July 18th, 2009

I am so glad that these Civony/Evony people are finally getting called out. Their shady ads featuring stolen art assets are everywhere. I can only hope they haven’t tricked many people into playing, but I know that mammary glands are powerful things.

This is a big one, and I will admit that I skimmed a bit, but there’s some interesting stuff here. Particularly, the acknowledgment that the general perception of the PC gaming market’s health is largely due to a lack of marketing and representation; that’s interesting coming from a PC manufacturer, not to mention a founder of the PC Gaming Alliance. Next up: much respect to Chris Remo for not letting the comment about $1,500 – $2,500 being what somebody needs to spend on a gaming PC slip by. The notion that a person needs to spend more than $700 to play any game is one that is hurting the platform. Finally, I very much like the idea of Steam being pre-installed on Dell and Alienware systems. I’m no fan of crapware, but if they’re injecting new machines with a bunch of it anyway, they may as well throw in something great like Steam.

This just tickled me.

  1. Man, I seriously considered writing an article on Civony/Evony every time I saw their ads. I’m SO fucking glad that someone finally noticed other than me. I didn’t know about the other stolen content, only that from Age of Empires II. I’m incredibly surprised they haven’t been sued yet. I actually lose respect for a site if they featured those ads, I’m so disgusted with it. Admins, BLOCK THEM.

  2. Oh, I just noticed (via comment in that article) that the guy responsible for this was actually sued by Microsoft for something else, advertisement fraud. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/16/business/media/16adco.html?_r=1 Seeing as MS owns Age of Empires, they could sue him for that too.

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