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Submitted by acronkyoung 1378d ago | opinion piece

Are video-game ads pointless?

Recently, a stunning Mass Effect 3 commercial debuted during an episode of The Walking Dead. But did it covince anyone to buy the game? (Culture, Mass Effect 3, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

THR1LLHOUSE  +   1379d ago
I think a lot of it is about building hype. Sure, I may know ME3 is coming, but after seeing that awesome trailer maybe now I'm more fully ready to throw my money at them on day one.

I mean, they *can't* be pointless if EA is willing to spend all that money on a really nice CG trailer in a really solid time slot, right?
Ares84HU  +   1378d ago
I think people now got to a point where they totally miss the idea of a commercial or advertisement.

It's not really about showing people who already know what it is but it's about gaining new audience and potentially new costumers as well.

Companies advertise to let as much people know about their products as possible so more and more people will buy the products. If they keep pushing stuff in your face you are more inclined to purchase as opposed to not showing it as much as they can. It's an investment in the hope of larger future profits.

Where did we get to this point where we have no clue why companies advertise????

It is perfectly possible that there are gamers out there who don't follow gaming news just go to stores to check out what's new there and buy the newest game on the shelf. I know this is a fact because I used to be one of those people. I started reading gaming news online when the PS3 came out. Before that I just walked into a store to check out what they have.

I am amazed by this article.
crxss  +   1378d ago
@ares84hu agreed.

no, videogame ads are not pointless. EA/Bioware saw The Walking Dead's audience as a target for potential sales. their ad obviously wont affect 100% of TWD's audience but it manages to put the game in the minds of many of the viewers. the author's father will not pick the game up because he isn't apart of the main target EA/Bioware is attempting to target. he's apart of the smaller percentage of TWD viewers who could care less about videogames.

not every gamer is a hardcore gamer (which this article fails to realize). most gamers are completely unaware of the mass effect series and the ad helps those gamers aware of their product and might eventually pick up ME3 (which they obviously should regardless of how much they play).

most gamers who check N4G or BitMob are probably hardcore gamers. you'll never see a commercial of the critically acclaimed Mass Effect series in the ad section on here because most of us already have an intention of purchasing it. EA/Bioware can tell based on the TEMP° of the articles on here as well. you'll only see ads of games or systems that are not selling well due to lack of hardcore gaming support... yea i'm talking about you Nintendo 3DS ads. plus news articles are ads in itself.

it's really quite elementary...
ATi_Elite  +   1378d ago
Are video-game ads pointless?
Yes when they are a bunch of CGI crap that doesn't show real-time game play.

Show your game people.
Lazy_Sunday  +   1378d ago
The example makes no sense. If it was for a bigger TV show then it would, but any exposure is great for a game. Not that I'm discounting The Walking Dead--The Walking Dead is awesome, but it doesn't have the fanbase it deserves.
Video-game ads work when they get enough coverage. The big problem with video games is that they seldom don't get enough media exposure. Remember how Deus Ex and LA Noire did well, despite their odd premises and very different approaches to gameplay? Well they got a lot of exposure--Hulu, TV, side banners, they owned it, and that helped them in the end.
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THR1LLHOUSE  +   1378d ago
I think you're discounting how big of a TV Show Walking Dead really is. Didn't the premiere a couple weeks ago break some kind of ratings record?
Lazy_Sunday  +   1378d ago
Read my comment all the way through.
All the way. Maybe to the word 'discounting.'
See anything familiar?
It shattered a 18-49 male record and basic cable drama record, and yes, I think it deserves more attention. Are people talking about the Walking Dead like Twilight or Harry Potter? No, they're not. Every episode of that show is like a movie, I honestly think the show deserves more than a couple of shattered cable records (which it has).
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Anon1974  +   1378d ago
It swayed me. I have to admit, I haven't played the Mass Effect games (despite being a gamer, and an Edmontonian). I saw that ad during the walking dead and I loved it. I didn't even know what the hell was going on but it made me want to play that game.
I'm planning on picking up Mass Effect 2 soon for a bit of back story and then, if that goes well, ME3.

I've always been a bit on the fence about Mass Effect as I've never been a fan of space rpg's - but that ad was the tipping point for me. I've since sought it out and watched it a few more times on Youtube. The only thing that makes me laugh is the "Better with Kinect!" at the end. Yeah, no. How about I keep my $150 and instead of reading conversation choices to the screen (and I'm sure sighing in frustration when Kinect doesn't understand) I just hit a button on the choice I want like I've been doing the past 30 years. Thanks.

Also, to the guy saying the Walking Dead doesn't have the fanbase it deserves - SouthSideSam is bang on. That show is huge. The last one that aired on Sunday was the largest audience for an episode of a cable series ever recorded, breaking the previous record it already held for the season 2 premier back in October.
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sonicsidewinder  +   1378d ago
They succeed only in annoying me, when they're thrown up in my face without me asking for it.
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GarandShooter  +   1378d ago
You sometimes ask to be shown commercials?
sonicsidewinder  +   1378d ago
More refering to those pop-up style ads where you gotta click close. (which only happened a minute ago with a 'The Last Story' pop up)

Now, is the ME3 tv add pointless? I guess not, as it excites the minds of folk who find bioware's story-telling riveting and original.
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dark-hollow  +   1378d ago
Is that the reapers in London?
doctorstrange  +   1378d ago
It's the reapers in what's left of London
Ascalon94  +   1378d ago
I was planning on getting ME3, but after watching that trailer and playing the demo, I'm picking that up day one.
Starbucks_Fan  +   1378d ago
Not really. I'm sure it helped mainstream games like BF3 and Zelda SS
FinaLXiii  +   1378d ago
For kinect and call of duty it isnt.
omi25p  +   1378d ago
Id say if it wasnt for Advertisement kinect would have failed.
SoundGamer  +   1378d ago
"Are Video Game Ads Pointless?"

No. But these type of articles are.

They're made to cause excitement and anticipation. They're also made to publicize.

Contrary to popular belief, these people on the internet 24/7 going through gaming forums and sites, are not the only ones who play video games.
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KaiynN  +   1378d ago
Hell no. Look at the FarCry3 Trailer. srsly thats got me so fucking hyped for the game and i didnt play any of the other 2. good advertisement FTW!
Summons75  +   1378d ago
Advertising is good but companies today over hype games. It's not a bad thing sales wise, but a lot of things can be hurt because of it. Look at how many great games get over shadowed because of over advertising of call of duty, or like mass effect, look at how many games completely change there gameplay style to have more people play and neglect the fans that made the game great at the same time. There has to be a balance with advertising and I personally think that balance is over looked for greed.
jeeves86  +   1378d ago
Kudos to the author for free advertisement of an advertisement. Definitely picking up ME3 now.
ExCest  +   1378d ago
I don't know. Are they making money from their commercials?

If it boosts sales, then they aren't pointless.

That's what an ad is for, isn't it?
magnumcox  +   1378d ago
south park add on madden was nice i knew the season was gonna start
DFresh  +   1378d ago
Internet ads I think are more effective now then TV ads.
Everyone gets ads.
Majority of people use facebook, twitter, tumblr, myspace, youtube, etc.
It's true TV ads have their place but for a lot of people now internet is becoming the new trend to display ads.
Also from a company perspective it's much cheaper to do internet ads then TV ads.
30 second ad = $10,000

Internet updates 24/7 while TV, Magazines, Books, Newspaper are only as quick as the information is given to them.
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kevnb  +   1378d ago
commercials are huge. Most people dont go looking for the next big game, they just have it advertised to them. Call of duty, halo, gears of war, wow, the wii, all had big advertising campaigns,
smashcrashbash  +   1378d ago
I sometimes think they are. Companies make some of the crappiest game ads I have seen in years and they still sell their product. I suppose to get your product out there I guess they are necessary but to convince people to buy it, no. I remember those annoying Kinect commercials with people twitching and spasming or the horrible 3DS commercials with those guys sitting around playing the 3DS

'Where am I were am I?'
'I'm doing a barrel roll'
'What's a barrel roll?'
'Nobody tell him'

Or those commercials that show no gameplay and just have some thing going on with real people or scenes that aren't even from the game. I am surprised that anyone can sell anything with such bad commercials
Young_ART  +   1377d ago
in my opinion, they're only pointless if they are deceiving.

like trailers for turn based RPG's.

or CGI trailers. remember back in the PS1 era when the opening cutscene came on, it was like late ps2 graphics. then when you got into the game it looked nothing like that? lol.

honestly it takes more than just a trailer to get me to spend my money on it. I along with many others, like to do my own research. I feel game ads are more for those people that don't know about a game till like a month or less before it releases lol.

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