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Gravestones Advertising Video Games?

CmdrTaco posted more than 12 years ago | from the insanity-in-the-afterlife dept.

Games 188

An anonymous reader writes "In an insane bid to drum up publicity The Guardian tells of Acclaim Entertainment who are seeking to enlist the help of the recently bereaved, well the poorer ones anyway, to help promote their latest game." My favorite comment is a spokesman for the Church of England who said they wouldn't allow it saying "There was enough fuss with plastic flowers in churchyards." Anyway, I just found this really surreal.

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Why Not? (1)

bludstone (103539) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172051)

Well, why not?

I mean, its not like the person is going to be offended by it.. they are dead, they dont care.

Re:Why Not? (1)

ttyRazor (20815) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172245)

I don't know, visiting my grandparents' grave and seeing some garish advertisement hyping exciting undead combat is hard not to associate with my loved ones' corpses being dug up and slugging it out. Lets have some respect for the dead.

Re:Why Not? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172303)

It wont happen. Cemetaries wont go for it, all Acclaim wants is the free advertising it gets from stories such as this.

The advert on my grave... (3, Funny)

schwatoo (521485) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172052)

"You too can have a body like mine."

Re:The advert on my grave... (1)

mozumder (178398) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172191)

"Take a vacation from yourself!" - Total Rekall

Some people... (1)

SirNAOF (142265) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172053)

How low can some people get?

Oh, six feet, apparantly...

Re:Some people... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172141)

+1, Underrated

Re:Some people... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172205)

Moderator: -10, Moron

Re:Some people... (2)

nurightshu (517038) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172230)

Shouldn't that be +1, Undertaken?

Re:Some people... (0, Redundant)

Drath (50447) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172200)

about 6 feet?

Overextention (1)

Luggage (250884) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172054)

This, I fear, is what happens when people take being fragged in Forsaken far, far too literally.

Sad... (2, Insightful)

clambert (519009) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172055)

This really won't take off. Cemeteries will most likely put a ban on the gravestone advertising, as it would really detract from the visiting experience -- even if it wasn't on the gravestone you're visiting.

first post! (2, Funny)

pimpinmonk (238443) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172056)

I think that they should also put ads on the gravestones of first posters...

Of course those ads will never be useful (4, Insightful)

Edmund Blackadder (559735) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172057)


If Acclaim was able to put their adds on gravestones they wouldnt get much benefit out of it.

People that go to graves are usually not young and even if they are they usually associate the experience with sad feelings.

Who would want to be reminded of that when playing a game?

Thats one of those marketing tricks, where the purpose of the whole excercise is to get denied and get in the papers.

Re:Of course those ads will never be useful (3, Insightful)

DeadMeat (TM) (233768) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172123)

If Acclaim was able to put their adds on gravestones they wouldnt get much benefit out of it.
You kidding? They're already getting press coverage for their game!

Talk about one hell of a publicity stunt (no pun intended). Even if they don't ever get a single ad actually placed on a tombstone, they're already ahead.

Re:Of course those ads will never be useful (1)

Account 10 (565119) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172162)

"He rejected the suggestion it was a cynical media stunt. "

And he's from the PR dept, so he must be telling the truth.

Re:Of course those ads will never be useful (3, Funny)

Quizme2000 (323961) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172138)

Thats one of those marketing tricks, where the purpose of the whole excercise is to get denied and get in the papers.

Dear ACCLAIM:
Due to your recent marketing on the site of the dead you have lost market share with the living. I will not purchase another product from your company again.

BTW, I really sent this, it will be interesting if the reply

Re:Of course those ads will never be useful (2)

quintessent (197518) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172192)

Yeah. It's in poor taste. Not much else to say.

umm... yeah (0, Troll)

cr@ckwhore (165454) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172058)

Yeah I smoke pot, but this is really fucked up!

Re:umm... yeah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172146)

Stupid cr@ckwhore.

10 PRINT "this is the sig that never ends"
20 GOTO 10


See? Nah, probably not.

I always miss out on these things... (4, Funny)

Champaign (307086) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172059)

First I wasn't fast enough to get an advertisement driven PC, then I couldn't get a dot-com to give me a VW Beetle painted with their colours... now I'm too alive to cash in on this...

back to exchanging goods and/or services for money for me

Re:I always miss out on these things... (3, Funny)

dangermouse (2242) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172173)

Fixable.

Re:I always miss out on these things... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172196)

I'll help.

sample tombstone (5, Funny)

y2dt (184562) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172062)

John Smith
born 11/12/1980
fragged 5/15/2002

Re:sample tombstone (1)

alexburke (119254) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172105)

John Smith
born 11/12/1980
fragged 5/15/2002


John Smith
spawned 11/12/1980
fragged 5/15/2002

Last rites at these grave yards: (5, Funny)

JoeLinux (20366) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172064)

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mourn the loss of Frank Jones, who in his life-time, talketh and layeth the smack down like in WWF Smackdown. While troubles seemed to come his way like chairs at the Undertaker, he handled it gracefully, like those fine manager chicks...."

Fun stuff. Liven up any Eulogy...

JoeLinux

Re:Last rites at these grave yards: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172244)

not funny

For some reason... (0)

EricKrout.com (559698) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172066)

This seems amazingly appropriate right now after just reading that disgusting article (the article itself isn't disgusting, but Acclaim's advertising intentions are):

I've been targeted right out of the market.

I've had it. I can't take any more advertising. Television, radio, magazines, billboards, even the Internet for Christ's sake. Everywhere. Why do they keep targeting me? I never did anything to them. I don't even buy anything! They're wasting their time! Fast food makes me feel like shit, soft drinks make me dizzy, candy is disgusting, chips make my stomach hurt, I don't smoke, and any band that has ever been advertised anywhere sucks unequivocally. I eat tortillas and vegetables, I drink tap water. I ride my $40 bike for entertainment. I buy a new pair of Dickies at the army navy store every year and I get all my other clothes at Costco in 3-packs. My car works fine, I use my Internet connection for long distance, I've had the same boots for three years and re-sole them when they wear out. As far as booze goes, well, as long as it's wet...


Read the rest here [blindwino.com] .

m o n o l i n u x :: Welcome To The Revolution. [monolinux.com]

Not on my gravestone (1)

Prune (557140) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172068)

This really is going too far. This is not just insulting to the one buried beneath the gravestone, but it is offensive to many of those that are visiting a graveyard.

According to the article,
"However, Matthew Carrington, chairman of the Outdoor Advertising Association, said that any attempt to advertise on headstones would require planning permission from local authorities whether the land was public or private."
That's not gonna stop them--all it takes is a few bribes for these local authorities.

Re:Not on my gravestone (2)

Chiasmus_ (171285) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172092)

That's not gonna stop them--all it takes is a few bribes for these local authorities.

Generally, it's best to instead take bribes for nice low-profile illegal activities that won't cause the public to march on your house and set fire to your lawn.

Besides, they want the authorities to reject this. Why pay people to advertise on tombstones when you can get twice as much exposure for free just by having the idea shot down and widely reported?

My future game gravestone (1)

Veramocor (262800) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172069)

Ultima was a great series until EA got a hold of it and ruined it.

Ver amo cor

PS: When you say "the guardian" wrote it are you talking about a big giant red guy who wants world domination or the english newspaper?

ROTFL (-1)

Ralph JewHater Nader (450769) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172070)

Without a doubt, this is a zionist scheme.

Advertising on private land (3, Interesting)

Chiasmus_ (171285) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172071)

You know, I've always wondered why people didn't sell the walls of their houses to be used as billboards. I guess this article explains it all:

"It is illegal to put any advertising up outdoors without planning permission"

- which is really a pretty good law, I think, since the last thing I want to see while driving down the street to my home is tampon ads in my neighbors' windows.

In the U.S., though, I can't help but think that these laws can't possibly apply to political campaigning, since there are picket signs all over half the lawns in the country every two years or so.

Could politicans use that same loophole to do graveyard advertising? Could I legally replace my great-grandmother's tombstone with one that said, "If I were alive, I'd vote for Nader!"

Re:Advertising on private land (2)

flacco (324089) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172112)

- which is really a pretty good law, I think, since the last thing I want to see while driving down the street to my home is tampon ads in my neighbors' windows.

If it were my neighbor, it would be douche-bags.

Advertising (0, Troll)

Banjonardo (98327) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172072)

On related news, Sierra is advertising in underwear, Blizzard buys text adds on life-saving medication and Valve buys pays to temporarily tatoo ads on newborn babes.

well, that's kind of interesting, but... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172074)

Your new name is MicMac, the fuckable midget

Gasp! (1)

wrinkledshirt (228541) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172078)

I [infogrames.com] am [ea.com] appalled [interplay.com] . Is [strategyfirst.com] nothing [nintendo.com] sacred [squaresoft.com] ?! [godgames.com]

Geeks think video games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172080)

are cooler than heck and should
advertise when it's best to do so on the
side of moving van morrison

Cash to be made... (0)

alowiches (306330) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172081)

I can just see ID software jumping all over the parents of the Columbine-Killers to advertise for fps's

I'm sure it went something like this... (1)

ThomasMis (316423) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172088)

Marketing Manager: Ok team, we need to promote this new product.

Marketing Drone: What's our budget?

Marketing Manager: Nothing. Come'on team, think outside the box!

Marketing Drone: We could propose to do something so ridiculously profane that the media will pick up on it and do all our promotions for us.

Marketing Manager: Hmmm... that's good. Your on to something. But what would disgust people so much as to make a stir in popular media outlets?

Marketing Drone: We could rent space on Harry Knowles' tummy rolls.

Marketing Manager: *gag reflex* Good god no... Less horrific.

Marketing Drone: Ummm.. How about advertising on grave stones.

Marketing Manager: Ok. Leak it to the press.

Marketing Drone: On it. Maybe even slashdot will pick up on it. They are our target audience.

Marketing Manager: What's a slashdot?

Re:I'm sure it went something like this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172156)

> Marketing Manager: What's a slashdot?

A collection of idiots who have nothing better to do than post insipid imaginary conversations, mocking those who most likely possess more intelligence and charisma in their left pinky than the entire grotesque bodies of those unloved, unwashed geeks?

Wha? really dumb! (1)

m4g02 (541882) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172089)

Man! What a bad taste! I already have enough ads on my life so please dont force me to take more to the other world... This is a fucked up idea, this guys are really sick, i mean, games are games and just that, people goes to the cementeries to remember life, this just dont mix, we are getting closer and closer to those old science fiction books.

Re:Wha? really dumb! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172161)

What's wrong with people voluntarily selling ad space on their headstone? Or would these ads ruin the graveyard experience? You're nothing but a cemetary-haunting homosexual wannabe vampire/transvestite, aren't you? No need to reply, your post makes everything clear.

Re:Wha? really dumb! (1)

m4g02 (541882) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172176)

shut the fuck up homo or i will bite you

Re:Wha? really dumb! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172190)

You'll *bite* me? Hehehe, who's the homosexual faggot here, eh?

Fuck off and die.

Re:Wha? really dumb! (1)

m4g02 (541882) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172225)

english is not my native languge... did i said something kind of gay?... hell if i did... anyway... ;)

Re:Wha? really dumb! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172240)

God damnit.

I take it all back, then. This is not sporting.

Re:Wha? really dumb! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172257)

homosexual faggot
as opposed to a heterosexual faggot?

Jesus Christmas... (2, Funny)

EricKrout.com (559698) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172090)

Jesus Christmas!

Why not just embed a fscking LCD screen into the cement tombstone along with a small camera to identify the age/sex of cemetary visitors? I mean, if you'll go low enough to engrave on the damn things, you might as well go one step further and dynamically change your ads to target specific individuals (i.e. 8-year old girl -- show an ad for the latest Mario game; 15-year old boy -- show an ad for the latest shoot-em-up game; etc...).

m o n o l i n u x :: The Few, The Proud, The Linux Hackers. [monolinux.com]

Re:Jesus Christmas... (1)

m4g02 (541882) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172144)

And a spycam to see who you miss more from all so they could send spam to your mail about photos of the person in life. Really fucked up.

Re:Jesus Christmas... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172210)

No no, the spycam's fine. It's you who're fucked up.

Fucked up in the head, by the intelligence, grammar, and diction of your posts, and most likely fucked up physically in some disturbing way. Gaylord.

Re:Jesus Christmas... (1)

Grue (3391) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172272)

Look at the funny grammar nazi!

Who're isn't a fucking contraction.

But you know what, I also don't give a damn if it becomes one.

Re:Jesus Christmas... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172166)

Jesus Fucking Christ, d00d!

Why not just do all the work for them?

Re:Jesus Christmas... (1)

ksb (517539) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172213)

You don't feel 8 year old girls are interested in shoot-em-ups?

Re:Jesus Christmas... (1)

deadtreerus (557720) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172290)

Hey how about that mortician in Georgia! I can see it now get your free ad now! If only he can remember just WHERE your dearly beloved is.

low visibility (1)

unsinged int (561600) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172094)

I'm not in marketing, but I always thought the goal was to stick signs and billboards somewhere that LOTS of people would see them. I don't think graveyards fit that description. People go there, quite often only on holidays or anniversaries or whatever, to visit a couple specific graves and then leave. I know of no one who actuallys says, "oh gee, while we're here let's go look at all the other graves." I highly doubt this would become widespread enough that you would be forced to encounter tens or hundreds of advertising graves on the path to the one you were visiting, so the only people seeing one of these posters will be the people who the companies paid to put it there. That sounds like a lot of negative cash flow to me.

Re:low visibility (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172220)

"unsinged int"

So I ask you, are you a moron on purpose, or a moron by mistake?

Sometimes I think Slashdot should be chumpdot. (5, Interesting)

Neck_of_the_Woods (305788) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172095)

You played right into the hands of the marketing dingbat that thought this up. You think they are really going to do this. No, but you just handed them more hits and advertisement to there target market than they would have ever had any other way.

They tricked you, you tricked us, they got the word out. How many people clicked on this, and now know what shadowmanII is, what it is for, and who made it.

Nice job, you should charge them for click throughs....

Re:Sometimes I think Slashdot should be chumpdot. (5, Funny)

Have Blue (616) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172122)

You think Slashdotters actually READ these articles? You're new around here, aren't you?

Re:Sometimes I think Slashdot should be chumpdot. (1)

Neck_of_the_Woods (305788) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172159)

haha, no not new but a true statement on one level. None the less you made me shoot diet coke out of my nose and have a good laugh.

Re:Sometimes I think Slashdot should be chumpdot. (1)

Grue (3391) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172228)

Hahaha.. so true.

I still have no idea what Shadowman II is, nor do I really give a damn.

Slashdot is entertaining because of the comments, like yours.

Josh

Re:Sometimes I think Slashdot should be chumpdot. (2)

quantaman (517394) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172189)

So will you buy it when you see it?
No, I didn't think so.
The fact is that publicity isn't always good. It's just so hard to get bad publicity that I think that they forgot it was possible. True the article came embarassingly close to a promo for the game to make me wonder but I suspect the majority of the people who clicked on the link and smart and determined enough to take this into consideration the next time they see an Acclaim game on the shelf. I think in this case this incident could hurt the company more than it helps them. Then again you never know, I could just be overestimating humanity again.

Why all the fuss? (2)

YoJ (20860) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172097)

This seems like a really neat idea. I don't understand why people are all in a fuss over it. Dead people don't care what is on their tombstone. And if the family wants to do it, why not? I think it is much more outrageous how much people are expected to pay for funerals and things of that nature.

Re:Why all the fuss? (1)

m4g02 (541882) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172126)

Im already forced to see hundred of ads, i want a peacefull free from shit mind life, whats next?, the weddings?, the honey moon (mmmmmmm....)?, What the fuck up is next? your bathroom? the moon?, those dumb fuckers think they can make us all buy all kind of stuff just by puting it on a wall... im really worry about ppl who does this...

Re:Why all the fuss? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172172)

You're one of those fragile, special people, aren't you?

Grow some nuts, man. You can't whine like a little baby your entire life. Just accept the fact that advertisers are in general successful, productive people, and you're a little shit that will never amount to anything.

Re:Why all the fuss? (1)

m4g02 (541882) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172215)

I wont fight with a guy who cant even post his nick... i mean, i understand about not posting the name, but that of coward really fits you.

Re:Why all the fuss? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172232)

Won't fight?! You _can't_ fight, bitch! You couldn't fight your way out of a wet paper bag! Hell, you can hardly write proper English!

Hahahaha!!!

AC 1, m4g02 0.

Re:Why all the fuss? (1)

m4g02 (541882) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172247)

Thats not what ppl who work for me and the ones who download stuff i made think, in fact i recive many thanks for your work kinds of mail, goto astalavista.box.sk and search for my nick; And english isnt the only language out there, i know enough english to learn C++, ASM, java, ASP and others by myself before finishing highschool.

Re:Why all the fuss?-Irony. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172254)

Successful, productive people and slashdot just had an article on 101 dumbest business misteps. Savor the irony.

Re:Why all the fuss? (4, Interesting)

SomeoneYouDontKnow (267893) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172293)

Agreed! If some of these marketing people had their way, we'd be exposed to ads 24/7.

As for ads in the bathroom, check out your local bar. I've seen many with miniature billboards on the wall behind the toilet. I guess they figured if people read what folks scrawl on the bathroom walls, they'll read anything. Although, I'm not sure if I'd want my product associated with a bar bathroom.

And we can't forget about the scheme Swatch cooked up in which they were going to beam ads from a ham radio satellite, blatantly in violation of regulations stating that ham radio frequencies are noncommercial.

Then there was the one where this company would wrap your car with ads in the same way that city buses are done. At least they were going to pay a decent amount for it. I guess they were a victim of the dot-bomb fallout.

As for ads on the moon, I don't know about that, but I do know there was a plan back around the late 1980s to launch a huge plastic sheet into low orbit. It was supposed to be visible in the evening sky. I think the original one was supposed to be a green dot, but real ads were to follow if that one was successful.

I'm waiting for some company to see if they can cut a deal with the government to put ads on money. After all, we handle a lot of it (well, some people do, anyway), and it passes from person to person quite often. It's only a matter of time, I'm guessing.

Re:Why all the fuss? (1)

DeadCousinTed (566842) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172246)

Dead people don't care what is on their tombstone. Speak for yourself. Some of us dead still lead active lives.

It's True (3, Insightful)

Oculus Habent (562837) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172099)

Good taste has officially died and has been replaced with morbid curiosity.

It may sound ridiculous but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172100)

Acclaim is synonymous with garbage games. Acclaim's exists soley on the principles of licensing and marketing.

They know what they are doing and several thousand impressions of the their latest title via /. can't hurt.

In case no one has said it yet... (1)

Socratis (449796) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172103)

this is really fucked up.

Re:In case no one has said it yet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172179)

Congratulations for another insightful commentary from Captain Obvious!

Journalism... (2)

DarkZero (516460) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172106)

A spokeswoman rejected suggestions that Sony was responsible for creating an "edgy" advertising culture around its console which may have galvanised Acclaim Entertainment's marketing tactics.

On the ShadowMan 2 website, the game is described as incorporating "fierce and gruesome" fighting. It involves users playing a New York policeman who has a "living dead" alter ago who is seeking a confrontation with the devil. He has magic and voodoo weapons to help him.

It's amazing. Even when these sensationalist so-called "journalists" have a legitimate chance to take a slam at an insane move by the gaming industry, they have to step over that line of sane journalism to get just one more ounce of sensationalism. They could very legitimately slam Acclaim for what they're doing, but they have to go over the edge and go after Sony for creating an "edgy advertising culture", as well as the content of the game. Par for the course for Guardian Unlimited...

Stuff that matters. (1, Troll)

crimoid (27373) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172107)

Somehow if this is "Stuff that Matters" I'd hate to see what DOESN'T matter. I know I'm a troll with this post.... hrm.

Grave sponsership? (0)

Poppageorgio (461121) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172109)

"This gravestone brought to you by the fine folks at Microsoft"... (Shudders in fear)
.

Re:Grave sponsership? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172185)

Yes, Microsoft, the source of all evil.

*bash* *bash* *bash*

A restaurant critic.... (1)

JonWan (456212) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172113)

"Don't eat at Joe's"

This is less useful than advertising on food. (1)

Fortuna Wolf (191194) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172118)

Think about it, how many people are likely to see this ad, repeatedly?
is it the target demographic?
I can't see anyone imagining you'd be able to sell these ads for more than a few dollars (no more than 5, I think).
No one would see them, no one who saw them would care,
and, anyone cheap enough to put these on gravestones wouldn't be getting a gravestone,
The ONLY reason I can imagine putting one of these on a gravestone is to spite the dead. I can think of a few people's gravestones I'd like to take out ads on...

Like another poster said, the only object of this is to get it into the news, free publicity.
Parts of the article sounded enough like an ad to surve the advertiser's purpose...

"On the ShadowMan 2 website, the game is described as incorporating "fierce and gruesome" fighting. It involves users playing a New York policeman who has a "living dead" alter ago who is seeking a confrontation with the devil. He has magic and voodoo weapons to help him."

Anyhow, imagining trying to buy an ad in every graveyard in the country...

April fools anyone? (1)

_LORAX_ (4790) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172120)


I have to belive this is an april fools joke let out of the bag two weeks early. Nobody in their right mind would do something THIS STUPID.

Why dont they.... (1)

arrow (9545) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172137)

just advertise on slashdot's comments page and piss off the same number of people!

(Sorry, I just had to. An HP ad just plowed down my screen on this pageload)

FU (1)

Account 10 (565119) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172145)

It's amazing what you can find on some grave stones [snopes.com]

Live Hard, Work Hard, Play Hard, and DIE HARD ?!? (1)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172148)



Is this a case of Play Hard, and Play SO HARD, that Play-Till-You-Drop-AND-THEN-YOU-STILL-PLAY-IT-SIX- FEET-UNDERGROUND ??

Seen on a headstone (3, Funny)

Our Man In Redmond (63094) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172175)

Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust
Our game is a hit
But our ads are a bust

Too Little, Too Late (1)

jcsehak (559709) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172180)

The other day I was at the cemetary paying my respects to my dead grandmother when I thought "This is boring. I'm gonna go buy a video game." But I couldn't think of one that I wanted, so I just went home.

New demographics (1)

Milinar (176767) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172183)

They're trying to target the new "walking, flesh-eating zombie" audience. I'm sensing commercial tie-ins with Resident Evil.

Grave slashdot (3, Funny)

ksb (517539) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172202)

I quite Like the idea of having just a nice simple:

/.

on my headstone ;)

Well (3, Funny)

quantaman (517394) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172203)

I didn't think it was possible but I guess you can get lower than spammers!! I think we may have a late entry for the 101 Dumbest Moments In Business [slashdot.org] !

Taste is dead. (1)

Evangelion (2145) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172204)


This [guardian.co.uk] was in the same issue.

Didn't you get the memo?

Taste in video game advertising died with Daikatana.

McDeath Inc. (1)

thegrandvizier (565871) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172206)

How about removable placards on gravestones that McDonald's, Starbucks, or any big company could use to advertise.. for the audience of the sermons of the recently deceased, or for people who casually walk to their beloved ones for a cry on a Sunday afternoon. Or maybe, local M.D.'s could use them to advertise their early-warning cancer detection services, blood tests, MRI scans, etc. Sounds to me like like a major marketing event. Why not park a McDonald's stand right in the graveyard? Don't people get hungry during those things? eek..

What next, using classic poets? (3, Funny)

InterruptDescriptorT (531083) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172217)

Quoth the Raven, "Everquest".

Don't know why that just popped up...

Advertising on Grave Stones = Repulsive (2, Insightful)

machogogo (566826) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172218)

I find this story repulsive and, not surprisingly, insensitive to death. Looks like the office junkies are as desensitized as most of North Americans are. Isn't TV and website advertisement enough to drive their game into gamers' heads?

A spokeswoman for the company... said: "It's a dark, gory type of game and we thought it was appropriate to raise advertising to a new level."

Who is the target audience here? I wonder how many people are going to say to themselves "Wow, I think I'm going to buy ShadowMan 2 now!" after going to see their mother's or father's grave who passed away a few years back, possibly from being shot to death.

Ya, economy is low and I don't blame Acclaim for trying to be original, but this is plain ignorance. I'd like to kick the person in the ass who thought up this absurd idea, and two kicks to the CEO or whoever put this plan into gear.

Advertisements draw attention to themselves and take it away from other things. When you take attention away from something as personal as mourning the death of a loved one, it's simply rude. There are times to buy a new game and there are times for mourning. They should never intersect.

Wow... (5, Interesting)

nurightshu (517038) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172221)

ObDisclaimer: The first bit of this may seem to wander a bit offtopic, but it'll be relevant by the end. <UsedCarSalesGrin> Trust me.</UsedCarSalesGrin>

I once had my best friend tell me I was morbid and quite possibly insane when I detailed what I want done with my corpse.

It's not all that terrible, I think. For the past three years or so, I've really thought that it would be cool to have a webcam mounted inside my coffin (powerlines and networking cable and all that run to it too, of course). After I die, I want people to be able to log on to a website and check my decomposition.

The University of Tennessee, I believe it is, maintains a forensic "Body Farm" where hundreds of corpses are decomposing in various conditions. It's closed to the public (for obvious reasons), but I think there should be a little more openness in society about the mechanics of death. It's fascinating because it's so secretive. I think by mounting a small light and a webcam inside my coffin, it might give the world a fresh perspective on thanatology.

Of course, maintaining the site would cost some money, and I won't exactly be around to earn any. Thanks to Slashdot, I now know that Acclaim will be the first company for whom I'll do a salespitch. Any other takers?

Lunix (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3172222)

There should be advertisements on gravestones for LUNIX! LOL!!!!!

I'd like one (1)

Mr_Kcleen (559227) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172224)

I want a video game on my gravestone! That would be sweet...video games in the afterlife, w00t.

Interesting. (2)

AnalogBoy (51094) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172267)

To each his own i guess. Though, IMHO, it's a bit tasteless. This culture views death a little too seriously for a tombstone to be a billboard.

If i *WERE* to be buried, i'd want to be put under in a photon torpedo tube. Is that geek, or what?

I'd want my vault to be a Sun E5500 rack.

what a loada BS (0)

thetechfreak (552436) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172276)

a) like it'll ever happen b) if it did how many young ppl with PS2s hang around in graveyards c) its all just 1 great big marketing crock which has already been said, all the news sites popup with stories about it, if it reaches the tabloids then they really have got free advertising (by the way i did click the link, not cuz i believed it though ;)

hmm (2)

nomadic (141991) | more than 12 years ago | (#3172285)

Another example of how the people who work in advertising and marketing not infrequently have absolute no sense of taste, morality, or dignity.

Some of these guys make lawyers and politicians look like saints in comparison.
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