Plants Versus Zombies Versus Evony

By Kieron Gillen on July 30th, 2009 at 4:32 pm.

Oh God. Thanks to the forum, I’m advert-blogging. Which can only mean one of two things: i) Post-Darkfall review I’ve totally lost it or ii) it’s an awesome advert that needs immortalisation. Or maybe both. Anyway, Plants Versus Zombies has a new ad-campaign. It’s been seen over at the Penny Arcade – maybe they did it? If so, well done you, Mr Penny and Mr Arcade – and is well worth nosing at. And it’s under the cut because it’s too long to go above it.

Of course, this joke won’t make to sense to anyone with an adblocker on. But if you’ve got an adblocker you’re a bally parasite, so who cares?

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  1. Psychopomp says:

    Oh god

    I lol’d

    Hard

  2. Flint says:

    This is too brilliant.

  3. diebroken says:

    Ah, Evony ad-spotting, critics say it’s the better than the game itself! ;)

    http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/001286.html
    http://negativegamer.com/2009/07/07/evony-adverts-i-knew-there-was-something-different-about-her/

    As with Limbo of the Lost, I’m trying to identify all the sources of their images, for historical purposes…

  4. phuzz says:

    I’ve been playing PvZ again recently (Must. Complete. All. Minigames), and I found a little easter egg, type ‘future’ while you’re playing…

  5. goodgimp says:

    Hahaha. Best. Ad. Ever.

    I’m going to buy the game now, just for that.

  6. Serondal says:

    lmao, I peed

  7. Ian says:

    I subscribe AND I leave the adblocker off just for RPS.

    I OWN ALL OF YOU.

    Especially you, Gillen!

  8. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    Great stuff once more from PopCap.

    @ KG:

    It’s been seen over at the Penny Arcade – maybe they did it?

    Nope, it’s definitely the work of PopCap. There’s also a horizontal version of the banner in that thread if you want to stick something above the ‘cut’.

  9. Markoff Chaney says:

    @phuzz

    What’s the Hardest part about being you?

    Mustache

  10. Kieron Gillen says:

    Ian: And you, we love, master.

    KG

  11. qrter says:

    The horizontal one is also great –> click!

  12. t. carl says:

    Actually, the evony ads were brainchild of Popcap. There should be BWAv2 evony parodies going up soon too.

  13. LewieP says:

    Yeah, I don’t get it. Adblock strikes again.

  14. Psychopomp says:

    @Kieron

    D’AAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

  15. Heliocentric says:

    Popcap wins at pr.

  16. Starky says:

    Ever since getting infected with a key-logger from an ad on mmo-champion (didn’t even play wow at the time) I refuse to white-list sites anymore, and always keep my ad-blocker up.

    Sorry but, if you want to make money from my eyes seeing ads on your site, then keep them simple – I can see that GoG add, but anything script based loading in from an external site is getting nuked.
    Bottom line is as much as I trust RPS, I won’t trust ad agencies (giantrealm in this case it seems).

    Keep the ads simple (basic images that link), keep them Java Script free and host them on your own website and I’ll happily look at them, maybe even click them if they lead to safe sites (like GoG).

  17. The Hammer says:

    Ahahahaha. That’s so, so, so much fun.

    I love Popcap now.

  18. Hypocee says:

    I surf without images (via ImgLikeOpera), so I had to hit alt-m. So much better than AdBlock hassles! That’s brilliant, Popcap’s promos for PvZ have been more entertaining than many actual games. Also, I am a subscriber, so I do not think I am an parasite; UR RONG.

  19. MrBejeebus says:

    I was laughing for a straight minute from this, its brilliant.

  20. PleasingFungus says:

    That is amazingly wonderful.

    Now, to see if I can get ads to display on RPS only…

    (After this, what choice do I have?)

  21. NiceGuyShotgun says:

    Hilarious!

  22. ascagnel says:

    Saw this a little while ago. I lol’d. I want to see the forum come up with ads for all games based on the craptastic Evony ads. I see the new freakishly-bad Leisure Suit Larry being a great candidate.

  23. malkav11 says:

    Those Evony ads are so, so terrible, but this is brilliant.

  24. reaper47 says:

    Damn, because of not seeing an ad in years thanks to Adblock Plus (Now with LESS AD!), I had to scroll down 3 comments to get it.

  25. Tackle McClean says:

    Haha, I too lol’d.

    Seriously, the Evony ads are so lame. They look like those shady “come meet girls from your area” ads on shady sites. I don’t go to shady sites.

  26. Serondal says:

    Evony’s adds got me to start playing it (the one with the picture of the busty lady with a sword to her chest) Of course once I logged in and realized I was playing Travian 2 I asked in the world chat when I’d get to see the queen naked and the people said “What?” and I stopped playing after that :P

    Similar I got roped into playing FreeSkyOnline by similar ads, all thanks to armorgames ! :P But in my defense I have an addiction to that sort of thing that I’ve been battling with for years so SHAME on them for abusing me :(

  27. Vinraith says:

    RPS is one of the few sites for which I turn off Adblock.

    And yes, that ad’s hilarious.

  28. Mark says:

    Out of curiosity, how do sites like RPS get paid through advertising? Is it per view or only click-throughs? Are the ads smart enough to detect adblockers? If you get your RPS feed through Google Reader are you denying the site their ad revenue? So many questions…

  29. dsmart says:

    Talk about viral. That was freaking hilarious. Whoever thought this up over at PopCap deserves a raise.

  30. Alex says:

    Starky, what browser were you using that let an ad install a keylogger on your computer?

  31. AnneLee09 says:

    That ad was freaking hilarious!!! Seeing those chicks.. if they are really women is getting into my nerves. Everytime I surf the net finding tips for raiding or where to grind wow gold, I always encounter Evony’s ad as if I never opened a new tab for a browser. I learned that Evony is under Lam’s business (the people who were sued by Microsoft) and it’s said to be a malware. Funny thing though, I haven’t seen an Evony ad as of today, now I’m hoping for the PvZ inspired ad. ^^

  32. coupsan says:

    @Alex

    Doesn’t really matter what browser you have if your AV protection isn’t up to par–or if you don’t have any at all. I was seeing reports a couple months back of people getting alerts from their AV protection on FPSBanana. I doubt all of the reports were coming only from people who were using an “insecure” browser.

  33. Optimaximal says:

    Doesn’t really matter what browser you have if your AV protection isn’t up to par–or if you don’t have any at all.

    Further too that, no computer is 100% safe because new hacks and drive bys are being invented all the time – they can’t protect against something until they’re aware of it.

  34. Tei says:

    The universe is about to collapse, ADS GOING META!. whats next? Also, diebroken link of codehorror is awesome.

  35. Scarves says:

    Aah, I just saw this on PA and laughed coffee out my nose.

  36. Seth says:

    Yeah I use adblock plus so I’m not getting it.

    But I bought PvZ at launch! That’s cool, right?

  37. Tei says:

    I laught at real people.
    http://bbs.evony.com/showthread.php?t=11313

    I am a bad person?

  38. DarkNoghri says:

    @PleasingFungus

    If you have Adblock Plus, just click the arrow next to the icon at the top right, and check the selection for ‘Disable on http://www.rockpapershotgun.com‘, assuming, of course, you’re already here. If you have the icon on the bottom right, it should be a similar action. If you have neither, go put one up, because I have no idea how to do it without them.

    I had seen the thread before, but had forgotten to unblock RPS after my most recent browser update/install, and therefore couldn’t figure out what the deal was.

  39. Owen says:

    Just brilliant Popcap!

  40. Smurfy says:

    Adblock Plus stopped working a while ago :(

  41. Rei Onryou says:

    This ad is win. That is all.

  42. Sitting Duck says:

    wait, i use ad blocker plus, and can still see the ad. Me thinks something is amiss

  43. LionsPhil says:

    APPROVE.

  44. GamerV says:

    There’s also this Bookworm Adventures one, which is “NOT FREE FOREVER” and “Spell Now, My Lord”

    http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/imgad?id=CMbEvNTv5IW6gQEQ2AUYWjIIr6zmvGaAHYc

  45. Stromko says:

    I’ve had several nasty run-ins with adverts installing malware and adware on my machine, and they were both wickedly hard to uninstall. I received those things off gaming websites no less, porn sites never gave me such trouble!

    My laptop just plain overheats if I browse RPS without no-script fully enabled, its GPU crapped out three months after I bought it and it refuses to do any sort of graphics for any length of time.

    A lot of sites and services have static visual ads and links that appear when you block the scripts. That Good Old Games ad on the right works just fine, and hell it’s even well targeted (I have actually bought a few games on GoG because of RPS). If I want Giant Realms or Clear Spring ads, I have to add about six different sites(!!!), any one of which could get hacked and screw me up the rear with malware.

    Heck, I just tried accepting scripts globally, allowing everything on this page and on the main page, and browsing around RPS. Those spaces remain blank. Apparently they’re so complex they just don’t work on my config of Mozilla Firefox 2.

  46. Captain Haplo says:

    Good on you PopCap. Evony can go to hell with its patronising, insulting, desperate ads.

  47. Katastrophe66 says:

    Hooray!
    I truly hate those Evony ads popping up everywhere no matter how many cookies I try to block, but this is epic-ly amusing.