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An embarrassing revelation on ‘Resident Evil’ game box

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A terrifying typo

Typos and misspellings have become quite commonplace in our fast new age of digital publishing. It's even intentional most of the time where micro-blogging's concerned and character limits are tight.

Unfortunately, this probably won't fly as an excuse for the poor copy editor who let slip the spelling blunder on the packaging for Capcom's upcoming Nintendo 3DS release, Resident Evil: Revelations.

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Advance copies of the games have been sent to members of the media (including Yahoo! Games), and we can confirm that adorned on the spine of the box is… er, shall we say, an unapproved variant of the game's subtitle.  To be precise: "Revelaitons."  (For what it's worth, the word on the packaging's face is correctly spelled.)

We checked in with Capcom, who acknowledged the blunder.

"We apologize for the mistake, which will be corrected for subsequent productions of the game," they said in a statement. "We are working on a solution to provide affected customers with the correct packaging. Please visit Capcom-Unity for updates."

[Related: Common Spelling Mistakes Spell Check Won't Catch]

This isn't the first time a high-profile video game release was marred by a misprint. The February 2009 release, Guitar Hero: Metallica, also faced gamers' sneers when it mislabeled band Lynyrd Skynyrd as "Lynyrd Skynrd" on its cover.

Could this seemingly innocuous typo affect sales?  Both casual browsers and hardcore fans of the franchise may be perturbed at a $50 purchase with a glaring visual error. The gameplay experience is, of course, unaffected, and critical response has been largely positive with a current Metacritic rating of 82 out of 100. "Revelations is a successful blend of old-school Resident Evil horror and new-school action," says Gamespot.

Look for Resident Evil: Revelations -- or "Revelaitons," we should say -- in stores on Feb 7.

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