It’s been a short time since the boycott talk started but that hasn’t stopped the naysayers from coming out of the woodwork.
I don’t think boycotting anything will help
So tired of these post, quit worrying about WB.. Take atleast 1/4 of the effort you put into these “guerilla” tactics of boycotting and focus on the community and progress of the emulation to get the community back together.. To put it in a Zojak Quareth sense, quit bludgeoning the dead horse
You know, I can understand where you’re coming from. Really. I understand that you lost your game – the very game you’ve spent so much time and money on – but more importantly, you’ve lost friends because of this. Many of you are understandably upset, but I’ve seen a lot of vitriol from this AsheronsArmy campaign, and I think it’s silly. Going out of your way to spam WB with messages asking why, and begging for them to bring your game back isn’t going to do anything. If it’s not making them a sizable profit, a mega-company like WB isn’t going to waste their time on something like this.
Trying to light a fire under WB’s ass by having a vocal minority boycott their products isn’t going to affect them all that much. The fact is? They don’t care. If they cared, they wouldn’t have dismantled AC in the first place.
Frankly its amazing how many people out there seem to know what Warner Brothers is thinking and how they will react to talk of a boycott of their products.
The fact is, they don’t have firsthand knowledge of whether a boycott will have an effect or not… and this is just the beginning. In addition to our own posts and efforts we will reach out to other people who have been treated badly by WB as well as other gaming communities who have been treated badly like the former City of Heroes players and gather more supporters.
Maybe the naysayers are right. Maybe this is a wasted effort. But I think the games and the community deserve the effort and Warner Bros. has responded to boycotts in the past…
Most companies are worried enough about their reputations that they’ll change their behavior, even if the number of people partaking in the boycott is rather small. When boycotts receive national media attention—as 25 percent of boycotts do, King says,—a company will react, even if sales aren’t affected. For example, in 1992, when Texas policemen called for a boycott to Ice-T’s song, “Cop Killer,” people were curious about the album and sales rose, King said. But WARNER BROTHERS didn’t like the effect the album was having on its brand, so it pulled the album, “Body Count,” from shelves.
“Companies realize boycotts are not troublesome because [of] sales—they worry about the media attention they create,” he said.
If people want to focus on other efforts (like emulators) or just move on, that is their business. I think it is worth a shot to gather people and work on getting attention to how badly the AC community was treated and get a response from those responsible.
“Whatever you do you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there will always be someone to tell you that you are wrong.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thanks to everyone who is doing their part to help with the quests and the boycott…