Passions got you all hot and bothered? Cool off with Sudz, one of the eight puzzles that Soap Opera Digest debuted in its new casual gaming section, courtesy of Arkadium. Also available: Mah-jongg, Sudoku, Spider Solitaire and Word Search.
But wait! This isn't just a cheap effort to cash in on idle traffic. Two of the games, Jigsaw and Wordsearch, can be customized to feature the faces of soap stars or current magazine covers. (Looking for love, or at least the right letters? Let Blair Redford show you the way.)
Words and themes can also be given a Dynasty twist, as needed.
Even IT (information technology) geeks need their advergames. So Godfrey Q and Partners were kind enough to create Robo Brawl. Oh yes. A smack down in which robot parts fight against each other in the ring. to gain Xeon points. Xeon being Intel's kick ass chip for workstations.
As it's explained to us, "You have to weigh the pros and cons of various robot parts (transportation, armor & weapon) to get the best performance possible in the ring. You're also able to use "Xeon points" to boost your robot in ways that are related to energy efficiency, virtualization and performance - the Xeon attributes Intel wanted to promote. Through-out the game, the players see signs and video that reinforce our Xeon message. So the longer you play, the more the message sinks in."
those who place in the top three slots will win Xeon-powered workstations.
Is there anything Richard Branson doesn't do? Apparently he's now into health clubs with Virgin Active. And to promote the 70 clubs that exist in the UK, we've got Sofa Bash, and fun little game that lets you destroy a sofa with various weapons such as a chainsaw, a shotgun, a cleaver, an axe and others. It's all to get you in the mood to proverbially destroy your own couch, get off your ass and head over to a Virgin Active health club.
Oh how we do love games that let us beat the shit out of stuff. Must be some latent childhood horror we experienced. Mom? Dad?
To cash in on the quiet misery that ornaments cubicle life, CareerBuilder gives us the National Gruntledness Index, which highlights the happiest places to work. Results can be divvied by industry. But if the NGI is any indicator of reality, Oklahoma City is the best place in the nation no matter what you're doing.
Contribute to the index by getting a read on your Personal Gruntedness. The test is longer than it should be, condescending in tone (hey, like your boss!) and set to music like "Brutal Flute" and "Celtic Hip-Hop." All told, it's not dissimilar to water torture or an elective butt-wax.
The average of your money, career and lifestyle comprise your final score. This was ours.
CareerBuilder, why do you want to hurt us when all we did was love you?
Here's an advergame to promote Roscoe's Shake & Bake, which debuts February 8 for Universal Studios.
Austin-based Q1Media put it together in tangent with Makai. It's simple: all you have to do is dodge the food being thrown at Roscoe.
We've had more fun plucking our eyebrows. With quad-edge razors. It'll probably generate a lot of one-hit plays though, because it loads fast and is simple.
Hey, kids. Before Guitar Hero. Before Playstation, xBox and Wii. Before, well, everything, there was this game called Pac Man. It was pretty simple. All you had to do was make sure you at up all the bad guys before the bad guys ate you. That was eons ago but la comunidad has unearthed the game and given it a spin turning it into a promotion for the One Show.
Called Hack Man, the game's characters include Confused Planner, "Yes Sir" Account Director, Scared Client and Client's Wife. Hey, wait a minute. Where's the Client's Husband? This ain't Mad Men, remember.
Hopefully, the game isn't insinuating the entire advertising industry is made up of a bunch of hacks. Hmm. Anyway, give it a go.
If you play games like WoW or Everquest, then you know there are items you can buy to increase your strength and just generally help you kick ass across the board. Some acquire them fairly, others don't, and still others pay ex-sweatshop workers to play in their place all night long.
In other words, there's a huge market for people willing to part with cash for a little bit of gaming immortality. (Why this is, we're sure we have no fucking idea.)
Alongside our posting about this WoW beer video, our ePage buddy Brad saw this saucy (and grammatically crappy) banner for World of Warcraft gold and power leveling, brought to you by "The fun place for your power."
We really like when business to business advertising leave behind the idiotic metaphors that so pervasively fill their advertising and, instead, opt for something, well, more fun. For power plant and air traffic control software developer QNX, Fuel Industries created The Pocket Geek, an online game whereby the player acts as manager to a developer for a five day project. In the game, a set of management tools helps the manager keep the developer fed and his productivity up. Between each day, there's an IQ quiz. Unfortunately, we blew the pocket geek up after just two days. Guess we suck as a manger. It was fun though.
When the vanity that is Hair Club for Men Hooks up with the vanity that is Playboy, it's clear we've entered a new chapter in the book of cultural vanity. When otherwise perfectly good looking but folically challenged men are paired with perfectly airbrushed (oh wait. that's so 70's. Photoshopped) Playboy Playmates, well, you have an online game, of course. Yes, really. After all, it's likely the only time you'll see a balding guy with a hot chic.
The game, Photo Hunt was created by Cowboy, an agency George Parker recently riffed asking, "Cowboy!!! Fucking Cowboy!!! They have to be kidding, right?"
High on politics, or just not into presidential paintball? Play Kung-Fu Election by Atom Films. It's an online fighting game a la Street Fighter, except Chun Lee's less easy on the eyes.
Unless you're into Hillary like that.
You'll start out battling Romney, who in the hierarchy of fighting games is the weakest player. He still kicked our ass, though.