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why there is not stuff like this anymore?

by boobie Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:28 pm

ok.. so i was bored and was surfing around the web and ended up watching couple of angryvideogamenderd episodes.. i havent been watching them like in 5 years but i thought well i dont have anything else to do..
so i watched this video: http://www.cinemassacre.com/2010/02/18/avgn-swordquest/
and i was blown away.. i think thats the most awesomest thing that has been in video gaming.. ok im not the biggest fan of gaming "junk".. but creating "a real adventure" with real treasure is genius to me..

but i got mixed feelings how that video endend.. i sorta whished that the game serie would have gotten the last game published and all the treasure would be here some where.. but i think that it got a nice mystical ending the way it endend..
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Re: why there is not stuff like this anymore?

by Hobie-wan Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:36 pm

Seems that most of those contests went away by the mid 90s. The only other related things I can think of were the really stupid Acclaim things like changing your name to Turok and the tattoo thing.
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Re: why there is not stuff like this anymore?

by Rurouni_Fencer Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:54 pm

The closest we seem to have nowadays is signing up for an upcoming game's facebook page and randomly being selected to receive a free download code.. Pretty lame when you take into consideration Atari's epic Swordquest promotion..

And who else misses the Nintendo World Championships? What kid in the late 80's/early 90's didn't dream of being the kid in The Wizard? Now, it's like unless you play Halo or Madden, you're SOL.. :roll:
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Re: why there is not stuff like this anymore?

by yomomma1 Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:18 pm

Isn't there this? I mean it is 600,000 more dollars than the swordquest rewards (adjusted for inflation,)
http://www.destructoid.com/2k-sports-1- ... 0974.phtml
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Re: why there is not stuff like this anymore?

by YoshiEgg25 Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:24 pm

Rurouni_Fencer wrote:The closest we seem to have nowadays is signing up for an upcoming game's facebook page and randomly being selected to receive a free download code.. Pretty lame when you take into consideration Atari's epic Swordquest promotion..

Someone missed the Great Steam Treasure Hunt.
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Re: why there is not stuff like this anymore?

by flojocabron Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:25 pm

you can chalk that up to disposable 80's income!

Back then gaming was in its infancy, Today it is a part of everyday life.

Plus today with our wired world, it would cause problems with cheaters, spammers, and trolls!

games were simpler back then and it was easy to make the game difficult to achieve the mail in prize or contest bonus.

Today a simple hacker can defeat the game and get the specific code or screen to enter a contest and win.

there may be contests and prizes in future games but they will never reach the crazyness of the ___quest contest
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Re: why there is not stuff like this anymore?

by J T Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:38 pm

ARGs (alternate/augmented reality games) are often like this. They blur the lines between what is real and what is a game. Before Nine Inch Nails released the Year Zero album, it was first intentionally leaked by leaving USB keys in bathroom stalls of venues they had played at. There were clues on the USB keys and they spread around the internet. Once released, the CD itself had links to mysterious websites that held further clues. The various websites began to pull together an alternate world of political corruption and manipulation, of possible alien encounters, of mass poisonings, and of artist resistance groups. If you were part of it while it was happening like I was, it was really exciting to be seeking out the next clue and trying to figure out what was going on and when the next clue would drop.

A small group of people devoted to the NIN ARG pieced together information that led them to a warehouse in Los Angeles. This is what they encountered:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86yYBROR ... re=related

If I had been there, I think I would have shit my pants twice. First from being freaked out, second from being so excited.
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Re: why there is not stuff like this anymore?

by SpaceBooger Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:04 pm

After watching that I really want those comics for my collection!
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Re: why there is not stuff like this anymore?

by flojocabron Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:09 pm

SpaceBooger wrote:After watching that I really want those comics for my collection!


I have one of them! they are slightly larger than a dvd case.

I belive that they were done by DC comics

http://www.atariage.com/comics/index.html

a link for you! these are scans from the comics!
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Re: why there is not stuff like this anymore?

by SpaceBooger Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:14 pm

flojocabron wrote:
SpaceBooger wrote:After watching that I really want those comics for my collection!


I have one of them! they are slightly larger than a dvd case.

I belive that they were done by DC comics

http://www.atariage.com/comics/index.html

a link for you! these are scans from the comics!

Nice find! Thanks.
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