The 5th Annual E3 Banner Contest Challenge

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#1 Edited by Marino (4764 posts) -
The original E3 press conference bombshell. Times were simpler then. Weirder maybe. But simpler.

Alright, duders. E3 2013 is ten days away. I know! Crazy, right? Well, if you've been around Giant Bomb for a while, you know that each of the last few years, the moderators have held a contest for users to create the banners that will be placed at the top of each press conference's discussion thread. Whether you're a Photoshop master or a can't find the color red in MS Paint, you could win! So, read the rules carefully and start making pretty and/or funny stuff!

UPDATE: Thanks to @rorie, each of the six winners will also get a free month of premium membership. If you already are a premium member, an extra month will be added to your current subscription.

The Rules

  • You each can submit up to THREE banners for EACH press conference. So, if you've got multiple genius ideas for Konami's insanity. Have at it!
  • Although you can submit many banners, you can only win ONCE. So, for example, if you win Microsoft, you can't win Sony. We gotta spread the love.
  • All banners must be 650 x 150.
  • No animated GIFs. Hard G or otherwise.
  • General forum rules apply. (i.e. no nudity or otherwise NSFW stuff)
  • Deadline for Konami is Wednesday night (June 5).
  • Deadline for Microsoft/EA/Ubisoft/Sony/Nintendo is next Sunday night (June 9).
  • While everyone is encouraged to pick their favorites, winners are chosen by the moderators.
This is slightly bigger than before. We're giving you an extra 2500 pixels to cram stuff in.

The Info

Here are the details about when each conference is being held. Use these as you wish. Or don't. Or use incorrect information if you want!

  • Konami - Thursday, June 6 @ 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT / 5:00 PM GMT
  • Microsoft - Monday, June 10 @ 9:30 AM PDT / 12:30 PM EDT / 4:30 PM GMT
  • Electronic Arts - Monday, June 10 @ 1:00 PM PDT / 4:00 PM EDT / 8:00 PM GMT
  • Ubisoft - Monday, June 10 @ 3:00 PM PDT / 6:00 PM EDT / 10:00 PM GMT
  • Sony - Monday, June 10 @ 6:00 PM PDT / 9:00 PM EDT / 1:00 AM GMT
  • Nintendo - Tuesday, June 11 @ 7:00 AM PDT / 10:00 AM EDT / 2:00 PM GMT

As you can see, we've decided to go ahead and include Nintendo even though they won't be doing a live stage presentation. Nintendo will be releasing a Nintendo Direct on Tuesday morning before E3 officially starts, so I'm sure we'll have a discussion thread about that too.

Now you know the rules and the basic info you should probably include. So, get to photoshopping, drawing, or even photographing! Here's a template if you need a visual aid. And, if you need some inspiration, just check out all of the past winners below.

2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

#2 Posted by Sweep (8983 posts) -

You know how Ludwig Mies van der Rohe used to say "Less is more"?

Fuck that guy.

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#3 Posted by B0nd07 (1701 posts) -

Aha! Is this my chance?

#4 Edited by GnomeonFire (785 posts) -

#5 Edited by BillyTheKid (486 posts) -

@gnomeonfire: The Sony one is actually really good, I like it.

If only I had any kind of Photo Editing skills. :(

#6 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6398 posts) -

Remember folks - claymation.

Also? Finger paints. Not even just for the banners. Just... you know. Finger painting!

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#7 Posted by Falconer (1711 posts) -

@gnomeonfire: You need to photoshop a fourth finger onto Kaz's hand.

#8 Posted by GnomeonFire (785 posts) -

@falconer said:

@gnomeonfire: You need to photoshop a fourth finger onto Kaz's hand.

Lol, that actually did cross my mind. Though I think I would fuck it up.

#9 Posted by dannyodwyer (365 posts) -

TIME TO INSTALL FIREWORKS

Cannot wait to see these.

#10 Edited by BigJeffrey (5182 posts) -

Probably not the best but ehhhhhh.

#11 Posted by TheHT (11793 posts) -

#12 Edited by TopCat88 (177 posts) -

Two similar designs. Might as well add them both. I'm pretty proud of my Mattrick if I'm honest but strangely nervous posting this. I haven't done this sort thing for ages, it was fun. Be kind and constructive!

#13 Posted by TheHT (11793 posts) -

#14 Edited by rachelepithet (1392 posts) -

I'll update this post as I make 'em.

#15 Edited by c0l0nelp0c0rn1 (1811 posts) -

I'll update this post as I make 'em.

I'm a big fan of Hacksaw Jim Duggan. You are using his likeness correctly.

#16 Edited by benspyda (2051 posts) -
Here's my first one. This is fun!
Here's a Kinect one. Sorry TheHT for ripping you off a bit
Predicting the return of J Allard as an xbox cyborg.

Oh Microsoft, you've made yourself such an easy target this year.

#17 Posted by Prestige (110 posts) -

#18 Posted by MX (247 posts) -

My two tries for the Microsoft press conference. Does anyone have any idea how to make the edges of the X look less jaggy.

#19 Posted by GnomeonFire (785 posts) -

@theht: I love that middle Microsoft one, and the Konami one.

#20 Edited by RuthLoose (836 posts) -

@benspyda said:
Here's my first one. This is fun!
Here's a Kinect one. Sorry TheHT for ripping you off a bit
Predicting the return of J Allard as an xbox cyborg.

Oh Microsoft, you've made yourself such an easy target this year.

HOLY FUCK!!!! J. ALLARD NEVER LEFT MICROSOFT-HE BECAME DON MATTRICK.

#21 Edited by Stokes (201 posts) -

@theht: I love the Konami banner.

#22 Posted by Demoskinos (15156 posts) -

@theht: That Konami one is fucking rad.

#23 Edited by JackBurt0n (74 posts) -

@theht: That's pretty BA. Love the MG2/MSX art/style.

#24 Edited by I_smell (3925 posts) -

THE MICROSOFT PRESS CONFERENCE IS ALWAYS ON.

#25 Posted by ohms (31 posts) -

Just knocked up these two. Text could do with some rearranging maybe.

I'm never satisfied with text layout.

#26 Posted by NexusOn (19 posts) -

My first banner entry ever...:)

#27 Edited by Marino (4764 posts) -

Just a heads up to first timers out there... Save your images as PNG instead of JPG to avoid blurriness from compression.

We've got some pretty good entries so far. Keep it up.

#28 Edited by Chaser324 (6744 posts) -

One piece of advice: use PNG format on these. You'll avoid the compression artifacts that JPEG can introduce.

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#29 Posted by NexusOn (19 posts) -

second banner :)

#30 Posted by Jace (1094 posts) -
#31 Edited by NexusOn (19 posts) -

3:rd banner :)

#32 Edited by aurahack (2289 posts) -

I couldn't really think of anything "clever" so I just graphic designed the shit out of mine. I'll probably make another set this weekend? Probably? If I have time? And stuff? Question marks?

#33 Edited by Sugar (29 posts) -

#34 Posted by Donoram (67 posts) -

@prestige said:

So much this.

@i_smell said:

THE MICROSOFT PRESS CONFERENCE IS ALWAYS ON.

Dark horse pic.

#35 Posted by Sgtpierceface (645 posts) -

@aurahack: These are the best, but will have no chance at winning.

#36 Edited by ZombiePie (5755 posts) -

I'm contributing:

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#37 Posted by benspyda (2051 posts) -

@zombiepie: I have no idea what your contribution means but it scares me shitless none the less.

#38 Posted by villainy (596 posts) -

@zombiepie: Someone's green... Are you feeling a little green ZombiePie? ;)

#39 Posted by aurahack (2289 posts) -

@sgtpierceface: What happens happens, haha. I just did those to flex my design fingers. I'll probably make something more... special... by the end of the weekend.

#40 Edited by mcain99 (23 posts) -

eh, decided to try something.....

#41 Edited by ZombiePie (5755 posts) -

@chaser324 said:

One piece of advice: use PNG format on these. You'll avoid the compression artifacts that JPEG can introduce.

EDIT: @marino, great minds think alike. You posted that literally just 30 seconds before me.

Don't listen to this old coot! Artifacts add character. Just look at Turtle J Allard for example:

I think I learned how to edit photos everyone! I think I finally get it!

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#42 Edited by Chaser324 (6744 posts) -
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#43 Posted by ZombiePie (5755 posts) -
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#44 Posted by Xsnipd (96 posts) -
@aurahack said:

I couldn't really think of anything "clever" so I just graphic designed the shit out of mine. I'll probably make another set this weekend? Probably? If I have time? And stuff? Question marks?

These banners are really clean and crisp. Out the ones i like, the Microsoft, EA and Sony ones are my top favorite out of the incoming banners as of 5/31. Good job, Duder.

#45 Edited by PlayPaul (54 posts) -

@aurahack: Love the clean minimalistic style. Very cool.

#46 Posted by Cirdain (3153 posts) -

@theht said:

Bring the whole left side down and the the duder line down then this is gold.

#47 Edited by pythagreon (15 posts) -

For the Microsoft Conference! Seeing as everyone is paranoise about the Kinect watching them, I figured this'd be appropriate.

And here's a quick gif I made of it to make it a bit creepier. I know the contest says no animated gifs, so this one is just for fun. First time I've actually figured out the trick to saving a gif properly so hopefully it works.

Hrm... It animates fine when you click on it. I could have sworn I'd seen animated gifs on the forums, is there some trick to posting them?

#48 Posted by saidaioujou (12 posts) -

hi guiz, mai name is don. enjoy! hha

#49 Edited by I_smell (3925 posts) -
#50 Posted by Chaser324 (6744 posts) -

@i_smell: Is this finally the year that sees the return of James Pond?

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