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

Hey, I donate too, even though I work here. No way for me to get the gold blingybits otherwise. Cruel, harsh masters.

If someone I know wins the statue, I want to come over and fondle it. Just a little.

indy wrote:

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.

Hey, if you have to go out--go out with style.

I will begin processing initial donations in the next 24 hours or so. I'd do it here at work, but apparently they've gone all crazy and asked me to do work. Seriously, what is the world coming to?!

Elysium wrote:

I will begin processing initial donations in the next 24 hours or so. I'd do it here at work, but apparently they've gone all crazy and asked me to do work. Seriously, what is the world coming to?!

It's coming to work--if it's lucky.

Elysium wrote:

I will begin processing initial donations in the next 24 hours or so. I'd do it here at work, but apparently they've gone all crazy and asked me to do work. Seriously, what is the world coming to?!

Next thing you know, you'll be asked to shave off your beard and get your avatar to match!

NEVER!

The line must be drawn _here_! No further!

Elysium wrote:

I will begin processing initial donations in the next 24 hours or so. I'd do it here at work, but apparently they've gone all crazy and asked me to do work. Seriously, what is the world coming to?!

What the hell? You're making money, just not for them!

Done. A tidy sum of internet space-bucks heading your way...

Elysium wrote:

NEVER!

The line must be drawn _here_! No further!

So you're saying your going to shave your head to be more like Picard?

kaostheory wrote:
Elysium wrote:

NEVER!

The line must be drawn _here_! No further!

So you're saying your going to shave your head to be more like Picard?

That or he's going to become an art teacher.

rabbit wrote:

Hey, I donate too, even though I work here. No way for me to get the gold blingybits otherwise. Cruel, harsh masters.

If someone I know wins the statue, I want to come over and fondle it. Just a little.

There's a Ken Levine joke in there somewhere.

sheared wrote:
rabbit wrote:

Hey, I donate too, even though I work here. No way for me to get the gold blingybits otherwise. Cruel, harsh masters.

If someone I know wins the statue, I want to come over and fondle it. Just a little.

There's a Ken Levine joke in there somewhere.

Does the statue have nipples?

The way I see it, $50/year is basically $1/podcast plus two thrown in for free.

Also, how about tickets to rabbitCon in next year's winnings, eh? eh?

Mixolyde wrote:

Also, how about tickets to rabbitCon in next year's winnings, eh? eh?

That's actually not a bad idea.

rabbit wrote:

If someone I know wins the statue, I want to come over and fondle it. Just a little.

We don't have to wait for the contest to end. I have a statue right here you can fondle.

KrazyTacoFO wrote:
rabbit wrote:

If someone I know wins the statue, I want to come over and fondle it. Just a little.

We don't have to wait for the contest to end. I have a statue right here you can fondle.

I'm going to go ahead and say that is the most romantic thing I've heard all day.

Rabbit when I win the statue you can fly out to Australia and fondle it, I won't mind

KrazyTacoFO wrote:

We don't have to wait for the contest to end. I have a statue right here you can fondle.

I just had an image of Hedley Lamar humping his statue of justice saying, "I want that land so badly I can taste it. There must be a way."

What caching method/s are you guys using on Gamers with Jobs? Some attention needs to be given to site performance. Also, what version of Drupal are you guys running? Some general sprucing up to limit the excess content spacing a little wouldn't go astray, as well as some prettyfying.

An example, the entire site header has a lot of wasted space.

The user navigation which you currently have in the header should be put into the left sidebar considering there is plenty of space there for it. The logo should then be pushed up so that there are 15 pixels space on both the top and bottom of the goodoldgames advertisement.

Anyway, just some ideas to make the site a little more appealing.

Edit: While that may seem incredibly random, I'll make it less so by saying that I have sent you my hard-earned dollars and that I get very frustrated when I inexplicably cannot access the site due to whatever technical reasons. Today I received a 'mysql has reach the maximum number of connections'. I guess that means your current donation drive is very popular.

Speaking of sprucing the place up. Where are these hooker bots with bourbon flowing from their bosom that Elysium keeps promising?

Elysium wrote:

NEVER!

Never?

And here I was thinking that whomever won the statue, would get an invite to RabbitCon that was only valid when presented with the statue...

Donated! Once again, thanks so much for this awesome site and great community!

Sent!
Thanks for the weekly entertainment and sometimes intelligent discussion.

Haha, I finally get to a computer during donation time that I can send magical internet dollars from!

Thanks for the great site and podcast. Don't change, I love you just the way you are.

Done and done! Wiener Bomb finally!

I made a nice forumname just or this "support" action...

Donation done! But please take your time Ely, I need some time alone with my weiner bomb first

Berend_Jan wrote:

I made a nice forumname just or this "support" action...

Hey Berend_Jan, your name sounds Dutch. Where are you from, if I may ask?

Just remember, the weiner bomb gets passed along to another user, so please clean it with bleach when you're done.

Elysium wrote:

Just remember, the weiner bomb gets passed along to another user, so please clean it with bleach when you're done.

Please use a pressure washer and extra strength detergent.