Well, this is weird.
A Twitter user by the name of Tony Turner (aka, Hazuki_Dojo) clearly loves the adventures of Ryo Hazuki more than oxygen, because they've been harassing celebs on the social media platform for over six months asking if they'll contribute towards Shenmue 3's Kickstarter.
In a stream of pleading tweets, Hazuki_Dojo has begged everyone from Oprah to The Rock, Kevin Durant to Jackie Chan, and even Microsoft magnate Bill gates to contribute to the much-anticipated sequel's crowdfunding page.
@BillGates Hey Bill why don"t you add Shenmue III to your investment focus?Come on, $50M out of $90B is basically nothing! If you want to donate, contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org (email) to arrange a donation. Thank you Bill.Your donation will save many people so it's important
— Tony Turner (@Hazuki_Dojo) December 13, 2017
The only high-profile person who seems to have replied to these impassioned pleas is one Peter Moore; current CEO of Liverpool, and former EA bigwig:
I’ve contributed to the kickstarter
— Peter Moore (@PeterMooreLFC) December 6, 2017
Sadly for dear old Tony, it seems Moore blocked him shortly thereafter.
More recently, Hazuki_Dojo has reached out to Mojang founder Notch (aka Markus Persson), asking the man behind Minecraft to stump up some pennies to help Yu Suzuki's upcoming action-RPG be all that it can be:
@notch Pretty please Mr Notch? You got nothing to lose actually. I guarantee that Shenmue III sells well so you'll get the money. Let me prove it. Shenmue III broke world records for fastest and most funded Kickstarter game. The teaser trailer also has more than 800K views!
— Tony Turner (@Hazuki_Dojo) December 30, 2017
Predictably, he got no response.
It's all a little bizarre, really. And 'little' is being pretty darn kind. First off, Shenmue 3 is actually one of the most successful Kickstarter video game campaigns of all time; at time of writing, it's amassed $6,333,295 (£4,667,321) in contributions. Although that said, the figure admittedly looks like peanuts when you consider the original Dreamcast game had an estimated budget of anywhere between £34-£51m... and that was back in 1999.
Secondly, everyone knows The Rock is waaaay to busy going on 4am runs and generally laying the Hollywood smackdown to be concerned with Ryo.
Ah well, you can't blame a Shenmue diehard for trying.