More Reviews
REVIEWS DRAGON: A Game About a Dragon Review
Sporting stylish hand-drawn visuals, offbeat humor, and retro gameplay, this Medieval fantasy game eschews violence in favor of adolescent behavior.

The Evil Within: The Consequence Review
Juli Kidman faces her fears in a terrifying finale.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Farming Simulator 15
Release date: 05/01/15


LATEST FEATURES BAMF BABES #6: The Boss
"One must die and one must live. No victory, no defeat. The survivor will carry on the fight. It is our destiny... The one who survives will inherit the title of Boss. And the one who inherits the title of Boss will face an existence of endless battle."

Top 10 Characters That Would Make Great DLC for Mortal Kombat X
What characters could survive a guest appearance in MKX? Here's a hint: Clowns are pretty evil.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP UrbanMasque
The Joys of RPing
By UrbanMasque
Posted on 04/24/15
As some of you probably know I work with Corsair to help cover their gaming product launches and create content around their gaming-event based video coverage. Recently, I was asked by Corsair to participate in one of their Throwback Thursday Gaming Videos which basically interviews current...

DAILY MANIFESTO

In Game, Out Of Control

Posted on Friday, May 5 @ 20:03:31 Eastern by Joe_Dodson
With Microsoft's recent acquisition of in-game advertising firm Massive, Inc., it's clear that the wonderfully sturdy barrier between video games and the hordes of advertisements that perpetually plunder our favorite television programs is down to its last few pebbles. Where before it was we who screamed at loading screens, soon they will scream back things like "Hurray, hurray, hurray and P-W-N a Master Chef's Chicken DeClux at Pizza Hut, your sponsor for the fifth level. Get your game on, and a bib!"

Ugh.

The guys over at Joystiq.com don't seem too depressed about it - they've put together a collection of four reasons why in-game advertisements will be good for gamers. Two of these boil down to the naive notion that more money means more good games, one claims the infusion of cash will clear up funds to hire new developers, some of whom will not suck, and the other says the extra income will make publishers more willing to fund unusual projects. The first has the ring of trickle-down truthiness to it, but the second is total poor-person thinking.

As is their third reason: ad revenues might make Xbox Live! subscription free. Look, if people are already paying for something a company isn't going to tell them to stop. And in spite of the fact that the stars in my favorite TV shows drink strategically placed Pepsis between three-minute advertising segments, I still pay a nasty cable bill that costs waaaay more than Xbox Live!

Joystiq saved the best for last, though: "Realism can be enhanced through advertising." When you're talking about escapist fantasy, keeping it real can't help but go wrong. While we appreciate Joystiq's bold attempt to make lemonade out of urine, we sure as hell aren't going to drink any of it.



comments powered by Disqus

More On GameRevolution