Courtesy of Deep-Focus, here's an absolutely whacked promotional site for the absolutely whacked upcoming HBO show Flight of the Comchords. The show follows the trials and tribulations of the New Zealand-based digi-folk band as they, Bret McKenzie on guitar and vocals, and Jemaine Clement on guitar and vocals, make their way to New York. There's videos. There's a game. It's all as hipsteresque as they come.
- Cynopsis reports, "The disappointing Bud.tv may "fade away" later this year, admitted Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV in a conference call to analysts" and "Rupert Murdoch's bid to acquire the Dow Jones & Co., which includes The Wall Street Journal, Barrons and the Dow Jones Newswires, isn't looking too promising."
- The Internet Advertising Bureau and PriceWaterhouseCooper report online ad revenue increased 35 percent in 2006 to $16.9 billion.
- Havas' MPG is certainly grinning over its recent $740 million Sear media account win. Unfortunately former media agency, Carat, is grinning an entirely different grin.
- This is just not all that much fun but hey, you have to sell office cooling systems somehow.
- We all know about consumer-generated content. Well, now we have loser-generated content.
- First there was Voicevertising. Now there's ThoughtVertising. On eBay, no less!
- Bored? Want to go to Cannes but can't? No worries. Forget that ego-fest, stay home and play Cannes Contenders Bingo and you decide who should win. Screw the judges.
- If Reebok really did make running easy, why would they feature a guy puking in an ad about running easy?
- Lowe is blogging about its "everything you ever wanted to know about the digital world" gathering
Well this is easy. Orange, the UK mobile entertainment company, has launched a game called Spot the Bull that gives players the chance to win one of 20 pairs of tickets to the Glastonbury Festival. Created by Poke London, all you have to do is pick a spot on the filed when you think Derek the Bull will appear at 3PM. enter your contact info and wait. that's it. We like simple.
Oh look, an online game to promote a band's new single. Chicino is the band and the game lets you shoot scooter riding cops who drop out of the sky. Nifty. Sort of. Check it here.
Our surrogate employers at Wrigley's Candystand have leaped on the Goodship Sudoku with a casino twist that we're sure will sell plenty of gum.
What the deal with Sudoku, man? If it weren't enough that everybody on the train in the morning is playing it, a few college buddies have expressed an interest in learning the game to earn some social clout. That's like playing Tetris to get laid. What's the correlation?
If somebody can give us a good logical explanation of why Sudoku has taken the nation by storm, we'll give you a present.
Apparently, this is what web design firms do during down time. Seemingly for our amusement and, in the process, to demonstrate their stellar design skills, 10mg interactive has offered up a stuffed bunny who needs surgery. With defibrillator, razor, scalpel and other surgery tools, those inclined can zap the bunny, cut him open and play with his intestines. Fun, huh? We're definitely calling these guys for our next project!
Wow. We just might have to start liking Agency.com and put that whole Subway deal behind us. But, maybe not since the Subway video-creating Agency.com is not the same as the London-based Agency.com that created this new work for British Airways' new Club World Cabin. While lushly displaying all the first class cabin's accouterments, visitors can play a game in which the cabin's features are explored while searching for a pair of airline tickets which, if found, enter one in a drawing. The drawing's winner receives two tickets in the Club World Cabin from London to New York and a stay at the Intercontinental Barclay Hotel. We entered. Twice.
OK, it's a slow news day around here so forgive us if we report the stunning news Playboy is going to set up shop in Second Life. Set to occur in June, details are scarce and Second Life Herald has a lot of questions such as will there be a virtual Mansion? Will the real world bunnies have anything to do with the virtual bunnies? Will there even be virtual bunnies? How many Playboy Bunny avatars will actually be fat, balding, middle aged gamer geeks getting their rocks off while staring at their virtual Bunny? Do tell, Hugh. Inquiring geeks want to know.
Riding the vertical social network trend, TitleRound, a new social networking site for men hopes to offer guys what they can't find on MySpace, Facebook and other broadly focused networks. We're told the site will provide "a centralized area where guys in their twenties, thirties and forties can communicate on a public and personal level about the topics and interests that matter to them, including sports, gear, entertainment, activism, business, sex and health." Probably a good thing. There's only so much time a guy can spend looking at and fantasizing about things he'll never get his hands on. At least with TitleRound a guy can win stuff through the site's Triple Crown baseball promotion.
Not completely ignoring a guy's primary needs, TitleRound also features a baseball hottie contest in which guys can leer at women dressed in baseball uniforms. Some things will never change.