, there are other factors that influenced their decision to not telease the game in the west. Fans keep saying its a poor decision from Tecmo since apparently the U.S outsold both Japan and Europe. However, sales are not the only thing that has to be factored in. Localizing has to account for the music used, the marketing, and the changes made to better accommodate where it is being released. It is expensive to factor in all those things, and considering that the last game sold 150,000 units in America (not accounting for digital downloads), there does not seem to be a reason to release it domestically when it can be imported. Another thing I found out that may be a reason is because of Marie Ross. I believe that she is not a new addition to the cast, but I heard from others that she has a childish appearance, and I saw her for myself. If she is a returning cast member, I do not know why it is a concern now (maybe increased awareness), but the point remains that her appearance may have been a reason. Please leave replies with your opinions on this matter, and other possible marketing ploys.
JiHeKied posted a topic in General Discussionhttp://www.gamespot.com/articles/nvidia-marketing-manager-killed-by-train-while-helping-man-off-tracks/1100-6417336/ I don't know how I feel about this. I don't know the guy or anything, but that's some of the bravest things to do. I believe he was a really nice guy, judging him from his actions. I don't know what else to say, I respect the guys a lot, he did a great job at Nvidia! I thought you guys would be concerned about this news.