Commercial Wars: Best use of a Rap

parappa the rapper
parappa the rapper

Rap is universal, sure it may be dominated by African American artists, but rap is for everyone. Well, everyone except video game companies. Don’t get me wrong, you have to do what you can to grab a younger generation but most of these were just really bad commercials. Also I have yet to find an old video game commercial using rap that has actual African American kids. Oh well, on to the voting!

Atari 2600: The Fun is Back

The fun is back oh yes er re it’s the 2600 from Atari. Oh my lord you know that guy went on to make millions in the music industry.  When Atari packaged its system for a new low price of just $50 you know it was time to make a rap about it.

Nintendo: Zelda Rap

Oh Lord where to start. Okay first, does anyone else get the vibe that the kids are looking at an adult magazine and not Nintendo Power? I mean besides the “”Nice Graphics” quote it sounds like something I would have said while checking out Playboy.

Next is the “rap” I have to guess this is a parody of rap because even Solider Boy isn’t that bad. Not only is the beat box out of something you’d see on rapping granny, but the “lyrics” sound like they were pieced together from a fortune cookie.

Finally and again the way they talk about the game toward the end, “Ya go Link ya, get some.” Is that not a line from every Ron Jeremy movie? I just think these children need more parental supervision and a kick in the ass.

Sega Genesis: Toe Jam & Earl

I can’t hate on this one too much because it does fit the style of rap at the time and the game was to have a “hip hop” vibe. Does this rap not sound like the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme? I know when I saw this commercial the first thing I did was call my home boys for some two player action. Err…wow that just doesn’t read right.

This Ain’t American Idol

However, we need your vote. Which rap best fit the theme and style of the commercial?

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Commercial Wars: Best use of Parents

nuclear bomb mushroom cloud explosion
nuclear bomb mushroom cloud explosion

Brand new Sunday feature where we pit three game related commercials against each other. You check them out and vote on which you think is the winner based on the category of the week. This week the category is: Best use of Parents.

We all know that parents are still the key to a lot of game sales in the U.S. so the use of parents in commercial is important. At one point or another everyone has used parents to get their point across using humor and other means. So we present you with three commercials that use parents, you choose which was the best in the poll below.

PlayStation 3: Desperate Dad

This commercial features a dad that tries hard to get his kids to play with him, but let’s face it unless he’s good at Street Fighter IV he should stick to watching MSNBC.

Nintendo: Addiction

Here the theme is addition where two parents talk about their sons fall in the deep dark hole of addition.

Sega: Kid Chameleon

The votes need to come in

Alright, here is your chance to vote. Which commercial made the best use of parents?

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Crash Bandicoot versus Parappa the Rapper Iron Chef Style

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot

I played this commercial during The Obsolete Gamer Show #2, but I had to give it its own post just because it made me spit coffee on my screen when I first saw it. From what I can tell there is a cook off between Crash Bandicoot and Parappa the Rapper. However, neither seems to know what they are doing and they seem to be using weird ingredients.

Is it just me or does Crash look high in some of the shots? Perhaps he has been hanging out with some of Parappa’s friends or maybe the Dude you’re getting a Dell guy. Also I would think that Parappa would have an upper hand in cooking considering he was taught to rap by an onion guy. Maybe I am reading too much into this.

Another thing, is it just me or does the Playstation man creep you out? I mean he just looks really weird and that dance he does frightens me. The one thing we do know from the commercial is that in the end when the lady tries the food she hates it to which the Playstation man replies “Stop being a baby”

If any Japanese fans out there want to translate this we’d be forever grateful.

NES Ice Hockey & RC Pro-AM Commercial

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NES Ice Hockey & RC Pro-AM Commercial

It is clear the goal of commercials is to get us to buy the product or service, but there is something special when it comes to video game commercials. Maybe it is because many of us were so excited for our consoles that these commercials just got us riled up or perhaps it is because of the cheese and subliminal aspects of many of them.

NES console

This NES commercial featured the games ICE Hockey and RC Pro-AM, right from the start they mention a challenge which is to get you excited to try and beat the game followed up by informing you that your NES has the power to do it, you might not be good enough but your Nintendo is.

It is all about feeling immersed in the game which is why they keep telling you how fast the action is and how you have to be on your toes. Just look at the young man playing the game he is complete enthralled by the action.

On a side note did anyone else have siblings or friends who would turn their entire body when turning or moving while playing video games? I admit when I first played I kind of turned my hands a little, but man have I seen some people spaz out while playing. I knew this one guy who would jump when he had to in the game.

Having things fly out of the screen was also a classic tactic used to show how real something is and yes there were people who worried something would come flying out of their television screen if you bought their kids an NES.

Finally we have the mixing of video game footage and real life footage in these commercials. The idea of course is to get you to link the two and really feel as if you are playing the real thing, however, when you compare real life to the video it can sometimes through you off.

One last side note, anyone else get mad seeing G.I. Joe commercials where the kid is playing on some really cool set with caverns and fake mountains and a pond. It looked so cool to see him playing in such a cool area and then when you get your toys out you are playing in your nasty back yard, the one with no grass and dog doo everywhere, stupid dog.

The Legend of Zelda (Japanese)

Legend of Zelda logo for Game Boy Color
Legend of Zelda logo for Game Boy Color

To say the Japanese do commercials a little different than the U.S. is an understatement. All the proof is right here in this commercial for the Ledged of Zelda. While it is in Japanese it’s pretty clear to make out that Link saves the princess then Gannon appears.

Legend of Zelda logo
Legend of Zelda logo

You gotta love the music and the choreographed dancing, with the props and special effects it does get you into the game, well it did for me. I mean the song is catchy even if I don’t know exactly what they are saying.