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Deep Silver's marketing department have pretty much earned their bread for all of 2013 in just 12 short hours.
In a stroke of ruthlessly cynical advertising genius, they announced a special edition for the game almost no-one was asking for: Dead Island Zombie Bait Edition. The catch? It comes with a lifelike statue of a woman's bloodied and dismembered torso, wearing nowt but a Union Jack bikini!

Cue the predictable, nay inevitable, shitstorm of faux outrage as game journos everywhere rise to the quite literal bait and the "story" does the rounds on every major gaming outlet. Instead of just, you know, ignoring it.
Deep silver then, just 12 hours later, issue a heartfelt apology and vow to pull a special edition I seriously doubt they ever actually intended to produce anyway.

And that is how you get a game nobody cared about to be the biggest gaming "news" story of 2013 thus far. Sam B would be proud.

Just as planned.
  • Reading: Video Game "News"
  • Watching: Television
  • Playing: XCOM
  • Drinking: Water
As I warned earlier, I've gone through my gallery and given it a pretty extensive spring clean, getting rid of anything I consider to be too old/crap/pointless.

This would have been a lot easier if DeviantArt's tools weren't so godawful.
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  • Reading: The Bat
  • Watching: The Bat
  • Playing: Lego Batman 2
  • Eating: The Bat
  • Drinking: The Bat
Won't someone think of the children!?
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  • Watching: The Bat
  • Playing: Lego Batman 2
  • Eating: The Bat
  • Drinking: The Bat
Best game of 2012 thus far for sure.
Sadly the PC version comes with yucky Securom, but on the bright side it comes with a Lex Luthor Lego man also! D:
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  • Reading: The Bat
  • Watching: The Bat
  • Playing: Lego Batman 2
  • Eating: The Bat
  • Drinking: The Bat
Looks like he's been swimming in a pool with too much chlorine.
  • Watching: Das Fußball
  • Playing: Civ 5
As much as I loathe to give Gawker hits of any kind, EA has won the annual Consumerist poll for "America's Worst Company", beating out Bank of America. consumerist.com/2012/04/congra…

The thing that interests me most about this is not the result, but rather the hysterical backlash from "adults" in the comments section toward the "kids" ruining their poll.
As well as the rather telling implication that they believe one section of the consumer base's rights to matter less than another's, the continually recycled justification of the banking crisis particularly irks me.
If you're going to declare EA's consumer rights record invalid because the consequences pale in comparison to foreclosures and global finanacial collapse, then why hold (or better yet vote in) the poll at all? If only companies guilty of causing such impact were valid candidates, then it might as well be "America's Worst Financial Services Company" and leave out all the entertainment, retail and telecoms companies entirely.

Let's be frank here. The results of this poll won't change anything. EA are not going to give two craps that they won. Bank of America would have cared even less. This harsh reality makes the extent to which some of these commenters are getting hot and bothered all the more mind boggling.
  • Listening to: The News
  • Reading: The News
  • Watching: The News
  • Playing: Anno 2070
  • Eating: Dicks
  • Drinking: Urine
Just a quick notification that I'm planning to spring clean my gallery within the next week. Therefore, if there's anything you want to save, you should probably do it now as it might not be there for long.
  • Listening to: The News
  • Reading: The News
  • Watching: The News
  • Playing: Anno 2070
  • Eating: Dicks
  • Drinking: Urine