User Generated Content: Create Your Virtual World Ads
An article in Australia’s The Age looks at how game makers and online communities are encouraging in-world ad making:
The publisher of online science-fiction game Project Entropia is taking the idea one step further by giving players the tools to put up their own advertising in the game.
The latest release of the game, created by MindArk PE AB of Sweden, features advertising billboards. Through a PowerPoint-like system, players create animated ads and buy time on the billboards.
So far, the ads have been promoting player-organized in-game events like fashion shows and hunting competitions, as well as businesses like stores and hunting grounds, said Marco Behrmann, MindArk’s directory of player relations.