ATLUS PLEASE LET CALLIOPE MORI OF HOLOLIVE EN PLAY PERSONA 3, AN OLD GAME THAT WE ALL LOVE AND ADORE. WE WANT THIS TITLE TO RECIEVE MORE LOVE PLEASE LET HER PLAY PERSONA 3 PLEASE ATLUS. PLEASE GRANT HER WISH. ITS ALL SHE EVER WANTS. PLEASE WE OFFER YOU EVERYTHING. #CallioP 3 pic.twitter.com/KoLUwcdpdr— Axel Diamandis (@AxelDiamandisEN) December 3, 2020
While Mori never fully describes why she cant play the game, the leading presumption amongst fans is that whatever is tangled up in Japanese copyright law, which is infamously strict– and doesnt have a fair use stipulation, as American law does. And so, the theory is that in order to play a game, VTubers sometimes have to take the additional action of asking for approval. Which methods, theoretically, that business can say no. While its unclear exactly what the behind-the-scenes negotiations are here, fans are more than all set to support Moris cause. To wit, theres a hashtag on Twitter, #CallioP 3, where viewers are sending fan art, screenshots, and other ephemera in the hopes of increasing presence, and, preferably, pressing Atlus to state yes.
If nothing else, this specific VTuber deserves it: Persona 3s tagline is “Memento Mori.” Her name is Mori Calliope. The two were suggested for each other.
That was the whole of the livestream– Mori pleading repeatedly for over 90 minutes as countless fans cheered on. 250,000 people as of this writing have tuned in to hear someone say the very same thing over and over once again. At one point, Moris plan was even trending on Twitter.
In the past, Atlus has been limiting about what players can or can not reveal throughout livestreams– but for the latest video game in the series, Persona 5. Its also possible that much of whats going on here involves the Japanese side of both Hololive, Moris parent business, and Atlus, the game developer. While Mori never ever completely explains why she cant play the game, the leading assumption among fans is that whatever is tangled up in Japanese copyright law, which is infamously rigorous– and does not have a reasonable use stipulation, as American law does. ATLUS PLEASE LET CALLIOPE MORI OF HOLOLIVE EN PLAY PERSONA 3, AN OLD GAME THAT WE ALL LOVE AND ADORE. Throughout the livestream, Mori even assured that she wouldnt “ruin” the video game, and stated that she was prepared to stop streaming at a predetermined point.
” Atlus, please let me play Persona 3,” started Mori Calliope, an English-speaking VTuber under the Hololive firm of digital anime performers presently taking the web by storm. Visible on her screen was a cartoonish representation of herself with two exclamation points– a graphic that is instantly identifiable to anybody who has played Japanese role-playing video game Persona 3.
Throughout the livestream, Mori even promised that she would not “spoil” the video game, and said that she wanted to stop streaming at a predetermined point. After that, she said, she would motivate people to go buy the video game instead. This was seemingly in reaction to Atlus rules about Persona 5, where the developer seemed unusually cautious of livestreamers showing too much of the game to their viewers.
Launched in 2006 by Atlus, the video game is known for its lively representation of Japanese high school, which is smartly combined with demon-infested dungeon crawling. Because video game, when characters start a devastating attack, a close-up ensues; the character will then say a signature line. In this case, Moris expression was “Ive been awaiting this”– a smart play on the truth that today, in spite of her urgent requests, Mori apparently can not livestream Persona 3 to her legion of fans.
So, why cant she play this old video game? In the past, Atlus has been limiting about what players can or can not show throughout livestreams– however for the current video game in the series, Persona 5. Would the Japanese developer even care if a VTuber was playing a game that is now 14 years old? An Atlus agent tells Polygon that the trending hashtag was the first they d become aware of Moris request, and that, to their understanding, Atlus hasnt declined a livestream. The associate said they were “checking out” the scenario. Its also possible that much of whats going on here involves the Japanese side of both Hololive, Moris parent business, and Atlus, the game developer. Hololive did not return a request for comment in time for press.
” Atlus, please, Im pleading you, please, let me, please, let me play, Persona 3, and live stream it, please,” she continued. “Im pleading you to let me play your video game, please.”
Part of what makes the entire thing noteworthy is the fact Mori was able to make saying the same thing over and over again actually entertaining for people watching. Sure, she was duplicating herself, however she was also making wise use of the cam and absurd graphics that flashed in the background, which got wilder the more desperate she sounded. Its no surprise that VTubers are making waves today– and if theyre doing it with limitations like this in place, I can just envision the heights theyll reach in 2021.
The livestream started with an audible sigh. The pink-haired goth woman was not delighted, and within minutes, it became clear why.