June 9, 2009
INNOVATIVE NEW SOCIAL FASHION
GAME DEBUTS JUNE 15TH WHAT TO WEAR
Revolutionizes the way Consumers
Interact with Brands on Social Media Sites through Games
Premiere social network game
developer Large Animal Games has teamed with broadcast media specialist PLUS
Media to create a new concept in social media applications that will deliver
Public Relations messages to targeted audiences via Online Casual Games –
Gamelink Messaging™: Connecting People with Brands through Games.
The first social media game of its
kind, WHAT TO WEAR debuts June 15th on the Internet’s most popular social
websites, including Facebook Platform, with other social media sites to follow.
Distribution will soon be expanded to mobile platforms such as the iPhone. A key
feature of the proprietary distribution system is that it enables players on the
different social sites to play together, resulting in one huge community
receiving messages from the game.
In WHAT TO WEAR, a daily fashion
challenge asks players to create their own preferred look for a specified event,
such as a red carpet movie premiere, a blind date with a millionaire, or a
family BBQ. Using a simple and entertaining voting mechanism, players vote on
which outfits are most appropriate for the fashion challenge of the day. Players
earn credits each time they vote and each time their outfit is voted on by other
players. They can then use these credits to shop for new garments for their
virtual closet, so that they are more prepared for the next day’s fashion
Word of mouth has consistently been
rated the most credible source for gaining name recognition and brand loyalty.
Based on this concept, online social interactions between people is the most
valuable commodity in the information age. Gamelink Messaging™ was created as a
way for brands to connect with their consumers through conversations which are
authentic and valuable.
The ways in which people are
communicating and entertaining themselves are changing at an all-time fast pace.
Consumers, especially women, are moving from viewing TV/Print to interacting on
Internet-driven social media sites (both on computers and mobile devices). In
down times, people take refuge in entertainment – especially free at-home
PLUS Media and Large Animal Games
have developed an affordable, highly interactive, and virally propagated tool
that revolutionizes the way consumers interact with brands via social media
through games. Gamelink Messaging™ allows brands to include not just logos, but
specific, measurable Public Relations messages. Consumers can literally play
with the attributes of the products, and have a positive brand experience. The
initial brand partners in WHAT TO WEAR include Swatch®, The InStyler and Tone
Over 200 million people worldwide
play online casual games every month, 2/3 of which are in the US. 63% are women
and 83% think positively about the brands that are integrated into free games.
Casual gaming has seen year-over-year growth of 79% and is currently the most
popular form of online entertainment .
Large Animal Games and PLUS Media
are collaborating on other social games that will target a variety of lifestyle
segments and demographics. Launch dates begin Fall 2009.