Why You Shouldn’t buy Ubisoft Products

December 29th, 2009

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The company Ubisoft has just come out with a product called “Your Shape.” It’s an exercise-based video game, and here at Depleted Cranium, we’re all for exercise and staying in shape and normally would consider anything that makes it fun or encourages exercise to be a good thing. However, this product has one big problem.


Yes, that’s Jenny McCarthy, not only endorsing the product, but with her likeness on it as in “Your Shape with Jenny McCarthy.”


Therefore, if you do not want to support things like Whooping Cough, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus or other preventable diseases, please do not patronize the following:

YouShape for Wii and PC

UbiSoft

UbiSoft makes the following games:

  • Avatar
  • Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage
  • Red Steel 2
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction
  • Assassins Creed 2
  • Petz Nursery

Of course they make other games, which you can find on their website and which should be marked as such.

I am asking readers to not patronize this company and its products for a very simple reason: they have chosen to use Jenny McCarthy as their primary endorser for a product. Not only that, they put her name and likeness right on it. She is obviously getting a lot of money in the deal and likely will get even more if many of these products sell. Of course, we all known Jenny McCarthy is one of the biggest voices against vaccination and in favor of the bad science and outright lies that cost lives.

When a company selects a person to endorse a product, they try to avoid anyone who cast their product in a bad light or might be seen in a negative way to the consumer. The absolute last thing they want is to find someone who is going to hurt their image or sales. By refusing to patronize this company you can send them a message indicating you are dissatisfied with their choice of spokesperson and feel strongly that Jenny McCarthy is not someone who you associate with a good product or company. If you have a website or blog, please be encouraged to make a similar post to this one, because the more negative press this receives, the more likely the company is to be weary of their ties to Ms. McCarthy.

Feel free to contact the company with your feelings and be sure to tell them you will not be buying their products because of your feelings about their support of a person who has been engaged in very unethical and harmful activities. You may want to mention “Avatar” as that is their latest big name product and they certainly would not want to think sales of that are being eaten away due to bad publicity over Ms. McCarthy.

Finally, Consider the fact that there are a number of other game manufacturers and there are other companies make fitness and exercise video games for the Wii and other platforms. Buy from their competitors who do not do buisiness with such characters.


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13 Responses to “Why You Shouldn’t buy Ubisoft Products”

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    DV82XL Says:

    It won’t be hard for me to comply, as I probably would play any of their games if I was given it.

    However I do know several people working here at the company’s largest development studio, Ubisoft Montreal, and I will make sure that they see this page. In fact if I am not mistaken, my daughter is invited to the New Years party there this year. I’ll make her aware as well. She is not a big fan of McCarthy, or her campaign, so I’m sure she’ll be happy to spread the word.


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    Curtains Says:

    Well, this is a big let down. I am actually quite a fan of Ubisoft’s games (Beyond Good & Evil probably being their best to date), but I’ll be letting them know I won’t be touching its sequel (despite waiting for it for close to a decade) because of this.


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    drbuzz0 Says:

            Curtains said:

    Well, this is a big let down. I am actually quite a fan of Ubisoft’s games (Beyond Good & Evil probably being their best to date), but I’ll be letting them know I won’t be touching its sequel (despite waiting for it for close to a decade) because of this.

    There’s always bit torrent. I mean, I might consider encouraging that to be unethical, but they do support Jenny McCarthy.


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    Big Eddy Says:

    IF she stuck to being a fitness model or an entertainment kind of thing, I’d have no trouble with her, but I am floored that Jenny McCarthy is the single largest face in the vaccine/anti-vaccine debate (which really isn’t a serious debate to begin with.)

    One asks why? Why does she matter so much? Why listen to her? Why take her advice on this? Because she has nice tatas That’s about it. She has the T&A and has been willing to show it. I remember when she was the latest bunny she even played the dumb bimbo card. Now, this chick with no actual education in immunology, no scientific data on her side, no real authority on her side is supposed to be the spokesperson to listen to for how to keep your kids healthy? Because why? Because she is famous for being pretty?

    I would have no problem with UbiSoft using her as the pretty-face to go on their product and be their synthetic plastic model (since she basically is already) for this. Hell, the Wii probably has more computing power to it than she’s got upstairs. However, it;s the vaccine thing that should soil her reputation. I am further surprised and dismayed that she is still a public figure with good standing in the eye of most. People have had their reputation ruined for causing far less harm than she has.


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    Russ Says:

    Well, I would not normally buy from this company anyway, because I’m not really much for video games. However, I am disappointing to see that Jenny McCarthy would be seen as someone with a good enough image to make the face of any product like this.

    @Curtains: You obviously don’t *have* to boycott the company if you don’t feel that their actions are bad enough to make it so that you don’t feel right buying from them. It’s up to you to decide whether or not you are interested enough in a game to overlook their buisiness practices. If you do decide not to buy a game because of their dealings with Jenny McCarthy, however, then I think that shows a real lot of character on your part. I’m just saying that you shouldn’t feel like you’re duty-bound to deny yourself anything because of it.

    Of course, if they *do* sever ties with her, then you should buy their product as a way of recognizing that they have done the right thing and corrected a bad decision.


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    drbuzz0 Says:

            Russ said:

    Well, I would not normally buy from this company anyway, because I’m not really much for video games. However, I am disappointing to see that Jenny McCarthy would be seen as someone with a good enough image to make the face of any product like this.

    I should be clear that I’m not telling anyone to do anything. It’s a suggestion, not a demand. If Curtains has been waiting for a video game for a long time, I would not hold it against him buying it. I mean, lets be reasonable.


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    ZenMonkey Says:

    Thank you for this post. As a gamer and as a skeptic, I am very happy to contact Ubisoft about this.


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    jayg28 Says:

    What an unfortunate choice by Ubisoft. Interactive fitness based video games like this have been a long time coming, and this one looks like it could be very good, but I could not purchase a copy and feel good about it.

    I personally can’t understand how someone like her can spout such dangerous nonsense and still have any kind of a public career.

    I posted a link to your article at reddit.com, my social bookmarking site of choice. The science literacy of the users there seems to be fairly high, but it seems that even a few people there do not understand why they should be upset by this.

    http://www.reddit.com/r/skeptic/comments/akki2/why_you_shouldnt_buy_ubisoft_products_while_jenny/


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    Chris Brown Says:

    So Tiger losses his job for cheating on his wife – Jenny gets “spokesmodel” work in spite of killing people (indirectly).

    Is it racism or just stupidity.


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    DV82XL Says:

            Chris Brown said:

    Is it racism or just stupidity.

    Nether. It’s a double standard that lets some women get away with murder just because they are good looking. Tiger would have eaten dirt just as bad if he was lily-white.


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    drbuzz0 Says:

            Chris Brown said:

    So Tiger losses his job for cheating on his wife – Jenny gets “spokesmodel” work in spite of killing people (indirectly).

    Is it racism or just stupidity.

    It’s entirely based on public image. Tiger Woods was taken down from all the Accenture ads and lost his contract because they wanted a spokesperson who people look at and think “success.” They don’t want someone who people think “Oh that’s the guy with all those marital problems.”

    That;s what it all comes down to. If a company feels that a person might inspire a negative image in their customers they won’t use them.

    The fact that Ubisoft has Jenny McCarthy means that nobody in the marketing department ever had the thought “Oh, Jenny McCarthy? You know, there’s a good chance that some people might be really put off b her.”


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    EnlightningLinZ Says:

    Thanks for posting this, I linked to this on my blog. I actually would have bought this game…it looks really cool with the camera and I vaguely remember hearing about this technology a long time ago and thinking how amazing it is, unfortunately with Jenny McCarthy as their spokesperson I can’t possibly stomach purchasing this game. I hope enough people write in to Ubisoft to get them to reconsider their choice of spokesperson. I can think of a million better options than Jenny McCarthy.


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    Calli Arcale Says:

    I dunno — the fact that she’s shilling for one of Ubisoft is a sign that she’s gone down in the world, IMHO. It’s not the biggest endorsement deal in the world. Still, at least this happened after the Myst series ended. I was addicted to those (though I should note that the last installment wasn’t published by Ubisoft anyway; their involvement ended with Myst IV: Revelation, which I rather liked).

    Regarding Tiger Woods, I think it’s noteworthy that Accenture didn’t drop him until he decided to indefinitely retire from pro golf. It’s not the infidelity that bothered them. It’s the fact that he wasn’t going to be showing their logo around the golf circuit anymore. So yeah, they want the image of success — they don’t see him so much as a philanderer as a quitter, and being a quitter is far worse in that area.


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