Faux Oatmeal Punks Gamers (And Gamer Marketing) at PAX East Conference


Poking fun at gamer marketing and culture, Digital Kitchen and Cards Against Humanity launched Pwnmeal Extreme Gaming Oatmeal this past weekend during the Pax East gaming conference in Boston.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-14-14    
Topic: Spoofs

ROOBand Introduces World's First Analog Wearable Fitness Tracker


With the increased focus on capturing data while running, RooBand CEO Frank Hammond thinks we've taken the fun out of running. In an effort to bring back the joy, Hammond is unveiling the RooBand, the world's first analog wearable fitness tracker.

So how does it work? As described on the product's Indiegogo page, the ROOband is in direct contact with your your skin. When running, your body will start to emit "effort," commonly called "sweat." Your effort will be absorbed by the Rooband. Then, after each session, you can squeeze the ROOband to output your effort, allowing you to measure your progress with an easily quantifiable result.

No, really. It's that simple.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-10-14    
Topic: Spoofs

Netflix Punks Amazon With 'Drone 2 Home'


Much like brands bantering with each other during the Super Bowl, Netflix, while a bit late to the party, is having some fun at Amazon's expense with a video entitled Netflix Drone 2 Home.

Reportedly created by a couple of Netflix employees for the DVD division's annual meeting, the video, narrated by GM Hank Breeggemann, is a hilarious take on Amazon Prime Air, the publicity stunt Jeff Bezos pulled late last year.

While Breegemann says the company "literally spent days working out most of the bugs," that effort clearly has not paid off.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-25-14    
Topic: Spoofs

Hilarious Parody Pokes Fun At Bob Dylan's Chrysler Super Bowl Ad


So during that epic Chrysler Super Bowl spot which featured Bob Dylan droning on about all things America, he, at one point, asked, "Is there anything more American that America?"

To which a Miami Ad School student said, "Yea, there's a lot more in America that's all about America being America...and stuff."

And then came the parody...

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 4-14    
Topic: Spoofs, Super Bowl 2014

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Ladies, These 'Security Pants' Will Keep the Creeps Away From You


Here's a "banned commercial" from China that touts a product that is guaranteed to protect women from rape and abduction. The translation to English is almost as funny as the video itself. Pick up a pair, ladies. It will scare the crap out of the creeps (well, most of them) away and keep you safe. Via.

Oh and Recommended Videos spits out this oddity afterwards.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-20-13    
Topic: Racy, Spoofs, Strange

Epic Spec Ad For Beans Has Major Flaw


This spec ad from effects studio Cinesite is pretty awesome. Several astronauts on the moon are suddenly attacked by a monstrous creature who, it seems, has been awoken from a slumber and isn't too happy about it. The creature violently slams three astronauts into the ground while a fourth hides behind a rock.

This being an ad for beans, you can basically guess what happens next. However, in space, where there's no air to carry sound, astronauts can unleash all manner of gaseous output without fear of anyone (without a radio connected to said astronaut) hearing anything...let alone the body-crushing sound effects.

Funny ad. But we're calling a technicality.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-16-13    
Topic: Spoofs

A&W Root Beer Hops on the Amazon Prime Air Spoof Train


They're coming out of the woodwork. Or, rather, infesting YouTube with their incredible lameness. Just today, we had this overly long SausageCopter deal. And now we have an even more lame Root Beer Float Drone Project from A&W Root Beer which claims to have been given birth in 2005.

We think it's time for all these spoofs to quietly dismiss themselves to the flashmob archive where they will make friends with prankvertising, assvertising, the Million Dollar Homepage, this guy, this girl, Second Life and Courtney Van Dunk.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 5-13    
Topic: Spoofs

SausageCopter Pokes Fun at Amazon Prime Air


While there are a few funny moments in this redpepper-created Amazon Prime Air spoof, at two minutes in length, it's about 1:30 longer than it needs to be. In the spoof, a bunch of vegetarians are enjoying a very meatless gathering but one attendee thinks there should be more meat. He whips out his mobile app and orders up a few links of sausage to be delivered by the SausageCopter. And, yea, that's about it.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 5-13    
Topic: Spoofs

Creepy Bar Scene Hook Up Explains Big Data Perfectly


If you ever need to explain big data to someone and demonstrate how powerful it can be in advancing a cause, be sure to point them to this Girls Are Assholes video in which a guy, seemingly with access to some kind of big data warehouse, has all the data he needs to pick up a girl in less than 30 seconds.

Really. Forget all the business buzzwords and mumbo jumbo. This creepy dude has it down to a science. If only consumers were as pliable and compliant and the woman in this ad, brands would be getting laid whenever they felt like it.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-22-13    
Topic: Spoofs

Microsoft Pulls Ill-Conceived Anti-iPhone Ad


Microsoft has, today, pulled a video it posted Friday entitled " A fly on the wall in Cupertino" in which two actors present to "T", aka a fictitious TIm Cook (which is this video actually looks more like Steve Jobs), what they've been working on leading up to last week's Apple iPhone event.

The video has been pulled from official channels but still floats around and can be viewed. Of the video, Microsoft issued a statement which read,"The video was intended to be a light-hearted poke at our friends from Cupertino. But it was off the mark, and we've decided to pull it down."

There were seven videos in all. All have been pulled.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-16-13    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Spoofs

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