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Unbound Saga – Going Digital (Plus Free Codes!)

Ah, the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. John M Richardson Jr. once said “When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened.” We at Vogster would like to think of ourselves as part of that second camp, The Makers, not to be confused with THE MAKER, the mysterious omniscient entity responsible for the misadventures that plague Rick Ajax and Lori Machete in Unbound Saga for the PSP, available now for download exclusively on the PlayStation Network.

Unbound Saga

See what I did there? Bridge quotes about the future to a reference to Unbound Saga, which then leads to the topic of digital distribution? Yes, Unbound Saga is available for download only. You can’t walk into Gamezoinks, or wherever else you typically buy your disc-based gaming fix, and walk out with a plastic box full of brawling Unbound goodness. You can, however, buy this game from the comfort of your own home, while still in your bathrobe and bunny slippers. Click-click-clack, simple as that. Super easy, and all you need is an internet connection and a PlayStation Network account. And a PlayStation device to play the game on, of course.

But why would Vogster, or any other publisher for that matter, buck the trend and do something as radical as bypassing brick-and-mortar? What do we have against the good people at Gamezoinks? Nothing at all, I assure you (In fact, we just made that name up.). But the benefits of digital distribution cannot be overlooked. For the consumer, digital download offers unparalleled convenience. If you want it, you can have it NOW, regardless of weather, bus schedules, gas prices, etc. RIGHT NOW. In fact, I just bought the first three seasons of Dexter from the PlayStation Store while writing this. My fingers barely left the keyboard. How convenient is THAT?? It also guarantees availability. It would have stunk to drive all the way to the mall for that set of DVDs only to find they were sold out. Well, the internet is never sold out, and it is open 24-7. How ‘bout them apples?

Digital distribution is good for the developer, too. It is easier to get the product onto the market, cheaper to manufacture and distribute, and it bypasses the growing used- and rental- markets that eat into sales. The traditional model makes it that much harder for smaller companies to compete, even those with amazing new ideas and talent. Wouldn’t you rather have more good games to choose from? Going digital gives developers a viable stage to present their products for the gameplaying market to enjoy.

We certainly haven’t turned our back on the tactile satisfaction of holding something groovy and colorful in your hands. That’s why we’re hard at working producing spiffy Unbound Saga comics and sweet, sweet action statuettes to adorn your desktops and Unbound Saga shrines (Check out our Facebook Fan page some nifty pix.). And as DLC becomes available, you’ll be able to hop into the new content instantly, thanks to the uber-convenience of it all!

So yes, the digital download method is relatively new, and sometimes new can be scary. But you survived the change from 8-bit to HD, from 2D to 3D, from cartridge to CD to DVD to Blu-ray. I think we will not only survive the change from disc to digital, but we’ll all benefit from the process. And if you don’t believe me, here’s a rock-solid offer to try it for yourself: FIVE FREE CODES FOR YOUR OWN COPY OF UNBOUND SAGA! (Lost Continent of Atlantis!)

Wait, what? FREE?? You bet, but because downloading digital content to your PSP is so darn easy (signed in from the PlayStation Store, select “Redeem Codes”) , we decided to throw in a little extra challenge just to emphasize how easy the actual process is WITHOUT the silly contest challenge. Here are the codes — all you have to do is guess the missing characters. (And yes, there is a pattern related to this posting…)

Have at it, junior G-men!

**The codes are no longer available**

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Curses for being at work XD

    Jem Alexander 4 November, 2009 @ 3:14 pm    

    Hey guys,

    We’ve noticed that some of you are being locked out of PSN after trying to input these codes too many times after they’ve already been claimed.

    If you’ve been locked out and haven’t commented, please do so to let us know and we’ll get you unlocked as soon as possible.

Not a great idea – trust me, I’ve tried this method of giving out codes – get it wrong enough times and the PSN blocks you from trying again. No idea how long for, but still, not great… :/

Yep, that’s me blocked.

i’m also blocked. :(

Now this wasn’t a very good idea, was it?

Yeh, bad idea :( Would’ve loved one, but this isn’t going to work :P

The_Snowstone 4 November, 2009 @ 12:15 pm   7

And me too. I never get any games like this :( Lucasarts once offered some of their games through Steam like this and never got it…

TheNarrator 4 November, 2009 @ 12:17 pm   8

lack of PSPage is a slight problem… but still, hopefully some guys are able to solve ‘the case of the missing characters’ for the free codes and get themselves a fun game to enjoy :D

digital downloads can only be a good thing if youre able to grab a game you want in minutes and already be playing it a little while later :)

Didn’t get one aswell. damn

Toothball 4 November, 2009 @ 12:20 pm   10

Got most of the way through one of them, but I’m out too now.

Chrisalddin 4 November, 2009 @ 12:25 pm   11

80023156 blocked!

if it a long time block some one need to be shot
say a Mike Kennedy !

likewise… got most letters kicked out.. now i´m blocked too… /sigh

Hope im unblocked for tomorrows PSN update, this really was a stupid idea, wish id read the other people posts before guessing away. Think you should take this promo down and compensate us first idiots with locked accounts with a proper free code.

NOT HAPPY :@

I wish these things didn’t happen while I’m at work! (Not that I have a PSP, but still just saying for future reference!).

I’ve seen this type of give away happen before on the US Blog’s (and possibly EU Blog’s) Twitter page. It doesn’t seem good that you get blocked for doing it though! I tried one once and didn’t get blocked, although you only had a choice of 0-9 for the missing digit so maybe you have to do it over 10 times or something.

A better idea would be to give people 1 hour (or X number of comments) to post a reply on the blog (either any comment or a specific question/theme etc) and then select the winners at random from the replies – since we all post here with our PSN ID’s it should be quite simple to send the code to the winners via PSN message?

Arlanthir 4 November, 2009 @ 12:32 pm   15

I’ve tried all the letters and numbers (along with a friend) and I got no game. What?
Well now I’m blocked too :S

Retro_1973 4 November, 2009 @ 12:33 pm   16

Also blocked now …what a crappy idea this was

Chrisalddin 4 November, 2009 @ 12:35 pm   17

it gets beter ( the game in question is not on the EU Store )

and i bet the code will not work to the game is posted!

I like the first 5 people who post here get a code – suggestion. ;)

i dont got a PSP, and i wont try the codes becouse i wont want to get blocked! :D

yup getting the same error code and blocked too, whos stupid ideas was this, grrr

Solid_Snake1987 4 November, 2009 @ 12:53 pm   21

Well the game is on the store for one, but I reckon all the codes have been used by now. Always out when it happens. Tried what I thought it was…

Haha… I am blocked too. What to do now?

PsychoboyUK 4 November, 2009 @ 1:01 pm   23

As much as I want the game iam not risking a blocking

Blocked as well. Stupid.

ghosthunter68 4 November, 2009 @ 1:04 pm   25

I’m sorry apart from the long winded blog post (fell asleep), this is one stupid idea. Obviously lessons have not been learnt.

What a bunch of complainers… They are offering you something, so why the cold shoulder?
I don’t know if everyone else is actually getting blocked and can’t access the store, but I only get an error message when trying to input another code. I can still access/download anything from the store.
And besides, they said there was a pattern, you’re not supposed to force-test the code. What you guys are transmiting is: “The consumer gets much happier and gives a better rating to a post announcing a game, than to a post that offers the opportunity to get it for free”.
I for one like what you did here Vogster. So thanks and congrats.
BTW, if somehow you know the codes have been used successfully (which would explain all these frustrated people), just give us a heads-up please.

twistedintoform 4 November, 2009 @ 1:11 pm   27

somebody’s dropped a bit of a clanger here..

the same post isn’t on the US blog, so it hasn’t been a cut & paste job, but it is on the french blog with the same codes, but it’s not clear what country/region the codes apply to. aren’t redemption codes usually country specific?

btw: i assume the store is online again?. last night it said “this service is not available in your country/region”.

It doesn’t block you from the store, just from entering codes. Which is how 70% of all europeans use the store. Which is why they’re a bit unhappy.

Not me, got a credit card :) Just too bad getting blocked ruins your chances of getting a code to work even if you were one of the first to see this.

nickjd331 4 November, 2009 @ 1:15 pm   29

I have tried a few, I think I shall continue, I can live a day without PSN.

There will be a problem if we try so much codes? After trying some codes I have an error in PSN 80551056 and now I can’t register any code of PSN cards on my own!!

Damn ! I’m not in my house, i don’t have a free wifi spot near me….

I can’t try the free code..

Eararaldor 4 November, 2009 @ 1:24 pm   32

Ha ha locked out as well. This will teach me for not reading the comments first!

Were the codes removed because people kept getting themselves blocked or did people actually manage to get them before being locked out? ;)

Retro_1973 4 November, 2009 @ 2:04 pm   34

Well I certainly won’t be paying for this game after this joke! Another schoolboy error by Sony…

Raider197 4 November, 2009 @ 2:09 pm   35

What was with the over-long speech about how great digital distribution is? We all know about it and have used it hundreds of times before… it’s Sony putting those ads about how great Blu-Ray is on a Blu-Ray movie… pointless… the ads are usually in 420p as well :-D

Raider197 4 November, 2009 @ 2:10 pm   36

*it’s like Sony

Now I can’t download anything from the Store!! Error 80431063.
Please, can someone help us??

epicLivett 4 November, 2009 @ 2:29 pm   38

It was just an elaborate plan to get you all blocked from the network. They needed to conserve bandwidth as they’re playing quake on LAN or something.

didn’t bother with this because i had a feeling something would go wrong, scee after all, wasn’t expecting this though.
pessimism FTW.

if this is the future, i’ll stick to walking to my local games shop, but thanks all the same.

seblonguk 4 November, 2009 @ 2:36 pm   41

This is the most ridiculous way to give out codes. Why not make this a real challenge with some thought behind it?

@ Chrisalddin, it’s quite possible for games to be on the server but not on the Store, just look at any of the exclusive content codes included with retail games or the recent God of War III demo as examples.

@ ghosthunter68, I quite enjoyed the Article actually, but each to their own…

@ Retro_1973, litte bit harsh don’t you think? They try to do something different and give away 5 free copies of the game, and because you didn’t guess the right code you now won’t pay for the game?

@ Everyone else, to be fair to Mike he was not trying something new – as I’ve said the method has been used before on the EU and US Twitter feeds. Also he does say that the clue to the missing letter/number is in the article so it’s not a random guess as such, maybe people should have gave it some thought rather than just go through the letters of the alphabet as fast as possible…

Anyway it seems 5 people have worked it out, anyone get one? What was the answer, i.e. how did it relate to the article?

Retro_1973 4 November, 2009 @ 2:49 pm   43

@Apnomis

No, what annoys me is getting blocked out of PSN whilst trying to guess what the correct code might be. I won’t be purchasing the game due to the negative experience of the whole thing.

Thanks JEM ALEXANDER!

Rijckaert 4 November, 2009 @ 3:21 pm   45

Damn, I hate the Error :S Hope it gets fixed soon.

Tykkimies 4 November, 2009 @ 3:32 pm   46

I’m locked out too. :(

Paul-H-UK 4 November, 2009 @ 3:35 pm   47

Im Locked Out Too

Retro_1973 4 November, 2009 @ 3:36 pm   48

Who are the lucky 5 people who claimed these codes anyway? Nobody on here has mentioned getting one to work…

“I think we will not only survive the change from disc to digital, but we’ll all benefit from the process”

Strongly disagree.

Raider197 4 November, 2009 @ 3:47 pm   50

How long would you be blocked for Jem? I’m not blocked, just curious

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