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The Escapist's Zero Punctuation Announces 'Stonking Great Game' Contest
Aug 04, 2009 (08:08 AM EDT)

DURHAM, N.C., Aug. 4,/PRNewswire/ -- Two-time Webby award-winning online video gaming destination announced today the launch of the "Stonking Great Game" contest, where participants from the site's three million strong community will compete to create the most hilarious browser-based video game. The submitted games must be centered on Zero Punctuation, the groundbreaking and award nominated video review series starring Australia-based and U.K.-born writer, video game designer and journalist Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw.

"Zero Punctuation has become an acclaimed franchise within the video gaming community," said Alexander Macris, co-founder of . "We thought who better than the fans themselves to develop a game that could not only live up to the quirky facets that make the series such a sensation, but also to create a game that could face the scrutiny of Yahtzee!"

Every Wednesday Zero Punctuation picks apart the latest video games in an unfiltered style that can only be described as "rapid-fire" and "colorful." The "Stonking Great Game" contest gives the growing audience base the chance to create a unique gaming experience that will face the judgment of Yahtzee Croshaw, himself.

"People have tried to make ZP-based games before," said Croshaw. "But now they'll have to make them to some kind of actual standards, the poor suckers. Let's hope the entries will be as enjoyable to play as they will be to criticize."

"Stonking Great Game" HASH(0x1698630) contest submissions will be accepted from August 5(th) to October 19(th). All submissions must be created in Flash and must be original game concepts by the original creators playable in any PC browser. All entries must also have source code available for review. Submissions will be judged over a two week period, and winner(s) will be announced the week of November 16(th). For more information on how to enter please visit .

Founded in 2005, HASH(0x16e5630) ( ) is a leading video gaming destination offering video game enthusiasts high-quality, innovative and exclusive content. The mouthpiece of the gaming generation, aims to capture and celebrate the contemporary video gaming lifestyle and the diverse video game culture by way of in-depth features and thought provoking articles authored by leading video game authorities, as well as cutting-edge video shorts, engaging forums and robust and innovative social media elements tailored to its audience. Honored with both a Webby Award two years in a row in 2008 and 2009, and Webby People's Voice Award in 2008, is responsible for the web's most viewed video game review series, Zero Punctuation, in addition to introducing the first-of-its-kind Internet Film Festival for Gamers and the March Mayhem game developer competition. is part of Themis Group, Inc.'s online media arm Themis Media, and currently generates over 28 million page views each month.

Zero Punctuation, HASH(0x16e43c0) , is a weekly video review column by Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw produced by . The series began as a hobby for Ben Croshaw, who posted two quick videogame reviews to YouTube, prompting to develop those reviews into Zero Punctuation, hiring him to produce the reviews as a weekly series. Reviews are released every Wednesday. Yahtzee is best known in this series for scathing reviews of mainstream games, extremely "colorful" comparisons and rapid-fire speech. Zero Punctuation currently generates over 10 million page views each month.

SOURCE The Escapist

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