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10:30 AM on 06.19.2013

Xbox One is terrible on Google, amazing on Bing

If you type "The Xbox One is" on Google, autocomplete will helpfully offer suggestions based on what the world is saying about it. Right now those suggestions are less than flattering. "The Xbox One is terrible," reads the fi...

Jim Sterling


3:30 PM on 06.17.2013

Microsoft: Xbox One 'overdelivers value'

Microsoft's Don Mattrick is at it again, defending Xbox One in such a way that ensure I'll never get a vacation if he keeps it up. This time, Lil' Donny claims the Xbox One is cheap at $499, with Microsoft being way too gener...

Jim Sterling

6:00 AM on 03.12.2013

Zynga: Copying games is no big deal, don't worry about it

"Zynga is often accused of copying games, which is mostly true." Those were the words spoken by Dan Porter, General Manager of Zynga New York. It's no secret to anyone with the capacity for rational thought that the social ga...

Tony Ponce

3:15 PM on 03.08.2013

EA: SimCity's broken because it's just too much fun!

In what has to be the most incredible display of PR spin seen in a videogame crisis, an Electronic Arts spokesperson has claimed SimCity's notoriously awful DRM setbacks are a result of the game being just too gosh-darn enjoy...

Jim Sterling

3:00 PM on 10.04.2012

Konami announces Book of Memories demo from Tuesday

Konami has today officially announced that a Silent Hill: Book of Memories demo is available to download from the PlayStation Store for your PS Vita handheld entertainment device. If you were confused at all about what you do...

Jim Sterling

10:15 AM on 06.30.2012

Tomb Raider devs: 'Rape' is not in our vocabulary

The Tomb Raider "R-word" controversy just won't quit, especially with Kotaku poking at it with a big stick. The outlet recently spoke to Crystal Dynamics' Karl Stewart, attempting to push him further on the whole issue o...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 12.29.2011

N-control fires Ocean Marketing

Earlier this week, Paul Christoforo became the Internet's archenemy after evidence of his terrible customer service were made public. One silent party in the resulting carnage was N-control, the maker of the Avenger Controlle...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 12.28.2011

Ocean Marketing's PR goof becomes Internet sensation

In the hours following Ocean Marketing's public shaming, the unprofessional exploits of Paul Christoforo have become the latest Internet fascination -- so much so that even insurance company Geico has gotten in on the fun.&nb...

Jim Sterling



Ocean Marketing: Most unpleasant PR rep in gaming photo
Ocean Marketing: Most unpleasant PR rep in gaming
by Jim Sterling

Penny Arcade recently published a chain of emails between one of its readers and Ocean Marketing, a company responsible for a range of third party peripherals. The customer, known as Dave, pre-ordered a pair of PS3 controllers that were due before Christmas, and sent an email to Paul Christoforo after more than a month of silence. 

Christoforo's response was simply "December 17," when asked where the controllers were, by a customer already unhappy he was expected to pay full price for a preorder. When Dave followed this up, he was told the product had not yet shipped from China, before then being told the pre-Christmas delivery was no longer guaranteed. Christoforo became increasingly unprofessional, telling his customer to put on a "big boy hat" and deal with it. When Dave threatened to make the correspondence public, Paul unleashed the fury of the Gods in return.

"LOL Thanks for the Free PR I know the Editor N Chief of Kotaku , IGN , Engadget I’ll be meeting them at CES," he said. "... Send that over to Engadget you look like a complete moron swearing and sending your customer service complaints to a magazine as if they will post it or even pay attention do you think you’re the first or the last what are they going to do demand us to tell you were your shipment is or ask for a refund on your behalf … Really ... Welcome to the Internet?

"Son Im 38 I wwebsite as on the internet when you were a sperm in your daddys balls and before it was the internet, thanks for the welcome to message wurd up.  Grow up you look like a complete child bro. I Don’t have my controller so im gonna cry to the world … Really ?? Hey take that free time and do something more productive. All you had to do was check the like everyone else , people have inquired but you’re the douchiest of them all."

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9:20 AM on 06.16.2011

PR firm threatens reviewers over Duke Nukem Forever

PR firm The Redner Group has been fired by 2K Games after threatening to blacklist those reviewers deemed too "venomous" in their appraisal of Duke Nukem Forever. It later transpired that the threat was an unplanned and rash ...

Jim Sterling

9:00 PM on 06.15.2011

New Destructoid Episode: Duke Nukem, Catherine, and Wii U

Hey gang, long time no typing. In the wake of E3, I am suffering from what the experts are referring to as "nerd flu," but which is more likely a hybrid of the T-Virus, Captain Trips, and the Legacy Virus. In spite of Kinect...

Max Scoville





9:00 AM on 06.15.2011

Sony accused of covering tracks over PSN data breach

Sony has been accused of attempting to downplay its problems in the fallout of the PlayStation Network data hack. In a report sent to Japan's Ministery of Economy, Trade and Industry, Sony confirmed that it knew much more abo...

Jim Sterling

3:40 PM on 04.28.2011

Sign spinning with Mortal Kombat

Nothing quite says the promotion of a horrifically violent videogame quite like spending an afternoon in London sign spinning with two rather cute guys from California.  While Mortal Kombat already knew i...

Hollie Bennett

10:40 AM on 07.21.2010

Sledgehammer boss: EA treated me like sh*t

It's considered professionally courteous not to slag off a company you used to work for in public. Sledgehammer Games boss Glenn Schofield obviously hasn't heard of professional courtesy, and he's got no love for fo...

Jim Sterling

5:25 PM on 06.17.2010

E3 10: Holmes yells at a Nintendo guy

The Nintendo guy's name is David. He was incredibly nice, and treated Hollie and myself like royalty. He totally didn't have to, as the company has been suffering from no shortage of attention since everyone at E3 collective...

Jonathan Holmes

1:00 AM on 04.19.2010

SC Conviction publicity stunt almost causes a shooting

Auckland, New Zealand's Viaduct Basin, a popular nightlife area, was the site of one of the dumbest publicity stunts ever this past Friday night The New Zealand Herald is reporting. Evidently in promotion of Splinter Cell Con...

Matthew Razak