Viagra Video Game Yields to Stiff Opposition from FDA

November 24, 2008 -

Pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer has pulled out of plans to continue running Viva Cruiser, an advergame designed to promote the company's popular erectile dysfunction drug, Viagra.

According to Multinational Monitor, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) nixed Pfizer's online game which had been appearing on Forbes.com. Viva Cruiser was quietly withdrawn in September:

The video game was pulled shortly after Pfizer removed a video ad from CNN.com, which aired without required warning messages. “The video is misleading because it makes representations and suggestions about the use of Viagra … but fails to disclose any risk information for the drug,” the FDA wrote in its warning letter to Pfizer.

Pharma Industry describes the gameplay aspects of the now-flaccid Viva Cruiser:

Players are instructed, “You’re about to take your partner on a romantic getaway. Pick up a few things on the way.” Players must then guide a motorcycle rider down a desert road picking up gifts for a date and avoiding orange hazard cones. The gifts include roses, scented candles, gift boxes — and of course little, blue, diamond-shaped pills.

As the game progresses, players get points for running over gifts and are penalized for hitting the orange cones. As a stopwatch counts down the available gametime, Pfizer’s “Viva Viagra” theme song can be heard in the background...

(The game isn’t likely to threaten Grand Theft Auto. In only three attempts, I doubled my points from an initially disappointing 27 to a more robust 47.)


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somewhere out there on the internet is a tranny version of that light switch, I'm just too afraid to look for it

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Talk about a turn on...

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at the thread

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Re: Viagra Video Game Yields to Stiff Opposition from FDA

So let me see if I get the situation straight.

They took a video game, which is designed to give the player pleasure, and mixed it with Viagra. The resulting combination would hopefully increase the size of their 'sales figures' however the FDA was worried about the kind of action they were getting out of the thing and made them shut it down. I wonder if it reached it's climax or if it just made a big mess.

If the only they made a fishing game then it wouldn't be as hard to add innuendo to it.

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The difficulty levels are:

Flaccid, Firm, and Viagratastic!

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Serious, Risky and Heroic would have been better.
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I'd hate to see the multiplayer version of this game...

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I assume that after you play more than 4 hours, you have to consult your doctor...

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Gee, the FDA really took the piss on this one.

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Get these ads off daytime TV then I'll be impressed

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But then Spike would go out of business.

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Viagra ads need to DIE!!!

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Fucking SECONDED.

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I'm still seeing SMilin' Bob Enzyte ads, long after they had been sentanced to prison because Enzyte was a fraud. How does that happen?

At least Viagra is supposed to work. Not that -I- need it *buffs fingernails on shirt*.

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Am I the only one who thinks that all the women seen with Smilin' Bob is those ads look like tired Vegas call-girls? 

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because in the disclaimers for enzyte they actually tell you that it wont necesarily do anything.

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Crap, I had stuff entered in, but it got dumped. Oh, well.

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Did the FDA erect insurmountable obstacles for the game?

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No, just some stiff opposition,

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But is Pfizer going to stand up for themselves and mount a vigorous campaign to restore the game?

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Or just limp away?

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Am I the only one who tried to find the game to play?

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Hmm interesting, I'll come back and comment later if I can think of a good joke involving this (although I bet everyone else will beat me to it).

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beat you to it......HAHAHAHAHA........

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I would have thought it would be 'Roll over to Not Play'....

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Firstly what a terrible pun in the title. How juvenile.

Secondly, I retract my initial statement. I smirked at the word 'penalized'.

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Me, I was laughing about the game being "pulled". But I'm immature like that.

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I bet that game is "hard" to play....

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Seems they had a huge bone to pick with this game.

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

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It's Pfizer's own fault for going off half-cocked.

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I'm glad GP is writing about this.  The PEN IS mightier than the sword.


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I think the issue would have come to a head without GP's involvement.

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Perhaps the game wasn't long enough?

Dang, this could go on all day...

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Nah, it wasn't "hard" enough, thats the real reason they pulled it...

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Maybe they should 'erect' some new plans now.

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I wonder if it requires a "joystick"

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