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Worst marketing campaigns in the history of gaming (or: wtf Sony!?)

subversus

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My memory is short but I pick Dragon Age 1-2 campaigns. I know what they wanted to achieve when they were making the notorious "This is the new shit" video but I being their target audience bought the game only a year after its release.

And I'm sure Dragon Age 2 despite looking bad in all regards will be a pretty decent RPG. But their marketing pushfor this game is just:




But I'm sure there were much bigger trainwrecks in Dreamcast days or PS1, whatsoever. I just don't remember/don't know about them.

looking forward to a lot of armchair analysis of marketing, I will participate!
 

Chozo

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This gen has had some good contenders, but even then I don't think we've yet hit the "advertising on gravestones" nadir that Acclaim pioneered during its horrific marketing life.

EDIT:

Huh, now that I thought about it: are we only counting campaigns that actually happened?
 

erpg

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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, squandered whatever sales potential the game might have had. Staggered releases, slow updates and silent DLC updates. Whatever partnerships they were trying to make with Microsoft with the release window, and rushing the game to make it, really bit them in the ass.
 

Emitan

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If anyone put an ad for a crappy game on my tombstone I'd come back as a zombie just to kill them.
 

Gravijah

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Adamm said:
I dont see what is so bad about this?
Surely it catches your attention the first time you see it?
I was really disappointed when I found out the PS3 didn't make the cool noises in those commercials when it started up, instead we got the... orchestrated crap.
 

Speevy

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Without question "Who are you?" from Nintendo, I'm talking about the American version of this campaign.
 

Emitan

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Speevy said:
Without question "Who are you?" from Nintendo, I'm talking about the American version of this campaign.
They're not nearly as bad as the PSP ads with the cartoons animals/dust balls.
 

Amir0x

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I defy you to find a worse marketing campaign than I'd hit that PSP squirrel campaign.

This was around the first time I realized truly the Sony of old was gone - no longer did they understand the market.
 

Sir Ilpalazzo

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It might not have been so bad at the time, but Earthbound's US ad campaign probably didn't help the game at all. The slogan was "this game stinks", and they tried to market it with gross-out humor that really had nothing to do with the game at all.
 

Amir0x

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Sir Ilpalazzo said:
It might not have been so bad at the time, but Earthbound's US ad campaign probably didn't help the game at all. The slogan was "this game stinks", and they tried to market it with gross-out humor that really had nothing to do with the game at all.
Ah yes, that was "bad" but I think it looped around and became "good" over time. I mean, scratch and sniff that smells like vomit? And then using that to market the damn game? It's show-stoppingly brilliant.
 

MisterHero

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subversus said:
http://news.cnet.com/Turok-maker-plays-the-name-game/2100-1040_3-955594.html

As the video game industry grows in size and competitiveness, publishers are resorting to increasingly wacky stunts to promote their wares.

New York publisher Acclaim Entertainment unveiled the latest marketing gimmick Tuesday, offering $10,000 to parents who name their newborn child after the dinosaur-slaying hero of the upcoming game "Turok: Evolution."

The company received thousands of responses earlier this month when it offered $766 (500 pounds) and an Xbox game console to British residents willing to legally change their name to Turok
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