News: Advertising in Alan Wake

Advertising in Alan Wake

These are great times. It is about time advertisers invaded our video games in the same way they do our driving (billboards), walking (fliyers, posters), and our private home (emails, bulk mail, text messages).

It has been hard for advertisers. I applauded their perseverance  and very glad that they are finally seeing their long deserved results. These poor guys, such a long road. It didn't start with this generation, it's been going on for decades. Some examples:

Noid from Dominoes for the NES:

Advertising in Alan Wake

7-UP's Cool Spot for the SNES:

Advertising in Alan Wake

Crackdown for the 360:

Advertising in Alan Wake

Metal Gear Solid 4 for the PS3:

Advertising in Alan Wake

Now it's Alan Wake's turn to shine.

Advertising in Alan Wake

What's a better way to introduce a full fledged Verizon commercial but in a full blown everything is going to hell situation? I can't think of one either:

It's a great product placement. The player is too absorbed at this point with the great atmosphere and dangerous situation of the game. This Verizon commercial will give the  player the strength and hope to carry on to survive this possessed lodge minutes before its full destruction.

Advertising in Alan Wake

The best advertisers are always with you, not just in one instance like in the Verizon commercial. Throughout the game Alan Wake can collect batteries to power up his light, an essential weapon in the game. Energizer, recognizing this incredible responsibility, has stepped up to the plate and made the Energizer batteries the official batteries for end of the world situations. Lost your wife to the Darkness? Energizer is there for you. Because of the low resolution of the game, the Energizer batteries Alan picks up throughout the game can't really be recognized, but it's the thought that counts.

Towards the future, let's hope for even more interactive ways to take advantage of what our advertisers have to offer. Here is what I hope happens in Alan Wake 2, in a perfect world:

Advertising in Alan Wake

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Ahahaha! I thought the advertising in Alan Wake was suited given the present-day scenario, though it sort of shocked me when I saw the giant Verizon billboard. Also, that last image looks like a screenshot of Wake back in its early days.

good eyes. It is a screen short from an early build from the game. The font and hub are different. Also, you don't go through that area or talk to that person in the game. I can't put a link in the comment, but there is a cnbc article that talks about in game advertising and how MS bought a company just for that for $400 million. It talks about Alan Wake too. Another article talks about Ford advertisements but that might just be the cars you can drive in the game. Since I know nothing about cars, I can't tell if some of them were Ford or not.

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