Escapist News Network: Sony's Crazy Marketing

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Sony's Crazy Marketing

Paul and Jeremy get to the bright red bottom of Sony's crazy marketing decisions.

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Jared

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Pul Sanders...Heh, Small typo got through Quality control? ^^"

Othereise, good episode, and fantastic mai nstory!
 

dls182

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That's probably the least far-fetched explanation for Sony's marketing... Also, woo! Deerhunter!
 

nothri

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.......yeah, I thought that joke with the baboons was funny...back when this show was called southpark and the baboons were jelly fish charged with creating family guy jokes.
 

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dex-dex said:
I hope that was not actual poop that you flung at that white board.
I'm guessing refried beans.

On another note, if the Kinect is the Sega CD, does that mean we can play Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors on it?
 

Moriarty70

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Yaxley said:
dex-dex said:
I hope that was not actual poop that you flung at that white board.
I'm guessing refried beans.

On another note, if the Kinect is the Sega CD, does that mean we can play Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors on it?
Looks like the Publisher's Club members can find out the truth in ENN Rejected. That's just a great bonus over not having to watch the ads.

And that would make this years "Desert Bus For Hope" just that much more painfull. Imagine them having to keep their hands up the whole time.
 

Graham_LRR

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Why can't I get rid of the Origin pop-up? I can't see the subtext jokes! >(
Otherwise, its pretty funny.
 

Keava

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Somehow the whole button thing reminds me of 2 Stupid Dogs cartoon...
 

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Moriarty70 said:
Yaxley said:
dex-dex said:
I hope that was not actual poop that you flung at that white board.
I'm guessing refried beans.

On another note, if the Kinect is the Sega CD, does that mean we can play Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors on it?
Looks like the Publisher's Club members can find out the truth in ENN Rejected. That's just a great bonus over not having to watch the ads.

And that would make this years "Desert Bus For Hope" just that much more painfull. Imagine them having to keep their hands up the whole time.
but i can't know the secret because i am not a member.
 

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Jaredin said:
Pul Sanders...Heh, Small typo got through Quality control? ^^"

Othereise, good episode, and fantastic main story!
There's also "Junrior VP of Marketing and PR, SCEA" at 2:23 xD
 

Denamic

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To be honest, yay buttons is pretty awesome.
I keep pressing this button, and things happen.
It's pretty intuitive.
 

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Keava said:
Somehow the whole button thing reminds me of 2 Stupid Dogs cartoon...
Ah, the memories...

Yay for baboons. Better than Bobby Kotick.
 

Don Reba

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If Kinect is the Sega CD, then good for Microsoft! It had such great games: Vay, Lunar the Silver Star, Lunar the Eternal Blue, Silpheed, and Snatcher.
 

coldfrog

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Yay buttons is a real site. They weren't making it up. It's real. Like really real.

Wow.
 

Moriarty70

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dex-dex said:
but i can't know the secret because i am not a member.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxxqaGmjdi8

I assume the above used something similar. It's a lovely product, Jell-O makes it. All the clues I'm giving since I want something for those $10 I put down.
 

Telperion

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WoD MMO got face time on ENN! Yay!

* runs off to tell everyone at CCP and WW *

This MMO will be the greatest thing since EVE Online! It will rule the niche market for decades to come! It will be my home for countless hours, like no other MMO!

...and since I don't play any MMOs that's not saying a lot. I'm also saying a daily prayer that the game will not be a pile of boring crap on top of a mountain of dung.
 

orangeapples

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I went to the buttons site, and I have got to say that was kinda fun. killed a few minutes.
 

Flamezdudes

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I noticed the typo! Pul Sanders! But i was Ninja'd...

Great episode this week, monkey buisness!
 

webrunner

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Sony policy requires exactly one division to be a trainwreck at any one time. The PSP launch was terrible, but the PSP got better when they announced the PS3's 499 enemy crabs. Then the PSPgo was on the table when the 299 PS3 slim was announced. Now they've got the move.
 

sketchesofpayne

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Yes, Sony has a history of excellent products and terrible marketing.

The bit about the deer hunter games cracked me up!
 

mjc0961

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The only good marketing Sony ever had is Kevin Butler. Everything else stinks. Especially Marcus. He makes me want to smash my PSP just for spite. Oh yeah, that'd be some nice-a spite.

I like yaybuttons.com though. It's not just good against Kinect, but it works really well against the iPhone and other stupid cell phones that think they are game platforms but only have a touch screen.

I also share in Graham's facepalm about the "monkey business" pun.
 

Don Reba

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Sketchesofpayne and mjc0961, what are you talking about? Marketing is what Sony has always been by far the best at.
 

Stabby Joe

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Deer Hunter? Even if the graphics and gunplay was stellar, it would still be beyond boring.
 

Jaebird

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On the subject of hunting and deer, does anyone here remember Deer Avenger? Man, I miss that game.
 

Lost In The Void

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Jbird said:
On the subject of hunting and deer, does anyone here remember Deer Avenger? Man, I miss that game.
I do, that game made Deer Hunter ideas fun

On topic, great show, just went to check out yaybutton.com and ya...kinda crazy. In my opinion Kevin Butler was the best marketing they did, they should have stuck with him for their promos
 

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Great. Thanks. My parents thought I was doing homework and the punchline about Deer Hunter from Mr. Stark made me laugh so loud they realized I was doing jack-all.

Super as always, although it felt a bit short.
 

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Arkhangelsk said:
Keava said:
Somehow the whole button thing reminds me of 2 Stupid Dogs cartoon...
Ah, the memories...

Yay for baboons. Better than Bobby Kotick.
Yep, couldn't agree more.
I mean come on Activision! ANYTHING is better than your current CEO. Get a monkey, it's far more economical and better!
 

thorin01

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So Paul now plays three characters;

Marc Sauceman, Paul Saunders and now Pul Saunders.

Cool.
 

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SensibleCrout said:
Wait, "Lithe"? [scratches head...]
Not exactly a word I would use for the ENN crew, but it would have been worse with a Quix pix in there. Ryan is definitely not Lithe.
 

scw55

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I would have personally gone down the thought trail of throwing shit on their ideas or something.
 

TetsuoKaneda

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Could it be possible that "Pul Sanders" was intentional? I seem to remember that being a Winnie the Pooh reference, though it's been aeons since I've read any A.A. Milne.

Not contradicting those who thought differently, just throwing a weird thought out there for people to discuss.
 

BehattedWanderer

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Hehe, isn't Kevin Butler occasionally the VP for marketing?

Hehe, Kevin Butler is a babboon...
 

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Well, you know, /one/ baboon at the top, instead of a worthless milk-carton salesman.. that actually would be a good idea, and would be a huge improvement for Sony.

It's these other couple of hundred monkeys Sony employ in their subdivisions that causes the problems..
 

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I'm going against everyone here to say that the two typos I noticed (Pul, Junrior) were intentional.

The reason is I believe that ENN is actually being edited by an orangutan.
 

Dana22

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Baboons dont require dental benefits ? Have you ever actually seen a baboon ?
 

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I liked the yay buttons thought it was funny and cute!:[

HOLD UP!
which band? The Deer Hunter OR The Dear Hunter
The The Dear Hunter is one of my favorite bands!
 

Alar

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Graham... you hate the animals?

But why? WHYYYY?! They're so cute and fluffy and keep the ecosystem going! -tears into a delicious hamburger- I mean, seriously. Why hurt animals?
 

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nothri said:
.......yeah, I thought that joke with the baboons was funny...back when this show was called southpark and the baboons were jelly fish charged with creating family guy jokes.
it was manatees :D

OT: One of the best ENNs yet
 

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Lithe, good one dudes.

I like how Jeremy Patter is neither the guy who is always on the joke nor the straight man that realizes how weird all of this is, he is the latter trying to be the former. It makes his reports look so tightly written, even in simple lines like "I see... what?"
 

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Oh my god... that is real. That is a real thing. And it is every bit as ridiculous as it seemed. I thought they were making up a more far-fetched version of the actual campaign. I am awestruck. Not enough to buy it. An ad page about buttons in a writing style that sounds like a 40 year old business exec trying to imitate a 13 year old stoner isn't terribly compelling. But still, it does remind you of the marvelous human potential for sheer badger-in-my-pants crazy (not my phrase).
 

Sheinen

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I just don't understand...Sony were smart enough to keep their name off of every page of that website but stupid enough to pay someone to make it.

No, worse, there was a meeting where somebody pitched this idea to them and they said 'yeah! We'll do that! We are so totally connected to our market!' presumably whilst smoking rolled up 100 dollar bills and laughing at poor peoples haircuts.
 

Vohn_exel

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Does it mean I need to go to bed when the first thing I notice is Pul's tongue clicking when he speaks on ENN?
 

Audun Maatje

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I don't usually flame spelling mistakes, but when "Pul Saunders" is introduced, I just had to write this little comment, to inform the world that pul means fuck in norwegian.

I'm sure you all appreciated that :3

(btw: LRR: you rock :D)
 

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Dooly95 said:
The reason is I believe that ENN is actually being edited by an orangutan.
That would explain the turd-flinging on the LRR MOONBASE WHITEBOARD.

SantoUno said:
I think you guys messed up with Pul Sanders and 1889 ?
Yeah, well, about that 1889 thing... See for yourself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo
 

Serafis

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I'm going to make a comment here: at least Nintendo offers a solution. Nippon Ichi's solution to the gamebreaking glitch in Ar Tonelico 2? Grind more so you'll finish the boss fight before the boss starts using the game-breaking glitch. Smooth.