Geneon Records thinks I’m an idiot

June 27, 2007

during rightstuf’s recent Geneon sale, I ordered the Paranoia Agent soundtrack to complete my 10 for $50 order. So I’m flipping through the cd booklet last night and there’s this HUGE disclaimer on the first page that says

low quality sounds are often used deliberately in “Condition Boy” as per the composer’s intention. Although there are occasional noises and distortions, they are not due to the quality of this CD nor you CD player equipment.

do they honestly believe that we’re so immature that we can’t understand why a musician records music like that? This is the Paranoia Agent soundtrack for god’s sake. Do they honestly believe immature audiences would actually sit through more than a couple of episodes when it was on TV let alone buy the soundtrack? It’s not even that bad I would’ve never noticed without the “warning.” This just pissed me off and it gets even worse:

Cautions in handling CD:
-Please handle with care…
-Please wipe the disc lightly with a soft cloth…
…..Cautions in storing CD:
-Please do not store the disc in places with direct sunlight…
-Placing a heavy item on the plastic case, or dropping it will break the case and can cause injury…

What year is this? I remember coming across these “directions” every once in a while back in the mid 90s when I started buying CDs. This CD was released in America in 2005. Do they honestly think it hasn’t sunk in to the American public yet? Most of us buy blank CD-Rs and burn stuff on them and just throw them around our house, our car. I think we can all agree through trial and error that when there’s a large scratch on the underside of a CD, IT WON’T WORK. And this isn’t the first Geneon CD I own with this message, it’s plastered over the entire lower half of the first two FLCL soundtracks (which look identical btw). I don’t know how they handled their more recent soundtrack releases but I can’t help but feel like they think I’m an idiot.

One comment

  1. You’ll be surprised that there are morons in this world who will sue for anything if they can get away with it. Eg: a couple rented a government truck to clear away storm debris in their yard. The driver (husband) backs up into a red car (wife inside) in the drive way. Guess what they did? They tried to sue the government for negligence. Exactly what negligence? Failure to warn them specifically how difficult it is to back up with a large truck.

    Hmmm… Let’s just say their case was thrown out by the judge.

    Even for me as a developer, we have to treat everyone like they are idiots and label everything with this and that IN CASE we get sued for anything stupid. Ever heard that you’re responsible for the injury for a burglar in your house if s/he trips and falls down the stairs? Funny law isn’t it?

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