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[News] [Rival] Violent Microsoft Ads Again?

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Violent Microsoft Ads Again?
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 03 Sep 2007 03:06:53 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Halo 3 Korea Promotion Part 2 ~ ver1~


Some people say that the part in the middle is a little over the edge.

Gates cleaning up Doom...?


Microsoft XBox Banned Commercials


UK advertising authority nixes Xbox 360 spot

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| The UK's Advertising Standards Authority, an industry self-policing
| group, has ruled that an ad for Microsoft's Xbox 360 is out of
| bounds and can't be aired there again.



,----[ Quote ]
| Initially I had no idea what this story was about [confused], until I
| watched the GooTube video, and realised that apparently Microsoft had
| commissioned some sort of "Lets-pretend: Cowboys and Indians" advert for
| their eX-b0rks.
| > http://www.onthexbox.com/news981.html
| Since I don't own an eX-b0rks, and never will, and also since I usually
| manage to successfully avoid all advertising on all mediums, I had never
| seen this advert until now.
| Frankly, I think it highly irresponsible, and I'd be very surprised if
| the ITC approved it for transmission in the UK. They've banned unsavoury
| adverts from Microsoft before:
| http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/new_media/2028725.stm
| Like I said, I avoid advertising like the plague, so maybe someone can
| enlighten me as to whether this gun-mania advert was ever shown in the
| UK.
| > Mafia culture?
| I don't think this is uniquely Microsoft trait. America just has a
| particularly lax attitude towards firearms, and their irresponsible
| advertising reflects that.
| I'm sure there are those who believe this is just a storm in a teacup,
| but promoting firearms, even in a juvenile "lets-pretend" fashion (in
| fact especially in a juvenile "lets-pretend" fashion) is exactly the
| kind of thing that ultimately leads to the kinds of gun violence we see
| all over America, with particular reference to schools.
| Like I said, I don't know if this advert was ever shown in the UK, or
| even ever intended to be shown over here, but American companies, and
| American advertisers, need to bear in mind, that not every country in
| the world is filled with gun-toting maniacs, and we don't all aspire to
| going around killing everyone.

Viral Marketing Leads to Mock Gunfight

,----[ Quote ]
| The latest in a series of attempts around the world to mimic the
| segment that, according to media analysts, amounts to free "viral
| advertising" for Microsoft Corp.
| The latest incident took place on Tuesday in the cafeteria at
| South Carleton High School when a crowd of students shot finger
| guns at one another and feigned death by either falling or
| slumping to the ground.



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| The site is targetted to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Korea, with an 
| abrasive attempt at in your face attitude. However, one has to
| wonder if the whole thing will come off as more than a little insulting.


Those Microsoft Vista ads are really bizarre

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| I know that Martin is a spokesman for the product, and he even
| starred in some of the spots, but they were very confusing and
| offputting, especially if you tuned into the special halfway
| through and didn't hear anything about Microsoft Vista.
| Actually, the whole idea behind the ads makes me think someone
| at the ad agency or Microsoft is a Lost fan. The old guy in
| charge of an odd secret organizations (The Institute For
| Advanced Personhood), telling you to go to a site that will
| help you get rid of your clutter, the retro look of the spots,
| the use of old footage and computers. Very Hanso-ish, very viral.
| But I wonder if they're too odd to be successful? 


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