Cameron Ward
Guest
Cameron Ward

I think it’s funny, but I get that it’s annoying

DarknessTear
Guest
DarknessTear

I like it. I approve.

Chicken008
Guest
Chicken008

No fun allowed.

Richard Cadman
Guest
Richard Cadman

I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to take this complaint that seriously.

Mark Davenport
Guest

I can smell the desperation of Sony’s PR team to get people interested in this.

Allan Weallans
Guest
Allan Weallans

This is the sort of thing I would expect from a little-known nascent indie, and even then only after they had failed with other PR avenues and were starting to get desperate. C’mon Sony, you’re better than this.

The Jünger Ludendorf
Guest
The Jünger Ludendorf

It does have a certain veneer of “Please notice us oh god!!”.
Then again, it’s jim. Who wouldn’t be desperate for his attention?

Fagballs
Guest
Fagballs

Actually this is totally hilarious and a great idea.

Jimmy Browne
Guest
Jimmy Browne

I am able to post now and wanted to. Also you should email them pics of you performing sexual acts with pogs.

Sotiris Galanos
Guest
Sotiris Galanos

Cute as it is, don’t ever do that again. I can’t turn my head upside down.

Stellionate
Guest
Stellionate

Snipping tool, rotate in windows photos. About 3 seconds. Come on Jim, why do we listen to you?

Oxycominum
Guest
Oxycominum

Alt+Ctrl+Arrow key down, half a second, and back another half.

Richard Cadman
Guest
Richard Cadman

Hey now, you can’t smart ass a smart ass!

David Cloverfield
Guest
David Cloverfield

Don’t tell me even this gave you a headache/vertigo/backpain/made you PHI-SI-CALLY SICK!

Dooid
Guest
Dooid

Sterling! It’s posts like this that have made you the unpredictable wildcard that you are. You’ll be on the Sony blacklist now

Polishfury5000
Guest
Polishfury5000

Oh that’s kind of fun, I’d get a chuckle out of getting that in my inbox.

Little things like this makes the company look like they give a shit about their product, or at least the illusion they give a shit.

The Jünger Ludendorf
Guest
The Jünger Ludendorf

It also makes me not want to read the letter, and would probably frustrate the hell out of me if I tried.

So it’s a cute gimmick, and it makes it looks less cookie-cutter, but it also makes your promotional material unreadable 😛

Polishfury5000
Guest
Polishfury5000

To be fair, this doesn’t look like promotional material. It looks like something only people with review codes would get.

But yeah, the ginmick’s milage will certainly vary per person. I wouldn’t mourn the few seconds it takes to either cut and rotate, or screenshot and rotate, but I get why someone with a tight schedule or having a bad day wouldn’t like the extra hoops needed.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

For some reason Jim only mentioned that it contained the embargo info and the codes on twitter.

Benj
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Benj

A letter would be a funny idea because you can just turn it upside down after you get the joke… an e-mail is just obnoxious because you’d have to fiddle around with the bloody thing before you could read it.

Chris Mitchell
Guest
Chris Mitchell

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is the best Zelda game.

Scopetime
Guest
Scopetime

OoooOooohhhhh Ubis- Wait, someone else pulls this bullshit. Oh alright it was Sony. Nothing too unusual. Silly Sony!

AppleJinx
Guest
AppleJinx

All you have to do is grab and hold the monitor upside down easy

Juri Bikov
Guest

That’s more quirky than shrewd, and they should have tested this idea with a few people outside the colleague circle to get the proper feedback.
P.S. Google does a barrel roll better.

Dragons Advocate
Guest
Dragons Advocate

*Aileron roll

oshigoroshi
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oshigoroshi

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Jim Sterling
Guest

You fucking…

El Gonzo
Guest
El Gonzo

LOL, i like how the rotation confuses mean line with ascender height 🙂

Artemiy
Guest
Artemiy

You magnificent bastard!

Alex Santa Maria
Guest

I thought it was cute

Geebun
Guest
Geebun

So did I. I don’t really see anything wrong with it either.

Alex Wheatley
Guest
Alex Wheatley

It’s cute, for sure, but I strongly suspect it gets drastically less cute if your job involves carefully reading it and referring back to it multiple times to make sure you’re abiding by the terms it sets out.

Alex Santa Maria
Guest

Eh.

I got the same email and I just made a copy of the image and flipped it and sent it over to our reviewer. It’s really not a big deal, maybe an extra minute of work and that was worth it to me personally for the surprise.

Scaper
Guest
Scaper

At first I thought flipping the email upside down was also part of your censorship, but then I realized… god fucking damn it Sony, don’t try to be clever with the people you are doing business with!!!

Neto
Guest
Neto

More companies should do this kind of thing. Like, Ubisoft could send you a huge map, with every word scattered around it. Or Square Enix making it so that you have to go through 10 layers of zippers in order to get to the proper letter. And the letter is 20 pages long. And most of it is useless shite.

drownedsummer
Guest
drownedsummer

I could see Ubisoft building an actual radio tower for people to climb then getting into massive legal trouble when someone injures themselves.

The two best I can think of were ID sending bags of animal organs out to magazines to promote Doom 2, many of those bags split and to promote some horror game that I fail to remember the name of a PR firm semi-abducted a group of journalists to took them to an abandoned farm.

Stush cinta
Guest
Stush cinta

I remember one company tried to send journalists knuckle dusters, which are illegal in a lot of places. Like, just run it by a lawyer, guys.

Dice Hard
Guest

Wow. This is quite a few different flavours of awful.

William Jones
Guest
William Jones

Because I’m old, I spent a good few minutes wondering why you didn’t just turn the letter over.

The Jünger Ludendorf
Guest
The Jünger Ludendorf

Maybe his doctor forbid him from picking up his monitor because he gave himself another back injury during the latest Jimquisition?

Sapphire Crook
Guest
Sapphire Crook

You could just download an extension to flip the screen, or physically lift and flip your screen.
Because, you know, being professional and convenient is for pirates, not corporations.

Cameron Davis
Guest
Cameron Davis

Alternatively, ctrl+alt+ down arrow to flip the screen then ctrl+alt+up arrow to put it back to normal.

drownedsummer
Guest
drownedsummer

Shortcuts people quickly work out when colleagues leave their machines unlocked at work.

El Gonzo
Guest
El Gonzo

Like how quickly they figure out how to make a screenshot of the unlocked desktop, putting this screenshot as background image and close/minimize all open windows and remove all desktop icons. It’s amazing how fast people can learn computer stuff given the right motivation …;)

Cameron Davis
Guest
Cameron Davis

Or when cats mash the keys and somehow turn the screen as has happened both at work and to my mum.

drownedsummer
Guest
drownedsummer

Could be worse my Uncle has lost at least two machines to cat piss.

Jim Sterling
Guest

Sapphire Crook,

Yeah, flipping a phone is Sony’s intended recourse I think. Which isn’t super convenient when you’ve never had to lock the screen on your relatively new phone and the option isn’t apparent in the settings menu. 🙂

Sapphire Crook
Guest
Sapphire Crook

I get that much.
But screen rotation is a thing, some people use work desktops/laptops.
Like, the only time this joke was kinda OK and funny was if it was a physical letter.

Like props for actually giving two hoots about being slightly more interesting than the office newsletter but I feel it wouldn’t have hurt anyone to include a non-flipped version in an appendix or something.

no name
Guest
no name

They should have added the main character standing there right side up.

Mark Patten
Guest
Mark Patten

Took me a minute to realise that flipping it upside down was how it originally came… why.

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