Sorry Aksys Games. I'm Generally not a Douchebag. Generally.
Have you ever been to a store and seen a random ticked off customer that just rambles, makes outrageous complaints and demands to employees that have nothing to do with the issue? Ya know, like the insane woman who called the police on a McDonald's because they were out of Chicken McNuggets. Cause, how could she feed her kids without them?
Yeah... that was me with Aksys Games.
If you haven't heard of Aksys Games, well, you should have. They're the folks localizing and publishing great games like BlazBlue and Guilty Gear. Today, they even announced that they'll be bring over Arcana Heart 3 on the PSN to the states. I think the game that everybody is currently relating to them though is a true gem. And one I'm ashamed to say that I still don't own. And that's 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors.
If you haven't heard of that, I'm not even gonna sum it up for you.
I borrowed it from a friend for a week, and ended up getting a pretty poor ending despite my best efforts to reach THE ending. I've been wanting to pick up a copy for over a month now, but prices have been outrageous for it (and its delicious bundle bonus).
Anyways, thanks to the magic of CAG, I found out that Aksys was hosting a contest where participants could win a copy of 999, the replica watch and various unnamed goodies.
The contest was simple. All you had to do was add in captions to three simple boxes. And you could edit them any way you wished, like throwing stuff in, doodling or even adding more panels to the comic strip.
Of course, the thread was so popular, I knew I didn't have a shot. But I figured it'd be a fun project to do between work and class. Despite my artistic disability.
The ideas came flying towards me... like... like... brown (and sometimes green) stuff that monkeys throw. They were corny, sure, but they made me laugh.
4 Koma Pitch 1 (Elvis)
I ended up submitting this one:
You folks ever take the Barret route in FFVII cause it's funny?
Er, it was incomplete. I wanted to put a few wallflowers, a disco ball and possibly a heart-shaped bed in the 3rd Koma panel, but time was running out to submit it. And I had an exam the following day, so I needed to finish it before than or I'd never be able to read a single page.
Cool thing about the contest was that they were going to announce the winners the day after submissions were due. So there was no long, painful waiting process to see if you were the winner or not.
Or so I thought...
Damnit, June. Stuff like this is why I made you a man.
So the contest was extended. Sure, I could have done finishing touches on my entry if the timer was extended previously, but there was no sense in getting upset about it. I was happy with my entry. It was able to make me laugh, so I figured I had a fighting chance to win something.
Once the new deadline past, they swiftly put up an announcement saying that over 99 entries were submitted and that they'd announce the winner on Friday (five days), and they'd upload honorable entries each day until that point. My first thought was, "I wonder if they extended the contest just so they could say 'Over 99 entries'". My second thought was, ". You mean I have to wait another five days to see the winners?!"
Aksys knows how to troll.
So I started checking on Facebook everyday to see what entries were uploaded. And I really hate Facebook... man, I don't even want to talk to the people on my "friendslist". Quite a few people I dislike there. Several who just talked to me so they could copy homework. One said that they'd punch me so hard, I'd become a Christian. And so forth.
I personally wanted to just email them a photo of one of my fingers when they sent friend requests, but under the supervision of another friend I should just blindly accept requests, cause not doing otherwise is being a jerk.
Whoop, sorry for the tanget. I forgot this blog was about how much of a prick I am for a moment. Anyways, I love Aksys Games enough to login to Facebook nightly. Each day, they added 10 new honorable entries to their Facebook album.
Monday Night - My entry was not added to honorable entries!
Woo! So far so good. Three more days to go!Tuesday Night - My entry was not added to honorable entries!
I'm on a roll, baby~Wednesday Night - My Entry was not added to honorable entries!!
YUS! YUS! YUS! 30 people down. I only need to survive tomorrow's board room elimination -- didn't want to go with a bachelor reference.Thursday Night - My entry was not added to... wait, what?
Looking through the album's thumbnails showed nothing at all that resembled my entry. Course, it helped that all 40 entries uploaded were horizontal instead of vertical, but upon closer inspection.. #40/40 was this...
Of all that is supposedly holy in this world. My entry was chopped up, put left to right unevenly and overlaying each other; blurred, and shrunk.
How this happened was beyond me. I mean, I thought for a second, "maybe somebody found my image on imageshack.us and uploaded it as their own like this" but I put it on imageshack just seconds before I sent my submission email in. So I doubt it could have been that.
Whomever was hosting the contest probably just thought that they all needed to be done horizontally.. meh.
Either way, I wanted to be graceful in defeat. Since it was posted, it meant that I fell under an "honorable entry" so it didn't matter what my entry looked like. I lost. Guess I have to shell out 70dollars I don't have for that 999 Watch on eBay...
Another entry by somebody else was shrunk down a bit too. And so she posted a link to the full version in its comments. I thought I'd do the same with... that thing.
I posted that I appreciated the honorable entry. But if it were possible, please upload the original. This picture was edited and not the one I submitted. If anybody would like to see the full version, go here _______ .
Few hours later, I check back on Facebook since I got an email saying somebody "Liked" it. And this is what ticked me off...
My comment saying it was edited was deleted.
Protect Break popped over my head.
. This. Shit.
Course, since this is the interblag, I can't really do anything to begin with. So I mustered up a sternly worded letter! Yeah! Best Plan Ever! Yeah!
This is what I sent to support@Aksysgames.com
You can skip the above if you want. I personally thought it was sternly written when I wrote it in a white-tea enraged state of mind. Course, reading it now makes me think that if I were somebody else, that Michael fella sounded like he was gonna go cry himself to sleep that night.
On second thought, nevermind. Read the above text in the spoiler. Not gonna cover some stuff here so you'll be a little lost without it.
Thankfully I didn't have any work or class the next day, so after writing the manly letter, I went straight to bed. I woke up early. Took a shower, and went over to a friend's place and went out for a junk-filled breakfast.
I honestly forgot about the entire incident until we got back to his house and he asked if I wanted to go a few rounds on League of Legends. Course I agreed, but when grabbed his laptop, I remembered to check the status of a few items in shipping from eBay. So I brought up my gmail to see if there was any update, and I had a message from a woman named Mary from Aksys Games. Less than 1 business hour from when I sent in the complaint too. It said
Easy to say League of Legends was delayed for a bit. But, yeah...
Now I'm new to Facebook, but I've seen people upload images that wouldn't fit on my 50" projector (in height, thank you). So I had no idea what the issue would be with uploading my image.
I logged into facebook right away and attempted to upload it and I got:
The entire time we spoke, she was apologetic. And was shocked to hear that the Facebook handler deleted the comment I made linking to the original. She quickly posted up the link to my full version, and continued to apologize to me.
But I was really the one who had to apologize to her.
Yeah, she edited my entry badly and uploaded that one. But it was to my benefit. Without that, my entry couldn't have been uploaded at all. Never thought my lack of Facebook experience would screw me over like this.
I reasonably felt upset. But now I see that I was just being a prick. And for being a prick, they're going to reward me with a free swag pack filled with, something, I dunno. It's Aksys based, so it's damn good stuff too.
Looks like I got my Chicken McNuggets, but I dunno what I should do. I really enjoy playing Aksys titles. I appreciate their work, and actively participate in their polls for what I'd want to see next from their localization team... but, yeah. I feel like I need to make this up to them somehow.
Seppuku is over the top. Castration is out of the question. I like sex. Maybe I'll just buy a few titles as MSRP... I dunno. I just can't think of a way to get how remorseful I feel about my behavior to them.
If anybody has ideas, I'm all ears. I've got to apologize somehow.
Edit - I got home a bit ago and went to check my mail, and the "Swag Pack" has already arrived. It included:
Oh, and here were the winners for the Contest btw:
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