EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

October 14, 2008 -

Dead Space, EA's survival-horror game set in space, is launching today.

As GamePolitics has reported in the past, the game may or may not have been banned in Japan, Germany, China and South Korea (take your pick, since EA has chosen not to clarify this issue).

We note the following line from today's press release (full text after the jump):

The game has won over 11 awards...

So, 12 then? In that case, may I suggest that "a dozen awards" would sound more impressive? If the number is 13 or 14, "more than a dozen" would sound even better. 11 is just such an odd point to make that demarcation. Maybe I'm nitpicking, but I tend to do that more than 4 times per day.

GP: In regard to Dead Space, the whole was it or wasn't it banned situation was odd, to say the least. While my suspicion was - and is - that the undocumented "bannings" were hype, the game seems to be scoring well in reviews. GameSpot, for instance, gave the 360 version a 9.0, and EA lists glowing reviews from Game Informer and GamePro in its press release.

 

Get Your Scare Before Halloween With Award-Winning Sci-Fi Survival Horror Game

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct 14, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced today that Dead Space(TM), the award-winning new survival horror game, has shipped to retail in North America for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system and PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system. The PC version will ship on October 20. Dead Space will be in stores in Europe on October 24 for the Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system and the PC.

First introduced last year, Dead Space is an original horror intellectual property that quickly won over critics worldwide with its stunning visuals, spine-tingling gameplay and horrifying creatures. and has earned a 5 out of 5 from GamePro magazine and 9.25 out of 10 from Game Informer magazine. GamePro even said that Dead Space is "...one of the best survival horror experiences ever created," and Game Informer quotes, "No game has ever been this frightening."

"Dead Space has been an exciting new direction for the team seeing how it is the first survival horror game to come out of EA," says Glen Schofield, Executive Producer on Dead Space. "We created a very deep piece of fiction for the game and really pushed the boundaries on the violence, gore and psychological terror needed to produce a high quality horror entertainment product. We think that people will love the universe that we created and have a lot of fun with strategic dismemberment. You can even dig deeper into the Dead Space universe with our 6-book comic series, the animated feature Dead Space Downfall, and the interactive web series No Known Survivors."

Set five hundred years in the future, Dead Space follows the story of Isaac Clarke, a normal systems engineer, who is sent with a small repair team to restore communications aboard an immense mining ship, the USG Ishimura. Once onboard the vessel, Isaac discovers that the crew has unearthed an ancient and malevolent alien presence far beneath the planet's surface and brought it onboard. It's a living nightmare onboard the Ishimura, which has turned into a floating bloodbath, as the crew has been unspeakably mutilated and infected by an ancient alien scourge. Clarke's repair mission becomes one of survival as he fights not just to save himself, but to return the artifact to the planet at any cost.


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Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

I laugh when they say its won something when tis not even out yet the process of review and awards has been shted on by the industry to trump up aperance. The more they say they win the less I am interested in the product.

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Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

Hmmm, this is something that has been bothering me with the industry in recent years... Why or Why do games get awards before they are released? WTF? It takes marketing crap to a new level and really treats customers as total nimrods.

Sadly enough this is a title I have been really looking forward to but with the EA name on it the purchase will not be made. I will not support a company that shits on it customers as badly as EA does.

 

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Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

the "over 11"  was a phrase popularized way back about 20 years ago by the "band" spinaltap. 

it was shown in a documentary of them where they were talking about their amplifiers being "turned up to eleven."  obviously this was satirical, as amplifiers only have a setting up to 10, but it was meant to represent that they were louder than any other band will ever be.

so, before the "9000" meme ever was being dreamed up, the way to express the awesomeness of something was to say "its at 11," and in truly rare cases, "its over 11."

Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

... Errr, no.  That isn't the phrase that was popularized by Spinal Tap.

"This one goes to 11" is.

There was no 'over 11', or 'its at 11' popularized by the movie.

 

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I once refused to apply to a job just because the company claimed to be a 'Fortune 18' company.  Funny enough, 'fortune 18' on google leads right to their job ad.

Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

Apparently, an unchanged version of Dead Space has been rated 18+ by the USK in Germany - no ban, no cuts.

http://www.pcgames.de/aid,663463/News/Ueberraschung_Dead_Space_kommt_ung... (Saw this posted on multiple news sites, unfortunately all in German.)

Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

Google Translation. Painful to read, but gets the point accross. Remember to replace ESRB with USK. Why Google translated it that way, I have no idea:

http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pcgames.de%2Fai...

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Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

But they still make enough money to continue spoon-feeding us their bullshit.  I don't buy EA games out of principle.

Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

I'm looking forward to this game, but I'm quickly getting sick of EA's marketing bullshit.

Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

One of those awards? The coveted "Phantom Hype" award.

Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

This is managerial nonsense in two forms:

It was almost certainly not banned in any country, instead the marketing department found it wouldn't be cost-effective to release in those countries, for whatever reason - probably because there's a ban potential judged to risky and EA don't want to waste money fighting battles.

So management justify not releasing for those countries with 'they banned it'.  Think in terms of long-term profit margin; for a company as big as EA any uncertainty is bad news, they prefer things to run along structured lines - by date X we have sold X copies.  A country that might ban the game or is a hotbed for piracy is a gamble which could go either way, so why risk it.

Winning x awards is nonsense as well - if these awards don't even have a name then they don't exist.  At most it's been nominated for some awards.

And that's how you read through the hyperbole generated by EA's great thinkers.

Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

It's certainly one way. Far simpler to just replace every single words in any press release they make with the word 'Bullshit' over and over again though.

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Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

Gamespot giving it a 9.0 is in no way an indication of what the game will be like.

As for the 'awards' chances are they are counting 'Game of the month' and 'Editors choice' style reviews from gaming magazines.

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Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

They fired an employee for giving Kane & Lynch a poor rating correct?

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Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

I'd be curious to know how an unrelease game could win any awards. Awards aren't usually handed out year round, and something usually has to be actually released before it'll be eligible.

My guess is they put over 11 rather than over a dozen in some attempt to make it sound like they weren't making numbers up out of thin air.

I'd say Dead Space is already eligible for one award - most blatant lies in a market campaign, as I'm guess this is just as much a lie as the banned thing.

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Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

Best of show awards at things like E3 or Pax?

Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

Their limited edition has:

 

  • The Dead Space game
  • Special Ultra Limited Edition packaging
  • Dead Space Downfall Animated Movie (DVD)
  • Bonus content DVD
  • Exclusive lithograph art
  • 97-pg Dead Space art book written and illustrated by the development team
  • 160-pg Graphic novel
  • Ishimura crew patch
    [from Joystiq]

And cost $150...  If you seriously pay $150 for this...  I am not going to finish that actually.  Someone here I bet has it pre-ordered right now...  WTF are people thinking...  greedy mofo EA.

After a quick search, there is nothing about any rewards this game has won other than word from EA that it is an Award Winning SciFi Survival Horror game, that has won 11 awards.  I bet you anything that the awards are for parts of the limited edition and not the game itself since as stated already, the game is not released yet, which would figure since EA has an insane price on the limited edition IMO.  Spore's was $80, with:

  • Spore Game DVD (PC/Mac compatible)
  • “The Making of Spore” DVD. A behind the scenes documentary on the making of Spore.
  • “How to Build a Better Being” DVD. A 50-minute evolution documentary by the National Geographic Channel featuring Will Wright and Spore.
  • “The Art of Spore.” A 128 page hardback book featuring Spore artwork and stories from Maxis’ artists.
  • Exclusive 100-page Galactic Handbook
  • Exclusive Spore poster
  • All in a collectible ‘Spore Glyphics’ hard plastic box

 

If you haven't felt EA trying to rape you yet, then it is most likely too late, and you have already been raped.  I know there are a decent number of people out there that have been ripped off and try to defend EA because they fell into their trap, but it isn't your fault EA is a dirty, greedy company that belongs in hell.

Come on, they already have a Spore Expansion Pack to release BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR!!
Spore Creepy & Cute - Release Date: Nov. 18, 2008...  The game hasn't even been out for that long...

Back to topic though...  This company is a disgrace to the industry, and how they treat their consumers is appalling...

 

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Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

Alternatively, you could go buy the regularly priced normal version?


Anyway, there's only 1,000 copies of the Limited edition you mentioned above, so that alone conveys something to game fanatics.

Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

Really?  Wow...  I thought it was a lot more...  Either way, EA makes a pretty penny every year VS their costs.  If they pass the cost of increased taxes to the consumer instead of taking it from the CEO, they can rot in hell and have every one of their games pirated for all I care.  I just hate EA, I am bias, I admit.

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Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

Game: 60$

Crew Patch:5$

Books:45$

Dead Space Animated movie 15$

Packaging:5$

Lithographs:5$

Air inside packaging:15$

Making people angry with things they don't have to buy.... priceless?

Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

Over 9000 awards

Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

It would be interesting to know just what 11+ awards an unreleased game has actually won and if any of them mean anything.

Re: EA: Dead Space Has Won "Over 11" Awards

Likely 'best of E3, GDC, Tokyo Game Show' etc. There's a lot of expos and a lot of media sites all giving out awards, so this isn't out of the question. I think Resident Evil 5 must be on over 9000 awards just from gametrailers.com

 
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