8 Years of oprainfall – What it Means to Us

Friday, March 20th, 2020

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With today being our 8th year anniversary as being a website we figured now is a great time to share with you what some of our volunteers have to say about their time here. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we do. We will be sharing a few of these throughout the day today, and some will be short quips while others are a little longer and will be their own article. We hope you look forward to reading them all!

For me, oprainfall started as a means to cover games that I love, but it evolved into a way to reach out to interesting developers and publishers, and helped rekindle my love of gaming. As much as I loved retro and indie games before joining the site, that love has expanded dramatically in the almost decade I’ve been here.

Josh Speer

For me the site is a place where you can find things that you might see as much elsewhere. I found the site myself when I was looking for more about a game that I barely saw mentioned on other sites. To me it’s a place where you can find games that are easily overlooked for whatever reason. The importance of that to me its that you might be able to find something new to enjoy that could have easily been missed and might not even know was out there.

-Walter P.

I’ve followed Operation Rainfall since it’s formation as a fan campaign 8 years ago, back when they were trying to convince Nintendo to bring Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower to North America. The campaign started at the perfect time in my life as a teacher in my high school lectured us recently on how if you band together do something like send letters, protest etc., you can bring out a positive change. So when Operation Rainfall started up, imagine my surprise when part of the campaign involved writing, sending letters to Nintendo. I immediately thought, well let’s see if this type of thing actually works. So I sent emails and letters to Nintendo as part of the campaign, though I didn’t realize that the combined efforts of other fans would bring about such a huge result. So you can imagine my surprise when ALL 3 GAMES eventually came over to the US, it blew my mind. Operation Rainfall taught me that if we as a gaming community band together for a cause, we can bring about positive change. That’s what the Operation Rainfall campaign meant to me.

Fast forward to when Operation Rainfall transitioned into oprainfall, a news blog dedicated to niche genres such as visual novels and JRPGs. I knew that if I was going to write for any news site, it was gonna be oprainfall, I would accept no other alternative. So when I was old enough, and they sent out the recruitment call, I signed up immediately and I haven’t regretted it since. Oprainfall, to me, is a place where niche games get the spotlight they deserve. Where others censor themselves to stay in the good graces of bigger companies, oprainfall does no such thing. If we think something is wrong, we will point it out to your face. I love this place cause it’s full of people who love niche games and wants to show others how great they are. I love this place cause it won’t take pointless censorship lying down. In a gaming journalism world dominated by politics and AAA games, oprainfall is one of the few places not swayed by politics or money. It is dedicated to games and the gamers who love to play them, and for that, I am proud to have followed them for the past 8 years.

-Patrick Aguda