Donation Drive '09

Gamers With Jobs is, first and foremost, a user supported site. Which is why between now and October 2 we will be camped out on your virtual doorstep wearing dark glasses and shaking a coffee cup full of seed-coin asking for your continued and crucial support in helping us keep the lights on and the hamsters turning in their exercise wheels. Your donation goes to providing the materials, the equipment and the financial ability to bring you the content that teases your eyes and tickles your ears every single week. While we hope you feel like the work we do is valuable, we also know that a prize giveaway or two never hurt anybody. This year is no different.

We are proud to roll out the annual donation drive and prize give away featuring a familiar option at the Grand Prize spot --

Your choice of a PlayStation 3 slim -- Xbox 360 -- Nintendo Wii -- GeForce GTX 275 for your home PC!

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Supporting the site is as simple as clicking the make a donation link on the sidebar or sending your donation through Paypal to [email protected]. Every donation of $10 or more is eligible for an entry into our giveaway -- additional entries are added for larger donations. See after the bump for more details.

You can also send a check to:

GWJ Donation Drive
Attn: Sean
PO Box 177
Savage, MN 55378

IMPORTANT - READ THIS: Being involved in the donation drive giveaway and getting your forum icon is a two step process - you must send a separate e-mail to [email protected] with the subject Donation Info. You must include your forum name, the name under which you donated if it is different and the amount donated. Icons and donation information will be updated periodically, and there may be a delay between submitting your donation and receiving confirmation and a new icon.

Read on for specific details, rules and regulations including our full prize give away list and one of the coolest prizes we've ever offered.

How To Donate:

We offer two ways to donate, snail mail and PayPal.

Paypal Email: [email protected]

Also note the handy dandy donate button to the left.

*Read This!* If you would like to be entered into the prize contest and receive your latest icon you must send a separate email to [email protected] with the subject Donation Info. You must include your forum name, the name under which you donated if it is different and the amount donated. If you don't, you may not be eligible for the prizes or your donation icon!

Snail Mail : Please note, all snail mail donations must arrive before September 30th to be eligible for the grand prize drawing. Send early!

GWJ Donation Drive
Attn: Sean
PO Box 177
Savage, MN 55378

The donation drive will run through 11:59pm October 2, 2009, at that time the link to the paypal donation links will be taken down, and no more donations will be accepted until the next drive.

As always donors get a special forum icon added to their name. First time donors get a golden key. If this is your second year donating you get a gold watch. Three years earns the iconic weiner bomb, four years gets you a company car, five years a company jet, six years a fancy yacht. And if you are one of the storied few who have been with us since the beginning and donated to the site for all seven drives ... well, you get the accessory every smart executive will be wanting this holiday season.

How to Win :

As always we offer multiple entries for those of you who donate a little more.

The scale for this year is the same as previous years.

Donations/Entries into the drawing (U.S. funds)
$10 - $24 = 1 entry
$25 - $49 = 2 entries
$50 - $74 = 3 entries
$75 and up = 4 entries

Only one prize per person! Winners will be drawn on a date and time to be announced.

The Prizes:

If you're not from North America, you can still win the grand prize provided you have a local Amazon.com site we can order from!

Staff of GWJ and their families are not eligible to win (staff of GWJ being defined as anyone who has ever had posting privileges to the front page).

All prizes are new and in original packaging.

Grand Prize

An Xbox 360 - OR - A Playstation 3 Slim - OR - A Nintendo Wii - OR - A GeForce GTX 275

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Second Prize

Your choice of a Nintendo DS, Sony PSP Go or a 16GB iPod Touch

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Additional Prizes

Courtesy of our good friend Ken Levine, this limited, signed and numbered Sander Cohen statue. Number 65 out of 110, this particular collectible is almost exclusively found in the possession of the people who helped bring Bioshock to gamers everywhere. Signed by Ken Levine and character artist Robb Waters who did the initial sculpt of the figure, we are very excited to be able to offer a one-of-a-kind opportunity to own this highly prized collectible:

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We are also offering one of two $60 gift cards for a

Game of Your Choice

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Custom Soap From Soapy Hollow!

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Thanks again for your continued support!

Comments

Elysium wrote:

We track all entries and each person gets one slot in the Holy Excel File. Multiple donations are simply added to an individual's yearly total, so 5 $10 donations would just show up as a $50 total donation, which is why request multiple pieces of information for entry including a forum name, a real name and an e-mail address.

Thanks for the quick reply, Elysium.

Donation and email have been sent!

/me bows to the Holy Excel File

This is my yearly post hoping for a mobile friendly edition of the forums.

Keep up the awesome work guys. You're a breath of calm air in the otherwise stormy internetz.

Now get off my lawn!

I donated enough for two entries just to make sure *Legion* doesn't win again.

Edwin wrote:

This is my yearly post hoping for a mobile friendly edition of the forums.

I don't know, funny things happen when using mobile phones to view the forums.

That time already. Once my next check comes in I'll be hitting the donate button.

Well, I lurk this site a lot and post very little. However, I love what I read here and since I do, I feel compelled to donate. When I get the ever coveted paycheck form the big boss for all of my hard labors, I will be spending some on this wonderful site that I like to lurk. That being said, I shall now slink back into the shadows and continue on with my lurking ways, patiently awaiting that sweet paper I call a paycheck so I can support one of my favorite sites.

Between my love of games and GWJ, I don't know which I should be throwing more money at right now.

Alright...you win this time GWJ. *hugs*

Far out.

Donation - check
Email - check

It's only fitting I send both from work

Staff of GWJ and their families are not eligible to win (staff of GWJ being defined as anyone who has ever had posting privileges to the front page).

You think that's going to deter me from donating and getting my wiener bomb?

Done.

Good work this year.

Wow, that's an amazing statue, thanks Ken! Is it that time already? Gotta blow the cobwebs off my cheque book..

Donated! I'll finally have a cool icon

A golden key for me, and with any luck, a Sander Cohen statue. What a cool prize!

Monies and email have been sent.

Scratched wrote:
Duoae wrote:

Those balls that swing back and forth, hitting each other (no idea what they're called)

Newton's Cradle? Nice quote from that article: "What actually happens is that the first impact produces a shock wave that propagates through the intermediate balls. A hard material such as steel is very good at doing this, where common objects like people in a bus queue are not."

I assume the executive model would be made out of brass, right?

Sent. Don't spend it all at once!

Shadout wrote:

Sent. Don't spend it all at once!

I can just imagine the next LiveStream being broadcast from gold hot tubs and Gaald having a jewel encrusted microphone covering his face. Now THAT, is money well-spent.

Oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god I want that statue.
I would have donated regardless, but now I am excited.

No more newbie key for me. Give me my watch! I just got the PS3, I guess I'd probably go with the graphics card as an excuse to upgrade my extremely long in the tooth PC. The statue would be cool too, but I'd be freaked out that it would come to life and direct someone to kill me in an artsy way.

Edwin wrote:

This is my yearly post hoping for a mobile friendly edition of the forums.

I found the GWJ forums very iPhone-friendly on a trip a couple of years ago. It worked surprisingly well.

It's just a matter of getting a good browser, really.

And man, of all the prizes that GWJ has ever offered, that's the first one I've really wanted. (the statue).

I assume the idea of giving you guys the statue was to drive extra donations to the site. I think you'll get a lot more dollars if that statue is front and center in the post, instead of buried way down below the fold. I shouldn't tell you that, because if you feature it, it'll make it much less likely that I'll win it -- but you're doing yourselves a disservice by not advertising it more.

Malor wrote:

And man, of all the prizes that GWJ has ever offered, that's the first one I've really wanted. (the statue).

I assume the idea of giving you guys the statue was to drive extra donations to the site. I think you'll get a lot more dollars if that statue is front and center in the post, instead of buried way down below the fold. I shouldn't tell you that, because if you feature it, it'll make it much less likely that I'll win it -- but you're doing yourselves a disservice by not advertising it more.

Discretion man! Discr.... errr... nvm

PAR

I'm, of course, assuming I'm going to win, but I don't know if I would take the statue or not. It is absolutely gorgeous, but I'm not much for collectibles and I feel like other people here would enjoy it soooooooo much more than me.

Kaos, that's why you:

get the statue,
hold a private Goodjer auction,
?
Profit

I'm not sure whether I want the shiny big prize or the uber geek credit collectors prize more this year. Can Belgians even participate for anything? I have ordered several times from Amazon UK or Germany before, don't know if that matters.

I'm donating in any case of course, but it would be nice to get all giddy in anticipation before someone else wins the prize(s)

I did it for Demigod.

Malor wrote:
Edwin wrote:

This is my yearly post hoping for a mobile friendly edition of the forums.

I found the GWJ forums very iPhone-friendly on a trip a couple of years ago. It worked surprisingly well.

It's just a matter of getting a good browser, really.

I, too, have used the iPhone to browse and post, and found that it works well, especially on the 3Gs.

TheCounselor wrote:
Malor wrote:
Edwin wrote:

This is my yearly post hoping for a mobile friendly edition of the forums.

I found the GWJ forums very iPhone-friendly on a trip a couple of years ago. It worked surprisingly well.

It's just a matter of getting a good browser, really.

I, too, have used the iPhone to browse and post, and found that it works well, especially on the 3Gs.

The site also works fine on my Omnia with Opera Mobile and my previous non-smart Sony Ericsson with Opera Mini.

wordsmythe wrote:
Staff of GWJ and their families are not eligible to win (staff of GWJ being defined as anyone who has ever had posting privileges to the front page).

Whoops, didn't get to this little bit of fine print. Still, this was my first ever donation to a website! Now I'm addicted to philanthropy.

Must. Get. Statue. Would be perfect next to my Heath Legder Jokers: http://j.mp/1u93tH. Plus, I already literally own all of the other main prizes aside from the PSP (including that exact GeForce), and wouldn't want to deprive someone else the joy of a new console and all the wonderful new games that it would allow them to play. (See, I'm a good person who's always thinking about others. Exactly the type of person who deserves a beautiful statue. Am I wrong?).