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sickNasty avatar 3:28 PM on 01.31.2009  (server time)
Stealing in the name of... terrible ads

Itís no secret that the Dreamcast is a great console. I never owned one during its natural lifespan, but I managed to snag one a few years back, allowing me to catch up on some classic titles that I missed the first time around. The most recent game that I "picked up used" is Rayman 2.

Itís almost in mint condition!

As expected, Iím enjoying it. The gameplay and even the graphics hold up well today. Since I also missed out on Rayman 3, I decided to check out some reviews, to see if it was as well received as its predecessor.

Here I am reading IGNís review, notice anything interesting here?


How about we look closer at that ad right in the middle of the page?

Yes, when you hover your mouse over this thing, you aim the plasma rifle from Doom and shoot at pop-up demons from that game.

And hey, doesnít that background look familiar too?

This was the first released screenshot of the Halo 3 multiplayer map Ghost Town, before it was available for download. In fact it is the very first image Google finds when you search ďGhost Town Halo 3.Ē

You gotta admire the balls these guys have at Game Vance*. Blatantly stealing art from 2 of the most recognizable games of all time, and not bothering to alter them in anyway. Oh wait, they made the demons green, I guess they think that makes it not stealing.

Completely legal.

You would think someone at Game Vance or someone who does the ad placement at IGN would realize that maybe they shouldnít have an ad that steals from popular games and then put that same ad on a video game website.

But hang on folks, the retardation doesnít end there. What did they decide to name this mashup of games featuring futuristic and monster/alien enemies?


Not anything remotely applicable. Hell I could rattle off a bunch of names off the top of my head that would make more sense. Like Monster Blast, Alien Holocaust, or Demon Fingerbang Fiasco**.

But no. Itís S.W.A.T. Assault. Periods sexily included. Do those Vance jokers have any concept of what a SWAT team is? Have they not seen any of the multitudes of movies or TV shows that show SWAT teams in action?

Little known deleted scene from the 2003 movie SWAT

I checked out the companyís sketchy website, and itís full of the typical free to play garbage that you can find at dozens of other sites. Only available if you register of course. Alas, I didnít try out the ďfull versionĒ of SWAT Assault, because I decided I have enough spam in my inbox as is.

I just hope Bungie or id see this ad. Although now Iím not sure if I want them to sue the pants off of this company, or send them applications for the Special Olympics.

*What the hell kind of name is that anyway? WTF is a ďVanceĒ?
**This one Iím actually producing, but I canít quite get a publisher on board for some reason.

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