UNICO National, the group representing Italian-Americans upset over the portrayal of Italian gangsters in the recently released Mafia II, have scored a win in their battle against 2K Games' mobster adventure. They claim to have unquestionably pooped 2K's launch party.
Andre' DiMino, spokesperson and man upset by Mafia II, says that the group's protest against the 2K Czech-developed game is directly responsible for the New York launch event being nothing more than "a sparse group of mostly young people."
"I have no doubt our efforts resulted in the Mafia II Launch Party, at the 92nd Street Y's Tribeca Center, being a dismal failure." DiMino continued, "When we first heard about this marketing event only recently, we went into action, using our resolve to challenge an event whose purpose was to mock the Italian American community by promoting the new video game Mafia II."
Alright, maybe not the victory they were originally hoping for—that parent company Take-Two would "halt release of the game and cleanse it of all references to Italians and Italian-Americans"—but no one likes a lame party.