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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 05:58pm 31/08/11 | 23 Comments
Thanks to our friends at Bethesda Softworks, we have five double passes to give away for their Sydney Opera House event "An Evening with id Software's Tim Willits" where he will present RAGE and discuss both his 17-year tenure at the company and their 20-years in the business.

This is a very rare opportunity to get an insight into game development from a key member of the studio that invented first-person shooters, and it's at the freaking Opera House!

Anyone from Australia can enter this competition, provided you're willing to make your own way to the event. For the five winners though, entry is on us.

All you need to do in order to win is Tell us in 50 words or less your favourite moment in id Software gaming. It can be from Wolfenstein, Doom[s] or Quake[s], or even all three. We'll judge the best five entries and you'll be guaranteed entry for you and a friend to Tim's talk at the Sydney Opera House on September 14th!

Click here to get your entry in!



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kettels
Posted 06:05pm 31/8/11
awesome prize, would love to go to that.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 06:07pm 31/8/11
Then enter kettels :)
Steve Farrelly
Posted 06:32pm 31/8/11
my one weakness beat me again :(

fixed
gamer
Posted 08:32am 01/9/11
Are flights included?
Dan
Posted 08:36am 01/9/11
Are flights included?
No.
Anyone from Australia can enter this competition, provided you're willing to make your own way to the event.
Creepy
Posted 08:45am 01/9/11
The Sydney Opera House? S***. That's a level up from when he presented Quake II at the Ibis Hotel in Brisbane...
scuzzy
Posted 08:55am 01/9/11
That's a level up from when he presented Quake II at the Ibis Hotel in Brisbane...
...memory fading, Carlton Crest Hotel
Tollaz0r!
Posted 09:11am 01/9/11
NIN!
Red
Posted 09:13am 01/9/11
...memory fading, Carlton Crest Hotel


Hah. yes. I was there, at the ripe age of 14. I still have my QuakeII poster signed by Tim Willits and Paul Steed!

In fact I see an entry in this...
deeper
Posted 09:27am 01/9/11
Already chatted to him & steed before, don't need to again - he's pretty cool for a bald dude though, like george costanza! If you are in Sydney or extremely dedicated defs chuck an entry in!
Reverend Evil
Posted 09:28am 01/9/11
Gah, I hate 50 words or less thingys. How about the top five postcounts on the board win?
gamer
Posted 09:49am 01/9/11
Gah, I hate 50 words or less thingys. How about the top five postcounts on the board win?


Yeah I was very keen to enter this and got excited, then saw that and closed the page.

That whole 50 words of less thing is just a legal way for them to say 'if we like you, we'll give it to you instead of the other chumps'.

A random draw from the entries would be more fair, but once you have a human (Ausgamers admin) picking 'their' best ones there is no fairness at all.
trog
Posted 09:57am 01/9/11
That whole 50 words of less thing is just a legal way for them to say 'if we like you, we'll give it to you instead of the other chumps'.
Close, but way off. It's a legal way for us to do a competition based on skill so we don't have to get lottery licenses, which is what you have to do if you're giving things away based on "games of chance".

Even more awesome, the lottery licensing laws differ from state to state, so you have to get a license from each state depending on their own laws. Needless to say, it is an expensive and time consuming exercise.
A random draw from the entries would be more fair, but once you have a human (Ausgamers admin) picking 'their' best ones there is no fairness at all.
You are implying that we are doing it unfairly?

This is false; we have an admin page that just lists all the responses independent of any other user information. All the responses are read and judged on their merit - basically how funny and/or insightful they are (for some definition of "good" which the person judging uses based on the question and competition).

It also filters out the lazy so the people who are prepared to put in a modicum of effort actually have a reasonable chance of winning.

(I have to say I enter a LOT more competitions like this now especially on smaller sites where I feel there's a better chance they're doing it like us and not just using it as a way to cheat and give out random prizes, because the barrier to enter due to all the lazy people giving up early obviously means your odds are significantly increased).
Tollaz0r!
Posted 09:59am 01/9/11
Random Draw is counted as a lotto or something.
gamer
Posted 10:17am 01/9/11
Yes and all we have to go on with that is your word. Which I don't trust at all, as your credibility is directly questionable because your a Ausgamers admin yourself.

If you had a better method then 'what we deem is the funniest oh and we promise not to look at your username' I might not submit my entry using a proxy server in another state and with a ausgamers account other then this one.

This kind of stuff is full of bias - but it's not like you would admit that publicly on your own website under your own name as it might reduce the people that come here and give you advertising money or whatever.



taggs
Posted 10:18am 01/9/11
be more of a petulant child, gamer

If you had a better method then 'what we deem is the funniest oh and we promise not to look at your username' I might not submit my entry using a proxy server in another state and with a ausgamers account other then this one.


hahahahahahaha
gamer
Posted 10:21am 01/9/11
taggs missed the adult humour. Poor taggs.
trog
Posted 10:27am 01/9/11
Shrug, if you're going to question my honesty, then you should find another forum to hang out on. Please don't post in this thread again to derail it further.
Dan
Posted 10:32am 01/9/11
FWIW, I can vouch that the judging interface doesn't show usernames. I'm often surprised when I see familiar names after the winners have been selected .
Khel
Posted 10:35am 01/9/11
Yes and all we have to go on with that is your word. Which I don't trust at all, as your credibility is directly questionable because your a Ausgamers admin yourself.


If you don't trust the admins, why would you enter any competition at all? I mean, you say at the start you would have entered if it was random chance, so somehow for you its easier to trust someone telling you they choose the winners randomly, than it is to trust someone who is completely transparent with the process used and explains to you exactly how its done impartially? Your mind scares me.
fpot
Posted 11:39am 01/9/11
His Hunter is showing again.
scuzzy
Posted 10:42pm 14/9/11
Bumping to say Rage looks very nice on an xbox... This thing is going to look crazy good on a PC

last edited by scuzzy at 22:42:14 14/Sep/11
Pinky
Posted 11:57pm 14/9/11
IDKFA

EDIT: If this was a real gaming forum I would have just won the competition with that cheat. Disappointed.
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