Marketing a game or new console can't be easy. What you think is a top notch idea for a game or piece of kit may seem great, but that's usually why you have a committee to run it through first.
But when the whole team signs off on it, and it goes to print for the world to see, you've gotta wonder what they were all huffing that day. Posters that were [hopefully] accidentally racist, or gaming smack-talk just being insulting, or just anything from the mouth of one particular snake oil salesman. They're all out there in the world to see, and more importantly, to never forget.
Lawsuits gone awry, publicity stunts that cause environmental damage or people almost getting shot... even trying to exploit the dead for profit, these have all happened. Not to little companies, either, but the really big ones that would like you to forget they happened.
Sometimes, though, they go as far as to being in-game. When a once high-flying series bounces back with one game, only to wipe the face(s) off of it for the next one. Or objectifying and glamourising the murder of the convent for shock value.
So whilst time may pass and the hopes that these will be forgotten rolls on, be thankful you've got me to remind you of at least ten of the biggest gaming blunders out there.
10. The Dead Don't Advertise
Hey, remember Acclaim?
The once-proud company that spawned from ex-Activision staff that had a slew of hits back in the day, including ports of Mortal Kombat, several WWE games, as well as licenses for many popular franchises. Whatever happened to them...?
Oh yeah, they released shockers like BMX XXX and subsequently got sued by Dave Mirra.
And tried to get parents to name their newborn kids Turok... but that's not the worst of it.
No, trying to market Shadowman 2nd Coming by advertising on actual headstones of actually dead people has to be the worst one. That is literally exploiting the dearly departed for profit, as well as offending the families of those in the process.
For one, it was just offensively gross. Second, could you imagine going to a graveyard, or chapel of rest or similar, and seeing an advert for a video game whilst you're there to pay respects?
Thankfully, the whole notion was vetoed before any damage could be done. To headstones, I mean. As for Acclaim, well, the rest is history and that's where they're relegated to now.