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No Man's Sky advertising under investigation

Nearly two months after its launch, No Man's Sky can't seem to catch a break. Eurogamer has confirmed that the United Kingdom's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is launching an investigation into No Man's Sky's advertising af...   read

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Mojang money

No more advertisements or paid promotions built inside of Minecraft

Minecraft developer Mojang just updated its commercial usage guidelines because it isn't happy with advertisements and paid promotions in the game. What this means is if you're an ad agency, corporation, non-profit, or even a poli...   read

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Dragon Quest art
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Blackboard ode to Dragon Quest spans Tokyo subway

Dragon Quest Heroes II: The Twin Kings and the Prophecy’s End launches this week in Japan and Square Enix is celebrating with a chalk-on-blackboard art campaign culminating in this lengthy piece across a wall in Shinjuku's subway sta...   read

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Star Wars

Sony and Microsoft are competing for the Star Wars crowd

Statistically speaking, every single person on earth will go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens this weekend (sample size: my Twitter timeline and Facebook feed). Before the main attraction begins, many of those people are going to get a...   read

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Call of Duty

Not all UK pre-orders of Black Ops III will get bonus Nuketown map

If you pre-ordered Call of Duty: Black Ops III in the UK, did you expect the Nuketown multiplayer map but a code hasn't turned up? You're not the only one. (via VideoGamer) noticed that a recent Black Ops I...   read

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Steam Sales

Valve misled customers during the Steam Summer Sale, says UK's Advertising Authority

Back during the Steam Summer Sale, there was a fairly large uproar about the pricing of Grand Theft Auto V. Between the game’s launch and the Summer Sale, GTA V cost £39.99. Suddenly once the sale began, the original version of ...   read

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Zynga is now gamifying ads with branded levels

Zynga, the company that brought you FarmVille and drove Draw Something into the ground, has found a new way to force advertisements into its cancerous products: sponsored levels. The evil corporate Mary Poppins' new business strategy t...   read

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Tearaway Unfolded
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This Japanese Tearway PS4 advert is fascinating

I have a real soft spot in my heart for Japanese gaming advertisements. I love the conviction, the wackiness, and the passion-filled songs that just don't seem to have made it to advertising back here in the Western world.  Today, we w...   read

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Moshi Monsters

The UK Advertising Standards Agency isn't happy with Moshi Monsters or Bin Weevils

Moshi Monsters is pretty popular with kids here in the UK. It’s been around for a few years now, and has managed to gain toys and shows alongside the website and games. Bin Weevils has been around for a bit longer, but has a similar c...   read

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The 90s are bad

Rude old PC ad suggests all men are casual console babies

Can you believe this 3Dfx ad from the 90s recently unearthed online by Felipe Pepe? In the era of "attitude" (or just 'tude), 3Dfx had the gall to suggest all men, the fairer sex not graced with breasts, are all casual console babies. "We o...   read


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Sony's weird period
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Hey, did anyone ever figure out this bizarre PS2 ad?

I genuinely, genuinely miss Sony's auteur ad period. Like, the Kevin Butler stuff was cute and fun. The more recent, schmaltzy "for the player" stuff -- typical high production action-packed sets stuffed with professional costuming and "reg...   read

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Vita lawsuit

Get your free games, PSN credit, or cash from PlayStation Vita's class action settlement

Did you buy a PlayStation Vita before June 1, 2012? You might be able to get $25 in PSN credit or cash, or one of three kind of horrible game packages that are all technically valued above $50, thanks to Sony settling in a lawsuit over dece...   read

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Class action lawsuit filed against NVIDIA over GTX 970 card

For those unfamiliar with the plight of the PC master race, there has been an ongoing debacle surrounding NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 970 video card. Users have been complaining that the advertised performance hasn't been up to snuff. As is the ca...   read

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Bud Light turns man into Pac-Man in Super Bowl ad

Bud Light has released one of the ads which will air during the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX, in which an unsuspecting beer consumer becomes the player of a fully-realized, physical Pac-Man game while a live DJ spins music in a rave environmen...   read

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PS Vita refunds

Sony settles over deceptive PlayStation Vita ads

Following Federal Trade Commission charges over false advertising in late 2011 and early 2012, Sony has agreed to give consumers who purchased a PlayStation Vita before June 1, 2012 "either a $25 cash or credit refund, or a $50 merchandise ...   read

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Wear the carcass of Chester Cheetah in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

I was prepared to get mildly annoyed at this Cheetos partnership with Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, despite the fact that it's not the first time the game has dabbled in brand-sponsored character variants. (There were two free Aquafi...   read

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Microsoft secret ads

Microsoft secretly pays YouTubers to advertise Xbox One

[Update: In a statement, Microsoft said it "was not aware of individual contracts Machinima had with their content providers as part of this promotion and we didn’t provide feedback on any of the videos. We have asked Machinima to n...   read

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Ever try to sell your parents on buying a new console?

Nintendo's latest ad for the Wii U really takes me back. I can remember making a similar pitch to my own parents twenty five years ago when trying to convince them of the necessity of a Nintendo Entertainment System in our household. It we...   read

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Microsoft actually wants to sell Kinect data (Update)

[Update: Microsoft has reached out to the press to deny this report, stating that the original source misinterpreted Mehdi's presentation. According to Microsoft, Mehdi's quote about "bridging worlds and offering that to advertisers" w...   read

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Microsoft promises that privacy is paramount with Kinect

One of the most immediate, widely held, and legitimate concerns surrounding Xbox One's Kinect was the very realistic potential for Microsoft to abuse the data collection. It's not much of a stretch, given that it's recently been revealed th...   read

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Xbox One ad
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First Xbox One ad has no games

The Xbox One finally has a release date and it finally has advertisements, this one strategically placed in line with the start of the NFL season. While brother to Eli Manning and hit commercial star Peyton Manning was putting up videogame...   read

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PS All-Stars
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Here's the trailer for that PS All-Stars Coca Cola thing

Remember that bizarre PlayStation All-Stars Island iOS and Android App that was announced yesterday? Today it has a brand new trailer to give you a better look at the four core games that are included, as well as the "Coke Challenges." The...   read

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PS All-Stars

PlayStation All-Stars Island wants you to drink Coke Zero

I can't look at PlayStation All-Stars Island without laughing. While some might be put off by the blatant advertising tie-in with Coca-Cola Zero for this free iOS and Android game -- that plane is beyond ridiculous, I'll admit -- it's just ...   read

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Official car of Madden

What?! GMC is the official vehicle of Madden 25

Yesterday, GMC, already the official vehicle of the NFL, announced a partnership with EA Sports to become the official vehicle of Madden 25. The press releases notes Madden 25 will have, "GMC vehicles integrated into the gaming experience f...   read

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Yakuza 1&2 HD ad
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Yakuza 1&2 HD ad features a broken marriage, or something

Yakuza and Yakuza 2 are getting the HD treatment, though as it stands the bundle is exclusive to both the Wii U and Japan. Because I'm still bitter about Valkyria Chronicles, I'll just assume they're never coming stateside because, guess w...   read

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