Watch Dogs Contest Invites Facebook Fans Into the Game

Watch Dogs Contest Invites Facebook Fans Into the Game

Watch Dogs profile contest

Gamers in the U.S. have a chance to appear as a pedestrian in Ubisoft's Watch Dogs thanks to what may be one of the most ironic contests ever conceived.

Watch Dogs, at its core, is all about privacy: what it means, what it offers and what we're willing to trade it away for. The protagonist, Aiden Pierce, is an "anti-hero" who hacks into the Central Operating System network that unifies near-future Chicago; Lead Story Designer Kevin Shortt explained in a preview that Pierce has good reasons for doing what he does, but the cost and consequences of that fundamental and very widespread violation of privacy promises to be one of the game's central themes.

In that light, Ubisoft's decision to run a "have your privacy violated" Watch Dogs contest on Facebook, the catalyst of privacy controversies around the world, is either brilliantly clever or stunningly thick. Either way, it's a simple thing: Launch the Facebook app, log into your Uplay account (yes, you'll need one of those too) and then fill in the blanks and, optionally, upload a photograph. 15 entrants will be selected at random to appear as NPCs in the game, and 50 others (restricted to those who included a photo with their profile) will be get exclusive Watch Dogs wallpapers and have their information used in promotional materials.

Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and residents of the U.S. (minus Rhode Island for some reason), and of course willing to surrender whatever personal information Ubisoft requests in the name of cheap entertainment and fleeting "fame" - 15 winners for 15 minutes, you might say. I still can't decide if this contest is subversive or just dense, but I'm leaning toward the former. Does that make a difference? Smart or stupid - will you play either way?

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I'm giving Ubisoft the benefit of the doubt. Snapple's giant popsicle which, predictably, melted all over the streets of Manhattan was simply stupid. This one is related to the themes of the game and puts people in the role of Aiden's victims. So clever or stupid, I'm interested.

I'd love to hack myself in a game. Okay, now to buy the game and search endlessly looking at all 5,000 NPCs until I find my name.

I'm appreciating the irony. No more than Facebook itself, they are merely encouraging idiots who like making their life details public. Making their details even more idiotically public.

I certainly won't be entering the competition since I loathe Facebook with an intensity that is practically divine and I like my private details private.

But Fair enough for those that do.

This is actually a really cool idea. And it could have funny consequences.

"Hey bro! That's me!"

*SPLAT*

"You're a dick."

The irony in this contest is so delicious XD. I don't use facebook because of the very nature of facebook itself.

Well done Ubisoft and I can't wait for this awesome game. This has GOTY written all over it or GOTD if done right.

What my in-game bio would look like:

"Moe Foe"

"Age: 190"

"Professional Badass Superstar Megalord"

"Don't stare too long"

Being from Belfast Ireland myself, if this Pearce Aiden guy says he's from "NORTHERN" ireland, rather than just say ireland than any normal irish person while an English TWAT would say Northern, I'l be pretty pissed off.

Couldn't get passed the 2nd sentence.

'Aiden Pierce' - The picture clearly shows that his surname is spelled 'Pearce' (the correct way!).

Yes, my surname is also 'Pearce' and people spell my name 'Pierce' all the time. It's one of those things that really bothers me haha

'Pierce' seems more like a first name (e.g. Pierce Brosnan) while 'Pearce' is more a surname (e.g. Guy Pearce).

I'm going to name my son 'Pierce', therefore he will be known as 'Pierce Pearce' lol

Hey its not like it can be any worse then that awful hitman facebook game which got everyone raging over how sexist and inappropriate it was

Watch Dogs sounds like a really cool, and this contest is a really clever way to create some buzz for this game.

It's just too bad that it has to go through the stupid Ubisoft UPlay thingie... Oh well...

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sooperman:
I'm giving Ubisoft the benefit of the doubt. Snapple's giant popsicle which, predictably, melted all over the streets of Manhattan was simply stupid. This one is related to the themes of the game and puts people in the role of Aiden's victims. So clever or stupid, I'm interested.

This the kind of thing that takes a sledgehammer to the 4th wall. I like it.

 

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