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Posted: Jul 3rd 2009 7:10PM (Unverified) said

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Sakura Park.

Posted: Jul 4th 2009 12:17AM DevilSei said

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Heheh... it makes me laugh because it makes me so mad...
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Posted: Jul 4th 2009 11:07AM Evy said

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Enlighten me. WTF is the Sakura Park thing? This is the tenth time (or so) I've seen it used on Massively, and I have no idea what people are joking about.
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Posted: Jul 4th 2009 2:02PM mysecretid said

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Re: the Sakura Park thing

Champions Online held a contest in which forum members were invited to name an asian-themed park in the game world, with the winner receiving a beta key.

The contest rules implied that the winning name should somehow honor or commemorate the fallen heroes of Milleniom City's past.

The winning contest entry, Sakura Park, does homage the real-life Sakura Park in New York City, itself a storied place (see Wikipedia) but many contest entrants were (and continue to be) outraged that the winning entry does not reflect the theme of fallen (super) heroes.
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Posted: Jul 4th 2009 3:07PM wjowski said

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Of all the stupid shit to hold a grudge about...
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Posted: Jul 5th 2009 8:42AM UnSub said

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On top of that, instead of one winner, I think 150 winners were announced since they all entered the name 'Sakura Park'. So there was no ultimate prize of in-game immortality and I think some people are aggrieved by that.
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Posted: Jul 5th 2009 12:52PM Firebreak said

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That is it? Who gives a crap about a stupid naming contest. Seriously.
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Posted: Jul 6th 2009 9:02PM DevilSei said

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Like some have said, the anger behind the Sakura park name is that it is horribly cliched, in anime, fighting games, and well... anything else close to asian...
I am sure many didn't name it based on a park in NY or the like, they only named it simply because they didn't feel like trying and threw in the first thing they came up with.

I was angry because that was the first thing that came to mind. Instead, I went with an original name instead. As did many others. Not only that, but the rules stated "Creative and Original" as part of the material for judging. Instead they chose Sakura park, which out of the 2k or so entries, was used in around 150 entries, or about 7.5% of the entries (a high percentage of just one name).

Not only that, but they also responded by saying a supposed "Top Ten" List was devised from the entries, and sakura park and its 150 entries some how managed to end up on that list, and just so happened to be the best on it. They have yet to release said list from what I know of, and argue that while they knew 150 people used it, it had no impact on their choice.

Yes its a contest. But consider how many people are wanting to get into the beta since it was announced a year or so ago, and are wanting to get into it. They saw a chance, tried, and watched as not just 3 people, but 150 got in instead, all cause of "Sakura".

I'm not mad about it still, annoyed yes, and it certainly has hurt Cryptic's image in my opinion, but I don't dwel upon it, just means I got more time for other games.
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Posted: Jul 5th 2009 11:19AM (Unverified) said

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I think what people are annoyed at, and by people i mean me, is that anyone can google "Japanese Cherryblossom" and come up with Sakura. This seems like something Cryptic would have done. Couple this with the fact that choosing sakura park was predicted by me as perhaps the least creative and potentially awful thing a company could do solidifies me against playing this game ever. I mean, if they can't think of Sakura Park, how innovative a game could they possibly have?

Posted: Jul 5th 2009 1:01PM wjowski said

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Poor reasoning to justify petty behavior.
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Posted: Jul 5th 2009 1:15PM (Unverified) said

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1. That's your opinion. Plenty of other people think it's good reasoning.
2. Who said I was justifying my behavior
3. When did the internet become a place where petty behavior needs to be justified?

Posted: Jul 6th 2009 8:32PM Firebreak said

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At least you also think it is petty. I think what has many confused is that you are treating this relatively minor offense the same way that others have treated other games much worse offenses, like SOE teleporting players into space in SWG or many of the horrid EVE scandals.
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