6 Video Games Ads Your Mom Will Also Hate

By Rich Shivener in Lists!
Monday, January 31, 2011 at 10:00 am
Are these video game ads dirty?
Despicable. Artless. Clever.

Your mom hates these commercials, too, but they definitely get her talking. Like EA and its recent trash-talking-moms commercial for Dead Space 2, game developers have a solid history of controversial advertisements, featuring scantily-clad women, booze, filthy language and loads of irony. You, the consumer, might hate some, and you might love some - but that's not the point. It's that you remember the content.

Enough ad-speak, though! Hit the jump for vids ranging from Conker's wicked hangover and Marisa Miller's guitar heroics, and don't show mom the last one.

6) Killer instinct

We're stretching back to the summer of 1995 for this one. It's softer than the racy game ads we see today, but it's an early sign of developers trying to be incendiary but also cool with the kids. Holy &$#!

5) Xbox & Death

"Life is short. Play more." Xbox ran with this tagline in an UK commercial, and shite hit the fan soon after. Banned, it shows a woman basically rocket-launching her newborn into the sky, where he rapidly transforms into an old man and crash-lands into a distant grave. The BBC found all the angry people.

4) Dead or Alive 3

In a way, Tecmo is making fun of itself for including excessive cleavage and the like in Dead or Alive games. At least they're honest - Kasumi totally does kick high, and her fellow femme fatales are flashy, too. Tecmo reminded guys the next year, when Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball dropped.

3) Conker's Bad Fur Day

Uncensored Conkers Bad Fur Day Commercial

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Uncensored Conkers Bad Fur Day Commercial

We missed the party by one click. Nintendo's notorious drunk, if Conker laid off the booze, he would turn out like Mr. Nutz in Woody Land (totally SFW).

2) Guitar Hero: World Tour - Marisa Miller

Heidi Klum's Risky Business ad made the cut, but Marisa Miller's didn't. Tough call. Review the techniques again for good measure.

1) Juiced (NSFW)

THQ trades racing gameplay for racy content in this NSFW commercial. Discuss, discuss discuss - as tons of people did when this dropped in 2005.

Bonus Content! Manhunt 2 and more Xbox-ing

Xbox 360 & Fake Guns

This one never aired - because air guns are too violent.

Manhunt 2 Gets Family Friendly

With so many fan-made commercials regarding this gorefest, it's difficult to figure out which are real. Anyway, enjoy!
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