Wednesday, July 16, 2014

EXP Podcast #285: Free Advertising

The Devil has finally met his match: The ASA.
Everyone open your creative writing journals, it's time to answer a question: "What does 'free' mean to you?"  It's a question the UK's Advertising Standards Association answered in their analysis of EA's recent Dungeon Keeper remake.  The game was advertised as "free," but the ASA's ruling found otherwise, saying that the ad was "likely to create a game experience for non-spenders that did not reflect their reasonable expectations from the content of the ad" and that they can no longer use the ad to promote the game.  On its surface, it seems like rebuke of some of "free-to-play's" sleazier dynamics, but it also raises some complex questions about who gets to define game systems, monetization schemes, and player expectations.  Adding to the comments is always free, so jump in with your thoughts!

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Show notes:

- Runtime: 29 mins 31 secs
ASA Adjudication on Electronic Arts Ltd
- Music by Brad Sucks


  1. Hey guys, the direct libsyn link doesn't seem to work. Any chance you might be able to try to re-upload it? Thanks! :)

  2. Thanks for the heads up. Checking it out now!

  3. Alright, should be fixed now. Thanks!