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Plants vs Zombies update Beware!

08-03-2010, 09:38 AM
#1
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Plants vs Zombies update Beware!

PopCap has released a bug fix that claims to be for "general fixes".

That might be true (who knows since they have not released an itemized bug fix list), HOWEVER... What they're not telling you is that they've yanked the Michael Jackson zombie without telling you that is a significant part of the so-called update.

Consider carefully before you choose to update, if you're happy with the game the way it is. Check the reviews of this version (iPad at the least), for verification. It's too late for me.

I have to say I'm pissed at the underhanded way they went about this.

CLARIFICATION: Considering it, I'm sure they must have been under pressure from Sony and the MJ Estate to do this.. but what makes me feel hard done by is that they weren't honest with me the customer. They told me that there was an update, and the contents of the update were "general fixes" which led me to believe that the patch was to address performance issues. Perhaps it did? But it also deleted content and replaced it without telling me. That feels like a bit of dishonesty directed towards me, regardless of whatever beef Sony and the MJ estate has with them.

I'll grant that they probably felt like they had no choice, I just think there was a better way to treat me the buyer, than a trojan horse update. That's all.

Last edited by Jim G; 08-03-2010 at 09:44 AM. Reason: added clarification
08-03-2010, 09:43 AM
#3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim G View Post
PopCap has released a bug fix that claims to be for "general fixes".

That might be true (who knows since they have not released an itemized bug fix list), HOWEVER... What they're not telling you is that they've yanked the Michael Jackson zombie without telling you that is a significant part of the so-called update.

Consider carefully before you choose to update, if you're happy with the game the way it is. Check thevreviews of this version (iPad at the least), for verification. It's too late for me.

I have to say I'm pissed at the underhanded way they went about this.
Your about a week late for me
08-03-2010, 09:50 AM
#4
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Sorry!

I missed the original story. They got around to the HD iPad version this morning and caught me.

Dammit.

Well, sorry for the lateness. My intentions were good. Was this covered over here? I don't go to Pocketgamer very often
08-03-2010, 03:34 PM
#5
I still don't see the big deal about them taking the "Michael Jackson" zombie out of the game. It still doesn't bother me at all that they took it out, and I'm still not sure why so many people are freaking out about it.

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08-03-2010, 03:41 PM
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I never got past the MJ Zombie. He always freaked me out.
08-03-2010, 03:48 PM
#7
I think it's silly that Popcap caved in, considering what they were doing was perfectly legal.
08-03-2010, 04:24 PM
#8
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,548
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim G View Post
PopCap has released a bug fix that claims to be for "general fixes".

That might be true (who knows since they have not released an itemized bug fix list), HOWEVER... What they're not telling you is that they've yanked the Michael Jackson zombie without telling you that is a significant part of the so-called update.

Consider carefully before you choose to update, if you're happy with the game the way it is. Check the reviews of this version (iPad at the least), for verification. It's too late for me.

I have to say I'm pissed at the underhanded way they went about this.

CLARIFICATION: Considering it, I'm sure they must have been under pressure from Sony and the MJ Estate to do this.. but what makes me feel hard done by is that they weren't honest with me the customer. They told me that there was an update, and the contents of the update were "general fixes" which led me to believe that the patch was to address performance issues. Perhaps it did? But it also deleted content and replaced it without telling me. That feels like a bit of dishonesty directed towards me, regardless of whatever beef Sony and the MJ estate has with them.

I'll grant that they probably felt like they had no choice, I just think there was a better way to treat me the buyer, than a trojan horse update. That's all.
Yeah this was discussed when the update first came out for the iPod/iPhone version. The Jackson Estate issued a statement to PopCap Games asking for them to remove the Dancing Zombie from the game because it resembled MJ too much.

As others have said PopCap games was within their legal right to include the Dancing Zombie but I'm guessing out of respect they just went along with the request and changed the character instead of trying to fight it in court battles.
08-03-2010, 04:52 PM
#9
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Crap, already updated last week..
08-03-2010, 04:56 PM
#10
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I explained this in the PvZ thread, but I'll do so again here.

If you really want the MJ zombie back, all you have to do is go into your trash and look for the old .ipa. Drag it to your desktop, and double click on it to add & replace the updated .ipa. Then sync.

There, all done and you have your MJ zombie back.