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EA Is Sending Video Games to Space: Amazing or Asinine?

Gaming 2012/02/17 20:51:34
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In 1949, the U.S. made Albert II the first monkey in space. In 1961, the Soviet Union made Yuri Gagarin the first human being in space. Earlier this year, two Canadian teens sent the first LEGO man to space. Next week, Electronic Arts will set a new record by sending the first video games to space, and if you're lucky enough to catch one of them on the way down, it's yours. The publisher will attach six copies of "Mass Effect 3" into space some time next week to weather balloons, which will take the games to "the edge of interstellar space" and then send them back to earth.

According to G4, each copy will be launched from a different location: New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Berlin, London and Paris. (Suck it, Russia!) Fans will be able to track the games with built-in GPS devices, and when they touch down -- be it in your backyard or the middle of an ocean -- retrieving the items will be a free-for-all. It's obviously just a gimmick, but it's a pretty nifty gimmick if you ask us!

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  • scorpionhorse 2012/02/21 16:09:14
    Amazing
    scorpionhorse
    i dont care
    the only good thing is that the video games will go to space
    i really dont need video games
  • Wolf 2012/02/21 06:32:54
    Asinine
    Wolf
    +2
    why? this makes absolutely no sense
  • D S 2012/02/21 03:34:57
    Asinine
    D S
    +2
    Now that EA/DICE has released BF3 they may figure someone there can work the bug out. EA decided to release an unfinished POS they call "Origin". They needed a way to compet with "Steam". "Steam" has had its issues but at the end of the day, it works. "Origin", although being released last summer is still BETA. It doesn't look like it will ever be completed.
    The "Battlefield Series" has been very successful and those of us that play have waited for years for "Battlefield 3" to be released. EA/Dice had put a great amount of time into it and promised to hold release until it was bug free. However, "COD Modern Warfare" anounced their release date and the race was on.
    EA/Dice pulled out all the stops. This meant release BF3 bugs and all. And not just do PC players, XBOX and PS3 players got bad copies too. EA/Dice covered their ass' with a well written EULA. Kind of a "You bought it, good luck" warranty.
    Although thousands of would be players have issues, EA/Dice just looks the other way. Some buyers have yet to play the game. Others have reinstalled "Windows" and re downloaded 16gig of game data, only to be no better off than when they started.
    Me, I'm one of the lucky ones. Most days it works with few errors. I have many friends that are not so lucky.
    I'm pretty sure I'll never buy another EA game. I know I'll never buy a game that uses "Origin".
    (End rant here)
  • ryan.noh1 D S 2012/02/23 01:36:28
    ryan.noh1
    +1
    Exaactly, thats not a rant thats reason, what is wrong with this picture, their practices and games get inexcusably worse, but look they have money for this stupidity that does nothing for the product, the advertising is one thing, but this? They make Origin into some that isn't garbage bloat or fix their games, but no, they are resorting to publicity stunts.. for what?!
  • PurpleHayes152 2012/02/21 02:45:16
    Amazing
    PurpleHayes152
    +1
    i just want one
  • Jackie PurpleH... 2012/02/22 14:31:44
    Jackie
    haha me too.
  • kelly 2012/02/20 23:08:44
    Amazing
    kelly
    Sounds like a good way to get attention for your company. Think, yeah their throwing a handful of games up in the air at a cost to them. But this article on sodahead just proves right here proves they'll get a good amount of attention for it.
  • ryan.noh1 kelly 2012/02/23 01:37:41
    ryan.noh1
    bad attention if you've ever been a customer for EA, had to deal with nonesense, games that seemed to need more time, they could have spent this money to let devs deliver a better, completed product, but no, they rather do publicity stunts.
  • RawrRawrNinjaCupCake<3 2012/02/20 21:58:35 (edited)
    Asinine
    RawrRawrNinjaCupCake<3
    +2
    Just give out 6 free copies -.-
    rather than chance the discs either being ruined by the time some one gets them..or not even obtained at all.
    Just kinda pointless -.-
    facepalm
  • Wolf RawrRaw... 2012/02/21 06:31:34
    Wolf
    +1
    the picture just about covered it :D
  • RawrRaw... Wolf 2012/02/21 13:43:48
    RawrRawrNinjaCupCake<3
    Definitely -.- XD hahaha (:
  • PanDuh 2012/02/20 21:35:40
    Asinine
    PanDuh
    +1
    It sounds cool... but wouldnt the disco break from the impact...
  • Hetaliagal143 2012/02/20 21:00:54
    Asinine
    Hetaliagal143
    +1
    I don't really see the point of it :/...
  • Charlene 2012/02/20 20:01:20
  • [Katsu]™ 2012/02/20 17:26:58
    Asinine
    [Katsu]™
    +1
    It's just so pointless and attention seeking. That is all.
  • Kigan 2012/02/20 16:38:41
    Asinine
    Kigan
    +2
    That is a stupid gimmick.

    How is a video game supposed to survive this trip, exactly?

    And what is the point? Are people going to fight it out over a copy just because it went into space? I'm guessing there is absolutely nothing special about it besides that, and if that destroys the game then it will be pointless.
  • Zion21 2012/02/20 16:15:30
    Asinine
    Zion21
    +2
    I don't get it. How will the game still work when it crashes into the ground?





  • Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll 2012/02/20 15:13:07
    Asinine
    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
  • Karro333 2012/02/20 08:03:30
    Amazing
    Karro333
    I've never played Mass Effect 3 but I would like to try it and catching it from space would be pretty cool, wouldn't it...?
  • YeahISaidIt 2012/02/20 04:07:57
    Asinine
    YeahISaidIt
    +2
    The things people with money do out of boredom.
  • Maricela 2012/02/20 03:15:31
  • Doug King 2012/02/20 01:53:21
    Asinine
    Doug King
    +1
    Why would they really want to do that.
  • socokid 2012/02/20 00:58:33 (edited)
    Asinine
    socokid
    +2
    Tip to out of touch marketing execs with massive budgets... if it has been done already, and by kids with a few hundred bucks, it is not cool any more.

    It's sort of like when parents ask their kids what is "cool". An eye roll is usually the answer...
  • Rick Armin 2012/02/20 00:46:41
    Asinine
    Rick Armin
    +1
    Just reading the headline I thought it a great idea. I thought they were going to send them up with astronauts for long stays in space. The entertainment might keep them from thinking just like TV does with most of us. If they have too much time to think, they might start to realize that, in working for the government, they are working for gangsters who are fleecing the people and become opponents of the space program. But, since that isn't the case, it's asinine.
  • THB306 2012/02/20 00:13:57
    Asinine
    THB306
    +1
    This is almost as dumb as the fake religious crap EA came up with to promote Dante's Inferno! Stupid!
  • JonahTFOT 2012/02/19 23:51:42
    Amazing
    JonahTFOT
    +2
    If they were just floating it into space then it would be pretty stupid... however, the whole retrieving thing is actually a pretty good idea. The chances of one landing in suburban/metropolitian Iowa? Probably not, haha.
  • Chris 2012/02/19 23:03:41
    Amazing
    Chris
    Why just 6? Do it with 100 games.
  • Brandy 2012/02/19 20:53:38
    Amazing
    Brandy
    its pretty cool i think waste of money but hey if they are gonna do it anyways lol
  • Chris Brandy 2012/02/19 23:04:11
    Chris
    It's not your money they're wasting. :P
  • TasselLady 2012/02/19 19:57:23
    Asinine
    TasselLady
    +2
    Every alien across the galaxy will be laughing at us.
    What aliens think of humans
  • Rich Luna 2012/02/19 19:48:16
    Asinine
    Rich Luna
    +1
    Dead Space
  • Anthony Souls 2012/02/19 19:42:45
    Asinine
    Anthony Souls
    +1
    Everyone is copying the Father and Son who sent a camera up on a weather balloon into space :P That had merit, this? Not so much...
  • kawaiigurl1234 2012/02/19 18:11:38
    Asinine
    kawaiigurl1234
    lol
  • OneLastWord 2012/02/19 16:15:20
    Amazing
    OneLastWord
    The world has already enought junk in space.and falling from it.
  • lucky 2012/02/19 16:06:55
    Asinine
    lucky
    +1
    but its a great marketing stunt, I think i'll just buy it though, its one of the games I have been waiting on.
  • william Matthews 2012/02/19 16:03:28
    Asinine
    william Matthews
    +1
    Why . One of the stupidest Gimicks ever created
  • MOJ 2012/02/19 14:56:43
    Asinine
    MOJ
    +5
    Oh sure, lets piss off another race of aliens by showing them how we glorify the mass murder of their people for our entertainment. And then we wonder why every single alien movie is about them wiping us out

    face palm
  • Liberty... MOJ 2012/02/20 20:53:57
    Liberty Blade
    Chances are, if there are aliens, they realize that our planet is still in a pre space era so strife and war is bound to exist between the inhabitents.
  • MOJ Liberty... 2012/02/22 00:04:25
    MOJ
    I do not believe that would matter. We have weapons capable of nuclear fusion. It would destory any spaceship out there pretty much. I do not believe World Unity needs to be achieved in order for the space age to begin, maybe the aliens are like that and see us as a threat, maybe not.
  • Liberty... MOJ 2012/02/22 00:44:41
    Liberty Blade
    In my opinion, if alien beings existed, they would probably have superior defense systems and they realize that people who have never seen an alien race would naturally fear them. They don't approach Earth not because they know the governments would use launch nuclear missiles, as they could easily destroy them and our planet if they wanted to, but they don't come near our planet as they don't want to cause any interference with our planet as the society hasn't reached maturity yet. They also probably understand that due to our society's fear of more powerful beings, the media produced would naturally portay them as enemies. If aliens existed, they would realize that there are plenty of other cultures in a pre-space era that fear aliens as well.

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