Giving guns stupid fake names is annoying. For the longest time I thought the FAMAS was a "Clarion" and a Galil, an "IDF Defender". It just spreads misinformation and confusion in a time when remaining ignorant of our world's weapons is becoming less and less acceptable.
Meanwhile, Deep Silver marketers are laughing all the way to the bank because not only have they generated more interest in the product itself than the statue would have, they cut back on production costs.
Exactly. Patrick did a great job advertising this game. Now everyone knows about Dead Island Riptide.
Indeed. I had no clue that this thing was coming out before this whole rigamarole. I'm willing to bet that the marketers took a long look at the public's interest in the game and cooked up another hook to get the word out, because they knew a super sad trailer wasn't going to fool anybody this time. Something shocking for people read about on blogs and shake their heads at. I bet the fact that it got interpreted as some kind of sexist hate crime, was a happy accident for them.