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Well i've just recently seen the MoH: Rising sun advert.

It starts underwater looking up at someone swimming with traditional hawaii style music playing. Then the camera pans up and you see all the carnage going on at pearl harbour. A japanese plane gets shot down and the propellor flys towards the screen which cuts to the box art. All this with the tagline "Welcome to paradise soldier".

I've been thinking about the actual games being in bad taste recently but the advertising seems to be even worse.

I will let off Call to Duty as that's a more relaxed adverts that bigs up american, british and russian soldiers finished off with the classic "when their country needed them most" etc.

Oh yeah the trailer for Battlefield: Vietnam really leaves a sour taste in my mouth, especially when it uses an anti-war song to glorify war.

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Advertising people = suckers of satan's giant cock.

As the late great Bill Hicks once said:

"Anyone here in advertising?......Go and kill yourself. It's not a joke. I know you think I'm being funny...it's one of Bill's funny little jokes. It's not. Kill yourself."

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Talking about EA and bad taste, I was at EA Redwood Shores a few months ago and they had this sort of 'family day'. One of the attractions was this horribly tasteless inflatableTitanic slide...

titanic1.jpg

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Ofcourse they were not specially made for EA but rented, but it does show some crass insensitivity by the persons who thought this one up. Give them a few years and you will be seeing 'Twin Towers Bungee Jump' attractions :huh:

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Talking about EA and bad taste, I was at EA Redwood Shores a few months ago and they had this sort of 'family day'. One of the attractions was this horribly tasteless inflatableTitanic slide...

titanic1.jpg

titanic2.jpg

Ofcourse they were not specially made for EA but rented, but it does show some crass insensitivity by the persons who thought this one up. Give them a few years and you will be seeing 'Twin Towers Bungee Jump' attractions :huh:

That is Fantastic!

Hardly bad taste after all this time.

Cameron's overblown nonsense film is far more disrespectful.

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Talking about EA and bad taste, I was at EA Redwood Shores a few months ago and they had this sort of 'family day'. One of the attractions was this horribly tasteless inflatableTitanic slide...

titanic1.jpg

titanic2.jpg

Ofcourse they were not specially made for EA but rented, but it does show some crass insensitivity by the persons who thought this one up. Give them a few years and you will be seeing 'Twin Towers Bungee Jump' attractions :huh:

Man, that looks awesome. I so want to ride on that.

And secondly Titanic (the film) was very good.

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Hardly bad taste after all this time.

Cameron's overblown nonsense film is far more disrespectful.

Sure, but when I saw it I immediately thought how a twin towers bungeejump would go down with the same people. The only real difference is 89 years. It just seemed a bit weird to me to make a real disaster into an attraction. But it obviously would never have been made like this without that scene in Camereon's flick.

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Hardly bad taste after all this time.

Cameron's overblown nonsense film is far more disrespectful.

Sure, but when I saw it I immediately thought how a twin towers bungeejump would go down with the same people. The only real difference is 89 years. It just seemed a bit weird to me to make a real disaster into an attraction. But it obviously would never have been made like this without that scene in Camereon's flick.

We make entertainment out of all sorts of terrible things after enough time has passed.

Guy Fawkes (a failed 9/11)

World Wars (Black Adder, Dad's Army - Allo Allo)

Crucifixion (Life of Brian)

After a decent period I don't think it can really be considered bad taste.

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The radio advert for the Rising Sun says: "Re-live the attack on Pearl Harbour' and goes on about how you are actually there and at the end it says you don't play it - you volunteer.

Thats some bad shit!! Have they no shame ?

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The radio advert for the Rising Sun says: "Re-live the attack on Pearl Harbour' and goes on about how you are actually there and at the end it says you don't play it - you volunteer.

Now that's fucking bad taste.

Can't wait for Medal of Honor:Vietnam.

I can see it now "you don't play it - you're conscripted!"

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Advertising people = suckers of satan's giant cock.

As the late great Bill Hicks once said:

"Anyone here in advertising?......Go and kill yourself. It's not a joke. I know you think I'm being funny...it's one of Bill's funny little jokes. It's not. Kill yourself."

Who's Bill Hicks?

(from your perspective(s) - and to save me a google)

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We make entertainment out of all sorts of terrible things after enough time has passed.

Guy Fawkes (a failed 9/11)

World Wars (Black Adder, Dad's Army  - Allo Allo)

Crucifixion (Life of Brian)

After a decent period I don't think it can really be considered bad taste.

I think the difference is in the way the subject matter is treated, rather than simply the amount of time that has passed.

Taking your examples:

Guy Fawkes is burnt every year for his crimes.

Blackadder Goes Forth tried to get across how awful World War 1 really was.

Dad's Army was, according to elderly relatives, a fairly accurate portrayal of what WW2 was like in a small town on the South Coast in some respects.

Allo Allo : tasteless crap like the inflatable titanic :D

So burning Ian Huntley or The Yorkshire Ripper would NOT be bad taste?

Of course time makes a difference.

What has the accuracy or otherwise of the War comedies got to do with it. They both make fun out of a terrible situation but the time passed allows us to treat them differently than recent events.

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The radio advert for the Rising Sun says: "Re-live the attack on Pearl Harbour' and goes on about how you are actually there and at the end it says you don't play it - you volunteer.

How is that any different to, say, Pearl Harbour the film? With its major selling point of reliving the attack as a special effects extravaganza.

Same with Titanic, as John said.

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The whole point of adverts in general is to make you sit up and take notice. Even better if you know what the product is by the end of the advert, what it is for and who made it.

If the advert makes you laugh, stimulates you intellectually or even shocks you, you remember it. You not only remember the advert, you remember the product and who made it... you tell your friends or even some odd bod waiting for the bus!

The advert spreads through word of mouth. Free advertising for the company. It's true, the shocking adverts may put people off... but generally even they will be curious, tell others... more people here of the product and the company!

More free advertising.

Remember; "It's better to be talked badly about than not talked about at all!"

If you really are shocked about an advert. Keep your mouth shut! :blink:

Remember we are gamers. If you like Big Bass Fishing or Football games, stick to them. If you don't like war games, don't play them. It all personal choice.

Just game. Enjoy!

PS; Cool slide! :(

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That's not the point though. I like war games. Call of Duty is amazin but it handles the siuation with respect.

You weren't taking my first point, which was that I doubt the advertiser's care about handling anything with respect. They want to sell the game. They want to make it look exciting and thrilling, whilst also making you sit up and take note of the product and who made it. If you go and tell your mates about it, all the better!

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Remember; "It's better to be talked badly about than not talked about at all!"

Bollocks.

Congratulations on your intellectual response!

;)

Sorry, I'll use more words to make it more "intellectual", shall I?

How about...

What do you mean it's better to be talked badly about than not talked about at all? That's a stupid comment. If no one talked about Matthew Kelly's charges I'm sure he'd be much more pleased for it. In gaming context, if someone makes a thread saying X game is shit, and everyone agrees... is that better than no comments at all? No, it's worse.

In short, that sentence is bollocks.

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