Friday, October 5, 2012



A week ago I received an unsolicited email from Sony with the above header and text as follows:

Hi Paul, We’ve been working with Sony on developing an exclusive gaming experience that will be released in conjunction with the film Skyfall. As a lover of the larger-than-life world of the Bond franchise, we think you'll enjoy it, and we'd like to send you something that will lead you into the experience and give you a sneak peek before its actual release. If you’re interested, please send us your mailing address within 24 hours.
The Sony Team

I did some checking and verified as best I could the email was not a scam and then sent in my contact information. I received the following reply:

Thank you so much for getting back to us. Look for a package later next week, and please don't hesitate to ask questions. We'll be in touch.
The Sony Team

Today, the 50th anniversary of James Bond, I received the following email:

Your package has been delivered. Let us know if you have any questions.
The Sony Team

I checked my front porch and sure enough there was a small package overnighted via Fed Ex from Sony. Inside was the above pictured Sony ICD-TX50 IC Recorder ($200 retail from Amazon), the computer charger/connector, the instruction manual, and the below postcard with the picture of a bird ...

On the back of the card is written/printed the following sentiment ...

When I turned on the recorder, I was treated to twenty seconds of a barn swallow tweeting ...

Now, while I am aware Ian Fleming took the name James Bond from his neighbor in Jamaica who was an ornithologist, I’m still not getting a major connection to James Bond and an exclusive gaming experience that will be released in conjunction with the film Skyfall ...

While I thank Sony for the unsolicited freebee of their Sony ICD-TX50 IC Recorder – which is pretty cool and could/maybe show up in the new film – I seem to be missing the point of the promotion ... Where’s the Bond, the 007, anything to do with Skyfall, or gaming?

Any other bloggers out there get more out of this than I did?


Christopher Mills said...

Yeah. I received the same thing. I don't understand it, either.

William Seward said...

Well, obviously the relevant info is in code! Perhaps the password is "a wet bird never flies at night!"

Chad Eagleton said...

If Sony sent you this as a "gaming experience" connected to Skyfall, it's probably an ARG, an alternate reality game.

Then, these are clues, like you were a spy working with James Bond, and you need to figure out what to do next.