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By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on July 19, 2001   |   Episode 17 (Show Archive)  

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#5 Yo Noid! After unveiling the BAD ANDY campaign, I figured Dominoes had pretty much conceived the lamest advertising gimmick ever. But it took a small Capcom game for the NES to remind me that only a few years ago we were all being just as annoyed by something called the NOID. #4 Mic & Mac's Global Galdiators Don't mock the Global Gladiators, and that's coming from somebody who can't remember ever spending money in a McDonalds! This is actually a whole boat full of entertainment, even with the occasional cameo of, uggh, Ronal McDonald (at least in video game land Ronald is a real meat eater who loves the taste of the quarter pounder with cheese). Regardless of what you may think, Mic and Mac is a GREAT game!! #3 Chester Cheetah: Too Cool To Fool After you have put down that bong, you are ready to start the munching. But why just eat your favorite orange snack, WHEN YOU CAN PLAY IT?!? WATCH as Chester Cheetah jumps and does other things that are really boring to watch. SEE some of the worst level designs in game history. WITNESS your Super NES control turn orange from that annoying flaky Cheetos dandruff. #2 Crash Team Dummies This short lived trend has nothing to do with the short lived band of the same name (please, no hmmm mmm mming). Anyway, These two crash test dummies were the leads in a number of the strangest, yet somehow appealing games. These games didn't control well, and they didn't look good. Heck, they weren't a lot of fun, either. But they seemed to crash a lot, and that doesn't get old, wait a second, who are these guys again? #1 Cool Spot Oh sure, there were several different Spot games (even a couple of versions of Cool Spot), but the Genesis version of the original Cool Spot is still my favorite. You bet it's a shameless ad placement, and you know what, I don't care one bit while I'm playing it. This little guy is animated better than most original characters, and the game is a heck of a lot more fun than any of those Donkey Kong games on the Super NES. Cool Spot can do it all, it's too bad the rest of the Spot games were horrible in every sense of the word. Sure Cool Spot and that Noid loser are games all about selling goods (be it 7up or pizza), but they only stress the sale of ONE good. What about games that sell a number of products? Take the Jet Moto series for example, all three of the games are filled to the brim with advertisements. Mountain Dew, Gadorade, and many other advertisers chose to advertise with this Racer. And even recent games like Crazy Taxi and Crazy Taxi 2 have your taxi driver racing to find Tower Records, KFC, Dominoes, the Gap, Old Navy, and many many more. Each logo is large, and easy to notice, and since you have to go to each many times, you are always memorizing the name, exactly what Old Navy wants. But does this take away from the game? Sure the game would still be fun without these recognizable names, with them it seems slightly easier. It's easy to argue both sides. There are other games where these examples apply, but so many other games move around blatant advertising. Will we see more in the future? I don't know, why don't you ask Miss Cleo, those cards, they never lie (or so I've heard).


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