Saturday, April 19, 2008

Game Ads Guaranteed to Win Your Attention

Regardless of how dull or worthless the actual product displayed may be, a controversial, eye-catching ad will always win your attention. Many game publishers have used this age-old technique over the years, often for lackluster titles that, without an “edgy” ad with shock-value (often depicting violence and sex), you would have just flipped right past. Here are three ads that you’ll definitely garner more attention to than the typical, generic gaming advertisements commonly found in magazines.

Daikatana (PC, Nintendo 64)

This was a highly over hyped and severely disappointing shooter. Produced by John Romero (lead producer of such legendary first-person shooters like Doom, Wolfenstein 3D, and Quake), Daikatana had a troubled development life and was universally panned by critics.

Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix (PSX)

All right, so Fear Effect 2's supposed to be pretty damn good. Unfortunately, more people seemed to be talking about the controversial lesbian ads around the time of release than the game itself. Notice that this ad features absolutely no game play screen shots - who needs 'em anyway?

Spawn: the Eternal (PSX)

Spawn titles have had a history of failing to live up to their source material, and The Eternal is no exception. Just forget about this horrendous action title and lookit that bloody arm! This advertisement is most likely the only memorable quality about this otherwise unworthy product.

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At 11:04 AM, Anonymous Mark said...

i really like your style of writing and your posts.... we should work together on one blog some day

At 11:11 AM, Blogger FUNNYMAN said...

I remember playing Fear Effect back in the day, and I was throughly disappointed. Instead of some hot girl on girl action, there was nothing but innuendo.

At 12:23 PM, Blogger Ross said...

Thanks for the feedback, Mark. Do you currently have a blog right now?

That's a shame, Funnyman. Fear Effect 3 was canceled years ago as well, which would have probably been even more risqué...

At 10:53 AM, Blogger FUNNYMAN said...

That Spawn game was more lackluster than the film.

At 12:02 PM, Blogger Tom said...

I haven't played Fear Effect 2 (and I regret it due to presence of lesbians - doh!) but I loved the first Fear Effect game. It was a bit like a choose-your-own adventure story where most options led to death. It was also the first cell-shaded game I played and I still think it looks beautiful today.

Regarding what mark said I think we should get some guest posts going between our little community (when I start posting again on Wednesday anyway). Such as posting one post on each other's blogs. It'd be cool and I'm sure it'd drive our traffic up a little (especially if we could get a Gnome post!).

At 2:59 PM, Blogger DEITRIX said...

Even today the ads haven't changed.... Nice ads, excellent concept art**, but the game sucks.

At 5:17 PM, Blogger FUNNYMAN said...

I am having sex with prostitutes in GTA IV right now!!! Woot!!!

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Ross said...

Maybe we can all collaborate on something - perhaps pick one subject and discuss it or whatever? We'll have to set something up.


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