What drugs are the Sony ad dept on?

You would think that they would realise when certain advertising is considered ‘taboo’ and not particularly very tasteful and just because a game is aimed towards a mature audience doesn’t mean that the advert should be X-Rated.

Another dumb idea

If the slaughtered goat doesn’t completely offend, then lets just paint a bra on the ‘sacrificial virgin'(?) eh!

According to the Daily Mail report,

At the event, guests competed to see who could eat the most offal – procured elsewhere and intended to resemble the goat’s intestines – from its stomach.

They also threw knives at targets and pulled live snakes from a pit with their bare hands.

Topless girls added to the louche atmosphere by dipping grapes into guests’ mouths, while a male model portraying Kratos, the game’s warrior hero, handed out garlands.

That’s not so bad, although, I don’t see why the girls had to be topless. But then…

Former Minister Keith Vaz, Labour MP for Leicester East and a long-time campaigner against violent computer games, branded the stunt “distasteful and irresponsible”.

He said: “The slaughter of animals is not something that should be done to advertise a product.

“Sony as a global entertainment company has a social responsibility. At this event it failed in that responsibility.

And I have to agree. I’m no prude when it comes to violent games and such, I know it’s a game and are mentally secure enough to know not to copy what goes on in videogames, what I don’t like is this kind of unnecessary advertising shock tactic. It doesn’t make the game any more appealing to me than seeing screenshots or trailers. When will Sony realise that you don’t need stupidly controversial launch events and advertisements to sell stuff?

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One thought on “What drugs are the Sony ad dept on?

  1. Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with launch event, I mean…Yea…Ok, I could do without the animal guts….But it’s not a big deal.

    As for the basically topless chick? I don’t see a problem with that. “Sex sells” that’s common knowledge…plus in this instance I think Sony did the right thing. Contreversy gets people talking, people who might not otherwise be discussing that game title. Which means more gamers will hear about the title.

    I mean, lets be honest here. Anybody who planned on buying the game to begin with isn’t going to go “What?! They showed boobie on some promo thing? Forget it! Im not plunking down good money on that smut!” and even if they DID they are probably the same people who would complain about the level of violence in a game title.

    Bottom line? Sure, it’s tacky, but it’s not going to hurt them. Worse case scenario it doesnt have an affect on them. Best case scenario they sell more.

    Tacky? Of course. Smart? You betcha.

    Just my humble oppinion anywhose.

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