One would think a series with its roots firmly planted in the seminal trans-humanist science fiction of the 20th century would be a bit more respectful of the whole book-reading thing. Alas.
Celebrated in the United Kingdom on the first Thursday of March, World Book Day is a yearly event organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to promote reading and publishing books. I’m sure we can all agree that books, in all of their forms, deserve to be celebrated. Hooray for books, I say!
The person in charge of updating the Deus Ex Facebook page yesterday should have just said the same, instead of trying to be clever and tie the holiday in with a $US.99 sale on Deus Ex: The Fall, the mobile installment of the thrilling sci-fi role-playing game series — which itself is a direct sequel to a novel.
Needless to say, the comments of the Facebook post, pointed out to us by reader Kyle, are priceless.
- “You’re promoting illiteracy?”
- “You should probably promote that Deus Ex book James Swallow did instead of a bad mobile game”
- “I thought I should pick up the Icarus Effect, but if You say so I’ll play some sh*ty birds instead.”
- “Considering I read every single book lying around in the original Deus Ex, I need to disagree here.”
- “Sorry, but as a massive fan of the original Deus Ex and a massive fan of Human Revolution, I have to now deliver you a massive “FUCK YOU,” to the inbred human devolutions who made this post. I mean, seriously, whoever is responsible for this PR disaster should be fired immediately. Then, once they have been fired, they should be enrolled in a literacy education course, so that they can understand the narrative benefit of a book and how it isn’t replaced by modern…..oh, fuck, forget it. Whoever is responsible for this is an unmitigated moron who has made it into adulthood and found a job with such a meagre mental capacity.”
Sorry about that last one being so long. Who has time to read any more?