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You're almost certainly aware of Superman. You're probably aware of the upcoming movie, Superman Returns. You have a good chance of being aware of or at least guessing at the existence of a forthcoming computer game of the movie of the comic.
What's interesting is the advertising. My copy of the DC comic 52 Week 5 came with a full page print ad for the game on the back cover. No surprises there; half of every comic these days is plastered with ads for bad console games. What's surprising is the tack the ad took.
In the centre of the ad are a few fairly tiny screenshots of the game. And around the outside of the ad are, get this, interviews with the developers. We get the standard excited blurb about how awesome the game is... and then we launch right into quoting one of the developers on exactly how they set about making a control scheme for Superman's flight powers that doesn't suck. They talk about the challenges of accurately modelling the massive landscape of Metropolis, and making it big enough to be interesting without being bewildering. They talk about pacing out boss fights with shorter "save the civilian" missions and mixing the big and small scale objectives. They, in short, make an honest attempt to sell you on the game design, rather than the flashy graphics or the licence title. And all this in a game coming out of Electronic Arts!
I think I may have a heart attack. By the way, it would be totally awesome if anyone out there can provide me with a digital image of the ad in question; I'm scanner-deprived and I can't find it on the web.