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10 Video Games With Shameless Product Placement

4. Pikmin 2 - Various

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There's a very reasonable case to be made for Pikmin 2's copious product placement, given the little garden aliens are essentially leafy Borrowers. It makes sense that all manner of discarded detritus would filter down to their Lilliputian world, to be put to a greater use - if we accept Olimar crash landed on Earth, anyway.

It was always assumed he hadn't, though the appearance of Duracell batteries, Chapsticks, and other household miscellany in the second game rather scuppers that theory. It places the 'min squarely in our world, opening the possibility that they could be ran over by stray Micro Machines whilst casually ferreting around the bottom of the yard. Speaking of which...

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Benjamin was born in 1987, and is still not dead. He variously enjoys classical music, old-school adventure games (they're not dead), and walks on the beach (albeit short - asthma, you know). He's currently trying to compile a comprehensive history of video game music, yet denies accusations that he purposefully targets niche audiences. He's often wrong about these things.