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    Product placements are one thing but plastering games with sponsors is another. In 1988, a film called Mac and Me was released to wide criticism. It flopped at the box office, critics panned it for its cheap imitations of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and it won two Golden Raspberry Awards. It even has a 0% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But one of the worst things about it was the obscene amount of product placements from McDonald’s and Coca-Cola. The fact MAC was the alien’s name as a poorly veiled nod to the fast food restaurant and Ronald McDonald made a cameo (earning him a Worst Star Golden Raspberry award) was…

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    The crossover arcade port wasn’t my first experience of fighting games but it was my favourite. The Gameboy was my first console. I didn’t get a video console until 2003 when I finally got a Nintendo 64. By then, it was already out of production for a year. I had to use it on my mum’s inherited black and white television and used that for the PS1 I bought that same year. Which brings me nicely to the point of this article. My friend had a PS2 and waxed lyrical about this game called Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes. I’d never played it but the title gave me…