Dubious “Civony” Game Uses Costume Photoby Manny Mayor on Friday, May 1st, 2009
This is an interesting story. Recently, ads for an online game called “Civony” have been popping up like mad across all gaming websites and tech blogs. The ad features the beautiful woman shown above and encourages you to sign up and “save your queen.”
What’s funny about this is that the model in the photo is actually for our Adult Forest Fairy Costume. LOL!
All they did was flip it horizontally and increase the hue a bit. Same picture!
It turns out, despite the advertising, that there’s actually no queen to rescue in the game at all.
After you join, they tell you in their FAQ:
How do I get my queen?
There is no queen in this game, the ad you saw is for marketing purposes and seems to be highly effective by the number of times this question has come up.
Wow! How funny. They’ve been totally busted by several gaming bloggers Jeff Haines & Kevin Sung)
Kevin Sung sums it up quite well:
“Upon clicking the ad, you’re directed to sign up for an account. Then, you can start building your kingdom, slowly. But don’t worry. If you get bored, you can chat. It only costs $0.30 per line. Better cut down on those ‘LOLs.’ As for the banners and landing page? All lies. Horrible, horrible lies. There are no wenches. There is no queen.”
According to Sung, another legal issue here is that Civony totally copies the look and font of Civilization, a legitimate game, and also uses images from Age of Kings.
Heh, somewhere, out there, a lawyer is laughing at all the money he’s about to make over this. Here at Costume Craze, we’re just shaking our heads at the oddness of it all.