GameStation Owns Your Living Soul

You know how in World of Warcraft and other online games, when you are killed, the person who destroyed you says “OWNED.” Now, they don’t actually mean that they now own you. After all, I’m pretty sure slavery’s illegal in the United States.

But what about your soul? I wish I was making this up, but this is actually on the website for the UK game retailer GameStation.

By placing an order via this web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from gamesation.co.uk or one of its duly authorised minions. We reserve the right to serve such notice in 6 (six) foot high letters of fire, however we can accept no liability for any loss or damage caused by such an act. If you a) do not believe you have an immortal soul, b) have already given it to another party, or c) do not wish to grant Us such a license, please click the link below to nullify this sub-clause and proceed with your transaction.

I know what you’re thinking: nerds have souls? Surprisingly, yes.

So what is it that happens if you violate those terms? This?

But seriously.

GameStation did this as an April Fools’ joke, to make a point about how people never read the terms and conditions. According to FoxNews.com, GameStation estimates that roughly 88% of the people on their site skipped the terms and conditions.

To be fair, reading is for boring people.

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