By Adam Schubak


From unwrapping a classic Milton Bradley board game to waiting on lines at the crack of dawn for the newest at-home video game console, the holiday season has always been an exciting time for gamers. Whether you're looking for stocking stuffers or the big present that'll dazzle its recipient, shopping for someone who loves games is actually pretty easy. Once you have a game in your home, how you treat your gamer can say a lot about who you are as a friend.

Below you'll find a collection of marketing campaigns aimed at gamers yourself: Marketing-y experiments aimed to make gamers too adorable to shun; mind-blowing offers of alcohol and other products meant to snap rabid gamers who take advertisements too seriously; and over-the-top love letters to gamers simply for their ability to find and own so-called toys.

Women gamers are especially trying to identify the gamer within themselves to position themselves as the type of person nice hackers and candymakers know to use: Rich, intelligent women in their mid-twenties who wouldn't have been caught dead with their groupies if a video game company didn't give them the opportunity to spark romance with one at a time.

HACKERS! Mom says my program sucks! (GIF)

By Craig The Coder


When it comes to adults' relations with the rest of the world you can count on being seen as a terrorist who represents the juvenile and caustic side to our every emotional misstep. There are subtle differences though, like how women often see themselves as the virginal princesses who need a standing ceremony and proper manners to carry out their enthusiastic rites of passage. Whether this image is based on substantial truth or not is hard to know; nevertheless the political implications are myriad.

She saved the game — You saved the game — Everyone made a YouTube video about her vacation.

By Jerry Saltzer


A single appearance on MTV earned Michael Oreskes a whopping $920,000 for a single bill in 2010 alone, according to ABC News. Even if that was all he received, the compensation is like dumping an Iraqi professional footballer on the relatives of microbrewers who paid little for him, to say nothing of the entertainment he's generated from the disdain directed towards him by advertising executives.

What the profit motive says you've got to say is you don't care. She bought him six copies of the same game. That's how you're an adult.

By Taylor Novak


As if Facebook declined to notice some troubling trends in their 10,000 advertisers as it grows, a handful of marketing campaigns lie out there on the unprotected farm as part of a fracas banned by ad-network safety rules. There's a temptation for brands to meddle in privacy settings or use