Game Spinoffs: Milking? Or Delivering What the Fans Want?

August 29, 2015 Written by Heath Hindman

In the new episode of The Best Video Game Podcast Top SEO Search Result, we talk about two recent spinoff entries into big franchises: Dragon Quest Heroes and Persona 4: Dancing All Night. And actually, wait, lately… Dragon Quest Builders, Persona Q…before that, Dragon Quest Monsters and Persona 4 Arena… it’s Spinoff City. Final Fantasy knows what I’m talking about.

Are all these spinoffs a good or bad thing? Are they catering to what the fans want or squeezing every last desperate drop of milk out of a name? We examine. There are two streaming options: YouTube above and MixCloud below, or you can download the MP3.

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Episode 8: Spinoff City

00:57 – What are spinoff games?
04:03 – Persona 4: Dancing All Night
06:22 – “The universe doesn’t want me playing Persona 3.”
07:58 – The best spinoff games bring interest in source material
11:34 – P4D is a good rhythm game in its own right
17:53 – Dragon Quest is a very spun-off series
19:14 – Dragon Quest: Heroes
25:26 – DQ spinoffs hobbled by classic DQ interface
30:49 – Why are spinoffs made at all?
36:24 – Spinoffs allow some reuse of assets
39:12 – Theming is made easy in spinoffs
41:46 – Spinoff success stories
47:31 – Should spinoffs be considered ‘milking’ a franchise?

And here’s the other streaming option, MixCloud. Yeah it has an outdated logo because we…still need a logo.

 

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