Ozzy versus the Lich King.

I’m not a huge Ozzy Osbourne fan, but I thought this WoW commercial featuring him was pretty funny:

“I Love The World (Of Video Games)”

If you, like me, watch a fair amount of the Discovery Channel then chances are you’ve seen their “I Love The World” promo. I think it’s probably their best promotion ever and I find it hard not to sing along every time it comes on, but I like this variation on it even better:

Created by the folks over at Gamer’s Prodigy it pretty much says it all.

For comparison here’s the Discovery Channel’s original version:

Yeah, never get tired of that one.


Max Headroom is back! Kinda.

One of my favorite sci-fi shows that didn’t last very long was Max Headroom, I’m still waiting for a DVD box set, and I was quite irate when the show was canceled for being “too cerebral” according to the network. It was just further evidence to me that most Americans have oatmeal for brains.

Anyway, I’ve been longing to see Max in action again ever since and now I can. So long as I don’t mind it being in the form of a commercial for a British TV channel:

Channel 4 is to bring back 1980s creation Max Headroom to front a series of TV ads to raise awareness of the digital switchover.

The campaign, which breaks this Saturday, features Matt Frewer, the actor who played the original Max Headroom.

Ads will feature Headroom criticising Channel 4, which created the stuttering digital host in the 1980s, for ignoring his vision of a digital future.

Alas, Max hasn’t aged well:

In fact, he’s become quite the crotchety old man. Still seeing the commercial—which you can view yourself here—brings back a longing to see him resurrected either in a movie or a new TV series. Russel T. Davies is stepping down from Doctor Who on which he did a pretty good job of reviving, let’s make Max Headroom his next project!

Well a guy can dream, can’t he?

“Mr. Whipple” kicks the Charmin.

It’s a sad day for toilet paper obsessives everywhere as Dick Wilson, best known as the neurotic grocer who defended Charmin bathroom tissue from the groping clutches of lonely housewives, has passed away:

The man famous as TV’s “Mr. Whipple” died of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills, said his daughter Melanie Wilson, who is known for her role as a flight attendant on the ABC sitcom “Perfect Strangers.”

Wilson made more than 500 commercials as Mr. George Whipple, a man consumed with keeping bubbly housewives from fondling toilet paper. The punch line of most spots was that Whipple himself was a closeted Charmin-squeezer.

The first commercial aired in 1964 and by the time the campaign ended in 1985 the tag line and Wilson, a former Canadian airman and vaudeville veteran, were pop culture touchstones.

Seriously though, what the hell was up with those housewives? I mean, check this out:

The second woman in that first commercial looks like she’s on the verge of having an orgasm or something. Which just shows that people in commercials come from an entirely different planet.

“There are no trucks in World of Warcraft!”

Have you seen Toyota’s new commercial? It concerns a new sort of epic mount in World of Warcraft:

I have so got to get me one of those for my hunter!

The GTA IV no info infomercial.

So I’m sitting here flipping through the channels and as is customary for this time of night a good portion of them consist of nothing but infomercials. As I’m flipping along I come across the following screen:

It’s a count down clock for the release of the trailer for Grand Theft Auto IV and the seconds are slowly ticking off. Now I’m a big GTA fan having played GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas so this naturally catches my attention, but it takes me a moment to realize that the count down clock is currently showing that the trailer won’t be released for another 7+ days.

Then it hits me: If it’s 7 days away then what the hell are they going to show during this half-hour infomercial? It’s not just going to be this stupid clock the entire time is it? Well, as it turns out, the answer is yes.

Now I’m not such a GTA fanboy that I sat there for the entire half-hour just to see if it did anything different, but I did pop back to the channel (it was the FX channel as I recall) during commercial breaks elsewhere just to see if it was still showing the count down clock and it was every time I switched to that channel. At the half-hour mark it switched to a different infomercial for some craptastic pretend exercise machine that would supposedly make you look like Christie Brinkley.

So the folks at Rockstar Games paid good advertising money to show a half-hour’s worth of a count down clock promoting a trailer that’s not due to be released for another 7 days. Considering how popular the last three installments were you’d think there wouldn’t be a lot of need for them to hype the next iteration all that much, but I guess if you’ve got it then flaunt it. As it was it still made for a much more entertaining infomercial than any of the others I’ve ever bothered to watch for any amount of time.