Stolen Pixels #212: BUY THIS NOW!

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Oh cut Alan Wake a break, its the best game I've played recently. The campaign and story are both simply amazing. The only thing holding it back from a must buy game is that it can be finished in about three days, and has nothing else to offer other than its awesome single player.

Shamus Young:
Maybe it didn't ruin the game, but career cynics like myself can't help but look forward and see a future where a game won't shut up long enough to let the player immerse themselves in the gameworld.

Seeing that the gameworld is the "real"world... I don't really see all the product placement as being that bad. If we were talking about Gears of War, then yeah I'd agree that the Pepsi billboard is a little bit much Bi-*Cough*-nic-*Cough*-mando-*Cough*. Frankly this is nothing new anyway, you don't hear movie-goers complaining about how the Manhattan fight scene in a given action movie had product placement up the wazoo.

Also, shame on you, Shamus. Didn't you write an article just a couple weeks ago talking about the ways companies make money to fund projects? Maybe it was Funk... Either way, product placement: Get used to it. Find a new hobby. Frankly I'm going with the former option.

I see more than 1 product placement... 1st frame, look on the table, is that what i think it is.

SpiderJerusalem:
OUCH! That final panel is quite a low blow! You forgot to name drop Stephen King, though.

True that :P

PedroSteckecilo:
"Hey look ENERGIZER BATTERIES, those are LONG LASTING and should really help me in this BATTERY IMPORTANT situation!"

I don't know why; but I find this to be hilarious...perhaps due to the idea that the character would specifically reference it was a very battery orientated situation.

Antiparticle:
Hm, I didn't see that when I was playing through the game. Maybe it's not in the European version?
Product placement is evil though.

No it's defiantly there; there's even, as other have mentioned, an achievement specifically for watching an advert on the television - you can see where it is on the "InsideXbox" video dedicated to the game.

That punchline was harsh... great work Shamus.

Gosh that was indeed a harsh joke. I feel sorry for Remedy, especially if they don't get the green light for AW2.

I'm glad this isn't my type of game. I'd feel so let down.

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Interrupting the entire game for a commercial is a stupid idea. This comic is not. Quite hilarious :)

I turned on the tv for the advert. Didn't watch it though. There were shadow creatures to kill.

I love Alan Wake, awesome game.

Wait, what? In game adverts? Well I guess there was Energizer packaging on the batteries but...I mean, there batteries? Alan never really explictly mentions that Energizer is the superior brand of batteries, and I didn't really find it all that annoying that we had real life product's in a game based on reality. It would be weird if we had energizer batteries in a game like say Dragon Age.

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