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Here in America, we have GameStop for our video gaming needs.  In England, they have GameStation.  The retail, on April 1, added an extra clause to those who register for online shopping:

"By placing an order via this Web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from gamesation.co.uk or one of its duly authorised minions."

"we reserve the right to serve such notice in 6 (six) foot high letters of fire, however we can accept no liability for any loss or damage caused by such an act. If you a) do not believe you have an immortal soul, b) have already given it to another party, or c) do not wish to grant Us such a license, please click the link below to nullify this sub-clause and proceed with your transaction."

And people wonder why I read software EULA's all the time.

How do they know people didn't read it?  Because if you clicked on the "opt-out", you got a five pound discount on your order.  88% of customers never got it.  Roughly 7,500 people.

Now, obviously, this is just a joke.  Although some people are clearly skittish.  They are working on sending out e-mails quitclaiming ownership rights of people's souls.  Remember, what the contract giveth, the fine print taketh away....



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 12th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
But, that's funny!
May. 12th, 2010 11:24 am (UTC)
Oh, I agree it's funny! You ever read a comic strip called "User Friendly"? It takes place at an ISP. One guy was looking at the shrinkwrap license for a piece of M$ software, and it explicitly stated, "You agree to answer any user question about this software, no matter who it comes from or how stupid it may be." He opens the package, and Cthulu appears behind him -- "Excuse me, mortal, a question about XML, if I may."
May. 12th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
So, if you purchased RockBand from them and that was the EULA, AND you didn't opt out, does that mean that you sold your soul for rock -n- roll?
May. 12th, 2010 11:25 am (UTC)
Possible, yes. But you don't get the money or the chicks. Gotta shop around, d00d!
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