The idea seemed cool: release a gambling/casino minigame for Fable 2 months before the game’s release in order to allow players to build up their fortunes. But when dedicated Fable fans who pre-ordered the game went to enter their promotional codes in today, many got an “invalid code” error message. Major Neslon jumped on the issue early, alerting gamers through his blog that the codes were being sorted out and that all should be working as of late this afternoon.
Still, mess ups like this seem more and more common. Gamers want instant gratification, and I’m willing to bet a few people out there just trashed their code and moved on. These situations not only reflect poorly on Microsoft, but also Fable 2, its developer, and the retail outlets who distributed the codes.