#1 Edited by Metal_Mills (3011 posts) -

http://mumbrella.com.au/australia-square-evcauated-bomb-squad-called-pr-agency-sends-suspicious-package-ninemsn-229352

A PR stunt for a new video game saw the bomb squad called to Ninemsn’s offices yesterday afternoon after a black safe was delivered to the Australia Square offices of the publisher along with a “suspicious” letter which told a reporter to “check your voicemail”.

However, the reporter did not have a voicemail, and when staff tried to enter a pin code taped to the top of the safe, it started to beep but did not open, leading to fears it could be an explosive device.

Mi9 staff on the sixth floor of the George Street offices were sent home, and bomb squad officers called in to open the box in the basement of the building. Inside was a copy of new Ubisoft video game Watch Dogs alongside a baseball cap and beanie, and a note saying it was embargoed until 5pm.

Hahaha, who thought sending strange packages that beep to news offices was a good idea? That's hilarious. Someones getting fired for this! Not as bad as the Hitman PR mess but still pretty bad.

#2 Posted by BeachThunder (12094 posts) -

That's about as silly as naming a video game website after a large explosive device.

#3 Posted by Steadying (1348 posts) -

@hailinel was right, that baseball cap is causing nothing but problems.

Also, what was the Hitman thing?

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#4 Posted by Metal_Mills (3011 posts) -
#5 Posted by Steadying (1348 posts) -

@metal_mills: Wow, what the hell were they thinking with that. :|

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#6 Edited by SpaceInsomniac (3824 posts) -

It actually reminds me of when someone put up a bunch of light brights of an Aqua Teen Hunger Force character, and Boston lost their fucking minds.

This was long before the Boston Marathon bombing, so this really was quite an overreaction, IMO.

Turner Broadcasting admits "hoax" was part of a cartoon promotion.

Yep, that's the media for you.

#7 Posted by dudeglove (8019 posts) -

@metal_mills: Wow, what the hell were they thinking with that. :|

They weren't, really, but marketing and PR in general aren't exactly grounded in reality, meaning we end up with things like Mr. Caffeine, "Girl Wood" and bad uses of the Kinect. The Facebook app got canned after about 24 hours, but Squeenix's PR division still committed other ludicrous missteps such as the BDSM nuns trailer and basically made people who play games out to be violent rapists. Plus the game turned out shit too, so a win on all fronts.

#8 Posted by warpr (88 posts) -

@metal_mills: Wow, what the hell were they thinking with that. :|

As long as the news stories about this incident mention watch_dogs, I would say it is a success :)

#9 Posted by Demoskinos (15019 posts) -

Ah, remember when EA sent out Brass Knuckles to all the press for Godfather 2 only to realize that Brack Knuckles are illegal in almost everywhere? Good times.

#10 Posted by MindBullet (164 posts) -

Hah, that's a bit silly. I guess it got the media talking about it though, so... Good job?

#11 Posted by Wampa1 (710 posts) -

How about that package of raw meat with fake bullets (dogtags?) in it for Bulletstorm? Nothing makes me want to review a game well quite like digging my hands through raw meat who's origin I'm unclear on!

#12 Posted by TruthTellah (9321 posts) -

@warpr said:

@steadyingmeat said:

@metal_mills: Wow, what the hell were they thinking with that. :|

As long as the news stories about this incident mention watch_dogs, I would say it is a success :)

Considering the people behind the similar Aqua Teen Hunger Force scare had to end up paying around $2,000,000 in apology for the incident, I'm not quite sure an ad agency would want to push their luck when it comes to sending fake bombs around.

This was certainly a mistake, at least in its handling. Particularly with no attached note to help clarify what it was.

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#13 Posted by TooWalrus (13237 posts) -

@beachthunder: someone should get fired for that. Probably Jeff.

#14 Posted by BisonHero (6674 posts) -

@spaceinsomniac said:

It actually reminds me of when someone put up a bunch of light brights of an Aqua Teen Hunger Force character, and Boston lost their fucking minds.

This was long before the Boston Marathon bombing, so this really was quite an overreaction, IMO.

Turner Broadcasting admits "hoax" was part of a cartoon promotion.

Yep, that's the media for you.

Yeah, that was such bullshit. Like, sure, fine the company for like, "mischief" or something since obviously the light bright things had to be taken down or whatever, but it really isn't the fault of ATHF that Boston citizens are living in a fantasy world where bombs are clearly marked with glowing lights.

Pro tip: most bombers aren't the fucking Riddler, and don't put bombs in conspicuous, colourful containers. Real bombers would put bombs in unremarkable bags, boxes, or in otherwise hidden places.

#15 Posted by ZolRoyce (733 posts) -

My Google skills are failing me but wasn't there a game a few years ago where they sent a guy into a bar waving a fake gun around in his hand? I want to say it was Max Payne 3 but I'm having trouble finding an article on it.

But in any case there have been some absurd marketing stunts pulled by game companies that's for sure. But if there is anybody less connected from reality it's marketers and advertisers, that's why when you turn on the t.v. half of the commercials for products only adults would buy are marketed like they are for children or idiots. It's a bunch of people who get paid way to much for having no idea what they are doing or anybody really wants.

#16 Edited by Corevi (3959 posts) -

For Dante's Inferno, EA sent Yahtzee of Zero Punctuation fame a box that just played Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up until he smashed it with a hammer.

Probably the best thing a videogame company has sent in the mail to publications is Raiden's cyborg arm for Rising Revengeance and it had a USB cord attached to it with promo materials and a trailer.

#17 Posted by BombcastGoldthwait (250 posts) -

Still not as stupid as sending raw meat like Bulletstorm did a while back.

#18 Posted by Jesus_Phish (983 posts) -

Pro tip: most bombers aren't the fucking Riddler, and don't put bombs in conspicuous, colourful containers. Real bombers would put bombs in unremarkable bags, boxes, or in otherwise hidden places.

That's what they want you to think!

#19 Posted by T3MPLESMITH (103 posts) -

I love my country.

#20 Edited by CreepingDeath0 (176 posts) -

For Dante's Inferno, EA sent Yahtzee of Zero Punctuation fame a box that just played Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up until he smashed it with a hammer.

This is possibly the best thing I've ever heard.

#21 Posted by Zlimness (562 posts) -

More dumb PR-stuff. Jeff was not a fan.

#22 Posted by VooDooPC (332 posts) -

Just a question for anyone making a bomb. Why would you make a bomb beep, or make any sound for that matter (expect the sound of a massive explosion)?

#23 Posted by Karkarov (3184 posts) -
@zlimness said:

More dumb PR-stuff. Jeff was not a fan.

Hmm Jeff has the same kind of leatherman I do. We also open boxes the same way.... Also yes, that is gross.