Cable channel G4 is trying to breathe new life into the original Star trek series by creating an entertainment mash-up to use the buzz word of the day. Working with LA agency 72andSunny, G4 came up with a play-while-you-watch game called The Spock Market that allows viewers to buy, sell and trade shares of characters, aliens, gadgets and ships. Stock values change based on events in the episodes. Now that's a pretty cool way to get today's Internet geeks in tune with yester-year's Star Trek geeks. There's some funny stop-motion commercial that promote the whole thing which you can view here and here.
We suppose putting up a site called Morningwood and covering it with bikini-clad women makes it perfectly OK to make a site that takes over three minutes to load. Yes, three fucking minutes just to...oh wait....you mean we get to squirt water on the girl, get her t shirt just wet enough so that it falls off? Well that's what we thought until we waited the three plus minutes only to be presented with "You Pervert!" It's an April Fools joke and a very late on at that. So if all you want to do is listen to a single from Morningwood's upcoming album, by all means, play the game. If not, you can skip this one. There's no happy ending to this game. But....we do give them kudos for keeping idiots like us drooling long enough to listen to their song. So after all that crap, we might just have to go out and buy their friggin' album. We don't know whether to thank or hate Adverblog for pointing us to this one.
OK, that's it for all you teen-loving 30/40-something men. With the launch of a new stalker awareness campaign, News Corp. hopes to make MySpace teens completely aware of your shenanigans and boot you back to women your own age. Created by the Ad Council in 2005, the campaign will blanket Fox properties MySpace, Fox network, FX, National Geographic and Fuel TV. With the ever-imaginative tagline, "Don't believe the type," the ads point people to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's center website which then links to a page specific to the campaign. On that page are links to the PSAa, a game that aims to teach kids about the sketchiness on online profiles and an area with information for parents.
There's a lot of different ways to promote a TV show but bloody fighting Samurai cats isn't one we think we've seen before. COG1 has created Samurai Kittens to promote IFC's anime show Samuri 7. Give it a whirl but not if you are the type that gets all weepy when a kitty is faced with certain death by decapitation or severed limb.
Taking the whole ads-in-a-game theme to the next seemingly logical step, publishers of the game Project Entropia are making it possible for players to create their own ads within the game. Because of the game's focus on a virtual economy, the bying and selling of billboards seems to be a natural addition. Current player-created ads are promoting events and actions players have created in the game. Project Entropia is also part of Massive Inc.'s gaming ad network and will serve real ads purchased withing the network.
LA-based interactive shop Zugara has always come up with some pretty decent online environments as it were and lately has been quite busy continuing in that direction. Recently, they've done some work for Reebok and the NFL. Their RBK NFL Draft site features insight and thoughts from NFL Pro Athletes on the draft itself, anticipation of being called to the podium and how their life changed once they were drafted. For Playstation, Zugara created the Syphon Filter site which allows people to take part in Playstation's Dark Mirror storyline by investigating the mysterious KenSymth corporation. After taking part in a mission, they'll be led to spoofish sites where further information can be found and investigated to unlock further missions and content on the site.
Random Culture points to a site called bit unfair, a gameshow-style site created for Oxfam to call attention to the unfair treatment of the poor in the world. In the game, if you label yourself rich, you always win. If you label yourself poor, you always lose. At the end of the game, you are told, "if you give a damn, give us your name." The site's not asking for money but simply trying to gather a collective voice they can take to the world's governments asking them to "change their policies towards people in extreme poverty." Draft London did the work.
AdFreak thinks it's ho-hum and perhaps an overuse of the company's apparent theme song, Groove Armada's I See You Baby, Shakin' That Ass used in ads and pissing off parents since 2003, but we love it. Perhaps it's the chance to grab some ass. Perhaps it's the infectious song. We don't know. We don't care. After all, it's just a fun little ad to introduce Renault's new 2006 Megane.
To give its pre-Bratz Doll crowd something to do, MGA Entertainment has launch Yummi-Land, a cartoony site featuring the company's Soda Pop Girls Amanda Appletina, Belinda Banana Ana, Gaby Grapelina and Susie Strawbella. Are you overcome yet by the sicky sweetness of it all? Well, wait, there's more. Each girl has a little pet; Paris Peaches Pug, Kimi Kiwi Calico, Mimi Mango Calico and Cha-Cha Chocolate Chihuahua. Oh, and there's games and downloads and ecards and videos and shopping and contests and product and gumball machines and, OMG, secret messages! And, like, that music!! There's gotta be a Saturday morning cartoon hiding somewhere too.
There's nothing fun about temping and there's nothing fun about this little promotional thingy for Kelly Services called Virtual Break Room. Perhaps it's trying to be funny by portraying the break room, the decor, the technology and the pocket protector-wearing worker doofus in some sort of anachronistic, 1970's-style mashup but to us, that just says, "You're an idiot. You can't find a real job so you better give Kelly a call."