Amazon Recommends

I feel like Amazon is usually ok about recommending me things I should buy based on past purchases. Sure most of them are not items I’m particularly interested in, but at least I can understand why they are pointing me in a given direction. Most of the times they are pretty mechanical; you bought a graphic novel by Alan Morre can we interest you in every other graphic novel by Alan Moore. Today I received an email (not just a recommendation while surfing the site, but an email) telling me this:

Dear Amazon.com Customer,

We’ve noticed that customers who have purchased or rated Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow or other games in the Nintendo DS > Adventure category have also purchased Bratz Ponyz 2. For this reason, you might like to know that Bratz Ponyz 2 will be released on September 9, 2008. You can pre-order yours by following the link below.

The idea that a game with two superfluous Zs in the title exists, and event merits a sequel, is already a lot to take in, but the idea that their system has decided this game is a good fit for me is almost to much to take. In their defense this is based on past customer behavior and it is likely that there is a connection between vampires and ponies that I am simply to naive to be aware of.

The official description of the game is too ridiculous not to post here:

Join the Bratz Ponyz for a whole new Ponyz adventure where players compete in the prestigious Ponyz Town pageant, “Passion for Fashion”. Players explore, collect accessories, buy jewelry and compete in a series of mini games (trials) as they make their way around the different islands. Between each mini game, players can freely explore the many island in the pony archipelago meeting and interacting with the inhabitants of the pony world – going on treasure hunts and finding many new fashion items for your pony! Fashion, pageantry and horses! What more could you wish for?

The answer of course is vampires. I can always wish for more vampires.

I think I’m ok with vampires and ponies, and probably with the concept of vampire ponies, but I draw the line at vampire pony fashion shows.

Jeremy beat me to the vampire ponies.

I bet people who buy copious amounts of comic books, legos, and video games are usually buying them for younger relatives, and therefore buying your non-existent nieces Bratz Ponyz 2 is only logical.