Tomb Raider Does Site-Takeover, Content-Manipulation Thing

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From now through December, expect to see Lara Croft decimating your favourite gamer sites, starting with this one. (Pull the ring in the leaderboard to get her going.)

Once all that pesky content's out of the way, indulge in a big-ass HD ad for Tomb Raider: Underworld, plus free downloadable demo. By Eyeblaster, IGN and SF-based agency JVST.

Playful immersive ad experiences like this are very cool. We saw something similar last September for Wario Land: Shake It! on YouTube. As the video progressed, Wario's kicks, bumps and big fat jiggles utterly "destroyed" the profile page.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-19-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Games, Good, Online, Promotions



Even Australians Are Fat

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It seems America isn't the only place with an obesity problem. It was thought Asian women don't have breasts. Now they do. It was once thought America was the only place where guts hung over the belt line. Now that's not the case. Whether it's America foisting its eating habits on the rest of the world or whether its other countries accomplishing obesity all on their own, Australia has joined the club and is out with an anti-obesity effort from the country's Department of Health.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-19-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Comcast, TiVo Grow Up and Get Hitched

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To promote the fusion of Comcast DVR with TiVo, Biscuit Filmworks USA and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners give us "Separated at Birth."

It's a love story about a pair of TVs that part at the assembly line and serve two people in two different ways. In the end, the owners -- which start out as kids -- grow up and get together. Just like their favourite TV services.

Almost too cute to stand. The split ad format keeps eyes bouncing back and forth, and a simple narrative prevents captive audiences from snapping out of it. We'll even be willing to ignore the fact that TiVo hasn't been around long enough to have served any twenty-something from her budding days as a grade school control freak.

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by Angela Natividad    Nov-18-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television



Coke and Santa Are Ready For Christmas

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That Coke Christmas commercial which was teased last week is out in full form. And, like the teaser, it captures all the magic and mystery of Christmas. Like we said before, not much else to say. Well, just that there's a nice cover of Elvis' Can't Help Falling In Love With You in the commercial. Watch and enjoy.

by Steve Hall    Nov-17-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good



Coke and Santa Get Ready For Christmas

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Mexico is gearing up for Christmas. A teaser from Coke featuring Santa is out and beautifully captures all the glory of the holiday season. Not much else to say.

by Steve Hall    Nov-14-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Carb-Loving Americans Get Relief From Tooheys Beer

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Hmm. In what appears to be both a relief effort and a back handed slap at American's love for carbohydrates, Tooheys has launched (yes, a few weeks ago. we're late to this) Carb Relief, part of its For the Love of Beer campaign.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-14-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Online, Video



Burma Viral Honored, 'That Guy' Ovulates, Maggots for a Cure

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- MTV's "Burma Viral," produced by Shilo for Ogilvy & Mather, won a London Int'l Awards Gold Statue for TV/Cinema Animation, and a Silver Shark for Best Int'l Animation at the 46th Annual Kinsale Shark Awards. At left is the somewhat-stunned project writer, Carl Le Blond, clutching the London Gold. Way to goooooo.

- Valleywag watered down, broadened out, folded into Gawker.

- Intel's obnoxious "That guy" is a chick, actually.

- Lego reenacts Star Wars with non-violent games.

- I fucking hate maggots.

- Racing for a hot shower.

- Linda Tripp's mouth-blown, hand-painted ornament store.

- And you thought foreign oil dependence was our problem.



Attraction Between Clothes More Powerful Than People

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Sometimes the clothes are simply more important than the people wearing them. Most fashion brands know this but wouldn't exactly shout it for fear of harming sales but Sela, in a way, doesn't see that as a problem.

In a playful video which features a man and a woman doing a rooftop flirting dance while dressing themselves ultimately find themselves at an impasse. And because, well, the clothes are far more important than the people wearing them, these clothes take matters into their own hands. The clothes get what the clothes want.

by Steve Hall    Nov-13-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Racy



Dog Licks Outdoor Board, Wins Pedigree $100,000

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Outdoor company JCDecauz held a competition to determine the "most innovative and engaging concept." The winner? A Pedigree board created by WhyBin\TBWA\Tequila which allows passersby to select from four choices; Play Ball, Throw a Pedigree Dentabone, Lick Screen or Feed Dog and then watch the doggy in the widow act out the choice.

The campaign, which consists of 47 inch LCD panels in Sydney and Melbourne launched November 11. There were 120 entrants which were judged by representatives from JCDecaux, the Outdoor Media Association and the creative community.

by Steve Hall    Nov-13-08    
Topic: Good, Outdoor



Shocker! First Female Polygamist Revealed!

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So Australia promotes itself with "Where the bloody hell are you?" and mini cinematic masterpieces by Baz Luhrmann. How do the "cool capitals" of Europe do it? With CoolCapitals.com, of course. The site highlights Amsterdamn, Antwerp, Valencia, Vienna and Zurich. Sounds boring, right?

Not really. The site is...um...cool. Nice navigation. Informative videos. Pretty pictures. And lots of deals. All good but what makes this offering from the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions really cool is the promotional video that gets one to the site.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-13-08    
Topic: Creative Commentary, Good, Online, Video








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