Prize Winner [Sept-Oct]

This is our thanks to everyone who contributes to this site. The following is a point tally for each user’s contributions (September through October):

gpetersz    x
noobfarm    xxxxxxxx
Caniac        xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (1st – 69)
conman124    xxxx
Elmernite    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (2nd – 34)
RhysAndrews    xxxx
Lethal255    x
PHL        x
Matthew_H    xxxxx
PickleMan    x
msr        xx
Timoi        xxxxxx
Joerdgs        xxxxxx
Jax        xxxxxxxx
Revel        x
Nailog        xxxxxxxxx (3rd – 9)
CE Gamer    x
IsmAvatar    xx
Tom Russell    xxx
NotTellingRi..    xxx
darkshado    x
Monkeyman    x
Rusky        xx
KKG        x
legocrazy1    xxx
Sandy        xx
Supercarson7    x
Ex-GM Addict    xxxx
Rock        x
Sharedxs    x
Zbox        x
Cab        x
Luis Reis    x
xot        xx
NakedPaulToast    xxxx
Matt        x
Chronic        x
MME        xx
Blijbol        xxx
GearGod        x
Somelauw    x
Tepi        xx
Qwertyuiop23    xx
mrsmes        x
Snail        xx
Chaz        x
gamez93        xxx
Lapixx        x
NAL        x
M&M’s        xxx
DtD Software    x
gmjab        xx
Fede-lasse    x

Congratulations to Caniac who will have his choice of about 30 prizes on the Prizes page!
Note: Although Caniac won the last prize (August), due to the combined September-October prize, there was no prize awarded last month and hence he was given the opportunity to win this month’s prize. Plus we feel he deserves it, he earned 2x more contribution points than any other user! That’s great work 🙂

Special Mention to Elmernite who got second place and everyone else who contributed!
*Point tally includes both comment and news tip submissions

If you would like to donate toward the prizes, please see the about page.

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GMNews – Writers, Prizes & Info

Firstly I would like to formally welcome Qwertyman (Brian) and Broxter (Jack) to the Scorptek team. They are here to help improve the GMNews site and keep a regular flow of articles going to ensure you have all the up-to-date Game Maker and related news every day. Please give them a warm welcome and make sure you continue to send in news tips as you come across something you think will be interesting to write about.

Secondly, I just wanted to make a small apology for the lack of news articles this month (meaning September). Trust me, we’re all quite busy, Scorptek has big plans ahead and many of our team members are still settling into their school, college and university schedules (including myself). We really appreciate the time and effort Qwertyman and Broxter have and will be putting in in the upcoming months to make sure GMNews continues to be the best source of Game Maker news available. Our goal this month is to keep this site up to date with news posts at least every 2 days, and hopefully every day.

Thirdly, the September GMNews prize has been postponed or rather combined with the month of October’s prize. Due to the lack of articles this month, we don’t feel there was enough opportunity available for users to make contributions through comments and discussion and therefore the October prize will be awarded based on the combined contributions of September and October. Thank you for your understanding.

I just want to say thanks to our loyal readers who have stuck around and sent in news tips even when the site appeared to die-down a bit. We appreciate your effort to help the GMNews community, and be assured we will be ‘reviving’ the site this month.

Looking For Writers

It has come to our attention that the GMNews team is quite under-staffed and unable to maintain this site to the expectation of many of our readers. Therefore we have decided it is in the best interest of the community to seek out some new writers to cover all the latest GMNews headlines and news stories as they happen. This will hopefully both improve and enhance the quality of the GMNews blog over time while keeping readers up to date with the latest GM News from across the net.

This is a volunteer job; however there are certain ’employee benefits’ you may enjoy as a worker of Scorptek. For more information, please contact us.

Recommendations for applicants (guideline only, many of the items listed are not absolutely required):

Game Maker
– Is an experienced Game Maker user with an understanding of the key concepts of GML and other programming languages (not necessary)
– Is a long time member of various Game Maker communities – at the very minimum, the GMC and YoYo Games
– Has contacts or a personal network of Game Maker friends that can provide reliable news and information

Education
– Has a High school Diploma from an English speaking school and/or has obtained an average mark of B- or higher in all classes in the most recent semester/term)
– Obtained a B+ or higher average in either English or English Literature (in the most recent semester/term)
– Obtained a B+ or higher average in one or more of Journalism, Communication Technology, Creative Writing, Media or Multimedia studies (in the most recent semester/term)
– Is an Honour Roll (or equivalent) student and/or has won subject/merit award(s) and/or has received academic distinctions in one or more classes (not required)

Personality
– Enjoys writing and research
– Has enough free time to check for news updates across various websites on a regular basis
– Is opinionated, but able to write without bias if and when necessary or desired
– Enjoys a challenge

If you’re interested, please let us know by emailing jobs[at]scorptek[dot]net with a paragraph about yourself and any of the applicable information above. Thank you for your help in making GMNews the best source of Game Maker news.

Glog News? & Survey

The official YoYo Games Glog has changed quite a bit in the past month or so. What used to be an empty void of space has now become the latest hip area for everything Game Maker. Whether it’s official announcements, tips, suggestions, or just regular Game Maker news, YYG is starting to have it all. With updates almost every day it’s clear there is a lot of time and effort being spent into keeping users up to date with what’s happening.

Is this good or bad? It’s great to see that YoYo Games is keeping the public up to date with almost daily announcements and news-bits and it means the company is listening to its users. It does however create competition, and with their latest news post on the release of GM Tech’s Magazine, they’re starting to become a bit GMNews-y. Since they are the ‘official’ source of news, it makes it a little more difficult for independent sites like GMNews and Game Maker Blog to stay afloat as Phil Gamble points out with his latest post entitled “Bye-Bye Game Maker Blog?

At this point we’ll just have to wait it out and see where the Glog is heading, but there may also be some concern that YoYo Games has such a strong influence, that by recommending one magazine over another or community site A instead of community site B, the company could potentially ‘damage the ecosystem’ of the Game Maker community we have today.

Survey – Fill out this survey and win this month’s prize!

This is a bit outside the scope of ‘Game Maker’, but it is related to Scorptek. We are currently conducting a small bit of market research and we would greatly appreciate the GMNews community’s support. This will help us in improving our products and services in the future including GMNews.

Click Here to fill out the survey. Users who fill out the survey with their GMNews username or email address will receive an extra 10 POINTS for this month’s contribution prize! And may also receive discounts from paid Scorptek products or services in the future.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Reminder to Caniac: Please contact us about your prize, you haven’t claimed it yet.

GMNews Prize Winner – August 08

Congratulations to Caniac who is this month’s (August) prize winner!

With over fourty six points earned from GMNews comments and email news tips and many previous contributions, Caniac is definitely diserving of a prize.

Thanks to everyone else who contributed, with a special mention to Elmernite who also won last month’s prize.

Caniac has choice of one of the approximately 30 prizes listed on the “Prizes” page or the choice of the ‘special prize’ specifically requested by Caniac at an earlier time.

Everyone else, you’ve also done a great job. Stay tuned for more news and and chances to win the September prize. Note that after september we will be doing a cost analysis check to see whether we can continue to pay for prizes without any sponsors. If you can, please contribute a small donation to help pay for the prizes (see the About page).

July 2008 Prize Winner(s)!

Wow! What a month, and thanks to all of you who contributed to the site 🙂

The first and second place winners were so close to both winning, that after checking and re-checking point scores, we have decided it would only be fair to award both users a prize. So the first place winner will be given a choice from our current prize selection, and the second place winner will be given a choice from a secondary prize selection (see prizes page).

Drum-roll please……….

The winner of the July 2008 GMNews competition with 55 points in comments and 10 points in news tips and a total of 65 points is….

Elmernite

And our second place winner (who will also receive a prize [see Update below]) with 50 points in comments and 14 points in news tips and with a total of 64 points is…..

Caniac

Congratulations to both of you! You both have put in a lot of effort and deserve a prize. We never thought it could come down to this and it very much surprised all of us how close the numbers were.

For those of you who are wondering: Caniac had more posted comments than Elmernite, however most of them were short and quick. Elmernite wrote longer posts that showed more effort, quality, and contained more information.

We also want to thank the following runner-ups who also did a great job:

– Mattthew_H
– Legocrazy1
– Nikhil Sharma

For everyone else, please see the Prizes page for information on the competition and prize choices.
Remember, all you have to do is post a comment or submit a news tip and you’re in the running to win the monthly prizes.

UPDATE: Caniac has generously declined and donated his prize back to GMNews in exchange for the opportunity to win next month’s prize give-away.

June 2008 Prize Winner

Congratulations to Qwertyman, this month’s prize winner!

For those who don’t know, Scorptek is now giving away prizes at the end of each month as a token of appreciation for the comments, news tips, and contributions written by our users that make the GMNews site possible.

As this month’s prize winner, Qwertyman gets a choice from 1 of about 25 awesome prizes for the PC, Wii, Xbox, PS3, and other gaming consoles. Please visit prizes page for more details on contest rules, eligibility and prize choices.

We also want to thank the following users for their contributions to the site, they were all very close to being this month’s prize winner:
– Caniac
– Elmernite
– Matthew_H
– LegoCrazy1

Stay tuned for more news and opportunities to win prizes. Reminder to this month’s winner, please contact us via e-mail as seen on the Prizes page.

If you would like to donate and help sponsor the prize give-aways, please see the about page. Every little bit helps, as currently the prizes are coming directly out of our pockets and are not being sponsored by anyone.