SHENMUEOLOGISTS OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRRORS
The Truth Will Set You Free
Clearing up matters regarding Shenmue 500K and false-information about people claiming there is “Fake News” being spread by certain individuals from the Shenmue 500K Facebook Group & TeamYu Campaign and anyone backing these trouble makers.
We need to protect authenticity of the Shenmue 500K campaign : A few select individuals are spreading misinformation and creating white-noise to undermine Shenmue 500k Campaign, it’s come to a breaking point where it needs to be put right.
We feel it’s about time things are out in the open we don’t see why some should suffer and sacrifice their roles, just to keep things civil. We have played fair for too long, because of that things have escalated to such levels of accusing others of being fakes and holding grudges.
I have kept quiet for many years over the drama that has gone down in order to promote the game as best as I saw fit but now I see my good name is being dragged into the mud with accusations. So I have written this up to explain in ‘Great Detail’ what really goes on behind these gaming campaigns.
To be frank, there is no fake news or hacking websites!
They have also accused Andy Stinton as well you can find his side story what has been going on (here). In fact to clear our names accusations coming from James Hamill decided to look up the IP addresses he has been boasting about on Shenmue 500K Faceook Group, guess what I found all the logins come from place in Russia – Me and Andy Stinton are from the UK don’t believe me check them up yourself.
So James Hamill not only have you been ‘lying’ but also been ‘rallying other Shenmue fans’ against us, and attacking my ‘hearing disability’ and accusing us of false things. I never thought you would sink this low, behold they’re it is…
You would be right James Hamill this is ‘ugly situation’ truth is that it was not caused by us.. but your ‘actions’ and how you ‘treat others’, you talk about staying silent you forget to mention it was indeed you who’s been going on pilgrimage to certain sites/ partners to encourage them to ‘block us & silence us’.
This article is by no means going ‘full on crazy’ it’s called ‘speaking up’ not ‘staying silent’ saying how it is “Hence the title: The other-side of the Mirrors, they’re are always two sides to the same story this is ours”
We should be working together collectively with collaboration from all: This is exactly the intention of the website I have built and showing the amazing wider Shenmue community and they’re achievements, for the record I have tried working with these guys in the passed all they ever did was knock me down and my idea’s and what we should be doing. This website is doing a great job maybe you should asking them what they’re real issue problems are? – Because this website doing amazing job not just representing Shenmue 500K name also many fans from with in it. I have helped out just much as the next Shenmue fan, this website is my contribution. Also for the record: I find it extremely hard to believe this website is damaging or worsening communities this goes completely in the wrong direction I aimed to achieve with it!
This website will always be a ‘News-Hub’ for people who do not take part on social media activities to get access quickly to the best of the community and also showing off my own Shenmue contributions as well.
This is done through supporting Shenmue fans efforts for example: ‘Art work, Graphics, Videos, Interviews, Articles, Col-plays’ and many other ways fans can express themselves.
It’s important they all have multiple-platforms to do just that, a few select individuals are trying to undermine other Shenmue fans efforts and damaging the credibility of them in order to make themselves look like ‘The Official Guys’ to get Shenmue news from hence why I have coined the term ‘Shenmueologists’ this is no different to what Hawas and his banned of Egyptologist have done to cover-up the true events of Pyramids by trying cover-up where to get actual Shenmue news from for their own self-gains.
Example: This one message that was sent to another which came from one of the administrators namely ‘Aaron Barstow’ from Shenmue 500K Group is this anyway how you treat other fans? – I think that answer is simply not.
The group cannot deny any of this happened at Shenmue 500K and Shenmuedojo all agree this is what has been said to a respected and well known Shenmue fan, they might try and sway this and say this should be kept in Shenmue community as dirty secret that should not be talked about openly.
I say differently about time they are exposed.
I feel it’s time to shut this kind of abuse down for good exposed the culprits behind it, it’s gone on long enough this should finally set things right.
Please strongly disagree if this how others should be treated?
This is partly why ‘TeamYu’ has been removed off my website as a partner and namely as contributor. Since March TeamYu successfully managed to persuade Shenmue fans and campaigners to block me on Twitter. Because of that we are distancing ourselves from such vile acts of cruelty they have unleashed on certain Shenmue fans and banning them for having set of different views and not being able to express themselves on the main Shenmue 500K Facebook Group.
I would recommend asking TeamYu founder ‘James Hamill’ how and why he is supporting this person behind the most vile-message and what he is doing to ensure it never happens again?
TeamYu is a full supporter of this individual ‘Aaron Barstow’ for attacking Shenmue fans they have also used their influence to make others in the wider community to block “Me” namely on Twitter when all I have done is shown 100% commitment in promoting the wider community and promoting they’re (blogs and video’s, art work and music and anything else in between) I have kept quiet all this time and kept a low-profile over the undermining because I am better than to get caught-up in petty feuds.
I just want to express my Shenmue fandom like the next fan help others to as well who find it hard to voice themselves. I urge-administrators at the Shenmue 500K Group stop carrying on with this nonsense, leave people alone. Individuals have reached out to me saying they have been removed and banned from the main Shenmue 500K Group for being critical on how they are handling things and blocked from following certain Twitter accounts. Using their influence and encouraging others to block them as well. Namely on word and mouth with no hard evidence where it’s coming from and by whom.
So far I have not seen any evidence as to why I should be treated differently however one person who seems to carry on this nonsense is namely ‘James Hamill from TeamYu’. What proof do you have that I hold some kind of ‘Grudge’ or ‘Harming the Shenmue Fan communities’ – This very website is proof in itself how much respect I have for the wider communities and all it’s ‘Fan/Partner Contributions’.
Please do not deny any of this I have seen for myself you talking about ‘ex-members causing trouble’ which directly means you are talking about the ‘two ex-admins at Shenmue 500K’ group which are namely me and Andy Stinton.
It pains me deeply someone I once looked upon as an equal would rather care more about the bragging rights to Shenmue 3 which is the only way anyone can see it.
This is why all this drama is happening you don’t see me caring about my website not being linked up on Shenmue.link but you guys seem to be drunk on power and your over inflated ego’s and self-importance looking like saviors. This is no Flash Gordon Sci-Fi action film. We are not Saving a Universe or Saving a World for that matter if anything but a selfish desire to make a game a reality.
Word has got to me the administrators at the Shenmue 500K Group are harassing members and being abusive.
Being a former member of the group, I understand all too well… I was removed from the main Shenmue 500K group soon after announcement of Shenmue 3 at the E3 game show back 2015. Did I vent my voice or scream or make scene about it no.
I worked hard on my own efforts and made a difference now I have my own group gained over 3000 members with Dreamcast Reloaded – “Helping to make Sega Dreams a Reality” I built them members up in less than 6 months I might add it’s been going strong since for about a year now.
“No drama or acting like children, we are a forward thinking group helping fans to make a difference and make even more Sega Dreams come true”.
At the moment we are currently promoting fan project the ‘Spartan Console’ and also working on getting a Fan Proposal sent to Sega with what games we would like to see from them and ShenmueHD is also part of the Multi Part Gaming Proposal.
Also being a contributor for years and Admin at the Group Shenmue 500K I got the approval from the Real Founder of Shenmue 500K – (Andy Stinton) to carry on promoting how I saw fit.
Maybe you should ask yourselves how come we have @shenmue500k Twitter account which is on “42K followers?” – It’s because Andy Stinton was behind the campaigns all along he’s got just as much of a right to the Official Name that is Shenmue 500K.
Here is Proof… Andy being ‘Forced Out’ from a Campaign he started by Aaron Barstow
I just want to be clear on Andy Stinton contributions: He’s built up many gaming-groups across social media relating to Shenmue and many Sega campaigns even helped me out plenty of times with my own group when it came to building members and others for that matter including James Hamill and stuff he had in place which he fails to mention. Maybe you should ask yourselves how come the main Shenmue 500K Facebook group has so many members which was currently at 25K members back in 2015? – It’s because of Andy Stinton ‘Talents and Methods’ that helped boost the groups to the level they are currently at, Aaron Barstow and James Hamill know this to be true they all used his methods to boost what ever they had in place as well. Andy Stinton is the true Founder of the Shenmue500K communities – I have been fighting his corner ever since.
Because it’s right thing to do.
I have seen for myself amount of work that goes un-credited by Andy Stinton
Every fan counts, even rejected members, these two successfully pushed out
took credit or failed to share credit with
What you should be asking is how come since 2015 the main group has lost more or less around 1000 members and has not done a single thing at promoting new comers to the group or shenmue.link for that matter…?
We have built up two Facebook groups both gaining extraordinary amount of members in short space of time and managed to get massive media attention over petition we started which is now on 35000K signatures and many interviews to boot – over the space of 2 and half years – it’s a shame really because this is what they lost out on when they booted us out and treated us badly. We took our influence and reach with it – Will continue to put where it matters the most. Imagine if we was treated properly that group could of been on 35K members by now.
I just like to be clear regarding this website and how it helping Shenmue 3 and Slacker Backer Campaign: This site has over 170 articles every article has links back to shenmue.link, that’s allot of ‘Links promoting the game’ each article more or less has views of around 200 views and some up to 4000 views, so this website is making things worse is laughable, in fact it’s probably doing better job than most at promoting the Slacker Backer Campaign.
Normally I would be fine at promoting the second Shenmue 500K Facebook group… However: Being kicked-out back in 2015 and treated the way I have, decided to change gears and focus on promoting shenmue.link instead and fans contribution outside of the Shenmue groups.
This worked out well so far up and until now; where others are working hard to down play my own efforts and others for that matter.
Andy Stinton might not be as vocal as most fans he works more behind the scenes than most: However he deserves as much recognition for his efforts and contributions just as much as those who are linked in the community section shenmue.link because most Shenmue fans and members within the Shenmue 500K groups were put in place by him.
I find it sad that two people at the main Shenmue 500K Group would treat someone who’s probably done more for they’re own campaigns regarding Shenmue and Shenmue 3 at building members for them only be tossed to the side once they are done and got what they wanted.
The way he’s been treated and down played by these individuals disgusts me, meeting Andy in person he is the nicest guy you could meet to be treated like this by someone should not really be representing Shenmue 500K Group it’s communities – for one they have not apologized and to this day they continue these practices to sideline other fans efforts, so If you support this Aaron Barstow you are also supporting how he treats others how community group should be run.
Also because of the drama from the Shenmue 500K group is why ‘Yu Suzuki’ has changed the font round for Shenmue 3 – Yu Suzuki has probably had enough of the drama it’s created because of the noise and how vocal some of the admins have been, that keeps coming from the main Shenmue 500K Facebook group – Personally I don’t blame him.
Yu Suzuki has said on Record in KS update it’s the Shenmue Communities Logo: – ‘In other words its for all!’ Not select individuals it just takes little reading between the lines to figure out why he’s done this.
Yu Suzuki on the title logo
I really wanted to bring home the Shenmue logo because this belongs to all of you, and I know how passionate everyone feels about it.
As the result, I felt the design should come more from the heart.
So, with more than a bit of trepidation, I took brush to hand. I believe we have reached a design that will please, but let me know what you think!
So blame ‘James Hamill’ and ‘Aaron Barstow’ for continuing the drama to allow this to happen making more noise than a baby that had it’s candy taken from it.
I find it ironic that James Hamill is even trying to run things under Shenmue 500K seeing as he went is own way with TeamYu they care more about the bragging rights to Shenmue 3 it’s only way of looking at it and why there is so much noise and drama.
I have footer section on this very site showing other Shenmue fans and partners they are not on shenmue.link community section, should we label them as fake news as well?
What has been happening on Twitter pointing people in the direction what is Official using the shenmue.link community section is sidelining other fans efforts, now they might get labelled as fake news because it’s not ‘Community Official Enough’ from these guys who I label as (Shenmueologist’s).
They do not see it’s souring it for everyone and are relentless and hell-bent and consumed on being looked at the “Official Fan Boys” who made Shenmue 3 happen.
Sorry to say “Aaron Barstow” and “James Hamill” – you are not as special as beautiful snowflake you are just the same decaying matter like everything else composite crap pile. – Fight Club Reference.
People that knew me over the years: I have always been a vocal member at the second Shenue 500K Facebook Group until ‘Aaron Barstow’ decided I needed to be removed back in 2015. This is why I cannot make ‘Posts or share Articles’ at the Shenmue group, again I repeat happened soon after E3 game show just because my website accidentally got linked-up at shenmue.link. My website was completely fine with the community until – Aaron Barstow and James Hamill decided it wasn’t and went straight for bragging writes for Shenmue 3.
Just want to be clear regarding these trouble makers: – It was a win for everyone not just you two! You have acted and undermine efforts openly on Twitter how others are spreading “Fake News” and saying others have “Grudges” is simply not true!
You know what sad thing is? – They have been relentless and acting like this since the announcement of Shenmue 3 at 2015 E3 Game Show! that is almost 3 years.
They truly put a new definition on Crazy Shenmue Fans, you guys certainly win that title.
It’s not nice being stabbed in back by people you trusted respected, believe me I saw James Hamill and Aaron Barstow as equals I never would have guessed at the time in 2015 they would act do what they did, I saw them as online friends within the Shenmue 500K community yet they had no-trouble stabbing me in the back!
I felt betrayed by them which made me physically sick for about a week how they reacted treated me.
It was like all my Shenmue ‘fan content and graphic work and articles creating motivational videos’ – Did not matter at all, since then they have been relentless on playing me down at any opportunity they could find and Andy Stinton as well.
It’s a good thing other’s can see what you put in with your own efforts and people have noticed what I do outside of the Shenmue Group. I am not sure if I should be thankful for them removing me or not because its only allowed me to spread my wings even further beyond what was capable under these two guys.
I would like to point out that I do not have problem with the contributions and efforts that has gone into James Hamill campaigns within Shenmue 500K group or TeamYu.
However: It does not give him the power or the right to say things he’s been saying about other Shenmue fans, he holds no special place or authority the same goes for Aaron Barstow as well as anyone else who’s got a sense of grandeur/ self importance and think it’s fine to be condescending towards others or standing by these two individuals. If you do, you also stand by them how they treat others – (Check the Wall Text above for example, clear indication how they really run things behind the scenes)
I am just pointing out how James Hamill and Aaron Barstow have made being Shenmue fan hell for some of us and alienated us for their own selfish gains.
Kicked up a massive emotional charged storm what is “Official!” and what is “Fake News” let’s be 100% clear where all this is coming from…
You! Not Us! but you ‘James Hamill’ and ‘Aaron Barstow’ and any administrators who take part in such acts to alienate others and destroying what it means to be a Shenmue fan you just coming across as butthurt about everything.
This article was written to clear-up anyone who’s been left in the dark these two guys have created: also how I see it from my point of view… We are really not proud of it because we love spreading the word about awesome shenmue fan bases – it’s just a shame others had to ruin that for us and forced to clear our names, we never new how hellbent they would be the amount of ‘under-handed-tactics they would use’ to undermine us. We had no choice in the matter, if we stayed ‘silent’ it would only enforce what they are saying. We had no real choice in the matter but to do this just want to make that clear as possible.
They would of got away with people believing we are spreading “Fake News” and lie’s about holding grudges.
When they are questioned by anyone that disagree’s with them, they are quickly silenced and removed going to such lengths as to block people who also disagree with them to enforce what they saying is genuine that people are backing them.
Regarding this website: I feel it needs to be done this way in order to make Shenmue 3 the game we all want. I will be dammed if I am going let these guys tell me what to do how I should do it.
This website has been up since 2015 it’s going to stay around for a long time coming.
We are very much aware how “Elitist things have become at the main Shenmue 500K group” The Founder Andy Stinton has decided to start up a “New 3rd Facebook Group” that is freely accessible to share Shenmue content and to allow fans to voice themselves more freely.
No blocking fans or undermining them or asking 2 security questions or having posts approved, a new 3rd time lucky Super Shenmue 500K Group.
This is by no means a dig at the people who take part in the communities but the people who run them at the top as administrators/ admins! you have attacked me and what I do and how I go about it to me that is very serious, you have ‘used and abused community section’ on ‘shenmue.link’ to ‘alienate’ and ‘silence’ and ‘put down others’… Well not anymore this is where it ends.
I just want to say this article was a last resort it’s not something we are proud to talk about: to stay silent and ignore this situation would of been far worse for us. If we sound angry it’s because are… but can you blame us for feeling like that knowing others are trying to shut you down at every turn and talk badly about you because they seem to think they have some weird claim over bragging rights of fan movement will do anything to socially sabotage what you have built up and your happiness to get they’re own way.
Because of their actions: we would been labeled for hacking websites and dividing communities and spreading fake news – which is far from the truth in fact we have always encouraged to use all groups and links and social media sites.
Honestly we never wanted to release these articles but when others are more than happy to drag you’re good name in the mud which had knock-on-effect where others were blocking me from following them for no good reason. Because of these two individual trouble makers – I am mainly putting my finger on “James Hamill” I know he’s the one behind all this – I was left no other choice expose what he’s been doing, we are fans like any other but for some reason these two guys feel credibly threatened by us when really is no quarrel on our half. Hasn’t been for many years; saying that we do have issues with being blocked encouraging others to block us and undermine our support and showing own efforts, they count just as much as next fan big or small. I am not a villain neither is Andy we just Shenmue fans like you I don’t understand why this should be such issue so much hysteria made over that.
The under hand tactics they use to shut us down encourage others: they silent us by not linking back to stuff we have done, clearly pointing where to get “Official Shenmue News” from – James Hamill wording and trying to be ‘tactical’ and being clever in playing others campaign down, not doing it in such obvious way by not pointing as to where this ‘fake news’ is coming from; is a clear indication that people might see things differently, they have been using “Community Section on shenmue.link” to justify how they have been acting and doing fantastic job of abusing that section to justify their own actions.
So tell me James Hamill is this website fake news?
I hold my campaigns with the best of intentions and goals we have I will not allow certain individuals to sideline them or down play others or me personally or try talk on my behalf or put words in my mouth: – “I am capable of talking for myself this exactly why I have done this article too much has been said about me by certain trouble makers this my side of that story. You have taken advantage of my good nature and being civil about matters for too long, you have crossed a line this article is where it ends.”
If you follow James Hamill & Aaron Barstow campaigns please check the screenshot above namely the “Wall of Text” that is clear indication how they run things behind the scenes and how they really treat others – I would not wish that on my worse enemy or anyone else for that matter.
Sorry to say “James Hamill” you left me no choice but to act and say the ‘Cold Hard Truth’ – you can try hide much as you want and be clever about it, I am not afraid to say how it is…
Before you even think about telling the cold hard truth about me: – “Yes I do have weaknesses I am hard of hearing I have lost 90% in both ears you try living you’re life in fear because you cannot hear cars behind you when go for a walk or try to engage in group talks or in bars on nights out that has seriously impacted my life in many ways you could not understand. Remember you guys have tried hard to ‘alienate a disabled person’ who is vulnerable from the Shenmue 500k community that should speak volumes. I do struggle with writing and grammar I am not perfect I do and try my best.”
Taking part in Shenmue campaigns and projects and updating this website has been my escape from reality for many years I just want you to think about that how you have treated me and anyone else.
Knowing you guys probably try mask this as me playing victim if that how you see it that’s on you just because I act strong take no shit from anyone is still no excuse what you guys have done to me.
Someone who suffers from sensory impairment I know all too well what it can be like – which is why I am always about building people-up not tearing people down and treating people with kindness how they would like to be treated to see their own potential how far they can push themselves to make sure they are the best person they can be in everything in what they do.
This has been my “motto” when managing members and the many talents within “Dreamcast Reloaded” campaign we do not suffer from same kind drama that keeps coming from you guys, hence why it’s been so successful and forward thinking at the end of the day it’s how you treat others that make things work not what benefit they bring you and how you down play them toss them aside once have used them.
Focus on you’re own achievements not other people or playing them down.
Anyway thank you all for reading this I hope this sets the record straight on recent events about “Fake News” and “Holding Grudges” and what should be considered “Official!” How far two fans will go to extraordinary lengths for the “Bragging rights to Shenmue 3” and what they will do to keep them and ruin it for other Shenmue fans.
They certainly put a hole new definition on Crazy Shenmue Fans don’t you think?
Please come and join the new “3rd Time Lucky Super Shenmue 500K Facebook Group” try and see this as “Official New Reboot” separate what these two trouble makers have started who have done awesome job of alienating fans talking crap about them.
We are making sure it never happens again.
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