Marketing Stunt: Have Bloody Man Stumble Around in Public, Waving Fake Gun

It was indeed a cunning plan. To promote the action-heavy video game Splinter Cell Conviction, an actor dressed in bloody bandages ran around the streets of Auckland, New Zealand, pointing a fake gun at people. Then police with real guns showed up:

About 20 revellers drinking outside Degree bar dived for cover after the promotions worker threatened them with a black imitation pistol about 8pm on Friday.

Witnesses said they heard someone shout "he's got a gun" and outdoor drinkers dived behind their tables.

Degree manager Steph Kurtovich said: "This guy with bandages on his hands pointed a gun at customers sitting outside. They were pretty terrified."

The stunt, to promote the release of Xbox title Splinter Cell Evolution, was condemned by police.

Senior Sergeant Ben Offner said officers could not tell the gun was made of plastic until they had taken it from the actor.


Link via Say Uncle | Image: Ubisoft

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Well, the stunt worked because I know of the game (well, vaguely.. I already forgot what title it was). But I still hate Xbox. It's enough they just don't bloody work, now they have to be assholes, too? Mission... accomplished? GG, marketing department. DIAF.
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