At the beginning of November, we took a trip out to Bellevue, Washington to see the chaps at Valve Software. They were demonstrating the Source engine running multi-threaded code, and we reported on their efforts here
While we were out there, the boys were good enough to hook us up with some swag, which we are duly passing on to you, our beloved readers.
Up for grabs today we have a copy of Half-Life 2: Holiday Edition, which includes the titular game, Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2: Episode One - all on one DVD, unopened. We also have a 'Good Dog' t-shirt straight from Valve's store.
However, the centrepiece of the collection is something rather special. Thanks to the chaps at BFG
, who donated the card, we have a GeForce 7950 GT OC card - signed by the legend that created the Half-Life series and runs Valve today, Gabe Newell.
To win this awesome prize, you're going to have to do something equally awesome for us. Valve's HQ has the legendary Blackmesa II
case mod on display in its lobby, attracting plenty of "Oohs" and "Aahs" as visitors walk past. As background material, they also have a print-out of the worklog article from the site.
However, it doesn't look very good. It's littered with adverts that attached themselves to the print out and isn't laid out very well. Your challenge is this - to take the original two worklog articles from the site and format them into a gorgeous-looking A4 document that Valve can display alongiside the machine.
There are some crucial conditions:
How to enter:
- The document should use pictures and text from the two Blackmesa II worklog articles: here and here.
- The document should be colour and printable on A4 - there's no limit to the number of pages.
- Don't use copyrighted works other than directly from the bit-tech site - keep it original.
- You don't have to use all the text and all the pictures - make a call about what visitors to Valve's office might want to see.
- We are looking for good-looking and glossy.
- The format should be PDF (preferred), PPT or DOC.
Create the document, and drop an email to email@example.com
with the subject line 'Valve Blackmesa Competition'. In your email, include a link to somewhere we can download your entry - don't email it to us, otherwise we'll be stuck with hundreds of megabytes of email to try to download.
Should we judge your entry the winner, we'll drop you an email, request any tweaks to the document that we deem necessary, download the final version then drop your prize in the post. You then have the tricky decision of deciding whether to frame the card and stick it on the wall or stick it in your machine and enjoy the power!
We look forward to seeing your entries. Good luck!
- This competition is open to all bit-tech readers.
- Emails must be received by 11:59 AM BST Friday 24th November, 2006 to qualify.
- 1 winner will be picked from the qualifying submissions.
- The Editor's decision is final.
- Questions can be posted in this forum thread.