Ocean Marketing needs to N-Control Paul Christoforo

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This is excellent timing for the holidays. Have a read about this absolute moron, Paul Christoforo, who works at Ocean Marketing in Boston, a Public Relations firm which, in spite of having one of the shittest looking websites ever seen in the gaming industry, somehow officially represents N-Control, a maker of modified game controllers for hardcore gamers of Playstation 3, X-Box 360 and PC gaming.

The following exchange is taken from Mike Krahulik’s widely popular webcomic website, Penny Arcade (penny-arcade.com) and is very much worth the read:

I got an incredible email today from a Penny Arcade reader. Dave shared with me an email chain between him and Ocean Marketing (the folks behind the Avenger controller) Trust me when I tell you that this is one wild ride. I’m serious, Mr. Toad would look at this ride and just give a slow clap while shaking his head. I have tried to arrange this as best I can in chronological order. I’ve also removed email addresses and other private information. So let’s just jump right in, here is Dave’s first mail to Ocean Marketing:

From: Dave
To: Ocean Marketing
Dec 16, 2011, at 1:34 PM

I ordered 2 of the upcoming PS3 controllers (invoice xxxxxxxxx—Nov 3, 2011). Any chance of getting an update of when these items will ship? I’m not really happy about being forced to pay upfront then have the advertised date of “Early December” be completely missed without any sort of update on availability. I really need one of them for a X-mas present as well. Anyways, looking forward to finally using one of these bad boys. Thanks and happy holidays.

-Dave

From: Ocean Marketing
To: Dave
Dec 16, 2011 2:45 PM

Dec 17

– Paul Christoforo

From: Dave
To: Ocean Marketing
Dec 19, 2011, at 11:02 AM

Thanks for the reply Paul.  Can you clarify whether my particular order already sent or if Dec 17 was the first day shipments went out?  I have not received any sort of shipping confirmation email or tracking information.

From: Ocean Marketing
To: Dave
Dec 19, 2011 11:21 AM

They still haven’t shipped yet on the way here from china

From: Dave
To: Ocean Marketing
Dec 20, 2011 4:29 PM

So then delivery to customer doors by December 24th is no longer likely correct?  Do you have an estimated date of when units will arrive in California? Thanks.

From: Ocean Marketing
To: Dave
Dec 20, 2011 5:11 PM

They are in the USA now in customs so its wither before or after Christmas.

From: Dave
To: Ocean Marketing
Dec 26, 2011, at 9:47 AM

I noticed the updated info on the webpage, and I don’t understand why there is absolutely no benefit given to those like me who have already ordered, and paid their money.  You’ve had my money interest free for nearly two months, yet now ANY new order will get $10 off….meaning I should just cancel my order for 2 controllers, get my money back, then re-order.

My other questions is regarding item compatibility.  Ocean Marketing seems to be involved with the Xtendplay controller holder, so I was wondering if the Avenger N-Controller can be used in conjunction with the Xtendplay (for both Xbox and PS3)?  Thanks

From: Ocean Marketing
To: Dave
Dec 26, 2011 10:14 AM

Yes it can be used with xtend play if you remove the stand and no one is allowed to cancel and re order if we catch anyone doing it we will simply just cancel your order all together and you can buy it retail somewhere else.

Things happen in manufacturing if your unhappy you have 7 days from the day your item ships for a refund. You placed a pre order just like any software title the gets a date moved due to the tweaks and bugs not being worked out and GameStop or any other place holds your cash and im sure you don’t complain to activision or epic games so put on your big boy hat and wait it out like everyone else. The benefit is a token of our appreaciation for everyone no one is special including you or any first time buyer . Feel free to cancel we need the units were back ordered 11,000 units so your 2 will be gone fast. Maybe I’ll put them on eBay for 150.00 myself. Have a good day Dan.

The email exchange goes on, until the man who runs the web comic this exchange was posted on, along with the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), a semi-annual and very popular gamer festival held in Seattle and Boston, decides to step in and engage on behalf of Dave. You can read the entire thread here, but here are a few more highlights:

From: Mike Krahulik
To: Dave, Ocean Marketing
Dec 26, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Holy shit this is unbelievable. Dave, if this guy has a booth at Pax east we will cancel it.

From: Ocean Marketing
To: Mike Krahulik
Dec 26, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Hey Mikey,

We’re not renting a booth at pax east this year , bigger and better shows to be at we got nothing from the show . Oh so you know this guy has sold over 500 thousand dollars of product in Dec and is my main distribution arm landing us in GameStop , fry’s , Myers , Best buy , Activision , MLG , play N trade and a lot more . Were in 6 countries and you’re not going to take my money for a booth that’s a crock I can guarantee I’ll get a booth if I want one money buys a lot and connections go even further.  He’s a native Bostonian from Little Italy .

Who are you again ?


From: Mike Krahulik
To: Ocean Marketing
Dec 26, 2011 at 9:08 PM

I am mike krahulik, Pax is my show. Feel free to google me =) I can promise you that you will never have space at any future Pax event.

From: Ocean Marketing
To: Mike Krahulik
Dec 26, 2011 at 9:33 PM

OK Mike whatever you say lol…

<big, long rant email, which you ends with:>

…you should side with the company not the customer. Be Careful.

From: Mike Krahulik
To: Ocean Marketing
Dec 26, 2011 at 9:40 PM

I do run Pax, but I also run a website called penny arcade. It’s kinda popular.

From: Ocean Marketing
To: Mike Krahulik
Dec 26, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Love penny Arcade !!

From: Mike Krahulik
To: Ocean Marketing
Dec 26, 2011 at 9:42 PM

I’m glad you like it! You will be on it tomorrow:)

From: Ocean Marketing
To: Mike Krahulik
Dec 26, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Great !! Love PR

Christoforo, at this point, probably takes a silent gulp and starts to try to back-track out of the shit by attempting to blow it all off:

From: Ocean Marketing
To: Mike Krahulik
Dec 26, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Mike I’m not trying to fight with you I’m really not , you should give me the benefit of the doubt before judging over one person’s bitching . Did I feed into his emails a little bit too much yeah ok . But it’s one person dude for real. No disrespect intended for you , My name is good in this industry and I know a lot of people. I’ll be at CES are you going ?

From: Mike Krahulik
To: Ocean Marketing
Dec 26, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Please remove me from this mailing list

From: Ocean Marketing
To: Mike Krahulik
Dec 26, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Your spamming me you’re not on a mailing list you idiot ! You sent me an email remember .

Make sure you stir up a lot of controversy about us the more the better we needed some drama gets good blood flow going about the new product launch . 

Your sites amateur at best my son could put together a better site than yours and you run PAX ?? Wow , Ill put my marketing team on a smear campaign of you and your site and your emails , I have about 125 dedicated people to run PR , Blogs , Articles , Videos you have no clue who I am . Thanks again

I think it’s fair to say…. This is the beginning of the end for Paul Christoforo. How he has lasted to age 38 in this industry is anyone’s guess. Perhaps, with this attitude, he indeed must know a few people because it will certainly take more than a few strings pulled to get him out of this mess. Welcome to the Internet, indeed.

International Business Times calls this “one of the most reprehensible exchanges in the history of public relations.

Scott Lowe, the executive editor of IGN, picked up on the story and heard that Christoforo had called him a friend. He responded on Twitter:

“Paul Christoforo’s claims that he has my and @IGN’s support are UNFOUNDED. I worked with him briefly and he was completely unprofessional.”

Lowe then sent another scathing tweet to Christoforo:

“@OceanMarketting Please refrain from referring to me or IGN as support for you, your company or your clients. You do not have it.”

Christoforo shot back at Lowe with a tweet, making yet more enemies in powerful places:

“@ScottLowe your a douchebag anyway Scott we sent you how many units for review , How many conversations You were the unprofessional one.”

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The moron has since changed the Ocean Marketing Twitter handle to @OceanStratagy (his spelling, not mine), in a futile attempt to curb Twitter abuse hurled their way.

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This is an absolute PR disaster for N-Control. I think it’s a matter of days before N-Control dumps the entirity of Ocean Marketing’s PR “services”.

Watch this space.

As for Dave? He still hasn’t received his new controller, and N-Control / Ocean Marketing still has his money.

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4 Comments on “Ocean Marketing needs to N-Control Paul Christoforo”

  1. December 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    Rule #1 – Do not commit commercially compromising rants to writing.

    I wonder how paul passed marketing 101…

    • Mortar and Pistol
      December 29, 2011 at 7:05 am #

      I wonder how Paul passed English 101

  2. December 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    One word. Hideous.

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