Monday, May 22, 2006

And the winner is...

Who cares? With all the debate concerning cheating, taxes, and the general administration of the puzzles, combined with the movie's lackluster reviews, no one. I figure they'll look at the submission times, eliminate the sub 2 minute entries and put the next 15 lowest entries into a hat and draw a winner, who will promptly reject the prizes because of the taxes.

I think it would be quite humorous if Sony/Google tried to prosecute a player for cheating. Talk about another PR nightmare. I think I am going to start looking into the Eurostar quest before it ends, I've played a couple of the challenges but haven't made it much farther than that. I'm curious to find out what everyone is doing now that the quest is officially over. Let me know!

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14 Comments:

At 5/22/2006 12:03 PM, Blogger Chickadee said...

Who's seen the movie? I want to know what scene/line the initial news reports were talking about when it was written:

"One especially melodramatic line uttered by Hanks drew prolonged laughter and some catcalls..."

"One scene during the film, meant to be serious, elicited prolonged laughter from the audience."

 
At 5/22/2006 12:07 PM, Blogger Mikestr2 said...

i think it was the scene in the back of the Armored car, when sophie was kind of talking all serious about what her father did for he b-day presents, and then hanks said something about getting a wagon

 
At 5/22/2006 1:38 PM, Blogger Rick Brown said...

yup, if I win, I really don't want the trip. It will require a huge tax burden. It would have been great if they offered cash instead or broken down the prizes so that there were several winners. Not just one.

 
At 5/22/2006 2:34 PM, Blogger lookingbusy said...

They really blew it! For a contest set up like this, there are really only 2 days that the puzzles needed to be different. Those were day 24 and the final puzzle. Was there really 12358 different puzzles? I don't think so! I wonder if something went wrong in quality control...

 
At 5/22/2006 3:37 PM, Blogger JapChinsRule said...

Since the whole thing was flawed... how about a class action lawsuit? The 10K can probably each get a limo trip to Starbucks, one free coffee and the lawyers can win the rest!

I would have at least liked to be able to get a free license to the Davinci Code game they are selling for $19.99.

 
At 5/22/2006 3:38 PM, Blogger JapChinsRule said...

Since the whole thing was flawed... how about a class action lawsuit? The 10K can probably each get a limo trip to Starbucks, one free coffee and the lawyers can win the rest!

I would have at least liked to be able to get a free license to the Davinci Code game they are selling for $19.99.

 
At 5/22/2006 4:27 PM, Blogger Vérité said...

I have to agree about this whole "Da Vinci Code Final Challenge" thing. Who cares? Even if someone who "cheated" actually won it would just prove how flawed the online game was.

By the way, I saw the movie on Saturday and I have to say there were many scenes that should have been serious that ended up being laughed at.

Googlefact, thanks for a great blog. I'll be checking back here periodically and I hope your dog wins. Are you going to start a blog for the Eurostar quest?

 
At 5/22/2006 8:49 PM, Blogger madcuteblonde said...

I really think they should disregard the first 4 puzzles and only count the finishing times of the jigsaw puzzle. That seems to be the only one at which a player could not cheat.

 
At 5/23/2006 5:30 AM, Blogger H-sizzle said...

mikestr2, I don't think it was the "wagon" line. That was meant to be funny.

chickadee, it might have been when Landgon says to Sophie, "You are the last living descendant of Jesus Christ..." cuz it did sound kinda funny when Tom Hanks said it, although no one laughed aloud at that time when I saw it. I chuckled quietly.

 
At 5/23/2006 11:58 AM, Blogger Ann said...

I saw the Movie friday night. It was pretty good and remained fairly faithful to the book (few minor changes like one cryptex instead of two and some locations) until the end then they blew it in like the last ten minutes. Any one who has read the book would have had serious issues with it. Spoilers after this point stop reading if you haven't seen the movie or read the book. First of all in the movie they tell Sophie that she is the decendant and that her parents and brother were all dead, and that Jaques was not her grandfather. Also they get into the supposed secret chamber at Rosslyn. That chamber has NEVER been accessed in anyway. In the book they do not get into the chamber, Jaques is her grandfather and her grandmother and her brother are caretakers at Rosslyn. Also they do HINT at the fact that Sophie is a decendant of christ but never say it outright. At least they do have Langdon finding the true location of the Grail.

 
At 5/23/2006 11:58 AM, Blogger ramudu said...

well my friend asked me that question... what would you do if you found out you were a living descendant of Jesus Christ. I replied "Keep quiet and not get killed!" :)

nyways, anybody hear anything about the prizes?

 
At 5/23/2006 12:38 PM, Blogger RoninBlackmoore said...

Verite
He does have a blog for the euro star quest. I too need to get on it before its over.
Its at
http://eurostarquest.blogspot.com/

Good luck!
MR

 
At 5/23/2006 2:39 PM, Blogger JohnS said...

If you feel like sharing your concerns or comments with some of the brilliant guys at Sony or Google, here is the contact info for the employees in charge of the competition

From Sony: Kristen Tarnol. Her phone number is (310) 840 8234 and email ktarnol@sonypictures.com

and from Google: Eileen Rodriguez at (650) 253 4235 or email eileen@google.com

I'm sure they would be happy to hear your opinions

 
At 5/24/2006 8:49 AM, Blogger RoninBlackmoore said...

I thought the wagon thing was meant to be cynical funny in a pittiful way. It made me laugh in a bitter sort of way. I think it was good, a gentle way of brushing light into the subject.
MR

 

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