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Video: pie in the face = Xbox sold in Japan?


Okay, we've seen some weird foreign Xbox ads (no, really), but this one takes the cake ... er ... pie. Apparently, a (notably attractive) woman dodging pies was meant to pique Japan's interest in the original Xbox. While we have to admit that evading the attacks of a pie-tossing machine would make for thrilling digital entertainment, we have to question the logic of using the same scenario to sell Xboxen. We can just imagine the illustrations on the whiteboard in the Microsoft marketing dungeon:

1. Hot girl
2. Pie-tossing machine
3. Slogan
4. ???
5. Profit!

So, for the record, we have Do!Do!Do!, "There's a Locust under my bed," and a pie machine. And they wonder why they can't move consoles in Japan.

[Via The Xbox Domain]

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1. Maybe the former director of Homeland Security wrote these and thought, 'Brilliant!'

Posted at 4:59PM on Jun 19th 2007 by Toph

2. Quoting Mike Nelson from Mystery Science Theater 3000:
"Scientists work 'round the clock trying to figure out what the HELL is the deal with Japan."

Posted at 5:01PM on Jun 19th 2007 by Toph

3. Someone within Microsoft gave the green light on this ad? Why do they even bother trying to sell consoles in Japan?

Posted at 5:28PM on Jun 19th 2007 by JimyD

4. Is sort of...like trying to show the multiplayer capabilities of Xbox?

But wow...all those three advs. Whoever comes up with these?

Posted at 5:31PM on Jun 19th 2007 by Teabag

5. BREAKING NEWS!!! Phase 4 revealed!

Posted at 5:59PM on Jun 19th 2007 by Knuckles Dawson

6. Thanks! I just spent 20 minutes watching pie videos on YouTube. WTF is up with pied asian girls?!

Posted at 6:02PM on Jun 19th 2007 by Gemini Ace

7. That was... interesting.

Posted at 6:17PM on Jun 19th 2007 by Paulish

8. Who is the retard in command of the Xbox marketing in Japan?

Ken Kutaragi? It must be him or one of his sibilings...

Posted at 7:30PM on Jun 19th 2007 by T Ghost

9. Have you guys ever seen a Japanese game show? Or anime? Or Japanese porn?

This ad is probably brilliant over there.

Posted at 9:21PM on Jun 19th 2007 by BluesmanTLU

10. I agree, BluesmanTLU. The Japanese are generally uncultured roustabouts.

Posted at 10:23PM on Jun 19th 2007 by Tom

11. Maybe it's a new game for Xbox. UNREAL PIE: Bill Gates edition.

Posted at 4:48PM on Jun 20th 2007 by Alex Cormier

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