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

I would actually donate without the carrots of the prizes, but I donate more enthusiastically (and maybe a bit more $) thanks to the awesome goodness someone will win. Donated and thanks for what you guys do.

Thanks to the GWJ podcast team for making my time spent at work just a bit more palatable. Keep up the great work!

I used paypal to send in my donation and sent an email to Mr. Sands.

demonbox wrote:

I would actually donate without the carrots of the prizes, but I donate more enthusiastically (and maybe a bit more $) thanks to the awesome goodness someone will win. Donated and thanks for what you guys do.

Yeah, seconding this thought for sure. The prizes, while not necessary definitely make it more exciting. I'm assuming the drive must be going quite well since based on my own donation date tags are backlogged more than a week. Either that, or someone's getting a lot of purple loot in WoW raids!

I found a specific thing to spend some of the donation money on - more bandwidth. I've been visiting the site for a little over a year, and I don't remember ever getting this error before (or any error for that matter). I got it when attempting to view new posts in a thread.

error screenshot (linked due to wide image)

EDIT: After posting, I saw this thread. Perhaps this error is connected to the changes made?

Yeah, Jeff actually just ran some fixes that should have nipped that in the bud a few minutes ago. It looks like it was a quirk in the back end code updates we ran yesterday.

Donated 15. I think.

Just donated last night and email sent this morning. Go GWJ.

I'm in.

woohoo, donutated

i donated today too.

I would like to note that this clause constitutes an enormous pile of poo poo.

The Goddamned Rules 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).

As if you people will ever let me post again!

I want an avatar of a really good picture of the sander cohen statue with the rabbit mask on. If anyone's wondering what to get me for my fictional birthday I'm inventing right now which is today. I think I'll make myself have a birthday every week.

ColdForged wrote:

As if you people will ever let me post again!

See, that's why I'll never write for the front page.

rabbit wrote:

I want an avatar of a really good picture of the sander cohen statue with the rabbit mask on.

Since the image of the statue on the donation drive posts are the only images I know of, I cropped it and slightly tweaked it in PShop (little brighter and sharper).

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If you want it more zoomed out or more of a close up, that's easily done. Just say so.

That's one creepy rabbit. Put a gag-ball in his mouth to complete the picture.

Donation and confirmation email sent. Keep up the good work guys!

Supported! Additional email sent.

Done and done. I think I missed out on this last year.

Just sent in a donation and confirmation email. Go GWJ!

Donation sent. Let's keep this boat of scallywags afloat!

I donated. That's the first time I ever did that for any website, ever. You guys can feel special now.

In before the lock!!

Donated with the 11th hour folk. How do these fancy golden tag items work? I feel like I should know by now. Perhaps there is a thread?

Dax wrote:

Donated with the 11th hour folk. How do these fancy golden tag items work? I feel like I should know by now. Perhaps there is a thread?

Better yet, it's in this very thread! It is easy to miss as you drool over the prizes though.

Elysium wrote:

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.

Dax wrote:

Donated with the 11th hour folk. How do these fancy golden tag items work? I feel like I should know by now. Perhaps there is a thread?

Figured it out. Also, turns out even after all these years I'd never read the GWJ User Guide.

That soap looks so delicious.