Tagged: Promo Man

Relive the PlayStation Lifestyle of 2008 with this Blu-ray

Want to remind yourself of how Sony was selling the PlayStation 3 lifestyle in 2008? In the mood for some old game trailers you may have forgotten about? Do you love Blu-ray movies? There’s something for everyone on this 2008 “Welcome to PlayStation 3” promo disc that I picked up at a flea market back in April.

It’s a little odd that it was produced on a Blu-ray and you’d need a Blu-ray player (one of the PS3’s biggest selling points back in ‘08) in order to watch it. Nevertheless, there’s some choice marketing tomfoolery in Part 1. Lots of happy gamer dudes dancing around while playing, mimicking Minority Report hand gestures to navigate the XMB interface that never, ever worked that way. The PSP segment is also great, projecting gameplay footage on billboards and the sides of buildings when you were actually staring down at a tiny screen and ignoring the world. There’s even a “Karen” moment akin to the Nintendo Switch reveal trailer where a guy hands his PSP to a DJ at a party to really bring the heat with his Sony Music-approved playlist.

I know I’m way behind the curve on video resolution with 4K steamrolling its way into homes but this is also one of my first 1080p recordings. Oh yeah, it’s presented in 4 parts because I fully expect copyright claims to come down hard on these movie trailers and Sony BMG tracks. So far it hasn’t been blocked worldwide like my Guitar Hero Live video.

Promo Man: ‘Bonk for President’, the Bonk RPG and more

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A super-deformed, chibi caveman is exactly the kind of thing I’d expect to fall out of Japan in the 90’s. Starring in one of the more vibrant and enjoyable games for the PC-Engine, Bonk was quickly turned into a mascot for NEC and the TurboGrafx-16. But I don’t think the marketing team thought much beyond having a face to go head-to-head (pardon) with Sonic and Mario.

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Promo Man: I mustache you a question

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I always appreciated the simple iconography of Mario and Luigi’s mustaches on this postcard. It wasn’t a standalone ad for Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga, rather a cheeky little postcard that came tucked into a few issues of Nintendo Power leading up to the game’s 2003 release.

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Promo Man: Some Sports Things

~ Are you ready for some sports… thiiiiiings!? ~ That’s how the tune goes right? I’m not a big sports game guy but over the years I picked up a few different merchandising tchotchkes. First was the Monday Night Football plastic cup from Data East that I got at CES 1992. For the longest time it held all my other tchotchkes from CES.

In 1995 I was working a high school job at Meijer and would look forward to visits from our Nintendo rep. She’d drop off posters and water bottles and keychains like this one (bottom) for Ken Griffey Jr.’s Winning Run on SNES. It was especially well balanced so if you had your pointer finger through the key ring you could swing the bat and ball back and forth in a satisfying twitch.

Four years later in 1999 Nintendo was promoting Ken Griffey Jr.’s Slugfest on N64 with this baseball glove keychain (top) at E3 and other events. It didn’t feel good at all but held the oversized baseball from the other keychain almost perfectly.

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