In late 2007, Bioware released a truly legendary science-fiction tale about as humanity joins the center stage of the galaxy as it joins forces with all the other advanced species to stop a force that has consumed whole civilizations.
I'm talking about Mass Effect. It combined all the best elements from Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, and a bit of Dune in such a way that feels like something unique. The graphics were spectacular, the plot was spectacular, the designs were spectacular, the voices were spectacular, the characters were spectacular, and the game-play was spectacular.
The name is a pun, both about how your choices have great consequences for the whole galaxy that carry into the future games in the series, as well as an element that humanity has discovered that can change its mass based upon electrical currents, which has enabled more technological advancements in the past 10000 combined years.
The growth of the fan-base was explosive, and the reviewers just loved it all over. But when the third game came out it had a very lopsided ending that didn't tie off the lose ends very well. When that happened it caused such an uproar it even made headline news around the world. Overnight there were petitions, facebook groups, letters being sent everywhere even to the United States government!
This is what a GOOD fanbase does. They KNOW what is good, and celebrate what has been done right. And when a horrible mistake is made, they fight like no tomorrow to correct it. I have never seen a fanbase with this much of a backbone, and as a result they have gained command of my respect.
My question is why can't Sonic fans act more like this? The fans of Mass Effect didn't just roll over and play dead and resort to excuses like "oh well, it's their company, they can do whatever they want". Neither did they let their fear of being labeled as fanboys get in the way. No, instead they fought back and did their very best to make their voices heard, and to an extent it worked.
And yes I know there are people complaining about stupid things in this fanbase (Sonic's green eyes, Jason vs Griffith, people who think some mobians are attractive), but why should people who complain about the trivial crap monopolize all the attention? The stupid ones are making THEIR voices heard, so why can't we do the same? Unless something COUNTERS this people will just keep thinking in greater and greater numbers that all sonic fans are insane, and it would be more hard work to find the GOOD ones. Ones who understand that not everything sonic related is good, and that not everything sonic related is bad. Ones who act more like Mass Effect Fans.
And if you think this is a stretch, think again. The folks at Bioware mention that there is far more depth to Sonic's world than most people realize and it ought to be put to use, the EXACT same argument I have been using for years. (Of course it will be far more difficult to do so because SOMEONE is going on a lawsuit rampage.) So basically we OUGHT to make our voices heard, and don't be too afraid of shoving things down the throats of others because if anything, the people having things shoved down their throats are the ones who offer no resistance.
Don't you think it's time we've had better?