Monster Hunter World offers $70K for proof of real-world monsters

Not too shabby there, Capcom: Monster Hunter World has already sold five million copies of the console edition of the game. (The PC version, you’ll recall, won’t launch until later this year.)

In conjunction with the launch, Capcom has apparently partnered with a “real-life monster hunter and Cryptozoologist,” which for some reason merits capitalization, to offer a £50,000 reward (about $70K US) to anyone who can submit “clear new evidence” of specific “monsters.” Sorry, you can’t just submit a particularly monstrous politician; your choices are Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, Mongolian death worms, mermaids, the flying snake of Namibia, chupacabras, yeti, earth hounds, Yowie, and the Cornish owlman.

The good news for Capcom is that at least it won’t have to pay out that chunk of change. Let this serve as another reminder of the sort of cognitive deficiencies with which gaming studios believe gamers are saddled.

We delivered a guide to the game as well as our first impressions last week, so don’t miss those if you’re still considering trying the game on console!

Source: Press release, GIbiz
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Robert Mann

Ah, all the things that are popular but were never the really interesting monsters? Forget it. If I’m going to waste my time looking for a monster on Earth… it had at least better be an interesting monster!

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David Goodman

Hell thats easy – I can prove Yaoi exists easi- wait, wrong spelling you say?

Nevermind

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Melissa McDonald

Chupacabras have been found, apparently a hairless variety of coyote…

(sees a bunch of hunters going out looking for them, like that flotilla of boats in JAWS seeking the maneater)

But the Yeti is apparently a hybrid polar bear / brown bear based on hair samples offered by the Tibetan and Himalayan natives.

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Alex Hyer

*Insert Meme of World Leaders Here*

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Bryan Correll

Damn. I was hoping the Esquilax was an option, I can get one of those easily.

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Space Captain Zor

Holy crap that header image, lol

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Minimalistway

They are asking for something big and wild, or they know no one can point out a real monstor so this is just for markting.

Either way, if someone found monstrous wild life i hope they leave it alone.

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Melissa McDonald

that’s why I don’t believe bigfoot is real. There have been lots of hunters trying to find one and bag it and bring it back. No bones, carcasses, no real physical evidence ever found other than some blurry “blobsquatch” photography.

Yet I think in some cases what they actually saw was an exotic pet that had been abandoned, or had escaped. So in a way, the sighting was “real”. This tree cam seems to have captured a chimp, although some say it’s a “skinny, mangy bear”, it looks like a chimp to me.

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angrakhan

So can someone explain this 2017 E3 trailer to me. I mean I assume this is the “best of the best” gameplay since it’s what they showed to a packed house at E3. And yet… all the guy does is run away from stuff for the whole trailer. I don’t think he swings that sword once. Is that what this game is about? Monster Run Away World? If so, I’ll pass.

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cursedseishi

Literally halfway through that trailer he swings his sword. Then half a minute later he does it again. Half a minute later he doesn’t, because a big bad shows up who would easily wreck said person if he attacked it, at which point you hit a signal flare being shot up and bringing it to a montage of several people attacking things.

Watch the trailer. Also, there’s been dozens of trailers so why go to the very first to point and make a claim like that aside from an attempt to do some lazily snarky post? That also wasn’t exactly a ‘gameplay’ trailer, it was the announcement trailer for the game when it was first made public. There are actual gameplay trailers out and around, so I don’t know why you chose to hover so intently over that single trailer.

The announcement trailer was a teaser to show various quirks being added into the game. Mounting was a recent addition, but the wall-run attacks, the slinger, the flare, not to mention the environmental interaction as well as monsters fighting one another are all new to the series.

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bereman99

Explanation: meant to highlight the opening up of the map areas, monster interactions, drop-in multiplayer aspect, tease a couple new mechanics like the slinger, with a bit of combat highlights in there.

I believe they released another trailer that same day later that showed more of the combat anyway.

Though it totally could be Monster Run Away World for players that suck.

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Mitzruti

I figure it’s aimed at people who already know MH’s got solid combat, so they want to show off the cool things you can do and how the monsters interact with the environment.

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Utakata

…the joking aside though, this does oddly remind me of the James Randi’s million dollar paranormal challenge:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Million_Dollar_Paranormal_Challenge

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Rayko

I have a friend in San Antonio that swears he has seen a Chupacabra before, does that count?