We're slowly getting the site back up and running, and as a show of faith to the busy gamer community we're going to try reinstating Free Stuff Friday (which, as far as we know, we originated!).
However, we're going to have fewer drawings - just once a month for now, which does give you plenty of time to enter and help spread the word about what we're doing.
This month, we're featuring two A-list games:
- Red Dead Redemption for Xbox 360 puts you into the Old West, Rockstar Games-style. Lots of shoot-'em-up missions and a deep multiplayer mode!
- ModNation Racers for PS3 comes with a full single-player campaign, online play and the option to create your own tracks and karts. It's a family friendly title, but with enough depth and craftsmanship to engage a grown-up gamer.
If you're wondering what we've been up to: We're working on another Busy Gamer Podcast and, as you may have seen, we've launched forums and a new format for the site that is both community driven and issue oriented. Have something to say that's interesting or useful to your fellow busy gamers? There's a good chance we'll use it in a post!
Here's how to enter and boost your odds one or both prizes (up to 4 chances to win!):
- Enter a comment here, as usual. That's all you really NEED to do. BE SURE TO SAY WHICH PRIZE(S) YOU ARE PLAYING FOR.
- Tweet the following on Twitter: Win Red Dead Redemption and ModNation Racers at BusyGamerNews.com, now community sourced! RT + Enter here: http://bit.ly/wnXkAx #bgnfsf
- Review (or re-review) our Busy Gamer Podcast on iTunes.
- Review (or re-review) the Best of Busy Gamer Podcast on iTunes. This is a short audio highlights feed with our reviews, audio tours and other timeless bits!
If you do 2, 3 and/or 4, you do need to let us know your Twitter/iTunes name(s) in your comment so we can find, verify and include your bonus entries in the drawing and match them up to contact you if one of them wins.
If we can't confirm the bonus entry and easily tell who you are on Twitter and/or iTunes, the bonus entry is disqualified. If you tweet vigorously (more than 5 times a day on average), include the direct link to your tweet and don't delete it!
You DO have to enter a comment here and follow the other rules to be eligible:
Simply post a comment on this page AND SAY WHICH PRIZE(S) YOU WANT TO WIN IF SELECTED. (You can do the other things listed above if you want to earn some extra chances to win.) Say whatever is on your mind as long as it's not an ad or profane. Be sure to read the Sweepstakes Rules to ensure you are eligible to win and don't get disqualified by double-posting or forgetting to provide an e-mail address.
NOTE: If you play for extra chances on Twitter or by posting podcast reviews on iTunes, you still have to enter here AND let us know your Twitter and/or iTunes names so we can match you up. iTunes ratings alone do not count since we can't see who posted them, so add a comment! If you already posted an iTunes review, you can update your review once a week for a bonus entry in each week's giveaway. Just log in to iTunes and click Write a Review; it should load your existing review and let you modify it. Make a change (even a small one) and then check to ensure that it appears on top with the new date or it won't count!
You may also want to white list this domain; we've had MANY would-be winners lose out because they never responded to their prize notification! If you use TypeKey/TypePad, be sure your e-mail address will be shared. No e-mail address, no prize. (Don't worry, no one else will see it - and we'll only use it to contact you if you win.)
Note that unless you're an authenticated poster who has been active on the site and marked as trusted, your comment will NOT appear immediately. It will go into a queue for me to approve, which I'll do several times a day (except the first weekend, where comments may not be approved until sometime late on Sunday). Do NOT double-post. We'll extend the entry period for this until 8:01 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, February 29 to ensure you have plenty of time to enter and verify your entry was posted.
We also sometimes give away unannounced Instant Win prizes and podcast extras. Here are a few tips since this can happen at any time. 1) Follow Gamewatcher on Twitter. Before we post the next Instant Win, we'll give you a fair warning tweet. 2) Subscribe to our RSS feed and set it to check for updates frequently.
We continue to stock up on cool goodies for Free Stuff Friday - and we will keep doing so as long as there's enough response. So tell your friends about this! Hey, if we get bigger, so will the prizes that YOU could win! While you're at it, post comments wherever you see something interesting. Also, if you get a game code you don't need or have some other cool game-related prize you want to donate, we'd be very grateful (we pay for much of this stuff ourselves!).