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Gears of War Ad Spoofs

The first commercial for this season’s hottest game, Gears of War, was incredibly striking, with great use of a great song (“Mad World” by Gary Jules) and no game sounds, creating a really haunting feel that just worked, and is one of the best commercials in a while.

Here it is:

Interestingly, the very nature of the commercial has led to a whole bunch of parodies featuring, shall we say, less appropriate music.

To note:

Culture Club’s “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me”:

Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive”:

Smashing Pumpkins’ “Bullets With Butterfly Wings”:

An AC/DC song I don’t recognize AC/DC’s “Those About to Rock We Salute You” (thanks, Kevin in the comments!):

Metallica’s “One”, with added footage

“Hamster Dance”:

Collective Soul’s “Heavy”:

Tomoyasu Hotei’s “Battle Without Honor Or Humanity”:

Disturbed’s “Land of Confusion”:

Enrique Eglesias’ “Escape”:

B.J. Thomas’ “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”:

Coldplay’s “Clocks”:

White Zombie’s “More Human Than Human”:

Creed’s “One Last Breath”:

U2′s “Beautiful Day”:

Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”:

The Fray’s “Save a Life”:

Men At Work’s “Who Can It Be Now”:

Lazlo Bane’s “Superman”:

Meg & Dia’s “Monster”:

James Blunt’s “Cry:

Nickelback’s “Last One Standing”:

Blur’s “Song 2″:

Breaking Benjamin’s “Blow Me Away”:

“Theme From Full House”:

Yes, seriously.

Hoku’s “Perfect Day”:

Daniel Bedingfield’s “Gotta Get Thru This”:

Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me”:

Cartman (yes, THE Cartman) singing “Come Sail Away”:

Aya’s “Over Night”:

The Cranberries’ “Zombie”:

Metallica’s “Hero of the Day”:

Patrick Hernandez’s “Born To Be Alive”:

Weird Al Yankovic’s “Christmas at Ground Zero”:

Simon & Garfunkel’s “59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)”:

Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”:

The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony”:

The Doors’ “The End”:

Wow, I can’t believe I watched every single one. If you have the time, check them all out. Some are great, some are hilarious, all picked by me because they are worth it (trust me, I rejected over a hundred more). Post links to other good ones in the comments, if you find any.

UPDATE: Here’s another, based on the Ghostbusters theme, from mk in the comments:

November 6th, 2006 Posted by | Gears of War, General, Humor, Xbox, Xbox 360 | 12 comments



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12 Comments »

  1. I don’t even feel the urge to pirate the game. Then again, if you have footage from the nonexistent Myst VI, I’d love to see it :-)

    Seriously though, it looks like a well-done game, but I’m not among the target audience.

    Comment by Tim | November 6, 2006

  2. Wow – You left off the best one – Gearsbusters:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL2_35o0s84

    Can’t wait for this game.

    Comment by mk | November 6, 2006

  3. The AC/DC song is For ‘Those About to Rock We Salute You’. =D

    Comment by Kevin | November 6, 2006

  4. [...] If you enjoyed the Gears of War commercial (and subsuquent parodies) as much as I have, you’ll definitely want to check out Gears of War Idol, the singing contest around the song from the commercial, Gary Jules’ Mad World. The prize appears to be a copy of the game, so just picture yourself serenading Marcus Fenix, and you could be controlling him soon. (via 360 Fanboy) [...]

    Pingback by » Gears Of War Song Contest »  InsideMicrosoft - part of the Blog News Channel | November 17, 2006

  5. Had to watch them all. There should be one with Herb Alpert’s “Spanish flea”.

    Comment by Rob | November 28, 2006

  6. All of these were sweet but the one posted at Kotaku takes the cake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEu191cjQhs

    Comment by Andrew | November 30, 2006

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  8. [...] Thanks you Nathan, for posting this back in November. I saw it back then, but didn’t post it. It’s cool you posted so many spoofs. Also, I’ve seen it on The Official XBox site, (also here), and I didn’t link to the hundreds of others because I haven’t found them and don’t have the time to look for them. [...]

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  9. OMG the Hamster Dance one is HILLARIOUS, GOOD GAME, GOOD GAME

    Comment by Andrew | March 10, 2007

  10. I dont know how to edit the videos, but i found a relly cool one. “The Bird and The Worm” by The Used works great. If somone could edit the video for me it would look awsome.

    Comment by alex | April 3, 2007

  11. Try Bird And the Worm I think it is perfesc fo the game

    Comment by Wsby Cruz | May 22, 2007

  12. [...] See them all here: http://microsoft.blognewschannel.com/index.php/archives/2006/11/06/gears-of-war-ad-spoofs/ [...]

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