Shenmue Day (4th March) & staff changes

Peter

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Hi folks,

In case you missed it, here is a quick update on some of the new content released for Shenmue day, as well as some forum news.

Bailu Soundtrack Video


Clocking in at just under 3 and a half hours, our Bailu Village Soundtrack features all of the in-game music from Bailu Village, accompanied with the relevant video. Track listings are contained within the description on Youtube, and there is also an album version that can be downloaded from our media section.


Shenmue 3 mod - Eric Kelso as Guizhang Chen


Produced by forum member @paddyj , the original voice talent of Guizhang from Shenmue, Eric Kelso, has kindly redubbed the phone call segment which the player can experience , once they reach the Niaowu Hotel in the game. This version is a 1:1 copy in terms of wording, and thanks for our administrator @LemonHaze , can be installed to the PC version of the game. You can check out the topic, as well as lots of other modding topics in our modding section below.


Staff changes

Unfortunately due to various reasons (mostly extended inactivity), some staff members have been let go:

@Mattis - administrator
@Henry Spencer - moderator
@BlueMue - moderator
@Spaghetti - moderator
@Jibby - moderator

The door will always be open for previous staff members to return if ever they wish to do so, and no one has left on bad terms. Real life offline will always come first, and that's always completely understandable. Unlike years ago, being a staff member here means a lot more than just watching over a few forums, and it would be unfair to those working every day to have other staff members on board who are inactive. I'e always said that being a staff member isn't a badge of honour, it's about being a staff member, and helping across all aspects of the site. Also, now that Shenmue 3 has been released, we can expect quieter times for a while, at least, until Shenmue 4 is announced. Until then, thanks to all the staff who are currently working on the site, and a thank you also, to those parting from behind the scenes. Thank you for all your help.

I should add, that we have added 3 new members to the team recently :

@LemonHaze - administrator
@24Nathan - moderator
@danielmann861 - moderator

Lemon has been a huge help since Mattis began to become less and less active to the point where we just had to let him go. Under the hood, a website is quite complex, especially when combining site software with forum software. Lemon came along at the perfect time, and has done miracles with the site to help keep it both functional and optimal. His work in the modding scene is something that's very close to my heart, and everyone involved in the Shenmue Reverse Engineering team i have so much respect for. Nathan you will know from the old forums as "Supa" , and has been around the Shenmue community for longer than i have, Daniel is a relative newcomer to the community, but showed a passion for Shenmue, as well as in-depth knowledge about the series, and i like to keep a balanced level of staff behind the scenes.

One more thing i feel i need to address in terms of staff, was the presence of an account called @Le Champion . The account was created a while back, with that username chosen because a lot of the staff have a fondness for professional wrestling, specifically the AEW brand, which is where that slogan comes from.
The idea of the account was one that was seen used on other forums, a bot account per sé, which all staff had access to. The purpose of the account was for any staff member to use the account to issue warnings or bans when necessary, whilst not inviting any backlash against their own personal account.
I understand the concept, but it goes against all what i have set out to do here as owner. It was a misguided move and i accept full responsibility for it. I apologise for its use, and say that it won't be happening again. The account still exists, but no one can access it. It is not a staff account, and i will not be deleting it so that the posts remain in place for anyone ever looking to go back and see them. I am not one for rewriting history.
All staff members have been briefed on their responsibilities, and that all action is carried out under their own accounts, It's not a popularity contest, and all staff know they are not prisoners here, and can leave the team if and when thet choose, with no questions asked.
 

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Spence has been a mod for years. Seems wrong that he's "leaving". Always thought Jibby was pretty sound too.
 
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Spence has been a mod for years. Seems wrong that he's "leaving". Always thought Jibby was pretty sound too.

He isn't "leaving", he's been let go. He literally hasn't done anything as a moderator as far back as I can remember.

Being a staff member isn't a pat on the back, and here's a badge to say you are awesome for making it this far. It's grafting on a daily basis. Making videos, images, keeping the boards in line, updating the site, updating the forum's, streaming, and thinking of ideas for the future. Everyone on the staff right now does something. Having anyone on the staff who does nothing defeats the purpose.

I've known even before I came in as staff during Yama's tenure that it's a thankless job. I try and thank the staff as much as they can because it's not like this is a good gig. There's no secret info, no free t-shirts or swag, and there's no benefits to being a staff member. Quite the opposite in fact, such as putting serious time into creating content (took me a month to make the Music of Bailu video), putting money into the site, or getting shit on the boards for telling people... to stop being a shit. Everyone currently on the staff list still has time and passion to give to the site/series, and for that, I'm grateful.
 

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Having anyone on the staff who does nothing defeats the purpose.

You're saying this to someone that spent years campaigning for OL to become an admin just so his name would be orange.
 
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I ran a moderately successful forum a few years back and yes it is thankless, updates are often not received well, you have to be democratic and dictatorial at the same time.

What I noticed about this forum is that I know it's all in English, but there are literally no Japanese members. Not sure if i'm wrong, but thats how it feels. AdamK said Shenmue is not popular in Japan but I disagree
 

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I ran a moderately successful forum a few years back and yes it is thankless, updates are often not received well, you have to be democratic and dictatorial at the same time.

What I noticed about this forum is that I know it's all in English, but there are literally no Japanese members. Not sure if i'm wrong, but thats how it feels. AdamK said Shenmue is not popular in Japan but I disagree
We would happily welcome many more Japanese members. Send any you know our way!
 
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We would happily welcome many more Japanese members. Send any you know our way!

Add a Japanese translation option first. Or a Japanese only forum, if there is demand enough for it.

When you search 'シェンムー' in google.jp , I couldn't find Shenmue dojo in the first 10 pages.

I've seen Japanese people post about Shenmue on twitter, so they must be out there. And many Japanese people are private and hate using stuff like twitter, so they must want to network about Shenmue

It seems like there is not much effort to reach out to Japanese supporters of Shenmue?

Interested to hear admin staff opinion on this
 
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While not admin, I've been here for close to sixteen years. We have only ever had a handful of Japanese fans post here, and one of more notable ones is @Kiyuu , who sadly isn't as active as she used to be. However, on the old Shenmue.com, there was a BBS that was for Japanese fans, and from what I remember it was quite popular around the first two games' original releases. Maybe a Japanese language board or a translation option might be something to consider, @Peter . @LemonHaze , would a translation option be feasible?
 
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While not admin, I've been here for close to sixteen years. We have only ever had a handful of Japanese fans post here, and one of more notable ones is @Kiyuu , who sadly isn't as active as she used to be. However, on the old Shenmue.com, there was a BBS that was for Japanese fans, and from what I remember it was quite popular around the first two games' original releases. Maybe a Japanese language board or a translation option might be something to consider, @Peter . @LemonHaze , would a translation option be feasible?

Sounds good, maybe make it a little more accessible to Japanese fans and just see what happens.
 

24Nathan

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I've always thought that to be a good idea. Just never really came to my mind to bring it up now that I am on staff.
 
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I've always thought that to be a good idea. Just never really came to my mind to bring it up now that I am on staff.

Guess it's drilled into me as the sites I made often have to be multilingual (especially when I worked in JP)
 

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Thanks for the music. Today was one of those days... when I first opened my eyes the first thing I saw was my Shenmue 3 tin glittering in a morning sunbeam from my window. I still can't wrap my primitive little human head around it and how much this community means to me and how much I appreciate having the Dojo here, even though rl duties keep me from posting as often as I'd like. Thanks for keeping our ship afloat, Peter. It's not really a thankless job.

Speaking of ships, I love the new casino boat. What a great addition.
 
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I've always thought that to be a good idea. Just never really came to my mind to bring it up now that I am on staff.

Unfortunately there is no such add on for that with Xenforo. The only realistic option is Google Translate.
 
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