There I was, foraging the ditial sea, when up from the waves came another ad for “Call of Gods”. Now, let me say that I played Call of Gods for about twenty minutes earlier this year, fooled into thinking it was an OSG. Since that day I have felt YooGames (who also run servers for strategy game Warflow) should refund those twenty minutes of my life, so I am actually quite pleased to break this scandal: See the Scandal!
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A little news from the world of MMORTS to help pass the week. First, Clash of Kingdoms is having a giveaway at BBGsite. If you’re interested in joining the game, now would be a good time There’s More!
Warflow, a game that has received much ado on this site already, comes from a proud history of both MMORPG’s and Strategy games. Warfow’s latest ad campaign shows that Dovogame is willing to do what it takes to set the game apart from the game’s many clones that have sprouted up over the next few months. To the average viewer, these may seem like simple internet ads, but it’s clear that Dovogame put a lot of thought and effort into these, and they deserve a closer look.
Perhaps I pay too much attention to ads. You would think though, after the whole ordeal with Evony, that other OSG’s would be more careful with their advertising campaigs.
Something struck me about these sets of ads, on top for Caesary, below for War of Legends. Regardless of whether they sound a might like Theodor Geisel, do they come off as a bit similar? Now, if this were Travian and Imperion or any other set of OSG’s run by the same company, it certainly wouldn’t be an issue. But as far I know Jagex (War of Legends) is one of the few OSG companies not to purchase a copy of Caesary, so they’re definitely competition.
So what happened here? Did one game copy the other? Did they both hire an outside advertising firm who figured they’d kill two clients with one Ad?
Then there’s this one:
Clearly that’s Sagat. Moreover, it’s a cropped painting of Sagat by Enrico Galli made over a year ago. This is perplexing. Putting aside any ethical issues about ripping off an artist or the possible legal battle with Capcom, War of Lgends has a number of their own characters they could have easily used in these ads. Look, I created two ads for them just now by stealing art off the War of Legends home page. It only took me 5 minutes and I’ve potentially saved Jagex a law suit.
It looks like Evony is indeed attempting to clean up its advertising campaign as reported. The latest batch of ads below (that I crossed while playing Social City on Facebook) are much more reputable than Evony’s previous campgain. Looks like Lord of Ultima is getting on board as well. Now I just need to find a Travian and Ikariam ad on Facebook and my collection will be complete!