THIS CONTEST HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST.
Hey folks, you may remember EpicSteve's 75th Annual Achievement Contest held not too long ago. Needless to say, I saw terrific feedback and participation. Let's do that again, shall we? However, i'm not tasking to community with collecting achievement points. This time, you'll have to write me something. Consider this a Videogame Writing Exam. Sounds scary, but hopefully it won't be. I won't be a grammar Nazi. I am looking for good articulation and to learn myself. A prize will be awarded to the victor!
Ok, so what is this contest?
To put it simply, an essay contest. You will choose from one of three topics. Their is no word minimum, the maximum is 1200 words. However, I don't recommend you write just a paragraph or two. But if you're an excellent writer that can articulate valid points in limited space, go for it.
What subject do I choose from?
Great question, lad! You can pick one of three very general topics. Here are your choices:
Your Favorite Videogame:
It's difficult lasering in your favorite videogame. Hell, I probably couldn't tell you mine. Don't sweat it! If you can't decide your ultimate favorite between a few titles, just pick a game you're really passionate about and tell me why it's badass.
Biggest moment in the Videogame Industry:
This can be positive or negative. What historic moment made the biggest impact in our industry? Is it the crazy corporate espionage of the 70's? The death of the arcade scene? The Wii's launch? Brink? Something else!?
Ways Videogame Journalism can be Improved:
You're on GiantBomb, have an account, and made your way to this thread. Chances are, you have seen a decent chunk of Videogame coverage over the years. What can publications do better? Mind you, don't speak of any publications specifically. This isn't "How to improve GiantBomb", but the journalism aspect of the gaming industry as a whole.
C'mon, just tell me the prize already!
Ok, ok. The winner will get to chose from a small GiantBomb Throwback T-Shit, or $20 space bucks for the console of their choice. The twist is, I won't decide the victor, the community will. I will shift through all the submissions, and will post what I think are the best three. Two weeks from today, June 8th, I will post the finalists. The community will vote on which they think are the best. The winner will be decided on June 11th.
You might want to read this part if you plan on participating. I will accept admissions immediately. You will submit your essay to my PM box. Be warned, all submissions are final! In the subject area of the PM, write "Contest". The blog in which the finalists are chosen will go up on June 8th, consider that your deadline. What time will I make my final selection? You can gamble on waiting until June 8th to turn in your essay, I don't recommend it. I do suggest your keep track of my GiantBomb profile and/or my Twitter for any and all updates. Be entertaining. Don't write this like some college book assignment! Post below if you plan on participating.
I don't understand anything!
Post your question below or PM me.
EDIT: Don't format this in any crazy ways. Treat this like writing a nice blog. No need to indent or give me half a page of sources.
Goodluck, and have Batman!