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Are You One Of The 7500 Who Signed Their Souls Away To Gamestation?

Posted by Trevor Chan

An amusing April Fool's joke that highlights the importance of checking service contracts

April Fools is a bit like Marmite: you either love it or hate it. Those that hate it will see no purpose to assigning the light-hearted act of pranks and jokes to a single day of the year. Those that love it will relish in being a nuisance to others, safe in the knowledge that it's justified. This year, video game retailer — Gamestation — has got to be applauded for originality for sure.

Orders that were made on the 1st April via the Web site had an extra clause attached that was overlooked by many shoppers. Taken from the Terms and Conditions section, here's an excerpt of what 7500 paying customers failed to notice:

By placing an order via this web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from gamesation.co.uk [sic] or one of its duly authorised minions. We reserve the right to serve such notice in 6 (six) foot high letters of fire, however we can accept no liability for any loss or damage caused by such an act. If you a) do not believe you have an immortal soul, b) have already given it to another party, or c) do not wish to grant Us such a license, please click the link below to nullify this sub-clause and proceed with your transaction.

Although no immortal souls are planned to be claimed, it does highlight the importance of checking the terms and conditions when making purchases.

[via newslite.tv]

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User Comments (39)

smithers

#2

smithers said:

ahhah thats hilarious...by far one of the best april fools jokes ive ever heard of nice job gamestation

V8_Ninja

#3

V8_Ninja said:

Heard about this a while ago. While I hate April Fools Day, I gotta say that prank is brilliant.

chadthegamer

#13

chadthegamer said:

I haven't heard of an April Fool's joke that awesome since the time ign released that Zelda trailer.

XCWarrior

#15

XCWarrior said:

That might be one of the greatest April Fool's Jokes ever.

Now give me your SOUL!!!

fishman100

#17

fishman100 said:

wow, i now remember getting tricked by nintendolife's (i think it was theirs) april fool's article about bringing virtual console to the Dsiware service...

Stuffgamer1

#18

Stuffgamer1 said:

Wow...that's weird. Kinda funny, but also kinda blasphemous...the interesting question, though, is how many orders they got that day total. To find out how many people caught on and hit the link, of course.

ToastyYogurt

#19

ToastyYogurt said:

This reminds me of the career mode in Guitar Hero III where you sign a contract and later in the game you find the contract gave your soul to your manager, who was the devil.

See, this is what happens when you don't read the terms and conditions.

miketh2005

#22

miketh2005 said:

"please click the link below to nullify this sub-clause and proceed with your transaction."

dont you guys read, lol? it got nullified when they clicked the link to proceed. so no souls can get claimed. duh...

@Destroyer360: I just got GH3 and was hyped for it's storyline. Thatnks for that major spoiler, buddy!!!

Token_Girl

#23

Token_Girl said:

Was it the link at the bottom of the page, or embedded in the middle of the t&c though? To be fair, not many people actually read those on a website.

Omega

#27

Omega said:

How come people never get suspicious? Did anyone read Nintendo Life's Terms & Conditions before posting? Is it not weird, that Corbie's avatar looks like the Grim Reaper? Oh dear! :-p

Kirk

#29

Kirk said:

You know what I learned from this...

No one bothers reading all that crap...and it's annoying to even have to go through all those stupid user agreements and superfluous stuff when I know, and you know, that no one bothers reading all that crap...

:)

Terra

#31

Terra said:

@Omega - Um, No, I did not read the Terms And Conditions. Knowing just what kind of things these people are capable of, I should be freaking out right now :P

Xkhaoz

#33

Xkhaoz said:

Hahahahhhahhahahahahhahhha HAHHAHAHAAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHH Man, it would suck to have signed that. I like my soul.

ODOGG618

#35

ODOGG618 said:

Good luck trying to collect, Gamestation. The people who buy from you have no souls to begin with!

Maxsh

#36

Maxsh said:

...
I bought something from Gamestation on April 1st.
Noooooooo! =P

FytinIrish

#37

FytinIrish said:

Those of you talking about the 'fake' trailer for a Zelda movie that IGN did a few years ago, well actually it's not a 'fake' trailer, it's an actual full-length, fan-made move called The Hero of Time, it's not longer available (legally), but I'm sure if you loook hard you can find it. It's cheesy, but a good time if you got some of it to kill.

StarDust4Ever

#38

StarDust4Ever said:

Good thing I gave my soul to Jesus. So now the Devil, Gamestation, or any other third party can't take it away:
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Seriously though, WTF? That's got to be the most sadistic April fools joke I've ever heard of...

Vinsanity

#39

Vinsanity said:

If I shopped at Gamestation, I'd fall for it. Seriously - does anybody read the terms and conditions of anything? It's just so boring and unnecessarily long...

Though I'll still say this. I bet Gamestop is FAR more evil than Gamestation, despite their play for their clientele's immortal souls and all.

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