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Last week, we took a look at a handful of video game commercials that spoofed other commercials. Here's a few more.
This is an equally short list compared to last week's, but looking through the comments, it was obvious that I missed some memorable video game spoof commercials that deserve calling out.
Battlefield: Bad Company
Keeping in line the games that start with the letter "B" established in the previous feature, Battlefield: Bad Company spoofs the melancholy, David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) directed commercial.
Update: The spot was actually directed by Joseph Kosinski. David Fincher served as a creative consultant. Thanks to @ChanningKing for the correction!
It's hard to argue that Gears of War's Mad World commercial wasn't effective, but I always thought it was interesting that it really wasn't very indicative of the tone or even gameplay of the rest of the game.
The Sims 4
You know those Dos Equis beer commercials with the most interesting man in the world? Imagine that, but sort of the opposite, and about the upcoming The Sims 4.
If you're having trouble imagining the commercials, here are eight minutes of them all back to back.
When a trailer is so good that it wins a movie deal for the game before it even releases, then you know you have something special on your hands. The folks over at Coffee Stain Studios recognized the trailer's greatness and must have said, "Let's do that! But you know... with a goat."
Here's the original in case you've forgotten what it looks like. Much like the Mad World commercial lfor Gears of War, it's another one that got many excited about the game, but wasn't really indicative of the Dead island's gameplay or tone.
Half-Life 2 for Mac
Steam was a PC platform at its inception and many assumed that was where it would remain. That all changed, however, when Alyx Vance ran into a crowded room of NPCs being brainwashed, and threw a crowbar at a screen. She did it you guys. She really did it.
Here's the 1984 Mac commercial that inspired it. It's as strange now as it was back then – maybe even stranger. It's like the short film version of Terry Gilliam's Brazil, but it wants you to buy a computer.
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