On purpose! Known for controversy, Electronic Arts recently mailed out actual payable cheques that game reviewers could cash in for a cool $200. The press (though we’re still waiting for ours, grumble grumble) received elaborate wooden boxes adorned with twin skeletons and the words Dante’s Inferno affixed to a velvet pillow inside. The top of the box showed a welcome to the fourth circle of hell, reading:
In Dante’s Inferno, Greed is a two-headed beast. Hoarding wealth feeds one beast and squandering it satiates the other. By cashing this check you succumb to avarice by hoarding filthy lucre, but by not cashing it, you waste it, and thereby surrender to prodigality. Make your choice and suffer the consequence for your sin. And scoff not, for consequences are imminent.
It’s quite an elaborate, thematic thing, that’s for sure. Probably not a bad way to advertise a game loosely based on a book about various sins and sinners. We wonder how many reviewers will actually cash the cheque. (via Kotaku)