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The porn/erotica advertisements thread

Post by CraigGrannell » Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:08 am

Despite people in the feedback thread somehow thinking me the thought police, I just want to stop the issue 36 feedback thread from falling into an argument about certain advertisements that we've had on many occasions before. However, the issue clearly remains important for many, so if you have something polite, constructive and well-considered to say about the erotica ads, this is the place to say it. As this might be useful to show to powers-that-be, ensure that you keep all posts civil and well-mannered, because I will be heavily moderating this thread.

However, if the problem really upsets you, your best course of action is to write a constructive, polite, well-reasoned letter and send it to the publisher.
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Post by Dudley » Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:12 am

Yes.

Keep them if they bring in money.

As a human I've been equipped with the ability to ignore products and services I do not wish to use at this time. I understand that the advert base for a magazine largely focused on the past will be quite small and that these ads help us keep a minority magazine at well past 100 pages for a fiver which in these times is damned impressive.
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Post by paranoid marvin » Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:15 am

Not pleasant and not really appropriate , but unfortunately inevitable
No worse than you'd get in your daily newspaper

Basically if people buying the mag DON'T use their services,they'll stop paying for advertising space
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Post by Rockford » Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:21 am

As stated by others in the Issue 36 feedback thread I fear that the ads are getting worse and more graphic. Could these ads not be put in some sort of enclosed pamphlet with a warning on the front? (I know some book clubs use something like this).

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Post by Duddyroar » Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:24 am

Take 10 magazines off the newstands and look at the back pages - most of them will have these kind of adverts. It's not just Retro Gamer.

Even women's magazines have them (but obviously aimed at the ladies).

They're here to stay, I'm afraid. Sex sells as they always say.
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Post by paranoid marvin » Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:27 am

for once , an occasion on which I wish people WOULD class gaming as for kids and therefore this kind of advertising wouldn't be allowed!
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Post by Heavy Stylus » Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:32 am

They don't bother me at all. If the money they bring in helps the mag, then I'm happy for them to continue.

While on the subject, perhaps it's time that RG did a feature on 8-bit p0rn and 'adult' games. ;o)

Joking, of course.
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Post by SirClive » Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:32 am

paranoid marvin wrote:Basically if people buying the mag DON'T use their services,they'll stop paying for advertising space
Not true. Unless when you ring up you get asked "which dirty mag did you get our number from big boy?" how do they know which of their adverts have worked.
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Post by paranoid marvin » Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:33 am

SirClive wrote:
paranoid marvin wrote:Basically if people buying the mag DON'T use their services,they'll stop paying for advertising space
Not true. Unless when you ring up you get asked "which dirty mag did you get our number from big boy?" how do they know which of their adverts have worked.
I thought the numbers were exclusive to the mag?
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Post by Heavy Stylus » Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:49 am

SirClive wrote:
paranoid marvin wrote:Basically if people buying the mag DON'T use their services,they'll stop paying for advertising space
Not true. Unless when you ring up you get asked "which dirty mag did you get our number from big boy?" how do they know which of their adverts have worked.
Haha! I've got loads of spare credit on my mobile (and it's renewed tomorrow). I might give one of the numbers a call to see if I can find out. Are they all pre-recorded 'erotic' messages or do you actually get to talk with someone?

That Maureen (Mature Contacts) bird looks like she has years of wisdom. Perhaps she could tell me how they know what magazine adverts are bringing in the punters? :wink:
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Post by Heavy Stylus » Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:52 am

Expect a review of the best p0rn lines featured in Retro Gamer in the next issue of RGCD!

SirClive - that's your new assignment :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by psj3809 » Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:53 am

Catch 22, obviously with the adverts etc the mag wont go up in price, got a steady flow of money coming in from them.

On the other hand SURELY there are other companies willing to pay for adverts etc ? Perhaps not if we get this every month.

I'm surprised Retro Gamer has it as the age of the readers must be much older and a mag aimed at 18-25 year olds would be far better for these kind of adverts.

On the other hand with the majority of us over 25 i dont think we're really offended by them. Thinking kids of 14 years old would be offended is a joke also, remember when we were that age, we werent running to our mums shouting 'mum mum i've seen a rude picture'.

Like others have said its easy to flick past them but there seems to be so many. I'm in my 30's and not offended by them just wish there werent so many

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Post by will2097 » Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:54 am

I think they cheapen the magazines perception to a degree.


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I guess the real question is, is there an alternative? How much revenue do they generate? Who calls these numbers? Do they work for the advertisers? What would they be replaced with?

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Post by psj3809 » Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:04 am

I'm quite gutted they think Retro Gamers are into that sort of thing ! The mags not called Loaded or Maxim etc !

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Post by Heavy Stylus » Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:14 am

psj3809 wrote:I'm quite gutted they think Retro Gamers are into that sort of thing ! The mags not called Loaded or Maxim etc !
Nearly all console mags have them too, which in some ways is worse. Kids are far more likely to read them than Retro Gamer.

I remember my 9 year old step-brother asking me what a 'lesbian' was - he'd seen a phone ad in Sony's *official* Playstation magazine...

EDIT: This sounds a bit wrong actually. I don't have a problem with homosexuality - it's not a major problem explaining that to kids, but when it's in the context of a picture of two scantily clad nymphs grinding against each other it becomes a little more complicated - especially considering that my brother had only just started sex education at school...
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