kory Hey, this ad being burned into my brain got me into the Butthole Surfers
Shit… that was the last band I saw live I think
Edit: this ad seemed a little too…avant-garde…even for 2000s era Sony so I tried to do my due diligence and there is barely any meaningful info about this ad campaign actually existing. This may even be a mock-up or proposal for all I know.
I’ll leave this up, but in the future I will only post ads I’ve either personally seen or verified!
kory I’m sorry… wat??? Am I missing some context here or… WAT
fridgeboy I don’t know…but your comment made me do some due diligence and after several searches and a reverse image search I was only able to uncover a handful of Spanish language websites (e.g https://www.adlatina.com/articulo.php?slug=/marketing/el-universo-sin-fin-de-playstation) that (from what I could tell through machine translation) attribute this to an ad company called “Grey Mexico,” though I’m not even sure if this was a mock-up or a true ad campaign.
As with many things on Twitter, I should really have done some verification before reposting, I’ll edit my post to reflect that.
kory well thank you for looking into it - I was just super confused by how bizarre this thing was. And of course it’s got an early aughts whiff of transphobia to boot. All of this seems perfectly in bounds for this thread and some of the other stuff people have posted. I was very interested in the origins of this thing and now it just seems even more mysterious.
Oh, it’s real. The PS3 initially had very experimental advertising outside of Japan/USA, I remember it well and how fast they dropped it (because they didn’t need more bad press in the era of $600 USD).
yeso “Female players may find difficulty with the higher skill levels”
they always find a way
yeso I’m still trying to figure this out. Is this a fart joke? A penis pump joke? A blowjob joke?
yeso This looks like one of the ads Sega did in conjunction with Viz (a very popular U.K. comic for adults/teenagers that riffed on British kids comics)
Pump, quack etc were slang for farts…
Syzygy the fact that this made it through conception, pitching, writing, planning, pre-production, casting, filming, post-production, airing, and god knows how many other steps in between that involved actual humans is completely baffling to me
fridgeboy ecco the dolphin does not use cocaine
Does Ecco (the dolphin) look like a loser to you?
Are we allowed to post great ads here?
“Whoever you are, the time has come to throw out boy”
John Oliver, confirmed IC forum lurker?
kory Lurker…or just… one of us?!
it’s me I’m John Oliver. Can’t you tell by the accent of my font?
This thread was making me nostalgic for old issues of PC Gamer, so I pulled one up to browse on archive.org and first page is this fold-out monstrosity that I forgot about.