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Fun Friday, Part II: Players Tricked Into Selling Their Souls for Online Games

Along with last night’s Jon Stewart/South Park segment, the most entertaining religion news item of the past week came out of an April Fool’s Prank played by GameStation, a British online gaming store that buried an “immortal soul clause” in the site’s terms and conditions. Apparently, this resulted in the voluntary surrender of about 7,500 souls.

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 or one of its duly authorized minions.


Hmmm. Guess the devil really IS in the details. 

Fortunately, the company nullified its claims to the souls after proving its point: hardly anyone ever reads the terms of service language before downloading or buying anything online.

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posted April 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm

From now on I will read all terms, conditions, etc. 😉

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Charles Cosimano

posted April 26, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I always get a good laugh at the thought that the folks who write those terms may actually think that anyone pays any attention to them.

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