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#1 Edited by Marino (5569 posts) -

Alright, duders. E3 2012 is next week. I know! Crazy, right? Well, if you've been around Giant Bomb for a while, you know that the last couple 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.

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. We gotta spread the love.
  • All banners must be 600 x 100.
  • No animated GIFs.
  • General forum rules apply. (i.e. no nudity or otherwise NSFW stuff)
  • Deadline (except for Konami) is Sunday night-ish.
  • Moderators will devise some type of unscientific means of selecting the winners.

The Info

  • Konami - Thursday, May 31 @ 10:30 PM PDT
  • Microsoft - Monday, June 4 @ 9:30 AM PDT
  • Electronic Arts - Monday, June 4 @ 1:00 PM PDT
  • Ubisoft - Monday, June 4 @ 3:00 PM PDT
  • Sony - Monday, June 4 @ 6:00 PM PDT
  • Nintendo - Tuesday, June 5 @ 9:00 AM PDT

Now you know the rules and the basic info you should probably to include. So, get to photoshopping! Here's a template that CitizenKane made last year if you need a visual aid. And, if you need some inspiration, just check out some of the past winners below.

Past Winners

  • by @buzz_clik
  • by @eeegac
  • by @Twilight
  • by @face15
  • by @cookiesforbreakfast
  • by @buzz_clik
  • by @bonorbitz
  • by @skarinator
#2 Posted by The_Last_Starfighter (317 posts) -

What's the deadline on this?

#3 Posted by Marino (5569 posts) -

@Gunslinger0130: The Konami one needs to be done pretty quickly. Deadline the rest should be...let's say Sunday night. We'll need a little time to get input from the other moderators on who should win each one.

#4 Posted by Trace (3682 posts) -

@Marino: I'll see if I can come up with a pretty painless way for the mods to toss their votes together.

#5 Posted by B0nd07 (1747 posts) -

Working on something right now.

@Marino: FYI, the link to "last year's thread" actually links to 2010's thread. Also, the template link seems to be dead.

#6 Edited by Zidd (1918 posts) -
#7 Edited by B0nd07 (1747 posts) -

Threw something together for Konami:

And here are mine for the big 5:

And my second design:

Side note: anyone else having issues embedding multiple "large" files at a time? It keeps stalling at the second image I try to post.

#8 Posted by Marz (5753 posts) -

did some ubisoft ones.

mr. caffeine
#9 Posted by Willin (1356 posts) -

@B0nd07: I like how the little cross section part in the EA banner has nothing in it. Good play, sir!

#10 Posted by RedRoach (1378 posts) -

I was beginning to think this wan't going to happen. Glad I'm wrong,

#11 Posted by BeachThunder (13352 posts) -
@B0nd07: Crysis 3; Dead Space 3.
#12 Posted by dudeglove (9634 posts) -

What, no E3 mysteries?

#13 Posted by ShadowVirus (841 posts) -

I probably won't be able to do a Konami one as I'm gonna be pretty busy these next few days but when I get some time I'll get cracking on these.

#14 Posted by B0nd07 (1747 posts) -

@Willin: Only because I couldn't remember anything they were working on, lol.

@BeachThunder: Thanks, I completely forgot about Crysis 3.

#15 Edited by rachelepithet (1645 posts) -


#16 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19303 posts) -

And here.. we.. go! 

@BeachThunder said:

@B0nd07: Crysis 3
I hate you Beach. I hate you.
#17 Edited by Wacomole (987 posts) -

Thought I'd knock something up for a couple of them as I had some time spare this afternoon, nothing earth-shattering, though.

Maybe I'll take another crack at it if I get more time later...

#18 Posted by Winternet (8264 posts) -

@MoleyUK: No Alex love?

#19 Posted by Wacomole (987 posts) -

@Winternet: Holy Cra...! What an omission.

Totally unintentional I swear.

Better get onto fixing that.

#20 Edited by Wacomole (987 posts) -

OK. Apologies for leaving Alex out of the last one...

#21 Posted by Coafi (1519 posts) -

Saving a spot for my banners.

Great job so far, everyone.

@Marz: I love how you added Mr. Caffeine, good job.

#22 Posted by RobotHamster (4237 posts) -

Made some for fun, can't wait for E3!!

#23 Posted by Wacomole (987 posts) -

Not a real entry, but I I'll chuck it in anyway...

...and that's enough from me!

GLHB everyone.

#24 Posted by Cirdain (3491 posts) -

@RobotHamster said:

Made some for fun, can't wait for E3!!

This actually is the most appropriate.

#25 Posted by aurahack (2506 posts) -

You guys have no idea how much I am dying for Ginant Bomb 2,011 to make a return in this thread.

Also, working on my stuff at the moment. Will probably be up tomorrow morning or some shit.

#26 Edited by CapnMango (12 posts) -

Well that took longer than I expected. It was fun though!

#27 Edited by ShadowVirus (841 posts) -

Here's my first set of attempts.

Will have another go later today or tomorrow.

@CapnMango: That is awesome! Welcome to the forums.

#28 Edited by avantegardener (1282 posts) -

Cool, will get cracking.

Got 3 started before bed.Got them all up anyway, I'll continue working on them.

I think they are clean but bit too sterile, plus ShadowVirus is killing me above :)

Right Done, went with a colourised version.

#29 Posted by aurahack (2506 posts) -

@ShadowVirus said:

Here's my first set of attempts.

I'm thrilled to see the legacy I established last year of using EA's classic logo carries on this year. Doing me proud, Giant Bomb. :'D

#30 Posted by ShadowVirus (841 posts) -

@aurahack: It's a tradition :)

Quickly through together a Konami one, hope its not too late?

#31 Posted by nick_verissimo (1440 posts) -

@ShadowVirus: I pretty much think you should win for using the OG EA logo. Well done!

#32 Posted by B0nd07 (1747 posts) -

I'll be updating my first post (first page) with any updates I make. Consider that post as my final entry when the deadline arrives.

Anywho, I've made a some changes to mine. Here's a sample:

I also toyed around with this design a bit, but couldn't make it work for me. However, looking at it now on the site, I might continue with it some more.

#33 Posted by Marino (5569 posts) -

@ShadowVirus: Definitely not too late. I'll probably post the Konami thread around 11 PM tonight (since I may have to go to sleep before it starts). So, everyone's got another 8 hours or so to get in a Konami banner.

#34 Posted by myketuna (1785 posts) -

@dudeglove said:

What, no E3 mysteries?

I actually have ideas swirling in my mind for an "E3 mysteries" themed set of banners. I also imagine P.O.D.'s (terribad) "Sleeping Awake" as the official Giant Bomb E3 2012 theme song only because I imagine the group singing about the E3 mysteries and not the Matrix.

But maybe these are better kept as ideas.

#35 Posted by zyn (2765 posts) -

@MoleyUK said:

OK. Apologies for leaving Alex out of the last one...

I like this set.

#36 Posted by Brendan (8820 posts) -

@MoleyUK: Yours are definitely my favourites so far. Nice work!

#37 Edited by Wacomole (987 posts) -

@ShadowVirus said:

No Contest! That's frikkin' perfect! Great Stuff.

, : Thanks, chaps.

All the entries are pretty strong so far. I'm sure they'll only get better too.

#38 Edited by aurahack (2506 posts) -

Done with mine, though I think I'll work on a second set. Another design or something, because I can't say I'm 100% satisfied with how these look.

#39 Posted by jjnen (680 posts) -
@CapnMango that looks cool as fuck.
#40 Posted by Marino (5569 posts) -

We're getting close to having to shut off Konami submissions. Only have four so far. We've got European mods that have to go to bed soon.

#41 Edited by SerHulse (709 posts) -

@MoleyUK said:

This one is pretty swanky!

I prefer this design (out of the two) though the smoke effect in the middle looks a little weird...

EDIT: weird, it didn't post the other picture :\ anyway, I was referring to the second retooled design of your Nintendo banners.

#42 Posted by Village_Guy (2817 posts) -

A lot of good looking banners here, though I would like to see some more fun ones or related to E3 Mysteries... but I guess vidja gaems r srs bizniz... or something.

#43 Posted by Bollard (6604 posts) -

All of these banners are really sweet. It's a shame most of them can't win!

#44 Posted by YetiAntics (1520 posts) -

@MoleyUK said:

OK. Apologies for leaving Alex out of the last one...

If it were up to me, You're Winner.

#45 Posted by Coafi (1519 posts) -

@aurahack: Duder, I love your banners! I love the fact that you use a different shape for the banners, maybe use bolder type for the dates they get a lil bit lost. I can't wait to see your second set.

#46 Edited by aurahack (2506 posts) -

@Coafi: Thanks! The font was a problem for me. :( Couldn't get it to work the way I wanted to. S'why I decided to make a second set.

Second set is here. I like these a lot better, although there's no space in them. :( I love space. Space is so cool, I want to put it in everything. Also, Konami one!

Alternate Microsoft one because Bing is fucking stupid and I feel the need to celebrate that.
#47 Posted by Marino (5569 posts) -

@aurahack: Those are pretty sharp. Nitpicking technicality: The time should be PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) instead of PST (Pacific Standard Time).

#48 Posted by A_Cute_Squirtle (787 posts) -

#49 Posted by face15 (1372 posts) -

Oh wow, I had no idea that my Nintendo banner was used last year. That's awesome.

I'll make some up for this year later today.

#50 Posted by Marino (5569 posts) -



I'm giving some other mods some time to vote. I'll be posting the thread in a few hours (well before the thing starts).