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Weirdest DLC Sponsorship Ever: SimCity, Brought To You By Crest 128

Posted by Soulskill
from the please-don't-make-this-a-thing dept.
MojoKid writes "When it comes to creative advertising potential, it's hard to beat a game like SimCity. In most titles, the idea of in-game advertising makes little sense. Sarah Kerrigan doesn't shop at Victoria's Secret, Booker DeWitt is an unlikely fan of Coca-Cola, and the post-apocalyptic setting of Metro 2033 isn't exactly prime McDonald's turf. But SimCity? SimCity is a game where it makes perfect sense to integrate real-world brands. A city filled with familiar logos and advertising is a city that more closely resembles the real world. That's undoubtedly why EA decided to partner with Crest Toothpaste. Yes, toothpaste. And not for in-game advertising, either. The Nissan Leaf DLC that the company launched a few weeks back at least made sense in some context; EV charging stations are going to be an increasingly common site in cities in the future. But the five new SimCity Attractions that the company added in the Crest partnership boggle the mind." The Escapist points out that this partnership also extends to The Sims Social, one of EA's Facebook games... which is getting shut down in a few months.
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Weirdest DLC Sponsorship Ever: SimCity, Brought To You By Crest

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  • Poor Linking (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Hardhead_7 (987030) on Tuesday April 16, 2013 @05:49PM (#43466669)
    I know Slashdot likes to confuse us with it's hyperlink placement, but I just feel like pointing out that puting the link to TFA on the text "a city that more closely resembles the real world" makes absolutely no sense. That's where a link to a story about the Nissan Leaf DLC should go, at best. The very next sentence, "That's undoubtedly why EA decided to partner with Crest Toothpaste. Yes, toothpaste." is where the hyperlink to go since the hyperlink leads to.... a story about Crest Toothpaste DLC!

    I mean, come on! Is no one doing basic proofreading here?
  • Yawn! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by tompaulco (629533) on Tuesday April 16, 2013 @05:57PM (#43466779) Homepage Journal
    Wake me up when it is NON-downloadable content and I can play it offline.

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