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February 12th, 2008
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So, I got email today from Will Wright Electronic Arts, saying the following:


Hi, I’m Will Wright and I’m working on a new game called Spore™.
You’ve heard of it? Oh, that’s right, you signed up to get the Official
Spore Newsletter. According to my notes, we haven’t sent a single newsletter
out. Maybe that’s why I’ve been hearing from so many fans wanting some
new information on Spore.


Something's clearly infected Will's speech centers, because he seems to be spouting HTML escape sequences. I guess that can happen when you're working hard on a game.

The subject of the email is "Spore's Release Date Announced!", so I scan through the email for the release date. Huh, I guess the email is just to announce that the date is announced. It doesn't have any directly interesting information.

So, I go to Spore.com, and I'm prompted to select my language. I select "United States", because that's the language I learned as a kid.

There's a big banner button inviting me to check out the spore Launch Date Announcement - gee, guys, do I have to click to get that information? Couldn't you have put the information in that button, instead? Guess not. Click.

Crap, now I need to install Quicktime to view the launch date announcement movie. Guys? Really? REALLY?

I go to Wikipedia, and they say that EA has a policy about not announcing release dates. Ok, sure.

And so, I install Quicktime and go back to Spore.com. The quicktime movie loads (after a while... gotta download this in the high-res mode), and I see a flashy "EA" logo. And a flashy "Maxis" logo. And, hey, a flashy Spore logo. And then "Sep 7, 2008". And that's it.

Dammit, guys, that's nice to know, but it's hard to imagine making that one piece of information harder to get to.

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From:moonlightnrain
Date:February 12th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
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I'd write them a letter. Seriously. Sometimes I think a company gets so wrapped up in their little world that they have no idea how they are being perceived by customers. Alternately, I could drive up the freeway and go tell them for you. :)
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From:ginsu
Date:February 12th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
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You think that's bad? To get the Duke Nukem Forever release date, you have to learn Ancient Greek, build a time machine, go back to ancient Greece, slit a goat's throat in front of a Delphic Oracle, try like mad to figure out what she's saying (you aren't a very good linguistics scholar, it seems), and finally hop in your time machine and go forward to 2020.

Ooops. I can't believe I gave it away like that!
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From:tsmaster
Date:February 12th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
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That reminds me of the time I used the tape on the cat, then used the tape on myself, asked the bartender

> WHAT ABOUT MY HOME

and had a fish land in my ear. That was pretty unpleasant, as you can imagine, and then I was eaten by a grue, which was marginally worse.
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