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.

Updates & Prize Give-aways

Updates

It has been a while since our last post, and we’re sorry to have kept you waiting. The Scorptek team decided to take a break from GMNews this month in order to focus its efforts on improving some of our other services and creating new ones that we have every confidence will be successful.

One of these services will involve many new improvements and additions to GMNews and will be announced sometime in the upcoming weeks. Meanwhile, the monthly prize give-away (see details below), will be an ongoing project that will eventually become part of the new service once it has been released.

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Prize Give-aways

As part of a new effort to involve the community in discussion and collaboration of Game Maker related news, we will be offering FREE prize give-aways every month to users who contribute to the GMNews community.

How it works: At the end of each month, the user who contributes the best comments and/or news tips (sent to postMyGMNews@scorptek.net) will be awarded a gaming related prize of their choice from the options below. The best comments and/or news tips will be selected by the Scorptek staff based on their content and quality. The more quality and meaningful comments or news tips you submit each month, the more likely you are to win each give-away.

Prizes to be won (you can pick your choice of 1 prize from any category):
For PC: USB Gamepad w/Rumble Support & Analog Sticks, Gaming Headset, USB WiFi Adaptor for Windows XP, 4 Port USB Hub, Flexible Waterproof Keyboard
For Wii: Remote Accessories: Steering Wheel w/Table Suction Mount, Pool Cue, Golf Club, Fishing Rod, Light Sabre. Other: Blue LED Cooling Stand, Wii Memory Card
For Xbox 360: Gaming Headset for Xbox Live, Xbox 360 Media Remote Control, Cooling Fan Attachment for 360
For PS3: DVD/Blu-ray Media Remote, Cooling Fan Attachment, USB PS3 Dual Controller Charger
For DS Lite: Headset, Stand/Table Mount, Blue LED Charging Cradle
For PSP: USB Wifi Adaptor, PSP Movie stand w/Speaker, PSP Face plates
For All: Silicone Casing (skin) for Your Choice of Console/Controller, Rechargeable Battery Pack (for Available Console Controllers)
* Prizes are subject to availability, options may change in the future without notice
* Prizes may not have the same retail value (choose 1 that has the most value to you)

What you should know:
– Any user who posts a comment or gives a news-tip is automatically eligible to win the monthly give-away (assuming a valid email address is used & the user’s posts follow the Rules)
– Prizes will be drawn at end of each month starting June 2008 (start now!)
– There are no geographical restrictions for prize winners, and you will not have to pay shipping fees if you win the give-away. Shipping time will generally be 2-4 weeks
– You must contact us at prizes@scorptek.net to claim your prize from the same email address you used to submit comments/tips with.
– We have no obligation to try and contact you in the event you are a winner (you should see our announcement at gmnews.scorptek.net and then email us at prizes@scorptek.net if you are the winner).
– You will have up to 1 month to claim your prize unless otherwise stated
– You may choose one prize from the prize list. Some prize(s) may be out of stock
– Comments & tips must be submitted in the same month as the give-away to win
– If you do not wish to participate in the give-away, add [noprize] to the end of your name or email subject when posting a comment or submitting a news tip

This is something to look forward to, and I hope this will really help encourage GMNews community discussion. Also, if you wish to help donate toward prizes (as currently they are being paid for at Scorptek’s expense), please see the about page.

You must meet the eligibility requirements (see Prizes page) in order to receive a prize