Advertisement has always been a sort of necessary evil; companies need to get the word out about their products, and the media needs money to entertain us. But now even our once-sacred video games are now being used as fifty dollar billboards. Perhaps that's a bit of a stretch, but I think everyone who has played certain (I say "certain" because a: I don't want to racing game fans to whine at me and b: I can't recall the name of the racing game I'm reffering to) racing games, would know what I am talking about. Now, I understand perfectly that ads are justified when in the appropriate setting, like a Nascar, being a part of that atmosophere, but when I can't play a street-racing game without passing by the same Sprite or Mountain Dew billboard over and over again, I think I have right to be concerned. I don't want to see the next Grand Theft Auto character with a Banana Republic T-shirt and Dockers pants. Acually, I don't really play many racing games that don't involve running people over or blowing things up, but I am still concerned that some video game companies will basically "sell out", and become like the MTVs of the gaming world.
Movies are beginning to catch the trend as well. In the mind-dump known as I-Robot, Will Smith blatantly advertised over five name brand products within the first fifteen minutes, such as Dos Equis beer, Converse shoes, and JVC (which is either a stock company or an electronics company, I can't remember)
For more on that desecration to Isaac Asimov (the guy who wrote the book the movie was supposed to be based on), visit www.maddox.xmission.com or www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net
(warning, this site is run by a very opinionated and some consider offensive man. I personally love his site and even have it as my homepage)
Back to ads again, I'm just concerned that the industry is heading down a dark path, and I don't mean in a good way.
Any replies would be very much appreciated.
May your racing games be devoid of annoying ads