Sunday, December 3, 2006

Hard Drivin'

I love commercials like that. It takes me back to the days of slapstick with luminaries such as Buster Keaton, Charles Chaplin, and the Stooges of Three. Well, maybe not, but it still makes me laugh. It's that type of random violence that keeps people watching "Family Guy," in part.

This isn't the first commercial like that, of course. There is this one, which someone claims Jetta ripped off (I doubt it; it's not an original idea), and this one, which is different and not quite as good. I also remember watching a commercial where a pregnant woman was complaining about wanting food in the middle of the night, so her husband reluctantly agrees to go out and buy ice cream or some other such food, because, well, he "loves her." As he's backing out of the driveway, a truck mashes his car. Believe it or not, I think it was a commercial for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, with the message being something like "be good to your family and your God because your ass is going to be annihilated soon." Something like that.

Atari published an arcade game called "Hard Drivin'" (hence the title of the post) which only did well due to the fact that players could crash and then get a slow motion replay of the spectacular accident (while the timer ticked down, of course). Trying to get the best looking wreck was the only goal for people, as the driving simulation itself was too unwieldy and lacking in fun.

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