The dude who is claiming no one played through Shenmu 1&2 is an idiot.
If you actually read what I posted, idiot, was that some of the guys the camera caught (over)reacting to the Shenmue III Kickstarter campaign announcement during the Sony E3 2015 conference were not or didn't look old enough to have played Shenmue 1 or 2....ever. I never said no one played them at all.
I played a bit of the second on the Xbox since it was borrowed to me and decided to give it a try for kicks. Sadly, I didn't know nor care what was about. Though at that point, my disdain towards Japanese games was so big, a forklift simulator was not going to make me change my mind. Don't care if people consider them "masterpieces", the second one bored the shit out of me long enough back in late 2004 or early 2005 that I dropped it like a bad habit and never went back. No regrets.
But, I know I'm in the minority.