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posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 11:15 AM

Electronic Arts has taken video game marketing to scary new heights.

To commemorate the March 6th release of their highly-anticipated role-playing game Mass Effect 3, the company decided to launch a handful of advance copies into space. Literally. Like, they crammed them into weather balloons and shot 'em into the stratosphere.

The point? Each game contains a GPS tracking device; fans were told to follow those coordinates to find the games as they landed back on Earth. Locate a copy, and you've got a solid week with the game before it's in stores.

At least, that was the plan.

Mother Nature had her own plan, it seems. The first two copies sent into orbit, both launched from the San Francisco bay area, survived the insane round trip flight only to land in hard-to-reach spots a few hours away in Seaside, California. One copy wound up tucked away in a dense forest protected by overhead brambles and bushes while the other decided to hang out in the upper branches of a 150-foot tall tree.

A dozen or so diehard gamers spent two days trying to figure out how to get it down. Baseballs didn't work, nor did a slingshot. If ever we could use personal jetpacks, now is the time, science.

But alas, science has officially failed us. According to a post on the Mass Effect Facebook page, the tree recovery attempt ended in vain due to safety concerns (and a distinct lack of jetpacks). From the post:

"It is unfortunate, but we have to require all participants halt further investigations due to legal and safety reasons. We are floored at the support, involvement, and contribution of the ME3 community in the last 48 hours, it has been nothing short of an amazing adventure."

Despite the rough start, the Mass Effect 3: Space Edition promotion seems to be faring much better in other cities. Packages launched in Las Vegas, New York and London have been recovered. Berlin is up next.

Update: EA has sent word that the first Seaside package -- the one trapped under fierce brambles -- has been found by this dedicated group of gamers, who hacked and slashed their way through the dense underbrush. The tree package, however, is still stuck in a tree. effect-3-descends-space-gets-stuck-tree-230218706.html

I hope the people that actually do find a game dont find it in a million pieces i dont think this was a very good idea it was just a waste of time and money.

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 11:17 AM
shoot i dont know what i did wrong with the video but it wasnt that important just shows the trailer for mass effect 3 space addition you can find the video in the link if you really want to watch it.

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 11:25 AM
Here ya go. Seems a bit of an effort just to promote a game, but with a successful franchise like Mass Effect, I guess you have money to burn.

They'll certainly get it back, and then some, in sales.

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posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 11:31 AM
thanks. how did you get the vidoe to show up?

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 12:17 PM
ha, whats next. throwing the next pirate of the caribbean movie/game into the ocean. i doubt many copies will survive or even land on land.

to get the youtube vid you need to take the bit after the =. so from the com/watch?v=EtroRhmM5uk you just take EtroRhmM5uk.
i hope i got this right, i've embedded before and thats how i think i done this

How to embed youtube
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posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 01:16 PM
reply to post by listerofsmeg

thanks for the info.

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 01:21 PM

I think EA encourages people to pirate.

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 03:49 PM
So the copy that landed in the brambles was a true hack and slash adventure then, huh?

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 07:02 PM
reply to post by curious7

yea i cant believe some people would do all of this for a game that would have came out a week later

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 07:03 PM

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