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Hidden Content on the Advertising Council


Jago

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Do any of you remember the Advertising Council? It was a small project by Rockstar to share some of their radio content (some of it old, some of it new) with the community. As the tagline goes:

 

"Please stand by as the Advertising Council finds more gems from its archives - including some deemed too hot for the airwaves."

 

Well, they weren't kidding. Besides the numerous differences that can be heard between the ads uploaded to this site and their in-game versions (which will be mentioned when I update this OP later), there's also a few that didn't make the cut at all, and a handful that aren't even showcased on the site. By guessing the filenames, I've found a couple of hidden links.

 

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What you see here are all the III-related ads I've ripped, using Chrome's developer tools to get links to the raw files. While the naming scheme may seem a little arbitrary, it can all be pinned down to Rockstar updating the site various times. What we do know is that the original batch is consistently numbered, and that ads 01, 02, and 08 are likely on their servers, waiting to be found.

 

It's the Capital Autos situation all over again. There could be some good stuff tucked away on this site, and I'm calling for the community to help find it.

 

Discovered Ads

EDIT: No need to look, see below.

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Right, amazing finds indeed!

 

 

I'm compelled to mention that most ads on the Ad Council site are either different to some extent or have been completely cut like the Ammu-Nation one and the Military ad.

 

The Ammu-Nation ad was later changed to exclude liberal references and instead make fun of communists. It was reused in VC.

The Military ad was used on Head Radio according to the site radio previews.

These two ads are highly controversial and were probably removed as a result of 9/11, seeing as how they were removed somewhere in Autumn 2001. They were also jokingly deemed "too hot for broadcast". :p

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Very nice finds! Yeah, Rockstar also had some great stuff tucked on their servers when the old Rockstar North website was active, inbetween all the flash stuff. Shame that's all gone now. Also, the Donovan Nail Gun is an obvious reference to Terry Donovan.

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manhunt was in the works at the same time with gta3

Here's proof :p

 

 

##########################################################################################
# KEITH CHANGE 12/7/01
#
# HUNTER AUDIO
#
# These are sounds that the player makes and which the Hunter might find interesting,
# plus a few others (like a Hunter shouting: 'There he is!', etc). Each sound has a
# volume and interest level associated with it, both of which should be a value of:
# very_low, low, medium, high, or very_high (where very_low is almost silent).
#
# The volume dissipates over distance, so at the source of the noise the volume is
# heard at the level in this file. This volume level falls as the distance increases.
#
# When a number of noises are heard in one frame, only the loudest most interesting
# noise will be selected. Only if the volume of this noise is greater than the
# background noise will it be heard.
#
# When a noise is heard, its interest level is passed to the AI to use in decision
# making. Depending on which action state the AI is currently in, this interest
# level of noise may or may not cause a reaction within the entity.
#
# Keith McLeman 14/9/01
# Added a confusion Boolean Value.
# Obvious noises (like Gunshot) that cannot be mistaken for anything else will have
# a false value. This means that if the Gunshot is heard, then it will return the
# interest level specified in the file. Less obvious noises (like footsteps), are
# set to true. This means that, if the sound is heard, it is at a degraded level.
#
# Keith McLeman 23/11/01
# These sounds are now used as Background noises also. The two files are combined.
# ALL sounds should be listed in the Interesting Sounds list.
#
##########################################################################################

In AISounds.ini

It's 2001. The VC nailgun might be beta Manhunt nailgun :).

 

 

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6aO85gN.png

 

Oh well, mystery solved. :p Vadim discovered you can just as easily find hidden files by adding or subtracting 10 from the URL while an ad's loaded. This is the proper link to the Donovan Nail Gun ad, for example. The new files are nothing interesting, just duplicates of stuff Rockstar would later end up reuploading anyway.

 

It's possible there's more ads beyond number 20, but it seems unlikely now. Consider it case closed.

 

EDIT: this is excluding the Pets Overnight giraffe ad, which is used in-game but actually hasn't been shown on the Ad Council yet. Added to OP.

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These are all audio that are visible on the website so you can get a feel on how many are hidden away.

 

id - year - title771  1986   Blox781  1986   Buy American791  1986   Exploder871  1998   Space Monkey911  2001   Ammu-nation931  2001   Equinox971  2001   Join the Military981  2001   Fernandos New Beginnings991  2001   Eris Running Shoes1001 2001   Liberty City Survivor (side note: this is miscategorised under 1984)1011 2001   House of Tomorrow (side note: this is duplicated and miscategorised under 1984)1161 1984   Buy American1171 1984   Domestobot1181 1986   BJ's Fit for Football1191 1986   Maibatsu Thunder1201 1986   Yuppie and the Alien1211 1998   Crowfest '981221 1998   The Mainframe1231 2001   1-800-I-SUE-YOU1241 2001   Liberty City Survivor1251 2001   Medieval Millennium Fair1271 1986   Complete the Look: Rock1281 1986   Farewell Ranch1291 1986   Medallion Man1301 1986   Think Your Way to Success1311 1992   Inversion Therapy with Darius Fontaine1321 1998   Pilgrim’s Pantry1331 2001   PetsOvernight.com1341 2001   Pogo the Monkey1351 2001   The Dormatron1361 2001   The New Maibatsu Monstrosity1371 1984   The Barfs1381 1986   Degenatron1391 1986   The Law Firm of Delio & Furax1401 1986   Musty Pines1411 1986   Pastor Richards Salvation Statue1421 1992   Cluckin' Bell1431 1992   Sprunk1441 1992   The Epsilon Program1451 1998   Citizens United Negating Technology For Life And People’s Safety1461 2001   PetsOvernight.com: Now with Primates!1471 1984   Pushup: The Movie1481 1986   Ammu-Nation1491 1986   The Exploder Survival Knife1501 1986   Farewell Ranch (Spot #2)1511 1986   Just the Five of Us1521 1992   eXsorbeo1531 1992   Proposition 421: Outlaw Smoking1541 1992   Redwood Cigarettes1551 1998   Ammu-Nation1561 2001   The New Maibatsu Monstrosity (Spot #2)1591 1984   Evacuator1601 1986   Communism PSA1611 1986   Complete the Look: Cuban Jazz1621 1986   Lovefist - Live in Concert1631 1992   Blottos1641 1992   American Bank of Los Santos1651 1992   Renegade Cologne1661 1992   San Andreas Telephone Company1671 1998   Koala Toilet Paper1681 1998   Lab Rat Cart Racing1691 2001   PetsOvernight.com: Exotic Pets Galore1701 1984   Angel & The Knight1711 1986   Pit Bomb1721 1986   Rusty Brown's Ring Donuts1731 1986   Salivex1741 1992   Creative Plastic Surgery1751 1992   LAW1761 1992   Logger1771 1998   Join the Liberty City Police Department1781 1998   The Maibatsu Womb1801 1984   A PSA from Jock Cranley1811 1984   The Barfs!: Get Your Free Drinking Glass1821 1986   BJ's Used Autos1831 1986   Complete the Look: New Wave1841 1986   Giggle Cream1851 1986   "In the Future, There Will Be Robots"1861 1992   The Cavern of Sorrow1871 1992   Glory Hole Theme Park1881 1992   Herr Grubbers Spa1891 1998   The Pastmaster: Patriot Edition1901 1984   Fast-Forward In-Vehicle Audio1911 1984   Imponte Insurrection Turbo XRZ5X21921 1986   Complete the Look: Ambiguous1931 1992   The Epsilon Program: Covet No Longer1941 1992   Ammunation: Make My Day Mondays Sale1951 1992   PSA: Bikes Are Dangerous1961 1992   ICE Diamonds1971 1992   See Mike Andrews LIVE1981 1998   Chateau de Buff1991 2001   PetsOvernight.com: Would You Like a Kitten?2001 1984   Jeremy Robard's Import/Export2011 1984   Twilight Knife2021 1986   Knife After Dark2031 1986   Pet Stuffers2041 1992   Booch Cologne2051 1992   Castradon2061 1992   Commando Pest Eradication2071 1992   Commemorative Miniatures2081 1992   Law2091 1998   The Plug2181 1984   Redwood Jr2191 1992   Hampshire Nannies2201 1992   It's Okay to Be Poor!2211 1992   Janus: Change Your Identity2221 1992   Kilimanjaro 2231 1998   Discount Cruises2241 1998   Feel All Great Sports2261 2008   Electrolytes Extreme Sports Drink2271 2008   El Chamuco Roboto2281 1984   Ammunation: A Visit from Derek the Dodo2291 1984   Athena 200s2301 1986   Complete the Look: Electro2311 1986   Learn Redneck Pretty Fast2321 1992   The Mid-Life Crisis Center2331 1992   My Five Uncles2341 1992   Vote Yes on Proposition 8322351 2008   Excelsior Extreme 9 Razor (Vladivostok Version)2361 2008   Im Rich2371 2008   America's Next Top Hooker
Here are the hidden ones. Many are duplicates and some are surprising.

 

801  1992   Bikes Are Dangerous811  1992   Blotto's Razor821  1992   Blotto's Spoon831  1992   Booch Cologne841  1992   Castradon (side note: audio removed)851  1992   Cavern of Sorrow861  1992   Celebrate With Cake (Husband)891  2001   The New Maibatsu Monstrosity901  2001   The New Maibatsu Monstrocity Short Version (side note: mistake in spelling)921  2001   Liberty City Community College941  2001   Donovan Nail Gun951  2001   1-800-I-SUE-YOU961  2001   The Dormatron1021 2001   Medieval Millenium Fair1031 2001   Petsovernight.com Kitten1041 2001   Petsovernight.com Giraffe1051 2001   Petsovernight.com Puppy1061 2001   Petsovernight.com Gift1071 2001   Petsovernight.com Primate1081 2001   Pogo the Monkey1091 RDR    (Theme From) Red Dead Redemption1101 RDR    Deadman's Gun1121 RDR    Compass (Red Dead On Arrival Version)1131 RDR    Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie1141 RDR    Triggernometry (snippet)1151 RDR    Redemption in Dub (snippet)1261 IV     Vagabond (James Curd Full Mix) (side note: this music is good listening)1571 RDR    Dead Sled1581 1984   Evacuator1791 LA     I Always Kill the Things I Love2251 1998   Join the LCPD: Become the Lawnothing loads for 881, 2101-2171
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Jesus christ, why do they even upload this stuff if they don't intend on making them available? Nice find.

 

Also, the military commercial that got cut from III snuck it's way onto Vice City's KCHAT when Amy abruptly cuts to a commercial while that feminist chick is trying to get her to take her top off.

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How do you figure out the URLs for the ads in the other games besides GTA 3? I can't stream the files from the site directly on any browser but the GTA 3 direct .m4a links worked and I was able to get the files. I would love to get the files for the others as well since I am planning to remaster the radio stations and this material would be very useful since the audio quality is better.

 

Edit: The site's not streaming the audio most likely because of changes in the Flash plugin. The player they are using is outdated.

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Hey everyone. The player on the Advertising Council's website doesn't seem to be working so here are the direct links to the ones I can get.

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Awesome. Just as I was about to go back to remastering the radio stations. I think that I can finally do it properly now (with hifi sound quality).

 

Edit: Just finished my Emotion mix for Vice City (WAV playback requires exe hack, but it's very basic HEX editing). It includes some extra stuff from the soundtrack CD. GTA III stuff will be interesting. I have two of the stations in lossless mixed by R* themselves but I might edit those as well to add some new content (new ads, missing songs, etc). This is a lot of fun.

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Since the Council website went down, does anyone still have a copy of every audio file from that site?

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On 2/25/2021 at 10:20 PM, Panzermann11 said:

Since the Council website went down, does anyone still have a copy of every audio file from that site?

 @DEALUX had posted a near complete version, see post below.

 

 

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Just now, Earthbound said:

 @DEALUX had posted a near complete version, see post below.

 

 

Thanks! Man oh man, I wish he had the remaining audio files aswell, I wonder what they are...

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Just now, Panzermann11 said:

Thanks! Man oh man, I wish he had the remaining audio files aswell, I wonder what they are...

There was a really creepy ad called "Little Lacy Surprise" that wasn't included in the zip file above, probably for the best. Another user had posted a more complete collection of audio files from the site but I can't find it. Other than that ad I mentioned though, I think that's just about all of it.

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4 minutes ago, Earthbound said:

There was a really creepy ad called "Little Lacy Surprise" that wasn't included in the zip file above, probably for the best.

I don't think that was the reason why that ad wasn't present, it just wasn't on the Council. When he said "over 95% at least", there's probably some ads on the Council @spaceeinstein couldn't manage to gather.

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1 minute ago, Panzermann11 said:

I don't think that was the reason why that ad wasn't present, it just wasn't on the Council.

Ah righto, that makes sense.

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