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Stop and Smell the Flowers: Tell Us Your Flower Story

Randall Lowe's Avatar + Posted by Randall Lowe on Apr 15, 2010 // Associate Producer, SCEA Santa Monica Studio for Flower

Hello, PS Blog readers. If you follow the blog much, you already know that Flower had its 1-year anniversary a few months ago, and we just released a Flower dynamic theme, plus the soundtrack from the game, to help commemorate it.

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Flower is widely recognized by fans and critics alike for being a game unlike any other game we’ve played before. People experience and enjoy the game in different ways. Some people ponder about the deeper message behind Flower’s “story,” while others might use it as a way to relax and unwind, or even share the unique gaming experience with their non-gaming friends and loved ones. We each experience and react to Flower in a different way, and that’s part of what makes Flower so great and so unique. And that was part of the goal thatgamecompany set out to achieve with Flower.

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And we want to hear about your story, your experience with Flower. Send us your most touching, most personal, or most memorable story about your experience with Flower. We’ll be working with the developers at thatgamecompany to sort through all of the entries and pick our favorite five to receive a $20 PSN card each, and to be featured in a future blog post.

Here’s what you do: type up your essay about your Flower experience in 2000 words or less, and email it to myflowerstory@thatgamecompany.com before 9 AM (PST) on April 28. You just have to be 13 years old or older, and a legal resident of the United States or District of Columbia. In your email, be sure to include your name and date of birth.

We can’t wait to read your entries! Good luck!

Rules:

The following promotion is intended for viewing in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia only and will be construed and evaluated according to United States law. Do not enter this contest if you are not a legal resident of, and located in, the 50 United States or the District of Columbia at the time of entry.

OFFICIAL RULES & RELEASE
Flower Experience Contest

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN
Void outside the 50 United States and District of Columbia and where prohibited.

1. Eligibility. The Flower Experience Contest (“Promotion”) is open to only legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are at least 13 or older at the time of entry. Employees of the Sponsor and its parent, subsidiaries and affiliated companies and their immediate families are not eligible to participate in this Promotion.

2. Sponsor. Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC, 919 E. Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404 (“Sponsor”).

3. Timing. The Promotion begins on April 15, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (“PST”) and ends on April 28, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. PST (the “Promotion Period”).

4. How to Enter. To enter send an email to myflowerstory@thatgamecompany.com and include the essay entry in the body of the email or attach a text document. Be sure to provide your name, date of birth and email address (hereinafter the “Submission”). Entrant must have played the game Flower. The Submission must describe the Entrant’s most memorable experience with the game Flower.

5. Entry Conditions and Release. Limit one entry per person for the duration of the Promotion Period. Subsequent entries will be disqualified. The Submission must be text only and the original and unpublished creation of the Entrant. Entrant must be the sole owner of the work. The Submission must be no longer than 2000 words in length. Entrant waives any claims against Sponsor, and its affiliates concerning his/her rights in the Submission submitted under this Agreement. Sponsor reserves the right to reject any entries that it deems, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate including, but not limited to, foul language, gratuitous depiction of violence or sexual behavior, positive depictions of alcohol or tobacco or any other illegal activity. Entry cannot defame or invade the rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any third party personal or proprietary rights. Sponsor is not responsible for technical, hardware or software failures, malfunctions, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions or unforeseen schedule changes that may limit an Entrant’s ability to participate in the Promotion, even if caused by Sponsor’s negligence. Sponsor has the sole and absolute discretion to modify, cancel or suspend this Promotion should virus, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor’s control affect the administration, security or proper play of the Promotion or Sponsor otherwise becomes incapable of running the Promotion as planned. Sponsor is not responsible for changes to Entrant’s contact information. Sponsor has the sole and absolute discretion to disqualify Entrants who violate these Official Rules, tamper with the operation of the Promotion or engage in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to Sponsor, the Promotion or any other Entrant.

6. Winner Selection. Winners will be selected from all eligible entries received during the Promotion Period. Sponsor’s decisions will be final and binding. Winners will be notified by email no later than May 12, 2010. Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected based on the stated Judging Criteria. Chosen winners must respond to the prize notification within seventy two (72) hours from when Sponsor sent notification. In the event that a winner does not respond to Sponsor’s notification within the specified time, a new winning entry will be chosen from the remaining entries based on the stated Judging Criteria. Alternate winners will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond from when Sponsor sent the notification, this process will continue until all prize notifications have been responded to. Winners will be announced on or around May 3, 2010.

7. Judging Criteria. All entries received will be judged based 50% on how inspirational the story is and 50% on how touching the story is by a panel of judges composed of members of the thatgamecompany development team and SCEA’s Marketing and Product Development staff.

8. Prizes. Five (5) First Prize winners will each receive a PlayStation®Network card worth $20.00 for a combined total of ARV $100.00. Prize fulfillment is based on availability. Sponsor has the sole and absolute discretion to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if a prize is unavailable. If a prize is returned to Sponsor as undeliverable, Sponsor has the sole and absolute discretion to disqualify a winning Entrant and select an alternate winner based on the stated Judging Criteria. Prizes are non-transferable, and Sponsor need not substitute a prize based on winner’s request. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of the prize.

9. Release and Grant of Rights. Entrants are solely responsible for their Submission and the consequences of posting or publishing it. In connection with the Submission, Entrant affirms, represents, and warrants that: (i) Entrant owns or has the necessary licenses, rights, consents and permissions to use the Submission in the manner contemplated by the Sponsor; and (ii) Entrant has the written consent, release and permission of each and every identifiable individual person in the Submission to use the name of those persons to enable inclusion and use of the Submission in the manner contemplated by the Sponsor. By submitting the Submission to Sponsor, Entrant hereby grants to Sponsor a perpetual, fully paid, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to reproduce, prepare derivative works of, distribute, display, transmit, and permit others to use and perform throughout the universe the Submission, his/her likeness and performance and every identifiable individual person’s likeness and performance in the Submission in any media. Entrant hereby releases Sponsor and its parent and sister companies, and their officers, directors, employees and agents from any and all claims, demands, actions or causes of action of any kind, nature or description, which you or any of your successors, or, assigns, may now, or at any time, have or claim to have any reason of, arising out of, relating to or in any way connected with the rights granted above.

10. General Conditions and Releases. Potential winners are subject to Sponsor’s verification. Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion. Potential winners must comply with the Official Rules’ terms and conditions, and receipt of prizes is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. Sponsor is under no obligation to use the winning submission in any media. Winners agree to the use of their name and/or likenesses for purposes of advertising, trade, or promotion without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. Additionally, winner agrees to release Sponsor and their respective parents, subsidiaries, agencies, divisions, and affiliates from any and all liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death which may occur in connection with, preparation for, travel to, or participation in the Promotion, or possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any Promotion-related activity and claims based on publicity rights, copyright/trademark infringement, defamation or invasion of privacy and merchandise delivery.

11. Odds of Winning. Odds of winning are determined by the number of eligible entries received.

12. Publicity. By accepting a prize, a winning Entrant agrees to the use of his or her name and likeness for purposes of advertising, trade or promotion without further compensation, unless prohibited by law, and agrees, if required, to sign and return a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Liability (the “Affidavit”) within a period that Sponsor specifies.

13. Promotion Results. To obtain a winners’ list by mail, send a stamped, self- addressed envelope to “Flower Experience Contest,” Attn: Sony Computer Entertainment America Marketing, 919 E. Hillsdale Blvd. 2nd Floor, Foster City, CA 94404. Sponsor will send requested winners’ lists within 4-6 weeks after it awards prizes. Requests for the winner’s list must be received by May 31, 2010.

14. Collection of Information. The information necessary to operate the Promotion was collected by Sponsor at the time of entry, and without limiting Sponsor’s rights under its privacy policies with regards to its use of the information, will be used to contact you specifically for operation of the Promotion. Information collected in connection with the Promotion will otherwise be collected in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy, available at http://www.us.playstation.com/Support/PrivacyPolicy. By agreeing to these Official Rules, you are also agreeing to the terms of Sponsor’s privacy policy.

15. Restrictions. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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50 Comments

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+ Sohokan on April 15th, 2010 at 9:10 am said:

once i so my name
created by the petals


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+ Big_Smoke on April 15th, 2010 at 9:15 am said:

My most touching moment was seeing my wife awe about how awesome it was, i had tried to get my wife to play many games of all genres and she refused without a second thought.. But when it came to flower she was all over it not just the beauty of the game but i believe the name of the game had something to do with it.. Thank you Thatgamecompany and SONY :)


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+ ShinuKasumi on April 15th, 2010 at 9:24 am said:

My most awesome moment was when I told my son to play a game that isn’t all about destroying humans. He fell in love with Flower. I was amazed at the visuals and so was he. My family believes that these games from Sony are the most innovative.


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+ depward on April 15th, 2010 at 9:24 am said:

Awesome. Great idea! I’ll be emailing my story in :)


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+ BlaqueEssence on April 15th, 2010 at 9:30 am said:

I have a very deep story to share about this game…told it through a video that I created on youtube. I hope that you, the Playstation Blog staff, will enjoy this as well as the fans of the game.

This video was faved by the actual creator of “Flower” and he has spoken highly of my video in the process, which I am so honored he took the time to watch. Please, enjoy.

The Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIzK_BnQuLA


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+ palancar on April 15th, 2010 at 9:30 am said:

My story starts with the Trailer. My son was three when the trailer was released. He was mesmerized by it. He is now 4 and likes playing the game. He loves the game and trailer so much that he would sing along with the trailer. I ended up buying “Catch The Wind” by Damien Leith. In the car he now asks for the “Flower Song”.


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+ Craazy on April 15th, 2010 at 9:31 am said:

I updated and played and sent in a story about playing and I love PS3 and Flower


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+ MJGAMING on April 15th, 2010 at 9:34 am said:

I actually won this game and it has been amazing. But my favorite thing that makes me come back is the trophies. They are very fun and exciting to get. I also enjoy playing it because it is different. My friends/family won’t play it but I tell them they need to but they can do what they want. They don’t know what they are missing out on. So really this game is amazing to play and I really remember when I got my first achievement. VERY FUN!!! A+!!!


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+ perrandy on April 15th, 2010 at 9:37 am said:

my story is that i have to play the game each night before bed.because the game makes me sleepy XD


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+ kmkaizen on April 15th, 2010 at 9:42 am said:

i am going to said this the first game that make me relax while playing


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+ PPFabian on April 15th, 2010 at 9:43 am said:

This game is not good, just let it die.
How can this game make anyone emotional or give anyone a deep personal experience while playing it? It’s just sad if it does.
I would have said ok nice game but apparently when I write positive feedback it gets deleted for saying something smart now I’m saying the truth and guess what still gonna get deleted.


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+ DragonRay on April 15th, 2010 at 9:45 am said:

I’d love to share my story – it’s awesome and involves saving a life …. the only problem is that as a Canadian that game company apparently thinks it isn’t worth telling .
this is just more discrimination against Canadian customers .


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+ tobz1000 on April 15th, 2010 at 9:55 am said:

@twooh

That sucks man. Not sure why a game like Flower would require that, but I’d suggest contacting SCE. I still play Flower all the time – it’s great for stress relief.


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+ eyesofreality03 on April 15th, 2010 at 9:57 am said:

wow alotta hate for such an awe inspiring “game”, you guys/gals need to relax and just enjoy life and stop all the hate. i’m entering for sure.


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+ WOLFZWARRIOR on April 15th, 2010 at 10:00 am said:

I did ! This is one of my favourite minigames ever !


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+ Northstar77 on April 15th, 2010 at 10:01 am said:

This game is barely what I consider a game at all. I’m not saying that as a bad thing at all by the way. It is definitely interesting and very well developed. I do tend to get very relaxed when playing around with it it is very calming and on several occasions have fallen asleep while trying to play. I wouldn’t say it gives me an emotional response but it has a very Zen affect on everyone in my house that plays or watches. I’m very happy with what it is and just wish these types of downloads would get a category all of their own. I would LOVE if this game gets a patch for Move support. It would be an awesome translation for this type of game. At least in Flower 2 maybe if not.


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+ tenshin78 on April 15th, 2010 at 10:10 am said:

I just want more content, don’t remember if its 5 or 6 stages and that’s it, well I think credits are treated as other stage, but the game I just wanted to keep playing it!
And my story (since I cant participate, damn US only promotions) is that any person that get into the silly argument that video games are not a form of Art, like painting, sculpture, movies or writing, then I show them this piece of art and ask them “Isn’t this art?” they agree and we are happy again. :)
Now let me show this, its called GoW…


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+ JimInPT on April 15th, 2010 at 10:12 am said:

@4, amidst all the weepy weenies, your story stands out as important, twooh. We’re going to hear more stories like yours as Sony tightens the vice.

Flower is fine. It’s a fairly fun plaything to kill some time. It’s not an “experience” unless you’re high (that sort of claim is self-important art-school puffery).


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+ KRZYDUDE on April 15th, 2010 at 10:28 am said:

@BlaqueEssence…they should just give you that $20 PSN card for that Youtube video you made of Flower. Fun game.


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+ Thwip on April 15th, 2010 at 10:33 am said:

@7

Forget about the 2,000 word essay, and just give the $20 PSN Card to BlaqueEssence…very touching.


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+ Tridon on April 15th, 2010 at 10:38 am said:

I would’ve sent in a story but since I’m Canadian, I’ll just write this here;

‘Flower’ is, without a doubt, the best $10 I have spent in my entire life. Hell, I would’ve spent triple the amount for this amazing game. It’s the most peaceful and relaxing gaming experience I’ve ever had. I was ecstatic when the dynamic theme and soundtrack were released. I bought them instantly because I will give my money to thatgamecompany ever single chance I get. My brother hopes to become a sound engineer in the gaming industry and finds the soundtrack to be truly inspirational. I was dedicated and thankful to thatgamecompany with the release of ‘flOw’ but ‘Flower’ was when I 100% realized that Jenova Chen, Kellee Sandiago and the rest of the gang were absolute geniuses. Thank you for this sensational game. I’ll buy everything you develop for the rest of my life. I wish you nothing but the best with all your future projects.


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+ acerazer1 on April 15th, 2010 at 10:44 am said:

yeahhhh free stuff. I don’t have any cool stories though, bummer.

21, a good piece of art will mean many different things to many different people. That’s the experience part people are talking about, witnessing what it means to you. It’s not an experience as in the event, like watching Avatar in 3D, which I think is what you’re talking about with a drug-induced experience.

On the other hand it might be meaningless to most people, I don’t really know if Flower is classified as a good piece of art because there are so few games out there pursuing this goal.


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+ Charles_Surge on April 15th, 2010 at 10:44 am said:

Flower’s alright, I think there are too many video cuts that take you out of the experience. For such a game that relies on The Experience for meaning, one would expect it to be considered more/handled better. Also, what’s up with the trophies that have to do with waiting? Who in their right mind is gonna sit at a menu in the game for 10 Minutes (600 Seconds!). For me, at best, Flower can be fine in some moments but insincere and poorly designed otherwise. Let’s get Deadly Premonition on the PS3 then we can talk about real labors of love.


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+ carpwrist on April 15th, 2010 at 10:45 am said:

I haven’t found a game that had the audacity to call itself “original” push as far as Flower has. I love everything about the game and couldn’t imagine a more beautiful game on the consoles. I can’t even fathom what thatgamecompany has planned to follow up with this, but I guarantee it will be a day one purchase for me.


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+ BlaqueEssence on April 15th, 2010 at 10:47 am said:

@KRZYDUDE & @THWIP

Aww, fellas. Thank you…but, I’d rather PS choose the winner fair and square. Everyone here has a story and all of them are important, ya know? That video was just a depiction of the kind of person I am and what was in my soul when I made it. So, it means a lot that you guys took the time to watch my video. I really do appreciate it. ^____^*


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+ Berae on April 15th, 2010 at 11:00 am said:

Nice idea, Canada is excluded tho. Anyhow, it was an amazing game


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+ Mosh_Pit on April 15th, 2010 at 11:15 am said:

Screw U.S only contests and these flowers don’t smell.


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+ BigPoppaChunk on April 15th, 2010 at 11:22 am said:

I am flowerless,It’s a sad story really. I didn’t have my ps3 at the time of the free download. It was being repaired YLOD and all . All i ever really wanted was a story of my own, a Wimsicle Romp thru a effervescent landscape of flowing harmony but alas I am Flowerless.


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+ BigPoppaChunk on April 15th, 2010 at 11:33 am said:

give me a fre psn card
so i can buy flower
give me a free psn card
so i can buy flower
how would you feel if you had no blossoms


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+ sacchi__uy on April 15th, 2010 at 12:17 pm said:

I have a question. The 20 dollars will be attributed to my PSN’s account funds, right? It’s not like if I’m chosen as a winner, I will be sent a 20 dollar PSN Card to my PSN’s account address.


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+ dinkin-flicka on April 15th, 2010 at 12:28 pm said:

flower to me was mesmerizing and surreal. It’s a serene stimuli you want to experience when you’ve had a stressful day and just need something peaceful with Zen-like qualities to put you back into a harmonious state of balance.

When can I expect my PSN card?


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+ Smokey on April 15th, 2010 at 1:09 pm said:

I could be so bad with this thread, but I will give the flower lovers a pass…


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+ joostin on April 15th, 2010 at 1:40 pm said:

@ THATGAMECOMPANY Can’t this be expanded to reach your northern neighbours? (yes we spell neighbour the correct way lol)…

Guerilla opened up the contest for the KZ2 Strategy Guide Facebook contest to North Americans. For just a PSN card this should be fairly easy. Please take this into consideration for future contests. I understand that larger contests for say TV’s, systems, trips, etc. are much harder to coordinate cross-border, but for a PSN card? Please guys. We love the blog too.

From a disappointed Canadian,

joostin.


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+ angelspawn77 on April 15th, 2010 at 1:47 pm said:

flower is a great game and a great experience, its like being able to control a beautiful painting, also why are people posting their stories on the comments here? We’re supposed to email our essay, not post it here. You guys will be getting mine! Hope I win a card!


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+ Mosh_Pit on April 15th, 2010 at 1:58 pm said:

@ joostin Agreed.

From another disappointed Canadian,

Mosh_Pit.


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+ Onarum on April 15th, 2010 at 2:02 pm said:

why the hell limit it to US residents? that’s just stupid…


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+ Skater_Ricky on April 15th, 2010 at 2:26 pm said:

Just got done with my Story. I hope you Like it as how much I enjoy my Memory of my Wonderful Story. It wont be as great in words as it was in real life but I sure explained it as well as I could :D

Enjoy everyone have a wonderful Thurday :D


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+ kuff1 on April 15th, 2010 at 5:06 pm said:

My dad, 55 years old, none gamer, ex cop, loves aircrafts and aviation, always wanted to be a pilot, never became one. I have never seen anyone so fascinated, touched, exited by a videogame. He loves flower.


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+ Kren420 on April 15th, 2010 at 5:18 pm said:

Ah I see what you have done there. Us Canadians are so positive already that Flower was really inspired by us, so it would just be outright strange for us to right an essay stating the opposite. I expect thatgamecompany’s essay on Canadian Influence to be presented shortly after the top five essays are announced, followed by all citizens receiving there PSN cards. I thank you very much in advance! Go Canada!!!


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+ Mxdeftone on April 15th, 2010 at 10:18 pm said:

thank number 44 you said it ALL!


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+ joostin on April 15th, 2010 at 10:57 pm said:

@ CantaloupeKing

Yes the url says US, but the Blog is considered as the North American Blog. (Not very neighbour-like of you by the way)

I was simply mentioning the fact that a simple contest can be run cross-border, it has been done before on this very Blog. Notice how there is an EU Blog and not France, Germany, Italy, Sweeden, Switzerland, etc, etc, etc specific Blogs??

P.S. Go read a book, your grammar, spelling and punctuation are horrid.


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+ DaKh on April 15th, 2010 at 11:04 pm said:

@ twooh

That’s a sad, poignant story. No decent, full paying gamer should ever have to be punished so horribly by a company. I’d vote for you to win the PSN card, except I can’t vote, and you couldn’t use the card anyway.


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+ marseall on April 16th, 2010 at 12:03 am said:

My story:

I bought Flower day one. I’ve expected it will be super gaming experience…
Once I started to play…I was wordless…mouth opened to the ground. Shivers on my whole body…
After few hours I realized presence of some unknown magic calm in my soul…It’s masterpiece! I finaly said…

And these days I feel I complete it again with my 5 y.o. son. He like it very much. The last flower most of all… Thanks for this game.


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+ BlaqueEssence on April 16th, 2010 at 6:33 am said:

@CantaloupeKing I don’t mind that you don’t have the creative eye to understand a video such as my own. But, how in the world did you compare a video game to a human being saying that one is greater than the other? Those are TWO totally different cups of coffee. But, I think I answered my own question. You couldn’t comprehend the creative work behind the video. But, at least the created of the game liked it and liked me in the process.


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+ Mosh_Pit on April 16th, 2010 at 10:11 am said:

#44 youre so negative


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+ Maluraq on April 16th, 2010 at 10:33 am said:

@Charles_Surge I didn’t find the cuts took away from the immersion at all. its a third person game in which you never lose control (try tilting while the camera swings around during those scenes).

I loved playing Flower for a few weeks at least after I got it, my daughter loved it and my cousin is addicted. He in turn has hooked his roommate on it but my wife thought it was “blah” to quote her.


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+ SLURPEE__QUEEN on April 18th, 2010 at 12:57 am said:

NOTHING IN LIFE IS ” FREE” NO THANKS ILL BUY MY OWN PSN CARDS THANKS BUT NO THANKS “


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+ Elvick_ on April 24th, 2010 at 4:20 am said:

“and a legal resident of the United States or District of Columbia”

Thanks a lot. God SCE of AMERICA sucks at the whole AMERICA thing.

AND FIX THE DAMN BLOG I KEEP LOGGING OUT

/rage


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+ Reshin on April 28th, 2010 at 7:41 pm said:

how about a Flower sale for those of us who want to jump into the artist bandwagon….


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