No, we don't mean that if you download a demo you'll get free Spam, the delicious meat-like product. We mean that you'll get email spam, which is far less appetizing. That Game Blog details the nefarious doings of THQ*, makers of SmackDown Vs. RAW 2007. TGB received an email this morning, advertising the game and pointing them to the official SVR 2007 Myspace page. So, yeah, it was spam. The nefarious part is in small print at the top of the email: "You are receiving this email because you signed up for SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 product updates when you downloaded the game demo from Microsoft's Xbox Live Marketplace." See? Nefarious, right? Even more diabolical, this info is nowhere to be found on the demo's Marketplace description (we know, because we totally checked).
Is Microsoft aware of this activity? Do you unwillingly agree to this kind of thing simply by signing up for Xbox Live? Granted, it's easy enough to unsubscribe from such emails, but we find the lack of disclosure a little alarming. Have any of our readers received this email, or others like it?
*Fun fact: THQ doesn't want you to know this -- because it would tarnish their manly image -- but the name of the company originally stood for Toy Headquarters.