Every so often one of our sponsors runs a campaign that's unique or fun enough that I'm reminded how these guys are a part of this community. They're PC enthusiasts, gamers, or industry professionals, just like most of us around here.
From now through March 20th XFX is inviting the artists and designers amongst us to create XFX-branded wallpaper for a contest. They're providing some slick assets if you want to start with a look that's already bona fide XFX-ish, but I'm hoping someone creative will turn in an entirely original design that snags an award.
It wouldn't be much fun without prizes, now would it? Each weekday one winner will get a full copy of Far Cry 2. From those daily winners there will be a contest each week for an "Exclusive XFX Poker Set." Hmmm... I'd trade those chips for cash. One of those weekly winners gets the grand prize: a gaming system from ibuypower and a G8-designed hoodie to keep it warm - combined retail of at least $1200. The system is built around a Core 2 Quad Q8300, with a 750i motherboard and a GeForce GTX 285 from XFX. It includes 4GB of RAM, a 500GB HDD, and Vista Home Premium 64-bit, all inside an NZXT Guardian 921 chassis.
Not bad for a little sketchin' and photoshoppin', eh?
Don't forget there are always rules and regs that must be observed to keep from being DQed. And I suspect that by entering you'd be agreeing to let XFX use your design to promote their brand and products. But the bragging rights and prizes, especially that gaming rig, are probably worth it for the average Joe.
If anyone here enters, let me know and I'll give you a plug and a little recognition, especially if you win something.