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    I've heard some people saying the 2012 Olympic mascots are a bit disturbing.

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    I suppose that's understandable given that they're funny one-eyed things.

    But they never really bothered me.

    Until a few days ago, when I saw one version of them that just set off something in my brain that said "that's not right".

    I wasn't sure what in particular it was about them that triggered it.

    Did they remind me of something? Had I seen them somewhere before? Possibly, but I couldn't work out what.

    Then it struck me.

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    Is that Eversion?
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    Okay. I don't get it.

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    Okay. I don't get it.
    REALLY?!?!

    Doctor Epic doesn't get something that is surely a well-known pop-culture reference?!?!

    I don't get it, either.
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    Yeah... Seems to be Eversion...

    Dr. Epic and Pokemon-freak89 and anyone else who doesn't get it, it's a reference to a game called Eversion... A game that is bright and cheerful and happy... On the surface... And gets progressively more disturbing the further down you go.
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    To me they just look like angry little T-1000 terminators that RECORD EVERYTHING.
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    Honestly, I thought it was something from Invader Zim.

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    Hadn't seen these things yet. Not sure what the whoever was in charge of those... whatever they are... was thinking.
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    Hadn't seen these things yet. Not sure what the whoever was in charge of those... whatever they are... was thinking.
    They're the same people that approved an Olympic logo that looks like Lisa Simpson doing....well, if you imagine the "1" as a pair of bent knees:



    ...don't look at me like that. Even the freaking Guardian thought along the same lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Succubus View Post
    They're the same people that approved an Olympic logo that looks like Lisa Simpson doing....well, if you imagine the "1" as a pair of bent knees:
    Oooooh it spells out 2012! How did I never notice that?

    I guess the logo is just that badly designed.
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    Wait, it does! I thought they were letters that spelled out some kind of abbreviation.
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    Wow, that is a REALLY crappy logo. It took a lot of effort to see the numbers. It was way easier to see the disturbing lisa picture. Does that make me sick? or the designers just really bad?
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    I thought that one eye thing represents Big Brother surveilance the first time I saw it.
    And on that image, it even says "cammera sees everything".

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    All hail our alien robots overords!
    Their camera let them see everything

    As for the logo, they seem to have changed the color to from hideous pink and yellow to simple bland green. But still

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yora View Post
    I thought that one eye thing represents Big Brother surveilance the first time I saw it.
    And on that image, it even says "cammera sees everything".
    Yeah, that was my first thought. Being as, well, in London there are cameras EVERYWHERE. Like, seriously, there are cameras everywhere. I have never seen so many security cameras in my life, in all my travels, as were in London.

    I was like "wait, you're celebrating Big Brother? Huh, ok... Strange Brits."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll View Post
    Yeah, that was my first thought. Being as, well, in London there are cameras EVERYWHERE. Like, seriously, there are cameras everywhere. I have never seen so many security cameras in my life, in all my travels, as were in London.

    I was like "wait, you're celebrating Big Brother? Huh, ok... Strange Brits."
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    They're the same people that approved an Olympic logo that looks like Lisa Simpson doing....well, if you imagine the "1" as a pair of bent knees:



    ...don't look at me like that. Even the freaking Guardian thought along the same lines.
    That graphic design team, and the people who hired them, need to be fired. Preferably out of a cannon, into a tank of acid filled with acid resistant starving piranhas
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    Even if I don't see that, which, thanks to the miracle of pareidolia, I do that is still a very ugly logo.
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    http://2012olympicsblog.co.uk/wp-con...rt-simpson.png link if embedding does not work :-)

    This color scheme makes it a bit more visible, hope you see it now =P
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    The logo is appalling and pretty much everyone I know has hated it since it was unveiled (2008?) There are some rather amusing parodies around the place if you look for them - there were also various competitions won to design a better one, which produced better results pretty quickly.

    The colour scheme is variable - there are all sorts of versions, including the horrible green/pink that would have looked passe in about 1992, Union Flag versions, etc.

    I don't mind the mascots, especially by comparison with the logo although the CCTV angle is a bit worrying. To be honest I didn't get CCTV from them until it was pointed out to me (I didn't know about the "records everything", either!). I also really like the names. But the mascots are always pretty awful, and children seem to like them, which is basically the point. As far as mascots go I think they're pretty good.
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    2012 Olympics at Airstrip One!
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    What about an airship?
    I'm not sure there was any in the story in question.
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    There were floating fortresses and rocket bombs.
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    There were floating fortresses and rocket bombs.
    I believe the floating fortresses floated in water, basically like an aircraft carrier writ even larger.
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    the logo is absolutely horrendous..everybody I know or have read about has said it from the first day it was shown in public. they've had years to fix it, but decided not to..which is stupid.
    I was unaware of the fact that there are 2 mascots. I only ever saw the first one on the left.. and a female friend of mine remarked it looks a lot like something she keeps in her nightstand drawer... which has ruined it for me.
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    The one on the left (Wenlock) is for the Olympics; the one on the right (Mandeville) for the Paralympics. Wenlock will probably be more recognisable, because the Olympics are on first. Also, no matter how hard anyone tries, the Paralympics just don't have the same profile.
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    I do wonder if it's a bit un-wise to make your mascot a camera, at least when people are complaining about you putting cameras up(I also wonder why exactly they kept the logo after people pointed out that it looks a bit...unfortunate?, Did they just not believe people saying it looked "a bit odd" or something?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squark View Post
    That graphic design team, and the people who hired them, need to be fired. Preferably out of a cannon, into a tank of acid filled with acid resistant starving piranhas
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    Did they just not believe people saying it looked "a bit odd" or something?)
    Well.

    It's ridiculous that it ever got to that stage, but I think by the time it was actually released it was far too late to change it. The release is, after all, basically the last step in the process.
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