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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Zombiestrike and Hasbro/Nerf Colusion/Conspiracy Theory: Or Advertising on the cheap

Recently, MyLastDart posted This. Apparently RandomShadow09 once again acquired an early release for testing. Follow the link for more info on that. What i'm posting on is this particular tidbit: MLD says, and i quote "I spoke to Hasbro asking when I might get my hands on it to review - they said that this is not an official release, nor should anyone have this at all. They were aware of the items being leaked in China and were investigating this apparent black market"..... Ok, now this has my bullshit meter going off. Now, before I go ANY further, let me state this:  I have NO INSIDE KNOWLEDGE, this is ALL WILD ASS CONJECTURE (tm) on my part, so the following is nothing more than MY OPINION!!! Also, I'm not claiming that any part of the NIC is knowingly participating in the actions. This is, again, opinion and conjecture, based on a kneejerk response to things that are happening.

I know some of you out there in the NIC are product/beta testers, and I know some of you might even be alpha testers.  We have a fair certainty that most, if not all, Nerf related blogs are being followed by the company. This, to me, Is a "GOOD THING" (tm) because we are, by and large, the audience with the most direct purchase input, if not the largest target audience . IE, most of us in the NIC don't have to ask mom and dad to buy me that toy, we go pick up what we want.

See, I'm wondering if Hasbro/NERF is looking for a broader sample. Or if this is simply a case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing, as events over the past couple years have shown can happen, and which will not be rehashed here.  I've been noticing a trend of "early release" or "unauthorized prerelease" lately in Nerf. Now, I haven't been into nerf as long as some, but I've been following it since N-Strike first came out. I miss my matched first release Mavericks dearly. But this "trend" has been getting stronger and stronger.  It's starting to smell rather strongly of collusion. This feels like officially unofficial testing. A Random Sample Backdoor beta group, so to speak.  These things are going out one door or another, and that means they're being put in a place where they CAN go out the door, and people are being given the opportunity to do so. 

In conclusion, while I am SERIOUSLY looking forward to all the new stuff that has been "leaked", the Zombie strike being at the top of my list, stylistically (the rapidstrike, tactically), This really smells of back room "Wink, Wink, Nudge, Nudge, Say no more" dealing with some executive out of the loop somewhere along the way. I don't necessarily think this is a bad thing, however. This sort of stuff, especially with the cloak and dagger, plausible deniability thing is SOOOOoo going to drive up interest in the line. They couldn't PAY for this sort of advertising, and, well, they're not. And i'll happily continue to pimp out one of my favorite hobbies for free, because, its no fun to Nerf alone, so you gotta have interest to have more participants.

10 comments :

  1. Fantastic post, I love how you write, and tell it how it is in your mind! I'm with you on this, 100% as I said on the HvZ forums http://forums.humansvszombies.org/index.php/topic,5965.msg68926.html#msg68926

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  2. This actually one of my wordiest posts, and one of the first where im trying to find my own style. Animal has done most of the posts. Ive been dealing with real life.

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  3. Oh shucks Damian. Hopefully we can start getting some games going and start posting game reports as part of our routine.

    Till then I'm gonna continue work on the GearUp! Series. MLD do you think you could give me a rundown of your loadout, most especially how you CARRY your equipment as this seems to be one of the least talked about things in the sport.

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  4. I like the way you think.

    I might just be missing it but do you have an RSS feed/subscribe option anywhere? WOuld like to hear more of your thoughts in the future.

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  5. We're new to blogging, and are still learning. Dont know how to set up rss/atom

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  6. I'll look into it tonight. If I can't figure it you, I'm sure Suann can.

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  7. That and while I can't speak for the other authors here, I'm always happy to be reblogged as long as it links back here.

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  8. Please, Reblog. if anyone has any issues with it, top your artical with something that says not to, otherwise, yes, please reblog. its the only way we get out there.

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  9. If someone wants to reblog anything I say, unless otherwise stated in the blog itself, I do not mind at all. Most of my blogs are going to be my personal opinions from experiances.

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