Game developers have a role in not only providing experiences that entertain and provide escapism, but also work that can be incredibly touching and have great meaning to those that play games. Likewise, the voices of their fans can be even more powerful.
Minority Media, the developers behind 2012’s Papo & Yo, had one such experience when the studio received a particularly strong fan letter (sent anonomously) that the team at Minority felt should be responded to.
Posted on the studio’s site by Rommel Romero, Community Manager at Minority Media, the studio responded to the unsigned letter with a reply of their own, addressing the letter “signed with music notes and a heart” by stating:
“We called a meeting and I read them your gripping story out loud. I had to stop every other paragraph to regain my composure; your story is an overwhelming one and your courage is inspiring.
“Being a small company, our path is filled with many challenges and the energy we get from our community of fans helps us push forward. When I was finished reading your letter to the team and I looked back at them, I saw in their faces that you had given them strength.”
“In your letter, you spoke of your father and about how he tells you that your thoughts are worthless. I am writing you to tell you that we disagree: your thoughts are powerful.”
Even with studios as busy as Minority Media, it’s a particularly great reminder of how even the voice of one person can contain significance, and especially great to see how the team responded to their fans’ troubles, concerns, and most of all, admiration. You can read the full response from Minority Media here.