The Videogame Adverts and Commercials of Yore Thread

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by Gemini73 » Tue May 07, 2019 12:20 pm

They sure did like their page 3 models for game advertising back in the 80s. Corinne Russell this time.

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by Dual » Tue May 07, 2019 12:29 pm

Domestic Violence! These are horrible.

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Crazy to think how things have moved on in 20+ years

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by Lagamorph » Tue May 07, 2019 1:14 pm

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PostRe: The Videogame Adverts and Commercials of Yore Thread
by Tomous » Tue May 07, 2019 1:19 pm

Were all British magazine marketing campaigns run by 13 year olds in the 90s?

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by Gemini73 » Tue May 07, 2019 1:29 pm

I remember the nipples in this box art/advert actually caused some controversy so they redrew it.

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by jawafour » Tue May 07, 2019 2:22 pm

Looking at these advertisments, I suddenly recalled an incident of a gaming company that wanted to advertise on gravestones. Actual, real gravestones.

Was I imagining this? A quick bit of digging confirmed that no, I wasn't. Enter Acclaim Entertainment!

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The Guardian, back in 2002, wrote:A computer games firm has been accused of pushing back the frontiers of bad taste after it announced that it was seeking to advertise its latest title on gravestones.

Acclaim Entertainment said yesterday that it would pay relatives of the recently bereaved in return for placing small billboards on headstones, and that the offer might "particularly interest poorer families".

A London spokesman for Acclaim Entertainment, which is based in New York, said that whilst it was appreciated that people may find its advertising offer offensive but that others might see it as a good way of procuring "a subsidy to burial costs to give their loved one a good send-off".


Meanwhile, Eurogamer wrote: "The concept of what we're calling 'Deadvertising' is entirely consistent with the theme of the ShadowMan 2econd Coming game and provides us with a permanent presence for our advertising. Content and context are two important principles of marketing ShadowMan," Acclaim Communications Manager Shaun White commented


Incredible :shock: .

Source: The Guardian and Eurogamer

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by Gemini73 » Tue May 07, 2019 2:49 pm

Mental :lol:

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PostRe: The Videogame Adverts and Commercials of Yore Thread
by KK » Tue May 07, 2019 3:46 pm

I can't remember anything specific off the top of my head, but that definitely wasn't the only wacky baccy led advertising/PR campaign from Acclaim.

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by Tomous » Tue May 07, 2019 4:48 pm

I doubt they ever planned to actually do that. Free publicity in those papers by announcing they would though.

At least, I hope not...

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by jawafour » Tue May 07, 2019 4:53 pm

Tomous wrote:I doubt they ever planned to actually do that. Free publicity in those papers by announcing they would though.

At least, I hope not...

Your scepticism is well-founded, Tomous...

The Guardian, back in 2002, wrote:No one has yet to volunteer and the firm said payments would be calculated with regard to the exposure potential of any particular headstone.

I wonder how they would calculate a gravestone's exposure to potential consumers? I'm sure it would have been done with an appropriate level of decorum!

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PostRe: The Videogame Adverts and Commercials of Yore Thread
by kerr9000 » Wed May 08, 2019 12:10 pm

To be fair make it an add for a game series I like and give the cash to my daughter and it wouldn't bother me

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by Lex-Man » Wed May 08, 2019 12:41 pm

KK wrote:I can't remember anything specific off the top of my head, but that definitely wasn't the only wacky baccy led advertising/PR campaign from Acclaim.


Didn't Sega leave dismembered body parts around London at some stage?

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by Dig Dug » Wed May 08, 2019 12:44 pm

Lex-Man wrote:
KK wrote:I can't remember anything specific off the top of my head, but that definitely wasn't the only wacky baccy led advertising/PR campaign from Acclaim.


Didn't Sega leave dismembered body parts around London at some stage?

That was Capcom.

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by kerr9000 » Wed May 08, 2019 1:27 pm

Yep and they didn't get them all back either.

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by imbusydoctorwho » Wed May 08, 2019 1:52 pm

Imagine the out cry if these ads was released these days. Though I must admit of some of these are ads are funny.

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PostRe: The Videogame Adverts and Commercials of Yore Thread
by KK » Wed May 08, 2019 2:03 pm

Not gaming, but this one still stood out:

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PostRe: The Videogame Adverts and Commercials of Yore Thread
by Dig Dug » Wed May 08, 2019 2:30 pm

I'll give the starfighter 3000 one credit for being terrible to the point of being good.

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PostRe: The Videogame Adverts and Commercials of Yore Thread
by Vermilion » Wed May 08, 2019 3:08 pm

Some of these really are dreadful, i remember that Worms one, even now i find it toe curling.

I also remember when Sony did marketing mail for the PS1 game Medieval, they sent it in a brown envelope and made it look like an official hospital test results letter. One arrived at my place addressed to my brother at the time and mum was completely freaking out over it. Sony really did do some dumb things around that time.

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PostRe: The Videogame Adverts and Commercials of Yore Thread
by Ad7 » Wed May 08, 2019 6:38 pm

These are just strawberry floating amazing :lol: I mean in what world at any point in time are these OK? :fp: :lol:

Hey Dave, we need an advert for the new V rally game.

Erm, what about some bird bent over and then something about taking her up the dirt track?

Great! But it's a magazine read by children.

Oh right, well make sure she's got her tits out too then.

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by Gemini73 » Wed May 08, 2019 7:09 pm

:lol:


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