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2:55 PM on 01.18.2008

Has it been 5000 already?

(This was originally sent out last night in the staff e-mailer but at Nieros suggestion Ive decided to put it up here as well. It just really surprised me when I started adding things up how much time I and my fellow News Contributors had actually spent rounding up tips and how much time weve saved the editors. If all the stuff people sent in to the tip line was included Im sure those numbers would be ridiculously higher so thanks to everyone that helps the site out in this regard.)

So I was updating my tip records earlier (yeah, Im geeky like that :) ) and noticed that Id just cleared the 5,000 tips sent mark (5049 specifically). Since that struck me as a rather large number I decided to use some algebra to see what else I could gleam from my records.

Firstly, is how much time I actually spent collecting and sending all that data. Assuming each batch took me an hour - its actually more like an hour and twenty minutes now since I cover so many different websites (a minimum of 31) and since my daily average is currently 28.7 that means each tip took around 2.1 minutes each. This means Ive spent around 175.9 hours in all working at the tip-line.

Next I got to thinking about how much time this meant Id saved all of you. Around 11.59% of my tips are used for stories (My old average from back in October, actually. Since I used to track it by the [thanks] tags its become unknown since Ive joined the staff. Id think its risen a bit since then but no real way to know for sure.) which would come out to around 585.18. Using that creates a min-max time-saved area of 20.39 to 175.9 hours, since its unlikely that one editor would of spent the same amount of time tip-search as I do it would probably fall between there somewhere.

There is more than one editor though; taking the four of you that have used the most of my tips and that most regularly post news stories (Dale, Jim, Colette and Nick) that would bring the time saved area between 81.55 to 703.62 hours.

Im not the only guy that sends tips in, though. Assuming my esteemed colleagues Adam and Joe have sent in the same amount (they have been at it longer than I have) then it would make our combined time spent tip-finding 527.71 hours. Also, by keeping the four editor minimum from above it would make the estimated amount of time weve saved Destructoid somewhere in the ballpark of 244.65 to 2110.86 hours. Yeow! Talk about efficiency.

(Staff responces added at Gamebois suggestion. I feel the <3)

Nick
I can't believe how much detailed data pulled together regarding tips. I'm in awe.

The bottom line is that there's no way Destructoid's front-page news editorial could function without the hard work for you, Joe, and Adam. You're all amazing, and words can't describe how much I appreciate what you do for us. I really wish there was something I could do or say that could properly express how grateful we are for what you do.

I'm amazed.

That is all.

Jim
Yeah, you guys are the cogs that keep the robot moving. <3

Aaron
You know how much it sucks working at Shack and not having a dedicated crew of news-rounder-uppers to gather info for me? It sucks a whole fucking lot. I miss the tips emailer.

Thanks for being the gas that makes this shit go, Justin.

Grim
Yup, you guys are amazing. We love ya.

Orcist
Wait, you're at Shacknews too? Are you still doing the Ars gig? Why aren't you in my life anymore?!

In other news, I'd like to second everybody else's sentiments: you guys are total life savers.

Gameboi
Yes, thanks guys. I used to scour the Internet just looking for morsels to nibble on. I got lost more than once and found myself at some very bad places along the way. You saved me!

Dale
I'll be more blunt. The page would fucking suck without you guys. I told Adam this when I saw him a couple of weeks ago. I've told Joe before, too. Not only do you save us time, you also provide motivation. My g-reader is so huge that its almost unmanageable - I almost hate to look at it. You guys make it easy by taking the whole world of game news and breaking it down into easy to read emails that not only show us what's going on, but show us that we might need to get to work.

If it were up to me, you'd get some kind of compensation for your contributions. I'll buy you dinner the next time I see you. But not Joe - he wakes me up when I'm sick.

Amazing stats by the way.

Colette
I love you guys hard. I'm not going to lie. It constantly occurs to me as I'm taking a tip that without you guys my workday would be a completely different experience (and also likely would suck.)

<3

Gameboi
And most of us remember what it was like before you tipsters came down from the heavens, and lay your bounty at our feet. And I said bounty, not "packages". Zip up those pants.

Faith
Where would we be without our tipsters? We would suck.

Chad
You guys are all absolutely amazing. I would give you each a kidney if you needed it. Oh wait ...

Seriously, though, Destructoid would not even be close to as awesome as it is without you, Joe, and Adam. I <3 you guys so much! :) :) :) :)

Niero
That email was amazing. You gotta cblog that!

As always, thanks for your hard work and amazing contribution to the community. If I was into ass tattoos I would consider you.   read


11:39 AM on 01.05.2008

FNF recap: Variety is the spice of life

Another Friday another fun filled evening playing games with people from the Destructoid community. All in all this week ended up being the most diverse, and frustrating *shakes fist at Live*, Friday Night Fight Ive had yet. The evening began with CronosBlade and I trying to get a match of Bomberman Live started.

While we got Electrobes and tazar to join fairly quickly it took a while to find anyone else that wanted to play. Most of the people we sent invites to proceeded to ignore us, continually send us invites to play Halo 3 or had to play Puzzle Quest with their wives. Eventually bhive01, Savant, PraiseChaos and one of PCs friends joined up and we had several fun-filled matches, even though we couldnt tell who was talking most of the time. My favorite moment had to be when I kept Electrobes trapped in a corner for a good minute by repeatedly punching bombs over the side of the map. Good stuff. Eventually though he broke down from the constant messaging and went to join the Halo 3 group. The rest of us played another round or two before deciding to splinter.

Tazar and Cronos decided to try a game of Aegis Wing, which was cool with me since Id only ever played it once. I was very amused that when I accepted Cronoss invite it gave me a This will end your current game session. Are you sure you want to quit? message even though I was on the dashboard. Apparently Microsoft really does think the Fall Update is a game. Unfortunately tazar had to leave after the first level but Cronos and I continued the fight, doing pretty well until we got to the last boss which used some cheap move to take us both out right before we killed it. After our defeat Cronos decided to quit early for the night so I finally headed over to join up with the guys in Halo (who had continued to repeatedly send me invites).

After nabbing the last spot in a 15/16 room we played several free for all slayer matches that had us spawn with random weapons. It really sucked in the first one because I kept spawning in the middle of Valhalla with only a shotgun. Needless to say I got sniped a lot. A few games in Jim joined and subsequently told us the story of how he got his gametag (Jimmless). We then tried a few team matches, one of which I got stuck on a team by myself (gold team of course) due to mass pre-game team switching shenanigans. At least I didnt embarrass myself too much. Unfortunately a little after this point Live developed a massive case of fail and decided to boot everyone from the room.

For several minutes afterward I couldnt join anyone or even check peoples party statuses. Eventually Electrobes was able to get the room restarted and people began to rejoin although we ended up losing several people. It didnt take long for Live to boot me again although this time I dont think it kicked everyone out. At this point Clockwork invited me to a sparsely populated new room: Jim, Macca, Clockwork, Madninja and TwistedImp (who came out of nowhere) were all that was left. Of course as soon as I joined this room Live kicked me again. *%&*&& ^^(#@$ *&^(. As I was trying to rejoin most of them had decided to head over to Call of Duty 4, except for Jim (who didnt want to get up and switch disks) and Wardrox, so I headed over there along with em.

As we were trying to form our CoD4 party a new problem struck, for some reason Madninja and Clockwork couldnt be in the same party at the same time. Eventually it ended up working but only when I hosted. Whatever, at last we were finally able to start. This was actually my first time playing CoD4 and I did pretty well at first. My spree didnt last long as more people got brought in between matches that were far better at Modern Warfaring than I was. We eventually decided to call it quits around 1:30, although Macca had mysteriously quit a little before then.

I guess if there was one moral I was able to gleam from last night it would have to be: OMG CTZ YOU PLAY ENOUGH HALO IT WONT KILL YOU TO SPEND A FEW GAMES OF BOMBERMAN WITH US AND WOULD BE FAR MORE ENJOYABLE THAN JUST SPAMMING US WITH INVITES GODDAMMIT, or something like that.   read


7:00 PM on 12.31.2007

Naruto: Rise of a Ninja impressions



Getting videogames from my family as gifts has always been something of a mixed bag. In Christmases past theyve make surprisingly good choices (Mega Man X) and not-so-surprisingly bad ones (007 Everything or Nothing). I still appreciate it though, after all, it means they at least pay enough attention to recognize what one of my most prolific pastimes is. This year I was given Naruto: Rise of a Ninja, apparently because they knew I also liked anime and thusly a videogame based on an anime must be a really solid choice. So was it? Well, yes and no.

Firstly, let me just say that the games cell-shaded graphics look wonderful. The characters made great transitions to 3d and the environments are all bright and colorful. Its something of a shame, then, that there are so few of both. There are only a couple different character designs used for both people inhabiting the Leaf Village and the many bandits youll be fighting around it. And while the Leaf Village itself is decently sized the explorable space around it is rather limited. This becomes very evident once side missions start forcing you to retread the same paths over and over again. This is really just part of a much larger problem Rise of a Ninja has, namely, an overall lack of diverse content.



Somehow Ubisoft Montreal managed to take eighty episodes worth of storyline and character interaction and compress it down to around seven hours of game time. It helps even less that there are several spots in the main storyline that feel a bit disjointed due to the way it was edited. Now it isnt anything terrible huge: events not receiving any mention, some characters not getting shown at all or if shown only for a few seconds in a cutscene, scenes happening slightly different, etc. For someone thats seen the show it shouldnt be any trouble filling in the blanks but it could cause people that are newly introduced to the franchise to get confused as to why something is happening or who someone is that just randomly shows up to fight you. Now I can certainly understand why theyd try to keep the storyline as light as possible, mainly to keep newcomers from being overwhelmed by a bunch of names, faces and events and to keep the game from becoming one long cutscene. Still, I think the story could have used a bit more fleshing out just so that newcomers better understand what is actually going on.

Aside from the sparse main storyline there isnt very much else that Rise of a Ninja offers. The biggest diversion would be the ability to run around the entire Leaf Village, with your ability to explore increasing as new techniques and jutsus are learnt. This can be fun for awhile, until the player realizes that there isnt much too actually do there besides repeatedly running past the same five identically designed villagers. Collecting bronze and gold coins (much like Crackdowns agility and secret orbs), making ramen deliveries, playing hide-and-go-seek with Konohamaru, participating in ninja races and completing side missions are the other main activities you can find in town.



That may sound like a fair bit but each activity is almost exactly the same with only a very slight difficulty increase to tell them apart. The side missions have a little bit more variety but most fall into the Go get X back from the bandits or Run to this place that youve already been to really fast, at least they also increase your statistics by a much larger amount and give training points that can be spent to let Naruto learn new combos and improve his jutsus to make his fights easier. Theres also an online mode where you can battle people over Xbox Live but considering that the battle system is another area of the game that comes off as being a bit too streamlined (all you need to win is to use one or two of the same combos repeatedly and perform a few button timing sequences to pull off your jutsus) and that people playing online are already very sparse* it really doesnt add that much.

These flaws dont necessarily make Rise of a Ninja a bad game but they certainly dont set it apart from other recent and more noteworthy releases. The game can be a fun way to spend an afternoon but thats really about it. With no real replayability and considering the fact that trying to complete all the repetitive side activities becomes an extreme exercise in tediousness I really couldnt recommend anyone to actually buy this game, at least until the prices goes down quite a bit. Its an okay rent, though.

*This could be in part due to the problems Live has been experiencing over the last week.   read


7:53 PM on 12.19.2007

The Contest Log #6: Merry Xmas Edition



Hey there Destructoid community, since Christmas falls before the next update of The Contest Log Ill just go ahead and give your gifts early. Well, not gifts per se, actually Im only giving you the opportunity to win gifts which means there really isnt any difference between this and the last five weeks. Oh well, Im cheap, so get to entering. :)


A free Virtual Console game, you dont get to pick it though Wii Fanboy Post a comment on the page to be entered. Ends December 20th.

Copy of EverQuest: Secrets of Faydwer and EverQuest II: Rise of Kunark signed by members of the dev team MMORPG.com Have to register with the site and fill out an entry form. Ends December 20th.

Copy of Rock Band (no instruments though) and some other themed merchandise livedaily Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends December 20th.

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion GOTY Edition and a 40gb PS3 Eurogamer - Register with the site and answer the question to enter. Only open to European residents. Ends December 21st.

A free download code for Undertow on XBLA Xbox 360 Fanboy - Post a comment on the page to be entered. Only open to US residents. Ends December 21st.

Spiffy $2999 gaming PC TigerDirect Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends December 25th.

JVC LT-42DV8BJ 42 inch LCD TV and JVC TH-UE1 Digital Cinema System CVG Sweepstakes, have to register with the site to enter. Only open to UK residents.

A new FC Twin and copies of Breath of Fire, Ogre Battle, Final Fantasy III, Illusion of Gaia and Chrono Trigger ars technical Donate to Childs Play and send them the receipt to be entered in the drawing to win and other prize packs.

Guitar Hero III bundle, PS2, Les Paul guitar, posters and your entry framed IGN Create an album cover within the specifications.

Xbox 360 Elite, VIP accessory kit, Halo 3 Legendary Edition GamesRadar Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends December 31st.

Xbox 360 Elite, 32 LCD TV, Rock Band, guitar controller signed by Bang Camaro, 2 Tickets to a Bang Camaro concert in a city thats near your home AT&T Blue Room Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends December 31st.

Need For Speed ProStreet branded Xbox 360, VIP accessories kit, wireless racing wheel, 1600 MSoft points, year gold subscription to Live, other stuff Microsoft Register your gamertag before January 13th and then play one online match between the 11th-13th to be entered. Only open to US residents.

An 80gb PlayStation 3 and four movies on Blu-Ray 1up Sweepstakes. Ends January 15th.

Guitar Hero III for the PS3 and a wireless controller dailygame Giveaway that you can enter once per day. Surprisingly its open to everyone but the disk is Region 1. Ends January 25th.

an internship with Microsoft Research, Rare or Lionhead Studios. Invitation to GDC, $3000 and a one year subscription to XNA Creators Club Microsoft Design a game using XNA Game Studio 2.0 that contains great AI. Contest open to everyone not living in: Quebec, North Korea, Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria. Ends January 27th.

Simpsoms-themed Xbox 360 and a DVD of the Simpsons Movie UGO Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends January 31st.

PlayStation 3, a flat screen TV and some cash to throw a party Maxim Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends January 31st.

80gb PlayStation 3, copy of Folklore, a limited edition art book and a strategy guide IGN- Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends February 11th.

Nintendo Wii, two Wiimotes, one nunchuck and 2000 VC points Pringles Sweepstakes, winner chosen every week. Only open to US residents. Ends March 28th.


$3000 Velocity Micro Gaming PC and a copy of Crysis A scavenger hunt where you need to blog your findings. Ends December 24th.

A cool 8-bit Simon Belmont figure Win by getting the most answers right in Chads Castlevania-themed quiz. Answer before he posts the results tomorrow.

Copy of Smarty Pants for the Wii, Smarty Pants t-shirt and hoodie Find a pair of really ugly pants, take pictures, profit? Ends January 1st.


coupon for $5 off any PSP game at Best Buy BrOnXbOmBr21 Take a funny picture with you and your PSP (which needs to be displaying the Destructoid homepage). Ends December 22nd.

2008 Nerdcore calendar, chance to be included in a Destructoid nerdcore calendar Faith Take a hawt, nerdcore-esque picture of yourself and post it in your blog with the appropriate header. Ends December 29th.

Win a new game of your choice that isnt more than $60 Cowzilla3 Make a donation to Childs Play, the person with the highest donation wins. Ends along with CPs donation period.

Chance to win a copy of Capcom Classics Collection Vol 1 (PS2), Resident Evil: Deadly Silence (DS), Mega Man Starforce:Pegasus or Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble (PSP). - Tron Knotts Pick one of four Capcom characters that you think will be added to Brawl.


Limited edition copy of Mass Effect and an Xbox 360 signed by the devs at BioWare AT&T Blue Room Sweepstakes. Ends December 19th.

Drawn to Life for the DS Shakfire Sweepstakes. Ends December 19th.

Halo 3 themed Xbox 360 and a 50 HDTV Ziddio - Make a Halo 3 gameplay video. Ends December 19th.

PlayStation 2 SingStar bundle and a copy of Buzz! The Mega Quiz 1up Sweepstakes, pick the editor you think will win at an upcoming Buzz! Competition. Only open to US residents. Ends December 19th.

Assassins Creed and a 60gb PS3 (the best one) to play it on AT&T Blue Room Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends December 19th.

Call of Duty 4 CE, CoD4 t-shirt, CoD4 hardcover art book, CoD4 official strategy guide 1p Start Type a gun sound effect on the contest page to be entered. Ends December 19th. (thanks PacoDG!)

Crackdown for the 360 TwistedChopper Sweepstakes. Ends December 20th.

Halo-themed Xbox 360, Halo 3 and a bunch of other games, books and accessories - Fanscape - Sweepstakes. Ends December 20th. (thanks kwaselow!)

Guitar Hero III (your choice of PS3 or 360 version) and a signed Dragonforce guitar Eurogamer Answer the easy question to be entered. Must register with the site to be eligible for entry. Open to European residents only. Ends December 21st.

Copy of Soul Caliber Legends and a Wii Maxim Sweepstakes. Ends December 21st.

PlayStation 2 bundles StarPulse Sweepstakes. Ends December 21st.

Custom painted Empire Earth III themed PC, copy of Empire Earth III GamesRadar Sweepstakes. Ends December 21st.

A customized PS3 and a SplitFish FraxFX controller 1up Sweepstakes, identify some celebrities. Ends December 21st.

Nintendo Wii Circuit City Daily drawing. Ends December 22nd. (thanks Adam!)

Enyce customized PlayStation 3 XXLMag Sweepstakes. Ends December 22nd.

$250-$1000 YoYo Games - Design a Web 2.0 game with the theme of winter. Ends December 23rd.

A copy of Soldier of Fortune: Payback and an Xbox 360 1up Sweepstakes. Ends December 24th.

Tenchu Z, Forza 2 and Spider-Man 3 all for the 360 FreeVideogameStuff Sign up for their mailing list, RSS Feed or link back to their site to enter. Only open to US residents. Ends December 24th.

$750 in cash, Logitech 2.1 surround system, copy of Virtua Fighter 5 for the 360 IGN Online tournament. Only open to US residents. Ends December 24th.

a DS Lite, My Word Coach and a set of luggage (?) SelfConnected Sweepstakes. Ends December 24th.

Rock Band bundle for the PS3 or 360 FutureShop - Sweepstakes. Only open to residents of Canada. Ends December 28th.

an Xbox 360 Kelloggs Sweepstakes. Ends December 29th.

5 videogames or other electronic stuff Maxim Sweepstakes. December 30th.

Tony Hawks Proving Ground for the 360 and DD-66 shoes Vans Sweepstakes. Ends December 30th.

WWE vs Smackdown 2008 (360 version) 360style Make a one minute long video of yourself acting like an imaginary wrestler. Ends December 30th. (thanks Avid!)

Nintendo DS, Bleach: Blade of Fate, Bleach DVD box set, poster GamesRadar Sweepstakes. Ends December 30th.

Nintendo Wii bundle WinningSurveys - Sweepstakes, you have to fill out some lame survey first. Ends December 31st.

Daxter PSP bundle GamesRadar Sweepstakes. Ends December 31st.

$1000 gift card, Silent Hill Origins and The Silent Hill Experience IGN - Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends December 31st.

$500 Amazon gift card and a bunch of possible runner up prizes CheapAssGamer For every $5 donated to Childs Play via their ChipIn system youll get one entry in the raffle. Ends December 31st.

Custom-painted PC with Unreal Tournament 3 artwork, copy of Unreal Tournament 3 GamesRadar Sweepstakes. Ends December 31st.

LCD HDTV, an Xbox 360, a copy of Rock Band, a wireless guitar and drum set and a $250 Wendys gift certificate GamesRadar Sweepstakes. Ends December 31st.

iBuyPower NZXT water-cooled gaming PC 1up Sweepstakes. Ends December 31st.

Nintendo Wii, Super Mario Galaxy and Rush Hour 3 AOTS UserCreated Create a fake instructional video or public service announcement. Only open to US residents. Ends January 1st.

Xbox 360 Elite, 360 VIP Accessory Kit and Halo 3 Legendary Edition GamesRadar Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends January 5th.

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles 1up Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends January 7th.

DanceDanceRevolution SuperNova2 (PS2), DanceDanceRevolution Universe 2 (360), DanceDanceRevolution Hottest Party (Wii) IGN - Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends January 7th.

PC or Xbox 360 custom painted with the F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate artwork and a copy of the game GamesRadar Sweepstakes. Ends January 7th.

Win a PSP, a copy of Daxter and meet a WWE wrestler - WWE - Sweepstakes, must be a site member. Ends January 15. (thanks kwaselow!)

Limited edition Stranglehold console, signed copies of the game, trip to Hong Kong EuroGamer - Create a short film for Stranglehold out of provided materials. Only open to European residents. Ends mid-January.

Panasonic-pt-ax200u gaming projector ProjectorPeople Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends January 21st.

Xbox 360 MXGames Sweepstakes. Ends January 31st.

DS Lite and a copy of Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trial and Tribulations 1up - Sweepstakes, also an option trial thingy you can participate in. Ends February 1st.

A publishing contract for the InstantAction game platform, a license to Unity Pro with Asset Server, Unity Indie license GarageGames Must send in at least a playable demo to [email protected] that contains some sort of multiplayer component. Ends February 10th.

Nintendo Wii or iPod Nano Chaago - Sweepstakes, have to sign up for some lame newsletter. Ends February 28.

Cash prizes and registered UK students are entered in a drawing to win a 360 Elite each month Microsoft The 6th annual Imagine Cup Contest, open to all college students. Has nine different fields you can enter with the universal theme being the environment. Entry deadlines vary, but they arent until next year.

50,000 Microsoft Points VUgames Sweepstakes, you only need to enter once as it saves your entry until you win. Ends November 1st 2008. (thanks Corncobtacular!)

There you go everyone, good luck!   read


11:31 AM on 12.19.2007

Opportunity for aspiring game journalists

Heres what looks like a good opportunity for someone thats been wanting to get their foot in the videogame journalism door. Modojo, a site that covers portables and mobile games, is sending out a call for new writers. One very important part of this announcement is when they say Previous experience is not required. thereby granting a chance to us common folk. Plus, if youve been around Destructoid a while, chances are youve got several (hopefully) good examples of your writing to show off in the form of CBlog entries that could help tip things in your favor.

After giving the site a quick look-over it seems most of the focus is on game reviews, with the news section not receiving all that much attention. Theyre accepting people for both positions but that might be something to keep in mind. Also, new hires wont be getting any money at first but they do intend to expand our paid editorial ranks.   read


9:40 PM on 12.18.2007

Halo 3 epidemic spreads to 1 out of every 2 domestic Xbox 360s



On September 25th of this year the United States was hit by a third strain of the virulent Halococcus pathogen, infecting 2.7 million consoles within the first week of its outbreak. The Halo 3 (as it shall be referred to for short) infection has continued to spread to Xbox 360s around the nation; taking advantage of unprotected contact between consoles, quickly spreading throughout their Liveous systems. While antibiotics have been released by Valve [Pharmaceuticals] and Infinity Ward [Industries] they have clearly been unable to stamp out the encroaching illness.

After crunching the newest numbers provided by The NPD [Medical] Group, GameDaily [Labs] has concluded that things are even worse than originally projected, 4.1 million [cases] have been [reported] in the U.S. With 7.9 million Xbox 360s purchased in the U.S. to date, some simple math indicates that a [frightening] 52 percent of all Xbox 360 owners in America have []picked up[] Halo 3. This means that half of the people on your friends list could be in possession of an infected console, whether they realize it or not.

So far, the only ways to remotely identify an infected console is by inflammation in the Achievemynth nodes and increased vulgarity in the accessing player. However, as these methods are not foolproof it is important to note that the only way to completely protect your system is through abstinence. Remember, every time you open your 360s disk tray youre opening it up to possible infection.

This public message brought to you by the Centers for [Console] Disease Control and Prevention.   read


7:29 PM on 12.12.2007

The Contest Log #5



Another Wednesday, another bundle of videogame contests you have a 1/100000* chance of winning! As per mistics suggestion I went ahead and added a line specifying which countr(ies)y each new contest is eligible in, unless I didnt see it listed on the site (but for those you should probably just assume US only), to keep our non-US site members from having to click links and ending up disappointed.

And while it is in no way relevant this Greenpeace video is HILARIOUS and should be watched by everyone.

*Disclaimer: Chances to win may not be anywhere close to the suggested amount. I have no idea what Im talking about.


Sudden Strike 3: Arms To Victory and a new gaming PC Eurogamer Answer a question to be entered, have to register with the site. Only available to European residents. Ends December 14th.

Super Mario Galaxy preorder coin 1P Start Write or draw what Mario does to get all his coins and post it in the comments. Ends December 15th. (thanks PacoDC!)

spiffy gaming PC TigerDirect - Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends December 18th.

PlayStation 2 SingStar bundle and a copy of Buzz! The Mega Quiz 1up Sweepstakes, pick the editor you think will win at an upcoming Buzz! Competition. Only open to US residents. Ends December 19th.

Assassins Creed and a 60gb PS3 (the best one) to play it on AT&T Blue Room Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends December 19th.

Call of Duty 4 CE, CoD4 t-shirt, CoD4 hardcover art book, CoD4 official strategy guide 1p Start Type a gun sound effect on the contest page to be entered. Ends December 19th. (thanks PacoDG!)

Guitar Hero III (your choice of PS3 or 360 version) and a signed Dragonforce guitar Eurogamer Answer the easy question to be entered. Must register with the site to be eligible for entry. Open to European residents only. Ends December 21st.

Tenchu Z, Forza 2 and Spider-Man 3 all for the 360 FreeVideogameStuff Sign up for their mailing list, RSS Feed or link back to their site to enter. Only open to US residents. Ends December 24th.

$750 in cash, Logitech 2.1 surround system, copy of Virtua Fighter 5 for the 360 IGN - Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends December 24th.

Rock Band bundle for the PS3 or 360 FutureShop - Sweepstakes. Only open to residents of Canada. Ends December 28th.

WWE vs Smackdown 2008 (360 version) 360style Make a one minute long video of yourself acting like an imaginary wrestler. Ends December 30th. (thanks Avid!)

$1000 gift card, Silent Hill Origins and The Silent Hill Experience IGN - Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends December 31st.

$500 Amazon gift card and a bunch of possible runner up prizes CheapAssGamer For every $5 donated to Childs Play via their ChipIn system youll get one entry in the raffle. Ends December 31st.

Nintendo Wii, Super Mario Galaxy and Rush Hour 3 AOTS UserCreated Create a fake instructional video or public service announcement. Only open to US residents. Ends January 1st.

Xbox 360 Elite, 360 VIP Accessory Kit and Halo 3 Legendary Edition GamesRadar Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends January 5th.

DanceDanceRevolution SuperNova2 (PS2), DanceDanceRevolution Universe 2 (360), DanceDanceRevolution Hottest Party (Wii) IGN - Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends January 7th.

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles 1up Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends January 7th.

Panasonic-pt-ax200u gaming projector ProjectorPeople Sweepstakes. Only open to US residents. Ends January 21st.

A publishing contract for the InstantAction game platform, a license to Unity Pro with Asset Server, Unity Indie license GarageGames Must send in at least a playable demo to [email protected] that contains some sort of multiplayer component. Ends February 10th.


$3000 Velocity Micro Gaming PC and a copy of Crysis A scavenger hunt where you need to blog your findings. Ends December 20th.


an undisclosed quantity of Microsoft points and Bomberman Snaileb Write 80's styled video game rap and perform it live during this weeks FNF. Ends December 14th.

Assassins Creed t-shirts, Bunnies Creed shirts, limited edition AC hoodie/shirts atheistium Photoshop contest, make some lol-inducing pictures involving Assassins Creed. Ends December 14th.

Win a new game of your choice that isnt more than $60 Cowzilla3 Make a donation to Childs Play, the person with the highest donation wins. Ends along with CPs donation period.

Chance to win a copy of Capcom Classics Collection Vol 1 (PS2), Resident Evil: Deadly Silence (DS), Mega Man Starforce:Pegasus or Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble (PSP). - Tron Knotts Pick one of four Capcom characters that you think will be added to Brawl.


Life-sized plush Weighted Companion Cube Fnde Razor Can only be won at Fnde Razors 07 events in Brooklyn and Denver on December 12th.

Xbox 360 and a copy of Project Gotham Racing 4 Dominos Order pizza online to be entered to win. Ends December 12th.

PlayStation 3 Gizmodo Paint yourself blue and take a picture in a public place, most embarrassing picture wins. Ends December 12th.

WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2008 for the Wii andPOP Sweepstakes, have to join the site to enter. Ends December 13th.

an Xbox 360 Elite, Guitar Hero III and a $100 Hot Topic gift card - Total Assault - Sweepstakes. Ends December 14th. (thanks kwaselow!)

Copy of The Golden Compass for the 360 along with various Golden Compass branded merchandise SlashFilm Subscribe to the sites RSS feed and send em an e-mail. Ends December 14th.

Daxter PSP bundle, SingStar PS2 bundle GoodyBlog Post a comment in the thread. Ends December 14th.

Copy of Spider-Man: Friend or Foe for the 360 Parenthood Sweepstakes. Ends December 14th.

Xbox 360 Elite, Guitar Hero III and a $100 Hot Topic gift card TotalAssult Sweepstakes. Ends December 14th.

Drawn to Life annecarlini Drawing, you need to answer a question to be entered. Ends December 15th.

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock bundle with a guitar controller signed by Slash AT&T Blue Room Sweepstakes. Ends December 15th.

Tabula Rasa mouse pad tabularasaroleplayers Write some good fanfiction (oxymoron?). Ends December 15th.

Rock Band bundle MTV2 Sweepstakes. Ends December 15th.

Win a copy of Flipper Critters for the DS (give it to some little kid for Christmas) Florida Entertainment Scene Just send in an e-mail. Ends December 15th.

DS Lite and a copy of Lifesigns: Surgical Unit Lifesigns-Game A create your own manga contest. Ends December 16th.

Balls of Fury for the Wii Just Adventure Drawing, send in an email to enter. Ends December 16th.

Custom painted Conan-themed Xbox 360 GamesRadar sweepstakes. Ends December 16th.

Chance to win a different game every day, most of them being pretty good titles GameDaily You need to sign up with the site and leave a comment saying why you should win. You can enter each contest but only make one entry per. Last one on December 16th.

The Golden Compass MomsMenu Sweepstakes, have to sign up for some lame newsletter. Ends December 17th.

Xbox 360 and a copy of Assassins Creed Ubisoft Sweepstakes, need to sign up with the sign to enter. Ends December 17th.

Limited edition copy of Mass Effect and an Xbox 360 signed by the devs at BioWare AT&T Blue Room Sweepstakes. Ends December 19th.

Drawn to Life for the DS Shakfire Sweepstakes. Ends December 19th.

Halo 3 themed Xbox 360 and a 50 HDTV Ziddio - Make a Halo 3 gameplay video. Ends December 19th.

Crackdown for the 360 TwistedChopper Sweepstakes. Ends December 20th.

Halo-themed Xbox 360, Halo 3 and a bunch of other games, books and accessories - Fanscape - Sweepstakes. Ends December 20th. (thanks kwaselow!)

Copy of Soul Caliber Legends and a Wii Maxim Sweepstakes. Ends December 21st.

PlayStation 2 bundles StarPulse Sweepstakes. Ends December 21st.

Custom painted Empire Earth III themed PC, copy of Empire Earth III GamesRadar Sweepstakes. Ends December 21st.

A customized PS3 and a SplitFish FraxFX controller 1up Sweepstakes, identify some celebrities. Ends December 21st.

Nintendo Wii Circuit City Daily drawing. Ends December 22nd. (thanks Adam!)

Enyce customized PlayStation 3 XXLMag Sweepstakes. Ends December 22nd.

$250-$1000 YoYo Games - Design a Web 2.0 game with the theme of winter. Ends December 23rd.

A copy of Soldier of Fortune: Payback and an Xbox 360 1up Sweepstakes. Ends December 24th.

a DS Lite, My Word Coach and a set of luggage (?) SelfConnected Sweepstakes. Ends December 24th.

an Xbox 360 Kelloggs Sweepstakes. Ends December 29th.

5 videogames or other electronic stuff Maxim Sweepstakes. December 30th.

Tony Hawks Proving Ground for the 360 and DD-66 shoes Vans Sweepstakes. Ends December 30th.

Nintendo DS, Bleach: Blade of Fate, Bleach DVD box set, poster GamesRadar Sweepstakes. Ends December 30th.

Nintendo Wii bundle WinningSurveys - Sweepstakes, you have to fill out some lame survey first. Ends December 31st.

Daxter PSP bundle GamesRadar Sweepstakes. Ends December 31st.

Custom-painted PC with Unreal Tournament 3 artwork, copy of Unreal Tournament 3 GamesRadar Sweepstakes. Ends December 31st.

LCD HDTV, an Xbox 360, a copy of Rock Band, a wireless guitar and drum set and a $250 Wendys gift certificate GamesRadar Sweepstakes. Ends December 31st.

iBuyPower NZXT water-cooled gaming PC 1up Sweepstakes. Ends December 31st.

PC or Xbox 360 custom painted with the F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate artwork and a copy of the game GamesRadar Sweepstakes. Ends January 7th.

Win a PSP, a copy of Daxter and meet a WWE wrestler - WWE - Sweepstakes, must be a site member. Ends January 15. (thanks kwaselow!)

Limited edition Stranglehold console, signed copies of the game, trip to Hong Kong EuroGamer - Create a short film for Stranglehold out of provided materials. Only open to European residents. Ends mid-January.

Xbox 360 MXGames Sweepstakes. Ends January 31st.

DS Lite and a copy of Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trial and Tribulations 1up - Sweepstakes, also an option trial thingy you can participate in. Ends February 1st.

Nintendo Wii or iPod Nano Chaago - Sweepstakes, have to sign up for some lame newsletter. Ends February 28.

Cash prizes and registered UK students are entered in a drawing to win a 360 Elite each month Microsoft The 6th annual Imagine Cup Contest, open to all college students. Has nine different fields you can enter with the universal theme being the environment. Entry deadlines vary, but they arent until next year.

50,000 Microsoft Points VUgames Sweepstakes, you only need to enter once as it saves your entry until you win. Ends November 1st 2008. (thanks Corncobtacular!)

There you go everyone, good luck!   read


9:11 PM on 12.10.2007

Portal ending parody: GLaDOS never looked so dementedly cute



Im sure that for many of us that played through Portal, the constant commands/instructions/warnings/musings/death threats from resident AI GLaDOS added a lot of color to the otherwise lonely atmosphere of Aperture Science. Granted, even without the well written dialogue it still would have been a wonderfully designed puzzle game but would have surely lacked much of the witty charm that helped endear it to our cold gamer hearts, hardened by years of derivative FPS experiences and poorly realized movie games.

Im also sure that most of us became at least a little miffed at her towards the end of our portal-hopping adventure as she repeatedly denied our attempts at freedom (the most fundamental of human wants) and instead tried to delete us from the hard drive based reality in which game characters reside. However, any inkling of animosity I might have bared towards her was instantly abolished once the credits began rolling and Still Alive, the best song to have played during the credit sequence of a first person specific puzzle game ever, began playing. Scott Ramsoomair, the guy behind VG Cats, must have been particularly touched, because rather than immediately downloading the song and listening to it over-and-over again for hours on end he created this positively adorable flash video (after having surely listened to the song for even more hours on end) of a singing, text emoticon reminiscent GLaDOS, to accompany the lyrics. Even if you havent played Portal Id still recommend giving it a watch, because like I said, its just so goddamned cute.

Also, Churchill: Too soon?

[thanks Faith!]   read


8:56 PM on 12.05.2007

The Contest Log #4: Biggest Update yet!



As the title proudly proclaims this newest update of The Contest Log has a lot of new listings (many of which end soon, so make sure to get on that), taking me around three hours to find and type (most) everything up. Needless to say I don�t want to see anything contest related for awhile, at least until next week when I�ll be doing the whole thing over again.

While PSP bundles, Drawn to Life, The Golden Compass (Professor Pew said it sucked, but you could always trade it in for some Game Stop credit) and WWE games seem to be popular prizes this go-around there is one contest I thought was pretty cool and wanted to highlight: Gamerscore Blog is giving away a Rock Band set with the condition that the winner gives it away in a contest on their own blog. It just seemed a nice demonstration of the holiday giving spirit.


Xbox 360 VIP Accessory Kits, 12-month Xbox LIVE Gold Subscription, 1600 Microsoft Points � Microsoft � Register your gamertag online and then get entered when you download Xbox Originals titles. Ends TODAY.

Need for Speed ProStreet for the 360 � DailyGame � Sweepstakes. Ends TODAY.

Copy of Contra IV for the DS � entertainmentworld � Sweepstakes. Ends TODAY.

Halo 3: Legendary EditionMama�s Health � Drawing, you have to write a short story detailing your best or worst first date (lolz), Ends TODAY.

Xbox 360, Wii and a PS3 or all of the winning games from Spike�s 2007 Video Game Awards � ifilm � Sweepstakes. Ends TODAY.

A one-of-a-kind Mega Man drawing from Keiji Inafune � Capcom � Submit questions for the next Bionic Commando podcast, if yours gets picked you could win. (thanks Gameboi!)

Need for Speed ProStreet for the 360 � TheManRoom � Sweepstakes, have to register with the site to enter.

Time Crisis 4 for the PS3 � TheManRoom � Sweepstakes, have to register with the site to enter.

4200 Microsoft Points � CVG � Sweepstakes, need to register with the site to enter. Only open to UK residents.

Copy of Assassin�s Creed and a Complex prize pack � Complex � Sweepstakes. Ends December 6th.

Daxter PSP bundle � AP � Sweepstakes, have to register with the site to enter. Ends December 6th.

Daxter PSP bundle � Rachael Ray � Drawing, you need to sign up on the site to enter. Ends December 7th. (thanks The-Excel!)

Nintendo Wii and Guitar Hero IIILoudside � Sweepstakes. Ends December 7th.

Copy of Ghost in the Sheet for the PC (no, I haven�t heard of it before either) � Just Adventure � Drawing, send in a email to enter. Ends December 7th.

WWE Smackdown! vs. Raw for the PSP � Shakefire � Sweepstakes. Ends December 7th.

Screwjumper and Shrek n' Roll for XBLA � Weekly Geek � Post a funny caption for the provided picture, need to register with the site. Ends December 7th.

Lost Planet Extreme Condition for the 360 � Xbox 360 Fanboy � Leave comments on the post. Ends December 7th.

Copy of Drawn to Life for the DS � Gamer�s Temple � Sweepstakes. Ends December 9th.

Copy of WWE Smackdown! vs. Raw for the PS2 � Gamer�s Temple � Sweepstakes. Ends December 9th.

Xbox 360 Elite, copy of Scene It?, $300 gift card and 20 DVDs � IGN � Sweepstakes. Ends December 9th.

Two Guitar Hero III controllers and an iPod full of GH3 tracks � LegendsOfRock � Sweepstakes. Ends December 9th.

Copy of The Golden CompassGameZone � Sweepstakes. Ends December 10th.

Copy of BeowulfShakefire � Sweepstakes. Ends December 10th.

Copy of Need for Speed ProStreetShakefire � Sweepstakes. Ends December 10th.

Rock Band set � Gamerscore Blog � Contest, come up for a name of the band in the video. *The prize from this contest is meant to be used in a contest on your blog. Ends December 11th.

The Golden Compass for the 360 � Hollywood � Sweepstakes. Ends December 11th.

A spiffy gaming PC � TigerDirect � Sweepstakes. Ends December 11th.

Xbox 360 and a copy of Project Gotham Racing 4Dominos � Order pizza online to be entered to win. Ends December 12th.

PlayStation 3 � Gizmodo � Paint yourself blue and take a picture in a public place, most embarrassing picture wins. Ends December 12th.

WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2008 for the Wii � andPOP � Sweepstakes, have to join the site to enter. Ends December 13th.

Daxter PSP bundle, SingStar PS2 bundle � GoodyBlog � Post a comment in the thread. Ends December 14th.

Copy of Spider-Man: Friend or Foe for the 360 � Parenthood � Sweepstakes. Ends December 14th.

Xbox 360 Elite, Guitar Hero III and a $100 Hot Topic gift card � TotalAssult � Sweepstakes. Ends December 14th.

Drawn to Lifeannecarlini � Drawing, you need to answer a question to be entered. Ends December 15th.

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock bundle with a guitar controller signed by Slash � AT&T Blue Room � Sweepstakes. Ends December 15th.

Tabula Rasa mouse pad � tabularasaroleplayers � Write some good fanfiction (oxymoron?). Ends December 15th.

Rock Band bundle � MTV2 � Sweepstakes. Ends December 15th.

Balls of Fury for the Wii � Just Adventure � Drawing, send in an email to enter. Ends December 16th.

The Golden CompassMomsMenu � Sweepstakes, have to sign up for some lame newsletter. Ends December 17th.

Xbox 360 and a copy of Assassin�s CreedUbisoft � Sweepstakes, need to sign up with the sign to enter. Ends December 17th.

Limited edition copy of Mass Effect and an Xbox 360 signed by the devs at BioWare � AT&T Blue Room � Sweepstakes. Ends December 19th.

Drawn to Life for the DS � Shakfire � Sweepstakes. Ends December 19th.

Halo 3 themed Xbox 360 and a 50� HDTV � Ziddio - Make a Halo 3 gameplay video. Ends December 19th.

Crackdown for the 360 � TwistedChopper � Sweepstakes. Ends December 20th.

Copy of Soul Caliber Legends and a Wii � Maxim � Sweepstakes. Ends December 21st.

PlayStation 2 bundles � StarPulse � Sweepstakes. Ends December 21st.

Nintendo Wii � Circuit City � Daily drawing. Ends December 22nd. (thanks Adam!)

Enyce customized PlayStation 3 � XXLMag � Sweepstakes. Ends December 22nd.

$250-$1000 � YoYo Games - Design a Web 2.0 game with the theme of �winter.� Ends December 23rd.

a DS Lite, My Word Coach and a set of luggage (?) � SelfConnected � Sweepstakes. Ends December 24th.

an Xbox 360 � Kellogg�s � Sweepstakes. Ends December 29th.

5 videogames or other electronic stuff � Maxim � Sweepstakes. December 30th.

Tony Hawk�s Proving Ground for the 360 and DD-66 shoes � Vans � Sweepstakes. Ends December 30th.

Nintendo Wii bundle � WinningSurveys - Sweepstakes, you have to fill out some lame survey first. Ends December 31st.

Daxter PSP bundle � GamesRadar � Sweepstakes. Ends December 31st.

Custom-painted PC with Unreal Tournament 3 artwork, copy of Unreal Tournament 3GamesRadar � Sweepstakes. Ends December 31st.

LCD HDTV, an Xbox 360, a copy of Rock Band, a wireless guitar and drum set and a $250 Wendy�s gift certificate � GamesRadar � Sweepstakes. Ends December 31st.

PC or Xbox 360 custom painted with the F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate artwork and a copy of the game � GamesRadar � Sweepstakes. Ends January 7th.

Xbox 360 � MXGames � Sweepstakes. Ends January 31st.

Nintendo Wii or iPod Nano � Chaago - Sweepstakes, have to sign up for some lame newsletter. Ends February 28.


$3000 Velocity Micro Gaming PC and a copy of Crysis � A scavenger hunt where you need to blog your findings. Ends December 20th.


Any DS game of your choice (so long as the price is <$40) � Dexter345 � Identify all the games in Dexter�s �sandwich�. Ends December 8th.

Assassin�s Creed t-shirts, Bunnies Creed shirts, limited edition AC hoodie/shirts � atheistium � Photoshop contest, make some lol-inducing pictures involving Assassin�s Creed. Ends December 14th.

Win a new game of your choice that isn�t more than $60 � Cowzilla3 � Make a donation to Child�s Play, the person with the highest donation wins. Ends along with CP�s donation period.

Chance to win a copy of Capcom Classics Collection Vol 1 (PS2), Resident Evil: Deadly Silence (DS), Mega Man Starforce:Pegasus or Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble (PSP). - Tron Knotts � Pick one of four Capcom characters that you think will be added to Brawl.


Packard Bell IPOWER 8600 gaming PC and a copy of Sudden Strike 3CVG - Just answer a question to be entered. Only open to members of the site and UK residents. Ends December 5th.

Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles for the PSP � blogcritics � Send in an e-mail. Ends December 7th. (thanks NihonTiger90!)

Lots of Lego and Xbox Live prize-packs � Microsoft � Sign up and play Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga online during the promotional period. During December [color=red]7th-9th[/red].

Dell XPS 720 gaming PC, copy of The Witcher and various Witcher-themed accessories � 1up � Sweepstakes. Ends December 10th.

Various Xbox 360 prizes � xbox360xmts � To be entered in the sweepstakes you need to track down words with green X�s across various websites (like Destructoid!), each solved word gets you one entry in the daily drawing. Ends December 10th.

80GB PS3, Xbox360, and a copy of Call of Duty 4 for each � IGN � Sweepstakes. Ends December 10th. (thanks kwaselow!)

80gb PS3 Motorstorm bundle along with five games: Call of Duty 4, Warhawk, Heavenly Sword, Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune - PlayStation Underground - Make a two-minute long video about why the PlayStation 3 is the best console out there (so just regurgitate any of Sony's press releases ;) ). Ends December 11th. (thanks CTZ!)

Life-sized plush Weighted Companion Cube � F�nde Razor � Can only be won at F�nde Razor�s 07 events in Brooklyn and Denver on December 12th.

an Xbox 360 Elite, Guitar Hero III and a $100 Hot Topic gift card - Total Assault - Sweepstakes. Ends December 14th. (thanks kwaselow!)

Copy of The Golden Compass for the 360 along with various Golden Compass branded merchandise � SlashFilm � Subscribe to the site�s RSS feed and send em an e-mail. Ends December 14th.

Win a copy of Flipper Critters for the DS (give it to some little kid for Christmas) � Florida Entertainment Scene � Just send in an e-mail. Ends December 15th.

DS Lite and a copy of Lifesigns: Surgical UnitLifesigns-Game � A create your own manga contest. Ends December 16th.

Custom painted Conan-themed Xbox 360 � GamesRadar � sweepstakes. Ends December 16th.

Chance to win a different game every day, most of them being pretty good titles � GameDaily � You need to sign up with the site and leave a comment saying why you should win. You can enter each contest but only make one entry per. Last one on December 16th.

Halo-themed Xbox 360, Halo 3 and a bunch of other games, books and accessories - Fanscape - Sweepstakes. Ends December 20th. (thanks kwaselow!)

Custom painted Empire Earth III themed PC, copy of Empire Earth IIIGamesRadar � Sweepstakes. Ends December 21st.

A customized PS3 and a SplitFish FraxFX controller � 1up � Sweepstakes, identify some celebrities. Ends December 21st.

A copy of Soldier of Fortune: Payback and an Xbox 360 � 1up � Sweepstakes. Ends December 24th.

Nintendo DS, Bleach: Blade of Fate, Bleach DVD box set, poster � GamesRadar � Sweepstakes. Ends December 30th.

iBuyPower NZXT water-cooled gaming PC � 1up � Sweepstakes. Ends December 31st.

Win a PSP, a copy of Daxter and meet a WWE wrestler - WWE - Sweepstakes, must be a site member. Ends January 15. (thanks kwaselow!)

Limited edition Stranglehold console, signed copies of the game, trip to Hong Kong � EuroGamer - Create a short film for Stranglehold out of provided materials. Only open to European residents. Ends mid-January.

DS Lite and a copy of Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trial and Tribulations1up - Sweepstakes, also an option trial thingy you can participate in. Ends February 1st.

Cash prizes and registered UK students are entered in a drawing to win a 360 Elite each month � Microsoft � The 6th annual Imagine Cup Contest, open to all college students. Has nine different fields you can enter with the universal theme being the environment. Entry deadlines vary, but they aren�t until next year.

50,000 Microsoft Points � VUgames � Sweepstakes, you only need to enter once as it saves your entry until you win. Ends November 1st 2008. (thanks Corncobtacular!)

There you go everyone, good luck!   read


8:04 PM on 11.28.2007

The Contest Log #3



Another week comes to its midpoint which means another bundle of contests for everyone to enter thanks to the best (only) weekly contest compilation on Destructoid. Just make sure not to procrastinate too long because there are a lot thatll be ending within the next week, as indicated by the red coloured dates.

And as always let us know about any other sweet videogame related contests that are going on, down in the comments.


Copy of Rock Band along with Fender Joe Strummer guitar, two Rock Band guitars and an Xbox 360 Guitar Center Sweepstakes. Ends November 30th. (thanks kwaselow!)

Xbox 360 Pro Bundle MMOABC Sign up on the site and then leave a comment. Ends November 30th.

Win any game of your choice MMOABC Sign up on the site and then upload a blog, must be videogame related. Ends November 30th.

Win any game of your choice MMOABC Sign up on the site and then upload a picture, must be videogame related. Ends November 30th.

Chance to win a Wii ClickOutCancer Sweepstakes. Ends November 30th. (thanks kwaselow!)

$100 store credit to CocoeBiz (theyve got lots of game soundtracks) vgmusic - Design a logo for the Video Game Music Archive. Ends November 30th.

Copy of Ghost Squad for the Wii GameZone Sweepstakes. Ends December 3rd.

Packard Bell IPOWER 8600 gaming PC and a copy of Sudden Strike 3 CVG - Just answer a question to be entered. Only open to members of the site and UK residents. Ends December 5th.

Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles for the PSP blogcritics Send in an e-mail. Ends December 7th. (thanks NihonTiger90!)

PSP Slim and a copy of Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions CVG Just answer a question to be entered. Only open to members of the site and UK residents.

Lots of Lego and Xbox Live prize-packs Microsoft Sign up and play Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga online during the promotional period. During December 7th-9th.

80GB PS3, Xbox360, and a copy of Call of Duty 4 for each IGN Sweepstakes. Ends December 10th. (thanks kwaselow!)

Life-sized plush Weighted Companion Cube Fnde Razor Can only be won at Fnde Razors 07 events in Brooklyn and Denver on December 12th.

Copy of The Golden Compass for the 360 along with various Golden Compass branded merchandise SlashFilm Subscribe to the sites RSS feed and send em an e-mail. Ends December 14th.

Win a copy of Flipper Critters for the DS (give it to some little kid for Christmas) Florida Entertainment Scene Just send in an e-mail. Ends December 15th.

Chance to win a different game every day, most of them being pretty good titles GameDaily You need to sign up with the site and leave a comment saying why you should win. You can enter each contest but only make one entry per. Last one on December 16th.

A customized PS3 and a SplitFish FraxFX controller 1up Sweepstakes, identify some celebrities. Ends December 21st.

Limited edition Stranglehold console, signed copies of the game, trip to Hong Kong EuroGamer - Create a short film for Stranglehold out of provided materials. Only open to European residents. Ends mid-January.

Nintendo Wii and an Apple iPHONE Crave Online Sweepstakes.


Copies of Uncharted, Folklore, Heavenly Sword, and NBA 08 for the PS3 and various Sony-branded swag. Design a Desturctoid XMB theme. Ends November 30th.

$3000 Velocity Micro Gaming PC and a copy of Crysis A scavenger hunt where you need to blog your findings. Ends December 20th.


Half Life 2 and Half Life 2 Episode 1 l0cke Come up with a good caption for a sign in a picture to have. Ends TODAY.

Assassins Creed t-shirts, Bunnies Creed shirts, limited edition AC hoodie/shirts atheistium Photoshop contest, make some lol-inducing pictures involving Assassins Creed. Ends November 30-ish.

Copy of Indigo Prophecy liam2015 Come up with the best idea for a contest, to win the contest (how meta).

Lots of Star Wars, Halo, Transformers and Sakura Wars prizes unstoppablejuggernaut Make something funny with the provided pictures, three entries per person. Ends December 5th.

Win a new game of your choice that isnt more than $60 Cowzilla3 Make a donation to Childs Play, the person with the highest donation wins. Ends along with CPs donation period.

Chance to win a copy of Capcom Classics Collection Vol 1 (PS2), Resident Evil: Deadly Silence (DS), Mega Man Starforce:Pegasus or Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble (PSP). - Tron Knotts Pick one of four Capcom characters that you think will be added to Brawl.


Xbox 360 Elite, an Ace Combat 6 flightstick bundle and a $100 giftcard to KFC (?) GamesRadar sweepstakes. Ends November 30th.

Ramptech 2 Quarter Pipe Ramp, Xbox 360, a copy of Tony Hawks Proving Ground GamesRadar Sweepstakes, though you have to answer some lame skateboarder related questions to get to it. Ends November 30th.

Two VIP tickets to the 36 Hours of Music headliner event, 47 Westinghouse LCD TV, a copy of Guitar Hero III and a Gibson guitar GamesRadar Guitar Hero III contest at the 36 Hours of Keystone event in Keystone Colorado. Takes place November 31st-December 1st.

Mystery goodie package, games, t-shirts and random swag are suggested possible prizes. GamePolitics Banner design contest. Ends December 1st.

Xbox 360, copy of FlatOut Ultimate Carnage, FlatOut Roadside Demolition Kits and Tire Shaped CD Case 1up Sweepstakes, though you have to send someone a FlatOut themed e-card to be able to enter. Ends December 3rd.

Soldier of Fortune: Payback branded Falcon gaming rig - Joystiq - Drawing, enter multiple times by postings. Ends December 4th.

Dell XPS 720 gaming PC, copy of The Witcher and various Witcher-themed accessories 1up Sweepstakes. Ends December 10th.

Various Xbox 360 prizes xbox360xmts To be entered in the sweepstakes you need to track down words with green Xs across various websites (like Destructoid!), each solved word gets you one entry in the daily drawing. Ends December 10th.

80gb PS3 Motorstorm bundle along with five games: Call of Duty 4, Warhawk, Heavenly Sword, Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune - PlayStation Underground - Make a two-minute long video about why the PlayStation 3 is the best console out there (so just regurgitate any of Sony's press releases ;) ). Ends December 11th. (thanks CTZ!)

an Xbox 360 Elite, Guitar Hero III and a $100 Hot Topic gift card - Total Assault - Sweepstakes. Ends December 14th. (thanks kwaselow!)

DS Lite and a copy of Lifesigns: Surgical Unit Lifesigns-Game A create your own manga contest. Ends December 16th.

Custom painted Conan-themed Xbox 360 GamesRadar sweepstakes. Ends December 16th.

Halo-themed Xbox 360, Halo 3 and a bunch of other games, books and accessories - Fanscape - Sweepstakes. Ends December 20th. (thanks kwaselow!)

Custom painted Empire Earth III themed PC, copy of Empire Earth III GamesRadar Sweepstakes. Ends December 21st.

A copy of Soldier of Fortune: Payback and an Xbox 360 1up Sweepstakes. Ends December 24th.


Nintendo DS, Bleach: Blade of Fate, Bleach DVD box set, poster GamesRadar Sweepstakes. Ends December 30th.

iBuyPower NZXT water-cooled gaming PC 1up Sweepstakes. Ends December 31st.

Win a PSP, a copy of Daxter and meet a WWE wrestler - WWE - Sweepstakes, must be a site member. Ends January 15. (thanks kwaselow!)

DS Lite and a copy of Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trial and Tribulations 1up - Sweepstakes, also an option trial thingy you can participate in. Ends February 1st.

Cash prizes and registered UK students are entered in a drawing to win a 360 Elite each month Microsoft The 6th annual Imagine Cup Contest, open to all college students. Has nine different fields you can enter with the universal theme being the environment. Entry deadlines vary, but they arent until next year.

50,000 Microsoft Points VUgames Sweepstakes, you only need to enter once as it saves your entry until you win. Ends November 1st 2008. (thanks Corncobtacular!)

There you go everyone, good luck!   read


4:52 PM on 11.21.2007

The Contest Log #2: Who wants to win some Rock Band



Coming out just in time for Thanksgiving is the second installment of The Contest Log, a new weekly feature that helps you, the fabulous guys and gals of Destructoid, find ways to win cool videogame related stuff. There are a few minor changes this week: Ive started flagging contests that will end before the next update with a red colour change, added in a section for community contests and made a new image header along with graphical section dividers. Unfortunately, due to my extreme suckage at photoshop, the results leave a lot to be desired but they should do for now. Who know, maybe some kind soul with more (read: ANY) design skill will offer to whip something up that wont be so painful to look at. *hint**hint**nudge**nudge*

As before feel free to let us know about any other contests you might know of in the comments so that I can add it to the list.


Attack of the Show, via their recently revived User Created Segment, has a full Rock Band set along with a drum throne and guitar stand up for grabs. You can also win a copy of Live Free or Die Hardbut yeah, ROCK BAND. A great chance for anyone that doesnt want to pony up the $169 it would normally cost. User Created To enter you need to make a video in the style of those cheesy videogame commercials of the 80s (they have an example showing what theyre looking for). You need to get to work soon as the contest ends November 27th.

a DS Lite, copy of Jam Sesssions and a guitar amp - MTV - Sweepstakes, just vote for either of the two people and you can enter. Ends November 25th. (thanks kwaselow!)

Soldier of Fortune: Payback branded Falcon gaming rig worth 5k - Joystiq - Drawing, enter multiple times by posting each day. Ends December 4th.

80gb PS3 Motorstorm bundle along with five games: Call of Duty 4, Warhawk, Heavenly Sword, Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune - PlayStation Underground - Make a two-minute long video about why the PlayStation 3 is the best console out there (so just regurgitate any of Sony's press releases or public statements on the matter ;) ). Ends December 11th. (thanks CTZ!)

an Xbox 360 Elite, Guitar Hero III and a $100 Hot Topic gift card - Total Assault - Sweepstakes. Ends December 14th. (thanks kwaselow!)

Halo-themed Xbox 360, Halo 3 and a bunch of other games, books and accessories - Fanscape - Sweepstakes. Ends December 20th. (thanks kwaselow!)

A Packard Bell iPower 8610 gaming PC CVG Sweepstakes, only open to UK residents and you need to register with the site to enter.

A copy of Soldier of Fortune: Payback and an Xbox 360 1up Sweepstakes. Ends December 24th.

Win a PSP, a copy of Daxter and meet a WWE wrestler - WWE - Sweepstakes, must be a site member. Ends January 15. (thanks kwaselow!)

Cash prizes and registered UK students are entered in a drawing to win a 360 Elite each month Microsoft The 6th annual Imagine Cup Contest, open to all college students. Has nine different fields you can enter with the universal theme being the environment. Entry deadlines vary, but they arent until next year.


A chance to win various assortments of gaming swag David has picked up during his time here at Destructoid. Photoshop contest. Ends November 25th.

Copies of Uncharted, Folklore, Heavenly Sword, and NBA 08 for the PS3 and various Sony-branded swag. Design a Desturctoid XMB theme. Ends November 30th.


Assassins Creed t-shirts, Bunnies Creed shirts, limited edition AC hoodie/shirts atheistium Photoshop contest, make some lol-inducing pictures involving Assassins Creed. Ends November 30-ish.

Win a new game of your choice that isnt more than $60 Cowzilla3 Make a donation to Childs Play, the person with the highest donation wins. Ends along with CPs donation period.

Chance to win a copy of Capcom Classics Collection Vol 1 (PS2), Resident Evil: Deadly Silence (DS), Mega Man Starforce:Pegasus or Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble (PSP). - Tron Knotts Pick one of four Capcom characters that you think will be added to Brawl.


Xbox 360 Elite, an Ace Combat 6 flightstick bundle and a $100 giftcard to KFC (?) GamesRadar sweepstakes. Ends November 30th.

Ramptech 2 Quarter Pipe Ramp, Xbox 360, a copy of Tony Hawks Proving Ground GamesRadar Sweepstakes, though you have to answer some lame skateboarder related questions to get to it. Ends November 30th.

Two VIP tickets to the 36 Hours of Music headliner event, 47 Westinghouse LCD TV, a copy of Guitar Hero III and a Gibson guitar GamesRadar Guitar Hero III contest at the 36 Hours of Keystone event in Keystone Colorado. Takes place November 31st-December 1st.

Mystery goodie package, games, t-shirts and random swag are suggested possible prizes. GamePolitics Banner design contest. Ends December 1st.

Xbox 360, copy of FlatOut Ultimate Carnage, FlatOut Roadside Demolition Kits and Tire Shaped CD Case 1up Sweepstakes, though you have to send someone a FlatOut themed e-card to be able to enter. Ends December 3rd.

Dell XPS 720 gaming PC, copy of The Witcher and various Witcher-themed accessories 1up Sweepstakes. Ends December 10th.

Various Xbox 360 prizes xbox360xmts To be entered in the sweepstakes you need to track down words with green Xs across various websites (like Destructoid!), each solved word gets you one entry in the daily drawing. Ends December 10th.

DS Lite and a copy of Lifesigns: Surgical Unit Lifesigns-Game A create your own manga contest. Ends December 16th.

Custom painted Conan-themed Xbox 360 GamesRadar sweepstakes. Ends December 16th.

Custom painted Empire Earth III themed PC, copy of Empire Earth III GamesRadar Sweepstakes. Ends December 21st.

Nintendo DS, Bleach: Blade of Fate, Bleach DVD box set, poster GamesRadar Sweepstakes. Ends December 30th.

iBuyPower NZXT water-cooled gaming PC 1up Sweepstakes. Ends December 31st.

DS Lite and a copy of Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trial and Tribulations 1up - Sweepstakes, also an option trial thingy you can participate in. Ends February 1st.

50,000 Microsoft Points VUgames Sweepstakes, you only need to enter once as it saves your entry until you win. Ends November 1st 2008. (thanks Corncobtacular!)

There you go everyone, good luck!   read


10:28 PM on 11.17.2007

How to get 1000 achievement points in under three minutes

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I think most of us have at one time or another come across those Xbox 360 owners that have a somewhat unhealthy obsession with increasing their gamer scores. Those individuals that will subject themselves to hours of sub par gameplay just because its the most efficient manner in which to further inflate those pointless numerical representations. Well thanks to the fine people at THQ now theyll only need to take a few minutes out of their day to net an easy 1000 points.

As you can see in the above video the newest game based on Nickelodeons animated Avatar series, Avatar: The Burning Earth, hands out all of its achievement points after about a minute-and-a-half of pressing the B button. While that might be good news for some people I just find myself wondering how the guy in charge of implementing achievements in the 360 version managed to half ass it this bad without anyone else noticing.

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