AN OVERBROAD PATENT FOR ONLINE GAME PROMOTION - This application from Gree seeks to patent the idea of cross-promotion of games in an online community, in other words promoting one game from within another game! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent applications before they become patents HERE
QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before June, 2011 that discusses:
- Promoting a 2nd game from a 2nd game maker to users of a 1st game from a 1st game maker; where
- Users of a 2nd game have previously been promoted another game by the 1st game maker
Basically, any kind of cross-game promotion between game makers.
If so, please submit evidence of prior art as an answer to this question. Only one piece of prior art per answer below. We welcome multiple answers from the same individual
EXTRA CREDIT - A reference to anything that meets all of the criteria to the question above AND ALSO uses a social graph, game level, game score to determine whether to promote a game.
TITLE: Cross-promotion of games
Summary: [Translated from Legalese into English] Displaying cross-game promotions among different game makers, comprising: promoting a 2nd game to users running a 1st game where other users of the 2nd game have previously been promoted the 1st game, basically trading promotion between two game makers.
- Publication Number: US 20130151342 A1
- Application Number: 13/530,067
- Assignee: Gree, Inc
- Prior Art Date: Seeking prior Art predating June 21, 2011
- Open for Challenge at USPTO: Open through Dec 13, 2013
Claim 1 requires each and every step below: A method for cross-promotion of games, comprising:
Transmitting, to a server, an indication that the first video game is running on the local computing device, wherein the first video game is made by the first game maker; and
Receiving, from the server, an instruction to display a second message on the local computing device, wherein the second message promotes a second game maker, wherein the second message is received if a first message has been previously transmitted from the server to a remote computing device and has been previously displayed on the remote computing device; and
Displaying, on the local computing device, the second message.
In English this means:
A method of cross-promotion of games, comprising:
A local computer (desktop or mobile) tells the server that it is running a 1st game.
The server gives the local computer instructions to display a promotion for a 2nd game, where
- Other local computers have previously received instructions to promote the 1st game
The local computer displays the promotion for the 2nd game
Good prior art would be evidence of a system that did each and every one of these steps prior to the June, 2011.
You're probably aware of ten pieces of art that meet this criteria already... separately, the applicant is claiming a method using all of the steps above AND ALSO uses a social graph, game level, game score to determine whether to promote a game..
"Online Gaming Cross-Promotion" screen shots from the Applicant
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