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Dante's Inferno Protest Faked

According to the Associated Press, the protest at E3 over the Dante's Inferno game was cooked up by a viral marketing agency working for Electronic Arts, who hired actors to play a religious group feigning outrage at the game's glorification of damnation.

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24. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 7, 2009, 01:44 Cutter
 
Yeah Xtians don't muder abortion doctors, or start wars or anything like that? Who invaded Iraq/Afghanistan - the middle-east in general. I can't recall the last time the muslim arab world invaded us - oh right, they haven't.
 
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23. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 7, 2009, 00:36 LemonJoose
 
The only reason they dared to mock fundamentalist Chistians in this way is because they know Christians are peaceful and won't do anything more than protest at how they're being mocked and stereotyped. I don't thing EA's marketing people would have dared to stage a fake Muslim protest in which they stereotype Muslims, though, because that would not be politically correct, and fundamentalist Muslims might resort to more extreme things than just a protest.  
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22. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 6, 2009, 11:47 space captain
 
what i want to know is: can i get Jesus to make me a damn sandwich  
Go forth, and kill!
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21. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 6, 2009, 11:21 Myrmidon
 
>dude - hell is real, dont mock it.. its like, totally harsh

http://www.av1611.org/hell.html

Wow, that's a Hell of a lot of Horseshit for one web page. Wait, why do I suddenly smell sulfur...
 
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20. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 6, 2009, 06:33 space captain
 
dude - hell is real, dont mock it.. its like, totally harsh

http://www.av1611.org/hell.html
 
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19. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 6, 2009, 03:05 Cutter
 
With EA bastardizing one of the all time classic works of literature you really don't need anyone to fake outrage of their shoddy treatment of such a grand piece of work. It's just another pathetic entry into the long list of EA douchebaggery.
 
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18. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 5, 2009, 18:28 ReverendTed
 
@ Tom "I have to do things I regret for AP stories."

You do give great head though....
Everyone keeps saying this, but I have to disagree. Maybe my standards are just too high.
 
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17. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 5, 2009, 15:23 ldonyo
 
EA can't even get a staged protest right. No wonder they lose money hand over fist.  
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16. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 5, 2009, 14:45 Masa
 
I didn't pay much attention to whether it was fake or not. I didn't care, TBH. Gaming in a world with Jack Thompson and religious zealots, just about anything can be protested; logically or not. That being said, I read the story yesterday and thought "well, guys, if you're protesting this, then you might want to step beyond the veneer of gaming and see the real shit..."  
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15. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 5, 2009, 13:23 Surf
 
@ Tom "I have to do things I regret for AP stories."

You do give great head though....
 
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14. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 5, 2009, 13:18 DG
 
Looked like parody to me, albeit weak likely due to an intent to avoid actually offending anyone. The AP doesn't quite spell it out but I read it as implying they weren't trying to fool anyone.  
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13. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 5, 2009, 13:09 eunichron
 
Step 1: Stage fake protest that gets minimal coverage in the news.
Step 2: Leak that the protest was faked.
Step 3: AP covers story on fake protest getting more worldwide coverage.
Step 4: Profit.

It's win/win.
 
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12. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 5, 2009, 12:37 peteham
 
Why hire actors when all you need is a bit of hot coffee to get the real deal for free?  
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11. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 5, 2009, 12:20 spindoctor
 
Stupid.

- spindoctor


...oh the irony....

 
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10. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 5, 2009, 12:07 Buckermann
 
I wasn't so sure at first if this were a fake.
Simply because there are so many religious zealots out there. Could have even been sponsored by our pal J.T.
 
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9. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 5, 2009, 11:14 samuelk
 
As if it weren't obvious that the protest were fake. One of the protestors' signs read "Cheat Codes won't save your soul". That kind of thing would only be written by a gamer (or at least someone involved in the gaming industry), and no gamer is going to be so clueless as to protest Dante's Inferno on a religious basis.

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8. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 5, 2009, 11:09 JaguarUSF
 
They get an AP story for a damn fake protest?!?

EA acquired the AP in a hostile takeover late last year.
 
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7. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 5, 2009, 11:01 Bill Borre
 
The first words to cross my mind when I read that article were 'marketing stunt'.  
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6. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 5, 2009, 10:40  Tom Ohle 
 
They get an AP story for a damn fake protest?!? I have to do things I regret for AP stories.  
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5. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 5, 2009, 10:28 ReverendTed
 
I suppose now they're going to tell us that they didn't film actual dinosaurs for Jurassic Park? *eyeroll*  
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