[ Retro Scan of the Week ] This Scrape’s For You

August 20th, 2012 by Benj Edwards

Sega Saturn World Series Baseball 98 1998 Advertisement - 1997World Series Baseball 98 for the Sega Saturn

I’ve written about gratuitous and graphic video game advertising of the 1990s more than a few times over the years, but I never get tired of revisiting this wildly bombastic era in consumer marketing.

Here we see a nice ad for World Series Baseball 98 for the Sega Saturn, complete with front-and-center forearm scrape. I don’t know about you, but this makes me want to play baseball. Injury sells.

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[ From GamePro, October 1997, rear cover ]

Discussion Topic of the Week: Would a graphic ad like this make you more or less likely to play a certain video game?

2 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] This Scrape’s For You”

  1. technotreegrass Says:

    More likely, in the hope that maybe such injuries will appear on the player in the game.

    I miss the old video game ads and commercials, since they were more then just screenshots and video clips from the game. They had more heart and soul put into them IMHO.

  2. Jon Anderson Says:

    Holy crap, I love(d) this game! Sega’s first shot at polygonal baseball was, in my opinion, the first great baseball game of the 3D era.

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