Video game composer Hideki Naganuma is a solid person to follow on Twitter. He’s got a good sense of humor, an affinity for sharing his Pokémon Go achievements and plenty of links to his music, which always makes for a good listen. But if you’re a Jet Set Radio fan who thinks that Naganuma’s approachability on Twitter makes him a good person to ask for a new game in Sega’s stylish skating series, you’ve thought wrong.
Naganuma made a name for himself in the ’90s and early-2000s as the composer for Jet Set Radio, Jet Set Radio Future and Sonic Rush, among other Sega games. His close relationship to the company has since ended, and he’s now working on other, unrelated games and projects. He recently wrote the score for a futuristic parkour game called Hover: Revolt of Gamers, which is out on PCs next month. That’s the first video game he’s composed for in quite some time, so he’s happy to show it off on Twitter.
Hover: Revolt of Gamers is also one of the composer’s first non-Sega projects. It’s no secret that Naganuma and Sega have parted ways — and he is eager to remind his Twitter followers as much every time they ask him about one of his old Sega projects.
U NEED JSRF HD or JSR3? ↓ pic.twitter.com/DSTqMykmXR— HIDEKI NAGANUMA｜長沼英樹 (@Hideki_Naganuma) August 3, 2016
This has been going on for ... as long as Naganuma’s maintained an online presence, to be honest. But this week, he’s taken the familiar Sega font to further telegraph to fans that he’s not the right dude to be asking for more Jet Set Radio or anything game-related. You want another one? Go talk to Sega.
I AM NOT A GAME PRODUCER pic.twitter.com/luqg3hES15— HIDEKI NAGANUMA｜長沼英樹 (@Hideki_Naganuma) April 26, 2017
I LEFT SEGA 9 YEARS AGO pic.twitter.com/sbCBLE4wNr— HIDEKI NAGANUMA｜長沼英樹 (@Hideki_Naganuma) April 27, 2017
NEW JET SET RADIO? JSRF REMAKE? pic.twitter.com/EGR2Gs6wco— HIDEKI NAGANUMA｜長沼英樹 (@Hideki_Naganuma) April 27, 2017
As infuriating as it must be to be pelted with requests he can never fulfill day in, day out, Naganuma writes them off with a laugh. Not only is he using Sega’s own logo, but he’s also making jokes about Sonic the Hedgehog and retweeting fans who play along with his frustration.
It’s all in keeping with Naganuma’s trademark goofiness — he’s not actually mad at Jet Set Radio lovers, and he’s still a big fan of Sega himself.
SONIC HAS SO MANY FANS IN THIS WORLD ALSO IM NOT A GAME PRODUCER SAY IT TO SEGA PLS @MonkenaE: just stop making sonic games they are not fun— HIDEKI NAGANUMA｜長沼英樹 (@Hideki_Naganuma) April 25, 2017
It’s just that, y’know, he can’t really do much for them. Because he’s not Sega.