Madden 10 has officially taken in-game ads too far...

#1 Edited by Chaser324 (6540 posts) -

Really EA, what is the deal with these Snickers ads? Am I really going to have to see "Prepare for CHOMP-ETITION" at the start of every game, "SATISFYING" on the team selection screen, and "CHEWS Wisely" at every coin toss? I can live with things like the Pontiac player of the game or the Old Spice High Endurance red zone stats, but this seems like it has crossed a line. What do you guys think?

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#2 Posted by natetodamax (19205 posts) -

Hey hey hey, Snickers are delicious.

#3 Posted by Herreno (333 posts) -

Man... I need to get me a Snickers.

#4 Posted by Chaser324 (6540 posts) -
@natetodamax: I agree, Snickers are delicious. I don't need to be constantly assaulted with these pun-laden advertisements to be reminded of that.
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#5 Posted by Pinkshley1 (453 posts) -

well sports in real life are surrounded by ads, so in a way its almost better. But if you saw those ads in a game like gears or left 4 dead, that would be bullshit.

#6 Posted by choffy21 (1376 posts) -
@Pinkshley1 said:
" well sports in real life are surrounded by ads, so in a way its almost better. But if you saw those ads in a game like gears or left 4 dead, that would be bullshit. "
This. There are ad's all over television broadcasts of real football games, so it doesn't really bother me in Madden.
#7 Posted by Pazy (2579 posts) -

At a point you probably stop noticing it, though it does feel like its going a bit too far. At least in a game like Madden or Fifa you could pass it off as "realistic" and get on with the game but if you were playing Oblivion and you had an elven claymore and a Dr Pepper Dagger? Or one of the quests asked you to go rescue a womans daughter whos held in the town of Pontiac (though thats a real town I think it dosent fit into a fantasy context).

If there reasoning is "we cant afford to keep making big games without some sort of advertising to subsidise it" then stop making these big games honestly. Make the games you can afford from the sales of the last game/projected sales of the current one. Isnt that hows its worked for years? At this point it feels like they are making games "bigger" just for the sake of money and advertising, id rather play a smaller game that feels more "real" and dosent bombard me with advertising.

#8 Posted by Alex_Murphy (1184 posts) -

It's EA, did you really expect them to loose even one cent in exchange for giving you a better gaming experience?

#9 Posted by Boom_goes_the_dynamite (720 posts) -

This blog has made me want to eat a snickers, but anyway its still not as bad as what the NBA and NHL are proposing to do in real life by putting ad space on teams' jerseys.  I know gotta hit the nearest Seven Eleven and get me a snickers.

#10 Posted by AgentJ (8778 posts) -
@sidescroller said:
" Haha, they put those signs up all around Chicago, so it's no worse than real life.My favorite one was "Play the Snax-Aphone!" "
Spend some hard time in the PEAUNTENTARY!
#11 Posted by Mikemcn (6988 posts) -

Snickers are the opposite of tasty, milky ways, now they are good.

But i have memorized that song from one of their commercials "Happy peanuts soar, over chocolate covered mountain tops, and waterfalls of caramel...." and the commercial where the king goes, "when i used to feast like this,i would have a troupe of misterals to serenade me" and they all start singing prince leeds or whatever is burned into my memory, those snicker ad people are amazing.

#12 Posted by Scooper (7881 posts) -

Snickers are the fucking shit!

#13 Posted by CoolDrMoney (1978 posts) -

I hope Patrick Chewing makes an appearance in NBA Live 10

#14 Posted by PercyChuggs (1087 posts) -
@Alex_Murphy said:
" It's EA, did you really expect them to loose even one cent in exchange for giving you a better gaming experience? "
Yawn, come up with some fresh material.

Honestly, who cares? It's the coin toss and team selection screens.
#15 Posted by hawkeye (33 posts) -

Mmm... Snickers.

#16 Posted by choffy21 (1376 posts) -
@Mikemcn: Yes, they do.
  

#17 Posted by Out_On_Bail (1545 posts) -

I fail to see how this affects the gameplay. With that being said- who cares?

#18 Posted by WilliamRLBaker (4777 posts) -

And you do realize that they had such ad's at football games, basketball games and baseball games right?

#19 Posted by vhold (407 posts) -

I agree with the OP.  I don't have a problem with some ingame advertising if it's built into the scenery, but these snickers things are all over the game interface.  In real life the players don't have to deal with snickers ads on the sports equipment itself, imagine how pathetic that would make the sport look.  That's what they've done to this game.

#20 Posted by tychoon (126 posts) -

I agree, Snicers is delicious...

#21 Posted by Daryl (1781 posts) -

Sure could go for a Snickers right about now.

#22 Posted by NickL (2246 posts) -
@Mikemcn said:
" Snickers are the opposite of tasty, milky ways, now they are good. But i have memorized that song from one of their commercials "Happy peanuts soar, over chocolate covered mountain tops, and waterfalls of caramel...." and the commercial where the king goes, "when i used to feast like this,i would have a troupe of misterals to serenade me" and they all start singing prince leeds or whatever is burned into my memory, those snicker ad people are amazing. "
when i originally heard that song, me and all my family heard "happy penis soars"
#23 Posted by JamesF (1489 posts) -

I dislike snickers (as I dislike peanuts in my candy), so naturally I'm offended by these ads. 
 
Milky Way I wouldn't mind...

#24 Posted by buzz_clik (6975 posts) -
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#25 Posted by PSUDude66 (37 posts) -

LIke most said, it's the same in real broadcasts, and I'm mostly numb to ads of that nature. 

#26 Posted by RHCPfan24 (8609 posts) -

I think these ads have worked:  I want a Snickers bar right now.

#27 Posted by PhaggyBigNastyMcKill (564 posts) -

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#28 Posted by The_A_Drain (3910 posts) -

This would be acceptable only if all of these puns were voiced, angrily, by Mr.T. 
 
Otherwise, shit, I didn't think anyone could go further than Fight Night.
#29 Edited by Bigandtasty (3203 posts) -

In NBA Live 10 the players should get dunked on by Patrick Chewing when they're warming up.
 
Edit: damn, beaten to it.

#30 Edited by DFSVegas (354 posts) -
@vhold: Yeah, all you have to worry about is the scoreboard which is brought to you by pepsi, the first down line which is brought to you by pfizer, and the field, which is brought to you by Chik-Fil-A... Oh yeah, and commercials every 3-7 minutes.
 
Seriously, have you ever actually watched a football game?
 
I have to say, I do agree that the Snickers stuff really was jarring the first time I saw it, but honestly, I forgot about it by halftime of my first game. It practically blends in with the game at this point.
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#31 Posted by suneku (2997 posts) -

Doesn't EA get paid to put advertising in the game? If that's the case shouldn't the game cost a little less or have a better online service since they're shoving so much advertising down our throats? That's what's irritating me, with all the advertisements in the game all we get is roster updates here and there.

#32 Posted by regularassmilk (1412 posts) -
@natetodamax said:
" Hey hey hey, Snickers are delicious. "
#33 Posted by Hairydutchman (1039 posts) -

I don't love snickers.
 
Call me crazy, but I prefer Bounty.

#34 Posted by lemon360 (1102 posts) -

Coffee Crisp pwnes Snickers.

#35 Posted by TwoOneFive (9459 posts) -
@Chaser324 said:
" Really EA, what is the deal with these Snickers ads? Am I really going to have to see "Prepare for CHOMP-ETITION" at the start of every game, "SATISFYING" on the team selection screen, and "CHEWS Wisely" at every coin toss? I can live with things like the Pontiac player of the game or the Old Spice High Endurance red zone stats, but this seems like it has crossed a line. What do you guys think? "
dude. relax, its just a little tiny image with a phrase. has zero to do with the gameplay. 
#36 Posted by Chaser324 (6540 posts) -
@TwoOneFive: By no means am I really angry about it. I was really just trying to point out the crazy length that EA has gone to in trying to integrate ads in as many places as possible.
 
I'm really curious to know how much profit EA makes per copy of Madden sold because I'm sure it has to be significantly more than on just about any other game. My guess is that it probably has lower development costs than most games and at the same time is filled with far more ads than any other game that I know of.
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#37 Posted by Johnny5 (1355 posts) -

Half way through this thread I blacked out and now I really want a Snickers bar.

#38 Posted by iscream8 (1 posts) -

Sorry, this kind of ad is not like you see in real life games, it's more like the ads in free iPhone games, which is tolerable when it's *free*. If you don't care, that's fine, but it undeniably has crossed a line. I downloaded the demo from PSN, and thank god I did because now I know I wouldn't be able to enjoy this game. My only fear now is that I am going to inadvertently buy a game that has this kind of b.s. that disrupts my immersion in the game and makes me feel taken advantage of. This is a new kind of ad in a *paid* game, and needs a term to identify it. Maybe "non-incidental", since Wikipedia identifies ads that add to the realism of a fame "incidental".

#39 Posted by KennyPowers (247 posts) -

i dont care about the snickers stuff or anything on menus or stat screens, but the ads on the bottom right (above the score line) are ridiculous.  I should not have to see an ad for AXE or something else on the screen while I am playing the game.  

#40 Posted by Sam_lfcfan (139 posts) -
@Pinkshley1 said:
"well sports in real life are surrounded by ads, so in a way its almost better. But if you saw those ads in a game like gears or left 4 dead, that would be bullshit. "

Agreed. In a game trying to simulate real life, it makes sense.
#41 Posted by The_Dude (798 posts) -

I'm kind of surprised at the amount of people that are just straight up cool with this... I don't play sports games so what ever, it doesn't affect me. Seriously though, that has to be annoying, and at what advantage are the adverts coming to us? do we pay less for the game? no. This is NOT the real world, its a video game, something people play to get away from real life. When I am getting lost in a video game the last thing I want to see is "HEY BITCH EAT A FUCKING SNICKERS RIGHT NAO!"

#42 Posted by JeffGoldblum (3704 posts) -

The real conundrum is why are you playing Madden 10?

#43 Posted by Hockeymask27 (3683 posts) -
@JeffGoldblum said:
" The real conundrum is why are you playing Madden 10? "
No I think its where did he find a 3 month old topic?
 
I agree that it is kind of out of place but they don't have boards like in NHL, so they got to put it somewhere.

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