WRUP: Advertising products we will not sell you edition
Friends, this week’s What Are You Playing must highlight the most baffling marketing move I’ve ever seen. PAX East has often featured some baffling decisions, but this year I have to give the gold cup of What In The Hell Happened to Cygames and their huge booth, which half-features Granblue Fantasy. (The other half is taken up by their mobile card game Shadowverse.)
“Well, why is that weird?” Because, dear reader, you cannot download the game. Not “it hasn’t been released yet,” the game was released back in 2014. But it still doesn’t have an official local release, despite having been localized fully for ages and completely playable right now. You have to go through an insane rigamarole to get the game onto your mobile devices, which means that half of this booth is advertising a game you are not actually being sold.
I suppose maybe it’ll inspire some people to go through that rigamarole? It’s a fun game and fully translated and all. But it’s just… baffling. Leave your weekend plans down in the comments, I’ll be boggling over here.
Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Go is happening because I really need to get back to walking for more than 15-20 minutes. Project Gorgon will probably get some time. I just finished Telltale’s Batman Season 2, and oh my god, so good! I may need to replay it and make some different choices. Between this and White Knight, it feels like a good time to be a Batman fan.
Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Same as last weekend for me, mainly because it’s already a packed weekend and not much time for fun! So probably some Trove (gonna try to hit expie booster day!) and Guild Wars 2 Super Adventure Box. I’d like to test out the newcomer stuff for Ultima Online as well, but my account is paid for and so far, none of my non-subbed accounts are working just yet, so that may or may not happen.
Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Saturday will mostly be eaten by PAX East, but Sunday will be a time for some Final Fantasy XIV and some World of Warcraft. Also, not coincidentally, I’ll be diving more into Granblue Fantasy on the road.
Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’m digging the cult life in Secret World Legends this week, so I’ve got to earn those points and work my way up in this organization. Not to bring it down from the inside, mind you, but just because I’ve found a new way of life that makes sense. All hail the Leader!
MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I have only one week to prep for this trip to California, which means recording lots of streams for y’all to enjoy while I am lacking sufficient internet. But that also means I have a related house inspection on Tuesday, so all those half-unpacked boxes need to be unpacked and sorted ASAP! I should put all my spare time there, but if we are being honest, I am sure to find some Secret World Legends and ARK: Survival Evolved time at the very least. I really need to get in for Lord of the Rings Online‘s spring festival before it ends, and might even try a little more Guild Wars 2 SAB. Gasp!