GadgetMadness Photo Contest: Win a World of Warcraft Beta Account

Ed Steele September 29, 2004 39

That’s right – through a donation by an anonymous reader we’ve managed to get our grubby little hands on a beta account invitation to Azeroth – your ticket into the World of Warcraft Beta. Your’re going to have to work for this one – here are the contest rules…

The contest has ended, and the winner has been announced!

We’ve selected our three favorite World of Warcraft screenshots and want you to Photoshop or Gimp them to make them as outrageously funny as possible. Here are the screenshots, click on them to view the larger versions:
(Screenshots courtesy of
Adventuring Party

Dwarf Ram Riders

Lone Yeti

Entries will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Originality and Creativity
    How original can you be? We’d like to see your creativity go wild with this one.
  • Quality of Photoshop/Gimp Work
    How good are you with Photoshop or Gimp? Smooth those rough edges and corners to make your submission as “realistic” and smooth as possible.
  • Humor
    What funny situations can you put these WoW characters in? For example, having Luke Skywalker from The Empire Strikes Back skinning his Tauntaun as the Ram Riders zoom past would be mildly funny (don’t use that one though, since we thought of it first it wouldn’t be very original, now would it?)

BONUS For bonus points, if you submit an entry and link back to this page on your website or blog, you will place yourself in the judges favor.
The sky is the limit here, we want to see how creative you can be with this. Just keep your ideas “clean” (no nudity, violence, etc) and funny. Want to have that Yeti getting married to “Miss Spears” in a Las Vegas Chapel? Then go for it!
Email your submissions to gadgetmadness @ gmail dot com!
Enter the contest as many times as you’d like, but each entry must be sent in a separate email. We will display the winning entry on a results page. Deadline for entries is Monday, September 27th 12:00 Midnight CST. We will announce the one lucky winner on Wednesday, September 29th by 4:00pm CST.
Good luck!

Contest Results & Winner Announcement!

We’ve picked a winner, but let us tell you it wasn’t easy. We have to give a loud shout out to our readers – all of you guys and girls have tons of creativity, talent, and a twisted sense of humor (which we love!) Entries were judged on originality, quality of Photoshop work, and how much they made us laugh. All entries were broken down into a “finalists” category, and a panel of four judges picked the winning entry from the group of finalists. Each of the four judges chose the winning entry as one of their favorites, making it the clear winner in this contest.
And the winner is……………………………..

Motorcycle Mayhem Expansion Pack by COSMODNA!


(Click to see the full-size winning image in all it’s glory)
The quality of the images you sent to us was staggering! We listened to your comment requests, if you would like to see the “best of the best” contestant entries (and even be able to send them as e-cards!) please click here!
We really do wish that everyone who entered could have won, sadly we only had 1 account donated to us. We truly appreciate everyone’s participation in our first contest. Keep reading – we have another great contest that will be starting up really soon.
Thanks again to all who participated. We hope you had as much fun with this as we did!

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  1. CyberKlepto September 27, 2004 at 2:31 am -

    Hello, I tried to enter your contest but it seems the email address is incorrect? I got my email sent back to me with a delivery failure. is what i sent it to.
    Any help is appreciated, thanks

  2. lunacy8m September 27, 2004 at 4:09 am -

    We’ve received quite a few entries – could you have mistyped the address maybe? The email address you listed is the right one – try zipping the image file and sending again, or upload the image to an image hosting server and email us the link. Good luck!

  3. Nex September 27, 2004 at 9:50 pm -

    You guys rock for doing this! I’m glad to see at least one of the double beta invites put to good use! (I’m assuming this is where you got it from)
    Anyway, thank the anonymous reader who donated for giving all the other rejected WoW fans another shot!

  4. bradmorg September 27, 2004 at 11:40 pm -

    Is the contest over or does it not end till monday night? Kind of confusing when you say 12:00am monday.
    GL everyone.

  5. lunacy8m September 28, 2004 at 2:51 am -

    Actually we said Monday, 12:00 Midnight CST, which I suppose could also be confusing. Let’s put it this way – we are still accepting submissions for another 3.5 hours. Good luck!

  6. BIlly September 28, 2004 at 3:30 am -

    ahhh?!?! how many hours do we have left now?

  7. James Terry September 28, 2004 at 3:55 am -

    I just submitted mine
    First time I have used Photoshop in about 4 years

  8. DaNnubius September 28, 2004 at 4:37 am -

    Ahh that was really fun to make, i havent been creative in a while.
    Thanks for doing this contest guys!

  9. lunacy8m September 28, 2004 at 4:48 am -

    Some really great entries, and still more than one hour left! Keep ’em coming!

  10. Warren September 28, 2004 at 4:55 am -

    So whats the second and third places prizes πŸ˜‰

  11. DarkRogue September 28, 2004 at 5:37 am -

    tell me the time mr.clock

  12. NeX September 28, 2004 at 6:03 am -

    Well I guess the Deadline’s past, I wish I had found out about this contest earlier but I’m pretty happy with my submission =)
    Thanks again for having this contest, and I honestly wish everyone good luck!
    P.S. Can I get a confirmation email? I submitted about 15 minutes before the deadline.

  13. hi September 28, 2004 at 6:24 am -


  14. DarkRogue September 28, 2004 at 6:27 am -

    how many submits did u get?
    im curious to see of my chances..
    i wish i knew earlier i didnt get to finish mine very well πŸ™

  15. Bradmorg September 28, 2004 at 6:35 am -

    Submitted mine a few hours ago, was alot of fun to make =)
    Oh and after are we going to get to see all entries or just the winners? I think it would be fun to get to see all submissions. If there are too many to post a top 10 would be cool. Good luck everyone!

  16. NeX September 28, 2004 at 6:43 am -

    I second the motion of posting all the submissions, or at least the top 10 ones

  17. friendlybeast September 28, 2004 at 1:12 pm -

    this site is cool ay im guna cum here more often n get my info on latest gadgets πŸ™‚

  18. Pc1589 September 29, 2004 at 2:40 am -

    I have a question.
    If i sent an email yesterday, but it failed to sned my attached picture, and recieved an email form you today, saying to resend the attachment, and I sent it today, I’m I still elligable to win?

  19. lala September 29, 2004 at 7:19 am -


  20. September 29, 2004 at 7:22 am -

    hey guys
    man i wana win this soooooo badly i cant describe how much i want it lol i have to sit in my room and pretend to study for the next month, this would be my saviour.
    oh god let me win πŸ™

  21. NeX September 29, 2004 at 10:44 am -

    I think we all want to win as much as the next person, let’s keep our dignity and just wait until the judges decide =)

  22. September 29, 2004 at 1:15 pm -

    dignity wtf are u crazy> ? I dont care about dignity and obviously im not trying to be rude here but some people wnat WoW more than others due to millions of factors you cant just categorise everyone with a similar desire for an alternate reality. A new life… a life which we weld

  23. Warren September 29, 2004 at 1:47 pm -

    Theres more then just you in this world. And yes some people want to play Wow just as much as you.

  24. September 29, 2004 at 2:08 pm -

    thats not wat im debating dont jump to conclusions. All im saying is that some people want it more than others. rofl talk about putting words in my mouth

  25. Belunos September 29, 2004 at 4:03 pm -

    Get a grip, this isn’t

  26. DaNnubius September 29, 2004 at 6:30 pm -

    Wow, friendlybeast what are you talking about? Calm down.

  27. Anon September 29, 2004 at 7:04 pm -

    Y’know, this world would be a much better place if folks like friendlybeast put as much energy into learning proper English as they do into video games.

  28. September 29, 2004 at 7:29 pm -

    sorry if i sounded a little hyper. LOL now ur judging my english skillz on some little forum that i post into without a care in the world.
    You one of those people who just flame away about spelling n stuff

  29. Warren September 29, 2004 at 7:53 pm -

    You really do need to work on your english.

  30. Angrad September 29, 2004 at 8:35 pm -

    lol… Gotta admit that SS rocked. πŸ™‚
    Grats to whoever won. πŸ™‚

  31. CosmoDNA's fan September 29, 2004 at 8:43 pm -

    Omg, best SS ever! CosmoDNA you rock my world. You are going to be famous one day! *wvu*

  32. bradmorg September 29, 2004 at 11:07 pm -

    lol mine didnt even make it uup there? I iknow it was better then alot of the ones you posted, so here it is if anyone wants to see.

  33. Slice September 29, 2004 at 11:27 pm -

    Well, I didn’t win, but mine is the second one in the album. I figured there might be a few other Dodge related ones out there heh heh. Oh well, Cos’s was awesome and he deserved it. Nice work everyone, and grats Cos!

  34. NeX September 30, 2004 at 12:10 am -

    Congratulations to the winner, it’s a shame there was only one account, it could have definitely have been a top 3 with all the good submissions.
    Grok’Thar sad!

  35. lunacy8m September 30, 2004 at 12:21 am -

    Now that we’ve got all the finalists and the winning image in the gallery, we’ll be adding ALL the submissions we received. If your image isn’t in there just wait – it will be soon!

  36. bradmorg September 30, 2004 at 3:07 am -

    Some of the finalist just plain sucked and didnt deserve to be finalist. Learn how to judge things.

  37. lunacy8m September 30, 2004 at 3:18 am -

    We’re sorry you feel that way, but the contest was ours and ours to judge as we saw fit. We judged all the submissions on the original criteria stated: originality & creativity, quality of Photoshop skill, and humor. We truly wish we could have awarded everyone who entered a prize of some sort – you guys all did a great job!

  38. CosmoDNA September 30, 2004 at 3:34 pm -

    Just wanted to say thanks to the gadgetmadness folks. πŸ™‚ Thanks!
    If it makes anyone feel any better, I can’t make a new account because that server is down, so I can’t even play! Ummm… okay, I’ll shut up.

  39. Warren September 30, 2004 at 7:41 pm -

    I think it’ll be down forever, go ahead and send the info to me πŸ˜‰