- Dec 15, 2008
Indeed. If you're running around a city and see a billboard for Coke or Pepsi or whatever, you'll feel like they're trying for realism.Steve the Pocket said:Meh, I don't mind stuff like sports games having logo signs in their stadiums or driving games having billboards. After all, that's how it is in real life, right? It might be a little jarring at first, but it contributes to the sense that it's taking place in the real world. It's more weird to see billboards for obvious fake products instead, unless it's like Grand Theft Auto where they get creative about it and make them jokes.
I think games set in modern cities should have billboard advertising, as well as radio or TV ads, if that applies, just to be authentic.
Also, they should have a default ad that is shown if there's no Net connection. This ad gets replaced if a Net connection is detected, and ad sellers can buy slots or whatever. However, I think that it should download the ad completely, not do any stupid streaming crap.
Granted, I think they should lower the price a little if we have to see the ads, but still...
Also, the best advertising is subtle. You're playing a game and in the cutscene, your character goes to the fridge, grabs a Coke, and drinks it while talking with someone else. It's not something that you really think about, but that Coke will stick in your subconscious and later on make you think, "If I want to be like him, I should drink Coke."