Even the abs are the same.
In a Reddit thread about the game, one user found out that a background that was featured in the project video was taken from the game Warhammer Online because he was the artist that made it Hey, at least someone appreciates his work! It soon became clear that no one who worked on this was actually from Activision or Blizzard and that Pixar didn't "let them borrow mo-cap gear" as they claimed.
Little Monster Productions
"Andy Serkis is our cousin, and Steven Spielberg is gonna direct" felt too on the nose apparently.
More bizarrely, the game company's office photos were discovered to be cropped photos of a different company's office. At this point, I wouldn't have been surprised if the gameplay video had a "World Of Warcraft Alpha Gameplay. Do Not Distribute." watermark.
The campaign was canceled and their Facebook page and website were mysteriously scrubbed. The lesson being, if you're going to rip off other people's artwork (and office photos for some reason?) maybe don't pick the first things you find on Google Images.
A Cleaning Company Rebrands A Debunked Clothes Cleaning Multilevel Marketing Scam
If you're wondering how all these companies get away with this stuff, well, there's so much of it to sift through. It's great for indie developers that crowdfunding platforms are so popular, but even Kickstarter knew that all of this was bad PR and hired a professional scam-watcher in 2013. And it was all because of stupid shit like this, where someone raised thousands of dollars rebranding an idea that had been debunked decades ago.
A product called Crystal Wash went up on Kickstarter promising the ability to clean your laundry without any detergent. Even though the product was deemed version "2.0," it was actually based on a 20-year-old multilevel marketing scam that has repeatedly been proven to be ineffective over the years.
Except this version is two times as stupid!
The way these balls "work" is by "shrinking water molecule clusters and producing hydrogen peroxide from rubbing ceramic against water." Scammers like this rely on our brains recognizing this string of letters as "fancy science words that I don't understand so they must be true." Seriously, try to "prove" that sentence wrong without being a scientist. It would be like arguing with a robot that can only respond in Amway talking points.
In the late '90s, home shopping companies took advantage of the growing "eco-friendly" consumer market with laundry balls like this. The FTC even issued a consumer alert about the scam and fined multiple companies for claiming these same things. USA Today tested these new Crystal Wash balls in a controlled setting and found that Crystal Wash worked about as well as hot water. Meaning, sure, you don't expose your kids to all the chemtrails in laundry detergent, but then your clothes don't get clean. Because it turns out those scary chemicals are the things that fucking do the cleaning.
Again, put yourself in Tide's shoes here. When your main product is so expensive that it's literally fenced on the streets like crack, don't you think your boardroom would have looked into this technology? If only a multi-billion dollar company like Proctor and Gamble had the resources to develop such a product! Sure, it would make one of their best-sellers obsolete, but soon "Tide-To-Go Balls" would be at every check-out counter in America.
Hey, you forgot USA Today! I should tell them.
Anyway, these guys made off with $268,000. Stay in school.
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